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2013-06-09 03:54:40 AM
Phuket, that sounds appealing.
 
2013-06-09 04:24:53 AM
Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.
 
2013-06-09 05:22:08 AM

Lsherm: because it rains all the time.


Not saying it isn't a beautiful place or anything (never been there), but I ALREADY live where it rains all the time.
 
2013-06-09 07:07:36 AM
That's not a bad idea Subby...
 
2013-06-09 08:40:29 AM
better hope you like your women with penii (sp?)
 
2013-06-09 09:04:37 AM
Because getting caned for minor infractions of the law is fun!
 
2013-06-09 09:17:05 AM
TFA forgot to mention rapey
 
2013-06-09 09:23:44 AM

Lsherm: Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.


Phuket is the shiatiast shiathole of Thailand.
 
2013-06-09 09:26:13 AM

MNguy: Lsherm: Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.

Phuket is the shiatiast shiathole of Thailand.


Outside of Pattaya.
 
2013-06-09 09:31:40 AM
its pretty much run by the russian mafia.

plus getting assaulted by punk ass white kids trying to make money convincing you to go scuba/boating/touring/moon partying whatever. and they're total dicks  about it.
 
2013-06-09 09:43:29 AM

Lsherm: Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.


I don't mind it raining all the time. But I would like to retire somewhere warm.
/ ideally in the next couple years
// not gonna happen
 
2013-06-09 10:12:50 AM
Assuming you don't care about seeing your family or having quality medical care, go for it
 
2013-06-09 10:20:34 AM

Lost Thought 00: Assuming you don't care about seeing your family or having quality medical care, go for it


Canadian like typing detected.
 
2013-06-09 10:43:02 AM

Lsherm: Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.


That and the fact that you're living in Thailand.
 
2013-06-09 10:55:38 AM
Imma get me a shirt that says "On holiday I went to Phuket"!
 
2013-06-09 11:00:48 AM

MNguy: MNguy: Lsherm: Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.

Phuket is the shiatiast shiathole of Thailand.

Outside of Pattaya.


THIS
 
2013-06-09 11:17:28 AM
Or you could just move to the Big Island of Hawaii, where housing near Hilo costs little more than most places in the CONUS, fantastic beaches, rainy tropical weather, and you're only 5 hours from LA.
 
2013-06-09 12:10:02 PM
Phuket, I don't mind being murdered by locals, so I will retire in Thailand
 
2013-06-09 12:18:16 PM
Make sure you find the high-tsunami line and get a place above that.
 
2013-06-09 12:51:38 PM

MNguy: MNguy: Lsherm: Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.

Phuket is the shiatiast shiathole of Thailand.

Outside of Pattaya.


Former Marine?
 
2013-06-09 12:53:20 PM

Stone Meadow: Or you could just move to the Big Island of Hawaii, where housing near Hilo costs little more than most places in the CONUS, fantastic beaches, rainy tropical weather, and you're only 5 hours from LA.


Is that a selling point?
/resident
 
2013-06-09 01:10:26 PM

studs up: Stone Meadow: Or you could just move to the Big Island of Hawaii, where housing near Hilo costs little more than most places in the CONUS, fantastic beaches, rainy tropical weather, and you're only 5 hours from LA.

Is that a selling point?
/resident


LOL...yeah, I got ya. Of course, for most people contemplating retirement overseas, access to the US is a consideration. Given that it takes about 24 hours to fly from LA to Phuket, and about $2000, EACH WAY, versus about 5 hours and as little as $400 each way to Hilo, that could be a real factor in many folks' decision.

/Hilo area is on my short list
 
2013-06-09 01:50:05 PM
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"How happy are they, Jimmy?"
"Happier than Gary Glitter running a travel agency."
 
2013-06-09 02:08:04 PM
tsunamis and she-males, what a place
 
2013-06-09 03:20:41 PM

Lsherm: Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.


Tsunamis and an unstable government and unpotable water. It may be beautiful, but I'm spoiled for first world luxuries like knowing I won't get sick if I brush my teeth with tap water. :)

/ has travelled all over the world
// lots of nice places to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there
 
2013-06-09 04:25:52 PM

Stone Meadow: Or you could just move to the Big Island of Hawaii, where housing near Hilo costs little more than most places in the CONUS, fantastic beaches, rainy tropical weather, and you're only 5 hours from LA.


The idea of retiring to Thailand for most older Americans is not the access to beaches but the ability to live somewhere where they can maximize their practically non-existant retirement funds. Since most Americans don't have retirement funds beyond Social Security I expect we'll be seeing more foreign retirement communities popping up across the world to handle our greying population.
 
2013-06-09 04:35:06 PM

Arthur Jumbles: Stone Meadow: Or you could just move to the Big Island of Hawaii, where housing near Hilo costs little more than most places in the CONUS, fantastic beaches, rainy tropical weather, and you're only 5 hours from LA.

The idea of retiring to Thailand for most older Americans is not the access to beaches but the ability to live somewhere where they can maximize their practically non-existant retirement funds. Since most Americans don't have retirement funds beyond Social Security I expect we'll be seeing more foreign retirement communities popping up across the world to handle our greying population.


Belize is making a push for that sweet ss retiree cash.
 
2013-06-09 04:36:24 PM
Phuket is a scam-ridden shiathole ran by the Russian mob.

Read the comments after the article and you'll see how completely uninformed the author is.
 
2013-06-09 04:37:38 PM

t3knomanser: Because getting caned for minor infractions of the law is fun!


You're thinking of Singapore.
 
2013-06-09 04:39:40 PM

Arthur Jumbles: Stone Meadow: Or you could just move to the Big Island of Hawaii, where housing near Hilo costs little more than most places in the CONUS, fantastic beaches, rainy tropical weather, and you're only 5 hours from LA.

The idea of retiring to Thailand for most older Americans is not the access to beaches but the ability to live somewhere where they can maximize their practically non-existant retirement funds. Since most Americans don't have retirement funds beyond Social Security I expect we'll be seeing more foreign retirement communities popping up across the world to handle our greying population.




Marrying a 20 something Thai girl is an additional bonus.
 
2013-06-09 05:08:14 PM

Arthur Jumbles: Stone Meadow: Or you could just move to the Big Island of Hawaii, where housing near Hilo costs little more than most places in the CONUS, fantastic beaches, rainy tropical weather, and you're only 5 hours from LA.

The idea of retiring to Thailand for most older Americans is not the access to beaches but the ability to live somewhere where they can maximize their practically non-existant retirement funds. Since most Americans don't have retirement funds beyond Social Security I expect we'll be seeing more foreign retirement communities popping up across the world to handle our greying population.


No doubt, but to secure a "retiree visa" to live in Thailand one must prove a monthly income of about $2200 per person per month. Numerous Central and South American countries from Mexico south will accept anyone with a Social Security check. I checked into this a couple of years ago, and I think Chile was cheapest, requiring a minimum of about $330/mo.
 
2013-06-09 05:19:48 PM

Stone Meadow: studs up: Stone Meadow: Or you could just move to the Big Island of Hawaii, where housing near Hilo costs little more than most places in the CONUS, fantastic beaches, rainy tropical weather, and you're only 5 hours from LA.

Is that a selling point?
/resident

LOL...yeah, I got ya. Of course, for most people contemplating retirement overseas, access to the US is a consideration. Given that it takes about 24 hours to fly from LA to Phuket, and about $2000, EACH WAY, versus about 5 hours and as little as $400 each way to Hilo, that could be a real factor in many folks' decision.

/Hilo area is on my short list


While it does take forever to get to Phuket, it isn't nearly that expensive. Roundtrip tickets are almost always less than $1500 (often around $1200).
 
2013-06-09 07:25:46 PM

Death Eats a Cracker: Phuket is a scam-ridden shiathole ran by the Russian mob.

 

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2013-06-09 07:33:00 PM

MNguy: Lsherm: Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.

Phuket is the shiatiast shiathole of Thailand.


Spoken like someone who's never been to Bangkok.
 
2013-06-09 07:39:24 PM

Lsherm: MNguy: Lsherm: Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.

Phuket is the shiatiast shiathole of Thailand.

Spoken like someone who's never been to Bangkok Pattaya.



FTFY
 
2013-06-09 08:18:32 PM

HempHead: Arthur Jumbles: Stone Meadow: Or you could just move to the Big Island of Hawaii, where housing near Hilo costs little more than most places in the CONUS, fantastic beaches, rainy tropical weather, and you're only 5 hours from LA.

The idea of retiring to Thailand for most older Americans is not the access to beaches but the ability to live somewhere where they can maximize their practically non-existant retirement funds. Since most Americans don't have retirement funds beyond Social Security I expect we'll be seeing more foreign retirement communities popping up across the world to handle our greying population.

Marrying a 20 something Thai girl is an additional bonus.


Gotta have somebody to wipe your bunghole when you're bedridden.

/gotta have somebody willing to hold a pillow over your face one night when you no longer know your own name
 
2013-06-09 11:17:17 PM

studs up: MNguy: MNguy: Lsherm: Phuket is the most beautiful place on earth.  I spent two months there living on a beach before my wife and I moved back from China.  Imagine a place as sparsely populated as the most rural area in the US, but with a beach everywhere.  It doesn't even get that hot because it rains all the time.

Tsunamis are about the only downside, and those don't happen that often.

Phuket is the shiatiast shiathole of Thailand.

Outside of Pattaya.

Former Marine?


No
 
2013-06-10 06:19:17 AM
The administrative assistant where I work retired and moved to Thailand. I was thinking to myself, why would a single retired gay man give away all of his possessions and move to Thailand? Now I know why. Before, it just sounded suspicious.
 
2013-06-10 07:06:04 AM
Phuket is definitely among my favorite places I've ever visited.  Everything was so cheap there, I stayed in a Holiday Inn that was outfitted like a 5 star resort for 3 days and it only ran me 80 bucks, total.  And this was the most expensive hotel in the place.  Every price was negotiable, which had its upsides and its downsides.  If you are serious about shopping, dress like a local expat (thin cotton shirts, scruffy-lookin' sandals and the like).

People were also ridiculously friendly.  Even putting aside the massage parlors, the "massage" parlors and the soapy parlors, the normal people seemed so polite in a familiar manner.  Even among the surprisingly numerous expat community, it was 100% coverage on a vacation mindset.

I did catch glimpses of the not-so-good parts, though.  There's probably truth to the rumors of russian mafia involvement; the somber, twitchy eastern european girls stood in sharp contrast.

Your experience may vary, of course.
 
2013-06-10 11:56:44 AM
I spent some time in Thailand, on this amazing beach, not far from Koh Phangan. It was a biatch to get to, but brilliant once you were there. Ended a bit ugly, won't be going back.
 
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