Browsing through the economist I came across this short article about a report on the best places to be an expat. Thailand wasn't in the survey (neither was Japan) but it did make an interesting read.
Shiny, happy expats | Gulliver | Economist.com
Of particular interest to me was the report on expats with kids. I clicked through to the actual report and based on their criteria how do you think Thailand would rank?
For me it kind of underlines our decision to head back to Oz.
Papa was a rodeo - Mama was a rock'n'roll band
I could play guitar and rope a steer before I learned to stand
If you're raising young children then I say that a western country is the best place to be despite the expense. I am so torn between doing what is best for my son and sacrificing his opportunities for a better quality of life. My Thai wife isn't helping matters much, going through bouts of culture shock as she is.
I'm still in my first year of returning home and hanging tough. When I pick my son up from school and he tells me about his day I am reassured that I made the right choice, just not the most comfortable one.
No vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end.
I've got to pick myself up Dust myself off And start all over again.