living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

I’m often asked the QUESTION …

“Why did you retire early, and why in the hell did you choose somewhere like Thailand, for God Sake?”

First a brief background:

I followed my Dad into the Engineering / Construction business ’cause I wanted to be like him.

Even with it being a very stressful job in a very stressful industry, I LOVED the work.

However, as I was approaching my 57th birthday, I recalled my Dad retired at age 60, and dying, much too young, of a heart attack at age 61.

I simply wanted/NEEDED more time for ‘me’.

So I pulled a Roberto Duran “NO MAS!!”, and flew out of Amman on my birthday; and ain’t looked back, not once.

The Decision on Where:

I knew I couldn’t risk going without medical insurance, and I knew I couldn’t afford medical insurance in the States without working, so returning wasn’t an option.

I then looked at some alternatives: Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina, the Philippines, Indonesia (Bali), and Thailand.

All seem to check out very well on quality of life, cost of living, and health care.


But in the end the decision was EASY: I LOVE Thailand and I truly LOVE the Thai people.


I can honestly say, “Every day in every way, my life is getting better, and better, and better”.


March 17, 2011 - Posted by | cost of living, medical, Uncategorized | , ,


  1. A wise move, my friend. My friend Max is really interested in Chiang Mai. He lived in Malysia when it was the Dutch East Indies. His father was a trader and was there during WWII. He has medical from BP, but due to circumstances, not a large income. Could he do it on $400 a month US.? Thanx. Wayne.

    Comment by Wayne Cornman | March 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. $400 a month wouldn’t be enough.


    Comment by seattle99 | March 18, 2011 | Reply

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