Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

11 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expat survey sees Thailand at its worst ever world ranking

Thailand has dropped to its worst ever ranking in the recently released Expat Explorer 2019 survey. Once a preferred option for many expat professionals looking to change location, Thailand is now ranked 24th out of 64 countries surveyed. The survey took into account expats’ perceived quality of life, personal finance, family life, ease of settling in, working life and overall cost of living, with the Southeast Asian state losing out on safety and security, digital life and quality of life as well as health and well-being. In...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Thailand thrashed by Vietnam in recent expat survey

Thailand is now at a new low in this year’s Expat Insider survey. Once a favourite for expat professionals as well as Western retirees, this year’s survey saw it fall by seven places over the 2017 result to 25th out of the 64 countries represented in the study. To make matters worse, its next door neighbour Vietnam soared, winning out as the world’s second most popular expat destination. Respondents to the survey are asked to score various aspects of their present location by rating 48 factors, with the results condensed into...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Thailand Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce supports expat complaints over TM30 reporting

As the TM30 issue continues to raise ire amongst long-term expats in business or on retirement, the Bangkok-based Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce has weighed in with proposals to amend the situation. Following the Thailand-wide expatriate calls for changes or even the dumping of the unpopular law, chair of the JFCCT Stanley Kang told reporters the umbrella body has suggested easing the impact on expats of the newly-resurrected law before it begins to affect foreign businesses in the Kingdom. Mr.Kang also revealed the...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British expat arrested after suffering severe injuries attempting to stop a fight

A British expat living in northern Thailand was on a visit to his Thai wife in Pai, north of Chiang Mai, when he was set upon by a gang of Thai bikers. During his visit, Luke Thornton was sitting by the side of the road with a few of his Thai friends when three Thais on motorbikes drew up and began revving up their engines. His friends' complaints about the noise angering the bikers, and when Luke pulled his mates away he was viciously attacked by the Thai men. During the attack, the bikers beat him with heavy sticks with nails...
27 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Is Thailand seeing an expat exodus to Vietnam?

For more than a decade, Thailand has been a favourite destination for Western expats looking to enjoy better weather than in the home country, a more laid-back lifestyle and a lower cost of living. For expat retirees in particular, Thailand was the top choice for many years, but a recent change in attitude by the military-run government and its immigration department has caused a good number to consider relocating to friendlier shores. Another reason for this decision is the combined effect of inflation and the overly strong baht on...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Crackdown on Thai private hospital price gouging set to continue

Speaking to the media after Thai private hospitals’ price lists were received, a spokesperson from the Department of Internal Trade insisted the crackdown on price gouging would continue. Since the price-gouging scandal operated by Thailand’s private hospital chains was revealed online, government action has focused on the cost of medicines supplied by hospital pharmacies as against the recommended prices. For some years, price-gouging by Thai private hospitals has been a cause of anger amongst the country’s expat community,...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British expats in Bangkok furious over demolition of historic Thailand embassy

The imposing architectural treasure which was once the British Embassy in Thailand is now a heap of rubble after its demolition to make way for yet another Bangkok shopping mall. UK expats living and working in Thailand's capital city reacted negatively to the announcement that their ambassadorial representation in Thailand was to be downgraded and its landmark embassy building sold off, but no-one at the time mentioned its eventual fate – to be trashed in order to make way for yet another shopping mall. Once described by the...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British pensioner saves his Thai wife from deportation

A British citizen’s Thai wife has been saved from deportation by her fast-thinking husband’s actions. British expat retiree Mark Leonardi met his wife-to-be in Isan’s Khon Kaen City 14 years ago and married her in 2015. The couple spent their time between Thailand and the UK, living in North London during their regular visits. In 2003, two years before he met and fell in love with Ngam Ngon, Mark was diagnosed with kidney disease and received a kidney transplant which failed, leaving him with a permanent need for dialysis. Added...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Bangkok expat community up in arms over unlawful street searches by police

Expats in Thailand’s capital are protesting over the use of illegal street searches they say are aimed at the foreign community. The stop and search procedures are taking place on Sukhumvit Road between Phrom Pong and the Asoke intersection and include late-night detentions at Thonglor police station as well as demands for on-street urine tests and threats of jail time, heavy fines and even deportation. Many expats who’ve made complaints have told local English language media they were intimidated into paying bribes of up to...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Dwindling high end rentals down to Bangkok expat relocations

As demand shrinks, partly due due to expats packing up and leaving, the Bangkok housing market is being forced to change its focus from rental apartments to single-owner homes for Thais. Previously, the rental supply and demand mechanism concentrated on larger, two-bedroomed condos suitable for expats arriving with their families to live and work in the city. Nowadays, companies are lowering their operating costs and saving money by not having to fund tuition fees for expat children as well as the high cost of maintaining a family in...