THAILAND

  • Bangkok
  • Pattaya
  • Rayong
  • The official language is Thai. It is a monosyllabic language that uses 5 tones. English speakers can be found in shops, hotels and offices.

  • The population of Thailand is approximately 65 million, comprising 75% Ethnic Thai, 14% Chinese and 11% others.

  • Electricity : 220 Volts AC at 50 hertz (200V/50Hz)

  • The major expatriate city is Bangkok. There are also expatriate clusters in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya and Hua Hin.

  • Housing: Typical expat housing areas in Bangkok are located in the central part of the city along BTS line or near schools. Choices are varied from Apartment, Condo, Gated community or stand-alone house. Standard lease term is 1 year, with 2 months’ rent as a deposit and 1 month’s rent in advance. Temporary accommodation such as serviced/ corporate apartments is abundant and tends to be reasonably priced compared with hotels.

  • Schools: There are more than 203 international schools and preschools in Thailand catering to both expatriates and local children. Curriculums are varied from British, American, International Baccalaureate, French, German and more. Leading schools include:

    • Bangkok Patana School (PATANA)
    • International School of Bangkok (ISB)
    • New International School of Thailand (NIST)
    • American School of Bangkok (ASB)
    • St. Andrews International School (Sathorn, Sukhumvit 107, Green Valley Campus)
    • Lycée Francais International (LFIB)
    • Swiss School Bangkok

  • Transportation: Public transportation is adequate. Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS-Skytrain)) and Bangkok Metro (MRT-underground) run efficiently from 06.00-12.00 daily. Buses are also available but generally used by locals and no fixed time table. However, most Thais and Foreigners use private cars, either self-driven or chauffeur-driven. Taxi services are relatively cheap but congested road conditions are a concern.

  • Driving license: International driving license from home country is recommended for converting to Thai driving license. Local Insurance may not cover International driving license after 3 months.

  • Healthcare: Thailand has a world class health system. Leading hospitals include:

    • BNH Hospital
    • Bumrungrad Hospital
    • Samitivej Hospital
    • Bangkok Hospital

  • Work permits and visas: Thailand offers several different types of visa classes such as a non-immigrant O (Other) or Non-B (Business) visa for foreigners with specific purposes for entry, and temporary stay in Thailand with no intention to immigrate to Thailand. An alien must apply for a non-immigrant visa at a Thai Embassy or Consulate abroad before entering the Kingdom.

  • Banking and currency: Banking systems are of an international standard. Each bank has similar requirements for opening an account, which typically include passport. visa and the individual's work permit. The local currency is Thai Baht (THB). ATMs can be found abundantly throughout the country.

• What can we do with the kids in Thailand?
Thailand is famous for many of the most beautiful beaches in the world and national parks to explore. In Bangkok, there are many activities that can be enjoyed with the kids, from a boat ride on "the river of kings", the Chao Phraya, that meanders through the centre of town, to fun parks, museums and open zoos. Many Shopping Malls have indoor theme parks, education zones for playing and learning Music, Drama, Arts etc.

• Is it safe?
Thailand in general – and Bangkok in particular – is a very safe place to live and work. Violent incidents in Bangkok involving visitors are infrequent and almost unheard of. 

• Can my spouse work?
Both the company seeking to employ and the spouse seeking employment must meet the required qualifications. The process can be complex and time-consuming.

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