Thailand Retirement Visas Download Forms

Here’s the Thailand retirement forms download page. Just click, download the form you need, fill it out and you’re good to go. [Read More]

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 caring for lost dogs who need homes. I walk two miles around my neighborhood at dawn each morning. The streets… [Read 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. This video shows just how infuriating it can be: New money-laundering regulations require you to establish and prove permanent residence before you can open a Thai bank account. You can imagine the Catch-22… [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]

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, and Chiang Mai is home to some of the most gifted teachers in the world. And the beauty and tranquility… [Read More]

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 miss because you’re hurtling along the freeway and can easily miss it. Owned by a wealthy lady who uses it… [Read More]

Dengue Fever in Thailand?

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 by the severity of their symptoms (one of them is still suffering from the after-effects). I was concerned for two reasons: they… [Read More]

Medical Care in Thailand

Medical Care in Thailand: A Personal Diary Medical care in Thailand is living up to its reputation. A client recently had a medical emergency and I checked her into Chiang Mai Ram Hospital, which I use and recommend. Tests showed that she was in critical condition so she was hustled off to the Intensive Care Unit, where she spent four days and nights. I’ll have a full report on the quality of care next month… [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]

We Get Mail – From Retirees in Thailand

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 the first time. At one point a blind man got on. Immediately he became a joint responsibility for all passengers. That evening… [Read More]

Australian Overseas 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, the Disability Support Pension, Wife Pension, or Widow B Pension, you may be affected. The changes will apply if you… [Read More]

Retire in Thailand

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 you visa’s, banked, insured, moved into your new home, familiar within shops, eating at great restaurants, and knowing where everything… [Read More]

Health Insurance in Thailand

What’s the Scoop on Health Insurance in Thailand? Foreign tourists will soon be required to have travel insurance before entering Thailand. The plan was proposed by a committee working on the development of Thailand as a wellness tourism hub and will be forwarded for consideration by the national tourism policy commission. The requirement should not be seen as a “hurdle” to visitors to Thailand, the source said on Monday. Under the proposal, the Office of the Insurance Commission… [Read More]

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 your local Thai consulate or embassy: Your original passport with at least one empty page (I recommend having at least… [Read More]

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 weather and clear blue skies persist until sometime in March when temperatures rise. And rise. And rise until the afternoons… [Read More]

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