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Offline thaiga

Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« on: August 27, 2017, 08:36:35 PM »
Nice to hear a good story for a change and how some of us are lucky enough to have caring thai families. An article from sweet3mango.com. Thailand has so much more to offer than cheap thrills but you need patience and understanding, plus time to adapt to really understand some of the thai ways.   HERE have a read ...

Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?

I took the choice a few years ago, stick or twist?…. good business, social standing, friends and security. I gave it up and left.. why? well that is personal but it I was unhappy, with many aspects, the UK was changing and as we see today its not the place it once was… the “Grand Old Lady” is not well… there is an under current of something nasty, so with its beating heart being ripped apart by successive governments looking after them selves and ignoring many like the old, the young, those that need assistance, you can see a country fragmenting… Brit-exit a clear indication of a nation becoming more introverted. The then government got it wrong, they either ignored the mood of many people or just did not care, it cost a PM his job, and since its lurched from one problem to another the current PM has also shown a complete lack of understanding….. the gap is becoming wider.

Thus, watching from Thailand, I made the right decision back then. Thailand has much to offer and that is nothing to do with the “sexpat” image, Thailand has so much more to offer than cheap thrills. I can’t say its been easy, in an emerging nation there is a wide range services and quality, you need patience and understanding, plus time to adapt. It’s important to mix with the locals, get yourself involved, learn from them, and on the whole your everyday Thai is very engaging, helpful, friendly, generous and want you to be happy.

Cashing in my chips back home and starting again, I’ve lived in a room which you could not swing a cat in, at home you’d call it a slum, but they never had a swimming pool for residents, several shops in the basement who would serve 24/7 and deliver to your room, there were launderettes which worked, no vandalism , no elevators smelling of piss, no dark zones where you could be ambushed by some toe rag with a knife, for the most part neighbours were quiet… socially is a million miles apart from what is the UK. I would say Thai’s respect for each other is on a much higher level, sure there are issues and problems, but you can walk the streets at night in safety.

Over the years life improved and I’m  better off now than what I ever was in the UK, not just in terms of a place to live, but a quality of life. I’m living in a country where there is so much to do and explore, a rich culture, great islands, amazing national parks, 21st century facilities in Bankok to rival anywhere in the world, I can get everything and more here. Some aspects are way below a desired standard, but allow an emerging nation to learn in a few years what took decades in the west.

So what happens if it all goes wrong?……. Well if you are being a bar monster and show little or no respect, then your going to have a wake up call at some point, try lording on someone elses patch trouble will find you out quick. I can only say integration is the key word, listen and learn fit it with society, its a bit like visiting someone elses home, respect it ( even if you don’t understand it).

I’m a farang, I will always be a farang, absolutely nothing wrong with that, I like it, I have no responsibility other than to fit in… simple really.
However…. recently I got sick, it started with a fever ( and in the tropics it can be a serious issue). The net result was an extended stay in hospital with a few health problems to resolve. Let me say what every your position, what ever you earn or have to live on, get or have medical insurance, without it your going to be deep in shit … being ill and no money is a monumental problem. Thai’s  mostly manage with something or help of family or friends….. we as a rule don’t have that luxury.

Now down to treatment and facilities, my Thai partner, got me into a very good Thai hospital, checking in was more time consuming than getting a table at a 3 star Michelin restaurant, plenty of tests and examinations, but in the end I was checked in.

The room was more like a self contained apartment than a hospital, Yes I had the best available and could afford it, but again that is why you have insurance. I had been in the room no longer than 10 minutes when the first set of medical staff were in attendance, medication was applied in every way possible and the road to recovery was underway. There is a growing reputation of quality health care at affordable prices, I can add its well deserved, but like every service, get local advise, some are better than others.. Now I’m back home and will still have a time before I’m 100%, health is not a side issue or something you can put back or ignore, its priority number 1. I have a Thai partner, who has looked after me a thousand times better than my ex-wife would have, her devotion to taking care is on another level, and that is what Thai culture is about, its something us farangs could learn much from.

I had a few visitors from my Thai extended family, there was genuine care and concern for my health, not just because of my considered wealth, but because I was one of their family. My home has been looked after and kept just as if I was there everyday, I was not in a hospital local to them, a journey was close to an hour each way, time consuming and at an additional expense, but they were there giving me care Thai style, and when your feeling really crap, a smiling face, a hug and moral support is a very important factor.

sweet3mango.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 
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Online Taman Tun

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 12:06:57 PM »
This guy has reached the same conclusion as me but coming at it from a different angle.
Just a few comparisons between the UK and Thailand:-

Garbage Disposal
Thailand:    Daily
UK:      One a fortnight, only provided you use the correct coloured bin

See a Doctor
Thailand:    Same day
UK:      Make an appointment and come back in a few weeks

Tax
Thailand:    Not very much
UK:      Employers N.I., Employees N.I., Income Tax, VAT, Air Passenger Duty etc, etc,

Internet
Thailand:    Even in our small Soi we have a fibre optic connection.  Also, Daily Mail is blocked which is a big plus.
UK:      BT slow to upgrade its elderly copper network.

Old Folks Homes
Thailand:    Family take care. 
UK:      Lots of them. Expensive, depressing places

Local Transport
Thailand:    Songtel into Korat. 8 Baht 
UK:      Single fare, London Underground Zone 1,  210 Baht

Long Distance Transport
Thailand:    Bus Korat – Bangkok, 190 Baht
UK:      Train Manchester – London, cheapest 950 Baht

Weather
Thailand:    Some days it is almost too cold to eat out of doors
UK:      Grim, most of the time.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Churchill
 
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Offline thaiga

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 01:16:55 PM »
Seeing as you put it like that t/t we are extremely well/better off here in thailand than the uk.
Even @ 42 to the pound :-[

If homesickness is the curse of life as an expat, then millions of Britons abroad are bearing up manfully.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Online Taman Tun

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 01:49:12 PM »
Yes. Thaiga.  I just checked and saw it dropped below 43 on 14 August.  My pension slowly going down the pan!
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Churchill
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2017, 01:28:22 PM »
Yes. Thaiga.  I just checked and saw it dropped below 43 on 14 August.  My pension slowly going down the pan!
back to the "BREAD N DRIPPING" for some in the uk

Now nip next door son and borrow two slices of bread, oh! and ask can they cut it with a jamy knife  ;)
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2017, 04:15:23 PM »
They say, the real wages will decrease by 0.2% this year in Britain. Now come on! Only 0.2%! Doesn't look that drastic to me.
Fun is the one thing that money can't buy
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2017, 09:00:21 PM »
The game is not to sit with your feet up - he! he!
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Online Taman Tun

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2017, 09:49:50 AM »
Only rich people wear shoes. We go around in clogs and keep coal in t' bath.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Churchill
 

Online jivvy

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2017, 10:14:15 AM »
You have clogs, coal and a bath!!!!
Wow, luxury.
 

Online Taman Tun

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2017, 10:44:19 AM »
And we even have a netty in t' yard.
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Churchill
 

Offline thaiga

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2017, 03:43:20 PM »
 tearing up the paper, to put on the nail  :) wipe your bum on the d/mail  ;D

In our back yard stood a brick Netty.
Paper on a nail and it is not confetti.
With a concrete roof and concrete floor,
To keep it private a big wooden door.
Cold and damp the outside loo,
Shared by the flat upstairs to.
This was our toilet on a cold winter day,
A paraffin lamp to light our way.
Cast iron cistern placed up high,
Iron chain you pulled with a sigh. 
Pipes lagged with old carpet or sack,
In severe winters they freeze and crack.
Sometimes while sitting in the dim light,
A silver trail would catch you eye,
It was the sign of a snail passing bye.
Follow this line along the wall,
There you find one not always small.
Pick it up from where it lay,
Drop in to the pot and flush away.
Winter fades into spring,
Warmer day’s new problems bring.
Dad.
He would sit reading the paper,
While having a smoke.
We waited outside it was no joke.
Then out he came smiling,
As he passed our way.
Leaving his paper on the floor,
We go in and close the door.
The smell of smoke made us wail,
While tearing up the paper,
To put on the nail

hellopoetry.com
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Online Taman Tun

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2017, 06:06:00 PM »
A good use for the Daily Mail!
We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Churchill
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Living in Thailand can be good, but what if it goes wrong?
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2017, 12:24:01 PM »
Another comparison.

Wiping your ass

Thailand - Use the Ass blaster for a really good clean.
Every where else - Tissue. If not performed well enough, you get itchy ass and have to do a re-wipe.

*If you got shti on your arm, would you just use a tissue to clean it off?  Think about it.
 

 



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