Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

19 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows older expats in Thailand fear for their futures

Expat pensioners living in Thailand are becoming concerned over the ever increasing cost of private heathcare and the reliability of the Thai retirement visa system. Long considered an exotic but stable expat retirement destination, Thailand is home to expat communities in many provincial cities and large towns as well as in Bangkok and the beachside towns along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea coastline. Although no official figures are available, it’s possible the majority of long-stay expats in the Kingdom are over...
13 Sep at 3 PM 2017

Thai island famous for weddings now a rubbish dump

The formerly stunning island of Koh Kradan, a favourite for Westerners’ underwater weddings, is now trashed on and offshore by discarded rubbish. Environmentally destructive waste including empty plastic bottles, foam boxes, plastic bags, discarded food and more can be seen on Koh Kradan’s formerly pristine beaches as well as in the sea itself. The trash is wrecking the tourist island’s reputation and damaging its former environmental purity. Locals dependent on the tourist trade fear the mess will severely affect the famous...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Thai brides offered one day free government course in interracial marriage

The Thai Social Development Ministry is now offering Thai women a free one-day course in interracial marriage and moving overseas. Thailand is a favourite destination for romance and marriage between older Western expats and younger Thai women, but cultural differences are often ignored. According to the country’s Social Development Ministry, many see marrying a foreigner as the best way to enhance their economic statuses, but most don’t appreciate the rifts cultural differences can cause. The course is based on an understanding...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Cambodia Daily publishers banned from leaving Cambodia

In a further attack on the publishers of the now closed Cambodia Daily English language newspaper, the General Department of Taxation has prohibited them from leaving the country until the $6 million dollar back tax bill is paid. The paper, like many expat daily news outlets worldwide, is said to have always operated at a loss, leaving its expat readers angry and confused as to the viability of the tax bill and the as-yet undisclosed reasons behind the order. After its closure, its publishers claimed the bill was an orchestrated...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Sudden rise in British deaths in Thailand gives cause for concern

A British Foreign and Commonwealth Office report has shown the 2016 death rate figures of British citizens in Thailand increased by 27 per cent over the 2015 total. The FCO report, issued after the granting of a Freedom of Information request, showed the total number of deaths of British citizens in Thailand had jumped by over a quarter in 2016, and included a dramatic rise occurring in expats and tourists over 50 years of age. In this group, the increase over the 2015 figure of 281 deaths was 35 per cent, bringing the 2016 total to...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Thailand warned to watch out for diphtheria

Almost totally eradicated in most world countries due to inoculations, diphtheria is still a risk for expats and visitors to Thailand. The potentially deadly disease is caused by a bacterial infection which attacks the nose, throat and windpipe, causing severe inflammation, difficulty swallowing and problems breathing. It’s spread through the air, but can also infect its victim through a cut or skin abrasion. Diphtheria’s mortality rate is between five and 10 per cent of those who become infected, but it’s rare nowadays in...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UK expats warned sterling to fall below euro by 2018

Worse is yet to come for British state pensioner expats as a major investment bank warns the value of sterling will have crashed to below that of the euro by early 2018. In an FX Overview note sent out to clients last Friday, analysts at Morgan Stanley predicted the value of the pound sterling is due to fall to below the value of the euro for the first time ever. As a result, the euro will become the strongest of a basket of major currencies, and UK expat pensioners living in Europe will find themselves between the proverbial rock and...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UK expat retirees urged to do homework before emigrating

Spain’s position as an all-time favourite retirement haven for older Brits seeking sunshine and sangria is still unrivalled, but France, Italy, Portugal and Far East destinations such as the Philippines and Thailand are still getting attention. A recent survey of Britons approaching retirement has revealed the main attractions of quitting the UK are better weather, a cheaper cost of living and a more relaxed lifestyle. In the initial excitement of planning a new life in an unfamiliar new country, it’s easy to forget realties such...
24 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Discovering Cambodia as an expat retirement hub

Cambodia is becoming increasingly popular with would-be expats from Western countries who’ve turned their backs on the chaos, confusion and political problems back home. Starting a new life in Cambodia is an adventure that’s proving more and more attractive to expats looking for a total change of scene. At the present time, visa requirements are straightforward and expats can work or volunteer without risking being deported. The country itself is a fascinating mix of modern amenities in its capital Phnom Penh and more traditional...
14 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Becoming localised as an expat in Thailand

Thailand may not be top of the tree for expat professionals looking for the ideal assignment, but it can be a fascinating experience for those seeking something different. Southeast Asia is crammed with countries once considered to be either third world or remnants of the British Empire, but much has changed over the past several decades. Vietnam is growing fast, and hubs such as Singapore and Malaysia are well ahead on points as regards economic growth and international-style amenities. Thailand, however, seems to live in its own,...