The grass is greener on the other side. At least, that's what we like to think. Truth is, we can never be sure. More than ever before, westerners around the world are considering moving abroad. There are a multitude of reasons why but Thailand is a country considered by many as their new home.
The number one question I get is "How much do I need to live in Thailand?"
Some ask, "How much do I need every month to live comfortably?"
I prefer to change the question to: "How much money do I need every month to live well?"
This may sound like semantics but each of the above questions has different answers. This is a question that should be followed by a person's profile.
How old are you, are you healthy, do you have a girlfriend or wife, is she relying on you to take care of her financially, do you drink, smoke, or do drugs? Do you live simply or do you have expensive taste? Can you live in a studio apartment? Do you need air-conditioning or are you perfectly fine using a fan?
Question #1: "How much do I need to live in Thailand?"
Answer #1: If you are willing to sleep on the street and forage for food, you only need money to keep your visa current.
Answer #2: You need enough to afford a roof over your head and one or two meals a day.
Question #2: "How much do I need every month to live comfortably?"
There is a difference between living and living comfortably. To live comfortably, in my opinion, means to live a life that makes you happy.
Question #3: "How much money do I need every month to live well?"
Call me overly conservative but the difference between living well and living comfortably might just be the difference between leading boring, monotonous life and living a life you can be happy with. If you're going spend the time and energy to move to Thailand, you really ought to have enough money to live WELL!
Bang's Health Deteriorating
Bang is home from the hospital now. I wish I could say this was good news but his condition has gradually grown worse with each day. Originally, his main problem was his inability to straighten his legs. Optimist that I am, I figured, take him in, have an orthopedic specialist look him over, get him a little physical therapy, maybe some muscle relaxers, and the old guy would be sitting up asking how much longer it would be before he was taking strolls around the neighborhood. Wishful thinking.
To be perfectly honest, Bang is near the end. His heart is weak, he is unwilling to eat, and he needs constant supervision. His wife Ooy does her best to take care of him but staying with him every moment of every day is impossible. Earlier today, she went to speak with a neighbor and by the time she came back, Bang had rolled himself off the bed. Then he pulled out the tubes he's supposed to have in him. Ooy calls me almost every day, and every time she does I wonder if Bang is okay. Then she forces him to talk to me, despite my telling her to let him rest. Anyway...cross your fingers. The guy needs a bit of luck.
I will probably be taking a week off. I'm trying to finish up my book and I have quite a lot to do. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thanks for being a part of my site and for watching my videos!