Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

23 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats worldwide join 600 anti Trump Womens Marches

In perhaps the largest mass protest the world has ever seen, an estimated two million plus women, their partners and children marched against Trump in over 60 countries. In a multinational rejection of Trump’s stance on womens’ rights, immigrants, multiculturalism, racism and pacifism, as many as 2.2 million people took to the streets everywhere from major world cities to small backwoods towns to get their message of total rejection across to the new US President. Expat women living and working outside their home countries as well...
20 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Vietnam rated as best low cost SE Asian country for expat professionals

Vietnam and its capital Hanoi are increasingly rated as not only the cheapest Southeast Asian destination for expats, but also as a great place to grow a new career. Although the relocation process itself isn’t exactly inexpensive, once you’ve arrived to start your new life you’ll find the cost of living is far cheaper than the vast majority of favoured expat destinations in the region. A recent survey charted living expenses as averaging some $700 a month, including rental, transport, food drink and the essential smartphone...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Student video defines expat reasons for loving Thailand

An award-winning video depicting Thai university students’ views of why expats come to Thailand is causing smiles amd a few raised eyebrows within the country’s expat community. The group of five Communication Arts students from Lampang’s Nation University won the coveted 50,000 Thai baht prize in a government-sponsored competition entitled ‘Through the eyes of foreigners: Youth’s refection on the image of Thailand’. Kappook Creator, the makers of the home-made three minute video, were amazed and thrilled to find...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Vietnam scores in expat survey for salaries and lifestyle

A recent survey shows Vietnam has overtaken Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand as a popular destination for expat professionals. The most recent Expat Explorer survey’s Vietnam result may come as a surprise to many would-be expats who’ve not even considered it as a destination, but the Southeast Asian country is now ranked at 28th in the career sector. One major reason is that 80 per cent of expats on employment contracts also benefit from allowances. In the Asia group of expat destinations, Vietnam came second for its...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Koh Samui expats risk lives to rescue drowning tourists

Four expats living on Thailand’s holiday island of Koh Samui risked their own lives on New Year’s Day to rescue two tourists from heavy seas and strong undercurrents. Koh Samui is justly famous for its stunning natural beauty, sandy beaches and seductive, warm waters. However, in common with many beaches worldwide, rip-currents and strong waves pose regular threats to swimmers. On New Year’s Day, the local authority had raised the beach’s warning flags, advising tourists not to swim as tidal conditions could be dangerous....
23 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Solutions for American expats barred from using US brokers

US expat investors are now mostly banned from using US-based investment brokers due to the effects of FATCA on withholding requirements and additional reporting, but there are now solutions which allow trading in low-cost index funds. Rather than assuming extra burdensome paperwork due to FATCA, the majority of US-based brokers are not now accepting new expat investors, with some even freezing the accounts of existing offshore clients. Expats in Singapore and Thailand are the latest to fall foul of the ban, leaving companies in the...
2 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Vietnam hosts festival celebrating local friendships with expats

In a move well ahead of neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam is hosting a Development and Integration Festival aimed at integrating expats into the Ho Chi Minh community. Ho Chi Minh City’s annual Development and Integration Festival kicked off yesterday for its three-day run aimed at introducing the country’s culture and history to an ever-increasing number of expat residents. Amongst its many features are the culture and arts of Vietnam, the city’s development plans and Vietnam’s delicious traditional cuisine. ...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows Thailand losing popularity as an expat destination

Thailand’s overall position in the well-known HSBC Expat Insider survey has dropped in one year from seventh position to 18th, with its positions in several sub-sections of the poll dropping still further. Once a dream destination for expats, whether working or retiring, Thailand’s reputation now seems to be on the line as regards personal happiness, quality of life, travel and transport, friendliness, settling in and safety and security. The only categories still in positive territory seem to be leisure options and healthcare,...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Thailand woos elderly, sick and wealthy foreigners with new visa

Thailand’s ruling military government last week approved the issuing of a new 10-year visa aimed at wealthy expats with heathcare needs. The requirements for the new 10-year visa have created controversy amongst Thailand’s large expat community, many of whom are retirees from Europe and the USA at present on the so-called annual ‘retirement visa’ extension. The new visa is to be offered to foreigners over 50 years of age, and requires either monthly earnings of 100,000 baht (£2,261, $2,810) or a deposit in a Thai bank account...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Expat investors warned against Uber boiler room fraud

The latest investment fraud warning to expats in New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia involves two fake companies with misleading websites. Expatriates retiring, living and working in Asia Pacific countries are the latest to be targeted by British boiler room fraudsters located in Bangkok, Manila and Cebu. According to an online investigative journalist, two websites pretending to be based in Oregon and New York are, in fact, no more than fronts for the boiler room scams. The scammers are reported as promoting the online...