Possible Retirement Place?

I think everyone will agree that you should always retire to a warm inexpensive climate.
How inexpensive is Thailand?
Good question. I have done a little poking around. Fruits and veggies, canned goods, milk, almost same-same Bocas. If you buy off the street carts, cheaper.
Services…really inexspensive. I took six days worth of laundry, the normal stuff, into a laundromat next door to the hotel. It was done, ironed and folded, the next morning.  Price, for a weeks laundry??? 80 baht. About US$2.46.
Beer? In the store about a buck, 1.25 for a big bottle. Eateries do their normal markup.
Real Estate? It is difficult if not impossible for a Farung (gringo) to buy a house here, because foreigners cannot own land. You CAN buy a condo, or get really long term leases on homes in the country. Saturday I am having a realtor waste his time with me and take me to see a couple of places. One is a  4 bedroom place with guest house, big gardens, but no pool for about US$650 a month. However, if you live in one of the areas outside of town, you need a car, cars here are NOT inexpensive. I have yet to see any of the neighborhoods, I have been “in town”. I plan on looking at condos in quiet neighborhoods close enough to walk to the essential stuff. I am just doing this as a point of reference, Mary Ann would make any decisions, and I am sure she wants to be in a coastal community.
My next experience will be Chiang Mai Fish Therapy. Get this, you sit on a bench over a big fish tank and put your feet in up to about your knees. I am not sure what species fish these are, but here is what they do…they eat the dead skin off you feet! Price? About 150 baht.

About forrestwalker

An expat living overseas, traveling with my wife extensively and sharing the experiences with you!.

Posted on June 16, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’m pretty sure Thailand has coastal communities — but don’t go exploring without me.

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