Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

19 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Bangkok now expat hub for online professional poker players

In spite of the fact that gambling is mostly illegal in Thailand, Bangkok is now being celebrated as a world hub for online poker-playing professionals earning enough money to keep themselves in a manner other expats can’t quite manage. According to media reports, moving to Thailand in order to play poker for a living is the latest fad amongst the expat professional poker-playing community. US pro players choose Thailand due to the sad fact their own country only has three states in which playing for money online is legalised,...
14 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Chiang Mai suffering from world’s worst air pollution

Local media are reporting the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai is in the grip of the world’s worst air quality. At the beginning of this week, the already dangerous levels of PM2.5 dust particulates across the north of Thailand increased still further, with the popular expat and tourist destination faring worse than the rest of the region due to its position in a valley almost surrounded by mountains and its permanently heavy traffic. An increased incidence of forest fires and agricultural burning both across the region and in...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2019

New book by expats in Vietnam tells it like it is

For those considering Vietnam for their next home from home, there’s a newly-published book which tells the personal triumphs and tragedies of 21 expat residents. ‘ 'Stories of Expats in Vietnam’ gathers together the feelings, experiences and troubles of 21 expats, all of whom tell of everything from their initial difficulties to their growing love and attachment to the Southeast Asian country. All have diverse occupations and arrived from diverse countries including Russia, France, Japan and Mexico. They came to work, teach,...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Top ten most expensive Asian destinations now include three Thai cities

The top ten most expensive Asian cities now include Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Cost of living surveys are popular with would-be expatriates as they give a benchmark for wage or pension levels, with several developing countries in Southeast Asia considered to be a cheaper option than many other world destinations. However, a shock result in Numbeo’s January 2019 Cost of Living Index revealed Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya as being in the list of the ten most expensive ASEAN cities. Numbeo ranks world cities according to a...
12 Feb at 6 PM 2019

New Thailand retirement visa issues to hit hard on elderly, sick expats in care homes

Thailand’s recently announced changes to its retirement visa financial requirements are having unforeseen consequences for elderly residents in Chiang Mai’s several care homes. Whilst the controversy about the new financial requirements for what’s known as the ‘retirement visa’ is still ongoing, posters on a local forum have been exploring its effects on long-stay elderly expats in the city’s private care homes. The expat community contains a number of elderly, long-stay retirees no longer able to fend for themselves due...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are expat surveys simply fodder for sponsored advertorials?

Do expats’ opinions really count, or are they just fodder for survey companies’ advertorial articles? The various annual expat survey reports can make or break specific locations, dependent on respondents’ opinions on everything from quality of life, health and well-being, happiness, safety and security and even digital life. A cursory glance at the results might lead would-be expats to believe respondent demographics only include wealthy, career-oriented expat professionals, but many in other life sectors such as retirement...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Shanghai urged to get rabies vaccinations

Many expats visiting rural areas of China during the New Year festivities aren’t aware they’re at risk of rabies. The Chinese New Year festivities are the perfect excuse for expats to travel to China’s spectacular rural regions, but a Shanghai hospital is strongly advising expatriates to get vaccinated against rabies before they take the trip. According to doctors working in the ER at Shanghai’s Jiahui International Hospital, expats are more at risk as they generally aren’t aware of the risk of rabies outside the country’s...
25 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Straw poll predicts the demise of Thailand as an expat destination

As the air in Bangkok get even more polluted, a survey by a well-known expat forum tells it like its members see it.. For decades, Thailand has been a favourite expat destination for its weather, its very low cost of living and its reputation as an easy-going place to work or retire. However, over the past several years, increasingly restrictive visa regulations and a feeling that expats weren’t as welcome as in the past have soured the dream, with many Westerners leaving for Cambodia, Vietnam and other more promising and permissive...
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...