Frequently Asked Questions
1. I am tired of living in my country and think I want to live in Thailand. What should I do?
Before you sell all of your belongings and move to Thailand, come for a two-week vacation and get some rest. If you like the country, come back and give living in the country a try for at least 6 months. Then make your decision. Living in Thailand for the long term is different from vacationing. Do not decide to move to Thailand until you have at least come here once or twice.
2. Where is the best place to live in Thailand?
How do I know? Seriously, you don't expect much from me, do you? Some people like Pattaya, I don't. Some people like Chiang Mai, , others like Hua Hin. Personally, I prefer the southern cities; Krabi, Hua Hin, or Nakorn Si Thammarat. Notice I left out Phuket. Just like Pattaya, Phuket is a tourist trap and it's definitely not for me.
The answer to your question? Wherever you feel comfortable. This is why it's a good idea to travel around the country in your 6-month to 1-year trial in the country. Go wherever interests you and stay for a few weeks or so, gauging whether or not you can live there.
3. What is the best thing about living in Thailand?
The freedom from people telling you what to do, the food, and the laid back lifestyle. If you're single, Thai
women are a plus too.
4. What are the worst things about living in Thailand?
The heat, the humidity, the discrimination, and the laid back lifestyle.
5. Do I need to learn Thai?
I think it helps. You can always play dumb and claim you don't speak the language, but knowing it carries more advantages than disadvantages in my opinion. It's another tool in the toolbox.
6. What is the best visa for me if I want to stay long term?
If you're under 50, an ED visa. If you want to start a business or buy a condo, the non-immigrant B might work for you. If you're over 50 and earn 65,000 baht-plus or have 800,000 baht in the bank, you qualify for a non-immigrant O-A visa, more commonly referred to as a retirement visa.
7. When is the best time of year to come to Thailand?
The best time to come to Thailand is when you have the time and money. Thailand is always hot so you're not going to get around the heat.
March - May (Hot) - At best, Thailand is warm, but most of the time it is flat out hot. This heat is compounded by the harsh humidity.
June - October (Rainy) - one worry for some people is the rain. The majority of time, the rain comes in short spells. People here learn to work around the rain and live with it so don't let the threat of rain keep you from coming.
November - February (Cool) - Thailand is always warm but since these months are the mildest of the year, this period is deemed the cool season. The mountains in the north are the only place that ever truly gets cool.
8. Why are you so against getting involved with a bar girl?
Get your head on straight before coming here. Most men would not marry a prostitute in their own country, why would you get involved with one here? There are plenty of educated, decent, available Thai women. It's hard enough making a relationship work. Why make it more difficult by marrying a hooker? Seriously, it's up to you but 99.9% of the time, your working girl is no different than any other prostitute. She's a prostitute, plain and simple.
9. Can I own land in Thailand.
If you have a legitimate Thai business, the business can purchase or lease the land, but otherwise, no. You can, however, purchase a condominium.
10. What are the biggest misconceptions about Thais and Thailand?
While certain segments of Thailand are poor, there are many, many Thai people who are well off. Much of what comes out of the country is sensationalized. Also, Thai women tend to be relatively conservative, more conservative than most men tend to believe. This is slowly changing but don't expect every Thai woman who smiles at you to go out or jump in the sack with you.
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