A lower but not inconsequential figure is one suggesting that 5.20% of Australians have taken the same option, many of whom make the short flight to Thailand for an alternative place to live.British men comprise the largest number of expats living in Thailand; nearly double that of their US counterparts.'If you live in Thailand, it's a pretty carefree existence,' said one old white expat.
The man, a former taxi driver in England, says he has slept with a different Thai girl nearly every day during his 8 years living in Pattaya, one of Thailand's top destinations for foreigners seeking sun and sex.His comments relate to the growing trend for US and UK women to travel to Thailand not simply to visit the normal tourist sites but who want to find out more about what foreign men are really up to in Thailand.'Yes it is a trend, there are actually Christian and social groups who are setting up shop trying to convert sex workers off their chosen profession.George was formerly the owner of a bar in a well know part of Chiang Mai.'If you live in Chiang Mai and you're single,' he says, 'all you do is go to the bars and chase girls.' At an impromptu survey in a Chiang Mai bar, his friends, who are also retired white men discovering the secret life that Thailand offers, concurred that a more active sex life was one of the reasons that many had opted for Thailand.
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Some of the man's friends were unanimous in the view that there is no need to bring foreign women to Thailand.