Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

27 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Vietnam scores high for expats in Asean states survey

It’s not just foreign investment that’s changing the game for expats in Vietnam, it’s career progression, lifestyle and the country’s overall charm. The recent 2016 Expat Explorer survey placed Vietnam as the second-best ASEAN country for expats after long-term winner Singapore. In addition, last year’s 25th place globally became this year’s number 19, a considerable jump reflecting the country’s overall improvement. Over a third of expat respondents based in Vietnam said the fast-developing country was good for the...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2016

US and UK expats arrested in Bangkok after body parts found in freezer

The English language media in Thailand is reporting three expats have been arrested in Bangkok after a police raid discovered dismembered body parts in a large freezer. UK national Peter Colter together with US nationals James Eger and Aaron Thomas are in custody after a Bangkok police raid connected with forged passports also revealed dismembered body parts in a freezer. Drugs and guns were also found on the premises. During the raid a gun battle ensued, with one policeman wounded. Fake passports, six guns, methamphetamine and...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Thailand Tourism Authority holds Bangkok event to attract more expats

The Expat 2016 fair is due to take place in Bangkok on October 1 and 2, aimed at attracting more expats as well as wealthy tourists. The Tourist Authority of Thailand, (TAT), better known for its imaginative predictions of massive increases in tourist numbers, is holding a two-day event in Bangkok aimed at attracting more long-stay expats as well as more wealthy tourists. The event, known as Expat 2016, is the first such to be held within the country and will also target foreign workers considering jobs in the Kingdom. It’s...
8 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expats and tourists fleeing stinking garbage mountain on Thailand's Koh Tao island

Tourists on holidays in Thailand’s Koh Tao island are packing their bags and leaving due to the appalling stench from a 45,000 ton mountain of decaying garbage. Visitors expecting glorious weather, beautiful beaches and a fun nightlife are departing in droves, and expat residents are closing their doors and windows before taking off to visit friends in other parts of Thailand. Continuous monsoon rains are washing the rotting garbage onto roads, and the vile stench is everywhere. The garbage mountain has been increasing by around...
1 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Cheapest world destinations for impecunious expats

Whatever the reason you’re desperate to desert your home country, if you’ve limited funds you need to research the cheapest world destinations before you start packing. Expats become expats for a variety of reasons, one of which is they’ve fallen out of love with the country of their birth. This alienation is tricky to deal with, especially if you’re cash-strapped or on a less than generous pension and have little in the way of savings. Obviously, the place to look is online, with price comparison sites taking in just about...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Southeast Asia scores high for expat e-commerce startups

Asia’s southeastern countries have long been hubs for backpackers and wandering expats looking for unique life experiences, but they’re now favourite destinations for digital nomads looking to build online e-commerce businesses. Until recently, Southeast Asian destinations such as Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam had little to offer as regards reliable internet services, but the 21st century digitising revolution has now arrived. According to one investor, the region’s potential as an e-commerce hub for expat-run start-ups was...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

What to expect from the Thailand expat community

Whatever the reasons for leaving one’s country of birth to become a stranger in a strange land, the reasons behind choosing one special country must include the chance to make new friends. Contrary to popular misconceptions, expats aren’t the same the world over. Fitting in isn’t as simple as behaving like a missing jigsaw puzzle piece, due to the fact that different destinations attract different types of expat, all of whom are searching for a place to belong according to their own preferences. For decades, Thailand has...
24 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Uncovered data reveals top world locations for financial scams

As the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency continues to warn retirees of pension transfer frauds, recently uncovered data reveals the worst world-wide locations for expat financial scams. The data shows UK retiree pension savers are now at even more risk of being scammed out of their savings by unscrupulous, often illegally working financial advised lurking in favourite expat destinations. Global scams are now big business for fraudsters, egged on by pension liberation and even by Brexit’s predicted financial uncertainties. One...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat private healthcare costs soaring beyond affordable levels

Insurers offering private healthcare policies are sitting pretty as regards revenue, whilst expats living overseas are struggling to find funds for the swingeing annual increases imposed. As with just about everything else in the 21st century, the cost of private healthcare has more to do with profits than with service. Providing a safety net for unexpected illnesses or accidents is especially important for expats, many of whom are retired and don’t have a relocation package covering the ever-rising costs of private heathcare....
22 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Swiss expat in Chiang Mai victim of brutal murder

A retired expat living in Chiang Mai was found stabbed and strangled to death, and tied up to the stair rails in his rented house. Daniel Straub’s body was found a week ago in his rented house in Soi 6 off Suan Dok Road. He’d rented the house for six years and was well-known to his landlord, who found his body after he’d not seen him around for a day or so. The dead man’s motorcycle was missing from its usual parking spot, and belongings were stolen from the house. As is commonplace with expat deaths in Thailand, local...