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Your Escape Plan. Leaving the US to live Overseas.

I am an American living on the other side of the planet from the United States and am very happy living here.  It’s not perfect, but authorities pretty much leave me alone and I live well stress free.  As long as I keep current with some fairly easy rules from the Thai government, and comply with the long reach of the IRS, the US State Department and a few other Read the rest “Your Escape Plan. Leaving the US to live Overseas.”

Earning a Living as an Expat in Thailand

Thailand employment street sceneOnce you are in Thailand permanently you may want to find yourself a paying job to keep you occupied and earning a little income.  Here are tips and information on what is available for the Western Expat in Thailand.

Probably the most frequent question I get from people just thinking  about moving to Thailand is how does one earn a living here.  Thailand is paradise for many, including myself, but Read the rest “Earning a Living as an Expat in Thailand”

How to Buy a House or Condo in Chiang Mai in North Thailand

When an expat moves to Chiang Mai, they have to decide what they will call home.   Should I Buy, Rent or Move in with a Friend?  Some of us,  including me, really feel more comfortable buying a home if they are financially able to do so.  You can make changes to your house or plant a tree in the yard without seeking the approval of someone else, and that freedom Read the rest “How to Buy a House or Condo in Chiang Mai in North Thailand”

Getting Around in Chiang Mai and Hiring a Car with a Driver

Chiang Mai trafficWhen coming to Chiang Mai the best way to get around town and the surrounding area is to simply hire a car and driver to take you wherever you need to go.  It can also be the smartest way to go money-wise.

Some first time travelers to Chiang Mai think about getting their own rental car to travel around independently.  My recommendation for most people visiting Chiang Mai, is don’t Read the rest “Getting Around in Chiang Mai and Hiring a Car with a Driver”

Dcondo Mine – Affordable Condos in the Heart of Phuket

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After the huge success of its earlier condo developments in Thailand, Bangkok-based developer Sansiri has continued to show its confidence in the strength of the affordable condominium market in Phuket with its recent sales launch of dcondo Mine in December last year.

The condo complex, in which Sansiri is investing B740 million, has a modern tin mine design, and targets the younger generation. Located on four rai of land Read the rest “Dcondo Mine – Affordable Condos in the Heart of Phuket”

Chic Condominium – Studio and 2BHK Condos near Karon Beach

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Chic Condominium Karon is an ultra modern condominium development by Chalong Concrete Co. Ltd. (CLC) featuring seven floors of modern designed condos over looking Karon Bay on the West coast of Phuket.

The development will have a total 132 condominium units including 45 to 47 square meter studios and 82 square meter 2 bedroom units and will feature a 20x6m common pool, fitness center and wifi lounge.

The Chic Read the rest “Chic Condominium – Studio and 2BHK Condos near Karon Beach”

Laguna Shores – 1, 2 BHK Holiday Apartments at Laguna Phuket

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Laguna Property, Phuket’s largest developer of high quality resort residences in Thailand, and particularly in Phuket has recently launched a development comprising serviced one and two bedroom holiday apartments at affordable prices in the heart of Laguna Phuket.

Targeting the new upwardly mobile, travel savvy generation, with prices starting at THB 3,675,000, Laguna Shores aims to combine the best of contemporary Asian interior design with resort ambience in a Read the rest “Laguna Shores – 1, 2 BHK Holiday Apartments at Laguna Phuket”

Z Cape X2 – TRI Property’s Latest Condo Offering in Phuket

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Following the success of its Zcape Condominium in July, Tri Property has now added another dynamic dimension to Phuket’s lifestyle trends with the December launch of another innovative condo concept – Z Cape X2 Condominium. Tri Property is one of the leading names of Thailand’s construction industry, and this latest launch, a lifestyle condominium project inside the high-end Laguna area of Phuket has already found many buyers in a Read the rest “Z Cape X2 – TRI Property’s Latest Condo Offering in Phuket”

The Charm Residence – Studio, 1BHK Condos Near Patong Beach

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Located in the renowned Patong beach area in Phuket, The Charm Residence is a beachfront project being developed by Proliving Co.,Ltd., a seasoned hotel operator with a background of previous projects on this island.

The Charm Residence consists of four inter-connecting buildings with 246 units. There are six different layouts ranging from studio, one-bedroom, duplex units with Jacuzzis and ground units with pool access. All units come fully-furnished. Owners Read the rest “The Charm Residence – Studio, 1BHK Condos Near Patong Beach”

Vista del Mar – 3, 4 BHK Pool Villas at Naithon Beach, Phuket

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Situated at the picturesque Naithon Beach on Phuket’s northwestern coastline, the Vista del Mar development offering villas is just 600 meters from Naithon Beach nestled upon a scenic hillside offering sea and sunset views.

There are three types of pool residencies available at Vista Del Mar with three to four bedroom choices. Some of the sea-views directly from the villas in this elevated location are simply spellbinding.

The development Read the rest “Vista del Mar – 3, 4 BHK Pool Villas at Naithon Beach, Phuket”

How Much Money Do You Need to Live in Thailand?

How much money does it take?  That’s almost an impossible question to answer, but one that is asked most often.  Once again, I will tackle this and do my best to give some answers.  It is not an easy problem  to crack, but I will give it my best shot.  Your input in the comments on this number one question would very much be appreciated.

There are plenty of American Read the rest “How Much Money Do You Need to Live in Thailand?”

Retiring in Thailand – What to expect

Living in ThailandMost expat forums at one point of time discuss the question – what can I expect from retiring in Thailand? 

Well, for starters, to hold a retirement visa one must show proof of a monthly income of 65,000 baht ($1,960, €1,435 or £1,255) which can also be acquired by showing 800,000 baht ($24,104, €17,667 or £15,443) in a bank account.

By global standards 65,000 baht a month is not a Read the rest “Retiring in Thailand – What to expect”

Moving to Land of Smiles: How You can Earn a Living in Thailand

Probably the most frequent question I get from people just thinking  about moving to Thailand is how does one earn a living here.  Thailand is paradise for many, including myself, but it cannot be a paradise if you don’t have any money and you don’t have a job.  In that situation, it could be Hell.

It is cheap to live in Thailand once you have learned where to find housing Read the rest “Moving to Land of Smiles: How You can Earn a Living in Thailand”

How Much Money Do You Really Need to Live Comfortably in Chiang Mai?

Expat in ThailandOf course, like every expat that lives in Thailand, we get asked all the time about how much money it takes to live well in this country.  And, like everyone else, I usually reply with vague answers.  It’s a difficult subject to come up with specifics, because everyone is different.

There are lots of websites that tout Thailand as a super cheap place to live, talking about rents for $75 Read the rest “How Much Money Do You Really Need to Live Comfortably in Chiang Mai?”

How Expats can Start a Business in Thailand

Thailand expat businessA Western expat in Thailand often has to think about making money.  Thailand is for sure a paradise in so many ways, but if you don’t have any money, it can be a hell.  Even if one is getting a steady pension check or social security or trust fund payout, there is always the fear that the dollar or other home currency can lose value in comparison with the Thai Read the rest “How Expats can Start a Business in Thailand”

The Collapse of the US Dollar and how it will Effect Expats in Thailand

The Dollar is doomed, and is losing its place as a world reserve currency right now.  This will affect those of us with dollar assets, retirement benefits from the US and income paid in dollars.  The big question is:  How Far Will the Meltdown Go?

World currenciesA couple of years ago, we got about 40 Thai Baht to a buck.  Today, it is around 30.  Even in just the last month, Read the rest “The Collapse of the US Dollar and how it will Effect Expats in Thailand”

On the Road Again: Driving in Thailand

Almost every day, I have this time when I am totally terrified.  It is when I am on the road driving around Chiang Mai.  I love living in Thailand so much, and I love my city, and the Thai people, but I don’t love driving here.  It is a very scary experience that I try to get through and then go somewhere and calm down.  It is very dangerous.  There Read the rest “On the Road Again: Driving in Thailand”

A Guide for Thai Dining Like a Native

How to have a Thai dinner in a Thai Restaurant

Whether you are eating Thai food in the Land of Smiles, or going out to a Thai restaurant back in the States, the dining experience is enhanced knowing and using proper Thai dining etiquette and ordering correctly.   First, know the basic foundation of Thai food:  There are four seasonings — salty, spicy, sour and sweet — and you will want Read the rest “A Guide for Thai Dining Like a Native”

A Surpisingly Fun Adventure: The Chiang Mai Night Safari

Next to the mountains to the West of central Chiang Mai is the Night Safari, a natural theme park.  I have actually passed the big highway sign directing people to this park, but have never visited it, always thinking of it as a family-oriented tourist attraction, and most tourist attractions with loads of tourists  have not been my cup of tea.   But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised, Read the rest “A Surpisingly Fun Adventure: The Chiang Mai Night Safari”

Luc Montens of Tropical Properties – Our Pick for the best Real Estate Agent in Phuket

Luc MontensMeet Luc Montens, the man behind Phuket’s Premier Real Estate Agency, Tropical Properties, as he speaks to us in an exclusive interview about the real estate market of Phuket, what a buyer can expect in the island and also about his journey from Europe to Phuket which now he calls his home.

The interview…

Firstly, please give us a brief paragraph to introduce you and Tropical Properties.

Tropical PropertiesRead the rest “Luc Montens of Tropical Properties – Our Pick for the best Real Estate Agent in Phuket”