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Nanny Scams Return

Nanny Scams Return

Online advertisements offering lucrative positions in UK and US to young Thai women wanting to be nannies have again turned out to be fake. The scammers, who appear to be based in Nigeria, pose as genuine British and American families with small children requiring professional help. But the aim of the scammers is simply to […]

Rebranding Pattaya Tourism

Rebranding Pattaya Tourism

Pattaya is one of five cities chosen by the coup-installed government to rebrand Thai tourism. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Eastern Seaboard city is to be transformed into a world-class sports and family destination. As regards the four other cities, Bangkok is to be rebranded a World Heritage River Cruise Destination, […]

Pattaya’s Chinese Future

Pattaya’s Chinese Future

The current dependence on Chinese tourists, especially in Pattaya, has now started a hot debate about the future of Thai tourism. About one foreign tourist in five in the country as a whole is Chinese, producing a total of 4.6 million travellers from the communist giant. Some research has suggested that, although only one percent […]

Pattaya rail project delayed “by years”

Pattaya rail project delayed “by years”

Hopes that a high-speed railway from Rayong to Bangkok, stopping at Pattaya, have taken a back seat after official preference was given to the 250-kilometre-per-hour Chiang Mai to Bangkok route. Thailand’s military government has announced that there will be a joint project with Japan to link the northern Thai city with the metropolis. The line […]

TOURIST SAFETY TO IMPROVE

TOURIST SAFETY TO IMPROVE

The government has agreed to concentrate on tourist safety and welfare after an international report concluded that Thailand still has too many problems. According to the World Economic Forum in a competitive safety report, Spain was ranked as the world’s most tourist-friendly country whilst Thailand was limited to 35th place. However, Thailand’s ranking has improved […]

Expats’ worst nightmare

Expats’ worst nightmare

According to the leading British insurance brokers’ association, the most common fear of foreigners living abroad is their health. Younger and working expats can usually insure for private hospital care as it is paid for by their employer. But what happens when expats are in their 60s,70s and 80s and living in a country such […]

Thai tourism drops

Thai tourism drops

Thailand’s position in the global tourism rankings declined last year as the civil unrest, prior to the May 2014 coup, took a toll on international arrivals. The country’s status on the world chart slipped from 10th in 2013 to 14th in 2014. Last year’s tourism earnings chart also saw Thailand drop from seventh to ninth, […]

Thai tourism dilemma

Thai tourism dilemma

Calls are growing for the Thai government to plan international tourism on a long-term and sustainable basis. Ben Montgomery, local chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), says that the big issue is whether to go for growth or quality. PATA argues that Thailand has traditionally gone for growth in sheer numbers. If this […]

British embassy changes rules

British embassy changes rules

Prior appointments needed The British embassy in Bangkok has now changed the system for obtaining notarial (documentary) services from the main site in Wireless Road. British nationals must now make an appointment online and can no longer turn up on a first-come, first-served queuing basis. The revision was introduced on March 23. The services affected […]

UK expats to keep personal allowance

UK expats to keep personal allowance

The UK government has confirmed the continued availability of UK personal allowances for expats until April 2017 at least. Moreover, the tax-free personal allowance for all will increase to 10,600 pounds from next month. This is welcome news for the five million Brits who live abroad and were fearful, following a statement in the British […]

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