Expat Thailand News
Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand
17 Jun at 6 PM 2013
The arrest and punishment of an innocent French family by immigration officers at Thailand’s Phuket Airport is being explained away as a mistake by Phuket’s governor.
French holidaymakers Damien Della Libera, his partner Eloide Triche and their daughter Oxanna were arrested when they were honest enough to realise they and several other passengers had taken a wrong turn out of the airport and left without receiving their tourist visas. The arrest happened when they realised their mistake and returned to the airport to get their...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2013
As life gets more complicated in the traditional retirement destinations of Spain and France, an increasing number of British pensioners are living the expat dream in South East Asia.
A combination of sunshine, great beaches, low living costs, established expat communities and retirement-friendly visa requirements is luring Brits to Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand
. Malaysia, ‘My Second Home’ retirement visa was introduced in 2002, with over 20,000 expats now happily settled in the former British colony.
11 Jun at 6 PM 2013
In spite of media publicity and extensive regulator warnings, expat investors are at increasing risk of falling foul of unregulated and unqualified financial advisors peddling unsuitable offshore-based investment schemes.
The Lawyer magazine is the latest publication to pick up on the increased risk to expat investors, identified by an escalating number of complaints involving unqualified salesmen working on high commissions from offshore-based insurance and investment companies. According to the publication, the number of complaints...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2013
A recent survey has tipped the Thai city of Bangkok as the world’s most popular, overtaking last-year’s winner, London.
For years, expats have been heading for Bangkok to work and live.with many more taking up residence in Thailand
other well-known holiday destination of Pattaya, Hua Hin, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Bangkok’s top position may come as a surprise to long-term residents as it’s more commonly known as Asian’s Sin City for its lax attitude towards its sex trade.
London is tipped to take just second place in...
23 May at 6 PM 2013
Following the recent relaxation of sanctions seen after the decline of decades of junta rule in Myanmar, the country is the unwitting target of large numbers of investors, would-be entrepreneurs and other expat classes.
Many are arriving for the possibility of an economic boom, and others are drawn by a wish to be part of the rebuilding of the shattered nation and its impoverished communities. At present, Yangon and its bars, restaurants and hotels are the main beneficiaries of the gold rush and are busier now than in many previous...
20 May at 6 PM 2013
A recent poll showed an increase in the number of British expats living overseas who feel positive about their current financial situations.
The survey, undertaken by financial advisory organisation deVere Group, showed that 54 percent of those who took part feel more confident about their current financial status. Those feeling less confident represented 19 per cent, and the inevitable ‘don’t knows’ came out at 27 per cent.
Participants in the poll were drawn from the firm’s existing and potential clients in Switzerland,...
16 May at 6 PM 2013
The World Value Survey’s map of every world country’s level of racial tolerance was used by Swedish researchers to determine the relationship between racism and economic freedom.
The report by Swedish economists was prompted by one of many questions asked in the original survey of respondents in 80 world countries. The question was simple, with people asked to identify the types of people they’d dislike as neighbours.
One check-listed answer was people of another race’, which led the economists to reason that countries in...
9 May at 6 PM 2013
Chine continues to hit the headlines in expat media outlets, with the latest survey identifying the ten most popular expat destination for lifestyle and work.
The latest survey took place last September and involved 175,400 expats at all levels from Nobel laureates to a large number of expats working in China. The cities compared well all at prefecture level or higher, and included Nanjing, Quingdao, Kunming, Sujhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xiamen and Hangzhou.
Beijing and Shanghai featured strongly, although the pollution in Beijing...
8 May at 6 PM 2013
As the frozen pension debate hots up, government sources in the UK have hit on the reason why pension payments to retirees living abroad are on the increase – Thai brides.
This stunning conclusion apparently came about due to the discovery that sexy Thai ladies on internet dating sites were luring unsuspecting Brits into marriage in order to get their hands on the UK Government’s ungenerous, but still frozen, £67 a week married woman’s retirement pension. The government source was clearly not thrilled that these calculating...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2013
After several months of uncertainty and a class action or two, beleaguered Harlequin Properties has thrown in the towel and gone into receivership.
After failing to keep up with regular contracted payments to their investors and an ongoing investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and Essex Police, the action by the Essex-based overseas property sales company has now put its investors in an even worse position. An interim moratorium is now in place freezing all legal action against it at the present time.