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Could We Live in Thailand?

Outside of Krabi we truly feel we're on our own again. No longer can we visit the night market and say, "Remember when Marcus stepped in the running wastewater here?" We've left the echoes of our friends behind.

On the bus we met an Englishman on his way to Penang. He's lived in Thailand for the past 30 years, crossing the border every 3 months to renew his tourist visa. He and his wife rent a house in the hills near Trang for 3000 baht (~$100) a month. Tempting. Thailand is an easy country for a foreigner to live in. If you wanted to be the kind of person who didn't work for a living, you could do it here, you could be that lucky. Or, many of us are that lucky already--if we'd only just believe it.

I feel so pleased and comfortable in my skin right now. It has to do with being clean and cool, for once. Even this slight edge of hunger is pleasant, reminds me I'm alive. Tomorrow we go diving. Can't wait.

Posted by chschen 17:00 Archived in Thailand

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Southeast Asian governments -- especially Thailand's -- now have less and less tolerance for tourist-visa-renewing permanent residents. Assuming the dude's wife is Thai, I wonder why he can't just get a marriage visa (and given my opinion of expatriates in Thailand, I have a few possible reasons ready to list).

Unrelated story: A friend of mine used to be the only emergency physician in Trang. I asked her what it's like dealing with heart attacks and strokes all the time. And she said she never sees heart attacks and strokes -- people don't live that long around those parts. (Most common cases in her ER: 1) motorcycle crash 2) blunt force trauma, human-inflicted 3) sepsis 4) gunshot stuff -- often in combination of course.)

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