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Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

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...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2014

UK mafia gangs investing in property purchase scams in Thailand

For decades, tropical Thailand has been a retirement haven for UK expats for its cheap cost of living and year-round sunshine, but buying a condo has always been a risky business. It’s not just the government rules on the purchase of property by foreigners which can ruin the dream, it’s the continuing off-plan property scams perpetrated by dishonest expat developers. The latest to emerge involves a condo block in Pattaya’s Jomtien district – or it would be in Jomtien if it had been built! More than 100 would-be expats have...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Expats find the girl of their dreams after moving overseas

Finding the perfect love match is now an officially-confirmed reason for migration to a far-off land, as many expats find once they’ve taken the plunge. One light-hearted result of this year’s HSBC Expat Explorer survey of over 9,000 expats settled all over the world is that many found the love of their life after leaving the UK. An average of 36 per cent of those surveyed admitted that they’d fallen for a local girl. Top of the tree for suitable partners was romantic Italy, with 57 per cent of respondents cohabiting happily...
4 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Harlequin pension saver victims hit with financial double whammy

Scammed retirement savers whose cash was lost in the Harlequin property crash are now facing up to ten years’ continuing charges by their pension providers. Affected investors who were persuaded to take out QROPS and SIPPS-wrapped products have not only lost every penny of their savings, but are being charged £500 per annum by the pension providers themselves. Ostensibly referred to as management charges, the totals taken by providers will add some £17 million to the estimated losses. Thousands of pension savers are affected,...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2014

US expat woes increase thanks to FATCA

A recent survey undertaken with a sample of US expats living in popular destinations revealed that almost three-quarters of respondents had considered voluntarily renouncing their citizenship to avoid the onerous FATCA requirements. The complications of endless form-filling, the threat of being barred from opening local bank accounts and the invasion of personal financial privacy have already resulted in an unprecedented number of US expat citizens giving up their passports. According to the survey, 73 per cent of respondents admitted...
27 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Survey shows Asian hubs offer more bang for the expat buck

The recently-published annual HSBC Expat survey has revealed that Asian locations offer the most affordable costs of living due to their cheaper accommodation, utility charges and groceries. The well-regarded survey, based on expats’ ability to afford essential services and goods as well as on average disposable incomes, saw Switzerland hit the number one position as regards overall quality of life. However, for mere expat mortals rather than retired bankers, Asian destinations won out on sheer affordability. Thailand and Vietnam...