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I would ask that a comparison between ManilaūüáĶūüá≠ and Bangkok ūüáĻūüá≠is completed please !

 

Or you may complete Cebu vs Bangkok 

 

I did receive a Personal message saying I should of compared the Philippines foreigner city of Cebu  instead of Manila !

 

And you may do so ,Cebu City vs Bangkok OR

Manila City vs Bangkok city 

 

That's up to you as ametuer  data analysts and please there is no need to show your  qualifications we are all data analysts and information gatherers 

 

 

This is specific to this scenario and this is not me in this scenario 

 

‚ÄĘ60yo to 70 yo retired farang single man¬†

Still relevant fit ,walking , financially ok 

 

 

Manila City vs Bangkok City 

Or Bangkok vs Cebu City 

 

Who has better gyms / fitness /recreation 

 

Financial aspects - cost of living

compared to each city ,rents ,food ,

 

Public transport is important 

 

Safety is important 

 

Medical care is important 

 

Cafes are important 

Good parks to walk 

Shopping malls 

Cost of food in supermarkets 

Easy access 

Pollution 

Nicer people?

Friendly government departments?

Redtape highest?

Easy footpath walking pedestrian friendly 

 

we as amateur academics, if we have the Government permission to call ourselves that!!

have the data analysis of web data analyst such as Numbeo

 

But....as a amateur social engineer I'm also looking beyond financial aspects and looking at other factors in comparison 

 

Many say Vietnam is cheaper to Retire ,and yes it maybe so ..BUT please look at other factors, healthcare , recreation , coffee ,gyms ,

 

Yes compare Manila to Bangkok in relation to the above scenario 

Financial,coffee etc 

 

 

 

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29 minutes ago, georgegeorgia said:

Who has better gyms / fitness /recreation 

 

Financial aspects - cost of living

compared to each city ,rents ,food ,

 

Public transport is important 

 

Safety is important 

 

Medical care is important 

 

Cafes are important 

Good parks to walk 

Shopping malls 

Cost of food in supermarkets 

Easy access 

Pollution 

Nicer people?

Friendly government departments?

Redtape highest?

Easy footpath walking pedestrian friendly 

Can't speak for Cebu but I will pick the best Thai options based on this.

 

Gyms - Chiang Mai good gyms 60 baht

Transport - anywhere with Bolt and Grab. Hua Hin and CM are cheap.

Cafes - CM

Pollution - Hua Hin is clean

Beach walks - HH

City walks - CM

Malls - Bangkok

Cheap massages - CM

Food - Bangkok and CM

Nightlife - Bangkok

Day trips - CM

 

June to December CM

Jan to May Hua Hin/Bangkok

 

 

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4 minutes ago, susanlea said:

Can't speak for Cebu but I will pick the best Thai options based on this.

 

Gyms - Chiang Mai good gyms 60 baht

Transport - anywhere with Bolt and Grab. Hua Hin and CM are cheap.

Cafes - CM

Pollution - Hua Hin is clean

Beach walks - HH

City walks - CM

Malls - Bangkok

Cheap massages - CM

Food - Bangkok and CM

Nightlife - Bangkok

Day trips - CM

 

June to December CM

Jan to May Hua Hin/Bangkok

 

 

I forgot traffic - Hua Hin not much.

 

Points total

CM 7

HH 4

BKK 3

 

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In the Philippines, the gyms are typically catered to locals, with all the western “tricks“ used to suck money out of people. Sign up fees.  Minimum 1 year memberships. Prepay the year. 1500 pesos for your access card. In Thailand, at least in the tourist areas, you can easily get a 1-3 month access card with maybe a 100 baht fee for the entry card. Yearly memberships are available at a reduced rate. And the Thai gyms generally have more equipment.

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CM has 3 good gyms that I know of at 60 baht per day. There are two massage places at 120 and 130 baht per hour. Plenty of cheap rooms. Healthcare a plenty. No beach and 3 months of pollution however you can fly direct to HH.

 

 

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17 minutes ago, susanlea said:

Can't speak for Cebu but I will pick the best Thai options based on this.

 

Gyms - Chiang Mai good gyms 60 baht

Transport - anywhere with Bolt and Grab. Hua Hin and CM are cheap.

Cafes - CM

Pollution - Hua Hin is clean

Beach walks - HH

City walks - CM

Malls - Bangkok

Cheap massages - CM

Food - Bangkok and CM

Nightlife - Bangkok

Day trips - CM

 

June to December CM

Jan to May Hua Hin/Bangkok

 

 

Ah yes , I forgot the massages 

Of course Cebu beats Manila in that case but Bangkok bears Cebu 

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1 minute ago, susanlea said:

CM has 3 good gyms that I know of at 60 baht per day. There are two massage places at 120 and 130 baht per hour. Plenty of cheap rooms. Healthcare a plenty. No beach and 3 months of pollution however you can fly direct to HH.

 

 

130 baht for a massage ???

Your joking surely 

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4 minutes ago, gargamon said:

In the Philippines, the gyms are typically catered to locals, with all the western “tricks“ used to suck money out of people. Sign up fees.  Minimum 1 year memberships. Prepay the year. 1500 pesos for your access card. In Thailand, at least in the tourist areas, you can easily get a 1-3 month access card with maybe a 100 baht fee for the entry card. Yearly memberships are available at a reduced rate. And the Thai gyms generally have more equipment.

Thai gyms typically have daily, weekly and monthly rates. At least outside Bangkok. If going 5+ times a week then choose monthly. If you only go 3 times a week you can just pay daily 60 baht and try different gyms for variety.

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8 minutes ago, gargamon said:

In the Philippines, the gyms are typically catered to locals, with all the western “tricks“ used to suck money out of people. Sign up fees.  Minimum 1 year memberships. Prepay the year. 1500 pesos for your access card. In Thailand, at least in the tourist areas, you can easily get a 1-3 month access card with maybe a 100 baht fee for the entry card. Yearly memberships are available at a reduced rate. And the Thai gyms generally have more equipment.

Yes !

And I heard and read the same things ,

although Philippines has a lot more Anytime fitness franchise as well as the big Fitness First  which I don't think is a franchise 

 

I'm thinking though Fitness First seem to have Western prices all around the World ...same as Starbucks ūüėČ

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Even in The Pub personal attacks are not permitted (try it in a Glasgow boozer), some posts have wandered into the abyss!

 

Let's keep it friendly and on-topic.

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9 minutes ago, Crossy said:

Even in The Pub personal attacks are not permitted (try it in a Glasgow boozer), some posts have wandered into the abyss!

 

Let's keep it friendly and on-topic.

 

i believe if you did that in cardonald you would get a wee kiss. 

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37 minutes ago, susanlea said:

I forgot traffic - Hua Hin not much.

The main road that cuts through Hua Hin is regularly congested, especially on weekends.

 

bob.

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1 minute ago, bob smith said:

The main road that cuts through Hua Hin is regularly congested, especially on weekends.

 

bob.

Chiang Mai has many busy roads. HH only has 1 and only on weekends. You need to get out more.

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I have lived in Manila, spent a lot of time in Cebu City, 5 years in Angeles City, and now, for 19 years in Pattaya. I don't like Cebu City at all. I'd put it at about equal with Manila.

 

There are only 2 good options from my point of view. Pattaya vs Angeles City, and Pattaya wins hands down. 

 

I enjoy visiting Bangkok and Manila for a few days but living full-time in cities with populations of around 11 and 15 million respectively, no thanks. I have no idea how expats manage to do it.

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I have lived in Manila, spent a lot of time in Cebu City, 5 years in Angeles City, and now, for 19 years in Pattaya. I don't like Cebu City at all. I'd put it at about equal with Manila.

 

There are only 2 good options from my point of view. Pattaya vs Angeles City, and Pattaya wins hands down. 

 

I enjoy visiting Bangkok and Manila for a few days but living full-time in cities with populations of around 11 and 15 million respectively, no thanks. I have no idea how expats manage to do it.

Your obviously not a "city boy" 

I live in Sydney City and a few months ago a friend drive me about ,6 hours out of Sydney City 

 

I felt scared , helpless ,anxious 

There were dead animals laying on the side of the road with blood on them.

Dark trees were swaying in the wind ,there was no lights 

It was very very spooky 

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7 minutes ago, JensenZ said:

I have lived in Manila, spent a lot of time in Cebu City, 5 years in Angeles City, and now, for 19 years in Pattaya. I don't like Cebu City at all. I'd put it at about equal with Manila.

 

There are only 2 good options from my point of view. Pattaya vs Angeles City, and Pattaya wins hands down. 

 

I enjoy visiting Bangkok and Manila for a few days but living full-time in cities with populations of around 11 and 15 million respectively, no thanks. I have no idea how expats manage to do it.

Good to know. 

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I'd visit every beach on Samui and KPN if I was you. 3 weeks on each island. Apart from HH and CM those 2 islands would interest me. A point of note there are direct flights between Surat Thani and CM so you can travel more cheaply and split time.

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