Thailand has sooooo many things that make me happy to say that "I'm Retired in Thailand and Loving It. I love all the smiles ,real, most of the times and the no stress ,laid back attitude of the Thai people (sometimes to a fault), and the weather and Whang Pho the place we call home, and the fact that my SS check goes a lot further here than in the good ole USA, and Ciejay and me can live a moderate lifestyle and enjoy our so called "golden years"BUTTT the thing I love the most is the great food , fresh veggies and fruit and the best part of all is that it doesn't cost us a arm and leg, take for instance tonight we went "OUT" for dinner at one of the many, small ,so called "restuarants , just down the road from our house (less that a 5 minute drive on the little Honda Wave 1oo, the fare was Cashew Chicken ( I always ask for NO skin) tempura battered veggis and large prawns a big helping of rice and Red Curry with Kong for the Love of my life .Ice water and Coke Zero all for 180 Baht or about $5.00 US dollars, I know for a fact that the meal would have cost at least 35 or 40 dollars at home in Oregon in a not so fancy restuarant, if you were to eat the same meal in one of the real fancy places it would easily cost you 75 Dollars and you would be expected to tip everyone that made your dining experience a pleasure add on another 15 dollars and you could eat OUT in Whang Pho for a month. I love it and thats just one of the reasons why I'm "Retired in Thailand and Loving It.
If you're ever up or down Whang Pho way stop in for a visit and I'll take you out to one of my favorite eating places, and at these prices "It's my treat". Malcolm