Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

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...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Southeast Asia still struggling with corruption

Expats living and working across Southeast Asia may or may not be fully aware of the ‘in your’ face’ corruption seen to be an inalienable part of life in the region, but those who are affected by it won’t be thrilled by the results of an authoritative new study. The latest annual survey by Transparency International has named Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia as amongst the world’s 30 most corrupt countries, with only Singapore rated within the list of the ten least corrupt SE Asian states. In addition, according to the watchdog’s...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats in China devastated as M&S pulls out

At first glance, China would seem to be the perfect place for Marks and Sparks, as the company’s affectionately known in the UK, but today’s announcement comes less than a year after the brand lunched its tenth store. The surprising news may well come as a blow to the high number of British expats living and working in China’s huge cities, as there’s a limited choice of high quality imported foodstuffs anywhere else in the retail sector. In a contrast to expat reactions, local Chinese shoppers in Beijing were more than happy...
22 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Private dental insurance a must for expats in China

Relocating to many world destinations is easy of there’s a job waiting, together with housing, health and other packages, but it’s not so straightforward if you’re going it alone. Many independent expats are now aware of the need to research healthcare standards in their chosen country, with a good number deciding on private health insurance giving access to higher standards and the chance of finding an English speaking consultant if necessary. In the rush to get everything covered before leaving the home country, dental care...