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For better or worse? Expats think Thailand is going down the pan, poll

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A poll conducted by Thaivisa has shown that three quarters of people think expatriate life will be worse in five years than it is now. 

Only 24% held out hope that life for expats would actually improve by 2024. 

Facebook users were asked the simple question in the straw poll: Would it be better or worse for an expat to live in Thailand in five years? 

For better or worse? Expats think Thailand is going down the pan, poll | News by Samui Times

More than 340 had responded by press time. 

Comments online reflected growing unease about visa requirements and the strength of the baht in particular. 

One said: “Changes in the value of currency will make it worse, of course. Thailand is no longer value for money”. 

Others chimed in with comments that despite official optimism word on the ground was that the Thai economy was going down the pan. They cited rising prices in the shops and lack of affordability as evidence.

Another pointed to confusion over the issuing of new visa requirements followed by an announcement of leniency. They felt the confusion would drive expats away and seek better options elsewhere to places where foreigners might know exactly where they stand.

One was even more pessimistic: “Five years? There won’t be any expats here at this rate!”

Others were more positive about the future with one stating about Thailand: “It’s only as good as you make it”. 

Inevitably one of the people who seemed to see more optimism said: “If you’re so unhappy why don’t you just leave!” 

Results of the straw poll:

76% worse in five years

24% better

341 respondents.

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For better or worse? Expats think Thailand is going down the pan, poll | News by Samui Times
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