Expats in Thailand
Thailand has no shortage of Expatriates here. Ever since the first tentative trade was established with Siam in the 16th century so the farang has settled here...
Nowadays though, with international air-travel arriving on the scene in the 1960s, expats have been arriving in the land of smiles.
There reasons are numerous and some do better than others. Below are just a few types of Expat who live their lives in Thailand:
The Corporate Expat - Often the most affluent and wealthy of the expats. Almost always recruited from overseas by their parent company or corporation. They are not necessarily living in Thailand out of choice and may be somewhat unused to to the Thai way. Indeed they often tend to display a smug arrogance and attitude that puts them in a class of their own and this can stir up a jealous hatred by most other expats.
Most likely hangout: Bangkok, Chequers Bar, expensive entertainment locations.
The Independent Expats - Until the 1990s it was mostly the oil and gas industry workers that had the independently wealth and work to live overseas in Thailand during their off-rotation.
Most likely hangout: Thoroughout Thailand.
The Dive Instructor /Divemaster Expat - Mostly these expats tend to work in the Gulf of Thailand Islands such as Koh Tao, Koh Phan Gan, Koh Samui of Koh Phuket.
The English Teacher Expat - More than a few of the expats in Thailand fall into this category.
Most likely hangout: Either the Capital City or the Provinces. Anywhere there's schools.
The Retired Pensioner - Normally getting on in his years and one of the baby-boomer generation. They've typically done enough work during the 1960s to early 2000s to have a pension that covers their living expenses in Thailand. There are some of these ageing maestro's of life that have knowledge, wisdom and something of the rogue who has earned his retirement in the sun. Indeed some of these Methusela's of Mongering can show the young ones how to party.
Most likely hangout: A Thai village in North-Eastern Thailand
The Dodgy Expat - Everyone surely must of met this type. They can range from the likeable rogue who schmoozes his way into expat circles like an old friend, to the lowliest of the low expat who gives expats in Thailand a bad name. Often with criminal links reaching back to their home-country they usually have considerable wealth offshore to live off for long periods. For the most part they live in Thailand to forget about their old life and make a fresh start. If you are welcomed into their circle it can mean you're one of their family, however it can also mean calamity if you happen to cross them.
Most likely hangout: Either the Capital City or the Provinces where there are schools.
The Welfare-Benefits 'Expat' - A recent development in the expat circles is this, often lowly being. To call them an expat is generous. Typically male, taking advantage of the socialist trend in Europe they claim unemployment and social security money from the government. Then they decide to leave the country and fraudulently claim it while living overseas. Usually they are tatooed, chav, layabouts who infest Pattaya and other places that are cheap enough to fund their lifestyle. They often work hand-in-hand with the Expat low-life and indeed become one if their money-supply is cut-off when they are found out or rumbled.
Most likely hangout: Pattaya.
The Expat Low-life - Unfortunately, this is something that Thailand tends to be burdened with more often nowadays. A combination of Thailand being a mainstream travel destination, a weak baht (during the late 1990s to late 00s) and perhaps the degeneration of certain western countries.
Most likely hangout: It can vary, usually anywhere there are others they can bother and annoy others.
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