Medical Care in Thailand

Medical care in Thailand is one of the world’s greatest bargains. Your can get first class medical care for a fraction of what you pay at home. Thai doctors and nurses are world class and really know how to care for your medical needs. Here’s a tip: Foreigners treated at government hospitals may pay more […]

Thailand Bank Accounts

Opening Thailand bank accounts is different, but easy, once you get the hang of it, but it can be tricky, which is why our Concierge service introduces you to a wonderful bank manager whose bank handles all of Thailand’s foreign exchange transactions. “In order to open an ordinary checking or savings account, Bank of Bangkok […]

Health Insurance in Thailand

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What’s the Scoop on Health Insurance in Thailand? The US Embassy Bangkok has issued an advisory: Thailand remains one of the most popular retirement destinations in the world. Great culture; great food; great people. And as US citizens age, Thailand also offers access to excellent health care, provided at world-class private hospitals by internationally trained doctors. But […]

Soi Dogs in Thailand

I know about twenty Soi dogs in Thailand (so named because they hang out in alleys, or sois). They’re not well cared for  and, if this story moves you, sign the petition to improve their lives. If you’re in Chiang Mai you can volunteer or adopt a dog from Care for Dogs. They do heroic work […]

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 […]

Yoga in Chiang Mai

Yoga in Chiang Mai

Yoga in Chiang Mai has a long history. When I moved to Chiang Mai I was delighted to find a hotbed of yoga teachers and students from around the world. I’d taken classes with maybe 100 yoga teachers over 45 years and had come to appreciate the difference a good teacher makes to each class, […]

Chiang Mai’s Best Coffee Shops

Here’s a handy list of Chiang Mai’s Best Coffee Shops. A wide variety of gourmet coffees and excellent locations and environments. Enjoy your coffee! One of Chiang Mai’s Best Coffee Shops is Sweet Gardens, located here. These are the GPS coordinates 18.82920° 99.00616°. It’s on the second ring road towards the north side of town. Easy to […]

Dengue Fever in Thailand?

Precent, Diagnose, Treat and Recover from Dengue Fever

Is There Really Dengue Fever in Thailand? Though dengue fever is endemic in Thailand, you don’t have to get it. And you don’t have to suffer years of after-effects if you do. Three  years ago we had a dengue epidemic and several friends went down with it. Dengue was new to me and I was appalled […]

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 […]

We Get Mail – From Retirees in Thailand

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Mail From Retirees in Thailand Dear Neil and Bruce, I know that you guys would have heard me talk of my love of Thailand many times. But I got a reminder in the last 2 days which I thought I should relate. Monday morning I was catching a sawngthaeo from Mae Jo to Chiang Mai for […]

Australian Overseas Pension Changes

ASEAN Map: Australian Pension Changes

There have been some Australian overseas pension changes. From July 1 2014 the rules are changing on how much pension you can be paid while living or traveling outside Australia – for the worse, of course. If you leave Australia on or after July 1, 2014 and received the Age Pension or, in some circumstances, […]

Retire in Thailand

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If you’d like to retire in Thailand, here are a few ideas to get your started: 1. Subscribe to our free newsletter, Life in Thailand. 2. Download one of the books: How to Retire in Thailand (and Double Your Income), or Making Money in Thailand. 3. Check out our moving to Thailand Concierge Service: we get […]

Volunteer in Chiang Mai

If you have the urge to volunteer in Chiang Mai, here’s a complete guide to Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand and Burmese opportunities. But before you do, a few words of advice: To enter Thailand with the purpose of doing volunteer work you must have a Non-Immigrant O Visa. Here’s what you’ll need to apply at […]

Smoke in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai doesn’t have the usual seasonal progression. Our seasons begin when the rains stop in November and the mornings turns chilly. Last year it was so cold that people with old-style, unsealable, Thai houses had to move in with friends whose homes–though unheated–could at least be sealed by closing windows and doors! The cool […]