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Last year I posted that Thailand mongering would not be the same after Covid-19, not so much because of Covid itself but because of ongoing demographic and income trends in Thailand that will progressively make cheap eager prostitutes (and menial laborers in general) a thing of the past. Covid, once its over, would just provide a convenient timing for the Thai authorities to reform its farang-oriented sex industry since it all but closed in 2020-21 so the desruption is already there if changes are to be made. Going forward, I prognosticated, there is only one direction: UPSCALE WHORES and HIGHER-VALUE MONGERS. Seems I was on to something. The Thai authorities just announced a VIP sexpat visa for wealthy applicants with US$1 million in assets and annual income of US$80,000. Pensioners get a break and need only US$40,000 (which is actually not that high). But the point is that gone are the days when Thais were happy to attract low-income farangs coming to Thailand on a Cheap Charlie budget to enjoy the sex lives of rock stars without bringing much to the economy (unless of course they blew their life savings building houses in Issan in the name of their future ex-es...) The Thai authorities say they want to attract "1 million" such high-value expats over the next five years, which stands to reason will be at the expense of lower income applicants and perhaps even of sexpats already there who might not see their visas renewed. This will also serve for Thais to avoid having to deal with the otherwise expectable inflow of the Arab world and China-equivalent of the West's riff-raff, as all those Jordanians and mainlanders we have been seeing gaining ground on the bars over the past 20 years are also gonna want to retire in the company of cheap sluts. What do you all think ? how much time do we have to enjoy Thailand on the cheap ? Here is my source and a helpful chart they prepared: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2181775/govt-to-entice-rich-expats
... or in other words: who is more likely to pay for pick-up trucks and for building houses in Issaan in the name of Thai lovers ? This thread is a spin off from another I started where I argue it's a no-brainer that higher income, more educated expats are preferable to those coming to Thailand to make the most of their bare minimum pensions or hustling locally whatever they can do to stay above the waterline and keep pulling Thai pussy... But then I thought: WAIT A MINUTE! The big money to be made from the farangs is not on day-to-day living expenses, but from getting them to blow their savings, their inheritances or borrow heavily to purchase big ticket items... The proverbial "House in Issaan" immediately comes to mind. We all have heard the stories of the farangs in love who proudly built houses in the teerak's hometown and in their name and those stories always end the same way. I once met one such BKK farang who was actualy forcing himself to live under 1000 baht a day (rent and utilities included) so he could finish building the house faster... The prospective higher income expats with VIP visas being more educated and presumably less sex-focused will perhaps be less likely to fall for the Issaan rural fantasy ... so no more lottery jackpots for the teeraks ??? I would like to know what BMs on the ground observed and think in this regard? Perhaps the Thais better not mess with the current system of tight but willing farang cash cows that are proven ATMs for the Issaan natives...