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(CNBC)   You're not going to believe this but you can live like a king in Bangkok for a quarter mil a year   (cnbc.com) divider line
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1221 clicks; posted to Business » on 06 Aug 2022 at 1:38 PM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-08-06 11:54:51 AM  
18 votes:
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.
 
2022-08-06 11:11:24 AM  
16 votes:
One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble.
 
2022-08-06 10:56:42 AM  
15 votes:
Wow! Who knew owning your own company opened the doors to so many things?!
 
2022-08-06 10:50:29 AM  
11 votes:
Is there a statute of limitations on whatever is keeping the guy in Mexico city and Bangkok?
 
2022-08-06 4:03:12 PM  
11 votes:
Bonus: Ladyboys can't get knocked up
 
2022-08-06 3:47:13 PM  
10 votes:
You can buy Haiti for that price. Or an ex-President. Or a Papa John's franchise.

But before you buy a Papa John's franchise, take a second look at Haiti.
 
2022-08-06 1:44:13 PM  
8 votes:
                 Uh huh huh uh huh.                              Mm hmm mmm yeh.
              They said Bang kok.                              Bangkok! Bangkok!                  
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2022-08-06 3:43:21 PM  
7 votes:

runwiz: Why do they keep writing these stories?  So the cost of living is lower in second and third world countries. Who would have guessed?  And you can become part of the precious elite who have access to good medical care, servants, luxury housing, etc because you are now part of the elite class while if you were still in the US you would just be middle class at best. That does it.  Let's all move to Thailand.


Can we please stop using the phrase "Third World Country" as a pejorative?  The history of the phrase is ambiguous at best (i.e. being a country NOT aligned with NATO or USSR) and really has no bearing on most emerging economies/governments.

/not triggered
//Americans love to poop on any developing nation
///Have you been in West Virginia?
 
2022-08-06 1:56:25 PM  
6 votes:
$2,669.37 is a lot of kathoey parties.
 
2022-08-06 1:54:08 PM  
5 votes:
Why do they keep writing these stories?  So the cost of living is lower in second and third world countries. Who would have guessed?  And you can become part of the precious elite who have access to good medical care, servants, luxury housing, etc because you are now part of the elite class while if you were still in the US you would just be middle class at best. That does it.  Let's all move to Thailand.
 
2022-08-06 2:20:19 PM  
4 votes:
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2022-08-06 1:56:41 PM  
3 votes:
Pretty sure you can live like a king in $250k in Alabama as well.
 
2022-08-06 5:04:40 PM  
2 votes:

valkore: eurotrader: Is there a statute of limitations on whatever is keeping the guy in Mexico city and Bangkok?

I like how this is the automatic assumption/insinuation.

A friend of mine was "kept" in Bangkok for a few years through the Department of State and Department of Defense.  He, his wife, and his three kids lived in a four bedroom luxury high rise apartment in downtown Bangkok.  They rode around in provided golf carts on the adjacent grounds.  His kids went to an international school that basically existed solely for English speaking expats.  They then moved to a single family home in an enclave, again that existed specifically for expats, to be closer to the school.  All paid for by Uncle Sam.

They had a nanny.  His wife didn't work.  They took trips around Asia and Europe for weeks at a time.  They had the option of eating out for every meal, really good food, for a few dollars.  Malls and shopping galore.  Car services.  Lots of free time.

And he's a decent guy.  Not a millionaire, but he certainly lived the life of one for a while.  He's back in the US now, and getting back to "normal" US life has been hard.  I can understand why.

So yeah, this dude in the article is obviously living a great life, but on the backs of people who are just barely able to scrape by.  Sounds like another country I'm familiar with...  So how angry can we be at him for doing so?


Mexico city and Bangkok as home bases does raise a red flag somewhat. I didn't say Gary Glitter recommended it. I loved my vacation going to a full moon party while in Bangkok. Granted he is too poor for Singapore and Hong Kong hasn't been a good option after 97. Living in any  Asian country is going to be a culture shock for an American. Panama and Belize  offer similar standards of living for the same money and have easier access to English speaking medical care and banks can accept Social security payments without an issue. I can get by in English, German, French and Dutch with restaurant quality Spanish and just too old to learn Thai or any of the asiatic languages. Plus I believe white guys that learn them later in life develop a waddle on their neck from having to make sounds they didn't learn as a child.
 
2022-08-06 1:49:14 PM  
1 vote:

NewportBarGuy: Wow! Who knew owning your own company opened the doors to so many things?!


Missing the forest for the trees:

The man is a contractor who hasn't worked for anyone else, and that's why he never developed Lock-On Syndrome... Where you have an anchor around your neck because of debt-pay-debt cycles. It's another lovely piece of control protocol engendered by modern society.
 
2022-08-06 2:04:33 PM  
1 vote:
I could live very very well on 8k a month here in the US
 
2022-08-06 2:05:32 PM  
1 vote:
He could've done the same thing back home in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
 
2022-08-06 2:31:58 PM  
1 vote:
My brother retired to Phuket a couple of years ago at 54. He's balling pretty hard on his investment income, not as hard as the guy in tfa but enough to keep him happy. They just legalized weed so he has a new hobby now.

Honestly it's tempting but you have to get used to how things are done in that culture. If you can tolerate that it's great.
 
2022-08-06 3:03:10 PM  
1 vote:

SafetyThird: My brother retired to Phuket a couple of years ago at 54. He's balling pretty hard on his investment income, not as hard as the guy in tfa but enough to keep him happy. They just legalized weed so he has a new hobby now.

Honestly it's tempting but you have to get used to how things are done in that culture. If you can tolerate that it's great.


Can you elaborate?  I've read that the culture frowns upon open conflict, like arguing, scowling, raised voices, etc.  Hence, "The Land of 1000 Smiles".  I've also read that if you're a farang, you don't want to travel anywhere outside of large(r) cities, and definitely not inland to the villages, unless you're going with somebody who is from that area.
 
2022-08-06 4:40:46 PM  
1 vote:
Lots of jelly in this thread.

I say good for him. I did the expat thing for a while and loved it. Definitely wish I had gone somewhere cheaper than London to really maximise the lifestyle but you can't always choose these things.

The biggest issue i see is the long term sustainability. Unless you tell your family to Fark off completely, you're going to be making a lot of trips back home, and you are certainly going to regret not spending time with your parents more when you could. This goes double if you have kids. The other is retirement; unless you're going to be able to make that money even after you quit working, you're going to be in some trouble down the line. No social security and elderly healthcare in a lot of countries isn't as good as in the USA (even if what you do get is fat cheaper.)
 
2022-08-06 5:52:47 PM  
1 vote:

adamatari: Pretty sure you can live like a king in $250k in Alabama as well.


Sure but you can't welcome friends there by saying "Hey welcome to <slap to the crotch>"
 
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