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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 budget [...]

U-Tapao goes commercial

U-Tapao goes commercial

After several false starts, it finally appears that U-Tapao airport will be developed to its maximum capacity. The Ministry of Transport is to sign an agreement with the Royal Thai Navy, which oversees the airport, to establish massive roads and rail links. U-Tapao currently serves about 100,000 passengers a year, mainly domestic and charter flights, [...]

Few changes in ASEAN Economic Community

Few changes in ASEAN Economic Community

Although the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is slated to begin in 11 months, it appears that the initial impact will be something of a damp squib. The AEC is essentially a free trade region of 10 Asian countries of which Thailand is a partner and due to commence on December 31, 2015. But many economists [...]

The British Embassy restricts services

The British Embassy restricts services

The British embassy in Bangkok has announced that its sole remaining provincial consulate, located in Chiang Mai, is ceasing to offer notarial and documentary services from February 1. This means that pension letters, affirmations and certificates of affirmation are now being handled only by the British embassy main site in Bangkok.
The latest restriction on consular [...]

Cambodia Steams Ahead!

Cambodia Steams Ahead!

While 2014 saw a number of problems affecting Thai tourism, locals and internationals flocked to neighboring Cambodia especially for the New Year festivities. According to Cambodian government figures, the total annual number of visitors reached three million for the first time. Far and away the most popular attraction was Siem Reap and the neighboring Angkor [...]

Insurance cover needs marketing

Insurance cover needs marketing

The special online insurance coverage scheme, known as the Thailand Travel Shield, was initiated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to help visitors whose own insurance policy might be void because of the ongoing martial law. However, the policy has so far attracted only a small number of members, about 1,000, principally from Italy, [...]

Rebranding Pattaya Again

Rebranding Pattaya Again

The Thai tourism ministry has pinpointed five sites as quality tourism destinations in the latest exercise in holiday orientation. Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul explained that the aim was to boost the number of high-spending or “value” tourists and to change the negative stereotypes which continue to haunt some Thai cities and beach resorts.
The ministry believes [...]

The Greening of Pattaya!

The Greening of Pattaya!

A renewed facelift attempt is being made to convert greater Pattaya into a more environmentally-friendly area with much less emphasis on nightlife. The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) is currently holding discussions with the city administration on new approaches to tourism which will increase visitor numbers by marketing the resort as attractive to [...]

Farang support Prayuth

Farang support Prayuth

An informal survey of over 100 foreign tourists and expats in the Pattaya area suggests that most of them are happy with the May 22 coup, military strongman and now PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and the main political events since then. The survey on a random survey basis was conducted by Pattaya Today in early November, [...]

No more elephantiasis!

No more elephantiasis!

New medical rules to obtain a Thai driving license have removed from the list of disqualifying diseases leprosy and elephantiasis as both of these can be both recognized and cured. Elephantiasis occurs when a person’s body, or parts of it, swells to enormous proportions. The most famous sufferer of that disease was the 19th century [...]

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