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    What to do in Bangkok when you retire.

    I only leaved in Bangkok around 10 years ago, I am actually based in Hong Kong. In a couple of weeks I will start an early retirement with maybe only a few hours a week of "professional" activity.
    For Bangkok retirees, what do you do with your free time ?I've a car so I'm mobile but I really hate Bangkok traffic jams.
    All suggestions are welcomed, including volunteer work or even a part time professional activity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perota
    For Bangkok retirees, what do you do with your free time ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Perota
    All suggestions are welcomed, including volunteer work or even a part time professional activity.
    Theyre always looking for part time staff here


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    ^ Serious walk of shame that one.

    Just showing how bored some people can become. The kind of thing I'm actually trying to avoid

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    We have a car but don't use it! All I can come up with is drinking, it makes the day go quicker. Gardening is not bad but not many houses have much of one do they. Bike riding, not for me but some people like to risk it. They advertise in the bangkok trader for volunter English speakers needed for Schoolkids near MBK, have thought about it but too far.

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    What to do in Bangkok when retired?

    Move.

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    Perota: A lot depends on what kind of physical shape you're in, and on if you have some money. I retired early, at almost 52, but with quite a decent pension, which includes full family medical coverage. I also started up a company in Manila, which augments my pension nicely. I still found myself with time on my hands. You need to find something which interests you - scuba diving is great...I have some good sites nearby, have always loved to dive, but never had the time to fully indulge myself until after retirement. I also read a tremendous amount - I always have, but work kept getting in the way; I currently read four or five books a week. I also have twins who will be 14 next month, so that keeps me busy. No bars or expats where I live, so hanging off a barstool trading lies all day isn't an option. You need to do both mental and physical exercise in order to enjoy your retirement. Best of luck!

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    ^^ Spot on.

    Bangkok has golf, drinking and fucking. That's about it.

    Other parts in Thailand have either:

    Beach, golf, drinking and fucking...

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    Mountains, air pollution, golf, drinking and fucking.

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    Suicide is an option.

    Do you have to stay in Bangkok? If you like the beach go south. If you play golf or like the outdoors go north.

    The haze season was fairly mild in CM this year, though last year's was a doozy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Perota: A lot depends on what kind of physical shape you're in, and on if you have some money. I retired early, at almost 52, but with quite a decent pension, which includes full family medical coverage. I also started up a company in Manila, which augments my pension nicely. I still found myself with time on my hands. You need to find something which interests you - scuba diving is great...I have some good sites nearby, have always loved to dive, but never had the time to fully indulge myself until after retirement. I also read a tremendous amount - I always have, but work kept getting in the way; I currently read four or five books a week. I also have twins who will be 14 next month, so that keeps me busy. No bars or expats where I live, so hanging off a barstool trading lies all day isn't an option. You need to do both mental and physical exercise in order to enjoy your retirement. Best of luck!
    To answer your question regarding the physical shape I'm in, the answer is straight forward : very poor ! Mainly very high blood pressure due to a stressful job. That's actually the reason of my early retirement.

    Financially, the house in Bangkok is fully paid and without being very rich I can live a comfortable life.

    Basically I'm in a similar situation, including the age, than when you retire. That's why your suggestions are very much appreciated.

    It's sure that moving to other attractive places of Thailand would be a nice option but because of my wife I will need to stay in Bangkok for a while. She has a nice job with an international airline with a lot of advantages (including id tickets) and she doesn't want to quit just yet.

    We also have a big garden / small farm near Korat but I'm afraid to get bored after a while if I move there.

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    You could take up snooker or pool. Nice places to play in BKK. When I retire I want to be a BKK pool hall hustler

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    [quote=Perota;2509041]
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post

    To answer your question regarding the physical shape I'm in, the answer is straight forward : very poor ! Mainly very high blood pressure due to a stressful job. That's actually the reason of my early retirement.

    Financially, the house in Bangkok is fully paid and without being very rich I can live a comfortable life.

    Basically I'm in a similar situation, including the age, than when you retire. That's why your suggestions are very much appreciated.

    It's sure that moving to other attractive places of Thailand would be a nice option but because of my wife I will need to stay in Bangkok for a while. She has a nice job with an international airline with a lot of advantages (including id tickets) and she doesn't want to quit just yet.

    We also have a big garden / small farm near Korat but I'm afraid to get bored after a while if I move there.
    Hopefully with some meds, some light exercise, and having ditched the job, your blood pressure will start dropping. Like you, when I retired, I had to stay in the city cesspool (Manila) for a few years in order to get my company up and running - your wife's job sounds like you will be in Bangkok, for good reason, for a while. If you can't do much physical, do things requiring brain work - depending on how good your Thai language skills are, if you plan on staying in Thailand, perhaps a course of language study might be the ticket. If you eliminate booze and broads from the equation, when I lived for six years in Bangkok, I found the weekends when I wasn't working could drag a bit unless you forced yourself to find something to do.

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    ^ You're right, one of the first priority will be to get back in shape so probably to find a gym with good staff to get me started.

    Any suggestion in the Ngam Wong Nam mall area ?

    Learning the language will be useful too. I've some basic understanding but as you suggest, some mental stimulation will be good too ... Any suggestion in the same area ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perota View Post
    You're right, one of the first priority will be to get back in shape so probably to find a gym with good staff to get me started.

    Any suggestion in the Ngam Wong Nam mall area ?
    I have to defer to Bangkok's current residents for that, as it's been a number of years since I have lived there. Just a suggestion, but here in the Philippines a number of hospitals have rehab centers which include gyms and personal trainers who are also physical therapists. In my small city, the best gym in town is such - great equipment and cheap. Check your BP before and after each session. Less than $20 a month - about $4 a day if you use a trainer. And, hospital staff get a serious discount so there is a lot of nurse eye candy around.

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    The one thing you really need to do is get yourself a routine and a mixture of pastimes
    Hobbies I've noticed from Bangkok retirees on here -
    Cycling, there's a nice bit of Countryside in Bangkok somewhere, not sure how far from you,
    Police volunteer, mainly translation work, so your Thai needs to be good.
    Hash Harrier. I think they jog from bar to bar then get a taxi home.See Vocalneal.
    Golf- too hot in bangkok for my liking
    Motorcycle enthusiats- maybe join the Hells Angels or Outlaws ?
    Gym
    Join a bar's pool or dart team and once a week enjoy visiting an array of bars and letting all your new mates down miserably
    Cinema
    reading
    cooking
    Maybe try Geo-caching
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    Have a happy retirement whatever you choose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perota
    Any suggestion in the Ngam Wong Nam mall area ?
    They have loads of classes in the Fitness First in there

    Maybe start off with Gentle Flow with Kong

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perota
    Just showing how bored some people can become. The kind of thing I'm actually trying to avoid
    then avoid this country, period it's a shit whole, hookers, corruption, hot and sticky,
    rubbish never come here if i was you.

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    Mountains, air pollution, golf, drinking and fucking.
    In the sticks? lovely

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    Take up music. I learned to play guitar and then piano while in the Philippines. I was in my late sixtys when I started piano. Take pop lessons, not classical, from a performing musician. Great for the blood pressure and eats up a lot of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perota
    Any suggestion in the Ngam Wong Nam mall area ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    They have loads of classes in the Fitness First in there
    Dillinger, you beat me to it. Perota, if you are near enough to The Mall Ngamwongwan, then you should take the van from there to Muangthongthani. My family has a condo there, and there are loads of great amenities, such as the tennis academy, an Olympic sized swimming pool with a new gym and a driving range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Perota
    Any suggestion in the Ngam Wong Nam mall area ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    They have loads of classes in the Fitness First in there
    Dillinger, you beat me to it. Perota, if you are near enough to The Mall Ngamwongwan, then you should take the van from there to Muangthongthani. My family has a condo there, and there are loads of great amenities, such as the tennis academy, an Olympic sized swimming pool with a new gym and a driving range.

    Thank you, both of you. I have a rough idea of where both area are. Not far from my home. If I was not so scare of the traffic, it could make a couple of nice bicycle rides to explore the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Perota View Post
    You're right, one of the first priority will be to get back in shape so probably to find a gym with good staff to get me started.

    Any suggestion in the Ngam Wong Nam mall area ?
    I have to defer to Bangkok's current residents for that, as it's been a number of years since I have lived there. Just a suggestion, but here in the Philippines a number of hospitals have rehab centers which include gyms and personal trainers who are also physical therapists. In my small city, the best gym in town is such - great equipment and cheap. Check your BP before and after each session. Less than $20 a month - about $4 a day if you use a trainer. And, hospital staff get a serious discount so there is a lot of nurse eye candy around.
    Great, that's a good idea. I didn't know hospitals offered these kind of services. I will probably need to find a new doctor in Bangkok anyway.

    Yesterday I didn't know what to do. Now I don't know where to start

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    Swimming and reading. Buy a motorbike.... Honda CRF250/Kawasaki KLX250, get out to Kanchanaburi for some exploring, in fact all the "Home Provinces" will be good for some bike riding and exploring, couple nights away etc.

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    So, to sum it up. Retirement seems to be an indeterminate amount of difficult to fill time, between when you stop working and when you die?

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