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The most dangerous countries to drive in

New study rates your chances of dying in a car around the world.   African nations dominate the list of most dangerous countries to drive in the world.   Planning a trip to Namibia or Thailand? If so, you may want to think twice about driving there. New research has determined the countries where you are most likely to die in a car accident. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study entitled “Mortality from road crashes in 193 countries: A comparison with other leading causes of death”… Read more »

Expats furore over Thailand’s TM30 form – Paperwork burden repels foreigners

Expats furore over Thailand’s TM30 form – Paperwork burden repels foreigners 5 August 2019 Long-term foreign residents are crying foul at the strict implementation of the TM30 reporting rules, saying that it will only penalise law-abiding foreigners and have little effect on ill-intentioned criminals and other wrongdoers who skirt the law and evade the requirements. The reinforcement of regulations regarding the so-called TM30 form is outlined in the 1979 Immigration Act. The TM30 is a form that landlords which provide accommodation to foreigners must submit to the authorities… Read more »

Society of Professional Engineers in Thailand (SPET) Meeting August 2019

Society of Professional Engineers in Thailand (SPET) Meeting August 2019 Dear SPET Members, Please find the attached flyer for the next meeting to be held at the British Club, Soi 18, Silom Road, Bangkok at 6.30pm on Thursday 15 August 2019. “Unprecedented Construction Claims Driving the Insurance Cycle and the Importance of Contract Detail When Things Go Wrong” By Stephen Boddington, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Limited The  insurance  industry  is  notoriously  cyclical  and  we  have  seen  many  years  of  insurers  cutting  premiums  in order  to  attract  business.    This  has … Read more »

Thai Immigration chief tells foreigners – Report where you are and who is staying with you

Thai Immigration chief tells foreigners – Report where you are and who is staying with you Immigration Form TM.30 Requirement The acting head of Thai Immigration Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang appears to be stepping up his policy of making sure that all house owners and hoteliers report the whereabouts of foreigners within 24 hours or face fines. He has also warned foreigners staying longer than  three months to make their 90 day reports or face fines. If you have a foreigner staying in your address it must be reported… Read more »

Lighthouse Club – Yangon Branch – 31st July 2019 “RedDot Brewhouse Level 1” No. 61, Sayar San Road, Yangon, 7 – 9 pm

Lighthouse Club – Yangon Branch – 31st July 2019 “RedDot Brewhouse Level 1” No. 61, Sayar San Road, Yangon, 7 – 9 pm Dear Members, Please note the Lighthouse Club – Yangon branch event will be held at the “RedDot Brewhouse Level 1” No. 61, Sayar San Road, Yangon, on 31st July at 7 pm. Thanks to our sponsor Trends Design Furnishing Co., Ltd. Thank you. All are welcome. Contact: nawannieaung AT meinhardt.net

Expat workers prefer Vietnam to Thailand – HSBC survey

Expat workers prefer Vietnam to Thailand – HSBC survey Thailand has suffered a slight fall in popularity amongst expat workers, according to a new survey. According to HSBC’s 2019 Expat Explorer Survey, Thailand ranked in 22nd place, down 1 place from the same survey last year and down 7 places from its rankings in 2017. The annual survey, now in its twelfth year gathered data from 18,059 expats who had been relocated overseas by their employers via an online questionnaire between March and April this year. The respondents… Read more »

Bangkok Lighthouse Club Networking Evening – July 10th, 2019 – RSM

Bangkok Lighthouse Club Networking Evening – July 10th, 2019 – RSM We are back this month at Clubhouse again for our networking function, big thanks to Gareth and the team at RSM for once again supporting our great group These are a great networking function but require commitment and numbers for these evening events to continue, so please try your best to attend Bangkok Lighthouse NW July 2019

Society of Professional Engineers in Thailand (SPET) Meeting July 2019

Society of Professional Engineers in Thailand (SPET) Meeting July 2019 Dear SPET Members, Please find the attached flyer for the next meeting to be held at the British Club, Soi 18, Silom Road, Bangkok at 6.30pm on Thursday 18th July 2019. “So George, where did it all go wrong?” – A look back on the MTRC’s performance over recent years By Professor Steve Rowlinson Steve Rowlinson is Chair Professor of Construction Project Management at the University of Hong Kong and has lived and worked in Hong Kong, and… Read more »

Thailand Immigration Controls: getting tough with guests

Thailand Immigration Controls: getting tough with guests 24 June 2019 writer: Christopher F. Bruton, Thailand Regional Forum Many foreigners were shocked by the 25 March 2019 enforcement of the TM30 regulations requiring reporting of location of stay of foreigners visiting, living or working in Thailand. Even more will get their shock when they learn of the consequences of failure to report, in most cases knowing nothing about the regulatory enforcement. The basic rule is that the owner or lease holder of any premises in Thailand must report the… Read more »

Thai Airways sneaks into Top Ten Skytrax World’s Best Airlines Awards 2019

Thai Airways sneaks into Top Ten Skytrax World’s Best Airlines Awards 2019 19 June 2019 Qatar Airways is the world’s best airline in the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Last year’s winner Singapore Airlines, has been relegated to second place. Asian airlines have taken six of the top ten spots with Thai Airways, despite their local woes, just sneaking into the Top Ten. The Skytrax awards are the most prestigious in the business, voted for by travellers. Qatar Airways has also won the Skytrax top award in 2017,… Read more »

Countries best at English as a second language

Countries best at English as a second language These charts reveal where English is most widely spoken as a second language. English is the world’s most widely spoken language but is unusual in the fact that the vast majority of speakers are not ‘native’. Of the approximately 1.5 billion people who speak English, less than 400 million use it as a first language. That means over 1 billion speak it as a secondary language. The English Proficiency Index has published its latest research on where English is learned… Read more »