Category: Thailand Expat Guide

Working in Thailand

Foreigners who wish to work in Thailand, whether paid or voluntary, must have a work permit. Foreigners are restricted from taking up certain occupations that are reserved for Thai nationals. Those include farm worker, hairdresser, pottery maker, shoe maker and over 39 other professions. While a new positive list is on its way, this negative…

Nordic Thailand Expat Calendar

Traditionally, the year for expats in Thailand started in September when people were “back after the summer”. The year ended in June when it was time to “go back for the summer”. Although this pattern has its roots in old colonial British times, many expats still follow roughly that year and enjoy a long summer…

New Thai retirement visa rules

Applicants for an extension of a retirement visa to Thailand have to prove that they have sufficient funds to sustain themselves in Thailand. They either need to have a certain deposit in a Thai bank account, or receive a fixed monthly income of a certain amount, or a combination of the aforementioned methods. Effective as…

The Basics

The first thing you need is a Sim card with data transfer and some phone time. You can get that in any shop of the three main providers: True, Dtac or AIS. You will often find them in department stores. Don’t forget to bring your passport. You may need help from a local with setting up your phone so you can read your emails and surf websites and applications online, but mostly it works automatically

Visa Regulations

If you plan to stay more than 3 months in Thailand you should apply for a visa at the Thai embassy or consulate in your home country before you travel here. Be sure to apply for the right type of visa. Visa on arrival If you are sure that you will not stay over 30  days…