Visa Options In Southeast Asia

Legal Options For Retiring In The World’s Cheapest Retirement Havens

March 5, 2012, Southeast Asia: Southeast Asia offers some of the world’s cheapest places to retire. Here’s a guide to your legal options for arranging long-term and retirement residency in the top retirement havens of Southeast Asia

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"One important point to be made about retiring in Southeast Asia," writes Asia Correspondent Wendy Justice, "is that not every country in this region offers a retirement visa.

"Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, for example, do not have any sort of extended visa specifically for retirees.

"It is possible, nevertheless, to live or retire in these countries. For example, in Laos or Cambodia, you could volunteer with one of the many NGOs. Volunteering or working even a few days per month is often enough to qualify you for a long-term visa.

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Retire To Santa Fe, Panama

Safe And Separate—The Sweet And Simple Life In Panama’s Best-Kept Secret

March 4, 2012, Santa Fe, Panama: Santa Fe, Panama, is a beautiful mountain town where life is sweet, simple, safe, and cheap.

Also This Week: Panama 101 (Free With Purchase)...Carnaval In Chitre--Carousing, Cavorting, And Culecos...Wine Country With A Long History And A Lot Of Heart--The Best Of French Country Retirement...Hua Hin Versus Nha Trang--Two Top Asian Retirement Choices Compared...

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

We four adults sat on the big rock dangling our naked feet over the edge so that the cold water of the river flowed over them, mitigating the effects of the bright midday sun overhead. Out in the middle of the river, Jackson and his friend Valerian jumped and paddled, laughed and called to each other.

One secret to appreciating life in Panama City is escaping Panama City as often as possible. Panamanians figured this out long ago. That's why all those Panamanian residents of this country's capital who can afford it have houses at the beach or in the mountains where they spend weekends and holidays.

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Making Business Connections

Four Questions To Ask Before Investing In Any New Market

March 2, 2012, Panama City, Panama: Here are four questions to ask to help you understand a new market overseas before making an investment in real estate there.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Kathie and I are off to Chile in a few weeks. This is a new country for both of us.

Having never been to a place before, how do you find good local contacts?

First, you ask around. Start with friends. Anyone you know who has traveled to the place. If you can score a single recommendation, you're on your way. With even one contact, even unrelated to your specific agenda, you can build a chain of contacts to get you to the kinds of resources you're looking for.

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Live, Retire, And Invest In Panama

Panama 101 (Free With Purchase)

March 1, 2012, Panama City, Panama: The newly updated “Panama 101” guide provides practical tips on taxis, tourist visas, the property tax exemption, Panama City nightlife, cell phones, rental cars, and maps in Panama.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Panama Letter Editor Chris Powers has just completed an updated and expanded new edition of the special report we publish called "Panama 101--101 Things You'll Wish Someone Had Told You About Panama." We make this report available free to all new subscribers of the Panama Letter (along with 6 other Panama-specific special reports).

It's the most practical, real-deal, nuts-and-bolts guide to real life in Panama that I know, detailing 101 things that we expats living in this country really do wish someone had told us before we arrived on the scene.

I thought I'd share a few of the tips from the new edition, out this week:

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Carnaval In Chitre, Panama

Carnaval In Chitre--Carousing, Cavorting, and Culecos

Feb. 29, 2012, Chitre, Panama: Chitre, Panama, the commercial center for Panama’s central provinces, is known for its annual Carnaval party, one of the biggest Carnaval celebrations in all Panama.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"Chitre, Panama, founded in 1848, is known for four things," writes Panama Editor Chris Powers. "It's the commercial center for the country's central provinces. It boasts the Rico Cedeno Stadium, where many of the country's baseball games are played. It's near to some of the country's most beautiful beaches and rivers.

"And it's home to one of the best Carnavales in Panama.

"When I visited earlier this month, the traditional start of Carnaval was two days away, but apparently everyone in Chitre had misplaced his calendar.

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Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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