Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

11 Apr at 9 AM 2015

Expat ATM scammers arrested in Phuket

Yesterday, Thai Immigration said that an Australian man and British man on the popular holiday island of Phuket worked together in order to skim cash from ATMs. At the immigration media conference, it was reported that Jamie Steven McKee, aged 31 and from the UK planned with his Australian friend, Darrin John Williams, 48, to defraud bank customers in Phuket. There have been multiple skimming attacks on ATMs by expats in Phuket and Thai banks are now improving the security of the machines. On Wednesday, the pair were arrested...
8 Apr at 9 AM 2015

A New Zealander’s view of Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand is one of the greatest places to be an expat according to Iona Proebst, the Executive Director of The Branch Foundation, a charity focusing on providing renewable energy, education and income generation for marginalised communities in South-East Asia. With the city’s colourful and vibrant life, there are always surprises to be had. Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second biggest city, boasts great food and drinking venues at very low prices with meals starting at only NZD$1 and a beer at around NZD$2. Not only does...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Spending Power Decreases for Expat Pensioners

According to a recent survey, two thirds of pensioners are now less financially well off compared to ten years ago. Equiniti, a pension payments firm, have looked into how pensions being paid in Sterling compare to other currencies. With the majority of the firm’s 60,000 clients living in the Eurozone, this is bad news although the growing pound enables people to enjoy a higher exchange rate in other countries. Over the past year, the pound has increased 10 per cent in value against the euro, yet the pensioners are worse off...
4 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Brits over 50 seeking more adventurous lifestyle abroad

A large number of Brits over the age of 50 are looking to travel for at least part of the year after regretting not doing so when they were younger. One in four UK citizens say they would like to live overseas for part of the year, particularly during the cold winter months, while three in four admit that travelling is now top of their ‘to do’ list. Meanwhile, nine in 10 people describe the fact they did not travel in their younger years as a regret. The research, carried out by insurance company Staysure, shows that more and...
25 Feb at 3 PM 2015

Expats see rise in pension income but it remains lower than a decade ago

Retired Brits overseas are currently feeling the benefits from the pound’s strengthening, but two-thirds are not as well off as they were 10 years ago. Pension payment firm Equiniti, which deals with more than 60,000 retired Brits abroad, said that expats are currently enjoying a boost in income due to the rise of the pound, but most remain worse off than they were in the mid-noughties. The majority of the 60,000 retirees that Equinity manages pension payments for are in the Eurozone, where even though the British currency has...
20 Jan at 3 PM 2015

Suvarnabhumi Airport bans overcharging taxi driver after Japanese expat rant

Bangkok’s main international airport has banned a taxi driver from picking up passengers and revoked his registration with the facility after he admitted flat-charging a Japanese expatriate. The cabbie, Chaiyan Charoensopha, was told he would no longer be allowed to operate at Suvarnabhumi Airport after he refused to turn on his meter and instead offered Japanese educational volunteer Koki Aki a fare of 700 baht to be taken to the Thai capital’s Saphan Khwai area on Saturday evening. However, Mr Aki, who has been in Thailand for...
8 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Expats to benefit from new British school in Thailand

Foreigners living in Thailand are expected to benefit from a new British International school that is to open on the outskirts of Bangkok. With the number of students worldwide between the ages of three and 18 enrolling in international schools increasing from 3.3 million in May 2013 to 3.6 million in just 12 months, analysts say that more and more parents living in foreign countries are looking to provide their children with a top quality English-speaking education in order to help them gain entry into an English-speaking...
28 Dec at 12 PM 2014

New Zealand ‘expat’ faces jail time in Thailand for drug possession

A New Zealand man is facing years in a Thai prison if convicted of being in possession of Class A drugs, reports from the Southeast Asian country state. Forty-one-year-old Taylor Grainger was arrested and charged after local police allegedly found him with more than two grams of cocaine and methamphetamine in the hedonistic resort of Patong on the popular resort island, Phuket. Reports also claim that Grainger had overstayed his tourist visa after they found an expired passport at his home. In addition to being a tourist hotspot,...
16 Dec at 6 PM 2014

Australian expat slapped by Buddhist monk in Thailand

An expat English teacher received a nasty slap from a Buddhist monk in Thailand after he generously offered two women a double seat on the train he was travelling on. The incident occurred after the Australian, Jeff, offered two women the double seat he was sitting on from Bangkok to Phitsakulok when they got on the train. After the two women accepted the offer, Jeff moved over to sit on the single seat available next to the monk, but when he asked if it was “fine” to sit there, the monk took offence and slapped him across the...
13 Nov at 2 PM 2014

Taiwan best place for expat healthcare

Taiwan has been named the number one country in the world for expats in terms of having the cheapest and best medical facilities, according to a new survey. The research showed that almost seven in 10 expats in the east Asian country said healthcare costs them less than it did before they moved there - in comparison to the global average of three in 10. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds of expats in the country said the healthcare there was better than it was in their homeland, compared to the global average of just under four in 10. The...