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Alle Inseln in Thailand

Hier mal ein Beispiel zu Lebenshaltungskosten in Thailand – auf der relativ teuren Insel Koh Samui. [Die politischen Ansichten des Autors teile ich ausdrücklich nicht!]

Hier Infos zu Lebenshaltungskosten in unterschiedlichen Regionen von Thailand:

Ich mag modern eingerichtete Condos wie das folgende. Solche sind auch in älteren Gebäuden zu finden. Das abgebildete kenne ich aber nicht weil es in Phuket liegt und das bereise ich wegen der unverschämten Taxi-Preise nicht mehr.

Positives and Negatives of Thailand (from Western perspective)

Hier eine subjektive Liste von Pros und Cons zu Thailand (ohne Wertung meinerseits).

A while back I was watching a live stream by an expat who listed his positive and negatives about Thailand. I borrowed some of his points, added my own, organized into categories and present them here (in no particular order) for your entertainment. I suspect the grumpy old men on the forum will enjoy the negatives like crocodiles snapping at red meat.

I recognize that one person’s positive can be another person’s negative. For example, weather can be both a positive and a negative (too hot for some), and protectionist laws can be both a negative and a positive (keeps housing affordable). I also recognize that Thais will have a different perspective.

Surely, I missed something, so comment on your own positives and negatives. Enjoy!

Positives:

1.  People (manners, values, consideration)

2.  Traditional society (male-female roles, family orientation)

3.  Overall vibe (hospitable, accommodating, non-confrontational, fun-loving, tolerant)

4.  Central location (Asia travel hub)

5.  Diverse geography (plains, mountains, jungles, rivers, beaches)

6.  Weather

7.  Convenience (eating, shopping, transport)

8.  Social opportunities (clubs, meeting people, forming relationships)

9.  Nightlife (bars, nightclubs, night markets)

10. Food quality, price, and selection (street food, markets, restaurants, foreign foods)

11.  Thai fine arts (sculpture, architecture, artwork, music, dance, dress, cuisine, massage, kickboxing)

12.  Inexpensive, abundant, and flexible accommodation (hotels, guesthouses, furnished condos, serviced apartments)

13.  Inexpensive transportation (air, rail, taxi, ride-hailing, van, bus)

14.  Inexpensive labor (tradesmen, mechanics, housekeepers, drivers)

15.  Delivery services (food, products, packages)

16.  Availability of products and services (supermarkets, pharmacies, specialty stores, online)

17.  Adoption of western innovations with precision and beauty (air travel, telecom, electric trains, shopping malls, product display, fashion, music, cinemas, interior design)

18.  Low incidence of crime

19.  Flexibility in compliance with rules

20.  Ability to use money to solve problems

21.  Infrastructure (airports, ground transport, power, telecom, medical, banking)

22.  Liberalizing drug laws

23.  Availability of massage parlors and spas

24.  Sports and exercise (gyms, cycling, swimming, running, walking)

25.  Personal hygiene (cleanliness, showers, bum guns, public health awareness)

Negatives:

1.  Governance (corruption, cronyism, nepotism, ineptness, inconsistency) 

2.  Bureaucracy (paperwork, red tape, needless complexity, roadblocks, subjective application of laws and regulations)

3.  Uncertain future (protests, coups)

4.  Road danger (disregard for laws, lack of enforcement)

5.  Animal control and welfare

6.  Puritanical laws (alcohol, sex)

7.  Protectionist laws (import taxes, jobs, business, real estate)

8.  Immigration and visas

9.  Inflation

10.  Strong currency

11.  Increasing traffic on roads

12.  Aging rail system and lack of high-speed rail

13.  Low quality of building materials and construction

14.  Electrical and fire hazards

15.  Dual pricing (rents, real estate, transport, medical care, entrance fees)

16.  Lack of pedestrian amenities (footpaths, crosswalks, green spaces, public seating)

17.  Environment (industrial and vehicle pollution, fires, flooding, waste disposal, tap water)

18.  Feudal practices (groveling, inwardness, xenophobia, heavy-handed treatment of foreigners, patronage system, nationalism, censorship, bloated civil service and military, profligate spending, protection of elite class, disregard for vulnerable populations)

19.  Lack of modernity (intellectual curiosity, innovation, product expertise, city planning, skilled workforce, economic opportunity, rising incomes, transparency, free speech, talented and representative leadership)

20.  Severe defamation laws, adjudication, and penalties

21.  Familial burdens placed on young women

22.  Cultural expectations and misunderstandings (saving face, family obligations, raising children, relationship problems, workplace conflicts, collective vs. individual values)

23.  Opportunistic treatment of foreigners (rip-offs, scams, shameless use of cunning and guile, aggressive ladyboys)

24.  Fear, suspicion, and avoidance of foreigners

25.  Apathy of Thai men towards foreigners

26.  Low class of foreign visitors (criminals, drug dealers, cheap charlies, scammers, mentally ill)

27.  Foreigners preying on other foreigners and Thais (begging, scamming, cons, negative energy, violent crime)

28.  Thai vices (gambling, loan sharking, lottery, consumer debt, corrupt monks)

29.  Foreign residents and citizens being mistaken as tourists

30.  Language barrier and low prevalence of English

31.  Public education system

32.  Public nuisances (loud music, parties, advertising trucks, public announcements, cooking fires, chemical sprays)

33.  Food hygiene (bacteria, sanitation, pesticides, oils, additives, preservatives)

34.  Increased prevalence of artificial, processed, and manufactured foods

35.  National emergency response (PM 2.5, Covid-19)

BONUS LIST

I’m leaving Thailand after nearly a year in Phuket as a trial retirement. My reasons for leaving, in descending order of significance.

1.  The heat

2.  Boredom

3.  Distance from North America

4.  Miss family back home

5.  Hassles traveling within Thailand currently

6.  Xenophobia in its various forms

7.  Prefer Filipina for relationship 

8.  Second-hand smoke

9.  Temptations of alcohol and drug use

10.  Outdoor mask mandate

11.  Motorbike lifestyle

12.  Want to travel to other countries

13.  Untreated tap water

14.  Food hygiene

15.  Thai bureaucracy

Senioren-Residenzen

Jomtien

https://propertyscout.co.th/en/chon-buri/jomtien-beach/rentals/condo/cheapest/

Jomtien mag man nicht gleich auf dem Schirm haben, aber es bietet Vieles: Es findet sich immer ein interessanter Expat zum Reden, günstige Condos, viele (internationale) Restaurants, gute Krankenhäuser in der Nähe, nahe bei Bangkok (1,5 Std mit dem Taxi), nahe zweier internationaler Flughäfen (Suvarnabhumi, U-Tapao), ausreichend Bars, netter Strand (mit aber nicht so sauberem Meerwasser), viel Ruhiger als Pattaya, …

Hier die beste Gegend in Jomtien aus welcher alles fussläufig zu erreichen ist:

Das „The Agate Boutique“ Hotel Jomtien ist ein ordentliches Hotel in guter Lage um für ein paar Tage die Gegend zu erkunden. Kann vielleicht etwas sein laut von den umgebenden Bars.

View Talay 2 Building A und B sind prima Condo-Gebäude für längere Aufenthalte. Super Lage: alles fussläufig zu erreichen, 700m zum Strand, 500m zu Foodland Supermarkt mit europäischen Lebensmitteln, 500m zum Flughafenbus nach Suvarnabhumi und direkt an der Baht-Bus-Linie nach Pattaya. Mit de besten Swimmingpool in ganz Jomtien. Am besten über Dancewatchers buchen, die gehören zu den besten Vermietern die ich je hatte: Zuverlässig, freundlich und hilfsbereit, mit klarer Kommunikation in gutem Englisch:

Akvavit ist eine gute Bar mit Restaurant um interessante Reisende und Expats zu treffen. Teurer als viele andere aber gutes Publikum und super Essen:

Bei Ons Moeder gibts prima Frühstück und die sauberste Restaurant-Toilette in ganz Jomtien – echt jetzt 🙂

Bei Simple Simon (ganz in der Nähe der Immigration) gibt’s prima englisches Frühstück – die Frühlingszwiebeln sind mein Sonderwunsch:

Auch im Surf Kitchen, direkt am Stand lässt sich gemütlich gut essen:

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Im Kiss Restaurant 750m von den View Talay 2a Condos und abends an den angrenzenden Marktständen des Rhompo Marktes lässt sich gut und günstig essen:

Pattaya

In Pattaya habe ich gerne in View Talay 6 Appartments gewohnt. Zentrale Location mit direktem Zugang zu Beach Road und 2nd Road.
Hatte sehr gute Erfahrungen mit dem Vermieter VTSIX Condos. Die haben mir sogar mal ein spezielles Notebook Ladegerät nach BKK geliefert, noch am Abreisetag.

Prachuap Khiri Khan

Asean Now Diskussion zu Prachuap Khiri Khan:

Very little quality food, shopping, sights except the bay (karst/island) itself, which smells of sewage along the South promenade, broken in many spots. 

North side is getting major revamp at the moment.  Lovely 6+ kms of bay to ‚look‘ at. 

The beaches, Ao Prachuap (fronts the city), polluted w/fishing boats, & Ao Manao (swimmer’s beach), both nice to look at, but I won’t swim in it, as last 2 times my ears were underwater at Ao Manao, they got infected …

… nuff said.

Half the beach area is covered with chairs & umbrellas, charging silly price to sit, even if you order food.

Notice in the posted vid, coming out of hotel to check out, very early Sunday, as stated, and yea, little traffic, but at end of vid, night, from far south end, northward, the road is nothing but parked cars in bicycle lane, as far as the eye can see.

So when sitting at street level restaurant, all are except 1 at Hathong Hotel, then the view is of parked cars with scooter going by all night, and cars attempting to drive down the now 1 lane available.

We don’t go down there much as the restaurants, are nothing special and overpriced.  Restaurant, The View (@ Hathong hotel) is nice for an afternoon munch, once the sun is on the other side of noon.  The only restaurant we’ll dine at, along that stretch of surf.  Most times, the only customer there.

One other, Rap Lom on N side, most tourist without transport won’t venture to.  Gets packed with Thai domestic tourist & locals.  

For sunset, Bay Camp Cafe, (gets packed), decent coffee & pastries, very far N side of bay, loops around facing W. 

Most of the farangs, living here & tourist seem to visit the 2 restaurants in the vid, serving mostly western food.

Love living here, but not in town, and you do have to self entertain.  Ban Krut, another hour south of Hua Hin, a much better choice for a ‚beach‘ holiday.  A beach you can actually walk on & swim in.

Weekend night market along surfside road is quite nice, as is sitting surfside, along the wall, hopefully upwind, and at a space in between the storm/sewer drains.  Choose wisely or endure the smell of sewage.

We only go down there, surfside, at early evening, when shaded by couple hotels and leave at sunset.  If living here, nothing really to do except sit & sip a beverage, which is fine.  

If tourist, the same from your balcony, from the few hotels that have, putting you about street level and away from the smell.

Not to scare anyone from visiting, as good for 2 day R&R, but so you’re not surprised or disappointed, and know what to expect. 

Easy access by train <1km stroll (station to surfside), but better if you self drive, as no real taxis/public transport, except renting a scooter.  A few scooters with side carts, but they hang around the train station. 

Saying that, if arrive by van, you need to probably walk (3 kms) to surfside from Phetkasem road van depot.  Ok stroll as long as not traveling heavy.

Only 2 other places we dine at, not surfside:

Krua Chaiwat

ร้านกินเส้นประจวบ – only AC place, good Khao  Soi (pork 👍), call first though, iffy hrs, lots of unannounced closings.

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Von Herbert Huppertz gibt es viele Viedos zu Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Nakhon Phanom

Kog Chang