Friday, February 16, 2018

Estate Agencies in Bangkok

Having lived in Bangkok for many years I have moved about 7 times from condo to condo. Each time I have moved I have spent hours scouring the web and estate agency websites for a suitable property.

 One thing I found is that the vast majority of websites had many properties shown but a large number of properties were no longer available. I found this very frustrating, and in fact downright irritating.

I also found the same property on more than one website at different rents. I called the agency with the cheaper price to be told it was no longer available but they had another similar that was priced higher. I declined, and went to the other site that had the same property and called them - it was still available and so I took it. Not happy with the first agency at all.

 I can recommend a small agency going by the name of On Nut Condos. Nala who runs it tries her best for you but they only cover the Sukhumvit area from around Nana to Bearing along the BTS. Not a problem if you want to live in that area.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Work and Retirement - Thoughts from Bangkok

Some thoughts after spending years in Bangkok......

I am lucky, or some would say sensible. But I know I am lucky.

I retired from my employment when I was about 50, the pension I receive is not huge but it allows me quite a good life in Thailand.  Prior to the crash in 2008 it gave me an excellent lifestyle for doing nothing!

During all of my working life I paid over 10% of my income towards a pension. It was difficult, especially when I was first married and had kids, but I persevered. I nearly didn't.

I was broke when I was about 25yrs old and talked things over with my boss. I wanted to stop paying into my pension to give me more disposable income.  Thankfully he convinced me not to. I thank him in my thoughts every month now :)

The sad thing is that I have met many men in Bangkok who are 50 years old or older who have no pension or any other substantial income. Many of them work here, legally, but can see themselves working forever. The UK state pension seems to be getting further away from their grasp with the increase in pensionable age, and there is also the added consequence of living here with the UK state pension not increasing for ex-pats. Living in Thailand on a UK state pension is getting harder everyday and of course the Thai Government will not help you, and why should they?

So all I can say is START  a pension plan early in life and pay as much into it as you can. The way things are going you will not be able to rely on a state pension in the years to come.

NO, I am not a financial adviser nor am I touting for business. I am just a realist





Monday, May 08, 2017

Bangkok Places To Visit - Rod Fai Market and Papaya Vintage Shop

I have been browsing the web today and came across articles about two places in Bangkok worthy of a visit if you are interested in markets selling old, peculiar, vintage and other such items. The two places are the Rod Fai Market ( Train Night Market ) and the Papaya Vintage Shop. The Rod Fai Market not only sells old retro and vintage items, it has bars and food as well. A great place for an evening out. It is situated in an old Bangkok railways station - hence the name.

Both are best travelled to by taxi (make sure the meter is on).

I will not repeat what the articles say but you may well be interested in reading them. It is funny, I lived in Bangkok for well over a decade and have only just found these hidden gems. I was probably more concerned with Soi Cowboy, Sukhumvit 22 and beer!

They are on my list of things to do when I go back for a few days.