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Subject:  Re: Where to retire cheap Date:  10/9/2012  9:43 PM
Author:  telegraph Number:  647961 of 888207

"This month's International Living magazine has an article written by a guy living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, who shows you how to live there on a budget of about $950 a month."

Been there.....nice place.....but you are 10,000 miles from the places you know and the friends you know.

Thailand is a friendly place....but it is still a long way from Chicago.....

Chiang Mai is like 500 miles north of Bangkok....second biggest city.....

10 years ago, I spent about 5 days there.....stayed at a nice hotel (not a western one) for $20/night. Ate out most meals. There's a fair number of tourists there. There were a few TV channels, but the radio is all in Thai, and I think there was one English TV channel - like the BBC. You might be able to get more on satellite TV..... but you give up things like US magazines (expensive to ship). A lot of us'd have to substitute asian ones......and friends and contacts. Nice weather year round.....

the place was full of motorbikes ....and traffic during the day.

I think I'd be bored after 2 months..bored out of my mind.

But it is low cost living, if you can adapt to eating a local diet.

REstaurants serving western style food were not cheap.

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