Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Cambodia fear Chinese colonisation

Is Cambodia fast becoming a satellite of China? Cambodia has long been a destination for expatriates keen on Southeast Asia but disenchanted with Thailand and not quite ready for rural Laos, but the increasing Chinese presence in popular destinations such as Sihanoukville is worrying the long-stay foreign community. Chinese investment has transformed the former premier seaside resort over the past two years, forcing many Cambodians and expats to leave for the as yet unspoiled cities of Kampot and Kep. Sihanoukville’s formerly...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Is Thailand still a bargain basement retirement destination?

For several decades, Thailand has been touted as an affordable, enjoyable retirement destination, but how much has the country changed over the past few years? For retirees from Europe, the USA, the UK and Australia, Thailand has long been a favourite for its low cost of living, natural beauty, warm climate and friendly locals, but recent polls are suggesting it’s in decline as regards these essentials. Admittedly, the beaches are no longer as pristine as before due to overuse and lack of care, the famous street-side cuisine is...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Serial beggar causing grief for expats in Saigon

Expats living and working in Saigon are furious about an American expat beggar who’s survived on the streets for an entire year. Unconfirmed reports give the reputed American beggar’s name as Tim Style, with a local expatriate store owner confirming he’s seen Style in various Saigon locations for around a year. The beggar holds a sign written in Vietnamese asking passers-by to give him money for food, and is apparently telling anyone who’ll listen that he’s lost all his ID papers and money and can’t afford the trip back to...
12 Oct at 6 PM 2018

HSBC survey rates Thailand lower than in 2017 rankings

A recently published HSBC survey ranks Thailand six points lower than in last year’s listings. Once one of the most popular destinations for expat retirees, Thailand has slipped still further in the results of the latest Expat Explorer survey, losing six points from last year’s results and finishing 21st out of the 31 countries whose rankings were released earlier this week. Expats rated property and general health highly, with disposable income also scoring well, but the final result was affected by low scores in a number of...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Brit pensioner and Thai wife steal cash and mattress from neighbour

A British expat retiree and his Thai wife have been arrested after being caught on camera stealing a mattress and cash. Sidney Michael Edwards and his wife Phensakao Nasok were arrested in a Pattaya rooming house last week after being caught on CCTV whilst stealing 126,000 baht (£3,000) and a mattress from an adjacent rented room. The couple. from Thailand’s Mukdahan province. had been staying in a rented room in Pattaya next door to another room rented by a Briton who was on holiday in Cambodia at the time. When he returned to his...
28 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Philippines retirement visa an improvement on other SE Asian versions

If you’ve fallen in love with the friendly locals and laid-back lifestyle in the Philippines, retiring here is easier than in many Southeast Asian countries. The Philippines archipelago has been popular with older Western expatriates for some decades, but the numbers arriving are now increasing due to political instability in formerly favourite mainland destinations. The invasion of Cambodia by Chinese developers and their casino customers and the stiffening of immigration requirements and increasing xenophobia in Thailand are...
25 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Bodies of missing Scot expat and Thai wife found buried in their Phrae garden

After having been reported as missing five days ago, the bodies of Scot expat Alan Hogg and his Thai wife Nott have been found buried in the garden of their Thai mansion in Phrae. The couple were reported as missing by a friend who’d been unable to contact them via messaging and arrived at their villa to find blood on the walls of the swimming pool’s changing room. Local Thai police were called, and the couple’s brand new pick-up truck was also missing. Hogg’s wife’s brother was arrested after CCTV forage showed him stealing...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats and visitors to Thailand urged to avoid scams

Whether you’re a tourist to Thailand or a newly-arrived expat, you should take care not to be caught by scams as well as remembering to behave with respect when visiting temples and historic monuments. Thailand is still a favourite tourism destination for visitors from first-world countries due to its warm, sunny weather, low costs and interesting culture and history. Tourism is one of the Kingdom’s most important industries, but occasional bad behaviour by visitors and newly-arrived expats can spoil the experience by setting...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Sinking sterling hits Brit state pensioners in Thailand

As sterling continues to struggle against the Brexit effect, UK expats in Thailand are feeling the pinch. For the more adventurous amongst British retirees, Thailand has been a favoured destination for several decades due to its weather, low cost of living and, for some, the readily available choice of young, female companions. In the good old days, an exchange rate of around 72 to the pound meant even a British state pensioner on the ungenerous £628 per month UK stipend could fund a comfortable lifestyle including housing and...
24 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Strange deaths of two expats in the Land of Smiles

Over the years, the popular expat destination of Thailand has been somewhat unfairly categorised either as a massive rest home for senile Western retirees or a haven for elderly sexpats, but recent reports suggest a resemblance to la-la land on steroids. Every year, dozens of expats meet their end via supposed suicide in the Land of Smiles, with leaping from balconies an all-time favourite, but few have done so as spectacularly as may the two reported this week. One English language article described the gruesome end of an unnamed,...