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    Buying property + home in Thailand : issues + guidelines

    Re: Farangs Barred From Buying Thai Land

    By pachangamac042, Created on: 27/05/2009, Last updated on: 22/12/2015

    » [quote="Papadragon":19d1c84s] [b:19d1c84s]Foreigners cannot use a Thai spouse as a nominee to buy property in Thailand, however. “If the Thai spouse has enough money to buy the house that is fine, but if the Thai has no money and uses money given to him or her by a foreigner to acquire...

    • Ian commented : Too much talk to too little avail, just accept that as a farang you will get hung out to dry in Thailand, it starts with the government and works its way down through the chain to taxis and market stall vendors. You just have to devise strategies to avoid being taken for too much, you will never avoid all. If you can't or can't accept this, then go home or go to Malaysia.

    • 46 replies, 336,066 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept

    By Suttisan, Created on: 28/05/2009, Last updated on: 02/10/2016

    » -- Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept The director general of the Land Department has reiterated that foreigners using Thai nominees to buy land anywhere in the country will have their land title deeds revoked if caught – even if the nominee in question is a lawfully wedded...

    • terry commented : Spotted this in today's paper, http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opin ... r-own-land which helps explain land purchase more clearly. Apparently, the Land Department General did not mention the fact that if the husband and wife sign a document, a land purchase involving a foreigner is legally ok. The article also goes on to explain some the history and reasons/feelings behind the law which doesn't allow foreigners to purchase property in Thailand.

    • stilljustbrowsing commented : A very interesting article, thanks for the info. Terry.

    • charlie commented : [b:3egvdo6r]Here is another one about land and house purchasing[/b:3egvdo6r] http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/investi ... -the-books

    • 186 replies, 1,555,754 views

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    Having a baby in Thailand and hospitals

    By ohm, Created on: 06/06/2009, Last updated on: 08/06/2009

    » Some of the private hospitals in Bangkok might be a good choice depending on what it is that one is seeking advice/treatment on. My wife and I are expecting twins. When we shopped around for hospitals, we looked at several. One being XXXXXX* Hospital, a private hospital. We were told by the...

    • ThaimanX10 commented : My British friend and his wife had their second child and the cost in Bangkok Hospital with a private room was a little over 25,000 Baht. with a stay of two days.

    • ohm commented : For reasons I'm not clear about, ( the private hospital I went to in the Sukhumvit area, S_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Hospital ) all the prices that are clearly stated on paper get thrown out the window when it comes to 'twin' deliveries.

    • 4 replies, 5,326 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Foreigner buying lands through a Thai company

    By charlie, Created on: 07/06/2009, Last updated on: 25/06/2009

    » [b:1ek82v4c]FACTS:[/b:1ek82v4c] Most foreigners legally married or not with Thai spouses, are buying small or large pieces of land in Thailand (Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui) by setting up Thai companies and are buying 2-3 rais of land in order to built several houses for rent or sale in order to have...

    • MTT commented : Dummy companies have been used in Thailand for years. Usually for VISA purposes. A company can buy land to do business and for company housing. BUT...it appears changes are in process so what was before may not be tomorrow. One question I would have is if you can't own the land, but your company does and develops it, can you ever take the profits? Too complicated I think if you don't have the 'connections'. Easier to get a condo, so build a big 'condo' and live in it? They have you there too because you can't occupy more than 40% of the 'condo' building. The best advice I have been given over and over is, lease the land or buy it with someone you want to [u:61urr0va]give it to[/u:61urr0va]. Then you can build any house you want. But you cannot own the land. Leasing is very common in Bangkok. Most of the big buildings in Bangkok are sitting on leased land. A 99 year lease should be enough since Bangkok is supposed to be under water in 50 years anyway!

    • ohm commented : [quote:ttu63vjf]by charlie on Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:42 p06 [119.42.86.xx] FACTS: Most foreigners legally married or not with Thai spouses, are buying small or large pieces of land in Thailand (Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui) by setting up Thai companies and are buying 2-3 rais of land in order to built several houses for rent or sale in order to have regular incomes for retiring. QUESTION: Is it legal in Thailand to buy land through a Thai company which is owned at 49% by foreigners?[/quote:ttu63vjf] This might be helpful: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/investi ... -the-books

    • 11 replies, 15,424 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    The Value of a Tourist.

    By Sean Moran, Created on: 18/01/2009, Last updated on: 15/12/2010

    » What are some of the most common positive and negative results of foreign tourists from overseas visiting Thailand? Thai opinions welcome, kap.

    • Pinklaopanther commented : Surely tourism plays a huge part in Thailands economy. Look at the hundreds of high rise hotels in Bangkok alone, some offering a higher degree of service and interpersonal skills than others. This is not just farang tourists but Japanese and S Koreans and Chinese. I have to say after one year of living and working in Bangkok and having travelled quite a lot around Thailand that this is an amazing place for tourists to see. Regarding the Thai/farang relationship or lack herof, its incredibly complex. There are Thais who naturally look at westerners and ASIAN tourists as walking ATMs and naturally so, this is a POOR country compared to the host countries of most visitors.. But I would hazard a guess that most people who come here have a positive experience and want to come back again. In so many respects its like another planet compared to back home, some threads and blogs on the net imply that the Thais are lacking in respect for tourists and actively dislike them. I would agree to an extent. But I think its a broader Asian phenomenon. Go to Japan, S. Korea etc and you would easily be driven to thinking that the locals dont like you. BUT, its a race thing. People here are more protective of their own way of life and when you get a smile from a local, then you know its genuine and not fake. I cant say I love it here, but I get more from a genuine act of humanity and rapport with a local than I would back home in Blighty. I'm gonna stick it out.

    • 85 replies, 111,416 views

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