Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

22 May at 6 PM 2019

Thailand’s expat housing market hits the skids as unsold units multiply

Thailand’s glitzy capital now has a glut of unsold condo units. As the Thai economy begins to stutter and restrictions on mortgage lending kick in, property developers are being left with falling prices and just 55 per cent in take-up rates. Real estate agencies in the city as well as developers seem to have been caught unawares by a lack of buyers due to world instability and bad press as regards the Kingdom’s view of foreigners and expats in general. In addition, the Chinese investors who’ve contributed to the previous...
20 May at 6 PM 2019

US Embassy advises expats to spend every last cent on health insurance

The US Embassy has issued a warning to its expats in Thailand urging them to get adequate private health insurance. Embassies in general seem to only address the problems their expat citizens face until issues have been done to death in local media and online by disgruntled citizens with genuine grievances. This latest intervention may well win the 2019 ‘too little, too late and uninformed’ prize as, for starters, it was the US diplomatic machine which suddenly refused to guarantee its expats’ monthly incomes as required by Thai...
17 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Thailand mourn the passing of The Nation newspaper

Thailand’s daily English language newspaper The Nation is closing after 48 years. Expatriates in Bangkok are sad to hear their daily dose of local and world news in its traditional format is about to disappear, but may well realise it’s an inevitable part of the rise of the internet and social media as the planet’s sole news source. Apparently, the closure wasn’t unexpected and is a decision all traditional media outlets will face sooner rather than later, as costs grow, advertising revenue shrinks and the demographics of...
16 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Vietnam hit out at begpackers

Angry expats in Vietnam and across Southeast Asia are calling for action against the begpacking trend. The subject of begpackers is one which brings genuine expats across Southeast Asia together in anger, as it’s considered morally wrong that Western travellers should expect locals to pay for what seem to be no more than sightseeing trips taking in popular expat destinations. Asian cultures in general have a tradition of giving to those in need, but the sight of Westerners taking advantage of local generosity is offending...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

Famed Buddhist scholar turned politician gives talk to expats’ club in Thailand

Members of the popular Pattaya resort’s Expat Club were treated to a fascinating talk on Thailand’s political and cultural history as well as the country’s possible future. Presented by Mano Laohavanich MD PhD, the speaker at last Sunday’s Expats’ Club meeting, the talk centred on the country’s political history from 1238 a.d. to the present day, including the recent election. He also offered his personal insight into the country’s direction in the future, touching on its effect on tourism, expat life and the Thai people...
13 May at 6 PM 2019

Cambodian craft beers delight expats and tourists alike

Expats in Cambodia are now enjoying locally-brewed craft beers. Would-be expats who see Cambodia as a totally unfamiliar slice of Southeast Asia might be amazed to know its market for locally-produced craft beers is growing fast. The craving for alternatives to the easily obtained local beers has produced an entirely new market for the real thing, carefully created by enthusiasts and now becoming the latest and hopefully long-lasting fad. Tourists as well as an increasing community of Western expats first created the demand for...
10 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Thailand forced to inform government of all job changes

Yet another new law aimed at expats in Thailand came into force at the end of last month. According to an announcement by the Thai Labour Ministry, all migrant workers in the Kingdom, including working expats, must inform the government about their job changes. The new law encompasses not just established expat workers who change jobs, but also those who leave their jobs and those who’ve arrived to take on an existing job. Fines for failing to comply start at 10,000 baht and soars to an unbelievable 200,000 baht – some £4,700 –...
8 May at 6 PM 2019

Strange tale of Brit expat dispute with Thai landlady to end in deportation

A British expat involved in a rent dispute with his Phuket landlady is now to be deported for overstaying his visa. Briton David Maclean had locked himself in his ninth-floor Phuket condo in January as a result of a rent dispute with his landlady, initiated when he requested receipts for rents paid in order to present them to Thai immigration when he renewed his visa. He’d taken up the tenancy last October and claims he was prevented from paying for two months due to the landlady’s adult children refusing to give receipts for...
7 May at 6 PM 2019

Expat in Thailand writes to new immigration minister

Following the recent expat outcry about new visa rules, an expat living in Thailand has sent an open letter to the new Thai minister for immigration. Published in the Bangkok-based English language newspaper The Nation, the letter began with appreciation for the new immigration chief’s admission he wasn’t up to date on matters relevant to his new post. The previous incumbent, it added, seemed not to hear the appalled outcry amongst the estimated hundreds of thousands of expats following the publication of his recently-announced new...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2019

90 year old expat leaves Thailand as compatriots deride immigration unfairness

As a result of negative changes in attitude towards Western expats in Thailand over the past decades, as well as the toughening up of visa requirements, a 90-year old invalid expatriate is leaving for an overseas city with a warm climate. Donald Graber chose Thailand as his retirement haven when the Southeast Asian country was the promised’ Land of Smiles’, genuinely welcoming strangers from the West and making them feel they’d found their forever home. Over the years, Donald still saw Thailand as the place he loved, but began...