I gave up Thailand becase my last lot of kids were all in the High or just about to enter age.
So only way to get them into decent affordable schools, Oz has a great fee education, was move to Oz
It also gave the wife the chance to get her passport, that took a bit under 3 years of paperwork and waiting.
Wife also got the chance to open a business and decide she likes it here.
Oldest girl moved here, studied hospitality and now is perm resident,
Youngest three all doing tertiary studies except last one who is in High School and doing Electrical Apprenticeship at the same time. Bastard gets paid $300 a week for a days work will jump to $400 a week when he starts doing 2 days a week with the electrician.
Not enough tradies so government supports him
So of the 5 Thai's here with me, I don't think any will ever want to return now judging by their plans and conversations.
That leaves me kinda stuck here
I used to travel extensively for work but with COVID that stopped and now I can travel again, I don't want too
Will I go back to Thailand?
I hope so.
All the above will visit this year, my wife will go to Thailand twice.
I'm a huge believer they need to maintain their Thai identity, but they have little desire to move back, only the youngest who is being asked to train for a national sporting level has talked about representing Thailand rather than Oz, but that's more about how he will advance in that sport.
My Sister in Law was trapped here during COVID, I think she will go home for good.
Good. She's bat shit crazy.
Of the 4 kids back in Thailand only one talks about coming here. she has landed a job at the university she studied at teaching the very tight niche and has a job for life, something Thai's do like.
Getting her here would mean trying to find an advanced Australian manufacturing company, not something we have much of, or studying again.
So yeah - FAMILY -
Will I return once they all piss off?
I doubt it,
Vietnam and other places are more appealing.
Mekong, without the wife, would you prefer Vientnam or Thailand?