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    Outrageous job claim: 36K baht in KK = $80,000 USD salary

    Here is salary information provided by an employer related to a job posting for Khon Khen:

    "Pay is between 32k-36k Thai baht monthly, depending on experience. All of that money is take-home income - no taxes. In Khon Kaen, you'll be able to go out five nights a week and travel on the weekends and still save 12-18k baht each month. It's like making $80,000 in a typical American city."

    Of course, 'going out' may simply mean, 'going out of your room to buy rice for dinner every night,' but the comparison to an $80,000 USD salary. Hello? Anybody home at the ajarn jobs desk?

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    It's an insult to the intelligence, for sure.

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    ....assuming you were intelligent.

    Job ads like that pop up here all the time. Earn 4000 rmb/month in Inner Mongolia but the cost of living is so low it translates to 100 k back home. Can't see anyone trying to pay off a mortgage or debts with that 'back home' though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sentrix View Post
    Earn 4000 rmb/month in Inner Mongolia but the cost of living is so low it translates to 100 k back home. Can't see anyone trying to pay off a mortgage or debts with that 'back home' though.
    It would seem, then, that the key is having little or no debt to attend to "back home." Sound about right?

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    Yeah, anyone moving to Thailand with the intention of teaching, saving up tons of money, and paying off a mortgage back home .... (5555 chortle chortle) ... Sorry, can't even keep a straight face thinking about it.

    Debt free? I thought most expats moving here are running away from debt, or creating more of it ;-)

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    I don't have debts or mortgages 'back home' but only a dunderhead would work for a pittance and think he's making big bucks because of low living costs.

    Inner Mongolia, go to the Gobi every weekend, eat off the land, freeze your arse off at -33 but hey, you may as well be earning 100 k back home, same as the OP's whacko ad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mandude View Post
    "Pay is between 32k-36k Thai baht monthly, depending on experience. All of that money is take-home income - no taxes. In Khon Kaen, you'll be able to go out five nights a week and travel on the weekends and still save 12-18k baht each month. It's like making $80,000 in a typical American city."
    I'm packing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sentrix View Post
    only a dunderhead
    Claims like in this ad. suggest this is exactly what the advertiser is looking for, so I suppose it's useful info in a way.

    I think Phil must be on holiday, otherwise he would have been commenting on the cricket for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sentrix View Post
    ...eat off the land, freeze your arse off at -33...
    Hell, I do that where I am now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    otherwise he would have been commenting on the cricket for sure.
    ....send Ponting to Mongolia after losing the Ashes the dork.
    Quote Originally Posted by ReeseDog View Post
    Hell, I do that where I am now.
    Where is that if you don't mind answering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sentrix View Post

    Hell, I do that where I am now.

    Where is that if you don't mind answering.
    I'm in Alaska. Cold here just now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mandude View Post
    no taxes
    Hmm. Has the employer cleared that with the tax authorities?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paully View Post
    Hmm. Has the employer cleared that with the tax authorities?
    They most likely pay your taxes for you, I know mine did.

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    When all is said and done; the ad probably isn't too far off. Just forget about the future and look at the day to day costs here. I know someone who made 30k here and saved 20k per month. That's fully 1/3 of his salary. Do that in the west; I dare you! He wasn't living in squalor; paying 2,500 per month for a townhouse w/western kitchen and gorgeous marble floors.
    I suggest one is comparing apples and Walnuts; west versus east. Cheers.
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    I only made 35k a month on my last job and was able to save about half every month. The problem was when downtime hit and I'd head off to the beach or BKK. That's when the pain kicked in.
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