Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

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...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2017

US expats in Cambodia concerned over anti US threats

American expatriates living and working in Cambodia are growing more concerned about the seemingly anti-US stance of the ruling military government. After the recent closure of independent English language media outlets and radio stations and the arrest of the country’s opposition leader, Phnom Penh officials have focused their rhetoric on the USA. Government critics and media professionals are increasingly concerned about the reasons behind the rising antipathy, especially after Friday’s announcement that senior military officers...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows older expats in Thailand fear for their futures

Expat pensioners living in Thailand are becoming concerned over the ever increasing cost of private heathcare and the reliability of the Thai retirement visa system. Long considered an exotic but stable expat retirement destination, Thailand is home to expat communities in many provincial cities and large towns as well as in Bangkok and the beachside towns along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea coastline. Although no official figures are available, it’s possible the majority of long-stay expats in the Kingdom are over...
13 Sep at 3 PM 2017

Thai island famous for weddings now a rubbish dump

The formerly stunning island of Koh Kradan, a favourite for Westerners’ underwater weddings, is now trashed on and offshore by discarded rubbish. Environmentally destructive waste including empty plastic bottles, foam boxes, plastic bags, discarded food and more can be seen on Koh Kradan’s formerly pristine beaches as well as in the sea itself. The trash is wrecking the tourist island’s reputation and damaging its former environmental purity. Locals dependent on the tourist trade fear the mess will severely affect the famous...