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    Expats who want to leave, if they could

    Thats the dirty rotten truth for most, a category of the post Thai resident, now vacationer of which I fall most definitely into. I still love visiting Thailand, it’s a great vacation destination...just don't go to murder island, rent a jet ski, motorbike or try to go to the Grand Palace on one of those ‘half day closings’ LOL....Oh, and and buy travel insurance But that arrangement only works if you can afford to do the two location thing. I thing JT in a much earlier post summed it up quite well. For a lot of folks it’s to a point where they have burnt bridges, or just basically run out of resources that means the option of returning to their home, either full time or part time just isn’t an option. Then two things happen; either like JT they accept the reality of wanting to return, but can’t afford to. Or, as seems to be more prevalent on here they slip into the uber Thai lifestyle defense mode, where you’re not sure who they are trying to convince, that their life in Thailand is super wonderful. All in all it’s a mixed bag of tricks. We all make our own way and decide what works for us personally. I sure that there are some who genuinely like it full time, those of us that can tolerate part time, and those in the most unfortunate category who are just stuck trying to convince themselves that it’s wonderful
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    Expats who want to leave, if they could

    I’m totally with you bro. Now I know we may both be setting ourselves up for ridicule but some of our more hard nosed TVF brethren, but for many of us pets are family, sometimes closer, and a lot less judgmental! Yeah you got a tough one with so many, that gets pricey. To put it in context for one teeny tiny cat, between all the vaccinations, microchipping, Thai export paperwork, medical checks in BKK, without even starting on the airfare it all cost around ฿45000, so roughly $1400. Multiply that by your menagerie and it’s getting up there! As for traumatized. Well she wasn’t a happy cat when I finally got her out of customs in Denver, but she survived, and after a week or two was back to normal. Made sure we had packed all her blankets, toys etc in out luggage so when she got home there was her stuff, her smells to help the acclimatization.
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    Expats who want to leave, if they could

    Oh I hear you on the pets thing. We agonized before we moved home about the cat ‘issue’. It was almost the breaking point of repatriation, but ultimately we bit the bullet and paid the extortionate fees, time and trouble to get her air freighted home. Now the difference between Thailand & USA when it comes to pets, when we go back to visit Thailand for 12 weeks I can trust people to look after her, feed her, play with her, in general make her life happy. If we’d left her in Thailand, maybe and it’s only a maybe could I have found someone to feed her, let alone anything else. So, I’m fully aligned with the issue of not wanting to leave pets behind.
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    Expats who want to leave, if they could

    I'm in the already moved home category. I lived full time in Thailand for close to 10 years. I'd sorta sum it up that it's a bit like watching a Hollywood movie, you need to seriously be able to suspend disbelief to survive. As time moved on however I found that I was having to aggressively pull the wool over my eyes to ignore what was seriously pissing me off about the place. In that 10 years it also became increasingly more expensive, where at the end, if you want to live like you would at home, it really wasn't any cheaper. Health care was also another factor. Now I'm still a pretty healthy guy, but insurance really skyrockets the older you get here, versus in most western countries (even in the US f&&cked up system) when you retire you have piece of mind on that score. Ultimately, Thailand is not a place for old men, or women for that matter. I'm fairly lucky, still owned a house back home, so when Mrs GB got her green card it was an easy option to repatriate. Now I get the best of both worlds. We do the snowbird thing, summers in the US, then come back for 3 months in the winter. 12 weeks takes me back to it all feeling like a vacation, which is great. Then close up the house, get back on the plane to reality. Now there are always those who for whatever reason refuse, deny, castigate anyone who dares to proffer any critism of living in Thailand, but to paraphrase George Smiley; "it's because they are fanatics, and the fanatic is always concealing a secret doubt" So in my mind, it's a great vacation destination, but live there full time? Been there, done that, got the teeshirt, but enough is enough.
  5. Oh one more thing might be worthwhile checking is SSA, especially if you haven't worked in the US for a while. I'm only 59 so I got a ways to go you. Sign up for an online account and check out what you qualify for. It's pretty shocking how the numbers pan out for an early payout. For me, basically claiming at 62, versus 66 halved the monthly payout
  6. The problem you are always going to run into is rent, unless you already owned a place. The rest of the cost of living for most of the US, outside the urban hotspots really isn't that much different to Thailand, unless of course you are subsisting on somtam and noodles from the nearest street corner. It's a little un scientific, but. I sold a couple of condo's in Thonglor, right next to BTS, so prime location. For what I sold them for I basically was able to buy 2 for 1 in the US, and I would say nicer units, and I rent them for $900-1050 a month each, almost exactly the same rent I was getting in Thonglor. So, HOA fees, property management and real estate taxes, it's almost double the yield on the money. So no matter where you look in the US, that housing rental cost, unless you have the cash to buy, is gonna be at a minimal double what you are paying in Thailand. It's a tough row to how if you are basically trying to restart life back home in your twilight years
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    British cave diving hero finds love with Thai nurse

    Rather cute story actually. Amazing coincidence that they both end up as part of the rescue. Sometimes the universe does indeed work in mysterious ways
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    Dengue fever

    Having had dengue, twice, not a lot any health professional can do for you, so the issue of insurance is probably a moot point Stay at home, close the blinds, turn on the air, take ibrupofen, drink water, and wait it out. No hospital or doctor will be able to do anything more
  9. So back to the actual topic.... I 'was' a my working slob, paid my taxes all my life, still do on my paltry retirement income. So why again do I have to feel some sympathy for someone, who I assume as an American citizen has, and probably will benefit from that said citizenship, hasn't paid their taxes?? We are all American's, we contribute to the system that for better or worse we elect into office, who in turn legislate tax rules, Don't like it, vote them out. I can't help myself but be drawn into the fact that so many of the commentators on here seem not to be US citizens, and probably Europeans You bitch about Amazon, Starbucks et al not paying tax . For God's sake you voted in the morons that let Ireland become a tax shelter! Get some perspective for Christs sake
  10. Are we supposed to feel some sympathy for this? If you owe $51K in taxes, thats a helluva lot of unpaid tax, it pays for a lot of those services people bemoan we don't spend enough money on. I baffles me the double standards of some on here. Berate the US for this policy, then berate the likes of Amazon, Starbucks because they exploit the tax regime that their elected governments enacted, because they don't pay enough tax. Pick your battles boys & girls
  11. It doesn’t exist in the old sense of telex machines, but there is still a system in place. This is the wiki final para on ‘Telex' Telex is still in operation but not in the sense described in the CCITT Blue Book documentation. iTelegram offers "telex" without subscriber telex lines. Individual subscribers can use Deskmail, a legacy Windows program that connects to the iTelegram telex network but this is via IP as the "last mile".,[19][20] Telex has been mostly superseded by fax, email, and SWIFT, although radiotelex, telex via HF radio, is still used in the maritime industry and is a required element of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. See Telegraphy § 21st-century decline for current status in different countries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telex
  12. Glad to see everything is working out for you, pictures look great Hope your health improves, that would certainly round off an otherwise great repatriation
  13. Well you are probably right on many levels. We all have different personal situations, resources, likes and dislikes. I’m in the already repatriated category. Now given unlimited resources I would have moved back to San Diego, but we all make compromises. I live in a community that I love, very affordable, sucky winters, but we are falling into the snowbird way of life where we rent the house out in the winter and return to our house in Thailand for a few months. 3 months in the Thailand is enough. Having spent a decade in Thailand, I can suspend disbelief for 12 weeks then return to reality in the spring. The reality which we all know, but maybe afraid to admit, is Thailand is unhinged and certainly no place for old men. A vacation is fine, but live out your old age? Get real, downtown Detroit is probably better
  14. I'm assuming you are over 50. In the short term just get an extension based on retirement. You can go to the embassy in Bangkok get an affidavit stating your income, assuming that you don't have 800K parked in the bank here, then fill out a TM-7 and a couple of pics and you're done. That will give you time to figure out 'if' the marriage extension is worth the hassle or just stick with retirement. The only real advantage of marriage I could see was I 'think' it allows you to work