Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

What to expect from the Thailand expat community

Whatever the reasons for leaving one’s country of birth to become a stranger in a strange land, the reasons behind choosing one special country must include the chance to make new friends. Contrary to popular misconceptions, expats aren’t the same the world over. Fitting in isn’t as simple as behaving like a missing jigsaw puzzle piece, due to the fact that different destinations attract different types of expat, all of whom are searching for a place to belong according to their own preferences. For decades, Thailand has...
24 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Uncovered data reveals top world locations for financial scams

As the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency continues to warn retirees of pension transfer frauds, recently uncovered data reveals the worst world-wide locations for expat financial scams. The data shows UK retiree pension savers are now at even more risk of being scammed out of their savings by unscrupulous, often illegally working financial advised lurking in favourite expat destinations. Global scams are now big business for fraudsters, egged on by pension liberation and even by Brexit’s predicted financial uncertainties. One...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expat private healthcare costs soaring beyond affordable levels

Insurers offering private healthcare policies are sitting pretty as regards revenue, whilst expats living overseas are struggling to find funds for the swingeing annual increases imposed. As with just about everything else in the 21st century, the cost of private healthcare has more to do with profits than with service. Providing a safety net for unexpected illnesses or accidents is especially important for expats, many of whom are retired and don’t have a relocation package covering the ever-rising costs of private heathcare....
22 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Swiss expat in Chiang Mai victim of brutal murder

A retired expat living in Chiang Mai was found stabbed and strangled to death, and tied up to the stair rails in his rented house. Daniel Straub’s body was found a week ago in his rented house in Soi 6 off Suan Dok Road. He’d rented the house for six years and was well-known to his landlord, who found his body after he’d not seen him around for a day or so. The dead man’s motorcycle was missing from its usual parking spot, and belongings were stolen from the house. As is commonplace with expat deaths in Thailand, local...
22 Aug at 4 PM 2016

New Cambodia three year multientry visa aimed at expat residents and tourists

Cambodia seems to be finally waking up to its potential not only as a tourism destination but as a home for expats looking for long-term residence in a friendly, warm country. Following an announcement that retirees can now purchase a retirement visa without the need to also purchase a work visa, it will soon be possible for expats to be granted a three-year multi-entry visa suitable for retirement or for those working regularly overseas. The new visas should be up and running by next month, although no guidance as to cost or where...
12 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Expats fear for their lives as bombs explode across Thailand

A fatal double bombing in Thailand's popular Hua Hin beach resort signalled a raft of explosions and fires across the country, causing expats and tourists to fear for their lives. Early Thursday morning and just prior to the Hua Hin explosions, a bomb was set off in Trang’s central market, killing one bystander and injuring seven. Soon afterwards, the double bombing in Hua Hin killed one woman and injured 20 people, including 10 foreigners. Early Friday morning, a massive fire in a Trang department store caused 100 million baht’s...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Internet backlash greets Thai junta plan to track expats via SIMs

Following the Thai military junta’s announcement of the latest anti-foreigner plan, expats and international media sites responded with disbelief and seething comments. Just two days after the controversial referendum took place, the ruling junta in Thailand announced its latest plan to monitor all expats and foreign tourists in the country. The plan involved tracking all those with foriegn passports by forcing them to change their existing SIM cards with SIMs programmed as tracking devices. Initially, no exemptions were to be made...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Cambodia shaping up as the next dream retirement destination

As Thailand falls ever deeper into the dictatorship trap, its next door neighbour Cambodia is set fair to become the next Southeast Asian retirement hub. Despite the country’s tragic 20th century history, or perhaps because of it, Cambodia is now welcoming expats from across the Western world to its tropical beaches, charming towns and ultra-friendly people. One recent arrival from Thailand said his welcome by locals reminded him of another Southeast Asian country’s advertising soundbite - ‘Where the Smiles are Still Genuine’....
29 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Cambodia brings in new retirement visa

Cambodia’s popularity as a destination for working as well as retiring expats has soared over the past two years, with many new arrivals having first spent some years in neighbouring Thailand. Today’s announcement is expected to ramp up the numbers of new arrivals still further. The country’s present visa regime is straightforward in that expats must get the so-called business visa, which allows a year’s stay and gives permission to work, volunteer or start a business should the holder wish. Annual renewals are allowed, and...
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...