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  1. Boy Wonder

    What is the general rule for tipping?

    These are my thoughts as well. Everyone I tip has a great big smile on their face and are very grateful. That brings me joy as well, and doesn't hurt my pockets at all. Thanks for sharing. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  2. Boy Wonder

    What is the general rule for tipping?

    Your perception is off. It was a genuine apology. Don't read into things so much.. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  3. Boy Wonder

    What is the general rule for tipping?

    Haha sorry to spoil it for you :) I've been conditioned to tip by being raised in the USA. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  4. Generally speaking, I like to tip people that do good services for me, whether I'm in the west or in Thailand. At my hotel in Bangkok, I tipped, and each person I tipped accepted it and was very happy. Even my drivers let me tip them. Now I'm in the outskirts of Bangkok eating at some street food places and they won't let me tip. Is this normal? I am trying not to take it personal but just seems weird since the other Thais happily accepted my tips. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  5. Boy Wonder

    Is Thailand a bad idea?

    Thanks again to everyone that has responded with their point of view, I find all of it very helpful and I appreciate you taking the time to chime in with both the negatives and the positives. Going to respond to a few comments together. To the questions about my income: I live in Silicon Valley. A $100k salary is nothing special here, but the cost of living relative to the income is a crime. You can pay $3k for a one bedroom apartment...when you make roughly $5k a month after taxes, that leaves you very little for other bills, play, and saving. Not saying I pay $3k a month for rent, but just giving you some perspective on what many unenlightened people pay for a living here. A $500 condo in BKK/CM with $1 street food lunches sounds like music to my ears coming from a place like this. I also have technical skills, so working online remotely is a non-issue as well. Remote work is becoming more and more prevalent in IT, and you still get paid the same. I also have my own projects geared towards generating money, I have investments, and I have savings. All in all, money is the least of my concerns. To the comments about immigration: I just thought I'd live there for a year or so on a tourist visa and keep renewing it, but apparently I'll have to find another way if I want to avoid being hassled by immigration... I'll look into an elite visa or student visa like some of you have mentioned. Would rather not spend $15k on an elite visa -- especially if I decide I don't like it. I think I'll try a tourist visa first and then make a decision later... To the ridiculous "it's impossible to not enjoy America" comments: We all are vulnerable to becoming desensitized to things we're used to. I've been here my whole life, and nothing is new. There isn't anything 'wrong', per se, it's just that I want new experiences and I feel like I've maxed out on that here (trust me, I've done a lot of interesting things in my life even though I'm relatively young). If I grew up an immigrant that looked forward to coming to America, the land of opportunity, then maybe I'd have different views. But that's not the case; I'm from here. As such, it's all normal to me. Normal quickly becomes mundane. Travel seems like something that will provide novelty and experience.
  6. Boy Wonder

    Is Thailand a bad idea?

    Why Cuba in particular? Is a 3 month visa/renewing when expires no good? I'm based on the west coast. Silicon Valley.
  7. Boy Wonder

    Is Thailand a bad idea?

    I think you're right. Suppose I should just go and see for myself. My question about race was more so about Thai people in general, including the men. As far as the girl situation, that's not really any different from the USA. Everyone has their preference. But I certainly don't look African. And I'm not going there for hookers. Seem to be doing pretty well on Tinder there, won't have much need for that.
  8. Boy Wonder

    Is Thailand a bad idea?

    Quick backstory: I'm in my early twenties and from the USA. I'm a tall, black guy with dreads and tattoos that is easily confused for a basketball player, hip hop artist or thug (depending on where you went to school). I make $100k USD working online, and have zero obligations. I'm a very low-key guy, love to stay away from trouble and do not like to be the center of attention. I'll be going to Thailand soon based on some recommendations from friends. My reason for going is that I am bored out of my mind in the USA. I feel like I've seen and done it all here, and everything just seems so mundane and repetitive to me. I've lived in many states, and have visited many more. Life has simply lost its flare here for me. Whether this is because of my lifestyle, or the fact that the USA just sucks in many ways, is beyond me. But the fact of the matter is, I want novelty. I figured travelling the world/living in a new country and different culture for a while might spice things up nicely...as well as give me the opportunity to focus on growing my business without being hogged down by a soul-sucking 9-5 job that I have to commute to every day. There is a lot other problems, including but not limited to the cost of living, the political landscape, etc. I pay so much money here for such a mediocre way of life, whereas in Thailand the same money can get me a nice condo in a few different cities and give me a lavish lifestyle. The questions: I just stumbled across a thread titled "Leaving Thailand after 13 years" and it seems that Thailand may not be the paradise one would hope -- at least not if you're planning to live there long term, as opposed to being a tourist. Now I'm really curious and have a few questions: From your own perspective, what have been the pros/cons of living long term in Thailand as opposed to the west? What is your personal opinion of the outcome of my going to Thailand? In other words, am I delusional to think that going to Thailand will somehow solve the novelty, fulfillment and cost of living problems I'm having, or do you think this may be a good idea? Given my personal description, do you think Thai people will be welcoming, or will I feel alienated? Thanks so much in advance.
  9. Thank you VERY much. This is exactly the sort of information I was looking for. I was completely unaware that working remote was unorthodox, and I tend to overshare at times... definitely avoided some potential issues by reading this. I will go in with a tourist visa and renew it every 3 months (I can't be bothered flying every month to renew the monthly visa upon arrival), and I'll be sure to keep my head down about how I make my money. Again, thanks a bunch.
  10. I'm a Software Engineer in the USA, working full-time. I want to move to Thailand for 6+ months. My plan is to continue working my job remotely. What are the steps I should take here? Should I just go to Thai embassy and apply for 60 day visa and just keep renewing as long as I want to stay? Do I need a work permit to do my online remote work? Any help appreciated. Thanks!