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    Which country in SE Asia is the easiest for a foreigner to live in with respect to vi

    I believe Malaysia is very easy visa wise if you buy a house. What is your view Tdorians? A question just out of interest in comparison to Thailand.

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    An awful lot depends on whether you're married to a citizen of the country.

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    Cambodia

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    Suppose it all depends on how much Dosh ya got eh.

    If you flush with cash then pick anywhere ya want really.

    Can always meet Visa requirements anywhere if the wallet is full and flowin over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Cambodia
    Toss up between Cambodia and Malaysia - from purely the visa perspective.

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    Given those two choices, I would probably pick Malaysia along the NE coast, but I still prefer Thailand.

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    Not that hard here. Very few foreigners.

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    People give Cambodia the green light but it's backward as fuk compared to Thailand.

    Further more, it's moving so fast it will not be to far behind Thailand but will always be behind Thailand in infrastructure and Medical.

    Don't get seriously sick over there for Fuk sakes.

    Not my go.

    Plenty of other places to go but Thailand still ticks my box.

    Ignore the Political bullshit, the lying Thai retards and general fuking stupidness of the locals and it's all good.
    I do not give Patsycat " The Horn " thank Fuk.

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    I would go for western marches of Cambodia, but that's because I've got links on both sides of that border. Terry is right about infrastructure... i think Camboland has the chance to grow, but it may not avoid the problems that Thailand's had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
    I would go for western marches of Cambodia, but that's because I've got links on both sides of that border. Terry is right about infrastructure... i think Camboland has the chance to grow, but it may not avoid the problems that Thailand's had.
    As long as Cambodia's political infrastructure mirrors Thailand, it will remain the same.

    Some circles might consider this to be beneficial than the detriment of trying to be something else.

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    Probably Cambodia.

    Thailand ain't that hard.

    Get married, or work, or have a kid, or retire, or study, go and get a 12 month extension of stay, then give the local motosai taxi bloke yer passport and 200 baht to report for you every 90 days.

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    ^^
    I was not aware Cambodia's political infrastructure mirrored that of Thailand. Please clarify.

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    Yes. Please do. I find the cambo political landscape vastly different. First time I went there was 96 and they had untac "assisting " with the first free election they have ever had, granted there are similarities, both are kingdoms and both subscribe to the chicken head theory of whoever has the most money and Lamborghini should obviously be in charge comparing cambo politics to Thai politics is perhaps chalk and cheese. Or same same but different

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    I reckon Cambo is much more laid back in terms of some rules... no LM, low thresholds on setting companies, chilled about herb, a bit less in terms of others... lots of rules about marrying local bint... it seems to be a little more investment-friendly, because it needs to be to get itself moving. I hope Burma starts getting its act together too. The trouble with Toyland is that locals use rules against you when you start showing your innate superiority, whereas Cambos just shoot yow waaath
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1F2i0rYMj8

    we are all figments of our own imagination.

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    The elephant in the room being, how do the local mores compare regarding girlfriend/sex acquisition?

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    Hasn't hun sen just threatened military involvement if he doesn't win the next election.?

    Maybe same same Thailand

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    Thailand is by far the easiest if you have 500K Baht you can get the Elite visa. I applied for mine and have one and I can say it can't get much easier than that. 500K a copy of your passport and a pulse is all that is required.

    No bank accounts with minimum balances or financial checks of any kind. The OP mentioned Malaysia which you need quite a bit of money to qualify for. If you can afford the Malaysian visa scheme the TE program is a financial pin prick.

    Not everybody will find value in the TE program but it certainly does qualify as one of the easiest visas to get anywhere on the planet.

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    ^ you paid 12 grand for a visa?!
    I think living near easy access to leaving a foreign country is always a sensible consideration... so proximity to borders, ports, and airports.
    A coastal border region with low traffic density and an airport is thus a prime location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
    ^ you paid 12 grand for a visa?!
    I think living near easy access to leaving a foreign country is always a sensible consideration... so proximity to borders, ports, and airports.
    A coastal border region with low traffic density and an airport is thus a prime location.
    I am under 50 and not married and need to live in Thailand. So what else was I supposed to do? Anyway he the OP didn't say cheapest he said easiest and I don't think it can be argued that there is any easier visa than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justme2017
    I am under 50 and not married and need to live in Thailand. So what else was I supposed to do? Anyway he the OP didn't say cheapest he said easiest and I don't think it can be argued that there is any easier visa than that.

    Sorry but:


    Damn you have hooked a fair few. Well done in only a couple of days..

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by justme2017
    I am under 50 and not married and need to live in Thailand. So what else was I supposed to do? Anyway he the OP didn't say cheapest he said easiest and I don't think it can be argued that there is any easier visa than that.

    Sorry but:


    Damn you have hooked a fair few. Well done in only a couple of days..
    Are you saying that I am not a member of the TE program? I can offer pretty conclusive proof. Anyway I knew somebody would have to say something like this it seems the TE card is a lightning rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justme2017 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
    ^ you paid 12 grand for a visa?!
    I think living near easy access to leaving a foreign country is always a sensible consideration... so proximity to borders, ports, and airports.
    A coastal border region with low traffic density and an airport is thus a prime location.
    I am under 50 and not married and need to live in Thailand. So what else was I supposed to do? Anyway he the OP didn't say cheapest he said easiest and I don't think it can be argued that there is any easier visa than that.
    "Easy" is kind of relative... "what else were you supposed to do"?! seems a bit of an odd question...
    I mean, this isn't an investment qualification, you actually handed over that much money, permanently to the Thai government, in exchange for a piece of paper?
    Or what...? What do you get for that?

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    ^

    He gets a 5 year Visa, no ninety day reports, multi entry.

    Free transfers from Airport to home. VIP entry through Immigration.

    Basically left alone for 5 years. No age requirement.

    Something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    ^

    He gets a 5 year Visa, no ninety day reports, multi entry.

    Free transfers from Airport to home. VIP entry through Immigration.

    Basically left alone for 5 years. No age requirement.

    Something like that.
    Lounge access too.


    Works out about a pint of Guinness a day from the Robin Hood.

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    ^

    If you do the sums on what it costs for Visas for five years and associated costs going the " Elite " way could be beneficial to people.

    If ya got the spare dosh and ya are committed to stay for 5 years then why not. ?

    Money makes life easy.

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