Sailor in Thailand

Lessons learned from former U.S. Navy Senior Chief, Rob Winkler
living in Thailand on a pension

Good to see you here at Sailor in Thailand. I hope I can provide useful information in an entertaining format, especially if you are interested in retirement in Southeast Asia.
Welcome aboard!


August 2, 2020

These days, coming up with topics related to living in Thailand is pretty tough. We’ve had the same restrictions as other countries, and with no international tourists, many businesses are closed. Watching the havoc ensue in the U.S. from afar, has me feeling thankful...

May 20, 2020

You may think you’re a mere mortal, bound to earthly paradigms and limitations, but guess what? You, my friend, have a superpower! Many people don’t seem to know they possess this special ability, and there are even some who are aware, but choose not to use it. I’ll gi...

May 3, 2020

It’s great to see businesses beginning to open back up! Here in Thailand, much like in the U.S., the government has started opening businesses and relaxing restrictions in phases. Things have been more strict here than in the U.S. We had a booze ban, and now people can...

April 23, 2020

One thing I’ve learned during my time as a human, and especially as a Sailor in the US Navy, is life is unpredictable. As Forrest’s mom would say, you never know what you’re gonna get. My most memorable deployment occurred on board USS Peleliu, an Amphibious Assault Sh...

April 15, 2020

Many of us are living the same way these days. Even in Thailand, the only places open are grocery stores, pharmacies, and some restaurants (take-out exclusively). I’m cooking more than normal, do a bit of daily yard work, and try to keep the house relatively clean.


April 6, 2020

In my measly 55 years of existence, things have always been somewhat predictable. Most people have an idea of how their lives will turn out, depending on the choices they make. Of course, there are always things that unexpectedly arise that may alter one’s course. A dr...

March 28, 2020

People are so entertaining! When I was a regular working stiff, everyone dreamed about having time off to just sit at home and do nothing. Some of the common desires were to catch up on reading, practice a musical instrument, fix up things around the house, etc.  Now,...

March 21, 2020

Here I go … adding to the glut of non-essential Covid-19 information already filling your heads and inboxes!

I watch the news daily about what’s going on in the U.S. regarding this phenomenon, and I have to say, I think right now, I’m happy to be living in Thailand. Tha...

January 24, 2020

Earning a driving license is a rite of passage. Back in the ‘80s (when I earned mine), one would attend a driver education class as a sophomore in high school, and at age 15 (and-a-half), he or she would take a written test at the Department of Motor Vehicles to acquir...

December 14, 2019

Occasionally, people I’ve grown up with will ask me, “Why would you want to move to Thailand?” It’s a fair question. I enjoyed a good life in the United States. A military retirement afforded me a decent, low-key lifestyle, even if I chose not to work. If I stayed in t...

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