Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

24 Jun at 6 PM 2016

British expats overseas denied referendum postal votes through EC incompetence

Giving that the referendum result was a close call, is it possible that international postal chaos and EC inefficiency has been responsible for the Brexit win? British expats across three continents are outraged after losing their chances to vote in the Brexit referendum due to international postal chaos and the uncaring attitude of the UK’s Electoral Commission . Unacceptable delays and administrative errors have caused an as yet unspecified number of Brit expats living overseas to be denied the chance to voice their views....
23 Jun at 4 PM 2016

Expat healthcare services in the Philippines

Retiring to a tropical paradise is a favourite dream for older would-be expats, but what if unexpected health issues are the reality? Emigrating overseas outside North America and Europe undoubtedly has its plus points, with the fascination of a totally unfamiliar culture, the challenge of an obscure language and the possibility of a far cheaper cost of living all attractions in themselves. However, one item of concern is true for all less familiar expat destinations – the state of the local heathcare service. For decades the...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Body of murdered expat dad found in Pattaya police morgue

Scots expat Steve Balfour’s body was found in a Pattaya police morgue a month after he disappeared during a visit to his Thai daughter. Steve Balfour, a security consultant working in Basra,Iraq, went missing on May 14 during one of his regular visits to Pattaya to see his six-year old daughter Georgina, The child was living with Steve’s former Thai wife, Nan Kidaw, following the couple’s acrimonious divorce last year. Pattaya police found Steve’s body in a Walking Street room on May 15, but failed to inform his family or the...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Trouble in paradise over Phuket FC supposed bankruptcy

Thai smiles in the expat and tourism haven of Thailand’s Phuket resort island were turned to scowls recently by the news that the local football club had been declared bankrupt. Given that journalistic integrity in Thailand isn’t quite what it is in the more respectable Western media outlets, it’s no surprise that the Phuket Footie Club’s president Ma-Ann Samran hit the roof when he read the damning report earlier this month. Accusations included staff and players being owed several months’ salary as well as power cut-offs...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Thugs who attacked British family in Hua Hin jailed without parole

A group of drunken Thai thugs who attacked a British family on holiday in Hua Hin have been given two-year prison sentences by a local court. For decades, Thailand’s tourist hotspots have hosted both expats and temporary visitors, with the coastal town of Hua Hin a favourite for its less frenetic vibes. The town itself became a hub for Bangkok’s elite in the early 1920s after the then King ordered a summer palace to be built and, once air travel became the norm, visitors arrived from the West, looking to avoid the commercialism of...
3 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expat human rights campaigner facing Thai jail over labour abuse research

Migrant workers rights activist and lawyer Andy Hall is on trial in Bangkok for disclosing the results of investigations in worker abuse. British expat Hall has been resident in Thailand for 11 years and is a prominent campaigner for migrant workers’ rights in the Kingdom’s agricultural and seafood industries. The current charges being brought against him carry a prison sentence of up to seven years. Hall has already been cleared of previous charges in a recent court hearing, but it seems the companies he’s researched are out...
1 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Thailand find greener grass in Cambodia

For decades, Thailand has drawn expats from all over Europe and America to its stunningly beautiful islands, its raunchy mainland beach retorts and its surprisingly low cost of living, but many are now considering a move to Cambodia. Reasons given for abandoning Thailand in favour of its next-door neighbour may seem trivial to those who’ve recently arrived in the Land of Smiles, but for many expat long-stayers the famous smile seems to have lost its charm. The daily routine, once so pleasing and relaxed, now includes a sizeable...
31 May at 6 PM 2016

Crackdown on dodgy expat financial advisors gets serious

Following several years of revelations concerning fraudulent and mis-sold financial advice in a number of expat destinations overseas, crackdowns by authorities are getting serious. The recent news that Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is finally acting with police to investigate expat claims of fraud by illegally-working, unqualified IFAs caused a ripple across the country’s expat investor community. Dodgy IFAs in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai and other expat hangouts had been mis-selling investments...
18 May at 6 PM 2016

US expat in Thailand solicits funds to reconstruct 9/11 attack

Entrepreneur Paul Salo’s video details his scheme to prove or disprove once and for all the conspiracy theories surrounding the tragic event. The movie purports to showcase an important project designed to reconstruct the horrific terror attack on the Twin Towers in all its ghastly reality, using a second-hand Boeing 767 to fly into a similar, hopefully already derelict, building. According to Salo, who's at present living in Thailand, the plane will fly at 500 mph directly into the building, recreating the impact and conflagration...
13 May at 6 PM 2016

Expats in newly awakened Myanmar find buying condos too expensive

As Myanmar continues to loosen its military’s grip and expats begin to arrive, construction companies are noting that newbuild condos are too expensive for most expat arrivals. After decades of military rule, Myanmar, formerly Burma, is opening up to the West and hoping to follow Thailand’s original intent as a hub for tourism, expat businesses and possibly an expat retirement hub. However, progress to date has been slow, with most new expat arrivals unable to afford new-build condos. A ground-breaking new law, enacted in...