Retirement

Building a House

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Nong Song Hong

a district town in the province of Khon Kaen

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Issan - The Northeast of Thailand

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I was in a unique situation, having worked about 20 years in Germany and 20 years in Canada. With Germany's retirement age at 68 it would have meant working almost another 10 years for receiving the full pension. This was not really appealing to me. Retiring early with only my Canadian portion of my pension for the first five years in Thailand with its lower cost of living seemed much more interesting.


So I decided a few years back already that I will retire early. I could not imagine myself living in a condo in the middle of a big city or in a ghetto full of foreigners at the seaside. Living in a smaller town or village up country was what I could imagine.


So here I am, in Isan, with its savannah climate, without the high humidity at the ocean and summer year-round. I thought I might miss skiing, but so far I don't miss it and the cold that goes with it.

(c) Karl Stellbrink 2018