Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

26 May at 6 PM 2020

British pensioner rescued from abusive Thai family

A British WWII veteran is now safe at home in the UK with his daughter and extended family after being abused and ill-treated by his Thai partner. Only known as ‘Ron’ in media reports, the 86-year old pensioner moved to Thailand seven years ago after his then partner’s death and was currently living in the central Thailand province of Samut Sakhon after forming a relationship with a Thai woman and her family. According to his British family, he had only pallets to sleep on and was starving due to the lack of food and water, even...
22 May at 6 PM 2020

Trapped South African expat teachers in Cambodia have nowhere to turn

One of the major difficulties caused by a lack of international coordination after the pandemic hit is that huge numbers are trapped outside their home countries. Since the pandemic became established in the vast majority of world countries, a huge number of travellers are now trapped overseas with no way of returning home. As country after country slammed on lockdowns and border closures in order to protect their citizens, many of those needing the same protection were stuck in lands where few or no precautions were being taken....
21 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Thailand fear for their online privacy

Expats in Thailand now fearing breaches of their online privacy due to the junta government’s new coronavirus contact tracing website. As Thailand gently eases up on its total lockdown and allows locals and expats to shop again, many foreigners are fearing a loss of online privacy due to a newly announced government tracing website. In an attempt to upgrade the tracing of those who’ve been in unknowing contact with infected people during shopping trips, the controversial app/website/whatever must be used every time a shop or mall...
19 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Cambodia adjusting to the total lack of tourism

Following its unofficial invasion by hordes of Chinese on- and offline casino operations, Cambodia is now struggling to cope with an almost non-existent tourism sector. As in the rest of Southeast Asia, Covid-19 has put paid to tourism in Cambodia, just as the country was recovering from the bad press following the Chinese unofficial but devastating takeover of the former Royal vacation destination of Sihanoukville. Its tourism ministry seems to have realised that, for now at least, the hospitality industry is on its knees and unlikely...
7 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Prague love the city’s varied international food stores

Expats living and working in Prague may be forbidden to travel but can still buy food favourites from across the world. Travel bans and lockdowns have become the norm for expat professionals living and working in Prague, but the city’s international food stores can provide the ingredients for a truly international taste thrill. The Czech Republic is now lifting its quarantine regulations, causing expats as well as locals to venture out to favourite food stores and either stock up on supplies or arrange home deliveries. Being...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Vietnam urged to loosen rules on expat property ownership

Vietnamese property developers are urging the government to reduce the rules on expat ownership. In a move prompted by the need to spur the expat takeup of premium apartments in order to avoid unsold inventory, Vietnam’s construction sector is urging the government to ease the rules on foreign ownership. According to a recent report, the 30 per cent cap on foreign ownership in any one premium apartment project is stifling an increase in expatriate demand for such properties in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Nowadays, foreign demand...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Thailand join to help Thais in need due to the pandemic

In spite of a representative of the Thai government’s verbal attacks on expats, foreigners all over the popular destination are pulling out all the stops to help Thai nationals in need. The pandemic’s devastating effect on Thailand’s tourist industry has seen small and medium sized businesses, hotels, guest houses and other hospitality sector owners left without any income and with little hope of the situation returning to anything resembling normal over the next few months. As a result, huge numbers of workers in the sector as...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats and citizens urged to help Phuket’s famous Soi Dog Foundation

Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation is hoping to avoid the devastating effects of the holiday island’s coronavirus lockdown by bringing in huge quantities of dog and cat food. Dog and cat lovers both in Thailand and in many other world countries including the USA all admire the dedicated efforts of the Soi Dog Foundation to rescue, care for and re-home as many as possible of the country’s stray and abandoned dogs and cats. As with the many other pet rescue charities across the country, its much-needed revenues mostly come from the...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats and visitors trapped in Thailand finally granted visa amnesty

Thailand finally announces a visa amnesty for expats, tourists and other foreign travellers. Expats and foreign travellers trapped in Thailand after the government shut down all borders are now relieved a government amnesty has given them the right to extend their stays without worrying about their status. The amnesty will last until April 30, giving those affected more time to work out how to leave the country. Tourists, business travellers and expats heading to their home countries due to the pandemic are all relieved, especially as...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Pattaya hit by yet more local travel rules

Thailand’s infamous sin city of Pattaya is now under even tougher measures in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Although Thailand’s total numbers of covid-19 infections and deaths seems far lower than in the majority of other affected world countries, it seems some regions are worse affected than others. Known as ‘party central’ or ‘sin city’, Pattaya’s popularity with older male Westerners is well-known, and its tourism revenue was high as a result until the arrival of the unwelcome Chinese visitor...