My House in Chiang Mai

I got tired of looking at my fence and decided to repaint it. Two guys and a lady showed up and started by pruning my giant hedge back so the sliding gate can roll easily. Then they welded four decorative metal arrows (along the top of the gate in picture) back on. Then they painted the metal parts of the fence and gate white and gold, and painted the concrete fence–both front and side–gray, to… [Read More]

Budget for Living in Thailand

What’s a Realistic Budget for Living in Thailand? Here’s an example of my most recent handyman bill and the story behind it: The mounting of my sliding carport gate came adrift and needed three welds and my guest bedroom sink was leaking water because its drain and stopper had never been correctly installed and needed replacing. Our Concierge tech team, two guys, showed up unannounced (everyone in Thailand shows up unannounced) welded the gate and took… [Read More]

Thai Property Investment Scams

Why Thai Property Investment Scams Target Foreigners Thailand runs on relationships, prestige, loyalty, money and the law – in that order, which often makes Thai property investment scams successful.Unless you’re a member of the Thai ‘club’ it’s wise to have a prestigious friend who is, because Thai Property Investment Scams are common.  The (current) experience of farang friend who owns a restaurant shows why: his restaurant has been a great success in its first year and, last… [Read More]

Chiang Mai Cost of Living

Chiang Mai Cost of Living An Aussie, Michelle Hammond, writes that living in Chiang Mai saves her $23,994 a year: “Before moving here, I knew Chiang Mai offered low-cost living and that the savings I’d make would mean I’d be in for a nice lifestyle upgrade. But I didn’t realise just how good the value was. Now I’m settled in, I’ve a good handle on my budget and the savings I’m making run right across the board, from… [Read More]

Landlords in Thailand

Have You Heard the Thai Saying about Landlords in Thailand? “Thai landlords will suck blood from a turd”. Pungent and, as I learned last week, to the point. A dear friend (not a client) who labored long and hard to make his Thai restaurant a success (#1 on TripAdvisor – hard to pull off) was recently approached by his Thai landlord’s  son. He had noticed that the restaurant was constantly sold out. He deduced that my… [Read More]

Buying a Condo in Thailand

How Buying A Condo In Thailand Works: Before we get to condos I must mention that you can buy a house but your ownership only lasts 30 years because that’s the legal limit of land leases (the ‘recurring’ lease is legally vulnerable) but that didn’t deter Chris, who skipped the condo stage and went straight for a house. Here’s his story: Chris Buys a House. “Well to start with, purchasing property in Thailand has really only one… [Read More]

Chiang Mai Rentals, Sublets

Here are the Chiang Mai rentals, sublets for July, 2018. Even if you’re not yet planning a move, it provides you with real estate values in Chiang Mai. These are real houses in Chiang Mai with real prices and you can check them out with Google Street View. Or just email for the address… Chiang Mai Rentals, Sublets Sublet 3 Bdrm Home World Club – 20,000 Baht/month + damage deposit. Clean, spacious 3 bedroom house in World Club Land available for… [Read More]

Stress Free Retirement to Thailand

Stress Free Retirement to Thailand With one of the lowest costs of living in the world and high quality of life, Thailand has become one of the top retirement destinations overseas. There is a diverse expat community enjoying the country’s rich cultural experiences, stunning natural beauty, tropical climate, and Thai cuisine. Whether you’re looking at retiring to one of Thailand’s cosmopolitan areas, such as Bangkok, or a more adventurous area, like Chiang Mai, there are… [Read More]

Live A Middle-Class Life in Thailand?

Could you Live a Middle-Class Life in Thailand? Do you want to live as you did in your $7,000/mo, $750,000 California-style house? Or would you be content to live a middle-class life in Thailand like a middle-class Thai person would? What would it feel like to live a middle-class Thai life in Thailand? Well, take a close look at any middle class Thai. Let’s say a high-school math teacher.How does a middle class Thai teacher live? How do Thai middle… [Read More]

Thai Immigration Visits Me

What Happens When Thai Immigration Visits Me? The USA and the UK are relaxed about foreigners but, when Thai Immigration visits me I find that’s not true in Thailand.  Your registered Thai address turns out to be more important than some people think. Chonburi immigration is the first province to start insisting that resident farangs stay where they’ve registered and finding offenders 4,000 baht. Officers there have been checking their records against foreigners residing in the area then fining people… [Read More]

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