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Retirement in Thailand [3]

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What is Thai Culture like?

 Some things not to do in Thailand

     – Do not touch anyone on the head
     – Do not point your feet at anyone
     – Do not, as a woman, touch a monk
     – Do not wear revealing clothes to a temple
     – Do not step over anyone
     – Do not lose temper and shout
     – Do not say anything bad about the royal family

 Some things to certainly do in Thailand
      -Do smile, even to strangers
     – Do show respect to Buddhism and the royal family
     – Do be clean and dress neatly
     – Do be patient and calm in tricky situations
     – Do try and understand the cultural differences
     – Do try and speak some Thai

     Family in Thailand

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Thai Women

Thai women are renowned the world over for their beauty. Generally, Thai women are non-confrontational, timid and subservient to men – but of course, times are changing. Unfortunately, a lot of foreigners never do get to meet any proper Thai women and end up believing that all Thai women are like some bar girls they have met who are only after money. They then go on to express their whims to other foreigners by putting all Thai women in the same boat. Fortunately however, times are changing and more foreign men have realized with the help of the Internet that most Thai women are sincere, honest and genuine.

Finding and Marrying a Proper Thai Woman

Many native foreigners come to Thailand, fall in lust with a women they have just met in a bar, get married and finally get scammed. This is such a pity as there are plenty of perfectly decent Thai women out there who wouldn’t mind having a foreign boyfriend – ones who do not see white men as walking ATMs. It is essential if one wants to find a proper Thai wife to be extremely patient, ask around for an introduction, then chat her up slowly while being kind, honest and sincere.

It is extremely important to realize that when a man marries a Thai girl, he is marrying into a family. If she comes from a decent family, the man does not have to financially support them in anyway, but Thai women do adhere to culture and give some money when they can. There are huge cultural differences when it comes to marriage and the importance of family, so it is advised that any man who is interested in marrying a Thai to try and understand the matter beforehand.

It is perfectly all right for a foreign man to marry a Thai woman, here is the procedure:

     1) Get a Freedom to Marry affidavit from the embassy
     2) Get it translated and authenticated via an agency
     3) Take that to a district office and get married

Finding a Decent Thai Guy

Unlike in the days of yesteryear, more and more foreign women are dating and marrying Thai men. The same thing about being patient with finding the right Thai women also applies to Thai men. And again, the woman is seriously advised to read up on the cultural differences beforehand.


Thailand is very gay, lesbian and transgender friendly and they are not shunned by society. Silom Road Soi 2 and Silom Road Soi 4 in Bangkok are popular homosexual hang outs. Thailand is part of the Utopia-Asia networks for homosexuals. Gays, lesbians and trans-genders are perfectly allowed to get married according to the religion rites, however they can not officially register the marriage.

Having Children in Thailand

All children born to legal foreigners in Thailand have the right to Thai citizenship.


Unfortunately, since a lot of foreign men jump into a marriage without carefully considering it first, the marriage very soon or eventually breaks down. If the break up is mutual consent, then a divorce can be simply applied for at a district office. In the event the divorce is contested, then what happens next depends on a judge’s decision.

Will and Estate planning

This can be completed at a district office in front of witnesses. No land may be left to foreigners.

     Personal Requirements

Car Insurance

It is mandatory in Thailand to get car insurance. It can be got easily from a car insurance company. The foreigner though, must first have the correct Non-Immigration visa.

Bring Pets to Thailand

Anyone wishing to bring a pet to Thailand must first do all the correct paperwork via the airport.

     Tips for Survival in Thailand 

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     – Make sure the room is bolted all the time
     – If staying in a hotel, keep all valuables in a safe box
     – Carry a passport copy when out
     – If a taxi driver is unsure about the destination, it is advisable to show him a name-card of the place
     – While traveling, be aware when accepting food or drink from a stranger
     – Only use respectable car/motorbike rental agents
     – Always carry a license and insurance when driving a vehicle
     – Always wear a helmet when taking a motorbike
     – When playing water sports wear a life jacket
     – Have travel insurance
     – Completely avoid narcotics
     – Contact the Tourist Police in the event of crim

7.  Investments and Financial Matters 

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It is perfectly legal for retirees on a retirement / non-immigrant visa to open a bank account in Thailand. As all the banks in Thailand are international, it is straight-forward to have money from abroad forwarded to your bank in Thailand. It is possible to import any amount of money; however, there are restrictions on the amount you can export. All banks offer a decent interest rate. Major banks in Thailand include:

     – Bangkok Bank
     – Kasikorn Bank
     – Siam Commercial Bank
     – Thai Military Bank
     – Krung Sri Ayudhya

Offshore Internet Business

Even though you do not have a Work Permit, your retirement / non-immigrant visa allows you to continue (work away from home) with your offshore Internet business. If you use Pay Pal, it is advisable to continue using your foreign Pay Pal account as opening a Pay Pal account is still not very reliable.


Unfortunately, there are a lot of restrictions on investment for foreigners in Thailand, you can not for example own land in your own name. Foreigners are allowed however to own condomeniums, but not allowed to rent them out.

The Thai government also allows foreigners to trade in stocks and shares (SET).

8.  Services Directory

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Thailand’s banks 333 Silom Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2231 4333, www.bangkokbank.co.th)
     Bank of Asia 191 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2287 2211, 2212, 2213, www.boa.co.th)
     Bank of Ayudhaya 1222 Rama III Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2296 2000, www.krungsri.com/eng)
     Citibank 82 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2232 2000, www.citibank.co.th)
     DBS Thai Danu Bank 393 Silom Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2233 9160-4, www.dbs.co.th)
     HSBC Bank HSBC Building, 968 Rama IV Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2614 4000, www.hsbc.co.th)
     KASIKORNBANK Public Company Limited (KBANK) 1 Soi Kasikornthai, Ratburana Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2222 0000, Fax: 0 2470 2749, www.kasikornbank.com)
     Siam City Bank 1101 New Phetchburi Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2208 5000, www.scib.co.th)
     Siam Commercial Bank 9 Ratchadaphisek Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2544 1111, www.scb.co.th)
     Standard Chartered Nakornthon Bank 90 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2724 4000, www.standardcharterednakornthon.co.th)
     Thai Military Bank 3000 Phaholyothin Road, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2299 1111, www.tmb.co.th)
     TISCO Bank Public Company Limited. TISCO Tower, 48/2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok (Tel: 0 2633 6000, Fax: 0 2633 6150, www.tisco.co.th)

     Bangkok Bank


Important Embassy Website Addresses

     Embassy of the United States, Bangkok, Thailand http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/
     Royal Thai Consulate – Hull, U.K. http://www.thaiconsul-uk.com/
     United Kingdom Embassy, Wireless Road, Bangkok http://www.britishembassy.gov.uk/thailand
     ThaiEmbassy.com http://www.thaiembassy.com/
     Nederlandse Ambassade te Bangkok http://www.mfa.nl/ban/
     Immigration Bureau http://www.immigration.go.th/
     Royal Thai Consulate General, Vancouver http://www.thaicongenvancouver.org/
     Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok http://www.netherlandsembassy.in.th/
     Royal Thai Embassy, Brussels http://www.thaiembassy.be/
     Embassy of Belgium, Bangkok http://www.diplomatie.be/bangkok/
     Consulats and Embassies in Germany http://www.konsulate.de/
     EmbassyWorld.com – Embassy Listings for Thailand http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/thailand1.htm
     Deutsche Botschaft Bangkok http://www.german-embassy.or.th/


Real Estate Companies

     ThaiApartment.com http://www.thaiapartment.com/
     Home Quality Co. Ltd. http://www.bangkokhomequality.com/
     Bangkok Property Agents http://www.bangkokpropertyagents.com/
     Thailand Property Guide, Real Estate Media Group Co. Ltd http://www.thailand-property-guide.com/
     Mr. Room Finder http://www.mrroomfinder.com/
     Brooke Real Estate, Bangkok http://www.brooke.co.th/
     Hamptons Property – Bangkok Real Estate Agency http://www.hamptons.co.th
     Parker Bridge Real Estate http://www.parkerbridgeproperty.com/
     Marketing International Consultants Co. Ltd. http://www.micthaihome.com/
     Prime Property Service Co. Ltd. http://www.primepropertyservice.com/
     Property Guide Thailand http://www.propertyguidethailand.com/
     AccomAsia Ltd. – Real Estate Consultants http://www.accomasia.co.th/
     Plus Property Co. Ltd. http://www.thaipropertyplus.com/
     Reliance Property Services http://www.relianceps.com/
     Ideal Homes Co. Ltd. http://www.property-bangkok.com/
     Right Properties, Bangkok http://www.right-properties.com/
     Bangkok CitiSmart Co. Ltd. http://www.bkkcitismart.com/
     Andrew Park Property Agents and Consultants http://www.andrewpark.com/
     Bangkok Rents http://www.bangkokrents.com/
     Jones Lang Lasalle http://www.joneslanglasalle.co.th
     C and M (Bangkok) Co. Ltd. http://www.condobangkok.com/
     Acute Realty Co. Ltd. http://www.acuterealty.com/ 

     Soho Properties Co. Ltd., Bangkok http://www.soho-properties.com/
     CB Richard Ellis (Thailand) Co. Ltd. http://www.cbre.co.th/
     Metta Real Estate Consultants Co. Ltd. http://www.mettasiamproperty.com/

Health and Insurance Companies Ayudhya Allianz C.P. Life Public Company Limited Address: 17th Floor, Ploenchit Tower, 898 Ploenchit Road Bangkok 10330, Thailand. Tel: (02) 263-0333 Fax: (02) 263-0313

     Bangkok Insurance Public Co. Ltd. Bangkok Insurance Building
Address: 25 Sathon Tai, Bangkok 10120 Tel : (02) 285-8888 Fax : (02) 677-3737-8 E-mail: pr1@bki.co.th

     Bo Le Associates Ltd.
Address: Insurance YWCA Building, 21st Floor 25 Sathon Tai Road, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand. Tel: (02) 677-4044 Fax: (02) 677-4049 Email: bkk@bo-le.com

     Ayudhya Allianz C.P.

     Cigna Property & Casualty Insurance Co. Address: Alma Link Building, Chirlton Road, Bangkok, Thailand. Tel:  (02) 254-3172 Fax: (02) 253-9133

     BUPA BLUE CROS Address: 9th Floor , Q House Convent Building, 38 Convent Road Bangkok 10500 Thailand. Tel: 2347755 Fax: 233-2885

     Guardian Assurance Co. Address: 191 Silom Road, Bangkok, Thailand. Tel: (02) 266-2699 Fax: (02) 266-2671

     Krungthai Panich Insurance Co., Ltd. Address: 208 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan District Bangkok 10330 Tel: (02) 302-0111, 651-5500 Fax: (02) 651-5511 E-mail: it@kpi.co.th
     Pacific Insurance Public Co. Ltd.
Address: 71 Pacific Insurance Building Dindaeng Road, Bangkok, Thailand. Tel: (02) 248-0900 Fax: (02) 248-4575

     Royal & SunAlliance
Address: Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance (Thailand) Ltd. 24th Floor Grand Amarin Tower 1550 New Petchaburi Road, Bangkok 10310, Thailand. Tel: (02) 207-0266-85 Fax: (02) 207-0575-6 Email:contact@royalsun.co.th

     Thai Life Insurance Co.,Ltd. Address: 123 Ratchadaphisak Rd. Dindaeng Bangkok 10310, Thailand Tel. (02) 247-0247

Trafalgar International, Ltd. Address : 21st Fl., Vongvanij Complex, Bldg. B, 100/63 Rama 9 Rd., Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10320, Thailand. Tel: (02) 645-1170 Fax: (02) 645-1180
Email: insure@trafalgar-intl.com 

Thai Language Schools

     Smile Thai Language School http://www.smilelanguage.com/
     A.U.A. Thai Program http://www.auathai.com/
     Pink Chilli Language School http://www.pinkchilli.co.th/
     Advance Alliance Academy Thai Language Center http://www.aaathai.com/
     Berlitz Language Center 22nd Fl, Silom Complex, Silom Rd, Bangkok. Tel: 0-2231-3652 Fax: 0-2231-3656
     BIS International School 591/9 Between Sukhumvit Soi 33 and 33/1, Behind Villa Supermarket, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 Tel: 0-2258 5099 Fax: 0-2259 7534 Email: bisinter@ksc.th.com
     Boston Academy 395/5 Silom Soi 7 Bangrak, Silom, Bangkok, 10500 Tel: 0-2233-7723 Fax: 0-2233-7728 Sukhumvit Road. Tel: 0-2229-4519, 0-2653-1265 Anusaowaree. Tel: 0-2644-7072-3   
Lardphrao. Tel: 0-2933-9423
     Inlingua 20th Floor, Liberty Square Building 287 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Tel: (02) 631 1850-3 Fax: (02) 631 1854 e-mail:expressthai@inlinguathailand.com Central Chidlom, Bangkok: 0-2254-7028
Central Pinklao, Bangkok: 0-2884-9255
Central Bangna, Bangkok: 0-2745-6246
Central Bangkapi, Bangkok: 0-2734-2496
     Nisa Thai Language School (Sathorn):YMCA Collins House 27 Sathorn Tai (South) Road, Bangkok tel (02) 671 3359-60, (02) 671 3343-44 e-mail: nisathai@cscoms.comInfo-Intro
     Siri Pattana Thai Language School
YWCA 13 Sathorn Tai (South) Road, Bangkok. Tel: (02) 286-1936
     Somchart Thai Language School 9 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110 Tel: (02) 651-2735-6 Fax: (02) 651-2736 Email:chutima_tumthamarong@hotmail.com
     Taiyo Language School 2221/16 Ramkhamhaeng, Soi 51/2 Bangkok 10240 Tel: (02) 319-1390
     Thai Solutions 87 Nai Lert Building,Sukhumvit Rd. Nai Lert Building,Sukhumvit Rd.Klongtoey Nue , wattana Bangkok, 10110 tel (02) 655-3146
     Thonglor Language Center (Sukhumvit): 806 Sukhumvit Soi 38, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 Tel: (02) 391-6358, 0-2390-0244 Fax: (02) 712-0886
     Union Language School (Surawong): CCT Building 109 Surawong Road, Bangkok tel: 02 2334482 fax: 02 2334482 email:union_lang@yahoo.com
     Unity Thai Language School (Sukhumvit): 15th Floor Times Square Building, 246 Sukhumvit Road, Khlongtoey, Bangkok 10110 tel (02) 653 1538 email : info@utl-school.com  www.utl-school.com
     YMCA Language Center (Bangrak):64/2 Pan Road, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500 Tel: 0-2235-0241-2 Fax: 0-2235-0240

Chiang Mai
     Cornerstone Language School
     Chaing Mai University, Faculty of Education: contact person – associate professor Sriwilai Ponmanee: tel (053) 221285; e-mail: edsdi007@chiangmai.ac.th

     Anna’s Language School
     Patong Language School http://www.phuket-languageschool.com

     Neung’s Thai Language School

Udon Thani
     Thai Country Trails

Law Offices  Address: 8 Amara 3, Sukhumvit 49 Rd., Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand. Tel: (02) 381-9090-1 Fax: (02) 381-2615 Mobile Phones: Managing Director — (01) 825-5520 Deputy Managing Director (01) 803-6608 E-Mail: aaaco@ksc15.th.com
     Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices Ltd. Address: Bubhajit Building, 7th – 9th Floors 20 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok, 10500 Thailand. Tel: (02) 266-6485 to 6510 Fax: (02) 266-6483 , 266-6484
     Deacons Address: 16/F, Q House Sathorn, 11 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120 Thailand.Tel: (02) 679-1844 Fax: (02) 679-1864 E-mail:deacons@loxinfo.co.th
     Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Thailand
Address: 10th floor Sathorn City Tower, 175 South Sathorn Road, Khet Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand. Tel: (02) 344-9200 Fax: (02) 344-9300
     H. TOOSI CO., LTD. International Law Offices. Address: 21th Floor Chamnan Phenjat Tower, 65/177 Rama IX Rd., Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand.Tel. (02) 6438867 to 9 Fax. (02) 248-7151 E-mail:htoosi@htoosi.com
     Johnson Stokes & Master Address: 12th Floor TISCO Tower, 48/20 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak Bangkok, Thailand. Tel: (02) 638 0880 Fax: (02) 638 0870 E-mail: jsmbkk@jsm-law.com
     Kanung & Partners Law Offices Address: 12th Floor, NAI LERT TOWER, 2/4 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330 Thailand. Tel: (02) 252-0888 Fax: (02) 252-2369-70
     Marut Bunnag International Law Office Address: Forum Tower, 22nd Floor, 184/130-136 Ratchadaphisek Road, Huaykwang, Bangkok 10320, Thailand. Tel: (02) 645-2556 to 67 Fax: (02) 645-2568 to 69 E-mail:mailto:marut@loxinfo.co.th
     Natee International Law Office Ltd. Address: Alma Link Building, 16th Floor, 25 Soi Chidlom, Ploenchit Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. Tel: (02) 655-5425 (8 lines) Fax: (02) 253-6994 E-mail: nilo@ksc15.th.com
     Russin & Vecchi – International Legal Counsellors Address: Sathorn City Tower, 175 South Sathorn Road., 18th Floor, Bangkok 1010, Thailand. Tel: (02) 679-6005 Fax: (02) 679-6041
    SCM International Law Office Ltd. Address: Suite 1201, 12th Floor, One Pacific Place, Tower 1, 140 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand. Tel: (02) 653-0815 (10 Lines) Fax: (02) 653-0818; eFax: (+1-909) 494-7823 E-mail: contact@thailandlaw.com 
     Tilleke & Gibbins International Ltd. Address: Tilleke & Gibbins Building, 64/1 Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. Tel: (02) 652-2822 to 26, 652-1833 & 1834, 652-1833 & 1834 E-mail:postmaster@tillekeandgibbins.com

9.  More Useful Phone Numbers

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Here’s a list of some emergency phone numbers of Thailand that you should have

     Tourism Authority of Thailand
     Airport 0 2504 2701, 0 2535 2669, 0 2504 2703
     Head office 02250 5500
     Chiang Mai 0 5324 8607
     Lop Buri 0 3642 2768 to 9 
     Kanchanaburi 0 3451 2500, 0 3451 1200

     Flight information
     Suvarnabhumi Airport (Call Center) 
     Help Desk 0 2132 3888
     Flight Info 0 2132 0000
     Emergency Service 0 2132 1911
     Thai Airways International 0 2132 0040

     Fire Brigade 199
     Mobile Police 191
     Bangkok Ambulance 0 2255 1133 to 6

     Bangkok Bus Stations
     South 0 2435 1200, 0 2434 7192
     North and North-East 0 2936 2852 to 66
     East 0 2391 2504, 0 2391 8097

     Bangkok Railway Station
     0 2220 4334, 0 2621 8701


Source of content and photographs  : Tourismthailand.org   &  Wikipedia.org

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