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    The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Sorry small private school and I am the only farang. But living in Pathumthani is definitely cheaper than living in BKK, sometimes I can't even spend 12K a month - and I do travel on the weekends too!

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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Quote Originally Posted by barfomcgee View Post
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    lol exactly most farangs can spend 30K in a weekend in BKK. .

    as far as the 30K it is def doable but u will lead an extremely simple life. I think alot of westerners move to Thailand because they love to travel and your not going to do much traveling on a 30K salary. .

    I have a friend who is a Philippine english teacher and he makes 22K. . he lives but he is real frugal and doesnt travel much or go out much. .

    plus what mvinci said. . it depends where u live. . i dont think u can live on 30K in phuket, BKK ect. . maybe in a more rural area it is possible. .

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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Quote Originally Posted by pornstar View Post
    If a person places a greater value on things; a car, a PS3, a western kitchen, Levi jeans, etc then of course a Thai wage of 30k will seem like poverty.
    to be frank, ive found just the opposite to be true...

    if you like tech stuff, enjoy staying at home- like wathing tv, or the video games, or computer- you will save a lot here.

    but if you fancy social interaction that goods cant buy- then youre in for a hurting, because nightlife (however tame) is where the hidden costs are in cost-of-living here.

    everyone i know who can save money here, has an indoor hobby of some sort. not that they are TOTAL inwards, but there is some technology or book -whatever- that they like OVER the incessant need to bond and go out.

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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Quote Originally Posted by stfranalum View Post
    to be frank, ive found just the opposite to be true...

    if you like tech stuff, enjoy staying at home- like wathing tv, or the video games, or computer- you will save a lot here.

    but if you fancy social interaction that goods cant buy- then youre in for a hurting, because nightlife (however tame) is where the hidden costs are in cost-of-living here.

    everyone i know who can save money here, has an indoor hobby of some sort. not that they are TOTAL inwards, but there is some technology or book -whatever- that they like OVER the incessant need to bond and go out.
    i agree...buying a PS3 and staying every once in a while would save me a ton of money. .

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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    [quote=stfranalum;1197975]right. its romantic to say that you live off of little....but not too romantic to be stuck someplace in life.

    Kerouac is cool in a book. quote]


    sorry Franny, don't want to burst your bubble but Kerouac is an author - I think you might be trying to say 'On the road' is a good book. to that I would heartily agree as there is more than a bit of a Sean Cassidy in most of us on this forum
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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    "That's not writing, that's typewriting!" quote by Capote when he was arguing with Norman Mailer on TV about Jack Kerouac.
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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Quote Originally Posted by mcatt66 View Post
    I think alot of westerners move to Thailand because they love to travel and your not going to do much traveling on a 30K salary. .
    Used to feel that way but I'm happy enough chilling by my condo's pool / in the park. Travel's normally a letdown - went to China and visited the Great Wall, Forbidden City etc. Not a patch on Thailand.

    I guess we'll travel abroad again at some point though. A short trip Japan appeals.

    Quote Originally Posted by stfranalum View Post
    but if you fancy social interaction that goods cant buy- then youre in for a hurting, because nightlife (however tame) is where the hidden costs are in cost-of-living here.
    Luckily for me and the missus, we're stay at home dullards. And happy that way!

    Clubbing was alright when I was chasing poonani, absolutely no need for it now.

    Quote Originally Posted by stfranalum View Post
    but there is some technology or book -whatever- that they like OVER the incessant need to bond and go out.
    My mate Steve reckons my book shelves house one of BKK's better libraries
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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Franny is a samart man...I don't go out much and drink rarely(conscious choice). worked all week, went out socializing and drinking last night. Spent more last night than in the previous 5 days combined...therein lies your cost of living.

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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Quote Originally Posted by CWM View Post
    You should check it out and see if the lifestyle he discribes would suite you. It is important to note that he appears to be single (doesn't appear to have any expenses associated with a family or a girlfreind). It also appears that he does not work because I have not seen any travel expenses related to going to work or any mention of going to work.
    As far as living expenses go, I think the most important thing to note is that when he goes out other men appear to be buying him quite a few drinks.

    If you can swing that, or just not go out, then 30K a month could be possible.


    Those options don't really do it for me.
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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Crikey. I've just moved to Thailand and already I am starting to see some kind of Expat demographic on this thread. Am I right in saying that anyone from the West who fancies coming to work in Thailand for a short period so they can travel the surrounds is considered a loser by, erm, other expats?

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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksteady View Post
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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Quote Originally Posted by rocketlad78 View Post
    Crikey. I've just moved to Thailand and already I am starting to see some kind of Expat demographic on this thread. Am I right in saying that anyone from the West who fancies coming to work in Thailand for a short period so they can travel the surrounds is considered a loser by, erm, other expats?
    not at all. . i think most people first come here for their love of travel . .there is nothing wrong with that at all. .

    u will find alot of people do stereotype expats especially older ones but really who cares what others think. . its your life to live. . enjoy Thailand and enjoy ur travels

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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    How about people who use two periods..at the end of every sentence??..


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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Or two question marks??
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    Re: The real reason Thailand DOES have a low cost of living.

    Quote Originally Posted by mcatt66 View Post
    u will find alot of people do stereotype expats especially older ones
    'tis true.

    If you're white, straight, male, over 40 and in Thailand, you're pretty much in the last minority group on earth everyone feels comfortable dumping on.

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