An American in Bangkok Answers Your Questions About Life in Thailand – Episode 1

By | December 2, 2013

Ask the American – Episode 1. This week on Ask the American, I’ll answers questions from a viewer in Michigan who asks what made me move to Thailand, do I ha…

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19 thoughts on “An American in Bangkok Answers Your Questions About Life in Thailand – Episode 1

  1. Stephen Fein

    A good primer in my opinion, especially the bit about not showing off and
    flying under the radar. That said, that’s all I’m gonna say.

  2. Scott Mallon

    Thank you Mr. Fein. People should take that statement into serious
    consideration. I really didn’t and don’t want to explain myself but there
    are many, many reasons it’s beneficial to not show off and fly under the
    radar. You know what I mean, I’m sure.

  3. Jon Magno

    Curious replies on what you miss the most of the US mainland. Great to know
    that you didn’t express any failings of the ‘rule of law’ living in
    Thailand. I’m certain there are shortfalls where ever one chooses to live,
    but some countries have more respect for the law than others. I also agree
    about your comments about Humility. I’m guilty of this failing myself,
    humility is a virtue easily said but very difficult to maintain. To be
    humble is not the same as flying under the ‘radar’, is my take.

  4. Scott Mallon

    No, being humble and flying under the radar are not the same but they go
    hand in hand IMO. Those who are humble feel no need to show off.

  5. Scott Mallon

    They don’t care – you’re the one who looks bad in their eyes though.This is
    another rule – don’t bring bar girls back to your pad. Take em to a
    short-time hotel or go to their place.

  6. Troy Meadows

    Why did you choose Thailand? From what I’ve seen, I think I’d prefer the
    Philippines, or Ecuador. Both are super cheap and full of seemingly ‘nicer’
    people

  7. MisterBouncyBounce

    “the only thing holding me back was money”………famous last words for
    most of us.

  8. Scott Mallon

    I wanted to be in Asia – remember this was 18 years ago when I came over.
    Things were different then and I had no idea about Ecuador and Paraguay…I
    initially came to train in Muay Thai so that’s why I came to Thailand. I’ve
    been to the PI for weeks at a time many times and while I like it, Thailand
    is more my style, definitely. Thailand and the PI are NOT super cheap.
    They’re cheaper. If you want quality goods, you pay as much or more as back
    home. How long do you want to live on the cheap?

  9. Scott Mallon

    You just need to find enough to tide you over long enough to figure out how
    to earn on the road….that’s about the size of it.

  10. Troy Meadows

    Kind of forever. My idea is to work hard in America to afford a couple 20
    unit Apartment complexes, hire some managment companys to watch them, and
    send the money (about 45,000 a year) to me in another country, where I
    retire young. The good thing about real estate is you can buy 5 times more
    value than you actually have, because you only need 20% down. Then the
    renters pay the mortgage off for you, while it spins cash. Is that a good
    idea? You seem to know offshore finances pretty well

  11. Scott Mallon

    Believe me, you can live on the cheap but you need to have enough cash so
    that if you don’t want to live this way, you have options. As far as real
    estate, I wouldn’t trust the market now but I’ve been gone for many years
    and don’t follow it closely. What if you don’t rent out enough rooms to pay
    the mortgage?

  12. Troy Meadows

    Well, with all investments, you’d need to make sure you chose a good one.
    But back in 2007, EVERYBODY and their mom lost their house when the housing
    bubble burst, that means everybody+mom HAS to rent apartments, or houses.
    Also, even though the banks were bailed out on our dime, they’re reluctant
    to give loans to almost anybody without perfect credit. So the rental
    market is very, very strong in most of America. Also, population is a
    compounds, like compounding interest. So there should always

  13. Troy Meadows

    be a steady supply of people that need a place to stay. Also with all the
    (not to be racist) Mexicans immgrating to US, having LOTS of babys, the
    population will only continue to grow, faster than we can build new
    apartments. Also, I’d look at the books every week from Afar, I’d study the
    Demographics like a mad man, and as soon as I saw problems with one
    property, I’d sell it and use the money to buy another one (maybe 2) but
    real estate is widely known as the safest investment ever.

  14. Troy Meadows

    (sorry for the multiple messages) But, ‘assuming’ I chose good properties,
    would I be able to suck cash out of America, and have it sent to me in the
    Phillipines or wherever, for the rest of my life you think? I’m only 20,
    the goal is to retire at 30 and live like a king off 46,000 a year, and not
    have to ‘work’ ever again in my life. Is 46,000 a year a ‘king’ in your
    opinion? Especially since you dont have to DO anythingThe income also rises
    with inflation and city density/demand.

  15. Scott Mallon

    In theory, it’s definitely possible. However,,,anything can happen and in
    today’s climate of fear in the US, you never know, getting money out of the
    country while living abroad might not be so easy. BTW – 20% of a million
    dollar property is still $200K, not exactly chicken-scratch.

  16. Troy Meadows

    Yea, I’ve got some work to do.. But ‘they’ say in America, you need at
    least 1 million in cash to retire at 50 to maintain a boring lifestyle.
    200K is much more reasonable. And that’s why I don’t like Stocks! Consumer
    confidence is at an all time low. But no matter what happens with the
    economy, people will always need a place to rest their head 😀

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