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  1. Bangkokexpat.com is an online forum created to provide information for tourists and expatriates about Bangkok, Central Thailand and the Eastern Seaboard. There are many websites that provide information about Thailand, but many of them are outdated, rarely updated and loaded with broken links to other tourism and review websites. Our goal is to provide honest reviews of venues that might be of interest to tourists and expatriates residing in Thailand. Our reviews will cover food and dining, accommodations, tours, activities, news and events that are happening in the Kingdom of Thailand. In addition to articles and photo reviews, we are compiling a free business directory to cater to all of our reader's needs. If you are looking to buy or sell anything, then feel free to use our free classifieds section. Bangkokexpat.com would like to be the website that meets the needs of all expats and tourists in Thailand. Our reviews will provide you with written information as well as photos provided in a gallery that accompanies each article. Of course trying to review everything that Thailand has to offer its tourists and long term expats would be an impossible job. We are appealing to our friends and readers to help. If you would like to try your hand as a travel writer or restaurant reviewer, then feel free to submit your stories Our mission is to bring our community honest reviews and up to date information.
  2. Medical Tourism in Bangkok

    Bangkok Medical Tourism Bangkok has been well-known to have an excellent set of healthcare providers with world-class hospitals, US and European trained physicians, and nursing professionals who are the envy of international healthcare providers. Having certain medical procedures performed in Bangkok can save you 60-80% - after factoring in travel and lodging expenses! With any medical procedure safety and quality should both weigh heavier than cost. Before deciding to have any surgery, do your research. Our website provides a comprehensive starting point, but can not answer all the answers unique to each prospective patient’s situation. For each procedure you will need to weigh benefits versus risks. You will need to research both the physician and clinic/hospital before making a final decision. For the provider, make sure they are board certified in their specialty in the country in which you are having the procedure performed. Keep in mind that some country’s certification laws may be less stringent than those in the United States or Europe and you may want a surgeon with a western or international certification. Ideally would want to find a surgeon who certified in the United States using the American Board of Medical Specialties website. A great resource for patients seeking cosmetic procedures abroad is the International Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery their website can provide information on internationally certified surgeons and other useful information. Lastly, ask to speak with former patients, ask to speak to several people having undergone the same procedure, with the same physician at the same clinic or hospital. Why seek medical care abroad in Bangkok? The reasons why people travel to Bangkok for medical care is as diverse as the people themselves. However, there are three reasons that seem to come up more frequently than others: (1) Great quality medical care in may be accessible at a substantially lower cost outside of ones country of residence. The cost of many types of medical care has skyrocketed in some areas of the world, in particular in the United States and in some countries in Europe. Residents of these countries can potentially pay 50-90% less for the same procedures or treatments in Bangkok. Best of all, the care available in these hospitals can be comparable or even better than the care available at hospitals and clinics in the United States and Europe. All this while travel has gotten cheaper and faster. (2) As with any other product or service there are hospitals and doctors that have a reputation for being in a class by themselves. This has for a long time led people to travel, sometimes very long distances, to seek out the best of the best to treat anything from a life threatening condition to have minor cosmetic procedures performed. (3) The advance of technology continuously leads to the discovery of new or improved methods for treating disease or performing medical procedures. For reasons ranging from a new treatment option not yet having gained government approval to the availability of resources such as specialists and equipment people sometimes miss out on treatment options that could have offered them a better outcome if not looking outside of ones local hospital. A broad spectrum of people choose to receive medical care abroad. The procedures chosen obviously vary. For segments of the population with comprehensive medical insurance cosmetic procedures are often chosen, both because these procedures are not covered by insurance and because a short vacation in conjunction with these types of procedures allow for some necessary recovery time before returning to normal life. Most common places for these procedures: Asia, Eastern Europe and Spain. Also, laser eye surgery (Canada) and dental work (Eastern Europe), both not covered by insurance are popular reasons for this segment to go abroad. For people without health insurance there are significant amounts of money to be saved on virtually any procedure. For both segments, access to procedures and treatments not accessible, or widely accessible, in their home country can be a motivating factor for going abroad for treatment. E.g. treatment options desperately needed by patients in the United States are delayed because many medical equipment and drug manufacturers bring state of the art technology to Europe years before introducing it in the U.S. because of the, sometime, excessive bureaucracy with bringing medical technology to market here.
  3. Expat taxes for US citizens working in Thailand? Does anyone know about this from experience? I am talking about taxes US expats pay the US Federal Government for 2016. I have worked in Thailand this last year and plan to live in Thailand long term. Any free advice from people who know about this first-hand would be appreciated. Thank you!
  4. Does anyone have any personal recommendations for health insurance (with a reputable company) that includes cover whilst riding on a motorcycle? I see AIA don't cover at all and BUPA is only 50% and limited at THB 200,000. And has anyone claimed with the company after a motorcycle accident? I don't mean add-on insurance with bank accounts or credit cards etc., I mean full cover policies.
  5. Pilates class in Bangkok

    Pilates was discovered and introduced almost 100 years ago. In Thailand, it only has about 10 years of history and I started travelling between Korea and Thailand to teach instructors in 2006. It was quite surprising that Thailand did not pick it up as fast as the other countries ; especially given the varied nationalities within Bangkok and the many expats coming from countries that have studios on every corner. I think Pilates was overlooked by the locals and there was a lack of English speaking local instructors. Despite 10 years of history, it is now starting to be recognised by locals and expats in Thailand. Recently, there was a television commercial which showcased a Thai actress performing an advanced Pilates exercise on a Cadillac (Pilates equipment, not the car) and then diving into the water. After this commercial was released, our studio received the most numbers of phone inquiries for"Pi-la-te''; they were asking if they needed a swimming suit! This is what the industry is facing today in Thailand. Is it improving? Yes, more so than at any time in the past ten years. The popularity of Pilates is definitely on the rise but the industry needs more experts in order to direct the market for future growth. One of the changes that can lead to positive effect is the increasing numbers of mini-gyms opening after the collapse of one of the biggest fitness chains in Thailand. Hundreds of employees lost their jobs and many of them started their own venture Since Pilates requires less space, many of these brand new mini-gyms are offering it as an option. Not all of them are well staffed and some may well close down but during this process. clients will get more opportunities to experience a variety of of instructors and sessions (some better than others ) and they will become smarter. Clients will be left with studios
which offer up-to-date education to their staff and excellent customer service. At The our studio, we train 6/700 hours of private Pilates per month in Thai, Korean, Japanese and English by seventeen full and part time instructor s. In the studio, I see the rapid changes and improvements of our clients. Pilates used to be seen like general fitness to locals before but today we get more detailed questions from our clients and they are coming to us with more specific needs. I now offer weekly training sessions for both Essential and Intermediate level of instructors at our academy alongside the Stott pilates international instructor courses and continuous education Programmes to keep the instructors bang up to date. My number one tip for people interested in trying pilates is to search out and find properly trained instructors. Ask for the instructor's background and qualifications and always look for studios that offer ongoing education courses. There are few well recognised Pilates certification course besides Stott Pilates. An experienced instructor will never offer the same sessions, even to the same client and continuous ongoing education will ensure that instructors have a bigger repertoire. I encourage starting with private sessions because it is the most effective way to learn and practice the art. Pilates teaches you all about your body in detail and since we all have individual requirements, private sessions will be the most beneficial for you. If you want to take group class, search out and find a small group. I think that if the group is bigger than eight to ten people, the quality of the instruction and the safety of the session cannot be guaranteed. The instructor will have to hold back on a lot of the information to keep the group moving and captivated. This is why we encourage private sessions and ideally four people to each group on equipment at our studio. For those that are already enjoying Pilates, I have a tip for you to fall in love even more than you area already, Communicate with your instructor! It is the key to improving your session. Sessions can be pricy so make sure that you get the best out of them. Tell your instructor how and what you feel. Don't worry if you can't do it or it does not feel your instructors are sure you are doing the exercise correctly and safely and they know many modifications to ensure that you can do the movements and feel successful at the end of every session.
  6. Having a baby in Bangkok

    Being Pregnant in Bangkok. When my husband and I moved to Bangkok in July of 2014, having a baby was the last thing on my mind. I had just completed grad school, and had big-albeit vague- ambitions for my new life in Asia. My husband was the one with the full time job, while I was about to learn the meaning of that charming term,'trailing spouse.'In spite of my newly graduated optimism, it soon hit me that finding a job (let alone a work permit) in this crazy city was going to be more difficult than I had previously imagined. After months of submitting application after application to a variety of jobs and internships both within and outside of my field of education, I was forced to acknowledge that landing a full time position in Bangkok didn't seem to be happening. While this process was incredibly frustrating, it also gave me the impetus to explore the world of freelance writing and editing. It soon became clear to me that, educational background aside, this was the career path that I wanted to pursue. I knew that developing a career out of freelance work would likely take years of dedication, and I was ready to embrace this. My plan had only one small problem I was developing a serious case of baby fever. I had never been a child who fantasised about someday being a mother, but as I got older and met and married my husband, I anticipated that I would probably have children 'at some point.'What I didn't anticipate was the sudden ticking of my biological clock as I entered my late twenties. I'm not sure if this phenomenon has been scientifically proven but in my purely anecdotal experience, it is very real. Conversations with my husband about 'hypothetical' children quickly morphed into frank discussions about whether we were ready to become parents. My biggest hang up was that I had just started down a career path that I was excited about. I realised, however, that whether I had kids now or later, my career would likely be derailed for a little while: a few years either way wasn't going to make or break anything. Ironically, the idea of being pregnant and giving birth in a foreign country wasn't high on our list of concerns. To other expats, this might sound reasonable, but I think it seemed a little insane to some of my friends at home. I'd had enough experience with the medical system in Bangkok that I was confident I would receive comparable if not better care than I would if I was still in Canada. And besides, I figured, humanity has somehow managed to continue reproducing itself since time immemorial-women have always found a way, with or without great healthcare options. And so we decided to take the plunge... Being pregnant in Bangkok I have never been pregnant anywhere else in the world, so comparison is difficult, but here are, a few ways that my experience with pregnancy in Bangkok has been unique: The hospital system The healthcare that I have received in Bangkok has been amazing. In Canada, healthcare is socialised and while I am proud of that fact I can’t deny that privatised healthcare has its perks. When you are used to waiting months (and sometimes years) for a referral to a specialist, being able to book an appointment on line with the doctor of your choice is mind boggling. Another element of healthcare in Thailand that really stands out to me is how kind the nurses and other hospital staff are: receiving a wai and a smile when you hand a nurse your urine sample borders on the surreal. The Bangkok heat I knew the in advance that pregnant women felt the heat more than the average person. Advance knowledge, however, didn't quite prepare me for reality. My first trimester was nicely timed to coincide with the hottest part of the year in Thailand, and for me, nothing intensifies nausea like a good hot flash. Suddenly, the stairs leading to the BTS station seemed insurmountable, because climbing them would reduce me to a sweating, quivering wreck. I'm embarrassed to admit that I developed the habit of walking until I found an escalator, even if it was several blocks away. Adapting to a new body shape is challenging enough without rivers of sweat making everything chafe. The food I enjoy Thai food, but the combination of spice, heat, oil, and fish sauce can be a bit much when you're pregnant, especially when it is paired with the intense sewage/garbage/cooking aromas that seem to lurk on every street corner. During my first trimester, it was more than my sensitive stomach could handle, and now that I'm nearing the end of my third trimester, the spice is guaranteed to trigger a delightful round of heartburn. On the other hand, Thailand unfortunately also offers every possible Western convenience food that you could want i’m convinced that I can mark down my entire first trimester weight gain to an overconsumption of Magnum bars. Not to mention the lethal combination of pregnancy cravings and the doughnut stands in every mall... The people I have never been pregnant anywhere else in the world but it is difficult for me to imagine a country where people are kinder to pregnant women. I have had many offers to carry my bags or hail a taxi and almost every time that I have taken the BTS I have been offered a seat. Many people, both Thais and expats have smiled at me and asked when the baby is due. Sometimes, the kindness borders on the humorous-the receptionist at my orthodontist's office always clutches my elbow to guide me up the single stair leading to the examination room and the guards at my BTS station are horrified when I don't use the special security gate (even though I am so tall that my belly clears the clamps in the regular gates by several inches). The crazy emotions I knew that pregnancy would probably make me a little more emotional than I usually am. However, I wasn't quite prepared for the floods of tears that I would shed-even commercials on the BTS are enough to trigger the waterworks on abad day (advertisers really should capitalise on this). On one memorable occasion, I was shopping for groceries at a Tops market. My husband had gone into Robinson's to find a Western Union, and was taking much longer than expected, 
For some reason, it seemed like a really good ‘idea for him to take my purse with him, so I was stranded without a wallet or phone. As slowly hauled my massive frame around lap after lap of the store, my irritation increased: 'what on earth is he doing?! I'm so tired.' However, this irritation soon turned to anxiety, as I started to imagine all the horrible fates that could have befallen him: 'what if he got hit by a motorcycle taxi?!' The sappy pop songs that always seem to be playing in Tops did not help the situation, and before I knew it, I was bawling uncontrollably in the toiletries section. Try as I might, I could not stop, so I pretended to be riveted by cotton balls and Q-tips. when my husband finally arrived ready to vent about the ridiculous line- up at Western Union he was aghast to discover his Pregnant wife on the verge of hysteria. I wish I had a better explanation for him, but 'pregnancy’ pretty much sums it up. Waiting... As I write this, I am approaching the 37 week mark, and I can look back on my experience with pregnancy in this city with a certain measure of fondness. Although it is too early to draw any conclusions, I am grateful that I made the decision to have a child in this city rather than waiting until I moved back to Canada. It still boggles my mind that in approximately three weeks I am going to be bringing a new human into the world. And all the humorous horrible, and quirky details of pregnancy in a foreign country fade into obscurity in light of one central fact : it’s gonna hurt.
  7. There is no doubt that the cost of living in and medical expenses are rising in Bangkok, Having life or medical insurance comes with its own benefits and for this reason many people have resorted to this plan for many years now. It is always good to know that nowadays the costs of medical bills and hospitalization can be partially covered with this type of plan. It confers the peace of mind that no matter what, these huge costs can become very affordable once you have purchased medical insurance for you and your family. Medical insurance benefits can extend not only to you as an individual but also to your entire family. In order to have access to these benefits there are several ways to approach these plans. Check down below with these approaches: 1) One way to access the medical insurance benefits, is through purchasing the plan through your employer who has access to group plans for their employees. At this point, your employer offers you the possibility of opting for medical insurance with a specific type of coverage where they pay a part and the rest being yours to pay once deducted from your monthly paycheck. It is also important to thoroughly check for the coverage plan and make sure that you get insured for a wider range of needs as in this way you rest assured that you can get covered for various health conditions. On the other hand you can get lucky enough for the employer to pay the coverage, but in this case, the coverage plan may be only the basic one which doesn't give you too much power of choosing the preferred coverage. 2) Another way to access medical insurance benefits is when your employer is not in the position of having this coverage paid for offering their employees no other chance than to purchase an individual medical insurance policy for their needs. This is a pretty rare situation, but it does happen for some employers to be in the impossibility of having access to medical insurance for their employers due to a poor financial stability. In some cases, employers are obligated by law to offer their employees medical coverage, but this is not applicable in Thailand, you may want to purchase an individual coverage plan. In this case you can as well have access to family coverage plans that are considered as group medical insurance, hence lower premiums to pay for the policy. At this point you may want to have a proper review of the plan and find the one that you and your entire family can benefit from according to your specific needs. Do not expect to have the dental coverage applicable inside this plan, but at least you can obtain pretty much coverage beside the basic one.
  8. Many things in Thailand have been influenced by the western world yet the expat will find that he experiences a little of what is known as Thailand culture shock. In spite of the western commercialism brought into this country over the years, Thai culture still remains strong and always will. Here are some important facets of their culture that you, as an expat, must understand. Understanding will make a better quality of life for you and your family while living here. Respect the Royal Thai Family The first aspect of Thai culture that you must understand is that Thais hold admiration and the utmost respect for the King of Thailand and his family. Never disrespect the Royal Family and never make any derogatory or critical comments about them. And yes, you can be arrested for showing disrespect. Many a foreigner has even found himself sitting in confinement because of disrespect to the Royal Family. Farang For some living here, the biggest Thai culture shock is getting used to being called “farang”. This word is used to refer to someone who is Caucasian. It is also the same Thai word for the fruit guava and is part of the Thai word for French fries. Some take it offensively but it is not meant that way by a Thai. If you want to enjoy your stay here, get accustomed to the fact that no matter where you go you will always be a farang and people will usually be fascinated with you (which means they will stare and try to practice their English with you). Wai The wai is the gesture used in Thailand to greet people, pay respects, and thank others. Other places in the world, people shake hands but this is rarely done in Thailand. At first, the wai takes a little getting used to in order to do it properly. And, there are times when it is inappropriate to initiate a wai. The basic form of the gesture is to hold the hands together as if praying. With the palms touching each other and fingers pointing upward like a lotus, the head is bowed slightly to touch the fingertips. The wai is also held close to the body. A mistake made by foreigners upon first arriving to Thailand is to initiate a wai to everyone. You should never initiate a wai to a service-type of person such as a waitress in a restaurant. Only wai a service-type person if that person first gives you the wai. You should also never initiate a wai to a person who is younger than you or a subordinate. However, remember to initiate a wai to those in a higher social status and those who are older than you. Doing the wai among peers is fine. Dress While westerners will openly wear shorts and tank tops in warm climates, it is inappropriate to wear such attire anywhere other than the beach in cities like Bangkok. Wearing this attire in the city will cause Thai culture shock but it will be towards you—they will be shocked at your culture. You will find that Thais are very conservative in their standards of dress. Family Relations Unlike the west where families tend to live separated by many miles, Thai families believe in the unity and cohesion. Thus, you will often see family gatherings that are quite large. You will also see that many family members might live under the same roof or have their houses all near each other. Emotions Thais are non-confrontational therefore it is inappropriate to show emotions such as anger or irritation. Those from western cultures are not used to this because in these cultures it is quite common to openly express dissatisfaction with something like slow service. General Conduct There are generally accepted standards of conduct that at first cause a little Thai culture shock. First, there are cultural norms concerning touching. In Thailand, outward displays of affection are frowned upon. The most you will typically see is couples holding hands. On the topic of touching, you must never touch the top of a Thai person's head. Thai's consider this part of the body sacred and will take offense to your gesture. Also, women must be careful to never touch a monk. Never stand over a Thai person. In some social situations, Thais like to sit on the floor. If you find yourself standing over another Thai person, don't do it for long. You should also never walk over a Thai sitting on the floor. Take care to walk around. Always remove your shoes before entering a Thai house. In fact, it is a good idea to get into the habit of removing your shoes before entering anyone's home here. You must also remove your shoes prior to entering a temple or around a Buddhist shrine. Language One aspect of the Thai language that could be a source of Thai culture shock is putting the ending khrub or ka at the end of sentences when speaking. It is considered polite and speaking without it can be taken as rude. Males put khrub at the end of sentences and females use ka. These two words can also be used as a "yes" answer. It never hurts to get some instruction in Thai language while you are here. The Third Gender One of the sights that have a tendency to shock a few expats arriving here is the sight of the “kathoey” or lady boy. In the western world, they would be referred to as “transgendered”. There’s no need to be shocked. These are thought of as the third gender in Thailand and are generally accepted by Thai people. You will often find them as wait staff in outdoor Thai restaurants or working in retail establishments. Mai Pen Rai A phrase you will often hear in Thailand is “mai pen rai” or “it is of no matter” in English. You will find that Thais have this outlook in many situations and it can also contribute to Thai culture shock for the expat. Is the traffic bad? Mai pen rai. Did someone cut in line? Mai pen rai. Is it taking too long to fill a food order? Mai pen rai. Westerners tend to get irritated about practically any inconvenience and oftentimes have difficulty adjusting to mai pen rai ways. Mai pen rai can also show up as frequent tardiness to appointments and last minute cancellations. The expat living here must learn to adapt or frustration will soon set in. Of course with driving, it seems that all bets are off when it comes to mai pen rai. However, considering the traffic situation in cities like Bangkok, not even mai pen rai can cure the frustration. However, never take it personal if someone honks their horn while behind you. Just say, “mai pen rai”. Washroom Protocol A common source for culture shock among expat men after arriving here is seeing the cleaning lady in the men’s toilet. Pay it no mind because she certainly isn’t paying any attention to you. She only has a job to do: keep the toilet clean. As a final note, you and your family will benefit from enrolling and taking a Thai culture class when you first start living here. These classes cover all aspects of the culture and norms in this country. By educating yourself in advance, you can minimize Thai culture shock and thoroughly enjoy your stay here.
  9. Thailand has a broad network of well maintained roads between major cities. From a total length of 57.000 km paved, about 53,000 km and only 4,000 miles without cover. Most of the north-south route is two lanes in both directions. Thailand is on the left. Signalling follows international conventions and is often performed bilingual Thai / English. Driving at night on road because of heavy traffic is not a good idea. Truck drivers tend to not like us very little respect from cars and reckless driving accordingly. Otherwise, driving on the main road outside Bangkok and the recreation center a safe and pleasant experience. A weekend with a car hire offers the opportunity to learn about wonderful Thai culture and at any time without any time pressure to stop if we want to explore one of the many interesting parts of the kingdom. Bangkok itself has a bad reputation when it comes to traffic conditions. Except there was no question of toll roads, this reputation is justified. The streets are usually crowded. To someone who does not know the city well, it is very difficult to breed here. While drivers in Thailand are very polite and considerate - the horn is only very rarely - directions and often come and go change in the day, without having to be reported by major retailers (And if so, then only in English). Local land so that foreign drivers ever in locations that are away from their real target. A growing highway network within Bangkok simplify the situation even criticism. General advice on renting and driving Insurance: international leasing companies such as Hertz, Avis and Budget are also present in Thailand. You hire vehicles insured, which the Local owners have not always or only on special request, the case is on. Although I was an uninsured vehicle in the North East on the road with themselves and all went well, I would not dare again. Danger lurks In him, I only became clear later. Car rental: Most rental companies make the tenant is responsible for all damages during the rental period. Existing survey damage dents, scratches or missing parts should as far as possible so on the purchase slip. If your vehicle does not know, do not hesitate to have at your service. Convince yourself that everything works on the vehicle. Road conditions: not in a familiar environment to use a vehicle that can be risky. Since trafficking in Thailand continues to increase, there always the time of construction sites, especially when traveling at night is very dangerous. Bands left can be used as Notweg to avoid further road users. These areas usually consist of sand and gravel are sometimes extended. Must take special precautions when leaving the paved road! And the rocks falling on the shoulder of a sufficient distance from the vehicle in front stopped due. Some owners allow the use of their vehicles on unpaved roads if they have four wheel drive. traffic control: left Thailand on. They allow you to get used at. Agglomerations in the general speed limit of 60 kmh (35 mph). Beyond it is between 90-100 km / h (52-60 mph) on expressways and highways. The Thurs speed controls the police. The use of seat belts is compulsory, driving under the influence of alcohol is prohibited. All insurance shall be confiscated if the alcohol limit (? ‰?) exceeded. Travel behavior: In many countries, any person on a road or path is the right of way over those of the road between. It is not necessarily the case in Thailand. That's why we're constantly on the lookout market law and left the road could turn on your. Keep an eye traffic coming from behind, and drive far left as possible. If If needed, use the left edge strips to dodge. Look in the mirror. Attention for some animals on the road. When you want to pass another vehicle another, using their horn in a polite Thai, by briefly just to let them know the person before, where they are and what they are do. availability and fuel prices: The vast majority of cars run in Thailand unleaded gasoline. Vans budget require diesel. Both fuels are readily available throughout Thailand and cost about 29-35 baht per liter. Most gas stations accept major international credit cards, The country is on cash, but usually required. On main roads there are Open all service stations clock, which include the country overnight. Driving Licence: All drivers must possess a valid driver's license and not tentative. In addition to the Thai driving license is therefore foreign driving license (with English translation) and of course international driving license (with the original license). The driver license and a valid passport at all times must be made. Age: The car rental companies rent their vehicles for drivers who are At least 21 years. Taxes: 10% VAT (Value Added Tax) is included in the rental price.
  10. People are always asking me about getting a Thai Visa. The answer is always the same., “What do you mean?”. There’s not a real simple answer other than the correct one. You can’t stay in Thailand on a tourist visa more than 90 days in a 6 month period. After 90 days during a 6 month period, you must leave the country for 90 days before you can come back. This is because of all the expats living in Thailand on tourist visas that don’t pay taxes and have a work permit. So, they wanted to counter that. If you want to stay in Thailand over 90 days then you will need a different Thai visa. I suggest that if you have a bit of money then you get a company started here in Thailand. Before you come to Thailand, contact Siam-Legal.com and get the proper paperwork so that you can get a non-immigrant B visa from the Thai consulate office in your home country. Once you get a non-immigrant B Thai visa then you can stay in Thailand for one whole year and only have to do a border run every 90 days. I suggest using ThaiVisaRun.com for they are really cool and cheap. Now, your non-immigrant B Thai visa will expire in one year but you can get it renewed provided you have started a company and have your proper Thai work permit. I’ve done the whole non-immigrant B Thai visa and the work permit and it’s not a big deal. Just have to jump through a few hoops. Like a physical at the hospital and little bit of money. Now, when you are wanting to get that non-immigrant B Thai visa, make sure that you ask for a mulitple entry version. It will save you time and effort. The company Siam-Legal.com will take care of all the paperwork for you. You will just need to show up at the office with two passport photos for your work permit. Takes about 30 minutes to get the work permit. Now, work permits are tricky in themselves. You will need to go back down to the work permit office in 30 days to get a stamp then every 90 days to make sure it’s correct. This is the Thai visa way of making sure they get their work permit money. Because with a work permit comes cash for the country of Thailand.
  11. Unless you are moving to Thailand as a reassignment by your present employer or retiring, you will need to find a job and teaching English in Thailand is one of your options. In fact, it is about the only choice you have for employment here. Thailand, as well as other countries in Southeast Asia, has a constant demand for native English speakers. You are not going to get rich doing it but if you love teaching then you will have some rich experiences that you will never forget. The Basic Requirements for Teaching English in Thailand The English teaching jobs that offer the best salaries in Thailand are found from employers that have higher standards. This means that as soon as you get to Thailand, if you haven’t done so already, get into a TEFL or CELTA course. TEFL stands for Teach English as a Foreign Language and CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. While the better schools require these credentials, you can still find jobs teaching English in Thailand where all you must be is a native speaker and a degree or certification is irrelevant. These jobs are typically found in private language centers. They are also unstable, pay poorly, and have high turnover of foreign teachers. A person teaching English in this type of environment will not be able to get a work permit, will have no benefits, and will probably not have consistent work. The best recommendation is to stay away from this type of job. Teaching English in Thailand Job Options There are several areas where you can find a job provided you meet the qualifications. These are international schools, Thai government schools, bilingual schools, private language centers, and private instruction (freelance). Getting a job teaching English in Thailand at an international school is by far your best option. Salaries usually start in the range of 45,000-60,000 THB per month. Some schools even pay in the neighborhood of 80,000-120,000 THB per month. International schools will be able to get you a work permit. They are also stricter on the teacher hiring standards and usually require that you have a master’s degree in education. Then there are jobs available for native English speaking teachers in the Thai government schools. They can also get you a work permit. Salaries are typically between 28,000 and 35,000 THB per month. The environment in Thai government schools can be quite demanding with large classrooms of up to 50 students. As a westerner, you will also have an uphill climb getting control of your classroom so that real learning can take place. The bilingual schools of Thailand offer reasonable salaries for teaching English in Thailand, have manageable class sizes, and add other perks as well. Bilingual schools are those where the curriculum is taught in both English and Thai. They typically have higher standards for teachers and require not only a degree and teaching experience but TEFL/CELTA as well. Salaries range between 45,000 and 65,000 THB per month and many of these schools offer housing allowance and paid vacations. One type of school you will notice in cities such as Bangkok is the private language training center. They hire corporate and private English teachers all of the time. However, they typically do not require you to have a degree and will overlook the TEFL/CELTA requirement. They also will not get you a work permit. Their business model is to offer private instruction to walk-in students and they send teachers to businesses. While there may be some good jobs in language training centers, they are few and far between. Because they do not give you a work permit, you will have problems getting any sort of extended stay visa. The pay is unstable and depends on how many customers enroll in courses at any given time. Pay ranges from 400 to 700 THB per contact hour. Teachers that must go to a corporate site to give instruction will typically not be paid for transportation, will conduct classes on weekends or after business hours, and will be victimized by frequent student cancellations. Student cancellations result in a teacher not getting paid for that day so the opportunity cost must be factored in as well. Then, some who are teaching English in Thailand opt to give private (freelance) tutoring to both students and adults. This can be a great way to learn the city however the best way to do this is as a sideline job while holding down a regular full-time teaching position. If you try to go totally freelance, you will not be able to get a work permit and will also be a victim of frequent cancellations. One thing about this career is that you will find many positions available. Many who have lived in Thailand have developed a network of friends and business contacts by teaching over the years. If you love sharing knowledge with others, teaching English in Thailand may just be the career of a lifetime.
  12. For expats, keeping fit in Thailand is about the same as in the country they came from. However, the distinct advantage is that most of the country enjoys warm weather year-round and the northern parts are relatively mild as far as cold weather is concerned. With all of the delicious food in this country, keeping fit is crucial to preventing weight gain and other negative effects from lack of exercise. Here are some fitness options for you as an expat living in Thailand. Fun Runs in Bangkok In cities such as Bangkok, there are organizations that sponsor marathon, walk-a-thon, and other “fun run” types of events. For example, a company known as Jog and Joy Thailand sponsors these types of events and they have a website where you can get all the latest information on those upcoming. General Running in Bangkok You will find that unless you go to a park with a running path, jogging in a city such as Bangkok will be quite difficult. The sidewalks are uneven and you are at great risk for twisting your ankle. Basically, you have to search a little harder for good places to run. Lumpini Park near Bangkok's Silom Financial District is one such park with an excellent running path and there are others. You should never attempt to run in the streets because of the many motorcycles that crowd them. Fitness Centers in Bangkok Fitness centers can either be expensive or bare-bones yet effective for keeping fit in Thailand. For example, in Bangkok, there is the Racquet Club on Sukhumvit 49. This is one of the long-time popular gyms among both Thais and foreigners alike but it is quite pricey. Do some shopping around as you can find places with promotions or back-street gyms in some narrow Bangkok alley. Places like Pattaya and Phuket also have gyms that are affordable and sometimes run by retired foreigners. It just takes some shopping around. One service that you will find in many of these fitness centers is the trainer service. You can hire a personal trainer who will call you up on the phone and motivate you to show up for a session and then work you hard when you get there. Many of these trainers are fitness certified. Some can be rather pricey as well so, here again, it takes a little shopping around. Protecting against the Thai Heat Some like to go running in the tropical heat of Thailand. It depends on your condition but if you are a beginner at this then beware. It is best to go running early in the morning. When you run, you should take care to replenish your water supply frequently. Wear a cap while running to avoid the direct rays of the sun. Dehydration is your worst enemy here. Aerobics at the Corner Thai people like keeping fit in Thailand. One activity you will see in cities such as Bangkok is the aerobic session at the street corner of a busy shopping center and sometimes even in the shopping center itself. For example, in the car park at the Lotus Tesco Center at the corner of Sukhumvit 50 and Sukhumvit in Bangkok, a group of aerobic enthusiasts meets and an instructor leads them from a stage. They meet every weekday at 6:00 P.M. You won’t see many foreigners in these groups and the instructor leads in Thai but everyone will warmly welcome you. You will get quite a workout as well. Walking in Bangkok Many senior expats in Thailand are retirees and some should exercise caution when doing intense high-impact workouts for keeping fit in Thailand. This is mainly because of the knees. Keep in mind that once you get a knee injury, it can take what seems like forever to heal. This is why for seniors, walking is the best activity because it is easy on the knees yet keeps the blood flowing and promotes cardiovascular health. There are many interesting sights in Thailand which makes walking a lot of fun. Walking is great for keeping blood pressure in check as well. Cycling in Bangkok Unfortunately, the cities in Thailand have not put a lot of development effort into creating bicycle paths such as you have in the country where you came from. While you will see the occasional bicyclist on the busy streets, it is not recommended. There are too many cars and motorcycles and this activity is dangerous on city thoroughfares. Swimming in Bangkok Another way of keeping fit in Thailand that is easy on the knees is just walking up and down the length of a pool. The resistance of the water and your attempt to maintain balance provide a good workout. The nice thing about the southern parts of Thailand is that you can go into an outdoor pool year-round. Dieting in Bangkok Exercise without the proper diet is futile. One advantage that you have living in Thailand is that there are many Thai dishes that are filled with vegetables. Just take it easy on the rice. You can order vegetable dishes with or without rice in just about every eating venue. In fact, Thailand would rather that you not waste the rice if you are not going to eat it. Therefore, a food vendor will ask the question “laad keow?” which means do you want the dish on rice or not. All you have to say is “Mai ao keow, ka/khrup” which means no rice (ka is the polite ending for females and khrup is the polite ending for males). It is too easy to fall into the pub trap here in Thailand. The pub trap, that many a foreign expat has fallen victim to, is to spend numerous leisure hours sitting and drinking beer while eating fried foods. Don’t let this happen to you because there are so many opportunities for keeping fit in Thailand.
  13. The Emporio Place Sukhumvit 24, top floor 3 Bed Luxury Penthouse for Rent 160k Whole Floor unit 3 beds/4 bath (2 master bedrooms with bathtab come with his & her washbasin and walkin closet) European Modern Luxury decoration with import leather Sofa, import mable dinning table. 170sqm big balcony with Amazing river view thoughout the unit. Only 1 unit on the top Floor with Private Lobby and 3 fixed parking. Brand New, just completed. Available to move in NOW. 35Floor North Building
  14. Q Langsuan 2 Bed Luxury condo Rent at 95k 94 sqm 9th floor fully furnished with high quality furniture. It offers well laid-out living and opens to a main living area consisting of an open plan space which houses the living room and dining room. This condo is conveniently located about 700m away from the Chit Lom BTS station. For those who drive, the nearest tollway entrance is about 1.3km away. Some of the nearby shops include Lemon Farm, The Portico and Central world shopping mall. Facilities at Q Langsuan include parking, 24-hours security personnel, cctv, swimming pool, sauna, gym, garden with barbeque and a playground / children’s area.
  15. Hyde Sukhumvit 13, 2 Bed Condo for RENT Low floor unit facing the swimming pool. Fully furnished including comfortable L shaped couch and a nice TV. The kitchen comes equipped with a build in microwave, electric hob, a washing machine and a fridge. The dining area has a dining table with 4 chairs. The master bedrooms has a king size bed and a flat screen TV; the second bedroom also has a full size bed. Facilities which include a very large swimming pool, Jacuzzi’s, sauna, steam room, kid’s playroom, yoga room, Karaoke room, fitness area, library and meeting rooms. HYDE Sukhumvit is located between the Nana and Asoke BTS stations, it is just a short walk to Robinson’s and Terminal 21 shopping mall. 45K / month.
  16. Millennium Residence Newly furnished Unit 2+1 Bedrooms with maid quarter SALE: 19.5mb 126.62sqm Tower C, Floor AA (13) Unit (Foreign Quota) - Great View of swimming pool and the lake from Queen Sirikit Convention Park ... - The unit is Fully Furnished, with all the fitting and furniture which tenant would need for the lliving - The Master Bedroom has en-suite bathroom with tub and a walk-in closet - 2bedroom has its own bathroom with enough closet for the children or guest - The unit offer apace for office or 3rd bedroom (if need/prefer) .. with daybed sofa and built-in desk and chair for working - A combined living room and dining area .. with L-shape Sofa and dining table with 6 chairs - Fully equipped Kitchen with Oven, big fridge and microwave, etc. - Maid quarter with its own bathroom ... - A Balcony with the view over looking the swimming pool and the lake from Queen Sirikit convention, plus the great view of city The Sale includes a tenant paying Rental 75,000 Baht per mont - SALE at 19,500,000 THB transfer fee 50/50 Millennium Residence ** A high Standard specification, only 4 units per floor, very privacy, very bright property, great for all type tenants who look to live in the middle of the city, with great city life style among the green landscape more than 20,000sqm within the Residence .. Parking - Unit comes with Fixed Parking Facilities - Landscape with Water Feature, Gym, Sauna and Steam Room in 2-storey clubhouse, great Swimming pool (Kid pool and 50 meters long lap pool), Jogging Track, Children playground, tennis court, shuttle bus to BTS and Supermarket, etc.. Location - Sukhumvit 20, accessible from Sukhumvit 16 and 18 .. Very convenient - just a walking distance to BTS Asoke, MRT sukhumvit, All the shopping centers such as Terminal 21, Emporium, A walking distance to all shops, restaurants and the hang-out places within Asoke, NaNa, and Phrom Phong Area .
  17. VOQUE 16 Condominium 2 Bed 2 Bath Brand new 80 Sqm Corner unit for rent 45k Fully furnished with natural modern furniture giving this condo a very calming relaxed atmosphere, everything is brand new, Fridge freezer, electric hob, Microwave combi oven, Hot water kettle, coffee machine, washer/ dryer, comfortable kingsize bed with bedding, bath tub. The second bedroom has relaxing chairs and an office desk but open to requests if need a single or double bed. VOQUE on Sukhumvit 16 couldn’t enjoy a better location, as it is just minutes from BTS Asoke and MRT stations as well as within walking distance of perhaps the most vital intersection in the city. Amenities galore: Not only is the VOQUE location near uber -chic cafes and lounges, world-class hospitals, major banks, the best restaurants in the city, international schools, and green parks and lakes, VOQUE also provides all of the amenities and series you’d expect from a project with this level of sophistication. You’ll find a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and fitness room, ample parking, and 24 hour security along with free shuttle service drop off at Top of the soi, Exchange tower, Foodland supermarket, MRT station on demand service from 7am to 7pm also call them and they will pick up at these 3 locations.
  18. Luxury class, high-floor 3 bedroom condo for sale. This unique unit is on 31st/32nd floors with a lovely duplex layout, enjoys outstanding building amenities, and ample parking. This 3 bed/3 bath 189.44 SQM has a spectacular 6.4 meter high ceiling above dining area, and cozy living room. Kitchen amenities are all Siemens brand and include induction stove, oven, dishwasher, microwave, and fridge. NOTE: 7 Fuji A/C units effortlessly handle climate control; entrance door is key less, operated by card or pin code. Building amenities include swimming pools, fitness gym with aerobics and yoga classes, jacuzzi, steam and sauna, jogging track, kids playground, and multi-function rooms for parties or meetings. One designated parking spot on first floor is included. The Bright Sukhumvit also provides a lot of parking around the lobby for the easiest pick ups and drop offs and short visit parking of any luxury condo in Bangkok. 32 MB (Transfer fee 50/50).
  19. Ficus Lane Stunning 3-bedroom Duplex for sale 29MB or Rent 150k 250 sqm with three bedrooms and four bathrooms. This contemporary duplex, reminiscent of loft apartments is ultra sleek with modern character. One of the most luxurious unit in Bangkok for sale. Furnished with high quality materials Modern Contemporary designed Duplex – high living room ceiling. Open planned kitchen. Outdoor terrace The downstairs living area is a standout with its ultra-high ceilings and glass walls. The staircase, which is made of glass, steel, and wood is located off the living area and leads to the second floor, its hallway clearly visible, along with its wealth of storage shelving. Throughout the condo, you’ll find a mix of floor tile and hardwood floors. Adjacent to the dining area is a serving nook with food prep island, stainless steel sink, wooden cupboards, counters, microwave, and speed oven. The separate close kitchen has flat panel cupboards and cabinets, stove top, hood, and refrigerator/freezer. The upstairs bedrooms are spacious while the ultra modern bathrooms hold Western-style fixtures, mirrors, counters, storage cabinets, and showers. The main bathroom includes bathtub/shower amenities. Facilities include a pool, fitness studio, shuttle bus, gardens, children’s playground, and parking. For peace of mind, there’s 24-hour security. Location of this 3-bedroom condo for rent at Ficus Lane is on Sukhumvit 44, near Phra Khanong BTS station. Nearby is the new Prakanong community Mall, Taisin Square, Siam Furniture Center, Major Cineplex, Big C, Max Value and W District. Sale 29,000,000 Baht Rental: 150,000 Baht per month Min 1 yr lease term
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