Originally Posted by Celestialsailor
I would suggest you not base all your future plans on one visit. Put some time into it and see if it's really for you.
The place has it's pros and cons (like anywhere) and many (most?!) have a love hate relationship with the place! Personally I could never live there permanently as I just found it a bit too frustrating - admitedlly not helped by never learning
the lingo! (being tone deaf and British were my handicaps - and being lazy!)....albeit I did become pretty good at reading the locals / situations.
One thing OP will not be short of is advice - lol!, my 2 cents worth is not to make Thailand a final destination from the getgo or even forever (Thailand like everywhere else does change) - have a plan B. and on the practical side:-
1) Learn the basics in Thai, the polite stuff (please and thank-you etc), how to act politely - plus the numbers. definately the numbers! - it's the money
2) accept everything at face value
- just don't beleive a word of anything until you actually know, let alone act on anything - especially when it comes to parting with money (and that applies as much to your fellow foreigners as well as the locals). Look and listen a lot
and judge people on actions and not simply words.
3) Smile and relax
, your learning
involve parting with a few quid and making some mistakes
, but that's just how life is with anywhere new - but the degree is in your own control.
FWIW, me has one eye on Malaysia for the future - time will tell how all that goes.