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    Helping out the Thailand economy

    After reading the recent Thailand news concerning 'farangs' owing land; I got to thinking how much 'farangs' have actually helped the Thailand economy. The following stats are my personal input.

    BKK home:
    1 full-time maid and a every Saturday help with the garden guy. This stat does not include all the extra workers we have from time to time to keep the house up-to-speed.

    D&G Resort:
    2 Fulltime landscape people plus a part-time maid. Once again this does not include any of the construction workers on various projects that seemingly go on constantly.

    The wife's old condo:
    A maid that comes and cleans every Saturday.

    D&G Resturant:
    A full-time chef (which I paid for her education), four waiters, one full-time maid and another part-time maid.

    Rice farms:
    One full-time employee and others as needed.

    To my way of thinking, because I am a 'farang'; I help at least 9 Thais full-time find a way of feeding their families. And I do this every month.

    Now keep in mind I am but a small guy. Not bragging just laying out the facts.

    Now being nosy, what do you contribute to the Thailand economy? I get tired of hearing that we as 'farangs' do not help out Thailand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    what do you contribute to the Thailand economy
    I support my wife, she's thai, that's all I can afford

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    I want to support more Soi Yodsak girls, but as I get older I seem to be supporting less

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    As you get older ones preferences change, your probably supporting the same number but now most are those girls that used to be Boys

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    What do you contribute to the Thailand economy?
    As long as Thai Immigration forces me to leave the country each 90 days to beg for another visa, I will keep to contribute the least possible.
    Why should I fork out some serious money for a car or an expensive condo I don't know I will be allowed to use ?

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    As an occasional visitor/tourist (5 trips) I like to offer 'Direct Foreign Aid' to the ladies of Soi Yodsak, and other deserving pooying, located elsewhere.

    Surely, I'm doing my bit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    what do you contribute to the Thailand economy?
    I do my part and maybe a little more,……what’s that thread? American Generosity,………….but I am not one to boast. After spending some time here at TD, it seems a lot of us do in one way or another.

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    hillbilly, I'd say you are doing rather well by the sounds of it! (You have a resort? And a restaurant? Holy cow!).

    I support myself and ladies on a temporary basis, usually hourly.

    Where's Soi Yodsak btw? Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    I want to support more Soi Yodsak girls, but as I get older I seem to be supporting less
    maybe if you'd let them hold on to your zimmer frame you could up your numbers

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    They need more help. How about your wife's land?

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    I don't support or employ any Thais but use Thailands International Hospitals quite often.

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    every white face you see contributes to some degree, with no welfare state to sponge off you can only be a net contriboutor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wefearourdespot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    What do you contribute to the Thailand economy?
    As long as Thai Immigration forces me to leave the country each 90 days to beg for another visa, I will keep to contribute the least possible.
    Why should I fork out some serious money for a car or an expensive condo I don't know I will be allowed to use ?
    You could of course just apply for the appropriate visa.

    You're trapped in a circle of your own making there.

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    Whilst the rules stay as they are, I will do my best to contribute as little as possible. However, as has been said, we all contribute in some form or another, some to a greater extent than others. Whilst I admire anyone who is prepared to take the risks such as HB, there is no way on earth I could. Its been said many times before, dont invest more than you afford to lose in Thailand. Ive got 15 years until I retire, so maybe things will have changed by then, although I doubt it. The way things are going, I might end up having to work longer anyway.
    I aint superstitious, but I know when somethings wrong
    I`ve been dragging my heels with a bitch called hope
    Let the undercurrent drag me along.

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