moving to thailand

Moving to Thailand

Thailand Score
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What is Thailand?

moving to thailand

Thailand is a beautiful, cheap, sunny country in Southeast Asia.

Thailand is often hailed as one of the best destinations for Western (male) expats to move to.

It boasts a great climate, cheap cost of living, friendly locals, beautiful nature, and many other advantages.

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, and the King holds special protection. It’s not allowed to defame him, for example.

While you can say that in general Thailand is a stable country, coups and military dictatorships do occur and could hamper your happiness and freedom here.

For that reason, it’s folly to rely on Thailand alone as your abode. Consider planting flags in the Philippines, Dubai or Paraguay as well.

Thailand is a founding member of ASEAN, a newly industrialized country and the second largest economy in Southeast Asia.

The population hovers around 70 million, with a great many people flocking from the poor rural areas to the capital of Bangkok.

Thailand is known for sex-tourism, and there are many expats moving here just for that reason.

It’s easy and cheap to get laid with young women in Thailand, and prostitution is common.

However, if you’re not into that, do not let it deter you, as this country can offer so much more.

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Moving to Thailand requirements

The requirements for moving to Thailand are pretty relaxed.

The number one thing you need to have is a location independent source of income.

Ideally your own businesses, but there are plenty of expats in Thailand who just rely on their pension.

In fact, the vast majority of foreigners in Thailand are elderly, retired (white) men.

If you want to have a secure future, I would advise you not to rely on such a pension – because this is an unreliable and untenable system, especially considering the impeding collapse of the West – but instead get your own location independent income up.

Other than that, the visa system is pretty relaxed, but it does tend to change often, so make sure to check the Thai government website for up to date information.

Advantages of moving to Thailand

  • Low cost of living

    Thailand is a very cheap country, and if you have a Western income, you can live a very comfortable life here

  • Great climate

    Thailand isn’t too hot, has plenty of sunshine and not a lot of rain

  • Easy sex

    Thailand is a sex-positive country, and as a foreigner you don’t have to look too far to get laid

  • Different sexual flavors

    Thailand is probably the best country to go to if you are into ladyboys/transvestites

  • Beautiful nature

    Thailand is absolutely gorgeous. Fauna, flora, beaches, under-water life, islands, and so on

  • Friendly locals

    Thais are generally very nice. But don't mess with them, you'll regret it

  • Booming economy

    Thailand is already the second greatest economy in SE Asia, and while it cannot really climb much more on that ladder, it will almost certainly continue to do very well economically in the next few decades

  • Great food

    Thai food is seriously delicious. Of course, this depends on the person, but most people tend to agree with this

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Disadvantages of living in Thailand

  • Visa process could be frustrating

    Unless you are over 50, be prepared to do visa-hops over the border every so often

  • Potentially politically unstable

    Coups and military dictatorships do occur, and they might impact your freedom

  • Poor education

    The average Thai isn’t highly educated, and the level of English is frequently subpar. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why it doesn't score higher

Moving to Thailand - by the numbers

Thailand Score
Shithole Paradise

Climate: 8.5/10

Hours of sunshine (9.5/10) Temperature (9.5/10) Rainy days (9/10) Humidity (6/10)
26 C – 79 F

Cost of Living: 9/10

Minimum Annual Wage Average monthly cost single person

Taxes on international income: 8/10

In Thailand, you usually do not have to pay many taxes on your income, up to a maximum of 35% if you are a resident and the income gets paid in or remitted to Thailand within the same calendar year.

Otherwise, it’s at or near 0%.

So while it could be pretty high (still only roughly half of what it’d be in the West), you can easily avoid paying taxes.

Economic growth: 7/10

Average GDP growth over the last 10 years: 4%

One of the lowest unemployment rates in the world (around 1%), and it has the second largest economy in Southeast Asia (8th largest in Asia).

Safety: 7.3/10

Global Terrorism Index (5/10) Intentional homicide rate (8/10) Rape rate (9/10)

Visa: 7.3/10

  • Visa (8/10)

    A Tourism visa is easy to get. You can stay up to a month, and extension is possible. Thailand used to have a pretty relaxed visa system, but for the last few years some unwelcome changes have popped up. A Non-Immigrant Visa is required to stay there long-term, but it isn’t easy to get unless you are over 50 years old

  • Permanent Residence (7/10)

    Possible, but you need to have had a Non-Immigrant visa for at least 3 years. There is also a Long Term Resident visa for 10 years (need to be wealthy and invest half a million in the country, or be a wealthy pensioner). There are more options, but none are that accessible for the majority of people

  • Citizenship (7/10)

    Citizenship in Thailand involves a long and tiring process, but it is possible. Dual nationality is usually allowed.

Is living in Thailand great?

Yes, living in Thailand is pretty awesome.

Whether you are moving to Thailand from USA, want to retire to Thailand from UK, are one of the many Australians retiring in Thailand, or any other foreigner escaping the West, Thailand can provide a new home for you.

Thailand can boast a very laid-back lifestyle.

You can spend your time sitting on the beach, diving in pristine waters, have regular sex with Asian women (or ladyboys), explore the country’s rich history, or whatever you want to do.

Thailand doesn’t have the best score out of the countries I discuss on this site, unfortunately, mostly because of its low level of English.

However, this depends heavily on where you are and who you talk to.

If you stick to mingling with other foreigners and educated Thais (or sex workers), you will probably not have a lot of issues.

In theory, you do have to pay taxes in Thailand, but in reality you can easily avoid this.

Thailand is booming, and if you want to partake in this boom, you can certainly benefit greatly from it.

Moving to Thailand is something that should be on everyone’s radar upon contemplating escaping the West.

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