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Establishing Residency for foreigners in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most sought after destinations in the South East Asia for Holiday Homes and obtaining permanent residency. This is mainly due to the fact that it offers a low yet convenient standard of living.

Obtaining status as a Permanent Resident (PR) in Thailand has quite a few advantages.Firstly, It allows you to stay permanently in Thailand, without applying for an extension of stay. Secondly, you can … Read the rest “Establishing Residency for foreigners in Thailand”

5 Expat Havens in Thailand Offering Great Lifestyle at Low Cost

5 Expat Havens in Thailand Offering Great Lifestyle at Low Cost

Lot has been written and discussed about Thailand as Asia’s leading retirement location for expats across the globe. However online forums are still flooded with queries from newcomers as to where they should settle for a high quality of life at low cost.

In the last decade or so, Thailand has seen a record number of retirees from all over the world. This is mostly owing to the fact that Read the rest “5 Expat Havens in Thailand Offering Great Lifestyle at Low Cost”

Moving to Thailand with Children – Top Schools and Locations to Look for a Property Near Them

View of New International School of Thailand, Bangkok

For expats relocating to Thailand with children it is imperative to take their education into account when they are looking for a property – either to rent or buy.  Invariably the best schools available for expat Kids are the international schools where the level of education is at par or even considerably higher than the level in any public high school in the West.  There are many international schools throughout Read the rest “Moving to Thailand with Children – Top Schools and Locations to Look for a Property Near Them”

Tabien Baan (Yellow Thai House Book) – Does an Expat Need One

A tabien baan or Thai house book is many a time misunderstood by expats living in Thailand and hardly give any importance to it feeling that it is issued by the local municipality and not by the land department.

While, the book to proves your residency when required to do so by various government departments, it is however not a proof of ownership of a property or land. Though might Read the rest “Tabien Baan (Yellow Thai House Book) – Does an Expat Need One”

Certain Thai Laws and Rules Resident Expats Should Know

Thai laws 2In a foreign land which you have adopted as your home now, knowing the laws of the land is an utmost necessity. Many might have this notion that in Asia and particularly in a tourist-dominated country like Thailand, you can get away with anything. Contrary to this view, Thailand has some of the strictest laws for its citizens in order to make it a foremost location to retire.

In our Read the rest “Certain Thai Laws and Rules Resident Expats Should Know”

Chiang Rai and Rayong – 2 Off-the-Beaten-Track Cities for Expats to Retire in Thailand

Our search for an ideal tropical destination in Asia to retire to takes us to different locations. While Thailand is a preferred for most of us, its main cities are getting crowded and more expensive, thus making retirement a more stressful experience instead.

So for those who want to beat the crowd and settle in a much quieter location and still benefit from retiring in Thailand we have two cities Read the rest “Chiang Rai and Rayong – 2 Off-the-Beaten-Track Cities for Expats to Retire in Thailand”

Head for the Hills to Buy your Holiday Home in Thailand

Unbeatable views of the valley and mountains, cooler climes, and a much quieter  community – if these are things you are looking at when you are short listing your property location in Thailand then head north of the country where some the exotic locations and equally good properties await you! But don’t be surprised by the lack of advertising for properties in this region if you are someone who is Read the rest “Head for the Hills to Buy your Holiday Home in Thailand”

Secured Leasehold in Thailand – is it as Secure as Developers Want us to Believe

In Phuket like in other places of Thailand, today, it is quite common for developers to offer a long-term lease of 30 years with two additional rollovers of 30 years each, for a total of 90 years to foreign buyers. Several developers are thus advertising their projects offering ‘collective leasehold’ or ‘secured leasehold’ to foreign buyers wishing to invest in a villa or apartment in Thailand.

Developers will tell you Read the rest “Secured Leasehold in Thailand – is it as Secure as Developers Want us to Believe”

Buying Land in Phuket as a Company – Recent changes in Law and What to Look Out For

Land for sale signIn June this year, changes have been made in the application process and consequently the approval of registration of companies to purchase land and long term land leases for foreigners in Thailand.

But before we go into the new changes let’s revisit the laws pertaining to a foreigner buying land in Thailand:

Under Thai law, foreigners are generally prohibited from owning land. However, they are allowed to own buildings built Read the rest “Buying Land in Phuket as a Company – Recent changes in Law and What to Look Out For”

Tips to Creating an Income Before you make the Big Move

 

For long you have been planning your relocation to an overseas location and finally you feel you are ready. Really? While most of our concerns on relocation are many a time restricted to accommodation, finding like-minded people to extend our social life, etc. we leave the most important aspect of this big move to chance – creating an income when you start living in a new tropical island.

You Read the rest “Tips to Creating an Income Before you make the Big Move”

Moo-baan (moo-bahn) – Thaliand’s Answer to Living in a Gated Community

For a retiree whose main motive to leave the comfort of a home where he was born and had spent most of his life, uprooting himself in search of an overseas destination where the daily stress of life is minimized, or living amidst beautiful climes with having to spend half his income, may take him to places where his needs for a security ring is even more magnified. And Thailand, Read the rest “Moo-baan (moo-bahn) – Thaliand’s Answer to Living in a Gated Community”

Legalities Around Foreigner Transferring his Condo Ownership in Thailand to a New Owner

Handing-over-house-keys-to-new-ownerIf you are an expat and have bought or in the process of buying a freehold condo in Thailand you need to know the laws not only around its ownership, but also around transferring it to a new owner or even to your heirs at a later stage because handing over the keys of the condo to your non-Thai wife or children is not as simple as it may appear.Read the rest “Legalities Around Foreigner Transferring his Condo Ownership in Thailand to a New Owner”

Trang – Exploring new destinations in Southern Thailand to buy a Holiday Home

With prices of properties in Phuket’s coastline hitting the roof and the coastline of the island depleting rapidly, other equally beautiful locations in Thailand are coming to fore promising expat property buyers a more relaxed lifestyle.

While places like Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Krabi, Ko Chang, Kui Buri and others have emerged as secondary markets to Phuket, the demand for relatively cheaper options nearer to the coastline have Read the rest “Trang – Exploring new destinations in Southern Thailand to buy a Holiday Home”

Challenges and Ideas for an Expat in Opening a Small Business in Thailand

Alluring landscapes, charming people and rich Asian culture—Thailand is a paradise in many ways. But, like anywhere else, if you don’t have money in your pocket it can be a rough and tough experience.

Even if you’re collecting a steady pension check, social security payment, or trust fund payout, there’s always the fear that the US dollar or another home currency can lose value against the Thai Baht…so it’s important Read the rest “Challenges and Ideas for an Expat in Opening a Small Business in Thailand”

12 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Commit When on a holiday in Thailand

Thai smileThe culture of Thailand is very different from the culture in America.  What is acceptable back home may cause a visitor to be poorly received in Thailand and could cause a very uncomfortable situation.  This can absolutely affect the quality of your experience in this part of the world, so it would be wise to keep these simple rules in mind as you explore this tropical kingdom.  If you are Read the rest “12 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Commit When on a holiday in Thailand”

In Conversation with Robert Green from A&KIE on Asia’s Holiday Home Market

Robert GreenAbercrombie & Kent, the world’s leading luxury travel company, has recently launched its venture, Abercrombie & Kent International Estates marking its new business to market and sell exclusive residential properties from around the world, including private homes and resort residences. We spoke to Robert Green, General Manager, Abercrombie & Kent International Estates on the Asian markets they have shortlisted, why they have chosen these locations and most importantly what it Read the rest “In Conversation with Robert Green from A&KIE on Asia’s Holiday Home Market”

Building Your Dream Home in Thailand – Natthida Prasertsun of Kensington Co. tells us how

The thought of building a holiday home in another country can be a bit daunting, but with some preparation, local advice and a good builder it doesn’t have to turn into a nightmare. Kensington Company is a company in Thailand who focuses on designing and building quality homes for clients both locally and overseas.  We spoke to Natthida Prasertsun, Director of Kensington Company about building a property in Thailand.

Tell Read the rest “Building Your Dream Home in Thailand – Natthida Prasertsun of Kensington Co. tells us how”

In Conversation with Anthony McDonald of X2 Group of Companies, Thailand

Anthony McDonaldSeven years ago he set foot in Thailand as a traveler. Dissatisfied with the traditional tropical style resorts and the “un-interesting, un-refreshing” service and accommodation on offer, he made it a mission to fill this gap in the resort market of the island. Today his company has created its own brand of resorts – “something as you can see are very different and pleasantly refreshing for people traveling for business Read the rest “In Conversation with Anthony McDonald of X2 Group of Companies, Thailand”

Riding the Wave in Phuket: An Interview with Angus MacLachlan of Exotiq Holidays

Angus MacLachlan heads up Exotiq Holidays from one of the world’s most beautiful holiday destinations, Phuket in Thailand. Exotiq is a lifestyle brand for those who are discovering, investing and living a lifestyle in a tropical destination. Exotiq holidays is still in its early stages of development, but focuses on high quality and stylish holidays; from luxury villas to boutique hotels and cruises. We spoke to Angus MacLachlan about holidaying Read the rest “Riding the Wave in Phuket: An Interview with Angus MacLachlan of Exotiq Holidays”

In Conversation with GSV’s Kirk Stucker on Koh Samui’s Holiday Home Market

Kirk StuckerWith two decades of experience in the Koh Samui market, Go Samui Villas (GSV) is not just about real estate. Its varied interest in other businesses including marketing, communications, web marketing and SEO makes the organization a leading entity on the island. Run by a team of professionals with years of experience in villa purchase and rental, the company has seen the changing face of Koh Samui from being a Read the rest “In Conversation with GSV’s Kirk Stucker on Koh Samui’s Holiday Home Market”