Why Move to Thailand?

I’ve spent so much time writing about the good and bad things that go on in Thailand – and I’ve never tried to answer the question –


There are many good reasons. I’ll list them in bullet-point format below…

Moving to Thailand may be a good idea if:

  1. You are sick of living in a country with too many rules, and over-eager enforcement of those rules.
  2. You love Thai food. Or, you can move to a big city in Thailand where you could eat all sorts of foreign food as well as Thai dishes.
  3. You have no family and you’re lonely. Not that you won’t be lonely in Thailand too – but, damn, there are worse places to be lonely than Thailand!
  4. You love driving as fast as you want. You’ll still live with the consequences of cutting someone in half with your Porsche – like a young Thai man recently did, but, you won’t be in jail for 20 years over it either. Couple months tops!
  5. You’re on a limited budget. You CAN live here on as little as 10,000 THB per month ($300 USD). I wouldn’t recommend trying, but it’s possible. Nearly anyone on social security makes more than this amount. You CAN make it living in Thailand on that amount for many months – possibly forever if you have good health and absolutely no vices.
  6. You are butt ugly – but you always wanted a family.
  7. You are an alcoholic. You’ll enjoy Thailand more as an alcoholic, because you have a lot of company. There are also several outstanding aversive therapy programs to help you quit – at Buddhist temples. See PaulGarrigan.com for info.
  8. Girls don’t dance panty-less on the bars at your favorite pub at home.
  9. A plate of rice with a topping costs just over a dollar USD. A beer in a restaurant about $1.40. A beer in a bar where girls are dancing on the stage – about $3. A beer in your home that you bought at Makro? About $1.50.
  10. You have no need for 3G, or 4G. (Update – we have both!)
  11. You want to ignore what people around you are saying. I’ve done this now for over half a dozen years, it’s a soothing experience for the soul… just not caring what is going on around you. Try to do that in your home country – impossible.
  12. You have a gazillion dollars in the bank and can either start a business or apply to be a permanent resident of Thailand – like 98% of us cannot.
  13. You are not comfortable driving your motorcycle in your home country. Half the country is on them here, and overall there are many less accidents here than most countries (no facts – just guessing from what I’ve seen).
  14. You want to meet people that are further down on their luck than you are.
  15. You want people to look at you with curiosity, not with disgust.
  16. You can’t possibly think what other tattoo is right for you… move to Thailand and choose from a new style – the Sak Yant tattoos.
  17. You want to smoke banana leaves.
  18. You are gay. There’s a greater acceptance here – at least among the locals.
  19. You want a house in each major area – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Isaan, and the south – Phuket maybe? Homes are $50,000 to $125,000 on average for decent starter homes. You could buy eight homes in Thailand, or one in California.
  20. Thailand is a great base to travel to other southeast Asian nations from. Bangkok has flights to everywhere. Except Hawaii, it seems.
  21. You enjoy not knowing what day it is.
  22. You enjoy reading about, and sometimes seeing in person – the outrageous things expats from around the world do in cities like Bangkok, Pattaya, and Patong Beach.
  23. You don’t know where else to move. Try it for a year and see what happens. I did – and been here 10+ years.

2 thoughts on “Why Move to Thailand?”

  1. Thailand is one country where you can live in your imaginations for very little money. You get cheap foods (but nice foods) cheap beer, cheap women (not so nice sometimes downright bad not like the foods which are almost always nice) so cheap women good or not depends on your luck.
    After consumming all these cheap commodities you believe you are living a good life, or enjoying life. In fact you are not if only you wake up and look around you. It’s just an illusion created by the thais themselves who had to keep up with these shows to make a living, otherwise how are they going to feed their children.
    However most important thing is the sun, the sun is always shining bright and that cheers you up a lot because you get depressed in your no sunlight country and lacking in Vitamin D3 can cause depression without you aware of it. So once in thailand the sunshine helps to create an illusion also that you are happy,it’s the vitamin D3 that gives you that little push to make you think you are in the right country. Well, you are happy or so it seems. In the end happiness comes to an end or your money comes to an end. But if you understood Buddhism you will side step all these and you are neither happy nor unhappy. Thailand is just Thailand like your mother country be it England, America , Germany, France or China. By the way Vitamin D3 regulates your hormones and makes you kind of happy. In the year 2050 people walk around almost naked like those natives in the jungles, it took human beings so long to accept the fact that we lack Vitamin D3. I probably see you in Paris pushing a shopping trolley in a supermarket wearing a loin cloth in the summer. Looking at those ugly sagging tits will put you off sex for a while.

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