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I fact DJ kissed her. So from this point on, we were together at the bar every night until she finished work and then she would stay with me in my hotel room until I went to work the next morning. Although I had to pay for a second room as per hotel rules, to lay in bed and make love with this gorgeous little creature every night was an experience not many men of my age get to experience. Following a month of intense passion, I headed back to Singapore with my head spinning. This time, I opted to find a permanent rental apartment as opposed to the hotel, and Miss Vung Tau immediately moved in with me and this is how it stayed for the next 18 months.
The passion and trust was undeniable. She also liked watching porn and bringing new experiences into the bedroom and when we were apart, distance certainly did not stop our sexual energy through social media. As the shipyard work eased up and my Vietnam work trips became less frequent, I would often come to HCMC on Friday nights and bring missy back to Singapore on Sunday for a few weeks so we really got to spend a lot of time together and I truly thought this relationship was not only going to work, I really believed it was blossoming and could never end. My girlfriend seemed to be heavily influenced by the sister for some reason.
Maybe it was her success of marrying Mr England or the recent boob job he got her. I often wondered why I was not invited over to their house, especially on a couple of occasions when their mother was visiting, but I did not think too much of it. In addition, the Pommy had no time for me when I visited the bar and when he was forced to acknowledge me, he had a handshake like a wet mullet and a personality that matched.
I should have realized then that I was not welcome in the clan. Like I said, the relationship cruised along for 18 months and I finally began to realise that the sexual bliss was the real core of the relationship and other important factors such as intellectual stimulation fell by the wayside. I was becoming more annoyed with her phone being her second best friend next to me and I had no grasp of the Vietnamese language, so naturally I trusted her when she told me who she was talking [read squawking] to on the other end….. She refused to leave the Singapore apartment on her own for shopping or fresh air and spent her days sleeping or on the silly phone waiting for me to come home, but the welcome I got was always beautiful and refreshing.
I will admit she always kept the place clean and tidy. The time apart eased the strain a bit on the maturity and intellectual shortfalls and it was business as usual once we were together again. Things like Vung Tau apartment rental with utilities, furniture, phones, clothes, dental work, paying back money borrowed from her sister, money to send the family, money for her purse, numerous flights to and from Singapore, restaurants etc. It should be noted that although we were in a relationship for just under 18 months real time, she proudly claimed it was 2 years and I went along with this as a cute error in her arithmetic.
Keep in mind a good deal of this time we were apart so the actual time spent arm in arm was more like 8 months. I would often lay in bed next to this beautiful young woman and remark on the fact that I was indeed an old man [but young in heart and health] and she would merely comment that she liked it that way because of all the old reasons…..
I will also admit that I was becoming very self-conscious about heading out to restaurants or shopping centres in Singapore, and even in Vung Tau holding hands with a young woman only seven years into adulthood. I got some filthy stares! But the sex was phenomenal for both of us….. So now, I will explain in point form how this all ended so quickly and painfully for me and seemingly how calculated and timely it was for my Miss Vung Tau. Yep, I have imagined every scenario to convince myself that there really is a big family problem but in actual fact that this whole break up was calculated and worst of all, she did it by SMS and weak supposed evidence she got from my phone 12 months earlier.
Everything was by SMS. She goes offline and has not come back on since. To admit that the 6 weeks of emotional turmoil really affected me is an understatement, as I knew I did nothing wrong during our relationship, but I was constantly trying to defend myself against the pathetic and baseless accusations of a 25 year old Vietnamese bargirl.
My every thought was to protect this girl and give her a great secure life both physically and emotionally and to face accusations of my infidelity was just plain cruel especially when she had just coughed up the revelation about her 6 year old son…. Breaking promises is completely frowned upon and the rule of all rules is that the daughters tow the family line to ensure the family is cared for financially, no matter what. I know she loved me dearly, I know this for a fact, and I can proudly say I loved her.
I actually think deep down she still does, but there was a major shift in her world and she could not be the free-thinking woman that I thought she was. The family had intervened. During the convalescent period following the tonsil operation, her mother came to stay with her in our apartment for a week. Hey thanks so much for giving up your time so patiently. Hubby two kids and I are making plans for a move early next year and finding so many positive people who are Expats in Thailand is clearing away a lot of my fears.
Thailand has an enormous expat community, and if you are sending your kids to an International School, you will have an even more instant community to tap into. So much good luck with the move, and I hope you enjoy your time over there :. Once again thank you your site has been very helpful! I think cm may be a great place to start! We are planning on spending 4 years in S. Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines are also on the list before we go to Europe. Where are you going next and will you be doing a similar blog?
That is a fantastic length of time — you will see and experience a lot over four years! I am unsure of my next plans, but they may include South America I think, and I will continue to update this site with stories and photos as I travel. Also any other suggestions as to cheap areas to rent fir 10, or less? Thanks again! Chiang Mai is a great spot because it straddles the traditional culture and Western conveniences. But know that electricity in Thailand is really very, very expensive! Do you know what the average monthly rent is in bkk and cm for bedroom with AC? House or apartment would both be fine.
I was in Thailand last November and fell in love with the way of life and how cheap everything was! Unfortunately I do not have a college degree but with my professional experience I was told it should be est to get an English teaching position with the tesol. Is that correct? Also what might I expect for a salary? November is a beautiful time of year in the country rivaled only by December I think and I loved the Lantern festival they hold at the beginning of the month, I hope you were able to see it?
As for teaching English over there, a TEOFL is the core requirement, so if you take that course there is a good chance that you could easily find a job. Good luck finding work and with the move! Thanks for posting your experiences and costs for what looks like a wonderful life in Thailand!
Good luck with the work, teaching English is a great route to go! I have noticed some places will let you pre-book. You can find it for less, and I generally recommend that you book a week in at a guest house in town and then go look in person at a few of the popular areas. Even in high season, there is a good deal of housing in the city and you will find a place to stay. The GotPassport link at the end of the post has a lot of spots you can check. Personally the idea of eating Thai street every day sounds appealing as I hate cooking. The visa thing, can you renew that indefinitely i.
Any suggestions? Are many people bilingual there? Can you buy beer by the case more inexpensively and bring home like you can here lol? As for the visas, you can not review the tourist visa indefinitley, but once you are there, there are few different ways people stay. You can like get nearly two years of double entry tourist visas, or you can pay to go to a language school a few times a week and get a student visa…that tides people over for a couple years as well! But for baseline, the least you are paying with your own lifestyle heaped on top —well, I think my estimate is pretty good.
And for me, I try to make my gadgets last somewhere in the five year range :. And the big one is the cost of visas. The actual runs and cost to do a border run. I spend 36,b on it this year. Flights abroad to a con-solute, hotels, tuks tuks, visa fees, cross the border every and buy visas every 90 days, drive there. You are suggesting to be in Thailand with out medical insurance as well.
The costs can add up, particularly if you fly, I have always made a mini trip out of the border runs though, and went overland to Loas, which kept my daily costs down a bit. And you only need the major border run ever days, otherwise the cheap daylong run to Burma and back is a mere at the 90 day mark. I have friends teaching in CM who live on the budget I suggest, but since they are teaching they have year-long visas that they do not pay for, the schools do , so that is a non-issue for people working there. Most of my friends working in the country have visas handled for them.
I listed a couple links in the post to friends who had blog posts with links to apartments and that sort of thing. Also, some friends have used agents if they were looking for a nice rental also linked at the end of the post. Nice one. Do you want the author of this website to do your washing for you also? There seem to be some people who are asking questions here that live with their mother — it is obvious — before you move somewhere — do a recky and check the place out.
No problem Shannon — I need some help actually — apologies. As said I am doing my 14 months in CM. Just the visa issue. I hope I am making sense here — the link seems like an expensive way around this. I am not near a Thai Embasy so kind of stuck for my options. Thanks for any help. Would like more info on the food. How much would that add to my cost of living if I ate different? Beef is not very popular in SEA or Asia for that matter but pork and chicken can be found everywhere!
Hi Randy! Um, not really. I am thinking of working at home US for six months then go back to Thailand for the other six on a tourist visa. I plan on doing that for a couple years to travel and enjoy life. Hi Rob! Your 6 months on, 6 months off sounds like a great plan as a way to see places in the world but still fund your travels!
Sounds good , I would like to try it next winter. Then with the rest of your budget you can spend on food, transport, etc, and likely still have some leftover :. I have to say that your blog is awesome, so full of essential information and really interesting and fun stories about your experiences in CM! I am planning to move across there in the coming months, i am a full time internet marketer, so the living costs you have highlighted seem easily affordable to me. Once i have moved out there who would you recommend seeing about rental properties and scooter rental?
Thanks Michael! It can really fluctuate if you plan to go out a lot more, and depending on lifestyle, but I find the above is a great baseline budget to use for a lot of the costs in the area. And for rentals, long-term prices at Bikky are pretty decent and they have multiple places throughout the city! I did love CM when I was there previously; as a just over 40 year old guy I feel Chiang Mai is the ideal place to study and appreciate life. Would be nice to catch up with you and just share some views on life. Really appreciate your blog — found very interesting.
Hi Noodles! Thanks Shannon. The link to any CM facebook pages and contacts would be great. I have been looking at condos — there seems to little competition with regards to costs — I could not afford to take a year off anywhere else and study and have such a good standard of living. Thanks again for your help. One more thing — intend to get parents over next February — how bad was the pollution then? Was reading about evacuation — looked quite serious for a while. As for FB groups, is one of them. Thanks Neale, I think the real difference comes down to the food you like, and what you consider a good time.
Happy to hear others have found the same here…. HI Erick, if you are a tourist, you are forbidden from working. You have to have a special work visa to do that! Me and My Son are moving to Thailand in the next 6 months as teachers. We have everything sorted just saving up for visa and flights and stuff. Just wondering what the cost of living is? Hi Shannon I am sooo happy for you and your new life. I have been to Thailand many moons ago and would like to have some insight on Chiang Mai. I would be interested in topics like accommodations, cheapest flight into which city as an entry point……my plan is to stay weeks….
I am definately on a budget as I have obligations back in the US. I would appreciate any imput…….. PS I have a scooter at home, so not a problem for me regarding transportation, although funds favor walking. So a reasonable distance to ITM would be a preferance. Flights seem to be on the high end so any suggestions???????? Thx Cheryl.
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Finding a good guesthouse and renting for weeks at a discounted rate is your best bet, if you look around once you get here, you can likely find something great. Here is a longer list of accommodation options:. For flights, flying into Bangkok is often the most budget option, check Skyscanner. Also try Hipmunk.
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Once here, flying around Thailand though use the discount ones. If you want to be mostly walking distance for the month, making sure you book something near Thae Pae gate is best : Good luck! Thank you Shannon for you information. It coincides with what I have experienced and what four other links have put out.
My girl friend, her son 6 years old and I are considering Thailand for residence. I have been there 5 times for 2 to 4 months. I have done the Myanmar Visa run renewal three times. My girl friend has not been to Thailand. Your welcome, glad you found it helpful and good luck with the move! There are a lot of expats with children here, particularly if you put her son in an International school, so you will find a great community when you come!
I just got back from Thailand a few months ago and did not really get to visit Phuket or CM since most of Bangkok outside of the financial district was flooded. The taxi brought me to Pattaya when I ask to go to the beach lol and stayed waiting for the water to run off in Bangkok. Do you know if Thailand is the cheaper of the three? Also any other cities I should consider for cheap and good quality of life?
I think it really depends on what you are looking for— a lot of expats choose Thailand because there is so much access to Western amenities. But as far as teaching English, both Thailand and Vietnam are really great options and both have large expat communities.
I have friends who have lived in Hanoi and really enjoyed teaching there. Same thing with here in Chaing Mai, if you have your TEOFL certification, then you could likely find a job here if you came at the right time while they were hiring for the new school year. There are many opportunities and I think Vietnam and Thailand likely sound like the best options for price and ease of finding a job!
I would love to save as much as I can for the next 5 years and then go there to retire. I do love Thailand and the food. Is there a significant number of long-termers there or should I just resign myself to the fact that bar girls are and if not, girls just looking for a free ride for them and their families all that is available? This is a great post, Shannon. What are they doing?! This is a rough breakdown of how much I spend figures in yen, which is currently at about 80yen to the dollar. Rent and water, 91, for a pretty good sized two-bdrm apt, one room I use as a classroom Electricity, about 9, on average high because I teach out of my home and need the air con on all the time — it would normally be closer to about yen if I had a normal job Cell phone bill, yen Gas bill, yen Phone and internet, yen.
Bad habit I need to quit, I know! This seems very high to me. As for things not included in your budget, such as clothes, I know that you can get lots of great clothes for cheap enough to almost be negligible.
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Lasted me ages! Thanks for including your breakdown for Osaka…I had no idea it could be that affordable! As for prices here, there really is a difference between living a bit more local, and the Western conveniences. I think per month is awfully high for CM, but you could wrack that much up if you are in a nice apt, eating Western food, and consuming a lot buying clothes, shopping, etc. Then there are the visa-runs to factor in, which add a bit to the expenses a quick run to the Burmese border here runs about baht at 30b to the USD, and if you need a Thai visa that could be as much as 2, baht or more for the visa alone.
I eat like a local, and live in a pretty small apartment and when this post was rented lived with a room-mate in a house. A double-cheeseburger at McDonalds is 78 Baht and most western meals not fancy meals btw will run you at least Baht. Forget eating cheese and other western foods while you are there. Fruit is 10 Baht a serving. A latte like the ones that Shannon pictured is 60 Baht. Sugar overload. Thai meals will cost you 35 baht and it is primarily rice.
Karaoke is one of the more expensive things that you can do in Chiang Mai…unless you are renting a booth at one of the malls Airport Plaza or Central Kad Suan Kaew. The women are thin, but they have no muscle tone. Thanks for weighing in, I find you right on a lot of fronts, and grossly different than myself as well. And, I stand by the fact that:. Very cute studios for 2,b even if outside the moat. And, simply ask for a shake without sugar Mrs. Pa at CM gate does great ones and will point you to the naturally sweet fruits so it tastes good!
Get some local friends, eat with them, rent from them, and life gets cheaper :. I lived in CM and Bangkok for a total of 2 years. If you are, you are inhaling alot of carbon soot that will never come out of your lungs. Have you noticed any decline in your breathing capacity? Fair warning to everyone reading this. The research studies I found showed that your lungs and immune system can recover from just a season or two in it.
It is something to keep in mind, and I kept a mask on my face when the levels were particularly bad. I partied like a rockstar and still came in under US per month. Thanks for weighing in Wes and for defending the costs! And good to know that even with a lot more nights out drinking, it is truly affordable.
You definitely are able to include more of the costs if you go out a lot more but still hunt around for a good deal on the apartment. I never made it to your abode, but I know it was near the old city, internet, close to food and reasonably priced.
It allows you to have a life, travel and pay for the dreaded visa runs. Glad to see how it can vary if you spend money in different areas and definitely varies if you have a Thai gf, as you noted! Im not from US but I wanna living in Thailand. Nice nature, girls, good costs of living, great nightlife :. By all means, factor is a lot more if you have a different lifestyle, my intention was to give baseline costs for consideration. If you like to flush money down the beer-toilet, then by all means quadruple that number for sure. Of course, if you go with a group of friends for dinner to a Thai restaurant you could stretch that to about 10 nights out.
One beer is baht. In fact, you will end up spending as much as you did in the country you immigrated from. He gets 1ea. Thanks for weighing in on that Chris, I was taking a bit of flack on that one : Cheers and good luck living here! My Idea of what is entertaining is probably different to yours though Sad, but true! Thanks for sharing! Good luck with the planning! Shannon, What a generous spirit you are! I have enjoyed reading your blog and it is one of the first ones that piqued my interest in Chiang Mai.
Reading about your adventures has been really inspiring. My husband will work remotely and I will be finishing a novel and perhaps volunteering. My question: If we want to stay in Thailand for a year or so, is it advisable to sign a year lease on a house or apt? If so, what expenses can we expect to incur over a year to keep a valid Visa? I know you are busy with your niece. Peace out, Loree P. I also really resonate to your Joseph Campbell quite.. Hi Loree! Thanks for getting in touch and congrats on the move to Thailand, I am pretty partial to the country :.
As for visas, that is one of the trickier parts of staying for a year. The double entry visa: Gives you two entries, each on 60 days and each entry can be extended by 30 days…so this is about 6 months. Then you would have to leave and get a second double entry visa. With this visa, you have to leave the country every 90 days and at least cross a border. All told about 6, baht to buy it and then cross a nearby border.
Apply for your first double entry from home! Also, for some more living here type posts and help: This family has some great resources. And as for the house, renting a house can be cheaper, but there are allll kinds of apts here in Chiang Mai, and just a bit outside the moat you can get a pretty great house for the same as an apt in the city, so it really depends on what you want check out the link above, they also have a housing post! Consider, if you do a apt and commit to 6 months, then you can easily get out of it if you decide to try out living elsewhere in Thailand!
Soooo helpful!! I look forward to reading about your latest adventures. Cheers, Loree. Hi Shannon. I was wondering about Health insurance there. I have Insurance here till June and then I have nothing, but after that Id have to figure something out. If my job doesnt offer it can i get insurance there? Also note that small checkups are incredibly cheap here, so your insurance is for the big stuff : Safe travels, let me know if there is anything else I can help with!
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That being said, there are a lot of teaching English jobs here, and you could take a contract and save up money, and then leave, not sure what your travel plans look like, but there is definitely work to be found both legit and not all over SEA for backpackers simply asking around :. I was wondering if you could tell me where you rented your scooter. Did you have a native Thai speaker help you? Nimman is such a great area, very lively and some of my favorite restaurants are over there! Will send you a message about the bikes :. Scooter rentals are everywhere, around baht. You give up your passport until return, get insurance please.
Good luck you can get hurt and or killed! Hey Shannon. Thanks for this post and for giving us an insight into your life in Thailand. My wife and I will be going there again on holiday next April which I just found out is the hottest time of the year. If you visit Chiang Mai you will be amazed by all of the Western comforts when you need them…ice cream is plentiful and coffee is often mediocre, but there are a few pretty decent spots! Let me know if there is any way I can help once you plan to come this way, I should actually be here in April :.
I enjoyed reading your blog. I live on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. We have the highest electrical rate in the nation. Our mountain ridges receive more rain than any other place in the world. You would think we would harness the hydro and go green but the so-called enviornmentalist fight the Hydro Power. So we burn fossil fuel to make electricity… Go figure! One of the guys working on the house is married to a girl from Thailand. They just finished building a home in Thailand.
It is comparable to my home on Kauai. Long story short, my friend and his wife are encouraging me to sell everything and move to Thailand. If there is ever any questions I can answer, just shoot me an email!