The latest secret for great global wine? Thailand – just follow the elephants

Thai wine is gathering growing praise from world-renowned wine experts. Many tourists – including some who sign on as grape pickers – now include vineyards on their list of things to see in Thailand. By Alexander Wischnewski DIE WELT/Worldcrunch “Pungwan! Ya ded a gnun!“ That’s Thai for: “Pungwan! Leave the grapes alone!,“ and it’s what […]

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ID cards for children issued from July 10

Authorities are preparing to visit schools from next week to issue national identification cards for children aged between seven and 14 years old there. “Such preparations are included in our implementation plans,” Department of Provincial Administration (DPA) deputy director-general Niran Kanlayanamit said yesterday. Starting from July 10, district offices will also issue national identification cards […]

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New Work Permit Requirements from the Thai Labor Department

The Labor Department has instructed Sunbelt Asia lawyers that starting from today there are new requirements for all new applicants for work permits and also new criteria for existing work permit holders for renewals. They have issued new forms for work permit applications in several classes. New applicants for work permits will now be required […]

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Inside the Sathorn Unique, One of Bangkok’s ‘Ghost Towers’

Inside the Sathorn Unique, One of Bangkok’s ‘Ghost Towers’ Urban archaeologist Dr Hank Snaffler, Jr of Abandoned Journey took his camera into the Sathorn Unique, a 50-storey never-completed skyscraper in downtown Bangkok. Construction started 14 years ago, but development was killed after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, leaving the Sathorn Unique to the same fate […]

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Who sells or distributes solar panels for home use in Thailand?

We recently received an email from a reader enquiring: “Do any of your members know of a reliable company from which I can purchase, import solar panels and ancillary equipments, as I have a “Plan” to make the house I am going to build for retirement…”? Does anybody know? Don’t think I’ve ever seen any […]

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Thailand Immigration Regulations Tightened, Vientiane embassy takes stern stance

The Thai embassy in Vientiane, Laos is no longer issuing 60 day tourist visas to applicants who have 3 previous visa stickers already on their passport. Tourists returned from Vientiane said that the embassy had taken a stern stance towards tourists who have been using tourist visas to stay indefinitely in Thailand. An embassy spokesperson […]

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Fly to the luxurious Soneva Kiri resort on Thailand’s Koh Kood Island

IF YOU want the most memorable breakfast experience in Thailand, it helps to have a head for heights. If you’re a guest at the Soneva Kiri resort, on the verdant island of Koh Kood in the Gulf of Thailand, you can enjoy your breakfast a number of ways. For complete privacy, you can have it […]

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How Much Do You Need to Retire? An Expat Case Study

Creveling & Creveling protects its client’s privacy. The following is a fictitious example designed to demonstrate the type of financial decision-making required to achieve financial security and does not refer to any specific case. The Situation: John is a single American expatriate, age 45, living and working in Thailand. Until recently, he hasn’t been in […]

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