I’m going to Thailand and not returning to the US for a while. My reasons cover many topics including money, health, and spiritual practice. This post is useful if you are considering moving to Thailand as an expat or a digital nomad.
Balancing the Present and the Future
My day job as a front-end developer allows me to work anywhere with the internet. I want to save money while living well. If I only save money and work hard, I will only get to enjoy the wealth when I’m old. I don’t want to find out what I’ll be like in the future. I already lost my hair in my early 20s. However, if I spend all my money now for fun, I will have to keep on working for income.
My problem is I am very unmotivated. I have been working for 5 years since college and I haven’t enjoyed life at all. I get two weeks of vacation per year. But that’s barely anything compared to what I must work for. I need to enjoy life now otherwise I do not see the point of working. Going to Thailand will hopefully motivate me. Asian girls are more beautiful than the West’s.
In the long run, I want to do what I enjoy. That is travel, take pictures and live a full life. I’ve tried to earn money from photography. But photography works are very demanding and stressful. Photography is becoming undervalued since the invention of the high-performance smartphone camera. Everyone with an iPhone thinks it’s easy to take pictures. This perception and the inflation of photo supplies decreases the value of photographers. As camera technology gets better, photographers will become even less valuable. Photography is neither fun or well-compensated. It will be a hobby for me.
To create wealth, I must save money aggressively. I can’t do this while enjoying life in the US. The real estate market is in a bubble. Buying and renting are very expensive. I can rent an apartment in Houston’s suburb for $700/month or rent one in Bangkok’s suburb for just $300.
Services in Bangkok are very cheap too. I do not have to own a car since there are plenty of bus and taxi here. Not having a car is beneficial since the traffic in Bangkok is very slow. Parking is hard to find and sometimes cost money. Drivers often disregard the traffic rules.
Living in Thailand will allow me to save more money so that I can retire faster through investing.
Healthy Food and Exercise
Foods price in Thailand is incredibly cheap. And Thai foods are among the best foods in the world. I can eat well while saving money. For the price of eating a one-dollar McDonald hot and spicy sandwich in the US, I can eat organic vegetarian green curry with purple rice in Thailand.
Eating organic foods is easy in Thailand. I am looking forward to trying vegetarian dishes at Santi Asoke temple in Bangkok. Buddhists at this temple are very strict. They mostly eat vegetables that they grow themselves. Financial profit is not their objective. By giving people access to affordable organic foods, they believe that they are making good karma.
Health is one aspect of wealth. A good health allows me to save money by not having to spend it on overpriced medical costs. In Thailand, there are many engaging ways to stay healthy. For example, Muay Thai is a fun sport that I can keep practicing for many hours without getting bored. Running or other repetitive exercises are mentally exhausting. I can’t keep on doing it. But Muay Thai requires proper mental coordination with the body to deliver the force where it needs to go accurately.
Women in Thailand must keep their appearance to stay competitive in dating. They compete with transgenders women for the diminishing supply of Thai men. Thai straight men (who are not gay, who are not Buddhist monks, and who didn’t become a transgender) have become increasingly harder to find.
Obviously, women do not just want men. They want men with well-paying jobs. Thailand’s economy is getting worse due to the mismanagement of the military government since 2014. As a result, well-paying jobs are rare here.
Because I have a job that pays in US dollars, I can more easily date women in Thailand than women in the US. Besides, who would want to date women in the US anyway? American women are usually either fat entitled feminist princesses or physically attractive whores who casually have sex with many men.
Overall, dating is easier in Thailand for foreigners. Find the right kind of women to marry will also be easier because Thai culture is more conservative and traditional than American’s.
The common fact is all women are crazy. They become dangerous when a society allow them to be crazy without any repercussion. Thai women are safer to date or marry than American women because Thai society is still relatively conservative.
American women are dangerous to men because American society allows its women to be crazy. Women in American are not worth the risks due to false rape accusation and divorce. In the US, a woman can accuse a man of rape if she later regrets having sex with him. A woman can basically revoke her sexual consent, making an initially consensual sex an act of rape.
Marriage in the US is a huge financial risk. If a divorce happens, a man can lose half of his asset. If he has children, he can expect to pay for child support. Divorce courts are notoriously corrupted to favor women. The courts make money when husbands lose money.
In Thailand, women generally do not falsely accuse men of rape. That is because being raped is extremely shameful to admit in the beginning. Law enforcement also actually investigate rape accusations. Rather than relying on anecdotal evidences, they look for physical evidences such as the man’s DNA in the woman’s body to charge a man with rape.
As beautiful as they are, women are not the source of real happiness. These days, single or divorced men are more often happy than married men. Married men are not too different from slaves. They give money to their wives while having to please them so that the wives would have sex with them. Women are becoming bossy, even in Thailand.
Real and lasting happiness is found within oneself. That’s why I come to Thailand to practice Buddhism. Buddhism makes Thailand unique. Unlike other countries, Buddhism in Thailand remains true to its original teaching from the Buddha. There are many false Buddhists in Thailand but finding the proper Buddhist teachers is still possible.
In the United States, success means money, fame and/or family. I don’t have much of those. But in Thailand, success also mean morality. A person who carries on his livelihood honestly without harming himself and anyone is considered a success to most people in Thailand. Thai people highly respect the Buddha and everyone who seriously practice Buddhism. For this reason, I get along with people here very well.
I am encouraged to do better because I can clearly see the value of morality. In United States, there is no reward for morality. When that happens, immorality wins because doing evil often provide instant gratification. If you want to improve yourself mentally and spiritually, Thailand is a good place to be.
Thailand has many reasons for people to enjoy. For me, it’s the combination of unique financial and spiritual benefits that make Thailand the place to be. The foods are tasty, healthy and cheap. Living cost is low. The culture and women are beautiful. What else do you need for a good life?