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I have been more than 20 countries over the last 15 years and I have to say Thailand is first choice for retirement. Great medical, low cost of living, beautiful beaches, so much to do. Close to everything, Hong Kong, China and Philippines are just short flights away. I am just waiting for my daughter to finish school. Although they do have some really good schools in Bangkok.
KEN I have heard the same things from other people. I am wanting to retire but not in the U.S. and have no clue where to start. I have been to so many places in my life, I don't know where to start in regards to actually settling down.
do you have any links with info on Thailand that you have used? It's not that I don't trust your word but I have been seeking a good source for info on this subject
Well this was not really from research on the internet, it is from personal experience. Like I have said I have traveled to many countries, not just as a tourist but setting up businesses. So many places I have gone I have spent months mingling with the locals and learning the culture. I think before you plan on moving anywhere you need to go and visit and spend some time.
I can tell you as far as medical they are the best in the world, look a the 60 minute piece. I saw this and then used the Bumrungrad hospital. Once you go there your realize how bad our system is here, 10% to 20% of what it cost here, and the quality puts America to shame.
Seems like you know where you're coming from. You mentioned the skytrain is a way to get around the bad traffic. Is this similar to the elevated trains we have in the US? Also you said they are cheap for tickets, how much would it cost?
The sky trains are similar to the elevated trains but must nicer and faster.
Fares and Skytrain Passes
The BTS Rabbit cards are used to access all stations. Fares start at 15 baht per one stop. A one-day pass may be a good option for those planning to do a lot of hopping on and off for one full day. But if you plan to be in Bangkok for a while, it might be a good idea to buy the BTS Smart Pass.
Unlimited travel within the duration of a single day for 120 baht. Ideal for tourists.
Standard Rabbit Card / Stored Value Cards
These are available for 100 baht plus 50 baht refundable deposit. The Standard Rabbit Cards are valid for 5 years and can be filled with a minimum of 100 baht and up to 4,000 baht.
30-Day Pass for Adults
- For 15 trips (use within 30 days), 25 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 375 baht.
- For 25 trips (use within 30 days), 23 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 575 baht.
- For 40 trips (use within 30 days), 21 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 840 baht.
- For 50 trips (use within 30 days), 20 baht per trip unlimited distance, it costs 1,000 baht.
The following stations offer facilities (such as elevators) for disabled people: Mo Chit, Siam, Asok, On Nut and Chong Nonsi. BTS Tourist Information Centers can be found at Siam, Nana and Saphan Taksin stations. A very informative BTS city map can be picked up free from any station.
It seems that its pretty simple to get set up with these tickets as long as I know what I plan on doing and how long I plan on being there
But what about the locations you can visit? Are there major locations that are NOT a stop along the way for any of these trains? I guess I am asking if there are any cities / sites that I will need to visit by cab/bus/etc.... ?
This is pretty surprising to me, I have never really considered Thailand as a place to travel for fun, I'm always thinking of sunny beach resorts in the most common vacation spots but it seems like a Thialand vacation could be even more interesting.
But, I'm hesitant when the culture and language are so different. It seems intimidating and if I took a vacation tour to Thailand, it might be hard for me to relax.
How are the visitors treated generally in Thailand, specifically when its obvious they are american tourists?
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