Originally Posted by Mike OReilly
I've read that the Andaman Sea/Gulf of Thailand
is an inviting place for cruisers. It is (apparently) an inexpensive place to live, but it is open and inviting to sailors. Is this your experience boat_alexandra? Please do tell us more.
The answer is yes and no.
To get a long term 1 year visa for over 55s you have to prove you have the finances to support yourself which is something like $30000 in the bank and/or at least $1500 per month income
. Nor are you allowed to work locally without a permit
. That is not a particularly high hurdle but would eliminate many very low budget cruisers.
govt have announced a new multi entry 6 month visa to start in Nov. But it unclear if they will allow these back to back.
You also have to Thailand register the boat after 6 months and pay 7 percent VAT.
That said, the region is very cruiser and liveaboard
friendly with little regulation as to where and how long you can anchor
. The exception being around the quite extensive system of marine
The downside is the incredible number tourists and tour boats which crowd the more popular places. However there are also plenty of fabulous island and bays where you can anchor
in glorious isolation.
There is little in the way of sub 30 ft liveaboards since most have sailed a long way from their home ports
, America or Aust. and for various reasons decide to linger longer or stop all together. Consequently there are some really good value boats for sale
in the 40+ foot range. Good value but not necessarily budget cost.
Marina berth you are looking around $800 pm for a 40 footer but anchoring
outside for free is usually accepted and they let you use facilities for a small fee per month.
If you meet minimum govt requirements for a visa then life aboard can be very good for $500 -$1000. pm.
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