One year on - toasting our 'new life' as Retired Aussies in Asia!

One year has passed since we landed in Thailand with our worldly possessions (70 kg of luggage) having made the decision to retire early and start a ‘new life’ travelling and living in Asia. We had decided to Sell up totally, Pack up what meager belongings we had left and Take off on the …

Sell up, Pack up & Take off Living and working in Shanghai for six years led us on a voyage of discovery in Southeast Asia. Shanghai is a fabulous city but it can be very intense. So whenever we wanted to chill out we would leave China behind and head to Southeast Asia – …

Retiring to Thailand – is it an option for us? My wife and I retired at the end of 2015 and began to seriously contemplate our future after having experienced a reversal of fortunes during the GFC. We soon realised that our Super fund coupled with a part pension was not going to support …

International Living magazine (and website) was a good source of info for us when we were researching the possibility of retiring overseas – so imagine the pleasure we felt when the editor for their Australian edition of the magazine asked us to write a profile for their ‘Living the Dream’ section of the monthly magazine. …

For a few days now we had been trying to arrange a catch up with some of our new Aussie expat friends, who also call Hua Hin home nowadays. Our friends, it seems, have a tradition of doing something nice on Valentine’s Day so they suggested we all go to the Banyan Golf Club on the south …

Australia Day 2016 Some of our new (Aussie) expat friends here in Hua Hin offered to host an Australia Day get together and we were very happy to be part of this, and even add to the food offering if possible. So much discussion was had and a menu decided. Our hosts had obviously …

Getting Out and About – a Car! For the first month here in Hua Hin we relied on the local Songthaew ‘bus’ services or simply walked where we needed to go. Walking was great as it helped us get some sense of what was in our immediate neighbourhood. For longer trips e.g. to the …

Given that we are now residing in an Asian country and a predominantly Buddhist one at that, we wondered what to expect for 2015 Christmas and New Years Eve. We are not overly religious so we were not looking for that element. We do not have children so that component was not a concern. We were in …

For our first week in Hua Hin we had set ourselves the goals of: find a place we could rent, ideally for the first 6 months of our time here; get a SIM card and mobile account for Vivien’s phone; open a bank account so we could move money for our monthly living expenses; …

Hello Hua Hin! From our research Thailand looked to have a reasonable ‘Retirement Visa’ that was not overly vigorous in the application process. It’s requirements on Visa holders once they were resident were also, by our evaluation, not onerous. Real estate ownership was feasible but not a requirement. Operating a small business was also feasible …

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