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    Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in

    Bangkok's goin down

    By terryt, Created on: 21/09/2015, Last updated on: 17/12/2015

    » Granted Bangkok is experiencing greater numbers of people living and working here, however the vast majority are only here for one thing: money. Bangkok lost it’s allure many years ago, when the skytrain opened in 1999. Sure it got some people round quicker, but not most people. The city started...

    • roger commented : Just wanted comment on this post as a foreign tourist . Staying winter months here i can tell you it's unbearable for me too. The price to go out at night is to expensive . The bar owners now have the price to buy a drink for a lady at 140 and have seen 180 for a drink . I won't buy them . Beer prices are high . I've seen a restaurant attempting to charge 300 baht a for a burrito that's crazy. Restaurant price's are high madness much more than many other country's like the USA. The land owners here have become very greedy . Soon the people will get fed up and stop paying there high rents . How can the people live here. Good Luck greedy Thailand owners. It is like piggishly greedy on prices . The only thing people can eat is soi food . You can get burritos in US for 2 to 4 dollars many places and chinese food for 1.50 many places fried rice beef broccoli 1.50 sweet and sour 1.50 . Beer 2 to 4 dollars . Not worth buying a ticket to go all the way around the world to get price gouged . Wine in the box double price 1000 here 350 b my country . I have an apartment charging me 10 baht for a unit of electric crazy . I wish for days gone back so sad here.

    • 3 replies, 7,719 views

    Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in

    How could you blow that Fed Ex?

    By len, Created on: 19/12/2014, Last updated on: 19/12/2014

    » Had a compromised credit card reissued and gave my correct address in Thailand. Well, almost correct. I misspelled Sukhumvit, adding on i on the end, Sukhumviti. Rang the credit card company after card did not arrive to be told that Fed Ex in Thailand had returned the card to the US after they...

    • 0 replies, 3,424 views

    Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in

    Moving to Bangkok (questions) PLEASE

    By DexpatWife, Created on: 20/06/2014, Last updated on: 31/07/2015

    » Hello all, First post here, glad i found this forum. My husband got an offer to move to Bangkok (same company he currently works for), we will be accompanying him. We are Americans and have three kids all school age. We were told we can pick any school and the company will cover the expenses. We...

    • ravbrat commented : Your time in Thailand will be an adventure for and your family without doubt. I have lived and worked here for 3 years now, teaching in an international HS here and I am moving back to California in 3 weeks. Thailand is a most unique place but do not be fooled by the brochures and promises made to you by anyone. It can be more expensive living here than in the USA unless you adopt a totally Thai lifestyle, which is not an easy thing to do. I cannot get specific in this posting, so allow me to state the the grass is 'not' greener on the other side and [u:3gomom9e]whatever[/u:3gomom9e] your dermal pigmentation status is, it will be a challenge for you on a daily basis, remove your rose colored glasses as they will cause constant consternation for you. Words of advice, get GOOD health insurance and make sure it is for a HIGHLY rated hospital like Bhumrungrad or equivalent, be very up to speed on first aid & CPR because there are no paramedics here, you are the fastest transport in an emergency. For school, you MUST make sure that it has a WASC accreditation to their name so the children's credits can be transferred back to USA otherwise any diplomas are effectively useless back home. 'Religious' based schools should be avoided and vigorously inquire about their demographics. Thai law limits international schools to not more than 50% students be Thai citizens and some schools easily exceed that just for profit (my 'international' school runs 83% Thai students), also inquire into the teachers, make sure that they are Euro/USA with licenses FROM their HOME COUNTRY. Schools with many Indian or Filipino teachers are most often using just Thai teaching licenses and usually have no licenses or even teacher training from their home countries (most countries do not have a teacher licensing system like USA/Euro). My school teachers: 48% Filipino teachers, 24% Indian teachers, 23% Thai & only 5% Euro/USA and next year they will have only ONE teacher from USA (not I). There is a lot that can be said against living in Thailand just as a lot can be said FOR living in Thailand. Don't let the rhetoric of people be your guideline, use your head and you might survive the experience, let go of prejudices and you might do OK here, don't take things personally and it can be good here, be able to roll with punches and you will be fine; but always watch you back and develop an ear for those with 'forked tongues' (understand the concept of "saving face", it is HUGE here). Best of luck with your decision and enjoy your new 'adventure', for that is what it will be....

    • K.Peter commented : Hi there.. We stayed in Bangkok a few years back and kids went to a US international school, called ISB (International School Bangkok). The school is within a gated community in the North of Bangkok in Nonthaburi. There is also shops, supermarket, pool, gym, restauarants and Bumrungrad Hospital clinic, so all very convenient. We were pretty happy with the school and its mixed curriculum catering to kids from all over the globe It is situated within the Nichada Thani community so suggest check out both on google. Nichada has houses or apartments to rent from 35K baht per month up to B300 per month! Depends what u prefer! Lots of shops and restauarants and things to do in the surrounding areas, and about 25-40 mins on the elevated expressway to city - on a good day! We had a car and driver, but I also drove a lot, traffic is hectic but relatively calm!, and considering u cant go too fast when in a jam, its not too bad! So worth a look, but also lots of other choices down town and in the South enjoy!

    • anmolrani commented : You MUST make sure that it has a WASC accreditation to their name so the children's credits can be transferred back to USA otherwise any diplomas are effectively useless back home. 'Religious' based schools should be avoided and vigorously inquire about their demographics. Thai law limits international schools to not more than 50% students be Thai citizens and some schools easily exceed that just for profit (my 'international' school runs 83% Thai students), also inquire into the teachers, make sure that they are Euro/USA with licenses FROM their HOME COUNTRY. Schools with many Indian or Filipino teachers are most often using just Thai teaching licenses and usually have no licenses or even teacher training from their home countries (most countries do not have a teacher licensing system like USA/Euro). My school teachers: 48% Filipino teachers, 24% Indian teachers, 23% Thai & only 5% Euro/USA and next year they will have only ONE teacher from USA (not I).

    • 8 replies, 20,109 views

    Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in

    Thai banks not accepting American citizen’s money!

    By len, Created on: 07/10/2013, Last updated on: 21/01/2014

    » Heard that Thai banks won’t accept American citizens opening bank accounts in Thailand due to strict demands the American tax folks are now taking on tracking overseas money. Can someone tell me if this is already in effect? What about existing accounts? Do they have to close?? Have any of...

    • aussiedoug commented : I did read that somewhere, apparently many small banks around the world are getting sick of Uncle Sam asking stupid, frequent and voluminous questions, so the way over this is to have no american depositors to answer questions about. Now, whether this applies in Thailand I doubt it, most of the thai banks deal a lot with the USA and will have to grin and bear it. Happy to be corrected if someone has another experience.

    • ccarbaugh commented : I am an American and I have 2 accounts at 2 different Thai banks. I haven't heard about any impending closures and, since Thailand has always been such a close ally with the U.S.A., I don't expect it- although it would show some definite "cajones" if they did!

    • ftpjtm2 commented : I am an American living in the US with my Thai wife of 23 years. We are nearing retirement and purchased a house near Pattaya last year. I eventually want a retirement Visa and know I need a Thai bank account in order to apply for one. So on the advice of the lawyer handling our real estate transaction I opened a checking account earlier this year. I was told by the lawyer that; 1) I can not open any interest bearing account (savings account), and; 2) Because I was in Thailand under a 30 day tourist visa, only Krungthai Bank would open a checking account for me. The other local Pattaya banks require other types of Visas and/or documentation. [b:3ccbssgu]True to the lawyer's word, Krungthai Bank did open the account for me without any hassles.[/b:3ccbssgu]

    • 18 replies, 43,275 views

    Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in

    When time comes to marry a Thai girl...

    By Coder, Created on: 21/06/2013, Last updated on: 05/01/2015

    » Hello everyone, Occasionally I came across to the topic about 'farang'. I could not stop and spent more than THREE hours reading all comments. I should admit, I enjoyed them all! I love the way how deeply the subject was studied. I hope you do not mind to share some of your experience with me,...

    • ravbrat commented : The whole 'walking ATM' is SO very true for 95% of the girls and women here. If there is ANY hint of this coming from her or her family, then WALK AWAY and find someone else - it will be the smartest thing you have ever done. Money will be the very first thing that will get in the way between the two of you and it is not worth it. Love is important but sex is a business here so please don't confuse those two things because confusing you that way is the first thing they will try to do. I have been married to a Thai lady and living in Bangkok for 3 years now and I am VERY-VERY lucky to have found her, but I worked hard to find one. I met her on the internet (along with a thousand others) and whittled the prospects down to 4 before I came her to meet them face to face. I had rules; any mention of a VISA, going to the USA, talking money or questionable employment and I totally stopped talking with them. The first meeting, 3 of them failed and 1 really stood out. A second trip and I married her (traditional Thai style) in her hometown in the South. She got a 10year USA tourist VISA on her own and came to visit me in the USA. I gave her to my Thai friends/'family' in the USA (including my ex-gf) and begged them to find something wrong.... They could not and they were so supportive of her and told me how LUCKY I was to have found her. With their approval, I legally married her in the USA and then I moved to BKK to teach here for 3 years. Our marriage is strong and wonderful and I do realize that I am truly very lucky to have found her, I could not be happier. All her family and her friends are amazing - and NO-ONE has ever talked about money, needed money or asked for a 'loan'. They do accept me 100% as a member of the family and treat me well without asking or expecting anything in return. My story is a RARE exception to the VERY common scenario of being a walking ATM, because I am not one. I just want you to know that there is a possibility, but you MUST be strong in your beliefs, who you are and do not confuse sex with love.... If you want a long term love with a Thai woman who is your partner (my choice) then work for it and If you have ANY doubt, trust yourself and walk away - there is always another one right around the corner. If you want someone just for fun, then good luck...!

    • 13 replies, 54,199 views

    Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in

    Weekly ‘Sanook’ column

    By modsquad, Created on: 08/11/2010, Last updated on: 08/11/2010

    » Andrew Biggs writes the weekly ‘Sanook’( roughly translated sanook means fun ) column which appears in the Sunday Brunch section. A fluent Thai speaker and long time resident, his columns explore the sometimes humorous and subtle traits of the Thai people. Forum readers might enjoy re-visiting...

    • 0 replies, 103,096 views

    Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in

    Internet banking in Thailand

    By dillpickles98, Created on: 08/08/2009, Last updated on: 06/01/2014

    » Internet Banking in Thailand For the last 6 months i have tried to set up ACH banking from the U.S. to Thailand. The problem was when the trail deposits were posted from my U.S. Bank to BKK Bank of course they were only in Thai Baht. To complete verification one must enter the exact amount of the...

    • dillpickles98 commented : Maybe Internet banking is different in Australia. To set up whats known as external transfers in the U.S. First you must have internet access to both accounts, they must both have the same account name. To prove this an independent agency will make two small trial deposits usually less than 1.00 USD. From the originating bank you must enter the exact amount of the trial deposits for verification. From what i have learned it is absolutely impossible to transfer funds internationally via the Internet from U.S. banks to someone holding a different account name. Since the object is to transfer funds internationally via the Internet, and avoid the trouble of faxing, phone calls, wire transfer fee's or snail mail BKK Bank has set up Automatic Clearing House (ACH) banking which appears as a domestic transfer from U.S. banks. Using BKK Bank, New York's routing number, then the payee's account number to deposit the transferred amount. I would think your transfers for you daughter took two days because it went through some form of clearing house in Australia before being deposit in her account. Even though my wife is on our joint account i had to open a new account in her name only, create a sub-contact email address for her. Then verify the trail deposits, which have to be in the exact amounts which was the reason of my first posting. Everyday I am seeing more reasons why it is a good thing if you don't have to be involved with U.S. red tape.

    • puzzled commented : Get a good debit Check Card (ATM) from your home bank. You can get your money. If not, get another bank at home. I recommend Bank of America for USA. You can even open an account at BofA online.

    • 12 replies, 35,102 views

    Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in

    Medical care in Thailand

    By Anonymous, Created on: 15/02/2007, Last updated on: 13/03/2014

    » So next time you go to Thailand for an holiday or medical care give the Thai people the respect they deserve. Because the nurses or the Hotel staff are mostly much under payed and their home situation is many times not so brilliant. Deal with a genuine courtesy, politeness and respect, and not in...

    • rgrode commented : I have been living and traveling to Thailand for over ten years. I have used the medical system in Thailand many times over the years from dental to fairly complicated surgeries. I really cannot say enough good things about the medical system in Thailand especialy coming from America where generally I cannot say anything good about the medical system. Yes as a Furlong I can afford to go to good hospitals and my wife who is Thai I will only let go to the good hospitals even though medical care is free for Thai citizens at the government hospitals. I have had to go a government hospital because of a emergency and it's not something i would choose to do but have you ever been to an emergency room in America it's also something I would not choose to do and it's completely expensive. The care in a government hospital is not the quality of Bumrungrad in Bangkok or Ram in Chiang Mai but at least it something for the people what do we have in America insane insurance payments with sub standard care. Choose your hospital well and you should have a good experience with the Medical care in Thailand.

    • Tony Rossi commented : Greetings. I am a pediatric cardiologist from Miami Children’s Hospital, USA. I have spent the last 19 years of my life running a cardiac intensive care program for children. I was privileged to be invited to act as a visiting professor at Chulalongkorn University last year. I spent 2 weeks visiting various pediatric cardiology and surgical programs around Bangkok. I had the opportunity to meet medical doctors, surgeons and trainees. I can say that the quality of services and the expertise and commitment of all the programs and people I had the opportunity to meet were on par or surpassed those that I have had the pleasure of evaluating around the world. Thailand should be proud of its medical community. They provide first class care to all. Anthony Rossi, MD

    • wilko commented : The above post helps to demonstrate exactly why health care in Thailand is a lottery and should be approached with trepidation. Just because a place has lots of "modern" gadgetry (how does a layman know if it is of any use?) and fancy modernist furniture (and fish tanks) =- is doesn't mean ti is a good hospital. however it does mean they are very aware of creating a good "FACE" - Thailand has a largely unregulated medical industry and its ethics, practices and abilities are very much up for question - add to this a highly variable infrastructure - no ambulance service to speak of and ABSOLUTELY NO PATIENT COMEBACK - you are getting into a business where you could find yourself in one hell of a mess. The best thing to do if you are visiting Thailand is make sure you have "fly-me-home" insurance, there you can be treated by staff who speak your language fluently, they know your medical history, and you have - and understand - the legal redress available to you. If you're from the US - I'm afraid you're caught between a rock and a hard place.

    • 27 replies, 141,925 views

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