Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

14 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Becoming localised as an expat in Thailand

Thailand may not be top of the tree for expat professionals looking for the ideal assignment, but it can be a fascinating experience for those seeking something different. Southeast Asia is crammed with countries once considered to be either third world or remnants of the British Empire, but much has changed over the past several decades. Vietnam is growing fast, and hubs such as Singapore and Malaysia are well ahead on points as regards economic growth and international-style amenities. Thailand, however, seems to live in its own,...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2017

World Economic Forum report on safety rejected by low scoring Thailand

Thailand’s reputation amongst expats and tourists is likely to take a knock following the World Economic Forum’s placing of the country in the top 20 for its high rates of violence, crime and low rates of police service. The WEF Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, released earlier, comes on the heel of a further report placing the popular expat destination at the top of a list naming and shaming countries with the highest number of road accidents. The report covers 136 world countries and uses statistics compiled from...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Why Chiang Mai for expat retirees

In a recent survey, the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai was listed as one of the best retirement destinations for expats, but is it all it seems? Chiang Mai lies in the province of the same name in the far north of Thailand, bisected by the Ping River and boasting a moated, walled Old City. It’s the capital of its province, set in a valley surrounded by mountains reputed to be the foothills of the distant Himalayas. Founded in 1296, the city is culturally and historically of interest due to its being the capital of the former Lanna...
24 May at 6 PM 2017

Thailand worlds deadliest country for motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are the Thai choice for personal transport, but the country’s annual total of accidents and fatalities involving two wheels is the highest in the world. For the majority of Thais as well as a huge number of tourists and expats, motorcycles provide a practical, inexpensive mode of transport both in the countryside and in the cities. In 2016, 1.74 million motorcycles were purchased, with 461,783 bought during the first quarter of 2017. Affordability, cheap maintenance costs and low fuel costs are the main attractions, and...
24 May at 6 PM 2017

SEC probe hits international FA firm targeting UK expat pension pots

An international financial advice firm specialising in targeting British expats’ pension funds and investments is now being investigated by the USA Securities and Exchange Commission. The DeVere Group has long been active in retirement destinations favoured by expats from the UK, with its high fees and aggressive marketing tactics drawing complaints from retirees whose pension savings have been decimated. Already sanctioned in Hong Kong and Singapore, formerly listed in the Thailand SEC’s unauthorised FAs list and on Japan’s...
10 May at 6 PM 2017

Survey reveals majority of Brit expats determined to stay put

As the UK digs itself ever deeper into the hole of a hard Brexit, a small survey by a financial services company has revealed a distinct lack of British expat enthusiasm for ever returning to the home country. The survey, although clearly initiated for marketing purposes, stated that out of the small number of 808 expat respondents, 70 per cent said they had no intention of ever com9ng back to Britain, whilst 21 per cent said they might consider the possibility and just 10 per cent said they would return eventually. Another result...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Internet speeds and costs in expat hubs

Keeping in touch with this fast-changing planet is now essential for the majority of expatriates and requires fast internet connections which don’t cost the earth. Once upon a long time ago, adventurous expats left their home countries to lose themselves in new cultures or to work in exotic locations they’d previously never heard of. In the present day internet age, it’s possible not only to get a grasp of any world destination before you leave, it’s also possible to earn as you learn and still keep in touch with friends and...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Freak accident while gardening kills British expat in Phuket

A 53 year-old British expat living on Thailand’s Phuket island was declared dead at a local hospital after being electrocuted whilst pruning bushes close to an electricity supply box. Paul Wilkinson was cutting back the fast-growing bushes outside his Phuket villa when he paused for a rest and leaned against his concrete garden wall, still damp from heavy rains. His daughter was inside the house and rushed out when she heard her father scream in pain, only to find him collapsed on the ground with his metal garden clippers resting on...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Thailand offers pricey Elite Visa to disenchanted British Brexit remoaners

A charm offensive by Thailand’s tourism supremos is aimed at wealthy Britons feeling disenchanted by the prospect of Brexit Britain. On offer is the Thailand Elite ‘exclusive’ long-stay visa scheme, run by a government-owned agency hoping to lure UK expats to try their luck in the Southeast Asian country rather than enduring two years of uncertainty and insecurity in their present EU member state homes. Also targeted are Brexit remoaners looking to avoid the consequences of a hard Brexit by packing up and leaving. In its...
22 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expatprenuers set new trend in Asian business hubs

For expats looking to work overseas, there’s a whole new culture developing, especially in Asia, in which the focus is on informal expat start-ups rather than corporate postings with all the trimmings. Traditionally, becoming a working expat involved relocation to an overseas subsidiary of a multinational Western company, with fixed term contracts and financial packages on hand to ease the transition. Nowadays, a new breed of ‘expatprenuers’ are journeying to the same destinations and starting up their own businesses, helped by...