Recommended books for visitors, expats and foreigners wanting to
live, work, retire
or invest in Asia and other overseas locations
There are foreign retirees living
in many parts of Asia in countries like the Philippines, Thailand,
Cambodia, Indonesia (Bali), Laos,
Singapore, Vietnam and
Malaysia - to name the most popular.
Some retirees are in the fortunate
position of being able to 'put their feet up'
full time while others need to
continue to earn money; that's not quite so easy, but it is possible if you
follow the right procedures for your locality and choose a business that at least has
chance of success. Here are some books we recommend for 'home study'!
How to Retire in Bali, Indonesia
to Retire in Bali" is a guide written for
anyone thinking of spending time or retiring in Bali. But it contains much
more useful information than its title.
This is Australian Mike Henry's
second publication about Bali, Indonesia (where he is currently based) and is packed with
the same research and attention to detail as his Business in Bali
guide reviewed below.
Planning and preparing a move,
banking and finance, property issues, cost of living, medical facilities,
bureaucracy, immigration, taxation, licenses, social life and entertainment
and more are all covered. The guide covers more than Bali itself; there are
some comparisons to expat life in other SE Asian countries and elsewhere
like Central America, plus information and aspects of expatriate life that
should be considered by anyone wanting to move abroad for retirement.
Nowhere on this earth is
perfect; wherever you choose to live you have to learn to accept the good
with the bad and Bali is no exception. Having spent extended time there
myself a few years ago, I can see that some of the less attractive aspects
remain, but others have improved and the island has not lost any of its
unique charm and attraction. It suits a lot of expats and tourists very
Whether you have visited Bali
before as a tourist or not, after finishing the 110 easy-to-read pages of
How to Retire in Bali, with
its many invaluable references, recommendations and tips, you will have a
much better idea of whether this often-described 'tropical island
paradise' could be the place for you. A brilliant work and absolutely
recommended; well worth the $25.
Family Guide to Living in Bali
Released in 2014 by the same
Australian expat author Mike Henry, this is a $10 guide for those wanting to
bring their family to Bali.
Starting a Business in Bali
Local Bali entrepreneur Mike Henry published his ebook guide on "How to
Start a Business in Bali" in
2010, but the information is still very current in 2013.
It has been well-researched
and having just read it myself, I would say
this is the de facto (if not the only!) guide to opening an expat
business in Bali or other location in Indonesia.
It's 100 pages of fact
without fluff or attempt to disguise the truth about doing business as a
foreigner in Indonesia and Bali in particular.
Mike writes from his own experience but includes in-depth
interviews with other Bali expat business owners, who made a go of it
in several different types of business. This adds dimension to the guide.
There's also a list of resources useful to those intending to live
or work on the island of Bali.
The book costs $25
and as far as I am concerned, is a valuable guide for
anyone looking for reliable information about running a
business in Southeast Asia – and not only Bali. Learn more about the island
on Mike Henry's Bali Expat website:
Asia Eleven – 11 Great Towns
to Live in Southeast Asia
Published in February
2014, Asia Eleven is Ken Silver's latest book about Asia for
visitors and foreign living or retirement in Asian towns and cities. It is written mainly for those living on
fairly limited resources, but high rents for luxurious accommodation are
The Kindle publication is
available from either the
Amazon UK site,
or from Amazon.com for $5:
Asia Eleven - 11 Great Towns to Live in Southeast Asia.
Well worth a read if you might
want to move to sunnier climes. See more on the R-A Blog page.
CAMBODIA MIGHT BECOME THE "NEW THAILAND"
– according to author Ken Silver. Find out exactly why by downloading a copy
of his recent Kindle title:
Live and Retire in Cambodia – The Easy Way
Silver (December 2013)
Written in Ken's unique,
laid-back and amusing style, totally from his own recent personal
experience, it shows you how to get the best of
Angkor Wat, but there's much more to this
developing country; one which could well take over from Thailand as the #1
spot for expats in Southeast Asia. Friendlier, with far less bureaucracy and
interference; the Cambodians are welcoming to visitors, short or longer
stay. The local ATMs even dispense US dollars!
If you have even the slightest interest in visiting Cambodia, with an eye to
spending extended periods or your retirement there, this is a less than £2
or $3 "must read". I thoroughly enjoyed it. See it on
Southeast Asia – The Easy Way – by Ken
SOUTHEAST ASIA SEEN FROM DIFFERENT EYES
This is a new
take on Ken's passion for all things Southeast Asian, intended to amuse the
novice traveller as well as to inform. It works. Read the
reviews on Amazon, including ours.
On Kindle only, it's a steal at the price!
Retire To Asia!
Retire to Asia! was first published
a few years ago, but it has since been revised and re-released in 2011 by Amazon
Retire to Southeast Asia,
Written by now well-known and travelled
author Ken Silver, this is an amusing but very informative guide for anyone
even thinking about new places to explore, perhaps for early retirement, especially on limited
There are many compelling reasons including the much lower
cost of living, that really make Asia the continent of choice – for
Ken or anyone else, in his opinion – for
early, part time or even full retirement. Central America and Mexico's
prices are higher by comparison in most cases.
Ken records his personal experiences of travelling around and living in
several Asian countries with a light-hearted but very informative style. He includes his
'Silver Way' blueprint for setting up a main or
second home in Asia. He is an American who has spent fifteen happy and exciting years exploring and savouring the many delights
of Asia, the most beautiful of all the continents in his opinion. His love
of the subject is obvious and his enthusiasm is infectious!
to Asia!" contains sections on living in countries like Thailand,
Laos (Lao PDR), Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines
I have always
recommended Ken's books, all of which I have read, not only for content but value,
with numerous pages of text and his own stunning photographs.
Retire to Asia!
contains detailed information on how to prepare your own plan for early,
full or part time retirement in Asia – or simply spending the cold winter
months in the warmth of the tropics.
publications can be downloaded and read instantly on computers, smartphones and tablets.
Apps are available on the Apple and Android Markets. You can get your
copy of Retire to Southeast Asia from
Amazon US or
Ken Silver's first
– the Novel
was published on Kindle in June 2012. According to the description it's
"a laugh out loud science fiction/fantasy comedy adventure which ranges across Thailand, the mystical temple complexes of Cambodia, the beaches of Bali, and then into the far future."
Maybe not everyone's 'cup of tea', but you can see a sample chapter and reader reviews on
Living as a Retired Expat in the Philippines
author of "Retirement
Living in the Philippines" has over 30 years of entrepreneurial
experience – in the USA as well as having lived in the Philippines, Papua New
Guinea, Hawaii, Alaska, and Fiji. He feels that the most difficult aspect of
foreign retirement in the Philippines is not just getting information, but
involves four things: making the decision, having a plan of action before making
the move, having enough courage to overcome fear and anxiety, and having a
further plan of action for at least five years after arrival in the Philippines.
Emphasis on these points o set one guide apart from
other books on the topic, but there are many publications available for
Expats in the Philippines on Amazon.
Making Your Second Home in
Read a series of
5 Country Retirement Reports that contain complete details on retirement opportunities in some of the world's top retirement havens right now
– at least one is in SE Asia, Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur the bustling capital,
is a sophisticated, modern city in an exotic, tropical country that
boasts real-world infrastructure and all the trappings of a luxury life,
available for a relative pittance.
"Malaysia is a tropical paradise,"
writes Wendy Justice in her Malaysia report. "Beautiful islands and
beaches, cool mountain retreats, great food, a diverse and
multi-ethnic culture, excellent shopping, and a low cost of
living...Malaysia has it all...
"Plus, the infrastructure and health care are modern and efficient.
English is widely spoken. Entertainment ranges from street
celebrations to casino gambling, from amusement parks to mountain
climbing, from jungle trekking to championship level golf, and from
Formula 1 racing to world music festivals and philharmonic orchestra
productions. World-renowned diving and snorkelling destinations are
never more than a few hours away."
Perhaps the best part is that Malaysia,
unlike many countries in Asia, welcomes many foreign
retirees and residents.
about the MM2H Programme
Malaysia for the Expat