Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

21 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Mexico threatened with deportation over incomplete documents

American expats are now facing deportations similar to those being experienced in Thailand. It seems the world is now regressing as regards its overall treatments of expats, many of whom in various popular worldwide destinations are now facing deportation for simple and easily remedied mistakes in documentation. For some while, Western expats in Thailand have been the targets of official harassment over minor bureaucratic errors and the re-hashing of old laws, with US expats in Mexico now posting similar shock-horror stories. The...
18 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Starting a small business as a retired expat in Thailand

Nowadays, many small business owners in the West are taking early retirement and heading to warmer, less costly shores. Once the initial novelty of a new country begins to wear off, many new retirees consider starting a new business in order to utilise their knowledge and experience as well as topping up their pensions as a hedge against inflation. A small business enterprise can give new meaning to expat life, but only if the laws of the relevant country are fully understood. The World Economic Forum’s newly released report on...
13 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Cambodia approve new safety-first construction laws

Expats in Cambodia are in support of the government’s strict new property construction laws. Following the disastrous collapse of a seven story building in Sihanoukville which caused 28 deaths and 26 injuries, Cambodia’s government has issued new rules for all constructions. Basically, should a faulty building cause death, injury or damage to an adjacent building by collapsing, developers will face fines, building license cancellations and suspension from any further construction projects. F or unlicensed buildings already...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat in Thailand wins major prize for his work in rescuing street dogs

Expat Michael Baines and his Sanctuary for 570 dogs, 20 of which have disabilities, have won the 2019 Walkin’ Pets Rescue of the Year award. Michael, a chef by profession and a dog rescuer by accident, arrived in Thailand in 2002 and began rescuing and caring for soi dogs some years later. For the first five years, he worked in the streets, focusing on abandoned and stray dogs and feeding them and caring for them as best he could. For those needing medical care, he opened up his home and made sure they had all they needed for...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Western tourists and expats in Thailand to be replaced by Indians

Western visitors and expats are now shunning Thailand in favour of other nearby destinations. The previous effect of Western tourism in Thailand wasn’t just to bring short-term revenue into the country as many visitors decided to make the popular Southeast Asian destination their permanent home, either by retiring, starting a business, finding a job or even marrying a Thai girl and starting a family. Nowadays, fewer and fewer Westerners are travelling that road, due to a perception they’re no longer welcome, difficulties with...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Controversy continues over effect of compulsory health insurance for expats in Thailand

Heartbreak looms for elderly expats in Thailand via compulsory private health insurance. Whilst it seems the present requirement is to be mandatory for expats arriving on the O-A so-called retirement visa, and also on its annual extensions, there’s still a great deal of confusion about expat retirees whose retirement visas are of the ‘O’ type. At present, the interpretation of official immigration announcements seems to exempt this class of visa from compulsory private health insurance, but Thailand is Thailand and things...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Dissecting Thailand’s expat community as a whole

Being an expat in Thailand is somewhat of a challenge these days, but it’s not stopping a good number of foreign residents from sticking to their guns and staying put in the hope common sense will prevail. Expat communities in the major cities tend to be defined by character, with the separate groups sticking together in areas, thus making themselves easily identifiable. This trend smacks of type-casting, making preferences and lifestyle clear to new arrivals. Perhaps the most obvious sector as regards motivations for choosing...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Slump in expat arrivals hits Thai condo market

The soaring baht and a dearth of expat arrivals have hit hard on the country’s condominium market. Real estate agents across Thailand are hunkering down and hoping to survive what one developer is calling the most severe situation in the past 10 years. Prices have slumped during 2019, mainly due to the continued rise in the baht and a strong fall in the numbers of Chinese and Western expats arriving to work or retire. Almost half a million residential condominiums both in Bangkok and other major cities were left unsold in 2018,...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Thai government legalises dual pricing for expat treatment at public hospitals

Retired expats in Thailand are now to be charged double the rates paid by Thais and ASEAN nationals for treatment at public hospitals. Thailand’s ministry of health officials have now ordered administrators at the country’s public hospitals to charge non-Asean foreigners requiring diagnosis and treatment at least double the price charged to Thais and ASEAN citizens. The new rules became effective this week, and are being seen by the expat community as another blow to their human rights in the country. The new law states four...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat retirees in Thailand hard hit by strong baht

As the Thai baht gets ever stronger against Western currencies, more and more expatriates are feeling the pinch. Thailand has been perennially popular with expat retirees from the Western hemisphere, but the inexplicable rise in the value of its baht currency is wrecking the carefully-calculated financial strategies of a good number of retirees dependent on monthly pension transfers from the home country. For British long-stay retirees, it’s even worse, as their pension payments were frozen at the rate current when they left the UK....