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Where do you all live & are you planning on living in Asia ?

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Just wondering where you all live if your willing to share that.

Do you ever plan to live in Asia (retire)  if your not already there or do you prefer to stay where you are .

 

 

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Perth, I would love to live in either Thailand or Vietnam eventually but I haven't narrowed down the location yet, there are some places that I really like. My needs on the place are simple, access to good medical, a place with plenty to do and that can be used as a base for travel and with that good internet for studies. 

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17 minutes ago, Gaybutton said:

Since so far there has been a total of 3 responses, are you truly surprised no one said Philippines yet?

As for living in Asia, in my case I'll probably give it some thought . . .

Would you do it all again and same place ?

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Australia, but I'm in my 30s so retirement is just a distant dream, I do plan to work in Asia when the timing is right and if I find a good fit for me.

My working abroad plan was Hong Kong a few years ago, but that's not a good option anymore so possibly Singapore or Bangkok. I am in a very specialised field of work and I have the option to work anywhere in the world, but I haven't got the courage to pull the pin and risk my very comfortable life for whatever might be on the other side yet.

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7 hours ago, Olddaddy said:

Just wondering where you all live if your willing to share that.

Do you ever plan to live in Asia (retire)  if your not already there or do you prefer to stay where you are .

 

 

I live in condo, long paid off.

I'm happy where I'm . Would like to live in Bangkok but knowing myself for quite a while I know I did not stand the  heat year round as even here after 3-4 months of summer temperatures I'm always greatly relieved it's cooler finally.

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5 hours ago, Olddaddy said:

Would you do it all again and same place ?

I have posted this many times - yes, I would - without the slightest hesitation or second thought.  I love living in Pattaya and wouldn't dream of living anywhere else.  I'm living where my first choice for a holiday would be.  And for me, that has nothing to do with the bars and availability of sex.  I also have never been interested in luxury living.  I don't need or even want hotels such as Le Negresco.  Even in Bangkok I am perfectly happy staying at the Malaysia Hotel - a place some think of as a dump.  I truly believe if I were ever fortunate enough to become a billionaire I would still prefer to live exactly as I do now.  But at least I wouldn't have to worry about that fucking 800,000 baht in a Thai bank account requirement . . .

That's me.  People have to make their own decisions.  I've known my share of people who also chose to live in Pattaya, grew to hate it, and left.  That is why I always say when people first come to live in Pattaya they should make sure to leave themselves an escape route in case it doesn't work out.  I've also known people who wanted to get out, but burnt all their bridges and now have no place to go.

Best piece of advice I can offer is to learn to speak as much Thai as possible, even before going to live in Thailand.  The ability to speak the language is an enormous help.  Again, speaking only for myself, I have never even tried to learn to read it.  There is more than enough English that makes reading it unnecessary (for me).  And it doesn't take long to pick up on the way most Thais who can speak some English do speak it.  Many of us call it "Thainglish".

Maybe one difference I would choose - and at my stage of the game I'm getting very close to deciding to do it - is hire a maid (or houseboy).  I'm getting tired of doing all my own chores - everything from doing my own laundry to picking up after my dog.  The idea of a maid sounds better every time I hear it.

 

 

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31 minutes ago, Gaybutton said:

 I truly believe if I were ever fortunate enough to become a billionaire I would still prefer to live exactly as I do now. 

not to dispute anything but I'm tempted to comment since I happen to know people who won lottery big.

Long time ago , in early 90-ties , not that much as it was about 2 million $ but those days were we live one could buy 8-10 houses for that and  don't know them that well as those were clients our our office only.

What I remember  very well was their comment they made about one year later when they digested all those news, they told me that having all of the sudden those riches and being able to afford things they never even dreamed about  changes one mind and they are not surprised some people in such situation may get crazy. In short, until we get there we don't know how we would react. For all I know they did not get crazy fortunately even if they both were from poor background and still , for good luck I still  keep yellowish newspaper clip  announcing their win on my desk at home.

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1 hour ago, 12is12 said:

I live in Israel, 65 yo, in early retirement.

No plans to relocate, and anyway - Israel is in Asia.....   (-:

Can I ask have you considered moving to Thailand?

May I ask your reason for staying in Israel,

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I live in the USA, and have traveled world-wide, extensively.  If I were to relocate outside the USA I'd almost certainly move to Mexico where I've lived previously.  I speak Spanish, which is a huge plus.  Other than Mexico, I'd like to live in Ireland .. but a retiree visa requires 50,000 Euro annual income if I'm recalling correctly.  I wouldn't live in Asia, or Thailand.  Language is one reason.  Living someplace is very different than visiting as a tourist.

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17 hours ago, Olddaddy said:

Interestingly no one has said Philippines yet 

I did think about the Philippines once, there are a couple of places there that interest me a lot. The main pro to the Philippines for me is the retirement visa, so much easier and less stuffing around and that's the sad part of Vietnam is they don't have a retirement visa or long stay visa option. The big con for the Philippines for me are the typhoons (not to mention their regular brown outs), I had lived in an area in Australia for many years and been through so many cyclones that I would rather not have to go through any more.   

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21 minutes ago, TMax said:

I did think about the Philippines once, there are a couple of places there that interest me a lot. The main pro to the Philippines for me is the retirement visa, so much easier and less stuffing around and that's the sad part of Vietnam is they don't have a retirement visa or long stay visa option. The big con for the Philippines for me are the typhoons (not to mention their regular brown outs), I had lived in an area in Australia for many years and been through so many cyclones that I would rather not have to go through any more.   

Tracey?

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54 minutes ago, Olddaddy said:

Tracey?

No not that one, north of WA and at least 10 of them over the years.

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I’m Asian living my dream of staying somewhere in Europe. I extensively traveled the continent and beyond.

Recent years before Covid, I just keep on coming back to Asia particularly Thailand and Japan, other favorites are Taiwan and South Korea. When I was younger, I thought I’d never retire in Asia. However it most likely be where I will retire. Most likely In Thailand or my home country. I’m doing a sabbatical break next year for a trial retirement and if I like it, I’ll just continue it. 
Just turned 50 so the retirement extension of stay in Thailand is possible now. Staying at home country though, has the advantage of finding work easily if I like to do so. apart from family and friends I have there.

Oh, and I never liked winter season and even if I like to do early retirement say in Spain, it is quite costly as my preference would be Barcelona.

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Retired in Oregon. Happy here with my partner.  Enjoy visiting, but I have a circle of friends here, and don't want to relocate. If my partner died, I might try it for a few months, but I suspect I'd come back to the green and the rain. The thing that might get me to truly move if my partner passed is if my money grew a bit tight, because it goes so much farther elsewhere. In that case, I'd probably pick Mexico because as others have said, the language is easier and it would be easier to visit what friends and family remained.

 

 

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I enjoy my retired life where I am now in Canada. I would now not want to move anywhere else permanently.

Great to visit cities in Asia, especially BKK. But no desire to move there. One of the reasons is.... I would not be able to handle the heat for extended periods.

But the main reason... my family and friends are within few hundred miles of where I presently live. I would feel lonely and lost in another country that is far away.

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