Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

4 Jan at 6 PM 2018

British expat pensioners claiming unlawful annual increases under threat by UK government

One of the British government’s new year resolutions is likely to make 2018 a very bad year for UK expat pensioners claiming annual pension increases whilst living in ‘frozen pension’ countries. Some 550,000 British state pensioners are living abroad, with the government now planning a crackdown on those claiming annual cost of living increases to which they are not entitled. Those proven to be claiming the winter fuel allowance whilst living in a ‘frozen pension’ country are also to be investigated. Countries where the...
18 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expats fight addiction and find new lives at Thai monastery

Rising drug addiction and alcoholism rates regularly hit international news outlets, but finding affordable, effective treatment seems to be beyond the skills of most Western health services. Whether it’s hard drugs or alcohol, the effects of addiction can be literally mind-blowing and frequently fatal, especially for those unable to afford the luxury of treatment at a private clinic. In the majority of Western countries, both kinds of addiction are running riot, with local government-funded clinics unable to help the majority of...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats put their lives at risk working in Delhi

For decades, India was regarded as a must-have posting for senior executives at multinational companies in the West, but health risks due to pollution are killing its attraction. Nowadays, India is regarded as a proving ground for major talent as well as an important international market, but its rise as an expatriate hub has been all but halted by the grim conditions in its major cities. Seen from space, the region round New Delhi shows a thick blanket of smog far more dangerous than the infamous smog in London after the end of WWII....
15 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expat healthcare and medical tourism in Mexico

Mexico is perhaps the most desirable destination for USA expats, and is now becoming popular with expat retirees from other Western countries as well as an affordable destination for medical tourism. One essential component of relocation overseas is healthcare, especially for expats over or approaching retirement age. In addition, a lack of affordable, high quality medical services in many Western countries including the USA has led to a huge increase in medical tourism. In first world countries, private health insurance is also...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Bangkok mourn loss of street food stalls to creeping gentrification

Bangkok is a favourite expat destination for those looking for a unique experience both at work and at play, but the city is changing its focus in a frantic rush to modernise and Westernise. Bangkok has been a hub for expats seeking a totally unique experience combining comfort with tradition and a comparatively low cost of living. The city’s street food is world famous, but may not be on the menu for very much longer as traditional food markets are being closed by the government or relocated a distance from their clients. It’s...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2017

British expats in Spain lose €20 million after IFA firm collapses

The British boss of a failed pension advisory company has fled to Australia after losing his British expat clients some €20 million by the use of an all too familiar scam format. The 300 Brits who’d invested with Alicante-based Continental Wealth Management are mostly expats living in the popular Spanish resort of Alicante, and are now struggling to retrieve their lost money after the IFA firm closed its doors in September and its CEO Darren Kirby left for Australia with his ill-gotten gains. Those affected, spread across Spain...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats grieve with the Thai nation on Royal cremation day

This Thursday marks the cremation of Thailand’s much-loved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled the kingdom for 70 years. The beloved monarch died last October 13, leaving the Thai nation mourning his passing and celebrating his extraordinary life spent serving his country and its people in a manner unique in Southeast Asia. Many Thais might well have been surprised at the number of expats who also mourned the death of a genuinely good man whose wide spectrum of talents included becoming an accomplished jazz musician and composer. The...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats left with nothing after upscale Pattaya condo project goes bust

Over a hundred expat and Thai investors are still waiting for their money after the luxury Centara Grand Residence project was declared bankrupt. Basil Development Co’s advertorial for the high-rise condo development ensnared over 100 buyers by focusing on upscale living, resulting in all of them buying off-plan. Several months ago, all building work was stopped as the construction company’s massive debts emerged, with reports of over 911 million baht owing to suppliers. Court orders on behalf of the purchasers were issued, but...
13 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expat dog rescue charity in Spain finds homes for abandoned pets

A group of female expats in Alhama de Granada are working hard to find new homes for abandoned dogs in their area. One shock for dog-loving expats is to find the citizens of their new country don’t exactly mirror the attachment Brits have for their furry family members. Caring for dogs as an important part of our lives is the norm in the UK, whereas in Europe and especially in Asia the issue can be controversial, to say the least. It’s not easy to ignore the fact that dogs’ lives aren’t considered important, that they can be...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats and tourists astonished by Thai beaches smoking ban

Expats and tourists alike were stunned by today’s announcement that smoking will be banned on 20 of Thailand’s main tourist beaches. It seems the ban was introduced after a report from the country’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources that employees had picked up tens of thousands of butts from one beach. The report claimed the vast number of discarded cigarette butts represented a third of all the waste commonly found on Thai beaches. Those breaking the new law are to be fined up to 100,000 baht (£2,280) and...