Thailand

How To Get A Thai Elite Visa: Tips & Advice

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Thai Elite visa stamp in an American passport.

So you’ve taken the leap and decided not just to travel to Thailand, but to live there too. You are under fifty and are just looking for a long-term tourist option. You just want to be able to enjoy Thailand’s slower pace of life and stunning sceneries. How then do you go about staying long-term in the kingdom with… Read More >>

What is the Cost of Living WELL in Chiang Mai

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A defocused photo of Chiang Mai's colorful streets at dusk.

It’s hard for me to believe I’m fast approaching my third year in Chiang Mai. What’s crazy is I just can’t get enough of it. With every passing day, I’m loving it more and more. I was just telling my best friend yesterday how I can’t see myself moving away. There’s something for everyone in… Read More >>

Can I Live In Thailand On A Tourist Visa?

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Thai tourist visa stamp in a passport.

Many expats in Thailand fear the ever-changing tourist visa rules and the narrowing corridor of long-term stay in the kingdom. I’ll firstly say that this article is mostly an opinion piece, but it is also based on my experience and those of close friends who have had similar experiences. I have lived here for nearly two… Read More >>

What’s Expat Life in Chiang Mai Like?

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Bustling expat life in Chiang Mai's walking street. It is packed with tourists and expats alike shopping for goods.

“You’re still in Thailand?” is a question I get asked all the time when I go back home to visit friends and family. Most don’t realize how long I’ve been an expat abroad–and the next questions invariably center around expat life in Chiang Mai and what living in the North of Thailand is like. Pointblank: I… Read More >>

7 Top Ways To Blow Money in Southeast Asia

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No matter how much inflation hurts prices in Southeast Asia, the area steadfastly remains one of the cheapest expat destinations in the world. Even as rents in larger cities like Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City swell, those in neighboring towns–even nearby neighborhood–remain affordable. You’ll always find ways to save money, but you’ll also find an… Read More >>

What Is The Cost of Living in Pattaya?

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Pattaya Beach Road during the day time. Palm trees line the road and the beach runs parallel.

After three months of hard work, I decided to reward myself and took my girlfriend with me to Pattaya for a week’s vacation. Over the years, Pattaya has been a choice getaway because it’s both easy to get to, and cheap. For those of you who haven’t been there yet, the cost of living in Pattaya… Read More >>