Living in Thailand

Today SMART Visa is ready for register

The SMART Visa is a new visa category issued to foreigners working or investing in technology-based production activities and services as well as in the 10 targeted (S-Curve) industries: namely next-generation automotive; smart electronics; affluent medical and wellness tourism; agricultural and biotechnology; food for the future; automation and robotics; aerospace; biofuels and biochemical; digital economy and medical hub. the SMART Visa comprises four categories: 1) Talents in science and technology; 2) Investors; 3) Executives 4) Startup entrepreneurs. Applicants will need to have the qualifications required according to pre-set criteria and be endorsed by the designated government agencies such as the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) and the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA). The SMART Visa holders will receive a number of special benefits.The visa validity period is up [...]

The Cool Season is Here

As the weather cools down and December begins Thailand becomes a very festive place. This is not just because of Christmas and New Year, but also because December 5th is Father’s Day in Thailand. This day is not only a celebration of fathers, but is also His Majesty’s Birthday and is very widely celebrated in Thailand. There is a lot to do and a lot to see during this season, and for many people it is the best time to be in Thailand. Let’s look at some of the best seasonal activities. Camping Cold season is surely the best time of year for camping. Whether you are a true nature lover and are prepared to ‘rough-it’, or you prefer ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping), Thailand has what you are looking for. Some of the [...]

What is the Songkran Festival?

What is the Songkran Festival? Songkran is a Thai traditional New Year which starts on April 13th-15th  every year.  Songkran means “movement” or “changing”. It is also called the “Water Festival”.  Water is believed to flow and wash away all sins during this time. Activity In the Thai tradition, the New Year begins early in the morning when faithful Thai Buddhists go to the temple to offering food to monks.  After that, they release caged animals, especially birds and fish.  Children and grandchildren will visit and respect their elders and parents.  The young pour scented water over their elder’s hands, they in return, wish them good health, happiness, and prosperity.  This tradition of paying respect is called “Rod Nam Dam Hua”.  April 14 is called “Family Day”. Rod Nam Dam Hua is pouring water on the hands [...]

Theft of passports in Thailand

Theft of passports in Thailand and particularly in Phuket is a 'regular occurrence'   There is, of course, no evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared Friday 7 March just over an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, was the victim of a terror attack. But news that two of the passengers on the flight were travelling on passports stolen in Thailand – one belonging to Italian Luigi Maraldi, who lost it last August when he left it as collateral for a motorbike rented in Phuket, and the other to Austrian Christian Kozel, who reported his lost in the same area some 18 months earlier – has focused attention on the country's booming trade in stolen and falsified passports. Some, certainly, have ended up in the hands [...]