Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

16 Jul at 6 PM 2019

How to rescue Thailand from itself

After a week of dire media predictions concerning the near-collapse of Thailand’s tourist industry, one local English-language online newspaper is telling it like it is. Traditionally, Thailand was the preferred option for both Western tourists and expatriates for its fascinating culture, ultra-friendly, welcoming local people, natural beauty and, crucially, for its affordability, all of which were plus points attracting huge numbers of Western tourists as well as retirees looking for an enjoyable life amidst warm weather. Over the...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Sihanoukville Chinese invasion sends expats packing

The Chinese invasion of Sihanoukville feels like a rape of Cambodia’s culture and history. Once upon a time in a land far away, a beachside town was home not only to its local residents but also to expatriates of all shapes, sizes and nationalities, drawn by its charm and friendliness as well as its history as a favourite summer holiday destination for city folk from Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Sadly, fast-forwarding to 2019 reveals a totally different story due to the ambitions of a totally different neighbouring country....
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Thailand visa renewals by Scandinavian expats are shrinking

Numbers of Nordic expatriates in Thailand on business, in retirement or with Thai families are shrinking fast, according to a local English language online newspaper. According to reports based on info from the Thai Immigration Authority, the numbers of expats from Scandinavia looking to renew their visas has fallen by 10 per cent, the first decline since 2007. Should the rate of decline continue, by the end of this year there will be just 861 expatriates of Scandinavian origin still living in the country. The figures back up other...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats counting the pennies as sterling sinks

Whilst British expat retirees are counting the pennies, multinationals relocating staff to London are cashing in on the weak pound. By now, it’s a well-known fact that British retirees in popular EU retirement destination are having a hard time making ends meet due to the falling pound, but many don’t realise that companies sending expat staff to the UK are saving money for the same reason. In the 2018 annual surveys, London was the 19th most expensive world city for relocating expats, but this year’s rating for the capital is...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Technology for expat digital nomads in Vietnam

Vietnam is becoming ever more popular for digital nomads, but what happens when their devices break down? Nowadays, laptops, smartphones and their screens, keyboards, mice, cables, voltage adapters and the entire paraphernalia of internet access don’t last like they used to, and reliable internet speeds are rarely found outside first world countries. In the popular digital nomad hub of Vietnam, the above applies in spades, as most of the available kit is Chinese knock-off copies with predictably brief lives. Another issue driving...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Expats and locals welcome new laws over price gouging at private Thai hospitals

Thailand’s private hospital sector is now being briefed on public notification of all prices after years of complaints over price gouging. Seen as a scandal for a good few years by expats and locals alike, price gouging on everything from drugs through diagnostics to medical services including operations seems to have been common practice throughout the country’s 353 private hospitals. When the sound of whistle-blowing became too noisy to ignore, the junta government was forced to take action, much to the relief of the private...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Racist media rant angers expats in Thailand

An article recently published in an online media site widely read by expats living and working in Thailand has angered readers with its racist tone.of a recently published article. As an online English language media outlet regularly read and respected by expatriates in Thailand, Asian Correspondent has long been well regarded for its coverage of events and news stories relevant to those living, working or retiring in the Southeast Asian country. Sadly, a recent article seems to have destroyed its image for a proportion of its...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2019

US navy veteran wrongly accused of financial crime in China

In August last year, US navy veteran Derrick Keller was arrested just after he and his wife had arrived in Bangkok as tourists. He was accused of running a Ponzi scheme which caused investors to lose millions of dollars, but has strenuously denied the charge. Originally from Texas, Derrick, his wife and their two children moved to China in 2015 after his wife was offered a position as lead dance instructor at the Shenzhen Dance Academy. Whilst his wife continued with her career, Derrick took a few odd jobs, coached a baseball team and...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Kampot concerned about Chinese military intentions

Just as Cambodia becomes more popular as an expat destination, concerns over the possibility of a Chinese military base is causing genuine concern amongst foreign communities. In spite of assurances from the Chinese Defence Minister, expats on the ground in various popular regions are putting two and two together and distrusting Chinese reassurances. Social media reports on a so-called Chinese-financed eco-tourism development in coastal Koh Kong province are suggesting it’s actually a military naval base in disguise. It seems...
31 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats applaud Thai government for taking on overpricing at private hospitals

Thailand’s private hospitals will no longer be able to hit patents with massively overpriced treatment bills following a government introduction of laws to keep charges in check. The government’s decision follows a massive number of complaints by expats and Thais against local private medical facilities all over the country, with the phrase ‘being ripped off’ a familiar comment by former patients. Whilst many expats as well as locals choose to go private in order to avoid long queues at state-run hospitals, an increasing...