Thailand Is It Still Worth Retiring To – His Perspective

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  1. Military office in the USA retire at 43 years old? Very good job, so you can have a very long retirement life. For me, I have to work until 60 years old.

  2. Very good interview Joe …sure I will look at his channel…like him very much he is cool …๐Ÿ˜Žretired at 47 wow awesome have a great Christmas Guys ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ™

  3. That’s my plan in next year or two when this scamdemic is over
    Been going Thailand many years with many trips. I agree the infrastructure, roads , food ,etc is better in my opinion than tha PI.

  4. Big ups bro! That was very cool. Now I gotta share it so my viewers can get all their questions answered! Much appreciated and good times!

  5. For a foreigner, I think the best permanent place for you is to live in Pattaya because there are a lot of foreigners who live there. However, you can go to visit Bangkok on some occasions.

  6. Jor PLEASE pass this message to James 4 me. James, I want to introduce myself. I have watched most of you videos, but just saw this one on Joes channel. I Am JR here in Hua Hin for over 20 years. We have sonnon things to talk about. i too, retired fromr the AF in /Calif. in 91 after 23 years as E8. Worked 8-9 years in drug research. Anyway burned out on my career so I resigned and came to Thailand in 99, A bit rough ffinancially on just my pension here but getting my SS. Who Knows, we may have seen each other before are know some same people. We should get together sometime and discuss things if youre up to it,Cheers! [email protected]


  8. Great discussion with James, Joe!
    Looking forward to seeing what you both weigh in at when the gentleman’s bet expires.

    It’s great to see you all travelling, enjoying each other’s company around the Beautiful country of Smiles.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿป

  9. Great video! I’ve been to Thailand 3 times, so I know exactly what James was talking about, concerning how people of color are treated. It’s all about removing the misconceptions.
    Take the negative things you hear with a “grain of salt”. Do your own research. I never felt any racism on my trips. Someone even told me that I looked Thai, Lol…. It’s a great place. Can’t wait to go back.

  10. Full credit to James for his excellent responses and to you for your interview. Very insightful, given that many will be looking to follow suit and retire to Thailand.

  11. Hey Joe, another great video. Watch yourself, Chuck, Jonny ,TTT, Esquire regularly, was on the fence about James but your interview clinched it. Keep up the great content.

  12. IndianaDang เธญเธดเธ™เน€เธ”เธตเธขเธ™เนˆเธฒเนเธ”เธ‡ says:

    Thatโ€™s a good interview. Itโ€™d have been much better if you were in a camera also.

  13. Hi gift and joe and chocolate man in Thailand u are ok in my eyes good and bad everywhere hope you are both well stay safe from frank in the uk London

  14. Many Thanks Joe – always enjoy your discussion with other expats on their views on Thailand etc. – James is a happy guy – luv the chat ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿป

  15. Thailand is much better than the Philippines. But what ever Country you decide, you need to cut all ties with your homeland, because as the months roll by you will just get bored and want to return home, if you still have a connection. Thailand is much more advanced than Phil and the people are more friendlier. You can walk around at night, in Phil your more likely getting knifed and robbed. Just don’t piss off a Thai, as that could result in a hospital visit, or a body bag.

  16. Nicely done Joe. Great interview with James. Sounds like your very positive and kind of a Nomad like the rest of us who retired to Thailand. Itโ€™s always good to have a plan (a,b,c…) and to think things through and sounds like youโ€™ve got that down, James. I follow Joe and Chuck and a few others so I didnโ€™t jump on your channel. Now, after you opened up and seem pretty candid Iโ€™m making the move …… hope to meet you sometime Chocolate Man. Thanks Joe. PS: my bad….. thanks for your service !!! I love Thailand but Iโ€™m always an American.

  17. When I was in my late twenties and early thirties I lived in Kenya a lot. I use to get a kick out the perceptions people had of me because I was white. I never experienced problems except for some con men on the streets of Nairobi. Most everyone treated me great.

  18. Great interview, thanks. Especially the part where you spend some real-time in the target country before making the decision to move permanently. good advice

  19. That was good ! Your interviewee was so straight forward and right on point..nice spot to talk also and the sound of the waves was a great background music..Thailand better food and infrastructure than PI..but itโ€™s beautiful also,,thx for the vid ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปโœŒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•Š Happy Christmas ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

  20. Its good to see al you guys and girls get on so well, and are so willing to help out the newcomers. Keep up the good work.

    Comments coming from one who is still stuck in Perth Western Australia, but would prefer to get back to Damnoen Saduak (Ratchaburi)

  21. I loved that chat with James, you asked the question that I was thinking Joe, because of political correctness, you have to word things properly, how James got on being a darker skin colour, when you consider Thai women in general try to tone down their skin colour, thanks for that, and tell James he’ll have a new subscriber, thanks again, god bless

  22. Hi Joe! It is nice to see you and foriegner friends get together sometimes. Like a small community of expats.
    By the way since you have been living here for 2 years, have you pick up any Thai language yet? If not you should, because you will enjoy life much more with the local people if you know how to speak Thai.๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you, I really enjoy your videos Joe!๐Ÿ˜†

  23. Awesome video Guys. You two are not still trying to diet are you. You two know I wasn’t really gonna let you guys beat me…. I am a nice guy though and will buy a few rounds to drown your efforts and sorrows………๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

  24. Thanks Joe and James. First time I watch a video with an interview of a Thailand visitor with a “Elite visa”. I know one french man who did same James for the same reasons : easier visa for long time stay, only money condition. Not sure there is a dream place to stay in Thailand, it depends clearly on occupations and on friends locations. Pattaya was busy as usual end of 2019, with so many investments projects, activities. So was Phuket. But for now, the best thing to do, is what to you did : travel more to discover Thailand when it is not that crowded or expensive. My plan for next trip has not changed that much : visit the area between PraChuap KhiriKan and Phang Na south west (there are beautiful spots, watch some Chad and Mark Wiens videos) or a Isaan by the Mekong trip (from Chiang Kan to Pakse, a road trip near the river). Not sure I will manage to do it next april, maybe october.

  25. Good morning Joe and Chocolate ๐Ÿซ man,that was a really good interview short and to the point.James answered your questions with a smile and said he has overcome peopleโ€™s misgivings about him with a friendly smile,thatโ€™s a beautiful attitude to have in life,thatโ€™s why you guys are so popular,you are engaging and sincere,keep up the good work gentlemen (go easy on the pancakes ๐Ÿฅž if you want to win the challenge) as always have a lovely day.

  26. As a Thai, James is not that dark. Some Thai has the same tone of his color.๐Ÿ˜ƒ Any way we welcome everybody to Thailand, colors of skin is not a matter.๐Ÿ˜€ Great interview Joe.

  27. One of your best videos Joe. Iโ€™m retired Air Force as well. Currently living in Germany. Might have to check out you and James sometime in the future.

    Keep up the great content!

  28. Always good Videos in this bad corona time, I am happy when see this different videos. Good luck and take care. Best regards from Munich/Germany. Peter Windhager

  29. whilst there is a certain level of racism in Thailand it is not as nasty as in the west, my girlfriend is half Thai half African and obviously I am farang but we are treated with interest rather than any sort of resent. I don’t think I’ve expressed this well, but you know what I mean!!

  30. When I retire in about 11 years then I am 67 years old. Then we want to live in Thailand even in the cold months. Berlin is preparing for the second Look Down. So please stay healthy.

  31. Great interview Joe! It was short, hit the main point that James retired from the USAF, that hooked me. You and I retired from the Army, Chuck spent time some time with the 25th Inf from Hawaii, so we all have a common bond as โ€œComrades in Armsโ€ and โ€œIโ€™ve got your back.โ€ Now we have James, and we all talk the same language. Joe/James, I hope to join your ranks next year in Thailand, save me a spot!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  32. He had to pay $15,000 for a five-year visa so that he can be allowed to stay in Thailand. Imagine that! Millions cross the border to live in the USA. We have to get control of our immigration in the USA. Unfortunately, it will never happen with the DemonRats. Aside from that, good interview Joe!

  33. Great answers from James. He is so right about the smile and greeting to Thais. A smile just breaks down any barriers that may be there. I am the only Farang that lives in my community of Roiet City and have never had a problem with any of the locals. Like I said, a smile goes a long way in Thailand. I’m busy raising my two sons now but hope to run into you guys on one of your excursions in the future. Thanks for all you do Joe! It does make a difference to many of us.

  34. Great interview Joe, Iโ€™ve watched about a dozen of Jamesโ€™s videos and he does great work and has a good since of humor. Iโ€™ve been to the Philippines over 20 times and love some things about it but Thailand is definitely better imo, infrastructure (dependability of roads, internet, electric,water) and food alone makes it better for me, I didnโ€™t think there was a big price difference, in my experience I can get a nicer place for the same price in Thailand, food and entertainment maybe a little cheaper in the Philippines but higher quality in Thailand.
    Thanks for sharing Joe, many blessings to you, Gift and family ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

  35. Nice one Joe – James is a top guy been really enjoying his content trying to catch up on all his vids.
    I almost knew what his response would be to that tricky question and it was perfect knew he wouldn’t let it factor in his life and he’s right not to – bit of openness and friendliness in Thailand goes a long way most I’ve met are very genuine. There’s a few exceptions of course but that’s the same anywhere.

    On the other stuff is Phillipines a better place to retire than Thailand well let’s just say I know where id rather be ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Great interview with a top top bloke big thumbs up from the UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  36. Infrastructure looks like the big Thailand-Philippines difference. Apart from the islands Thailand’s one big landmass, covered in decent roads and railways, with pretty effective policing (and a self-policing culture) everywhere. The Philippines should really be some kind of weird plural, because it’s so fragmented. Then you’ve the terrible typhoons.

  37. There’s no easy way to say this, but Americans are just more media literate! They’re more relaxed in front of a camera. I suspect the US dominance in film and TV, plus a huge country with i) massive regional diversity, but ii) media mainly from the West Coast and the North East, means that nearly everybody’s unusually good at performing. (*This might not look like a compliment, but it is!*)

  38. Always good content Joe. I always enjoy your channel along with others. The common thread that I find in all of the Thai Expat videos that I follow, is that the expats (for the most part) were either business travelers, retired from the service or in government or positions that had them traveling world-wide, so ya’ll are used to that somewhat nomadic lifestyle of always traveling.

    For those of us that have long-standing “roots” in the country that we reside in, (I live in “God’s Country”, Texas) it is difficult to give up the lifestyle (I am retired with NO debts, but a lot of ASSETS and responsibilities to have to liquidate) in order to relocate to Thailand, even if it Thailand is cheaper and has awesome people, it would be a GIANT LEAP of FAITH to take.

    Like I said, I do VERY MUCH appreciate, admire and enjoy your channel as well as the others that I follow and I do miss “vacationing” in Thailand because of COVID, just wanted to express an opinion from the few of us that are “rooted” in our little worlds outside of Thailand and just sit here and admire you from afar..

    Take GOOD CARE.

  39. I knew that Mr. James was in the military. He’s got that attitude. I don’t mean that negative. He made it the right way. You have only one life to live. Simple as that. I am sure that one day he will move from stinkin Pattaya to an up country place. But hey. For now it seems to be ok.

  40. Great video Joe talking with James. He really gave a good perspective on Thailand. By the way, when are you going to do a review video on your new scooter? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Take care and be safe.

  41. Thanks for doing the interview with James. I followed all of you on your trip south and now I know a lot more about James backstory. When all you guys go visit places that look interesting, I add them to my running list of places to visit in Thailand. I also enjoy when you all visit places I have already been as it brings back happy memories. By the way, I really like the short video clips and music that you include at the start and end of all you videos. Good luck on your 10 kilo contest, I will be watching what you guys eat. Joe, I believe your advantage is that you have the most will-power, but that is also a disadvantage because of where you are starting this contest. Good luck.

  42. Me and my wife follow all of you guys that went on the trip with Chuck
    Like all of you ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

  43. If that man had purple skin his personality would overcome every obstacle. Seems like a really cool person and would have zero problems breaking barriers. BTW salute to you both for your service to our great nation.

  44. Joe this was a question i also was interested in is how he retired so young.. 20 plus years in the u.s.a air force that’s how its done … i have a multi entry visa given to me by the Thai Consulate here in CA i have been doing business in thailand for over 15 years and got close to government people and this is all i need for the type of travel i do in thailand but i am in my 50Ss so maybe that is why Chocolate Man was not offered that multi entry visa ?? L.A Rob

  45. I respect โœŠ you Joe and Chuck greatly for helping and promoting other you tubers. I see a lot of people just kept everything to themselves and afraid to mention otherโ€™s channel even they are in their video. Even though you guys are talking about the same thing like your recent trip, there are different perspectives. Anyways, great job as always and hope I get to meet you guys one day!

  46. Here’s the abbreviated version: Yes, of course, but…

    ‘…But it’s gonna take money
    A whole lotta spendin’ money
    It’s gonna take plenty of money
    To do it right, child.’
    (G. Harrison)

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