Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

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Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by hhfarang » Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:04 am

Several members have expressed interest in my experiences and feelings of relocating back to the U.S. after living in Hua Hin for 10+ years so I thought I would do that in this new thread.

I've been in the U.S. looking at homes for sale in the city we chose for ten days now and just signed a contract on a property we've decided on. We took a big gamble in chosing a city we knew nothing about except what I found from research on the internet, and I wasted the first six of those ten days looking in an area that turned out not to be where we wanted to live even though the homes were nice and well priced (around the equivelent of 4 million baht).

My realtor finally figured that out and suggested an area on the opposite side of the city where we would have to pay a little bit more and give up two of our searh criteria, which was age of home and a garage. Three days later we have signed a contract on what appears to be a wonderful home in a wonderful neighborhood. The home is 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 165 square meters of living space, land about 1400 square meters, and we got it for the equivalent of 4.9 million baht. That's nearly a million more than I was hoping to spend for a bit smaller home than I was hoping to get but for the area a good deal on a house that is 31 years old but completly renovated in the last 2 years.

My impression of the city is that it is the cleanest big city I've ever seen, people are friendly, and the weather has given me nearly all the seasons I have been missing in the last 10 days! The high temperature today is 75F (or 24C) while the lows at night have been around 50F (10C) which is near perfect for me. I literally have not shed one drop of sweat since arriving. :D I will get a taste of winter starting tomorrow as a cold front is coming through and the highs are predected to be 7C with nightime lows of -2C. I've been wearing shorts and t-shirts up until now just like in Thailand, but when I heard about the change coming I ran down the street to Walmart and picked up 3 pairs of long pants (14 dollars each and easy to find my large size) and a cheap jacket.

Here are some photos of the house and neighborhood:
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Now the real stress starts... the move. We have a double move coming, some stuff up to a house we own in Loei, and a 20 foot container back to the U.S. I hate moving and hope this will be my last one! :|

To be continued... :cheers:
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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by pdm3547 » Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:19 am

Tom,

I'm genuinely delighted that you've found somewhere you can be comfortable in. That said, I'll be sorry to lose a (budding) Chang partner and hope you will get in touch for a swifts one lunchtime when you are back in HH.

Best of luck, my friend,

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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by Super Joe » Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:01 am

pdm3547 wrote:Best of luck, my friend
Ditto Tom!!

:cheers:

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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by hhfarang » Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:07 am

pdm, we should be able to get in a couple of beers or lunches. It'll take a while to wind up business in Thailand.

SJ, I was getting worried about you or thought maybe you moved back home... haven't seen any posts from you in a while! Happy to hear from you and know you are ok.
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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by migrant » Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:21 am

Glad you found what you want!! People I know who have lived/spent time in NC always like it!!
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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by STEVE G » Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:24 am

Yes, I hope it turns out well for you. Just out of curiosity, what made you decide to buy a house in an area that you've no experience of?

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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by richard » Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:51 am

:cheers: :cheers: Well done. Hope it works out fine for you. Keep them posts coming to keep us all in touch. Who knows, some may wish to follow your example in years to come. You know 'Paradise' can sometimes become tarnished with age.
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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by Takiap » Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:24 pm

We've never met in person, but from reading your posts, it was clear that you were becoming increasingly unhappy here in Thailand, so I'm very happy for you and your wife. Hope you both settle in nicely and that you both get to enjoy your golden years together.


As others have said.....please keep on posting. :cheers:
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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by oakdale160 » Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:06 pm

Area code 704--Charlotte NC
Good choice, pleasant Carolina climate, but far enough inland to reduce Hurricane damage.
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Hope its the answer, Good luck Y'all.

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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by migrant » Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:41 pm

HHF

How is availability of Thai food ingredients? I remember in Maine we had a few small Asian markets that could get a limited amount, but since most handled all Asian nations, Thai was pretty limited!
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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by redzonerocker » Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:35 pm

House looks great :thumb:

Good luck in the next chapter of life. :cheers: :cheers:
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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by Nereus » Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:41 pm

Huh, I see you must have Thai neighbors / neighbours already, as they have parked the car facing the "wrong" way. :rasta:

Good luck Tom, I hope it works out for you! :cheers:
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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by JimmyGreaves » Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:53 pm

Happy for you HHF, another chapter starts.

Keep contributing with your sensible posts.

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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by dtaai-maai » Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:04 pm

Hi Tom, haven't lunched for far too long, but it would be good to see you and Mrs T before you go for good.

What about an 'open' lunch some time for all those who'd like to wish you well?
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Re: Moving back to home country after living in Thailand

Post by Dianne » Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:58 pm

It looks like a very nice house, inside and out. I've heard good things about the area. It sounds like a good start for a new adventure.

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