Expat Thailand News
Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand
25 Nov at 6 PM 2013
The Thai widow of a deceased Danish man who was deported with her daughter after his death will now be able to return due to a changed law created jointly by the country’s political parties.
Suthida and Im Nielsen were deported back to Thailand
by the Danish Immigration Services on the pretext that they had more ties there than in Denmark. The child and her mother had arrived with Danish husband and stepfather Johnny Nielsen and had settled in for four years.
When the news of the imminent deportation broke following Mr Neilsen’s...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Five Asian destinations swept the board to take top ratings for quality of expat life in the 2013 Expat Explorer survey.
The results of the 2013 version of HSBC International’s well-known Expat Explorer survey celebrated no less than five Asian destinations as tops for expat quality of life, integration and ease of setting up. Thailand
ranked as number one, with China, Singapore, India and Taiwan taking third, sixth, seventh and eighth positions in that order.
According to respondents resident in the Asian countries, it’s...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2013
One of the reasons often quoted by expats when asked why they left their home countries is the expense, difficulty and traffic snarl-ups involved in driving in large cities.
However, the lure of the open road in far-flung, less than first world countries such as Thailand
has its distinct and possibly fatal downsides, as many expats have found to their dismay. A perennial expat destination for its great weather and inexpensive lifestyle, Thailand
and its driving habits are hitting the news more and more frequently nowadays.
16 Oct at 6 PM 2013
A Canadian engineer living in Thailand’s Phuket Town is claiming on YouTube that his embassy and Thai officials are refusing assitance and leaving him to die.
Tim Rooney, resident in Thailand
for some 13 years, was involved in an altercation with a German expat during an attempt in 2011 to sell his computer via an online site. The advert stated no offers would be accepted and, when the German replied with an offer, the resulting emails became heated.
Words were exchanged online, with the result that Rooney was arrested under...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Continuing reports of investment mis-selling in many expat world destinations is forcing not only action by government regulators but also by financial advisory firms themselves in seeking legal registration with local financial authorities.
Recent media reports have identified countries as far apart as Hong Kong, the UAE, Spain, the UK and several Southeast Asian states including Thailand
as being hotbeds of unqualified, unregistered salesmen persuading unsophisticated expat investors to take on unsuitable funds, bonds and property...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2013
New Zealand’s new law allowing same-sex marriage came into force in August, with its supporters expecting the country’s tourism sector to benefit.
The first two gay couples who’d arranged to get married under the new law arrived from Thailand
last week, but were met by immigration officers who grilled both couples about the gap in their ages and at first refused them entry to the country. Forced to fight for their visitor permits, they had to provide bank books, support letters, photographic proof of genuine relationships and...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2013
Many thousands of expat Britons affected by frozen pensions discrimination are being given hope by two MPs determined to have the law changed.
Two senior Conservative backbencher members of parliament, Sir Peter Bottomley and Sir Roger Gale, have announced that they will attempt to ensure that all overseas British pensioners will receive their annual index-linked pension increases. The recently announced Pensions Bill is at present in the parliamentary process, with the pair aiming to table an amendment.
Pensioners in many...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2013
In spite of repeated warnings by the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency, bogus financial advisors peddling dodgy investments, illegal pension unlocking schemes and online scams are still trading happily.
The warnings are listed on the FCA’s website which, it seems, is rarely visited by prospective investors who have already had contact with the scammers via cold calling or online advertisements. Although the FCA has regulatory powers in the UK, it’s far harder to deal with offshore fraudsters who clone respected financial websites and...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2013
A combination of low tax rates, higher salaries, great weather and an exotic environment is encouraging expat workers in Singapore and other similar countries to spend, not save.
The survey, undertaken by Standard Life, found that disposable incomes in Australia, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore were higher than in most other popular destinations for working expats. However, with rising costs of living across the board plus the temptations of luxury living, the average spend was high, leaving little for savings.
One of the...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2013
Recently released figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office indicate that the number of Brits abroad asking for help from British consulates is on the decrease.
The FCO’s yearly British Behaviour Abroad report revealed that consular staff was called to assist over 19,000 UK citizens in far-flung destinations over the 2012/2013 period. The figures show an overall decrease of three per cent, but some countries saw increases in more serious cases.
The good news is that the number of Brits arrested for drug crime dropped to a...