Such an extreme step such as immigrating should be well considered.
It is recommended that you leave the option open to return, if this is financially possible. It is always possible that a voluntary or involuntary return to your homeland is necessary, despite your expectations.
It would be great advantage to test out life in Thailand for a longer length of time while keeping your residence in your homeland. This should present no problems for pensioners, if financially possible.
This may be much more difficult for people who are still working. The working opportunities for foreigners in Thailand are very limited. Working foreigners are only desired if this represents an advantage for the country. Specialists are required and not Joe Public (see work category). I do not believe that opening the next bar in a long line of bars to be the recipe for success.
Before cancelling a current health insurance policy, you should make sure that you have new health protection measures set up in Thailand. You will find more information in the category Health insurance. You should take note that returning to a cancelled private health insurance policy which was cancelled too quickly, is usually not affordable at a later date. Only once the insurance protection is valid and any waiting periods are over, should the insurance policy in the homeland be cancelled. This will hardly be possible for people with chronic complaints. People who have a private health insurance policy sometimes have the possibility, that their current policy in the homeland extends their insurance to permanently include treatment in Thailand. Unfortunately not all companies are so accommodating. There is sometimes an extra charge involved. It is important to adapt to local customs and not to become exasperated with the negative aspects. Problems can never be solved with furious behaviour. However lots of patience and friendliness will (hopefully) eventually lead to required success. Should this not be the case, you will be to accept that not all problems have a solution.
Discussions involving the Thai Royal Family as well as derogative comments about Buddhism or the country should definitely be avoided. Your politeness and civility should reflect that of your hosts. Slander against Royals incurs strong penalties.
The Thai culture has developed its own special way of avoiding conflict. They greatly value harmony. Each and any criticism is undesired. You should only give any necessary criticism in a very diplomatic, roundabout and time consuming way. This type of avoiding any conflict is generally effective, it also leads to almost non-existence of dispute culture. Totally unpractised in staying calm and measured in an argument, the situation can quickly escalate and a disagreement can turn into violence. Once the line is crossed, there is almost no way back. Murder and manslaughter are the sad results in many cases. Therefore it is important to remain calm, to keep any emotions under control and to try and avoid any arguments from the beginning. It also helps to have a respected Thai person on your side.
In general, the Thais are very pleasant and lovable contempories.
Only those who are prepared to accept the values, customs and the general way of life in Thailand should think about settling there. People who are always looking for faults and discontented Farangs will not find their happiness in Thailand and will constantly have conflicts with the natives.
Keep your payment slips in a safe place when transferring large sums of money. A re-export of large sums of money is only possible when a previous import can be proven.
All cancellations should be given with a definite cancellation date in order to remain insured for the longest time possible and to avoid any malpractice. You should inform yourself early enough about any cancellation periods.
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These conceptions only reflect my own personal opinion.