Thailand is Still a Great Place To Live
There has always been talk about leaving Thailand, the forums are full of threads suggesting "escape plans" and history is ridden with well known folk who have just packed up and left. But Thailand is and still remains the jewel of South East Asia where it is still rated as:
THE best place to retire
THE best place to start your English teaching career
The best place for bootstrapping digital nomads
The best place for sex
and the list goes on and on....
Most people don't come here to live forever, living in Thailand for many years you'll meet and farewell many a friend. It's not for everyone, however it is for everyone to try.
Is there another Eutopia around here?
I'm not convinced, not as easy as it is here, people say that immigration here is a hassle yeah maybe it is a bit but it's not that uncomfortable and at max it's only every 3 months you go deal with it anyway. Big deal. It sure beats paying 6months rent in advance in the Philippines, dealing with blackouts and shitty download speeds in Cambo, risk massive fines for banging a local in Loas. Myanmar isn't even close to these places, and Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia? Meh Meh Meh Meh
I think the problem with the people who complain about Thailand and don't leave are the one's that can't. For sure if you hated this place that much you'd just bloody leave. The problem is they can't.
Going back to your own country can be very difficult for someone who's been living on a shoestring in Asia for many years. When you do get back you'll have no job and find it very difficult to rent an apartment. It's really easy to get stuck in Asia especially if you have no one you can rely on if you ever returned.
Does Thailand have it's problems? Yes!!! Customer Service, Infidelity, Corruption, Drugs, Crime, Scams, Political, Driving, Prostitution, you name it, there's a problem with it in Thailand.
It's safe to say that anything you do in Thailand and you have a problem, there's no one really on your side. If you buy something and you don't get what you wanted, tough luck. If you pay for a service and you don't receive the service you expected, tough luck. If you get into a traffic accident then you're at fault, tough luck.
But honestly what place doesn't have it's issues, Thailand still has problems, but it's still the best.