I sympathize with those farangs hoping to establish themselves here, make a living with their families and unfortunately run up against a number of obstacles that are, yes sometimes unfair. I don't sympathize with those that come here looking only to satisfy their egos and hunger for exploitation of people in need of a few bucks or euros. The latter are more responsible for the decent farang sometimes getting a raw deal tha the Thais themselves are.
Maybe the thais have more than sufficient reason in wanting to keep their culture relatively free from our (farang) delusions about democracy and what it means to be "free".
Thais do appear to seek a better financial life abroad but, more often than not their intention is to better not only their individual lives but the lives of their families also. Can we say the same about ourselves being here? Are we here to better not only our own personal lives but to better the lives of our families back home also? The ones we all too often forget and that end up stuck and forgotten in old people's homes after being passed around from one begrudging family member to another?
I think we should stop burrying our heads in the sand about ourselves and all we think we have to offer the rest of the world and maybe then, we would be more welcome!
One day Thailands' laws will change as they can't close their doors forever and live in a vaccum (sic)."
Here we are some 7 years later and has anything changed?
I would like to retire there also with Thai wife but the Thai authorities practice discrimination. It is ok for wealthy Thai to own property in many farang countries but they will not allow farang to own property in their country! Do they think that if farang leave Thailand they are going to take their house and land with them?
And still, Thailand cannot handle democracy after 82 years of much abuse of the poor and the uneducated by those in power. Such a shame for the majority of decent Thai people.
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My wife and I are enjoying a good life here and she has no intention to go to foreign countries where she would have to learn an other language, put- up with nasty remarks and rules and regulations. I love this country, speaks 50% Thai and I have many Thai friends.
unfortunately there are Thais that are obsess with copying farang culture, including rock bands, clothing, food, ect., even people who spend money through surgery to look farang, (bigger eyes, pointy nose, white skin.)
If they could know they look so much better in a Thai skin. Their music is soothing, the food is....bitting taste great.
If one wants to own a house in Thailand build or buy a Houseboat and put it on any waterways, it's FREE!
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