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caughtintheact replied to the thread What's it like living in Thailand? on the Thailand forum:
marilynexpat initially posted:
Hi there.I have heard that living in Thailand is pretty nice for expats and I would love to hear from some of you who live there on your experiences of it. Which towns or cities are best to live in? Can a foreigner own property in Thailand? Is it easy to get a residency? And any other information you can provide would be great. Thanks so much for your help
caughtintheact replied on October 22, 2014 with:
Foreigners can buy condominiums, but not land or houses (although long term l;eases of houses may be available. You can get more information on legal matters at http://bia.co.th/, for example. It is difficult to get a residency permit, but as someone else mentioned, an extension of stay for retirement is pretty easy if all the requirements are met. Having lived, studied and worked here almost 40 years, I can say that Thailand does not appeal to everyone. I have liked it from the first minute I came here over 40 years ago, and am still very happy that I came here. However, I have known many foreigners who could not stand it here. Some people come here with preconceived notions of what a place should be like, and if it does not meet those notions they get upset. Some people have had bad experiences and blame the entire country. Some generalize and expect the same behavior from everyone. Living here has different challenges than if one just comes temporarily as a tourist, for example. Some people want Thailand to change and be more like "home". That is usually an unrealistic desire. The "culture" and behavior are different from any western country. The language is unique. While generally the Thai are gentle, as one person pointed out they can get violent.... but that happens when a Thai is severely provoked for some reason. In the end it is your own experience that determines whether or not you like it here, if you are willing to take the risk of trying.
a1motivator replied on October 21, 2014 with:
First a big thank you for the young lady and her workers who created this free information portal. It is an incredible Internet asset. As it does an enormous task for so many with such panache. Then an answer to Mr Arron on his personal assessment of Thailand.Having lived here for the past 14 years. I can also make comparisons with Spain 6 years USA 3years Mexico 2 years and 20 years my UK country. I feel qualified to put in my threepenny worth of assessment. My home is in Theon in the province of Lampang and 2 hours from Chainagmai. It is a town of 64,000 people. Where I could lift it up and place it in any of the above Countries I would do so. The Thai people are outstanding for friendship-caring-spiritually activated. Each week we will find fresh fruit bananas-mangoes or others of which I never know the name.Hanging on our door. Annually a string is encircling our house and linked to our neighbour thence on to the next house so the whole community is linked. How is that for a Spiritual idea. No words to make one fall asleep in an un comfortable pew as a same-same talk is offered weekly. Annually here the whole town is on the move calling upon the elderly people who will accept the basket of gifts, then recite words from their Buddhist Watt. In Sanskrit of which they do not understand but just know it has value for their visitors. In the Eight years here I have never seen a fight-argument or stress making sight. Please Mr Aaron do take your untruthful dreadful-insights away perhaps to Israel. Trevor Twine M.A. Ordained Christian.
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Jez87 posted Can expats in Thailand not finish their contract with a company? on the Thailand forum on October 21, 2014:
Hi! I am currently doing some research and I was wondering if you could help me out. Is it possible for a company in Thailand to hire or pirate an expat working for another company in the same country? I know these expats usually have signed contracts that includes the duration of their stay within the company. Is it possible for them not to finish the term and be employed by a different company? Is this legal or are there any laws and rules that would be broken? Thanks for all you help!
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Tellenbach commented on the Expat Report Review of RIS Swiss Section in Bangkok, Thailand
Review-of-RIS Swiss Section
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
It's a small school, some facilities are charged with the larger RIS (Swimming pool for instance). Sportfields are inadequate, sport hall is extremely small. Library is not stocked well. (Continue)
Tellenbach replied most recently with:
As the Principal of RIS Swiss Section - Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok, I would like to take the opportunity to comment on the above article. First of all, I am sorry to hear that you are not satisfied with our school and that your son experienced difficulty when transitioning back into the German system. This is an unpleasant experience for any student and parent and I understand your frustration. However, I would like to point out that we actually do assist returning students to a high degree when given the opportunity. Leaving parents regularly contact us before they return back home or move on, and if this is done early enough, we can look at the differences in the curricula of the future school and RIS Swiss Section - Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok and work out in what ways we can support the children. The important thing is for parents to get in touch with the school management team and the homeroom teacher at an early stage. We have just conducted a survey of all the families who left RIS Swiss Section - Deutschsprachige Schule in the last school year with children who now attend another school elsewhere. 50% of the parents stated that their children were "coping well", 25% said their children were actually ahead of their class and 25% identified some subjects in which students at the new school were behind. Considering that any change of schools is challenging, even within the same city, these results are really good. There was even one quite prestigious private school in Germany that usually works on an entrance-test-only basis but offered to waive this procedure for one of our students because of the good reputation of RIS Swiss Section – Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok. Please do not get me wrong: I do not mean to say that school transition is an easy process or to imply that it always works seamlessly, but I find it important to put some of your statements in perspective. The average class size of the schools our ex-students attend today is 20.2 students, ranging from 14 to 29. At RIS Swiss Section - Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok, one class averages just 10.2 students. Individual support is made much easier under these circumstances. I would appreciate ahving the chance to contact you so that we can discuss this matter. Unfortunately, your name is not shown in the post. My email address is d.tellenbach@ris-swiss-section.org and I would be happy to hear from you. Dominique Tellenbach Principal RIS Swiss Section – Deutschsprachige Schule Bangkok
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Kettlebellrick replied to the thread Starting Pickleball in Hua Hin on the Thailand forum:
Kettlebellrick initially posted:
Pickleball is played on a court with the same dimensions as a badminton court like the ones at the sport centre in Hua Hin. Big sport in US and Canada. Easier on knees then tennis. If you are interested in getting this started, let's go! The sports centre would be a great venue! You can see the game on youtube! Thanks
Kettlebellrick replied on October 14, 2014 with:
Mickhenry, Any players driving to Palm Hills from around Sport Villa? Thanks Ric
kickballrick replied on October 10, 2014 with:
Thanks. This is wonderful! See you soon! Ric
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caughtintheact replied to the thread Fertilizer Spreader Supplier on the Thailand forum:
willys initially posted:
Should be difficult but find searching for products and services in Thailand very difficult. Wud like to purchase a lawn push fertilizer. Small bin on wheels that evenly spreads bag fertilizer onto the lawn. Anyone have an idea Thanks
caughtintheact replied most recently with:
Sorry, apparently this web site does not handle Thai characters Try this: Go to https://translate.google.com/#auto/en/%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B7%E0%B9%88%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%81%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B0%E0%B8%88%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%9B%E0%B8%B8%E0%B9%8B%E0%B8%A2 where there is a translation of fertilizer spreader in Thai, or if that doesn't work, PM me with an email address, and I can send you the Thai characters in an image. I searched using the Thai, and found a number of possibilities.
caughtintheact replied most recently with:
Sorry, apparently this web site does not handle Thai characters Try this: Go to https://translate.google.com/#auto/en/%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B7%E0%B9%88%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%81%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B0%E0%B8%88%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%9B%E0%B8%B8%E0%B9%8B%E0%B8%A2 where there is a translation of fertilizer spreader in Thai, or if that doesn't work, PM me with an email address, and I can send you the Thai characters in an image. I searched using the Thai, and found a number of possibilities.
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TaraE4F replied to the thread Potential move to Thailand on the Thailand forum:
Tigerlily79 initially posted:
We are a Canadian expat family current residing in New Delhi, India. My husband has been given an option to relocate to Bangkok next year and work from there. We are very excited and closely considering this because we have visited Thailand twice and we loved it there. I just have a few questions if any of you can answer or guide me in the right direction. 1. We are considering the American International school of Bangkok for our 2 kids ages 10 and 13. Is this a good school with good facilities or should we be looking at the other options? The reason I prefer an American curriculum is because they currently go to an America school in Delhi as well as if we return to Canada then it is easier for them to integrate into the schooling system there. However, if the ASB is not good I am happy to consider other options because schooling is our top priority when moving to any location. 2. what are some suburbs we should consider for renting apartments or condos? Any reliable real estate agents or companies which can be recommended? 3. Does one have to buy a car or it's easy to get by on cabs and the train? 4. Can one live and save comfortably on approximately USD 5 -8k per month in Bangkok? Look forward to responses. Thank you in advance.
TaraE4F replied most recently with:
I have never been so can't help there, sorry. But I recently found a site that compares "cost-of-living" around the world, and people who have lived there comment to help others. Go check out numbeo.com. Hope it helps!
caughtintheact replied most recently with:
If you can get the assignment, and have experience here, take it. I am not familiar with the International schools, but I know a lot of expats who have sent their children there, and they seem satisfied, and many of the children went on to higher education here and abroad. I recommend that you look for reviews about the school at websites like http://www.internationalschoolsreview.com/v-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2287 There are a number of international schools in Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand, as well and location may be important as well to best utilize available transportation. The ASB website is here: http://www.asb.ac.th/index.php Then there is the International school of Bangkok ISB, and here is a list of international schools: www.isat.or.th/schools Another review site: www.educationreviewthailand.com/ There is supposed to be a review of international schools on this website, but the link http://www.expatexchange.com/advice/62/3694/108/Thailand/Review-of-International%20School%20Bangkok%20ISB would not open. Renting in the suburbs: This is hard to answer, because there are so many suburbs, and where you live will depend on work location and schools. As you know, Bangkok is a huge city, and the traffic can be very congested, so getting around in a timely manner is important. What many expats do is either come to scout out the place or stay in a hotel for a while on arrival while they learn how to get around, and then decide where to live. Don't rush into anything unless circumstances so dictate, because it is hard to get out of leases. Then you will be able learn about real estate agents (who, by the way get their commissions from landlords, not from renters ). Often in the suburbs, people rent homes, not apartments or condos, but in a number of cases all three could be available. I am reluctant to make any specific recommendations on real estate agents, but you might find that organizations like the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce www.tccc.or.th/ can help. Some of their members might even be in the moving, storage and real estate businesses. Mass transport in most of Bangkok is abundant with aircon taxis, 3 wheelers (tuk-tuks, mini buses, regular buses, the skytrain, the subway, motorcycle taxis, etc. Then there are modified pickups that carry 10 or 12 pax seated in the back. If you live deep in a lane and there is infrequent transport, you might be able to hire a motorcycle taxi to go find a 4 wheel aircon taxi or tuk tuk, if you don't like to ride. motorcycles. Motorcycles are convenient but dangerous, although driving behavior has improved immensely since I first came here about 40 years ago. Do you need a car? If possible try getting along without one for a while and then decide. Thailand is a beautiful country, and there is a lot to see, do if you have time to travel frequently, and like convenience, then a car might be what you need. On the other hand, some of the public transport is faster for short trips than driving. As I mentioned above there are many modes of transport, to which I will add tour buses for longer distances as well as flying to some provinces. Can one live and save comfortably on approximately USD 5 -8k per month in Bangkok? It depends on lifestyle and the appearances you have to make in connection with the social strata in which your husband will be in. It is also very easy to spend money in one of the top 11 shopping paradises in the world. On the other hand if you tighten up the budget a bit, you should be able to manage well on that amount.
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I am planning to retire in Thailand and secure a long-term furnished rental. But, I also plan to do consulting work outside of Thailand. Will I be required to pay Thai taxes on monies earned outside Thailand?
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We are casting for a feature film, which will be shot in Thailand from November to December 2014. We are looking for English speaking Caucasian looking boys aged 7-14. ( Not half Asian/half Caucasian) Character One Blonde Hair Blue Eyes Character Two Dark Hair Brown or Blue Eyes The director for this feature film is Dennis Gansel, an award winning director form Germany who has directed the films " The Wave" and "Before the Fall". Non Jungmeier is the casting Director, and has worked on the films "The Beach", "The Impossible" and "The Lady", you can check her past work at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0820250/ If you would like your son to audition for the role, or have any questions, please feel free to contact our casting team by emailing: Non - talk2non@gmail.com Pum - pum.supattra@gmail.com
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