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11 Reasons Living in Thailand is Awesome!

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Below is a guest post written by Thomas Tanner, author of, “The Amazing Stories of Tom in Thailand”. He is 45 years old and currently lives in Thailand. More information about Tom and his book can be found at the end of this article.

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Just like in the mockumentary, “This is Spinal Tap”, I want to make a case for how Thailand goes to 11, as it’s at least “one better” than all other countries. I challenge anyone to name a country that has all 11 of the positive traits that Thailand has.

Here are the top 11 reasons for living in Thailand:

1. Weather

Thailand is either warm, hot, or hotter n’hell. While some people may say that Thailand’s hot climate is a negative, I think it’s a positive. Where else can you ride on motorbikes while wearing sandals, shorts and a t-shirt with a hot babe in a skirt sitting behind you almost 365 days a year? Rarely do you see the sexy creatures of Thailand all bundled up because it’s almost never cold. And that’s great, because concealing these beauties would be the equivalent to displaying the Mona Lisa in a root cellar.

2. Women

It is my opinion, and it may or may not be mine alone; Thailand has an abundance of very beautiful women, and I find them to be prettier, as whole, than American women. Not only are many of the women here stunning, they will usually talk to you and not turn their nose up and whisk themselves away like many of the beautiful women do in the west.

3. Social

Nearly everything in the Thai culture is a big social event. Eating, shopping, going out at night; it’s all a big social ordeal here. You’ll likely never see a Thai person alone in a restaurant or bar, as socializing at all cost is embedded in their DNA. The atmosphere in all of the Thai cities I’ve visited is lively because of this.

4. Food

Thai food is the best with an unequaled array of zesty foods that tend to be healthy.

5. Freedom

I don’t know if Thailand is the free-ist country in the world or not, but it’s certainly many times freer than America, as well as probably every other country in the west. It’s goofy that you’re required to wear a helmet while riding a motorbike (enforced lightly), or that you can’t buy beer between 2pm and 5pm (at the 7-11’s at least), but the overall sense of freedom and lack of regulations found here is unrivaled.

6. Cost

Where else you can you have three meals, a fancy coffee and a large beer for $12? Where else can you rent a luxurious apartment or a three bedroom house for less than $300? The cost vary depending on what region of Thailand that you want to call home, but Thailand is one the most affordable countries to live in the world that has modern amenities: good roads, WiFi, clean public toilets (okay, the last one is bullshit).

7. Service

Thai people, at least here in Chiang Mai, are usually very accommodating, and most go out of their way to help you. The service is not always Candied Skittles and Sunshine, but overall the service is fantastic with a smile to reinforce why most people like it here so much.

8. Nightlife/Things To Do

The town that I used to live in in Washington State closed down at midnight. In Thailand, every night can be an extended Friday night if you want, and there’s always something to do or a festival to attend.

9. People

I rarely read about how non-aggressive the Thai people are, but I find them to be very peaceful as a whole. Unless a Thai is desperate and very intoxicated, it’s pretty rare for them to commit acts of violence, as being passive and non-confrontational is part of the Buddhists culture. It’s evident that America is basically a thug-culture, unfortunately. The “hero’s” that the youth tend to idolize are usually from the NFL (No Felon Left-behind), and the video games bought are thug related. Grand Theft Auto V, the record-breaking sales phenomenon, is a perfect example.

10. Health care

Thailand has affordable, modern health care. American as well as other western governments tout that their healthcare is the greatest, but that’s a misnomer. Never is a mention of how inefficient and expensive it is. And American’s have a train wreck coming their way, known as Obamacare, which will likely make their healthcare system even worse.

11. Massages

Have you ever heard of getting a good, Korean massage? Or a relaxing Uruguayan massage? Thai massages are the best and most famous of any country. Not only can a one-hour Thai massage be had for $5 (in Chiang Mai), it’s healthy and gives you energy for hours afterwards. Of course there are oil massage options, as well as “special” massages in many parlors– whatever type of massage tickles your fancy, you can find it in Thailand.

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Tom has written an informative and entertaining book about Thailand. It has been recommended that every Thailand newbie should read it before visiting, and every person who likes a good “travel yarn” will find it to be a page-turner. It’s titled: The Amazing Stories of Tom in Thailand. Click here to preview for free or to download

Posted on Gods of Thailand November 24, 2013 in , ,


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  • Paul Lucas says:

    Why are citizens rioting in Thailand and what are they angry? Has it effected foreigners? Is it safe? When do you think it will end?

    • jerry says:

      The protests here orchestrated to be as showy as possible. It’s a complicated issue, but simplistically, it’s primarily a battle for power between two rival groups of families in Thailand. The guy in charge of the protests (Suthep) is a very good marketer and is able to mobilize thousands of people (who basically get “employed” to come out) but he has absolutely no idea what he will do if his demands are met. He has no manifesto, no concrete plan – he simply wants to kick out the present government and tear up the constitution and after that he has no plan except some vague notion of appointing some “good guys” to run the country. The Democratic party who support the protests have more or less distanced themselves from Suthep – unfortunately they have no concrete plan either. They all seem to hate Thaksin, who was the previous prime-minister and was forcibly ousted when it was discovered that he avoided paying his (considerable) taxes and basically was using his power to change the law to suit his business interests. He probably also murdered hundreds of so-called drug-lords (and plenty of “gangsters” as well) in a drug purge about 10 years ago. He denies he had anything to do with their deaths, of course. However, many people believe that he had better ideas about improving the standard of living for ordinary folk than the Democrats. The present (Thaksin) government has been elected several times, usually in landslide victories in relatively free and fair elections.

      So if the majority of Thai people are “stupid” or “gullible” enough to keep on electing the “wrong” party into power then that’s their right in a democratic society. If they don’t like it (or if the Democrats don’t like it) then they have to wait until the next election comes round (in another 2 years: it’s a 4-year term like in the USA) and vote in a different government. If the Democrats want power again then they will obviously have to come up with something that the people want, clean up their act, and try to convince the voters to elect them the next time round.

      The protests did get nasty at some point, and some people think it’s some provocateur who tried to force the government or military to step in. The government has been remarkably tolerant in their effort to let the protesters have their say and let off steam. They don’t want violence either. Even during the military coup several years ago, most Thai people saw it as a photo opportunity to stand with the soldiers by their tanks and hand them flowers. And in fact, the protests were more or less wrapped up in the last minute when the government offices were opened up, the protesters allowed to march in and receive flowers and other gifts.

      In the end, the protesters (but not Suthep) got their way, had their say, and are on their way home again.

      It’s perfectly safe for tourists. Just avoid the crowded areas (there are 3-4 “hot spots”).

      • Hey Jerry,

        Great comment. I agree that it’s perfectly safe for tourists. I’ve been in Bangkok during two “major” protests and they didn’t affect me one bit. (Except for those few days with a curfew, but that was just a random occurrence and taking a few nights off from partying probably wasn’t that bad.)

        All in all, never have I felt my safety threatened during a protest in Thailand.

  • Paul says:

    For a life without excesses, but with the same entertainment, how much it costs month this paradise?

    • I guess that would depend on what you consider “excess”. There are many people who are easily living in Thailand for around 1,000usd a month. (I’m not one of these.)

      I recommend that you budget for 1,500 to 2,000usd a month. This will provide a very comfortable life in Thailand.

  • Mark S says:

    Nice post Tom, the only point I disagree with is #7 ‘service’. I find service here in Thailand to be pretty dreadful on the whole especially in BKK. People seem to go through the motions (slowly), don’t smile much, don’t take care, aren’t bothered if they get the order right or not.

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