My gf and I have been talking and she says you'd have too much choice here. There's more women in a single floor of my apartment than your old area.
If you're serious to come, it'll get you laid. I promise. And the cost will be .1% of 7w5's offer. $2 for a shared meal and some gas for a day trip. If you come before September, I'll still be around to show you some good cheap meals and nice parks. If not, I can send a Google maps screenshot with some bookmarks of places to try. Typically 30-40 baht per dish but some places are 15-20.
If you're serious, there's some things I wish someone had told me before..
Obviously it's your life but I'd recommend to not go exclusive with the first hot girls you get intimate with. It'll take time to know someone and find a really good match but the first lovers will be the ones who choose you or are easiest. Take a month at least, please.
My girl says many girls take good care of their men in Issan as well, not only the north. Just stay away from Udon Thani or Khon Kaen in Issan as those pockets have more of the keeping up with the Joneses vibes. She says Surin, Si Sa Ket, and Ubon Ratchatani have many beautiful, good girls. These women are used to the country life. ie- My love goes to the forest to find mushrooms when they are in season, has eaten many kinds of insects, eats rats and frogs. She could definitely outlive me in the forest, even with my significant fat reserves.
I think you'd be a good catch for a woman here. Making a team leading multi day group hikes eating wild mushrooms and plants, teaching survival with all your combined bad ass experiences. You could definitely find a partnership like this, and with less work than you've done in Alaska. Many women would be stoked to have someone share a lifestyle like this with.
As a warning-
South Thailand, some of Bangkok, bars, massages, and clubs will be more of the gold digger vibe you'll hear about. You'll see clear red flags early so date many girls to find the good girls you really connect with and this abundance of choice will make it easier to fade away from the smoking hot but psychologically unhealthty women.
It will take longer to engage physically with a good girl but the strong emotional connection should be more fulfilling anyways. On the first date you might just hold hands and it may take a week or 2 to kiss but it really is worth it. If she's showing up to meet a few times a week and your heart feels she's interested, she probably is. Obviously, you'll still date other girls so your needs will be handled until you find this special one. When girls ask if you're a player, "I really want to find an amazing woman to spend my life with but that takes time." I recommend you don't stop dating until you find this match, don't settle for just sexy and stable.
From experience, more girls here have paid for my food or even clothes/gifts than ever in America. As a norm, I'm expected to pay for around 75% of food. In America, I can count on 1 hand the times a girl paid my meal. I hear many men here are 50-50 but this seems harsh to me given the likely 90-10 pay differential.
You'll be making more than an Engineer here working just 20 hours a week. My current gf has saved me a ton more money even paying for 2 because she finds such cheap, delicious food and rooms. She's very anti premium and down to earth. Many girls are, just I've had to deal with sifting through the crazy ones.
On the chance you dont like Thailand, you can get a year visa to Vietnam or 10 year multi entry for up to 3 months at a time to China. I hear Taiwanese and Philipino people are also super friendly, speak better English, and the Visas are easier.
Thailand is the hardest to live in long term visa wise but it's not that difficult if you plan it. South Korea I have heard is obsessed with premium and not really friendly. The rain forests, beaches, and women are stunning in all of the former countries (unsure about Korea).
You could get a work permit as a hiking guide with all your experience. I've seen many of these at $100+/person for a group day hike.
Your round trip flight could be free if you apply for the Chase Sapphire Reserve card or another decent rewards card. Just cancel before the annual fee and use it to pay taxes so you get the bonus easily. Flights (and buses) within Asia are quite cheap so you can hop around to find your ideal location(s). Feel free to email or video call me sometime if you want more details or anything.