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Days and Their Corresponding Colors in Thailand

Did you know that in Thailand each day of the week is associated with a different color? Wearing the correct color on the correct day is said to be lucky, but there’s more to it than that. This part of Thai culture is influenced by Hindu mythology

Renting an Apartment in Thailand: The Ultimate Guide

Renting an apartment in Thailand is an exciting prospect. But before you start your search for the perfect condo, you’ll want to read up on how the process differs from renting in your home country. In this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know, from pricing to lease contracts to deposits to utility bills…Read More

The Boiler Rooms of Thailand – How to Avoid Investment Scams

A fool and his money are soon parted, as the saying goes. But it’s not just fools that have lost their savings in Thailand to fraudsters; it’s people like you and me. The worst thing about it is, the scammers are usually our fellow countrymen – hailing from the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, US, 

Retiring In Thailand? Here’s the Most Useful Guide Ever Compiled

If you’re planning on retiring in Thailand, there’s a bunch of things you need to consider, some of which you probably haven’t yet thought of. And that’s the purpose of this post; a checklist of sorts to make sure you have everything covered. First we will look at where to live and the pros and cons

How to Lease Land in Thailand: A Foreigner’s Guide to the Law

A lease agreement in Thailand enables a foreigner to maintain a long term interest in the country through land. Lease permitting, a house can be constructed on the land and registered in the foreigner’s name. A lease arrangement is suited to a number of situations, including: Someone who wants to retire in Thailand 

A List of Prohibited Jobs for Foreigners in Thailand

I often get asked about job opportunities in Thailand for specific industries, and “Can I move to Thailand and work as a [enter job here]. The answer is usually no – because Thailand prohibits foreign nationals from working in many areas of industry. The large majority of the restricted positions are trades

Cannabis Law in Thailand: A Guide to Growing & Smoking Marijuana

Thailand’s Marijuana laws have evolved dramatically in recent times. What was once considered an illegal drug, unsafe for society, is now legal, mostly. Thailand approved the decriminalization of cannabis, agreeing that the Health Ministry drop cannabis from its list of controlled drugs. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul signed an announcement removing the drug from Category 5

Motorbike Safety in Thailand: 12 Must Follow Holiday Tips

Many travelers, and those relocating to Thailand, don’t give riding a motorbike a second thought until they arrive and realize it’s the easiest and cheapest way to get around. Suddenly, without having planned it, you find yourself out on the open road on a machine you have zero experience of operating. 

It’s always a difficult question to answer because a holiday in Thailand can be as cheap or expensive as you like. I suppose this can be said for most countries, but Thailand is different. It really is an all-budget country.

Spirit houses are common in Thailand and no doubt you’ve seen them outside homes, hotels, malls and even on farmland. But what are these spirit houses and why do people have them? Ask a Thai and the answer you’re likely to get will be something along the lines of “to keep the ghosts happy” 

The Thailand Pass Guide – Your Questions Answered

Thailand has a new system for entering the country called the Thailand Pass. It is a free, web-based system that manages your entry to Thailand. Regardless of your visa status or nationality (except Thais), you will need a Pass. The Pass is required for both air and land border entry. The requirements for entry 

As a foreigner, whenever you talk about buying land in Thailand, some smart Alec pops up and says, “You can’t own land in Thailand, so ner”! While this is sort of true, the law doesn’t restrict foreigners from owning land in all instances, which we’ll discuss in a moment. 

My Personal Travel Insurance Recommendations (includes over 70s)

Traveling is an incredibly rewarding experience that changes your perspective on the world, on life, and on yourself. It’s exciting and, once you’ve booked, all that’s on your mind is taking off starting your adventure. But while traveling is a largely positive experience, things can go wrong. You’re stepping into the world of the unknown

The Definitive Thailand Acronyms Guide

Do you know your TIT from your TOT, your BKK from your PATTS, or your 555 from your OMB? You don’t care, right? I know, acronyms have got way out of hand. I blame social media and lazy kids. But hey, if you can’t beat ’em you might as well join ’em. 

Drug Laws in Thailand: Know the Facts Before You Travel

Thailand’s drug laws are very strict, except for marijuana, of course, which is now legal, albeit with some restrictions on public use and age limit. Narcotic & psychotropic drugs, however, are still very much illegal. There’s certainly no slap on the wrist for getting caught with a small amount of cocaine or a few pill

Sin Sod – What Should You Pay to Marry Your Thai Girlfriend?

You will find a huge amount of misleading information online regarding Sin Sod, and conflicting experiences can be found plastered all over forums and blogs. So, when a foreigner wants to marry his Thai girlfriend and the inevitable subject of Sin Sod arises, it is no surprise that he becomes confused 

How to Open a Thai Bank Account: Choices, Requirements, Reader Experiences

If you’re working, retiring, or frequenting Thailand then it makes sense to have a bank account. Why? Because using foreign credit and debit cards involves high fees, on top of local ATM charges. And then there’s the frustration of cards being rejected by ATMs. Opening a Thai bank account isn’t the same process at every bank

Taxes For Expats – A Review of the US Filing Service for Expats

If you’re an American living abroad, be that in Asia, Africa, or Europe, you can’t ignore your US tax filing requirement. It doesn’t matter whether you are a retiree, a digital nomad, or somewhere in between, you must ensure that you are complying with the law. The US tax system is arguably the most complicated…Read More

iVisa Review – How Does It Work & Is It Worthwhile?

iVisa is an online visa service that issues visas and travel documents online. Sometimes it’s easy to apply for a visa through an embassy website, while at other times the process is complex, hard to follow, and an all-round hassle you could really do without. Oftentimes you have to visit an embassy or consulate