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The Real Reasons Expats Decided Thailand (And What They Think Now)

By Dan Cheeseman

 

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In many instances there is a stigma regarding becoming an expat in Thailand, stereotypical images of old men with vests, slugging away on a can of Singha beer and ogling the young Thai women spring to mind. In my mind this is hugely misleading and in the majority of cases not true.

 

You certainly have your areas in Thailand more befitting of such views, like Pattaya, but it’s far more marginal now than its ever been in these locations. Trust me as I live in Pattaya with my family.

 

But it did get me thinking. What was the primary reason for people deciding to come and live in Thailand in the first place, if stereotypes was to be believed you’d assume ‘women’ to rate fairly highly.

 

So using the various media at my disposal I did a simple online survey and in a matter of days had an interesting – if not huge – 89 replies back from Expats living in Thailand. At the core to this survey was the question ‘What was your primary motive for becoming an Expat in Thailand?’.

 

You can see from the chart below that ‘Women’ most definitely was not the driving force. In fact almost 1 in 4 of the replies was a financial reason – ‘Cheaper to Live’.

 

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1 in 10 cited the reason that they had friends living in Thailand already, so friendships and bonds were a far stronger rationale than sexual relationships – which would have come through from ‘women’ being selected. A further 1 in 10 came to Thailand more to leave their domestic country than the attraction of Thailand itself.

 

1 in 5 were work motivations whilst 15.87% was due to the warmer climate – and after a recent trip back to the UK in February of this year I can be reminded of how lucky we have it living in Thailand with almost year round sunshine.

 

All very interesting information.

 

Full story:  http://danaboutthailand.com/2018/02/19/the-real-reasons-expats-decided-thailand-and-what-they-think-now/

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1 hour ago, Crossy said:

Walked into a job within a month of arriving.

I hate you.

 

Granted, you had the degree/certifications and live in/near BKK where all the work is located.

Still... 

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For me, I was already in the region having previously lived and worked in Hong Kong for seven years I knew Bangkok quite well. I'd just returned to the UK with the idea of settling and walked straight into a divorce/asset grab so I couldn't see the point of setting up home all over again from scratch in a cold climate, this was in February. So I returned to SE Asia and rented in Chiang Mai, I thought it would be a fairly inexpensive place to spend 6 or 12 months until my divorce was finalised and I could figure out a plan. Somewhere in that year I realised I didn't have to work any more and that I didn't really want to live back in the UK, I always was a warm weather person, eventually, I made some friends and the rest is history. Women? They weren't a part of my motivation to be here or not although at times they were a nice to have fringe benefit. 

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...And yet almost every poster is either shacked up with a Thai woman or else bedding one regularly.

Love living here and am thankful  each day here that i have a Khmer gf NOT a thai one   :-)

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34 minutes ago, phuketrichard said:

Love living here and am thankful  each day here that i have a Khmer gf NOT a thai one   :-)

what is good about khmer woman ?

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