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An Aussie living in Thailand - maybe

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by partymarty4870, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. partymarty4870

    partymarty4870 Elite Member

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    Me and the wife had a bit of a brainwave the other night while sitting around the campfire. We realised that there is practically nothing stopping us from picking up the business and moving to somewhere like Thailand for a year or two.

    Now I know that I'll need to get better more accurate advice if we were to go ahead, but I figured here is as good a place as any to start asking a few questions.

    As some of you will know I run a destination based travel site here in Australia, and obviously I'd have to hide the fact that I'm not actually in the destination I'm selling. I'm also imagining that it wouldn't be too hard to have an aussie phone number permanently diverted to O/S so all incoming and outgoing calls appear to be from Australia too.

    What I am after a bit of advice is my standard of living, tax and staffing.

    My site has a payment gateway set up with an Aussie Bank, which I imagine would make the Aussie government want their share. Does anyone know a way around this. Would using paypal or similar be a way to avoid this?

    basically I want to avoid paying as much Tax as possible (I just sent a cheque for $48,000 to the ATO last week, so please no lectures about this - I'm talking Tax minimalisation, not avoidance)

    Would I need a company set up in Thailand to be able to employ staff, or would I just be able to pay through an agency or something like that?

    Whats a ballpark figure (in $US) for a capable office manager with good written English?

    How fast and reliable is internet access and cellphone coverage?

    How safe would my 7 y/o daughter be - she's blonde and a little cutie. We would obviously choose the safest housing option we could find.

    That's enough for now, but I know there's a few of you doing similar so if you can think of anything I've missed that would be great. This idea only hatched about 3am sunday morning, so still in it's infancy
     
  2. jak19

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    if you do move to Thailand Hua Hin would be your best bet

    cost of living half the cost of bangkok, great housing and schooling

    Do you need thai staff? if so for a work permit for you , you would need 3 staff. if you can do without and manage things on the net then so much better

    it is best to fly under the radar in Thailand as there is so much corruption, just work from a home office/guest house and crack on

    it is a fantastic place to live and most who come here never want to go back
     
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  3. Oukast

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    Yeah, first of all working without a company (work/business visa) here would be illegal. Then again a bottle of Sangsom and few thousand baht does go a long way in right hands...
    So if you really want to make it legit, contact a lawyer. But like jak19 said, most just go under the radar since unless you sport new Maybachs in your driveway and claim you're the richest in town nobody really gives a fuck about you. Prostitution is also illegal, and that's like the single reason Pattaya even exists, so...

    Internet goes as far as 100mbps in cities and to 24mbps in tad more rural areas. In the jungle you'd have to resort to GPRS, but I assume you woun't go that far anyhow. Connection itself here in Pattaya (I have 24mbps True line) mostly works fine, but you can expect some slowness from time to time. So crack open a cold one then! I haven't had that much actual downtime in the past couple years, but I know how much it can cause problems when the connection drops at that one single critical moment.

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    I'm moving a bit more south soon, and have no clue about internet in there, but I doubt it'll be much worse than this. More expensive, sure.

    For mobile coverage, cellphones work pretty much everywhere, and 3G is readily available in larger cities. I don't use that really because it's damn expensive and really limited (from Northern European perspective, lol) so can't comment much on that.

    All in all, you're looking to pay like $400-500 a month for around 150 sqm house in a gated community, or more or less the same for a much smaller condo in the very centrum. Add utilities of $50-100 based on usage, mainly the AC.

    Also can't comment much about the safety of the kids as I don't have any, but AFAIK Thailand is not exactly known for problems against foreigners. Give the ones they start themselves.
     
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