I think everyone will agree that you should always retire to a warm inexpensive climate.
How inexpensive is Thailand?
Good question. I have done a little poking around. Fruits and veggies, canned goods, milk, almost same-same Bocas. If you buy off the street carts, cheaper.
Services…really inexspensive. I took six days worth of laundry, the normal stuff, into a laundromat next door to the hotel. It was done, ironed and folded, the next morning. Price, for a weeks laundry??? 80 baht. About US$2.46.
Beer? In the store about a buck, 1.25 for a big bottle. Eateries do their normal markup.
Real Estate? It is difficult if not impossible for a Farung (gringo) to buy a house here, because foreigners cannot own land. You CAN buy a condo, or get really long term leases on homes in the country. Saturday I am having a realtor waste his time with me and take me to see a couple of places. One is a 4 bedroom place with guest house, big gardens, but no pool for about US$650 a month. However, if you live in one of the areas outside of town, you need a car, cars here are NOT inexpensive. I have yet to see any of the neighborhoods, I have been “in town”. I plan on looking at condos in quiet neighborhoods close enough to walk to the essential stuff. I am just doing this as a point of reference, Mary Ann would make any decisions, and I am sure she wants to be in a coastal community.
My next experience will be Chiang Mai Fish Therapy. Get this, you sit on a bench over a big fish tank and put your feet in up to about your knees. I am not sure what species fish these are, but here is what they do…they eat the dead skin off you feet! Price? About 150 baht.