Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

28 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Elderly British couple and son injured in drunken Thai attack

A vicious attack on a British pensioner couple and their son by a gang of Thai men took place during the Songkran festival in the upscale beach resort of Hua Hin. The popular resort of Hua Hin is best known as the summer residence of Thailand’s much-revered King, and is home to a good number of expat retirees as well as a tourist hub. A favourite time to visit is early April, with its traditional Songkran festival filling the streets with water-throwing revellers. For an elderly British couple and their son, however, their...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expats unhappy with dual pricing in Thailand

Amongst the many cross-cultural issues which get expats in Thailand hot under their collars, dual pricing at national parks, tourist attractions and other historic sites is possibly the most annoying. Admittedly dual pricing, where locals are charged one price and foreigners are charged double or more, isn’t confined to Thailand, but it’s certainly prevalent in the Land of Smiles and enthusiastically justified nowadays by various tourism and government organisations. In the past, it was selectively applied, but nowadays...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Intrusive new immigration form causes expat dismay in Thailand

Expats living in Thailand were shocked by the unveiling of a new immigration form requiring details of their social media habits, frequently used shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, details of their cars, bank accounts and other strictly personal information. The new requirement surfaced a few days ago on local forums, and was at first regarded by regular posters as a hoax or misinformation. Subsequently a popular English Language media website published an article confirming the genuine origin of the three-page form and its questions....
19 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Retirees search for best bang for buck destinations

Discovering the best retirement bang for your pension bucks is a task many would-be expats need to do before they decide on their new country. For the average expat, the decision to leave the home country is based on many reasons, not the least being the need to stretch out a less-than-generous state pension and get a better lifestyle as a result. For those without private or occupational pension top-up or large sums in offshore banks, it’s a necessity. The internet is crawling with websites and local forums offering cost of...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2016

QROPs transfers OK for former expat workers in UK

QROPs can be had by foreign expats with UK workplace pension rights. It’s a well-known fallacy that expats from overseas who’ve had workplace or personal pension plans can’t access them once they’ve retired in their home country or overseas. The main reason for this frustrating belief is that many occupational and private pensions taken out in the UK are difficult to access from many overseas locations. As a result, the cash benefits accrued are locked away whilst the pension providers are obliged to deduct tax from the...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Private details of expats in Thailand revealed in unprotected data release

Several thousand expats living and working in Thailand’s southern provinces are worried about their personal security following an embarrassing gaffe by a software developer. The data leak comprised an interactive map of the region with the exact locations, jobs, professions, nationalities, passport numbers and other personal information of over 2,000 resident expat workers clearly shown. The unprotected web page, found on a supposed Thai Immigration Police website last Sunday evening, went viral until it was taken down on Monday...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Canadian family crowdfund to bring retired firefighter home from Thai hospital

The family of a retired firefighter in Edmonton, Canada, are crowdfunding in the hope of raising enough to get Bill Hughes home from hospital in Thailand. At present, Bill is in a coma in a private Thai hospital, after being struck down by the mosquito-borne virus Japanese Encephalitis. It’s a rare virus which attacks the blood and is frequently fatal. Treatment given at the Thai hospital saved his life, but he lapsed into a coma two months ago, and his ever-increasingly expensive medical bill has prompted his family to resort to...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2016

US expat investors thrown out of American brokerages

Following the lead of a number of USA-based banks, American brokerage firms are busily ridding themselves of their US expat clients. Nowadays, American investors living overseas are steadily being cut off by USA-based financial services, leaving them at the mercy of greedy offshore bond retailers. Even worse, many are at risk of falling foul of the unregistered, illegally working IFAs lurking in many favourite expat havens. The reason behind this rash of expat exclusion is, of course, FATCA. Following the introduction of FATCA in...
24 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Is Cambodia the new expat paradise in Southeast Asia

Rising from the ashes of the Khmer Rouge days and relatively unspoiled as yet, Cambodia’s modernisation boom is attracting adventurous expats eager to enjoy the country’s future. Formerly a sleepy colonial outpost with a Royal palace, tree-lined boulevards, charming architecture and Buddhist temples, Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is in the middle of an unprecedented construction boom fuelled by foreign cash. High-rise apartment blocks attract sophisticated buyers and ever-taller office buildings dot the skyline. Foreign...
24 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Are expats living in Thailand risking their lives

Recent surveys as to which international retirement havens are the world’s most dangerous have led to renewed focus on Thailand. The popular tropical destination has been a hub for long-term expats from colder climes ever since it was discovered by backpackers in the 1960s, and is now a favourite for the elderly as well as iwith more adventurous younger travellers. Even paradise, it seems, has its dark side, with media reports on the unusual number of unexplained expat deaths in the country hitting the headlines with increasing...