Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

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...
5 May at 6 PM 2016

Banged up Abroad a horrific reality for UK expat grandfather

A British grandfather living in Thailand is claiming he was beaten and abused whilst in jail following a motorcycle collision. Manchester-born Dave Campbell, 68, was driving home one night when his motorcycle collided with another bike. The Thai driver had failed to put his lights on and was carrying a French couple and a Thai man as passengers. None were wearing helmets. Mr Campbell sustained broken ribs and severe cuts and was unconscious when the ambulance arrived at the hospital. Since the accident, he’s suffered acute memory...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Elderly British couple and son injured in drunken Thai attack

A vicious attack on a British pensioner couple and their son by a gang of Thai men took place during the Songkran festival in the upscale beach resort of Hua Hin. The popular resort of Hua Hin is best known as the summer residence of Thailand’s much-revered King, and is home to a good number of expat retirees as well as a tourist hub. A favourite time to visit is early April, with its traditional Songkran festival filling the streets with water-throwing revellers. For an elderly British couple and their son, however, their...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expats unhappy with dual pricing in Thailand

Amongst the many cross-cultural issues which get expats in Thailand hot under their collars, dual pricing at national parks, tourist attractions and other historic sites is possibly the most annoying. Admittedly dual pricing, where locals are charged one price and foreigners are charged double or more, isn’t confined to Thailand, but it’s certainly prevalent in the Land of Smiles and enthusiastically justified nowadays by various tourism and government organisations. In the past, it was selectively applied, but nowadays...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Intrusive new immigration form causes expat dismay in Thailand

Expats living in Thailand were shocked by the unveiling of a new immigration form requiring details of their social media habits, frequently used shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, details of their cars, bank accounts and other strictly personal information. The new requirement surfaced a few days ago on local forums, and was at first regarded by regular posters as a hoax or misinformation. Subsequently a popular English Language media website published an article confirming the genuine origin of the three-page form and its questions....
19 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Retirees search for best bang for buck destinations

Discovering the best retirement bang for your pension bucks is a task many would-be expats need to do before they decide on their new country. For the average expat, the decision to leave the home country is based on many reasons, not the least being the need to stretch out a less-than-generous state pension and get a better lifestyle as a result. For those without private or occupational pension top-up or large sums in offshore banks, it’s a necessity. The internet is crawling with websites and local forums offering cost of...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2016

QROPs transfers OK for former expat workers in UK

QROPs can be had by foreign expats with UK workplace pension rights. It’s a well-known fallacy that expats from overseas who’ve had workplace or personal pension plans can’t access them once they’ve retired in their home country or overseas. The main reason for this frustrating belief is that many occupational and private pensions taken out in the UK are difficult to access from many overseas locations. As a result, the cash benefits accrued are locked away whilst the pension providers are obliged to deduct tax from the...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Private details of expats in Thailand revealed in unprotected data release

Several thousand expats living and working in Thailand’s southern provinces are worried about their personal security following an embarrassing gaffe by a software developer. The data leak comprised an interactive map of the region with the exact locations, jobs, professions, nationalities, passport numbers and other personal information of over 2,000 resident expat workers clearly shown. The unprotected web page, found on a supposed Thai Immigration Police website last Sunday evening, went viral until it was taken down on Monday...
28 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Canadian family crowdfund to bring retired firefighter home from Thai hospital

The family of a retired firefighter in Edmonton, Canada, are crowdfunding in the hope of raising enough to get Bill Hughes home from hospital in Thailand. At present, Bill is in a coma in a private Thai hospital, after being struck down by the mosquito-borne virus Japanese Encephalitis. It’s a rare virus which attacks the blood and is frequently fatal. Treatment given at the Thai hospital saved his life, but he lapsed into a coma two months ago, and his ever-increasingly expensive medical bill has prompted his family to resort to...