Tips Of Caution
Here are some tips of caution for anyone considering retirement in Thailand, Thailand is a wonderful place to live out your retirement dreams, but these dreams can turn into a nightmare if you are not aware of its laws. To begin with I am not a lawyer and I don’t qualify to give any legal advice, I’m just some guy on the Internet, below are some guidelines you should adhere to while living in Thailand.
Drugs, remember you want to enjoy your retired life in paradise, so the last thing you want to do is use illegal drugs. The penalties for the possession of, use of, or the trafficking in illegal drugs in Thailand are very severe. If you are prosecuted, you will have to go through the Thai criminal system. Rights that you may take for granted in your country may not exist, or be accorded to you, here in Thailand. As a foreigner you will get no special rights or privileges. If convicted drug offenders can expect long sentences under harsh conditions and even a heavy fine. Thailand also has the death penalty for serious drug offenses and has executed convicted traffickers, my advice to you, as I strongly advise you against having anything to do with drugs.
Child pornography and sex with under-age children, Southeast Asia are popular destinations for child-sex predators. The Thai government recently has vigorously prosecuted offenders, punishment is very severe. Those individuals who lure children into prostitution in Thailand now face up to 15 years in jail. If you engage in sexual activities with children or possessing or disseminating child pornography in Thailand is a crime, convicted offenders will be deported at best; many Western countries prosecute their own for sex crimes abroad. Don’t even think about it.
Drinking alcohol is widely available in Thailand and is also part of the Thai culture. Every year, the deaths of several foreigners are reportedly have been attributed to alcohol related diseases or using some type of drugs. Try to find a healthy pastime to enjoy your retirement while in Thailand.
Prostitution is for sale around the clock and takes a number of forms; brothels, massage parlors, gentlemen club, and hostesses’ bars cater mostly to the Thai and Asian customers. For Western tourists and expats there are the go-go bars, beer bars, discos and the streets. In Thailand prostitution is illegal, but the laws are rarely enforced, so if you are caught being fined can hurt your wallet. It can also be very dangerous to your health with plenty of STD and AIDS cases which are very common among the Thai prostitution world.
Always do your research on Thai customs you need to comply with Thai regulations in what you can and cannot bring into the country.
Illegal stay, if you want to retire in Thailand as a legal citizen, I would highly recommend you do not overstay your visa and remain in the country illegally, be aware when your authorized stay expires. There are a number of type visas out there please review the visa that concerns you, in the future I will be adding this to my web site. If you are caught in Thailand during an illegal stay, expect to pay a hefty fine and be deported immediately.