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.

Wealth Creation

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.

 Santi Asoke's Vegetarian Society restaurant
Organic vegetarian green curry, stir fried vegetables, and riceberry (purple) rice. All this for about 1 US dollar at Santi Asoke’s Vegetarian Society restaurant.

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.

Pretty Women

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.

Safe Women

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.

Buddhist Practice

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.

Conclusion

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?

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13 Comments

One-way Ticket to Thailand

    1. I guess you should apologize yourself. It was you who came to my blog and read my terrible attitude and thoughts about Thailand.

      I need you to be more blunt though. What exactly is terrible about my thought about Thailand?

      1. The whole woman part is pretty bad and clear you don’t know Thai society well. Sure you can find gold diggers, bar girls, or used hostel mattresses that will value your money, but that’s the same in the west. For a good marriage material woman it takes a lot of time and a lot of work. Thai women are FAR more picky than their western counterparts, especially towards farang. After about a year in your local circles, you might start to gain the interest of normal Thai girls, then it’s an uphill battle of Thai dating ritual and mind games.

        Safe women? again you clearly don’t know many Thai women. Morality? So long as it suits them they are moral, when it doesn’t you will lose every time, especially as a farang. There are some roles that are considered gender based, like my wife refuses to let me iron even through I’d prefer to do my own as I don’t like her creases but I get my hands slapped if I try to do it when she’s home. If you think a pissed off western woman is scary, wait till you encounter a truly pissed off Thai woman. What you see in public is little to what actually happens in the privacy of home. Thai women are more free thinking and empowered than any that I had come across in the west.

        Your food comments are comical at best, there are some vegan foods, but “organic”? 555+ wrong country.

        Also, it looks like you’re planning on staying illegally. The visa situation is pretty sticky currently and after about your 3rd renew by land, expect to start having issues. Unless you can score a work visa working for an MNC, get an Ed visa, or pay for an elite visa, your time will run out sooner than you expect. There are still some loopholes if you skirt the laws carefully, but expect your stay to end abruptly at any time.

        Theravada Buddhism isn’t your garden variety, there are a lot of intricacies and worshiping of secondary deities.

        If you come here with an open mind and throw all of your preconceived garbage out of the window you’ll do ok, but don’t think that you’ll escape your issues by running away from the US. Thailand isn’t the holy grail you envision.

        1. Your comment only shows your stupidity. If you read my name and you have been in Thailand long enough, you would know that I am a Thai person who can speak and read Thai and know about Thai custom better than most foreigners. Enough said.

          1. Now I’m thinking you’re a troll.

            So, you’re a Thai citizen? If you are, then ignore the advice about the visa. You won’t need one.

            >know about Thai custom better than most foreigners.

            Please disprove what the poster above said.

          2. I’m not a troll. If you actually read my blog, you would know what I know.

            I spent enough time arguing with faceless people on the internet. My time is too valuable. I could write another blog post in response to Pete’s comment. Unfortunately, I have more interesting things to write about.

      2. I came to your blog via a link on Reddit. I was curious what an outsider thinks about Thailand, and why they are interested in moving here.

        >The common fact is all women are crazy. They become dangerous when a society allow them to be crazy without any repercussion.

        Women are NOT things, they are people.

        >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.

        Ask the people over at Siam Legal that theory about Thailand. There’s no difference in that regard.

        >In Thailand, women generally do not falsely accuse men of rape. That is because being raped is extremely shameful to admit in the beginning.

        It’s shameful in America too. That’s why most rapes go unreported.

        >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?

        Money, and love, are two different things. Unless you’re dating a hooker, then it’s the same. But it’s love until you’re out of money.

        >Because I have a job that pays in US dollars,

        You’ll need a work permit, if you are planning on staying here long term.

        > 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.

        Muay Thai is repetitive, as is training for any other sport. I did ballroom. You have no idea how many times I had to do the same step over, listening to the same song.

        >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.

        Nope, the economy is doing great here. Unemployment rate at under 1%, and low inflation as well.

        You have no clue about the visa requirements, the Thai culture and the traditional down payment for a woman (yucky, I know), and the cost of living.

        1. Women are NOT things, they are people.

          I never said women are objects. Inanimate objects cannot be crazy. By crazy, I mean emotional. People, especially women, are emotional. Ever watch Thai dramas? Women love dramas.

          Ask the people over at Siam Legal that theory about Thailand. There’s no difference in that regard.

          The difference is Thailand’s law enforcement authority can never be as powerful as United States’. The US can do whatever they want to anyone.

          It’s shameful in America too. That’s why most rapes go unreported.

          If most rapes are not reported, how did you know about them?

          Money, and love, are two different things. Unless you’re dating a hooker, then it’s the same. But it’s love until you’re out of money.

          Women want men with money because they want the financial stability to raise children. It’s interesting that you mentioned hookers. Isn’t Thailand full of them?

          You’ll need a work permit, if you are planning on staying here long term.

          You have no idea about my situation. Mind your own.

          Muay Thai is repetitive, as is training for any other sport. I did ballroom. You have no idea how many times I had to do the same step over, listening to the same song.

          I did Muay Thai. And I don’t think it’s repetitive. If you ever fight an actual opponent in your ballroom, you would know that your opponent is not easily predictable.

          Nope, the economy is doing great here. Unemployment rate at under 1%, and low inflation as well.

          Good for you. Many Thai people, especially the common poor people, disagree with you though. You must be one of those top 1% who has no idea what’s going on in the real world.

          You have no clue about the visa requirements, the Thai culture and the traditional down payment for a woman (yucky, I know), and the cost of living.

          I know about the reverse marriage dowry. That’s why I said you need a lot of money. Cost of living here is cheap. If it’s not cheap, there won’t be so many foreigners here.

  1. Your writing/thinking makes me think you have some developmental issues. I think a heavy dose of narcissism & misogyny, with a mild dash of autism. Did you not live up to your tiger mom’s expectations? Are the only woman in your life the ones you pay by the hour? Spend less time in a Man-o-sphere.

    A lot of what you write is non-sense. “Photography is undervalued”, umm no. Its valued exactly for what it is. Do you really think very many people are going to pay their hard earned cash for pretty pictures of temples, clouds and food? NO. Would they pay if you took some nice pictures of their wedding? Possibly.

    You preach about morality, yet you seek to exploit your status earning USD in order to gain competitive advantage in dating Thai woman.

    Hey good luck, I look forward to continue following your blog.

    1. It seems you’re only good at using ad hominem. Calling me names without substantial argument.

      I say photography is undervalued because for the work that photographers put in, there is very little in return. If you spend $10 dollar to make a product, but people are willing to pay only $5 for it. The product is undervalued and should not be in production. That’s exactly why I’m not taking pictures for money.

      Morality has nothing to do with using my money where it is most valuable.

      I appreciate the good will.

  2. Good luck, Jack. We the same views towards the western and southeast Asian in general. Coming from a guy who recenty traveled to Vietnam and Phillipines, there is a big difference towards the attitude to the men. America has gone out of control with feminist, who can get away anything by power for their selfish reasons. Not to mention, the court favors women, which leaves us jeopardy between divorce as well as custody to the child with child support etc.. I feel that western women lost their identity as feminine, rather than manly women if you know what I mean. Southeast Asian woman, on the other hand, still keeps in touch with their calmness and a positive approach to her current/future family which I admire.

    I am thinking to travel to Thailand soon to experience the culture and your people, so I hope to see you there as an old friend. By the way, I have to ask, is April the best time to travel to your country?

    My best regards,
    David.

    1. Sorry for the late respond David. Good to hear from you.

      April in Thailand is pretty hot. But it is also the time for Songkran festival. It’s a basically Thai New Year. People shoot each other with water to cool off. If partying is your thing, come in April.

      If you’re more into sightseeing, winter is the best time. The weather is cool enough to hike around in the mountains of Chiang Mai.

      For Vietnam and Phillipines, I hope you didn’t spend too much money there.

      1. As much as I like to visit April for the new year, I do also want to explore for the sightseeing. I will reconsider when I want to go there following by Vietnam, which is not too far away from each other.

        On my recent travel, I haven’t been spending much on both countries. It is relatively cheap if you are on a budget, unlike Japan that I’ve been spending 300 to 400 usd excluding the airflight and hotel for a week alone. Still worth visiting though.

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