Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

28 Dec at 6 PM 2018

The reality of forcing expats in Thailand to buy expensive private healthcare insurance

As the possibility of all expats in Thailand being forced to buy private health insurance or have their visas cancelled sinks in, one local online English language newspaper publishes its survey results. The long-stay expat community in Thailand is split between those working in Bangkok companies, those running their own small businesses in Thailand’s major cities and those who chose Thailand as the perfect retirement destination. Although there are no demographics showing the comparative numbers in each location, it’s fair to...
27 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Thailand’s soaring private healthcare costs to be ministry-controlled

The soaring cost of treatment in Thailand’s private hospitals may soon be placed under government control. The days of cheap heathcare in Thailand’s reputable private hospitals are well and truly over, as commercial interests continue to drive up charges for everything from medicines through consultations to treatment including operations. Once a hub for expat retirees and medical tourists, average charges in the country for common operations are now higher than their counterparts in Spain, although still cheaper than in the UK...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2018

WHO report warns expats Thailand roads are still deadly

The latest report issued by the World Health Organisation indicates the popular Southeast Asian expat and tourism hub is still plagued by a lack of effective road safety measures. Whilst this year’s rate of 32.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants is slightly lower by around four percent than last year’s totals, Thailand’s notorious road deaths are the highest in the whole of Southeast Asia. The WHO report, published on Friday and covering 175 world countries, estimates that the annual death toll on Thailand’s roads averages 22,491...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Multiple Golden Visas now essential for the ultra-wealthy

Is global citizenship now a must-have for wealthy expatriates? Paying anything from a reasonable amount to a small fortune for a second passport, residency and citizenship in a country you’ve never even visited now seems to be the must-have accessory for expats as well as wealthy nationals of slightly politically unstable world countries. So much so that multiple Golden Visa passports are more desirable than just one as they brand the owner as worldly, interconnected and a contact to be cherished by those less fortunate. Practically...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Cambodia fear Chinese colonisation

Is Cambodia fast becoming a satellite of China? Cambodia has long been a destination for expatriates keen on Southeast Asia but disenchanted with Thailand and not quite ready for rural Laos, but the increasing Chinese presence in popular destinations such as Sihanoukville is worrying the long-stay foreign community. Chinese investment has transformed the former premier seaside resort over the past two years, forcing many Cambodians and expats to leave for the as yet unspoiled cities of Kampot and Kep. Sihanoukville’s formerly...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Is Thailand still a bargain basement retirement destination?

For several decades, Thailand has been touted as an affordable, enjoyable retirement destination, but how much has the country changed over the past few years? For retirees from Europe, the USA, the UK and Australia, Thailand has long been a favourite for its low cost of living, natural beauty, warm climate and friendly locals, but recent polls are suggesting it’s in decline as regards these essentials. Admittedly, the beaches are no longer as pristine as before due to overuse and lack of care, the famous street-side cuisine is...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Serial beggar causing grief for expats in Saigon

Expats living and working in Saigon are furious about an American expat beggar who’s survived on the streets for an entire year. Unconfirmed reports give the reputed American beggar’s name as Tim Style, with a local expatriate store owner confirming he’s seen Style in various Saigon locations for around a year. The beggar holds a sign written in Vietnamese asking passers-by to give him money for food, and is apparently telling anyone who’ll listen that he’s lost all his ID papers and money and can’t afford the trip back to...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2018

HSBC survey rates Thailand lower than in 2017 rankings

A recently published HSBC survey ranks Thailand six points lower than in last year’s listings. Once one of the most popular destinations for expat retirees, Thailand has slipped still further in the results of the latest Expat Explorer survey, losing six points from last year’s results and finishing 21st out of the 31 countries whose rankings were released earlier this week. Expats rated property and general health highly, with disposable income also scoring well, but the final result was affected by low scores in a number of...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Brit pensioner and Thai wife steal cash and mattress from neighbour

A British expat retiree and his Thai wife have been arrested after being caught on camera stealing a mattress and cash. Sidney Michael Edwards and his wife Phensakao Nasok were arrested in a Pattaya rooming house last week after being caught on CCTV whilst stealing 126,000 baht (£3,000) and a mattress from an adjacent rented room. The couple. from Thailand’s Mukdahan province. had been staying in a rented room in Pattaya next door to another room rented by a Briton who was on holiday in Cambodia at the time. When he returned to his...
28 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Philippines retirement visa an improvement on other SE Asian versions

If you’ve fallen in love with the friendly locals and laid-back lifestyle in the Philippines, retiring here is easier than in many Southeast Asian countries. The Philippines archipelago has been popular with older Western expatriates for some decades, but the numbers arriving are now increasing due to political instability in formerly favourite mainland destinations. The invasion of Cambodia by Chinese developers and their casino customers and the stiffening of immigration requirements and increasing xenophobia in Thailand are...