I’ve posted related to this topic a number of times, but never did a video about it. Recently I even talked my mother into considering making a journey to Thailand – so, that’s news. Is Thailand a safe place for a vacation? For living long-term? I try to answer the question in the video and provide some helpful guidelines.
In short, the answer is – Thailand is safe to visit or live. There are some things you should be aware of, but there are something like 100,000 expats living in Thailand – and I think overall the feeling is that it’s a safe country to live in.
What do you think? Are you fearing for your life in Thailand?
I shot a video about this, there are people writing me about the video series that would like to know how it would be to come to Thailand to live as an African American.
If you’re white skinned you’ll not have any major problem. If you’re black-skinned, then what? I try to clear it up in the video – according to my own point of view. If you have a different opinion, leave it in the comments.
Basically the answer is – yes, there is prejudice and discrimination among all people in every country. Thailand is no different, but all in all – it shouldn’t be a major consideration if you have other than pasty white skin.
If you have been discriminated against in Thailand – leave your story in the comments. Do not name specific people, places, or organizations – I’ll have to edit them out.
I’ve not seen a video like this, someone going through groceries they bought in Thailand to give us an idea of the cost of living. I think it would be helpful for expats considering moving over to Thailand to see what kind of things are available in the markets – and how much they cost. This is in Chiang Mai, where the prices might be higher than a smaller city like Trang, Ubon, or similar city.
Matt moved over from the US with his wife and baby boy. They’re making a run at staying long-term, I wish them luck…
“Living in Thailand” was my first book about life in Thailand. Then I wrote “Thai Black Book” and last year I wrote “Moving to Thailand – Your 2nd Life Begins!“.
I tried to make this book the one-stop book for all your moving needs, but of course that is impossible. I didn’t know it was impossible until I tried, but I’ve come to that conclusion.
It is however, the best book available on the subject for the moment, and I do update it as I think of new material and get new suggestions from readers that have bought the book on Amazon or ThailandeBooks.com.
Moving to Thailand covers how to go about it from some different perspectives. Some of you will want to move into nice digs, buy a house, and retire. Others will want to teach English. Others of you will want to live as cheaply as possible in Thailand and move on in a year.
This book has current pricing for apartments and other accomodations you can find in the country, as well as the salary expectations and cost of living you’ll face in different areas of Thailand. I try to give you the information you’ll need to narrow down your choices of WHERE to live in Thailand first. If you can choose an area you’ll be happiest in – that is probably the big key to whether you will enjoy staying in the country, or not.
Many of you have probably considered moving to Thailand and you think you cannot. If you are willing to live at a level that Thais live, you can live here on as little as 7,000 Thai Baht per month. My wife and I lived on 9,000 Thai Baht per month for over a year. Think you can’t? You don’t know until you try.
I priced this book very cheaply at $2.99. If you are in the US, Canada, and I think the UK – you can get it for that at Amazon.com.
If you are elsewhere, Amazon adds $2 to the price.
Or, you can find this book at www.ThailandEBooks.com here.
Moving to Thailand can be an easy and fun transition with the help of this book.
After you move to Thailand you’ll notice some things:
1. You’re not stressed out over all the fear-mongering from the evening news, newspapers, and talk radio in your home country.
2. You don’t give a second thought to getting a ticket as you drive.
3. You’re eating healthier food than maybe you ever have.
4. There are more things to do in a boring part of Thailand than in some of the best places in your home country.
5. $1,000 USD goes really far!
6. You feel like a completely different person. In fact, you can BE a completely different person.
This moving to Thailand guide covers everything you’d want to know before you move.
This guide also covers ways to make money in Thailand in addition to teaching – which most expats find, works for a while, but not forever.
This is a realistic, and constantly updated guide (9/2010) that will help you ease into the transition of moving from abroad to the land of smiles.
A while back I wrote an article about living in Thailand and I kept adding to it. Eventually it reached many pages and I turned it into an ebook book that we put into PDF, Kindle, Sony, Kobo, Nook, ePub formats.
The book, “Living in Thailand” is about making the transition from life in the USA to life in Thailand – a radical change of day to day living.
Living in a foreign country is just like living on another planet. There are things you will like and things you won’t like. There are people you’ll meet that you’ll like, and those you won’t like. There are customs and traditions in Thailand that I like, and some I don’t like. Living in a new country brings with it a lot of trials and confronts you with new experiences constantly. There are expats that can make a successful transition to living in the Land of Smiles, and those that can’t – and leave within a year or two.
I’ve been in Thailand for nearly seven years now. I remember when I first arrived and talking to Jon – an American friend I met in Ubon. He was still loving it. He had a good perspective on living life in southeast Asia – and I hoped that I could have a similar perspective once I had been here that long. Now that I have, I think Jon’s outlook on continuing to live in the country, the people, is a bit better than mine. Not to say mine is bad, just that Jon had a great outlook. Mine is only good.
The book is mostly about my experience with a girl that I fell in love with – but was afraid to commit to because I had heard such horrible things about Thai girls. I was afraid to be a sucker and fall in love and get my heart ripped out through my nose.
Maybe you’re going through a similar situation. Maybe you don’t know for sure if the girl you are falling for is the “right one”. Is she trustworthy? Can you live with her forever?
I have stayed with my girl now for over 5 years. We’re very happy and, though some days we face differences that seem insurmountable, we always get through them. After 3 failed marriages in the USA – that’s saying something. Thais seem more willing to work out differences than are Americans – at least in my experience.
If you’re looking for a good read, “Living in Thailand” provides that I think, and for just $2.99 (PDF) you can’t go wrong.