Moving to Pattaya
So you visit Pattaya as often as possible, taking advantage of any holiday you can use to get out of your daily life back home. You like it here very much and you are dreaming of moving here permanently – longing for a new life and a new future. So, what stops you from doing it?
Obviously, it depends on your own situation – what you could or couldn’t do. Will you still have to world or do you have enough assets to retire? Is there something holding you back to take the big step, or are you free to so what you really want?
if you still have to work to pay your rent or buy your food, there are various possibilities to get a job here in Thailand, depending on what you can or want to do. Of course you have to be realistic at all times. Good jobs aren’t our there, ready to grab on the streets. Besides there are many Thais looking for jobs too, and in most cases companies will rather employ a Thai than a foreigner as Thais will generally work for lower salaries and don’t come the hassle of having to arrange visas and work permits. Most foreigners in Pattaya nowadays seem to work as teachers in school.
Bear in mind that salary scales in Thailand are much lower than what you’re probably used to back home in Europe or America. But at the some time, the cost of living is much lower too. Of course, to top it all, it will depend on how much you spend yourself. Will you live a simple life or do you prefer luxury?
Coming to Thailand to work is not as easy as being an EU-citizen and moving from one EU country to another without an major hassle, for example. You’ll need a work permit before you can start working for any Thai-based company. Generally specking the company hiring you should arrange this for you. It involves a lot of paperwork and patience.
If you’re planning to open a own business, say a restaurant, the best thing to do is to have a chat with a lawyer or consultant who knows this and outs of setting up a business in Thailand. It is not impossible, far from it, but again be prepared for the paperwork and possibly some time before you can get your business up and running.
It is very important to be well informed about the type of visa you should have to stay in Thailand. There are various types of visa obtainable, each with their own requirements. It is possible to enter the country without a visa, with merely a stamp on arrival for one month (for most nationalities). But this means you’ll have to leave the country every month to get a new stamp upon returning. Most people in Pattaya do this with a one-day visa run to the Cambodian border. Not only does this mean a extra cost every month, but you’ll probably get fed up with this pretty soon. The next step is a tourist visa. A normal tourist visa will give you two months upon entering the country, extendable by another month at the immigration office. If you get a multiple entry tourist visa, you can stay three months in this way, leave the country and return again and get another three months. Then there is the non-immigrant O visa, for retirement in Thailand, or, if you want to work, you’ll need a non-immigrant B visa.
As with setting up a business, lawyers and consultants are up-to-date on the visa requirements and can inform you in detail about the possibilities.
Many people gather a small fortune be selling their property back home. With the incredible increase in property prices over the past years, this brings in some healthy amounts of money to live on for a considerable time. But do your calculations. Funds, no matter how much, won’t last forever (will, in most cases). True, many things are indeed relatively cheap here. You can have delicious meals at food stalls along the street and food courts in shopping malls for less than what it would cost you to buy the food yourself and cook it. Transportation is cheap, and if you buy a car, the cost of petrol is quite low too.
So, while you’ll find that most amenities are indeed much cheaper than in Europe or America, some things might cost more than you’d expect. For example electricity is quite expensive. Especially if you use the air-conditioning a lot you might be surprised by the first electric bill(as we were….)
another thing to consider is whether you’ll need to travel back to your home country now and then (for family visits, for example.) although air fares are lower than ever, costs can add up considerably. Ticket prices from Bangkok to European destinations start around Bt25,000 but can climb considerably during peak seasons.
Last but not least, Thai culture is probably every different to what you’re used to. Although many changes to the country, there is still a vast difference between the hectic, results-based lifestyle in the West and the easy-going, more serene life here in Southeast Asia. With that comes a set of customs unique to the region which might take some time to get accustomed to as a Westerner. Learning about these customs and trying to apply them will make life much easier, as well as learning the language.
Living in a country always comes with pros and cons, and you should be realistic about expectation and be ready to deal with the less nice aspects as thy present themselves. But if you’re positive about taking the big step, are ready to take on anything that blocks your route and do your best to settle down quickly in new surroundings, Thailand’s people and sights will soon cast their magic upon you and chances are big you might not want to leave ever again.
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Making the Decision: Moving to Pattaya
So you visit Pattaya as often as possible, taking advantage of any holiday you can use to get out of your daily life back home. You like it here very much and you are dreaming of moving here permanently – longing for a new life and a new future. So, what stops you from doing it? …..
I think after that it could become very tiresome!
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