Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

13 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Thailand hospital business expects boom in medical tourism

According to research by the Kasikorn Bank’s research centre, the profitable private hospital business in Thailand is expected to grow further during 2018. Literally millions of foreign patients, including expat residents as well as medical tourists are expected to visit Thai private hospitals by the end of 2018. The split is expected to be some 2.5 million medical tourists and just under a million expatriates living in the Kingdom. Last year, medical tourists accounted for 2.4 million visits, with expat numbers at 900,000....
17 May at 6 PM 2018

Thai consumers and expats complain over soaring healthcare costs

Consumer protection networks in Thailand are threatening legal action against the country’s Commerce Ministry for allowing huge hikes in the cost of private healthcare. Activists belonging to several consumer protection groups have delivered a petition urging the Central Committee on the Price of Goods and Services chair Sontirat Sontijirawong to instigate price controls on medical treatment in order to deal with rampant overcharging by Thai private hospitals. The protestors want medical treatment to be considered a controlled...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Australia is still a favourite with Brit retirees but its own are leaving

Australia is still popular with UK expat retirees, but its own seniors are leaving for more affordable foreign destinations. The numbers of elderly Australians leaving their home country for a less expensive life overseas have dramatically increased over the past decade, with Oz expat communities forming in Spain, Cambodia and Thailand. In 2016, almost two thousand Australian pensioners over the age of 55 relocated to various retiree hubs in Italy and Greece as well as New Zealand, mostly due to rising property prices and the soaring...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

New plastic eating protein could save expat beach environments

The amazing, accidental discovery of a protein which eats plastic could save oceans, undersea life and expat beach destinations in Spain and across the world. Scarcely a week goes by without reports of once-pristine beaches being ruined by tons of plastic bottles, bags and other detritus, and conservationists fear for fish eating tiny plastic pellets now floating in oceans worldwide. Expats living in Spain and other Mediterranean countries have their own concerns, as discarded plastic covers once-pristine beaches. Recently, one...
16 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Retired expats in Thailand in fight for affordable private healthcare insurance

Expat retirees living in a number of popular Thailand destinations are pressing for dedicated group private healthcare insurance coverage. A group of retired Swedish expats living in Bangkok, Udon Thani province, Hua Hin and Phuket have banded together in an attempt to find a solution to a major problem affecting retirees - the soaring cost of individual private health insurance and the ever-increasing charges by private hospitals for their services. Thailand is home to a large number of long-stay elderly expats, many of whom were...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Thai property developers competing to provide sheltered complexes for elderly expats

Thailand has been a popular retirement destination for some years, attracting Western expats from the USA and UK as well as from other first world countries. As with a good number of other world countries, Thailand is an ageing society due mainly to a huge fall in birth rates. It’s also an increasingly favoured destination for elderly expats looking for warm weather, good service and a reasonable cost of living. Healthcare is important, with private hospitals setting up to deal with the demand from both expat retirees and the ageing...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Survey shows USA and UK tank for friendliness

If making friends once you’ve expatriated is important, choosing a country rated highly as regards friendly nationals in a recent survey may not be the best way forward. A major issue with relocation, whether it’s for work purposes or retirement, is leaving an established network of friends and attempting to reconstruct something similar overseas. Cultural and language problems as well as the sense of insecurity caused by unfamiliar surroundings can make forming friendships far harder than in the home country. Another difficulty...
4 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Southeast Asian beaches not yet wrecked by tourism

Many retirees’ dream destinations involve living within walking distance of a peaceful, sandy beach lapped by azure wavelets and untroubled by hordes of tourists. Dreams of retirement as an expat often focus on beach life as well as warm weather and an affordable cost of living, but mass tourism has wrecked the dream in many countries, with Southeast Asia suffering more than most. Once the famous movie ‘The Beach’, went on general release, the trend began and hasn’t stopped yet, as seen in the temporary closure by the Thai...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat financial independence winning out over risky IFA advice

Following the seemingly endless media reports of dodgy IFAs, Ponzi schemes and fraudulent cold-calling financial scammers, the new buzzword in the worldwide expat community is financial independence. The online Financial Independence world, usually referred to simply as FI, contains many bloggers describing their own experiences and passing on tips to those who’ve had enough of being cash cows for unscrupulous IFAs at best and downright fraudsters at worst. One Dubai-based expat founder of a non-profit community entitled SimplyFI...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2018

New Vietnamese ride hailing app set to outpace Grab

Just a few days after Uber pulled out of Southeast Asia after its sale to Grab, a Vietnamese company has launched its own ride-hailing service via a massive investment. Ride-hailing in Southeast Asia is popular with expats and tourists as well as locals for its inexpensive fixed prices and sheer convenience set against more traditional rides such as the tuk-tuks and songthaews reputedly run by local mafias. Since its set-up in neighbouring Thailand, Uber has faced challenges from locals as well as from lawmakers, and was still branded...