Best Way To Successfully Stay Long Term In Thailand

Vlog#830 How To Stay Long Term In Thailand. Today I want to share some Easy ways to stay or live long term in the Land Of Smiles stress free.
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  1. Good morning from Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ looking forward to seeing you both in the land of smiles next year and visiting the beautiful temple Wat Phra That Phanom . Stay safe

  2. David and especially Virginia assisted my wife and I. They handled our marriage in Bangkok and did all the Paperwork for my wife getting her American Visa. Great agency!

  3. Hello Chuck/Paige,
    I watched your Youtube often now………Life in Autin, TX is missable for a lot of us in this Covid-19 era’s. Take care

  4. The only place where I do things differently than you is money in the bank vs monthly income, and that I think is due to my circumstances vs your circumstances. I’m retired with a fixed benefit federal pension, and US federal disbursements like pensions and social security can be direct deposited into Bangkok Bank and show up here automatically. I don’t have $30,000 USD in a savings account anywhere. I have substantially more than that in investment savings, but that’s not cash that would be easy to move over here. I do have more than 65,000 baht per month coming in every month from the US Government though. So for the way my retirement is funded, the monthly route makes more sense to me. If I didn’t have that monthly income, and I’d cashed out a private business or something like that, I can see where your way would make much more sense.

  5. Who dislikes your videos? I love it. I have a Thai wife for 12 years now and plan to retire in Thailand. Keep doing it. You and your wife are awesome.

  6. Everything you said was spot on! Bravo!!! Outstanding advice; if you havenโ€™t experienced Thailand yet you will never understand… I couldnโ€™t have expressed it better. Never argue. Never get upset and show your anger. Patience is absolutely required in LOS. Great video! Newbies should watch and listen to your words very closely. Best video to date.

  7. Thank you for another very insightful video. I am 6 months from retirement and while I feel certain Thailand is for me I agree with you that living in country a couple of times for 90 days is the best first step. I also agree that we have to understand that Thais don’t need to cater to us. We are their guests and should do everything to learn about Thai culture. Appreciate you making this video.

  8. Appreciate the info. I’m married to a Thai living in the U.S. and planning to retire to Thailand in a few months. I’ve been researching this and I’m happy to hear anything that helps – and this definitely does. Keep the great videos coming!!!

  9. No such thing as 90 day tourist visa.
    60 day single entry,90 day expiry or multi entry 6 month expiry, 60 day per entry. 30 day extensions are 1,900 baht. File TM 30 if you plan this option. These visas are 90 day or 180 days from issue,not first entry stamp. Entry date is first day of 60 days. Dont get caught one day over stay.

  10. Hey Chuck… what’s the trick on an 0.A. VISA not showing proof of funds. My understanding you only have 2 choices…800 ,000 baht or deposit of 65,000 only into a thai bank

  11. Hey chuck another great informative vlog mark …mosquito 5 one Iโ€™ll make it .. still on lockdown here lock down here in Liverpool our curve has taken its first dip letโ€™s jus hope itโ€™s coming down never to go up again as uk is just behind the u s as we are a fraction of the u s per population we have been badly hit but we as a country were very slow in reacting and in denial about its effect anyway I hope we are on the up and up keep safe love you guys ..hey Paige looks good in her glasses she in vid as Iโ€™m typing …๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‘

  12. Hi Chuck. I stayed in Nakhon Phanom for a month this spring to get a feel for the place. I rented an apartment and I went to immigration there to submit my TM30 form, since I wasnโ€™t in a hotel. I had to go back twice, but it didnโ€™t take too long and the agents were very nice to me. Luckily, I had a Thai friend to translate, because they didnโ€™t seem to speak any English, and I donโ€™t speak Thai. I really appreciate you taking the time to explain the visa procedures. Iโ€™m hoping to move there as soon as I can sell my house here in Hawaii. All the best to you and Paige! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  13. Great video Chuck,very insightful.i am looking at retiring in next 10 yrs,and looking at SE Asia ( Malaysia, Thailand,Vietnam)
    Have travelled extensively thru ssll of them

  14. That’s superb information, Chuck. Thanks so much for your videos โ€“ they’re enlightening and entertaining. Nifty editing work in some of them, too. When I watched your live stream last night (I’m in Sydney, Australia) and heard you were releasing this video, I spent 15 minutes jotting down 11 relevant questions I hoped you would answer… and 10 of them were. (The odd one out was how widely used/accepted cryptocurrencies are in Thailand, in day-to-day life and in relation to the visa qualifications. You may have covered that in another video, so I’ll go back through the catalogue.) It certainly whets my appetite! Cheers, Darren

  15. HEY CHUCK AND PAIGE, GOOD VIDEO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR CLEARING UP SOME OF THE THINGS I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT. I THINK I WILL TAKE YOUR ADVICE AND SEE THE ATTORNEY AND LET HIM DO MOST OF GETTING ME MY RETIREMENT VISA. I JUST DON’T HAVE THE PATIENCE TO DEAL WITH IMMIGRATION ANYMORE.

    ON THE MEDICAL PART: I JUST SPENT 3 DAYS IN THE ICU AT BANGKOK HOSPITAL HERE IN KORAT THAILAND. I WOULD PUT THIS HOSPITAL UP AGAINST ANY HOSPITAL IN THE U.S.. EVERY DAY THEY WOULD SEND SOMEONE IN TO FIND OUT WHAT I WANTED TO EAT.I HAD EGGS BENEDICK FOR ONE BREAKFAST AND A CLUB SANDWICH FOR LUNCH A COUPLE OF TIMES. THE MENU LOOKED LIKE IT CAN OUT OF AN AMERICAN RESTAURANT. ALL OF THE SERVICES IN THIS HOSPITAL WAS EXCELLENT.

    WITH HAVING THE MRI, X-RAY, THE 3 DOCTORS, AND ALL OF THE BLOODWORK EACH DAY AND 2 NIGHTS IN THE ICU, CAME OUT TO 95,000 BAHT AND MY BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD IN AMERICA, PAID FOR 85 PERCENT OF IT. WITHOUT A PROBLEM THEY WILL LET ME MAKE PAYMENTS ON THE BALANCE IF NEED BE.

    I AM VERY FORTUNATE THAT BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD HAS CONTRACTS WITH HOSPITALS ALL OVER THE WORLD. I WAS GOING THROUGH PARIS ON MY LAST VISIT TO THE U.S. LAST YEAR AND GOT SICK. HAD I NOT GOTTEN TO A HOSPITAL THAT FIGURED OUT WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE DIED. I SPENT 7 DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL AND MY INSURANCE COVERED IT.

    BECAUSE I TRAVEL A LOT I AM LUCKY THAT MY INSURANCE COVERS ME IN MOST COUNTRIES AND I SUGGEST THAT IF YOU ARE GOING TO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES YOU GET SOMETHING LIKE WHAT I HAVE. THE OLDER YOU GET THE MORE IMPORTANT THE INSURANCE IS.

  16. I didn’t have any “Problems” getting my wife a PR in Canada, took two years though. Although I did call Bangkok Police to ask for a Criminal Check on her and this was the response I received. “I don’t speak English!” CLICK. I had to get my wife’s 77 yr old Father to bring the Criminal check for a THIRD time, (In Canada, a Criminal Check lasts only 3 months, even though she has lived in Canada for over 4 years at that time with me. Funny how things work…LOL
    On to the video!
    Really enjoyed it! Some useful information was stated. Not sure how I can use much of it but as you said, “Research it first”! Which HOPEFULLY I can do next January at our slow time at work.

  17. So, I might have missed it but do you have an insurance with a Thai company or an international one?
    This is the last remaining question for me I guess?
    My wife is also from Thailand(Bangkok) so there was never any question where we would retire.
    We used to live in Bangkok for about 5-6 years earlier but then we were insured via my company which obviously won’t be the case when we move back permanently again…

  18. Chuck excellent video lots of good information. But I have to ask, at 17:05 what in the heck is hanging from the column of the temple over your shoulder. Something big that I donโ€™t want to meet.

  19. Chuck , good video. I have never had a problem. Smile and respect them. Most Thai’s treat me like a movie star. Don’t forget Dentist. 70% cheaper and better than the USA. Treat you like a President. 90% at my dentist were Australian due to high prices and terrible work. Bags still packed. Maybe June or July. Still working. Just more fun money for Retirement in Thailand. Rent in Bangkok going down. Everything going down now..

  20. Thank you Chuck for a very good information and for sharing the story of you and your wife experience of daily life in the Esan Thailand my husband and I are seriously thinking of retirement there waiting for our daughter to finish one more year of high school every day we watch your video keeping up to date of what is happened in Thailand and just enjoying the vedio the temple is beautiful and the view of the Mekong River so peaceful Iโ€™m all about sa bai sa bai ways of life

  21. I used to get the OA but the insurance requirement is truly a pain. You have to match up the start of insurance with the visa. People cancel their policy then reissue the insurance to match up but it’s a pain. (this is for people that go home every year). The O visa is the best for now. I know a few people who use an agency, which you kind of mentioned. They have had great success with that.

  22. I want to visit Wat Phra That Phanom on my next visit, hopefully spend a couple of weeks in your area and then go over to Phitsanulok for a couple of weeks after I go to Koh Chang, Iโ€™m going there first this time because I always say Iโ€™m going but never make it. Great information once again Chuckee, many blessings to you, Paige and family ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
    Cheers ๐Ÿป

  23. I honestly don’t understand why anyone would dislike your video chuck, only thing that comes to mind is that they are miserable people who can’t ever be happy.
    Anyway your videos for most are opinions, either way it’s your take into your life and thoughts along the way. Give advice on things when you can because you have experience, period. Anyway buddy keep the vlogs going and stay well. Hope to see you soon when all this ends.

  24. Thanks for all the work you do for us. The information will help me going forward, as I’m not ready to retire yet. I now plan on the 90 day visa, and traveling to other SE Asia countries as well. How many times can I fly back into Thailand from surrounding countries for an additional 30 day visa?

  25. Awesome, awesome info and advice, Chuck! I caught a glimpse of “Cool Sculpting” health service …was in/out of that stock at $3.85…got nervous … it subsequently went 13X and then taken over!

  26. chuck you have discussed how you move money. I’m curious, when my thai wife and I move there, what is the best American credit card for me to get? I would like to avoid currency conversion fees on the credit card and I know it would be hard for me to get a card there. BTW I just cancelled my May 13th vacation ๐Ÿ˜ฉto Thailand

  27. My experiences vary with time and place but recent experiences in Bangkok are generally just time consuming. After more than 10 years extending my permitted to stay period at Cheang Wattana Government Complex I expect an all day venture. I have used “Thai wife” and “retirement” reasons for extensions and find retirement extensions easy and less stressful. My only issue is the long wait due to large crowds, which is not really an Immigration problem.By the way, that Temple is very beautiful, thanks.

  28. I live in Roiet on a marriage, dependent visa. I have two Thai/ American sons, 5 and 9 yrs old. Immigration here in Roiet City has been a pleasure to deal with. They are extremely helpful and there are rarely more than a few people dealing with visa issues at one time. I’ve been to Immigration in Jomtiem and it is like Grand Central Station but never had a problem with any Immigration Officer. You are so right about leaving a negative attitude at the door. I’ve always found that when you give respect they are not confrontational and work with you. The officers in Roiet know me now and it is so much easier when I’m recognized. It also helps to bring a Thai national who speaks the language. I go with my stepdaughter now and she does most of the talking. Your advice was right on the mark. Thailand is not for everyone and life is so much different once away from the tourist areas. For me, Issan is the lifestyle I’m looking for. I actually enjoyed living in a village outside Pho Chai but I bought a house in the city for my children. The educational opportunities here in the city are like night and day compared to the schools in rural areas. I so much enjoy watching you and Paige traveling and interacting with your friends and family. I know it takes a lot of time and effort to put these videos together. Thank You Chuck! Stay safe, healthy and God Bless!

  29. A smile and some laid back attitude has usually worked for me when dealing with immigration. A dozen or so times and only a couple of hic cups. Once returning from Cambodia and they were having a spat so a big line up. 4 hours in the heat wasn’t pleasent. The other time was my 6 month visa with border runs every 60 days. Did the run from Chang Mai to Chang Rai and a hop into Laos. Should have been stamp #2 but the guy was tired or someting and missed it. I didn’t notice till back in Chang Mai. Down to Immigration expecting to book another border run. Friendly smile and I got sent to the airport and got it fixed. back to my local pub ordering a Leo in about 1 1/2 hours. Smile, explain, laugh when appropiate, and Tais are easy to deal with. Want to argue and you can get screwed and you kind of deserve it.

  30. The Only really good thing about an O-A is you can get 2 years permission to stay without having to request an Extension..but to each his own..And definetly always remembering that I’m a Guest of the Kingdom always reminds me to temper any concerns about” my rights”…Thanks for another great video..Keep up the good work during the ” Quarantime”….5555

  31. Great video and I’ll share my experience with Immigration in Thailand. As a former federal law enforcement officer, I have alot of experience dealing with foreign LEOs and it all comes down to respecting their authority and position. I have developed a relationship with a couple of the immigration officers and usually call before I show up. I don’t show up empty handed: I show up with donuts and it is a running joke between us. This is the ice breaker, and after that I am fast tracked, I have never been at immigration longer than 30 mins and most of that time was just small talk with the officers while we eat donuts together. Also, I usually have challenge coins that I give out to them as a gift of respect and appreciation. Never have I ever had a misunderstanding or an issue with immigration.

    Like soi dogs, those that bark the loudest are usually the ones to get kicked the hardest.

  32. I have been thinking of moving to Thailand for a while now, I have been there twice now and love it, but unfortunately do not have the funds currently to retire there. I was thinking of doing what you said is not the way to enjoy Thailand but hey here where I live I have 8 years to go before that anyway, what I was thinking was to work there, I was interested in maybe teaching I.T. over there it is a profession I have been active in for over 20 years with the last company I was full time employed with having over 250 staff and I was their Network Administrator. I am not quite sure though where I would go to try and search for any opportunities such as that. Any info you could throw my way would be appreciated.
    Cheers

  33. Last week when I made the 90 days report, they told me to transfer the visa from my old passport to my new passport. When I arrived last year the told me it was not needed.
    So they gave me a form to fill in and today I went to make it. Now they told me I needed a certificate from my Swedish embassy also. It had been nice if they informed me that last week!
    I feel it gets more and more difficult for every year.
    Been living in Sakaeo for 11 years now. But as you say Chuck; keep smiling and maybee this will be solved.

  34. Hi been here nearly thirty years, different visa’s but never had any problems with immigration in different provinces especially here in Chiang Mai 23 years where we settled in the mountains and this was my home base as i was woring in many asian countries.O Visa retirement is the on e i have had for a few years as easy to do rather than marriage. I have always had medical insurance,and would advise any body coming to live here to get it.

  35. The three things that were most helpful for me in being able to retire in Thailand. Having someone that could speak both Thai and English, the You Tube videos but in conjunction with being able to contact the people that create them and the use of a legal firm.

  36. Some good information regarding retirement..I will add that if you own property in another country as I do in the UK please do not sell up everything and move to Thailand or any other country. You need some sort of safety net in case things don’t work out as expected. I rent out my UK property and have done since June last year. I moved across here on O-A visa last September. The thing I struggle with is the heat. I am trying to acclimatise and use less air-con but I find it tough. My intention was to leave the Thailand in August for a few days. On re-entry I would have been stamped in for another year on the same O-A visa. That of course is all now up in the air due to the virus and Thailand restricting any entry to the country. If I left Thailand today I wouldn’t get back into the country. I’ll have to wait and see what happens in the next few months. I have a back -up plan in place. Take care everyone and if nothing else please don’t initially sell up and move here. If down the track ( I would say 3 years) you settle and call Thailand home you can sell up at that stage. Like Chuck says, many things to consider…

  37. Chuck ur a nice guy. But any yanks thinkn exporting there lardy diabetic arses to Thailand shud wire there pie holes lose some weight then come..much better time.

  38. Chuck. Can you please give a link to do 90 day report online for 1 year non immigrant marriage visa. I see the link you put in the discrimination, but I see 4 options without any information of what they are for. I tried 2 of them 50 times with no luck

  39. Chuck, u r not only giving good info on Thailand but good life lessons on how to adapt to your environment where ever we live… Be it other country or home town… We tend to complain a lot…. ๐Ÿ‘

  40. There is a growing anti farang movement due to farang not wearing masks in public…itโ€™s, also, illegal punishable by 100,000 baht fine, 1 year in jail and deportation.

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