All we had to last us the next 30-plus years was our meagre life savings, accumulated superannuation and the proceeds of the sale of our assets in Australia. As we did not plan to be in Australia when we came of age to access our Australian Government Pension, it could not be part of our financial calculations. (We are not at retirement age as yet—Vivien’s 53 and I’m 58.)
Twenty years ago, Jim Knight discovered an exotic tropical paradise in Southeast Asia. He fell in love with the sights and sounds of Thailand. During regular holidays, Jim continued to be charmed by the Thai culture and way of life; things like how politeness and respect are ingrained into every aspect of the Thai language and communication.
Thailand is one of Asia’s most popular countries for expats. It’s safe, women can travel alone without problems, the cost of living is low, and getting a retirement visa is simple. But buying property is tricky. Foreigners can only buy condominiums freehold. You have to buy land and houses through a Thai corporation you set up first. It’s a big reason why so many expats in Asia rent instead of buy. Renting is easy, affordable and sometimes the only way to live in a country. Plus, if you want to move on and try out a new place, you just pack up and hit the road.