How To Register For Healthcare In Thailand

Thailand has a two-tier health insurance system, comprised of both public and private cover. Most Thai citizens are covered under the public scheme of the UCS (Universal Coverage Scheme) and this applied to expats as well until recently, when the system changed with regard to some long term visa applications. We will look at how to … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Thailand?

Thailand’s healthcare system was ranked sixth in CEOWORLD magazine’s 2019 global healthcare index. Thailand offers a high standard of healthcare, and treatment can be both better and cheaper than in some Western countries. The majority of medical centres are based in the larger cities, especially Bangkok. There are far fewer doctors in rural areas, especially … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost in Thailand?

If you are working in Thailand, you should qualify for state-sponsored healthcare, covered by your social security payments. These payments are taken out automatically by your employer, and they usually work out to be about 5% of your salary. You will be assigned to a local public hospital where you can access healthcare. In bigger … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Thailand

Thailand enjoys a high standard of healthcare, and by international standards, costs are low. So, for expats living, working and retiring there, health insurance is generally not a financial barrier. At present, you are not obliged to take out health insurance if you are living, but not working, in Thailand.However, the government is in the … Read more

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Thailand

Wherever you live, health and fitness are important, but when you move to a new country, it can be hard to establish a good routine. Fitness can become a low priority, especially while you are sorting out your accommodation, establishing a new friendship group, and getting used to a different environment. This article will take … Read more

Complementary Therapies In Thailand And How To Access Them

Thailand is famous for its wellness retreats, and it is not difficult to find practitioners there for most kinds of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Traditional Thai and Chinese medicine is well regarded in the country, and there is even a government department for the development of Thai traditional and alternative medicine (DDTTAM), as well … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In Thailand

There are a large number of both national and international banks in Thailand, including some that are well known, such as Bangkok Bank, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC. Most of the banks in Thailand have English language websites available, as well as English-speaking staff in many of their branches. The Bank of Thailand (the Central … Read more

How To Buy Or Rent Property In Thailand

Renting property Finding rentals in Thailand is relatively easy, especially in popular expat cities, such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Tao and Hua Hin. The standard lease length is twelve months, though some landlords will offer a six-month lease, or perhaps something even shorter, depending on the type of rental.Condominiums are the most popular and … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Thailand

Thailand draws a number of visitors every year, with its impressive food, rich culture and beautiful nature. Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to travel there. This article will walk you through the types of visa available, as well as the processes for applying for a work permit or residency. Visas Tourists … Read more

How To Find A Job In Thailand

With its fascinating culture and attractive climate, Thailand is an appealing destination for expats seeking employment. However, finding a work permit involves a high level of bureaucratic complexity. Also, there are some jobs that overseas nationals are not allowed to do – much of this, though not all, relates to traditional Thai crafts. The Thai … Read more

Robin Ann Martin, Bangkok

Who are you? Robin Ann Martin. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved abroad in 2006 to the Sultanate of Oman.I was tired of the nationalism in America, along with anti-Arab sentiments that were common then, and wanted a broader perspective on life and education, through my own direct experience. Plus, it’s … Read more

Expat Crime Fiction In Bangkok: Recommended Reads

Bangkok, Thailand, is a vibrant capital city known around the world for many things, from its exciting nightlife scene and stunning palaces, temples and pagodas, to spicy food, charming streets and friendly faces. However, over the past few years, Bangkok has added something new to what makes it so unique, and that’s the increasing popularity … Read more

What Might Thailand’s New Tech Start-Up Visa Mean For Your Company?

Thailand is celebrated as an ancient culture, replete with thousand-year-old temples and a spirituality which mingles with a bustling city life and a booming economy. However, the ‘Land of Smiles’ has its eyes firmly set on the future thanks to its continued investment in technology industries. The country is looking to become an incubator nation … Read more

An Expat Guide To Visas In Thailand

The Kingdom of Thailand has implemented a set of visa and work permit controls for visitors and those who wish to settle there.If you want to enjoy your stay in Thailand, getting your paperwork in order is essential. Check Your Passport Your passport’s expiry date must be at least six months after the date you … Read more

Tiffany, Bangkok

Who are you? My name is Tiffany, but you can call me Tiff!Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Bangkok (Thailand) last year as I got a job here. What challenges did you face during the move? The language barrier! Although many people in Bangkok can speak some English, not many … Read more

Thailand – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Thailand and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Thailand Expat/Thai Discussion Facebook Group With almost … Read more

An Expat Guide To Finding A Job In Thailand

This article was created in association with Thailand Starter Kit, a website that provides free in-depth guides on moving to Thailand. Thailand’s expat community is a diverse one and includes everyone from students to retirees. Professional expats will find that most of the job opportunities are based in the capital city of Bangkok. One of … Read more

Jim Mielke, Near Phuket

Who are you? Originally from upstate New York, I’ve spent most of my adult life overseas, where at times I receive that gratifying comment: “Gee, you don’t seem like a typical American” – despite being permanently branded with the distinctive flat, nasally Buffalo accent, even when speaking Thai and Vietnamese.Last in a line of preacher’s … Read more

Allan Wilson, Isaan

Who are you? My name is Allan Wilson, lifestyle and travel blogger at Live Less Ordinary, and author of A Potato in a Rice Field. With my wife Fanfan, we chronicle our lives and travels in Thailand and Asia.Where, when and why did you move abroad? When I first made a permanent move to Thailand … Read more

Thailand – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Thailand and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Farang Rak Thai Photo Blog A photo diary of life in Thailand, … Read more

The Dark Side Of Expat Life In Thailand

Beautiful beaches, pleasant weather and a laidback lifestyle are just some of the advantages of living in Thailand. Expats also benefit from the emerging economy and profitable business prospects. The expat scene in Thailand is vibrant, especially in the capital city of Bangkok. Phuket and other southern areas of the country are more popular among … Read more

Ten Essentials You Need To Pack For A Move To Thailand

There are many reasons why moving to Thailand is a great decision. Pleasant weather, beautiful beaches and the excellent Thai hospitality are just some of them. For those who are already sold on the idea of moving to Thailand, here is a list of ten essentials you should definitely take with you. 1. Important paperworkYou … Read more

What Are The Health Risks For Expats In Thailand?

Thailand is known to be relatively hygienic and safe, and those who visit the country do not have much to worry about. The hygiene standards in some areas may not be up to the mark, but it does not pose any major health risks. There is a professional healthcare system in place and the hospitals … Read more

5 Foods You Must Try When Living In Thailand

Thai food is popular across the world and you’re likely to find a Thai restaurant in every country. But to eat the local food in Thailand itself is a completely different culinary experience. You will find that harmony is the foundation of each dish and whether it’s a spicy chili laden curry or a more … Read more

Stuart Land, Chiang Mai

Who are you? Hi. I’m Stuart Land, a novelist, screenwriter, and sculptor. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Thailand in 1999 after visiting several other countries and decided to stay here because it was centrally located in Asia, living conditions were good, people were friendly, prices were low, and the … Read more

Ashley Tiernan, Pattaya & Jomtien Real Estate

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company My name is Ashley Tiernan, I am a partner in Direct 2 Developers and Pattaya & Jomtien Real Estate in Pattaya Thailand. I was born in England and have lived in Pattaya Thailand since about 2000 with my wife and 3 kids. Most of my … Read more

Samantha Pryor, Bangkok

I’m Samantha Pryor, a Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist, originally from the UK. I relocated to Bangkok, Thailand in November 2010 to support my partner who had taken a 6 month secondment here. We were due to go back to the UK after the 6 months was finished, but we both loved it here and he was … Read more

Assumptions Of An Expat Woman In Thailand

by Samantha Pryor After seeing my partner off in a taxi to Suvarnabhumi Airport, I was ‘lucky’ enough to get the next taxi to take me to work. It seemed to be very humid already, we hadn’t seen any rain the day before and I was feeling it. I was also struggling to walk after … Read more

Mike Rose, Prachuap Khiri Khan

My name is Mike Rose and I am a retired teacher from the UK. I moved to Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand in January 2008 when I took early retirement. I have always enjoyed travelling and had been to Thailand on a few occasions before deciding to settle here. I had actually intended to work out … Read more