Any country that is going to bring in 20 to 30 million lower middle class Chinese in for tourism every year is going to be utterly incompatible with an expat retirement policy that targets 1 million gazillionaires over five years time. Those people expect Monaco, Cannes, and Switzerland. Whatever the merits or demerits of Thailand, it will never fit into that particular group of places.
"Brave New World" actually attributable to Aldous Huxley rather than George Orwell but never mind. Orwell would undoubtedly doff his cap however, to Prayut and Co for their outstanding impersonation of the ThoughtPolice in their efforts to suppress the heinous amount of crimethink spreading in LOS. Lets see how this pans out in the grand re-opening