View Poll Results: Have you thought about leaving?

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  • Yes my bags are packed

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  • No I'm staying put no matter what

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  • I have thought about it but I'm waiting to see what happens next

    11 42.31%
  • I saw this coming and left already

    2 7.69%
  • I'll stay if they promise free toffees for all

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    OK Hands up, who has thought about leaving?

    As the madness becomes more apparent every day and the disruption of a peaceful retirement continues, who has considered moving on?
    Are business conditions better or worse since the coup? Have Thai attitudes to farang changed or just become more apparent.
    Is this still the Land of Smiles or has it become the Land of Smirks?
    Heart of Gold and a Knob of butter.

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    Nowt significant has changed since the late eighties as far as I'm concerned except that lots of holiday destinations are less picturesque.

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    I thought you meant TD, While odd trip abroad ok few combos are better for me with thai wife.

    As a single man Portugal Oz N Island NZ
    I actually like All the Celtic Arc from the Britos in Minho of Portugal Galicia W of Ireland esp Ulster,W sles of Scotland West Wales Cornwall even,Denmark and Finland but the winters brrrrr.

    Where would you go ?
    Of course for the millionaire the usual haunts Caribean Tahiti Cannes but for average Jo rural Lanna is perfect,Only change I'd make is bigger garden bigger pool which is planned.
    I used to have a job at a calendar factory.
    I got the sack because
    I took a couple of days off.

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    I'm happy with my lot. Have I ever considered 'moving on'? No, even though I know there's better places than Thailand.

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    To me this is home.I am here for the long haul. However it is not 100% my decision.

    The Thai government could turn around tomorrow and say that 10 million baht must be deposited in a Thai bank if a farang wishes to obtain a 1 year visa or only foreign tourists on 30 day visas are allowed no 1 year visas or somesuch.

    Highly unlikely I know but it is possible that the decision to leave is taken for me.

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    Nothing's changed significantly. Better or worse.

    Much ado about nothing.

    It's home....been for a while [the broader region].

    Ain't going anywhere.

    A tip: don't get caught up in the invented politics and perceptions they have upon you.

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    Still a shithole, always been a shithole, but it's a comfortable shithole.

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    I haven't liked the place for years, finding other places far far better, and don't pan to be there fulltime anytime soon...

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    The only noticeable change is the kids no longer wear "red" man united or Liverpool shirts, its neutral blue Man City ot Chelsea.
    P.s im staying

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    Quote Originally Posted by bankao dreamer
    its neutral blue Man City
    ...

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    if you are realistic you will know you will whinge where ever you are

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    OK Hands up, who has thought about leaving?
    Never have had any intentions to make Thailand full time, itís always been a part-time destination. The only thing holding me back from not visiting as often is the girlfriend. Itís her home so we have to visit, friends/family/property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Nothing's changed significantly. Better or worse.

    Much ado about nothing.

    It's home....been for a while [the broader region].

    Ain't going anywhere.

    A tip: don't get caught up in the invented politics and perceptions they have upon you.
    Hows that going, keeping up with whats going on here from which ever backwater US state your basement is in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    OK Hands up, who has thought about leaving?
    Never have had any intentions to make Thailand full time, itís always been a part-time destination. The only thing holding me back from not visiting as often is the girlfriend. Itís her home so we have to visit, friends/family/property.
    Likewise...

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    I suppose it comes down to what hell can you live with. My dear old mum, bless her, 85 years old, lives in constant dread of the bin man. This colour bin out for collection on this day, that colour bin out for collection on another day. And you better make sure you have the right kind of waste in the right bin, and no, you cannot leave the bin outside your house more than the day before or the day after or the council will fine you.

    fark that for a game of darts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    I suppose it comes down to what hell can you live with. My dear old mum, bless her, 85 years old, lives in constant dread of the bin man. This colour bin out for collection on this day, that colour bin out for collection on another day. And you better make sure you have the right kind of waste in the right bin, and no, you cannot leave the bin outside your house more than the day before or the day after or the council will fine you.

    fark that for a game of darts.
    RUBBISH ,yes he's right the refuse mafia,while I am all in favour of clean healthy recycling which reduces waste,eyesore,flytipping the councils in UK should sped more time on serious abse in their old people and childrens homes

    The more I agree with Khvn.

    Nidhogg the stronger the meds I think he's on to something

    Jeez these bender reassigment pills might change me into RS rustic slyam or Bleary HoaryKuta

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    No matter where you go, there you are...

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    It'd getting worse. But then everywhere is getting worse. I have not heard of anywhere where it's getting ' better ' . If I do, I might check it out.

    But if you are married, it doesn't matter what you think in less you intend to dump your wife for a newer model in a different port. Not an option for most expats. You will stay until you can't get over the hurdles they put in your way.

    I know of at least one such couple who have been separated by the current crackdowns resultant from the coup. Luckily , they are young and will one day be re united ( although it could be a long haul ).

    I don't think expats are really wanted here. Tolerated maybe.....wanted ....no.
    Just too many now for the xenophobic Thai elite.

    Probably a good thing to cull some of the excess .................until it's your turn.

    Still, you have a choice at least , leave before you get pushed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix
    But if you are married, it doesn't matter what you think in less you intend to dump your wife for a newer model in a different port. Not an option for most expats. You will stay until you can't get over the hurdles they put in your way.
    I can actually see a time when the Thai spouse will feel the same way. I recognise how strong the family ties are, believe me.
    We are all here for a multitude of different reasons and I am fortunate that I can opt out if I need to.
    Working on it as we speak. Just discovered I need a slightly bigger suitcase to get the GF out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Just discovered I need a slightly bigger suitcase to get the GF out.
    And a shit load of red tape and hoops.

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    ^The thousand mile journey begins with the first step...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    Just discovered I need a slightly bigger suitcase to get the GF out.
    If she's 88 lbs, you can carry her "like a six-pack"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick
    if you are realistic you will know you will whinge where ever you are
    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    No matter where you go, there you are...
    Wisdom...

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    A good thread on a good subject.

    First, Chas Ė a good thread on a good subject.

    A great many opinions and points have been presented in the thread.

    My two cents Ė everyone is an individual with his or her own preferences. Thailand possesses a great many pros and a great many cons. How the balance tilts is a matter of personal opinion.

    Married? The tilt of the balance changes Ė family requires compromises.

    Are things getting more difficult Ė no, we are getting older.

    Do the Thaiís like us, hate us, or tolerate us? Yes on all counts, depends on the individual Thai. Far too many Thai derive their livelihood off of us, directly or indirectly. The Thaiís are not stupid. They do realize that they are better off (in fact, much better off), with us here, even if this is seldom broadcast or acknowledged.

    To stay or leave Ė entirely up to the individual. You are an intelligent human being Ė you know the laws, rules and regulations, the door is always open. If you decide to leave Ė so be it. Come back and you will be welcomed.

    In a nutshell, all locations have bad points, and good points, only you and your spouse can weigh the factors to decide just where is right for you.

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    There are many aspects of Thai society that I dislike, and some that I find more than a little distasteful. However, I'm not exposed to any of them (with the possible exception of what would be a truly radical change in the Visa laws), so government, local and national, endemic corruption have little to no effect on my present lifestyle.

    The alternative (for me at least), returning to the UK (where I haven't lived for 20 years) or say Spain (where I lived for 10 years prior to living in Thailand for the last 7), I just wouldn't contemplate. There are aspect of European society in general (and the UK's in particular) that I equally dislike and find distasteful. Primary difference being that there is no option to their having an impact on your daily life, because they do. Over regulation adherence, high costs of living without commensurate quality of services are unavoidable ills that I really don't need. The carrot of a free bus pass in a few years just doesn't do it for me.

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