Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

18 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Thailand sex industry under attack by tourism minister

Thailand’s female tourism minister announced recently she’s determined to put a stop to one of the Land of Smiles’s most lucrative and popular attractions – prostitution. Since the death or glory days of the Vietnam War, one of Thailand’s best known draws is the comparative ease with which lone male tourists and expats can deal with their need for more than just female companionship. Traditional and culturally acceptable amongst Thai men, sex for sale stems from the custom of the ‘mia noi’ or mistress, without whom the...
12 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Thailand expat forum happiness survey provokes denials

The overly positive results of a recent happiness poll undertaken by Thaivisa Forum have resulted in many forum members having their say in a less than overjoyed manner. Thaivisa Forum covers Bangkok and most of the larger Thai cities as well as Cambodia, Myanmar and South East Asia in general. The site claims to have over 200,000 members who regularly visit the selection of specialist forums including visa requirements and experiences as well as activities and hobbies such as gardening, Buddhism, food, golf and more. It’s a...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Thailand worried about Brexit reverberations

As the value of sterling shrinks due to the disastrous and unexpected result of the Brexit referendum, expats living in the southeast Asian retirement hub as well as visitors are expressing their concern. According to Thailand’s popular English language newspaper Bangkok Post, it’s not just British expats living, retiring and working in Thailand who are concerned about the effects of the Leave win. British tourists are also worried about the increased cost of holidays and the economic instability caused by the exchange rate. At...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

British expats overseas denied referendum postal votes through EC incompetence

Giving that the referendum result was a close call, is it possible that international postal chaos and EC inefficiency has been responsible for the Brexit win? British expats across three continents are outraged after losing their chances to vote in the Brexit referendum due to international postal chaos and the uncaring attitude of the UK’s Electoral Commission . Unacceptable delays and administrative errors have caused an as yet unspecified number of Brit expats living overseas to be denied the chance to voice their views....
23 Jun at 4 PM 2016

Expat healthcare services in the Philippines

Retiring to a tropical paradise is a favourite dream for older would-be expats, but what if unexpected health issues are the reality? Emigrating overseas outside North America and Europe undoubtedly has its plus points, with the fascination of a totally unfamiliar culture, the challenge of an obscure language and the possibility of a far cheaper cost of living all attractions in themselves. However, one item of concern is true for all less familiar expat destinations – the state of the local heathcare service. For decades the...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Body of murdered expat dad found in Pattaya police morgue

Scots expat Steve Balfour’s body was found in a Pattaya police morgue a month after he disappeared during a visit to his Thai daughter. Steve Balfour, a security consultant working in Basra,Iraq, went missing on May 14 during one of his regular visits to Pattaya to see his six-year old daughter Georgina, The child was living with Steve’s former Thai wife, Nan Kidaw, following the couple’s acrimonious divorce last year. Pattaya police found Steve’s body in a Walking Street room on May 15, but failed to inform his family or the...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Trouble in paradise over Phuket FC supposed bankruptcy

Thai smiles in the expat and tourism haven of Thailand’s Phuket resort island were turned to scowls recently by the news that the local football club had been declared bankrupt. Given that journalistic integrity in Thailand isn’t quite what it is in the more respectable Western media outlets, it’s no surprise that the Phuket Footie Club’s president Ma-Ann Samran hit the roof when he read the damning report earlier this month. Accusations included staff and players being owed several months’ salary as well as power cut-offs...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Thugs who attacked British family in Hua Hin jailed without parole

A group of drunken Thai thugs who attacked a British family on holiday in Hua Hin have been given two-year prison sentences by a local court. For decades, Thailand’s tourist hotspots have hosted both expats and temporary visitors, with the coastal town of Hua Hin a favourite for its less frenetic vibes. The town itself became a hub for Bangkok’s elite in the early 1920s after the then King ordered a summer palace to be built and, once air travel became the norm, visitors arrived from the West, looking to avoid the commercialism of...
3 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat human rights campaigner facing Thai jail over labour abuse research

Migrant workers rights activist and lawyer Andy Hall is on trial in Bangkok for disclosing the results of investigations in worker abuse. British expat Hall has been resident in Thailand for 11 years and is a prominent campaigner for migrant workers’ rights in the Kingdom’s agricultural and seafood industries. The current charges being brought against him carry a prison sentence of up to seven years. Hall has already been cleared of previous charges in a recent court hearing, but it seems the companies he’s researched are out...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Thailand find greener grass in Cambodia

For decades, Thailand has drawn expats from all over Europe and America to its stunningly beautiful islands, its raunchy mainland beach retorts and its surprisingly low cost of living, but many are now considering a move to Cambodia. Reasons given for abandoning Thailand in favour of its next-door neighbour may seem trivial to those who’ve recently arrived in the Land of Smiles, but for many expat long-stayers the famous smile seems to have lost its charm. The daily routine, once so pleasing and relaxed, now includes a sizeable...