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Old 01-18-2015, 10:49 AM   #61
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So, if I understand retirementguy1's last post, he publicly posted in this thread a private Private Message (PM) sent to him, a PM with plenty of information and obviously sent in good faith. He also posted the board member's real first name which was included in the private message.

And then he said said it was bullsh*t.

Please tell me that my interpretation is wrong and that someone would not really stoop that low.
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:04 PM   #62
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Gotta admit I was a few beers deep which sometimes make me a little paranoid. A couple spots just rubbed me wrong. My apologies.
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Old 01-20-2015, 01:18 AM   #63
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Since everyone has different ideas of a minimally acceptable lifestyle it is hard to put a right or wrong answer on cost of living, but there are plenty of blogs from people who live fairly comfortable in Chiang Mai for far less than $4,4000 per month. I don't mean the $350/month studio slum rice every day types, I mean people with reasonably nice apartments who seem to have a decent thing going like:

$1,759/month = The Cost of Living Like a Boss in Chiang Mai

$1,433/month = Report: The Cost of Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand : Pause The Moment – Travel | Adventure | Location Independence

$1,180/month = Chiang Mai Budget Breakdown - Tieland to Thailand

$1,351/month = The Cost of Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Obviously his mileage may vary, but there sure are a lot of couples living on less than $2,000 per month, I'd wager a single person could probably manage on something far less than $4,000 without sacrificing too much if he's willing to move someowhere relatively cheap.
These seem to be pretty reasonable numbers for Cambodia as well, around $1200-$1800 per month gives a pretty decent lifestyle here. Some live on less, but these are usually short timers. One thing I would caution is that there are big changes happening all over Asia, SE Asia included. Western shopping malls are cropping up, modern condos, prices increasing, lifestyles changing. I would not expect to see the same low cost 3rd world lifestyle 10 to 20 years from now as you see today. The changes I have seen in only the last 10 years have been astounding. As for visa, now in Cambodia just get a business visa (they never ask what your business is) and renew it annually for about $240 a year. But always remember times are changing, and low income expats here are complaining how much harder things are getting, work permits, etc. As these countries develop they will become less and less welcoming to poor foreigners with nothing to contribute, just coming in to live cheaply.
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This person lives on $500 per month in Chiang Mai: Cost of Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand


This guy lives on $600 per month in Chiang Mai: Is It Possible To "Live" A Great Life In Chiang Mai, Thailand For Less Than $25 A Day? - eTramping.com
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:23 PM   #65
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If you have never lived abroad before I would retire first in the US for a year or so; taking on two very stressful things simultaneously isn't a good idea. Once you have transitioned into retirement and are psychologically and financially adjusted, then you can consider moving overseas.

You must understand all the US and local tax and financial implications of the move as well as the basics of things like healthcare. Also remember than moving abroad when you are 50 or 60 is different than if you are a young student just out for some adventure.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:37 PM   #66
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Also remember than moving abroad when you are 50 or 60 is different than if you are a young student just out for some adventure.
Although the thought of 3 women for every guy could appeal to a man of any age.
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This person lives on $500 per month in Chiang Mai: Cost of Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand


This guy lives on $600 per month in Chiang Mai: Is It Possible To "Live" A Great Life In Chiang Mai, Thailand For Less Than $25 A Day? - eTramping.com
These are not realistic amounts for long term living, just boasts to show "how little I can live on" for very short terms. Where is the expense for replacing your stolen moto, or parts missing, for doctor bills, for unexpected emergencies or unexpected opportunities. The bar girl at the lady bar might look tempting but it will cost you $800 a month for 6 months to get rid of that Hep C before it destroys your liver and kills you. (not that you would do that of course) But you will have medical and other expenses, hey its a 3rd world country.

These kinds of nonsense posts don't do anyone any good, except I guess to sell books or advertising on their blogs. In any retirement you have to consider replacement costs, replacing a car or a moto, or replacing a hip, or buying your girlfriend tickets to that new movie theater, new clothes, dinners.

Unexpected expenses or only unexpected as to the type, not that they are unlikely, they are a certainty. Unless you are a short-term backpacker type, these blogs are nonsense.
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