How to transfer the ownership of a car in Thailand?

How to transfer the ownership of a vehicle to your name in Thailand ?

When you buy a motorcycle or a car in Thailand, you have to transfer the property of the vehicle to your name. Listen to nobody who tells you that it cannot not be made or tries to dissuade you to do it. It is not difficult to make if you have all which you need. The transfer of title must be made to the office of the ground transport. In Chiang Mai, there are two different offices The location of the first office is on Lamphun Road, a just man east of the river, just in front of a big bridge which makes a junction T next to Holiday Inn. It is the office where to go to transfer the title of one.

The second office of ground transport is situated on Hang Dong Road just after the airport if you go to the south of the city center. It is the office where to go to transfer the title of an automobile, and it is so there that you go to obtain a driving licence.

Here is a list of cards to Land Transport Office situated around Bangkok

Required documents

Now that you know where go, let us look at what you will need to take with you. The seller does not need to be present as long as you have the signed photocopies required by their ID card and by their signature on the request form of ownership transfer.

The buyer has to bring what follows to the office of the ground transport:

  • Convey
  • Notebook of property of the vehicle ( green book)
  • Passport
  • copies signed by the page of information on the passport and by the page of visas
  • Proof of residence of the immigration or your embassy (or work permit)
  • Request form signed by the seller (form available on the office)

Besides, you will need one of the following elements of the seller:

  • Copy signed by the national ID card if the seller is a Thai citizen
  • Copy signed by the pages of information of passport and of visa if the seller is a foreigner

It is good to get dressed correctly during the visit of an office of the government as Thailand. You have to take the vehicle in question with you to the office of the ground transport because he will have to make an inspection. Put back all your documents to the person in the information desk, and they will verify if you miss something. They will manage you then towards the zone of inspection, where the inspector will quickly look at your motobike. After that, you have to go to the small room in front of the office of the ground transport where the insuranceis sold. The accident insurance required minimum which you have to buy is ridiculously cheap approximately 300 bahts. Once the paid insurance, you can turn to the office of the ground transport and put back all your documents one more time. This time, we shall give you a number and we shall tell you to return the next day to get back the notebook updated by the owner of the vehicle.

When you return to take the book of the owner, there is a small tax about 200 baht, and you could also have to pay the tax on conveys them. If the tax on vehicles is paid until current date, you will not have to pay maybe yet. If you have to pay, it is approximately 100 baht a year for a bike.

Make sure to know the maturity date on the excise stamp of your vehicle. it is indicated by the initials of the month in Thai writing, then ask a Thai friend if you cannot read it. You will have to return to the office of the ground transport before this date to pay the annual tax and the insurance of purchase. Every two years, they also ask your vehicle to verify broadcasts what can be made for the private station of control

The control points of the traffic police are very common. They rule out regularly all those who lead in scooter to verify if they have an appropriate driving licence. 99 % time, you can simply smile and show them your Thai driving licence, and you will be of on the way again within 30 seconds. They also verify the tax on vehicles, thus it is good to have the card shielded from taxes shown in a very visible place.

Certain people said that the traffic police had also asked to see the property of the vehicle. For that reason, you should always keep a photocopy of the notebook of the owner under the seat of your motorbike or in the glove compartment of a car. However, we do not recommend to keep the original, because if the vehicle is stolen, you will have no proof of property to be shown to the police.

To know more about the process of import of a car in Thailand, please consult our dedicated article: import a car in Thailand

 

International move and car

One of the solutions that comes naturally to you is to sell your car and buy another one in your new city. But fortunately this radical solution is not the only one possible and movers can take care of your car if you want to keep it:

Option # 1: move your car by train.

This service is not always very economical but the we offer the service “auto-train”, here is its method of operation:

  • 1- You drop your car, motorcycle or scooter at the Auto Train station
  • 2- Your vehicle traveling at night
  • 3- Anyone can pick up your car as long as it has been designated by your own care.

Option 2: move your car by calling a specialist.

Some companies are specialized to move your vehicles. There are several models of trucks that can be used, closed-trailer trucks, or open-trailer trucks of the same type as those used to deliver cars to the dealership.

Different factors will intervene in the price of transport fixed by the specialists of the sector:

  • The distance
  • The model
  • The operating state
  • Weight / size
  • The services offered
  • Insurance coverage

Option # 3: Move your car with all your other belongings.

Sometimes your mover provides this type of service. But you should inquire about the price of this benefit because they will charge you according to weight and volume.

A last option exists and can be more economical

Door-to-door can sometimes be expensive but this is not the case of a terminal-to-terminal service that will be more economical. The terminal will be the place where all cars will be loaded, unloaded and transferred to other terminals. The terminal terminal solution will be more economical since a terminal-home route will not be counted.

Contact the rental provider of the nearest terminal in your area to consider this option and see any savings you may make.

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How to choose an international mover in Thailand

How to choose an International Mover in Thailand?

Many companies claim themselves international removal professional and expert of the Thailand. They are lure you with low prices. Be careful in your steps, many people had problems with certain companies. To prevent problems, Here are our advice to avoid unpleasant surprises :

The contact

You must be able to contact at any time your interlocutor by phone, mail, or physically. For communication by correspondence, the response time does not have to exceed 48 hours.
Choose a company with the staff capable of communicating in several languages, and if it’s possible in your mother tongue.

Opinions of the consumers

Inform you of the specialized forums and research opinions on the removal company. Do not hesitate to contact the old customers. You have to be sure of the reputation of the company.

Avoid comparisons websites

Some websites express opinions and several quotes/estimates of international removals services. Pay attention, websites transmit your requests to pass on to you a tempting offer. But very often to the detriment of the services. We suggest you to prefer a company with a dedicated and playful website.

Real and physical presence in Thailand

Verify that the company has a physical presence and that she doesn’t use subcontractors. The subcontracting harms the quality of the services and will reserve you huge surprises.

Forwarder or mover?

A Freight Forwarder can offer an international removal but this service is for him an extra. It’s preferable to let a company specialized in the transport of personal effects.

Compare

Ask several intentional movers: compare and choose. In your research do not look only the prices but also the service.

Ask questions

Do not hesitate to ask questions and wait to clear every point you need. You are the customer of the company who will transport your personal effects, they must to be able to answer you quickly.

Read and understand quotation

A quote or an estimate must be read and understood before signing. Carefully check the services include and excluded from the estimates (Packing, unpacking, delivery…).

Do not pay deposit

All of the international removers have a politic of payment pre-paid. That is to say that everything has to be paid in advance. Be wary you of the companies which just ask you for a deposit.

Anticipate

Anticipate every step of your needs: administrative’s tasks and contact with movers company.

Conclusion

We don’t often remove in our life, even less in Thailand. Choose well your forwarder. Do not confide your personal effects to any company.

You have to :

  • Verify her reputation
  • Make a research on internet
  • Do not look at only the prices
  • Ask questions to companies

 

What factors to consider when moving?

You have made the choice to move. Are you still hesitating? We will try to help you make the right decision and make a real success of your move.

There are many types of moves and they are not experienced in the same way.

If you move to a new home near your previous place of residence then things are usually relatively simple. Aside from a problem with the moving company you’ve been using or a disappointment about the reality of your new home, you’re not risking much. Be careful however to pay attention to the behavior of your children: under 10 years sometimes live a change of residence as a form of mourning.

If you move to a remote area, your move is likely to be the starting point for a deeper life change: new job, new environment, new friends, new schools … Some are doing very well but many have not anticipated the energy that these changes would require. It is rare that the whole family finds its new benchmarks in the same period of time … better to be welded.

Finally, if the move means “departure abroad”, leave nothing to chance: the checklist is essential. Risks related to integration difficulties are real. Expatriation is also a chance, to discover a lifestyle that was not imagined, much more suited to his personality.

A move is (after a layoff or bereavement) the third anxiety factor. How to better manage stress?

The first factor of anxiety is economic. Mobility with a cost, one can see its income increase while having to face a real or perceived decrease in its purchasing power.

Beyond this financial aspect, as a newcomer, you will face several challenges:

  • Isolation, loneliness,
  • The fear that children will have trouble integrating,
  • The loss of identity-related to his new status,
  • The difficulty of finding real friends,
  • The reluctance to use local transport, for fear of getting lost.

The main tips to follow:

  • Meet the locals, do not wait for someone to ask you
  • Be attentive to your spouse, your children: they may have had to give up more than you,
  • Do not hesitate to change the objectives that you had set,
  • Ask for help
  • Study precisely your budget “move”.

How to better integrate into your new place of life?

According to a German study cited in the Living Mobile Across Europe report published in 2010, people who have moved for less than a year and a half are at higher risk of stress than those who have already moved for more than a year and a half. This is due to a fairly long period of fragility after the move, an anxiety that tends to gradually decrease thereafter.

The sources of stress are numerous but generally, we manage to overcome them. On the other hand, everything must be done to preserve one’s relationship circle, otherwise one will find oneself isolated and helpless.

Before moving, give yourself time to leave your friends. Revered ones worthy of the name will facilitate your departure and will soothe you.

After the move, maintain close ties with your family even if you run out of time. Bring your close friends as soon as possible, you will be delighted to introduce them to your new region.

Finally, do not hesitate to change your plans: if you realize that things are not going as planned, give yourself the opportunity to go back …  family, it is also there for this.

 

Who to call to help you move

D-Day approaches, and all your friends are parading one after the other … But do not panic, many solutions exist to save the day!

Paid solutions are available to you, from professional movers looking for secondary jobs to everyday workers. If you move in the summer, hurry because these people are not available. If you move in the winter, do not be afraid to negotiate published rates.

Moving help companies

Believe it or not, more and more companies are specializing in this type of help. You will find many on the Internet and most will send you a quote after responding to the questionnaire on their site (questionnaire to understand your needs).

These companies generally offer a rate of 2 hours, and charge an additional price per hour if you want more time.

Moving professionals

Although these companies (the gentlemen of the move for example) would prefer to take care of all your move, they offer to provide workers, paid by the hour. It’s hard to find in summer but it’s worth a try! The advantage of this solution is that you have to do to pros, who will advise you at best.

Moving Truck Rental Companies

If you rented a truck for your move, find out about the additional services. These renters sometimes offer this type of service.

 Interim agencies

Although these companies are more specialized in “office help”, contact them to explain your needs. They will surely offer you a fixed hourly rate per worker.

 

Moving abroad with Siam Relocation

It is going to be about crossing borders, being in an unknown country, changing habits.

In order not to feel completely lost once on the spot, a good preparation is essential, and it would be better also to recover a maximum of practical information on your future country.

Move with help from work

Assistance and compensation can be provided by your current or future employer if you move for work. To find out more, do some research about the terms and conditions within the company. Depending on the destination, you can use trucking, ship, or plane.

Move away from work

Your company does not support your move, so you have several choices: you can sell most of your furniture, place some in furniture storage or decide to move everything. Whatever your decision, be careful to carry all the important papers with you rather than leaving them to the movers. If in doubt, opt for the scanning of your documents and archiving on digital safes.

Settle in with new furniture

The further you go, the more economical this solution will be. Transport costs can sometimes be higher than the purchase of new furniture, prefer to keep only the objects that are important to you.

Move away with everything

You have finally decided to take everything with you, you can first opt ​​for the boat, the costs will then be lower, but you will have to be patient. You can also decide to move your goods by road carrier, knowing that companies usually expect to have enough requests before leaving to optimize refills. Please note that the arrival date of your furniture is not guaranteed. Finally, you have the solution of the plane, if you don’t have a lot to bring with you!

A move at what price

Depending on the time of year, the distance to travel, and finally the volume, prices are likely to vary. Compare the different options available to you depending on the destination and try to evaluate the price of your move via a volume calculator.

 

The top example manual to economize currency on your relocation

Relocating can cost a large amount … Here’s how to economize money relocation!

Ok, so you’ll do this touching thing. Well, the move can be much work. You must shift all your belongings by then and you usually want your business to get there in decent condition. At present, of course, the more things you possess, and the more beautiful things are, the more you will desire to put money into your relocation and an excellent removal worker. You can put aside a lot of money doing DIY, but there are a lot of hidden expenses and a lot of hassle you will have to do.

As industry initiators, we can say you that relocation manufacturing is a bit like airline manufacturing in that it is founded on supply and demand. Most moves take place in the summer when the climatic conditions are pleasant, and children do not go to school (in general, people do not like children to change school in the middle of the year). Probably about 75% of trips will be done between May and September, therefore, your timing can have up to forty percent impact on your total expenses. Outside of timing, the more you can make the job yourself, the more you be able to economize… but at times it’s good to relax and allow another person to do the work!

Here are certain insider tips to save currency on your relocation:

Obtain quotes from several quality firms

When many movers take part in your concerns, you win! Be sure to do business with qualified professionals from the highest national trademark who stand behind their assistance and can protect you if something goes wrong during your relocation.

Traveling during outside primetime hours of the year

The high point season is from May to September, when the climatic condition is hot, and children are not going to school. If you can relocate out of this period, you can economize to forty percent!

Decrease the number of things you move

The movers charge according to weight and duration. Latest flash: The more things you have, the more it weighs, and the longer it grabs to shift. The move is an appropriate period to cleanse things you do not need. Many charities will grasp things you do not need and offer you a tax deduction. It is often more profitable to purchase some articles than to shift them, so if you are not connected … get rid!

Find free cardboards

Although boxes are not a big expense, everything is useful! You can obtain free cardboards from a lot of local shops … all you must do is enquire! Usually, food stores, alcohol shops, and pharmacies are good bets for finding free relocating cardboards.

Make the packaging yourself

Packaging can be extensive and dull, but it is able to economize your hundreds of dollars in labor. If you do not desire to do every one of the packing yourself … start a packing soiree!

How to start a packing soiree?

Let’s be realistic: may as well we could like strongly our friends, and no matter how many pop songs of the eighties and seventies, there could be the charm of platonic fellowship (replies the Rembrandts … applaud, applaud, applaud, applaud) When it comes to assisting a friend relocation, is it still possible to be enthusiastic about tossing sweat and assisting them wrap plates in cardboard?

Well, not truly … at least for almost all persons. Although almost of relocation firms propose packaging assistance, budgets and timelines can sometimes hinder their use, and certain of us like better to wrap their own stuff, no matter what. However, when time is running out and we are only a few days away from loading our belongings into a U-Haul or committing it to the care of a relocation firm it is sometimes necessary to call on some good friends… Therefore, if you encounter on your own in the situation of inquiring for help from your personal refueling team, recall this 3-point method to make the knowledge like pain-free as your close relationship as unbroken as possible.

  1. Organize yourself in advance

Determining a game scheme is the key. Having 3 or 4 friends who are voluntary to assist is excellent, but without an aim of ​​what you require to do and how the probability is, you’ll end up with toiletries in kitchen cardboards and essential remotes snowed at the bottom of boxes indicated for storage.

Give a piece or list of articles to each person for whom they will be responsible; a bit of direction (of course, of course) can avoid many issues in the long term. Even with the best of goals, your friends are not professional movers; they are your friends. Say them what you require, pass them sufficient cardboards, markers, and tips to get things right and assist them to assist you. (Oh, and if you think you can remain on your laurels as long as your buddies make every one of the work, think again.) Make an equal effort, if you supervise only, it will return to bite you subsequently.)

To keep your friends relaxed, be sure you have trivial things obtainable to assist them: ties, chilly water, hot coffee, additional t-shirts if things get clammy and coarse … more you’re accommodating, the longer they will remain and assist. Fact.

  1. Command the pizza at present; let beer subsequently

The lowest possible you be able to do to thank people who want to be covered in dust and not clean on your behalf is to give food to them. But during the time that drinking it can make the packaging process more diverting, it can make it much less effective too. Obtain a good hour or two of decent work and many packed boxes before unclogging the wine or taking the six-pack refrigerator. Celebrate the awesomeness of everyone and honor with a drink to your fresh experiences beforehand but be sure you do not make a bigger jumble than when you began doing it. Once the team comes home and you and your life are all packed and prepared to hoop, thank you for being responsible and ordered.

  1. Practice exchange

When was the most recent time you got a thank you letter written by hand? No really. While almost all of us would fold back for our friends without query if they required one thing, it’s too sufficiently wealthy to not remember to make visible not much thankfulness when we’re at the front desk. And when does the time give back the favor, be prepared to do likewise? They wrap your flat, you wrap theirs. It is nearly a rule of nature, and it is clearly stated in all friendship agreements at any time written (or unwritten) … generally somewhere in the first sentence of paragraph one.

 

Choosing the best international movers with our useful advice

As you prepare to relocate, you may choose that it will work better if you hire specialists to assist you. Nevertheless, with a lot of options at your disposal, how can you be certain to choose the best removal worker? You require to verify the qualifications of each mover and be certain it’s a respectable company that can take care of local movements, long distance trips, heavy objects and any different standard you require. Here are a few advices for choosing the best removal worker in your region.

National or international?

There are 2 types of logistically different movements: Interstate and Intrastate. Interstate moves from one country to another. Intrastate moves in the same country. There are other laws and regulations that a removal worker must follow when making a long interstate relocation. You desire to ensure that the specialists you take on can help you legally.

Monetary security and national support

During the selection of the best removal worker for employment, you guarantee that you are bringing in a person who is on hard soil. While a not significant truck relocation firm can perfectly help you move, is it can cover the unplanned expenses that could occur during the relocation? A business, on the other hand, has scope in many areas and, thus, generally enjoys greater stability should the worst happen.

Certifications of the moving industry

There are many manufacturing certifications that the American Moving & Storage Association supplies to introduce a coordinated criterion to demand from a specialist relocation firm. These include in-depth the data that every one of the removal worker you choose must comprehend by heart. If you regard that they have one of these American Moving & Storage Association certifications, you comprehend that you are in excellent hands.

Personnel training

An excellent removal worker will have a hard training regime in place for their workers. It will cover things like correct truck loading and unloading techniques, correct hosting techniques, handling precious and breakable objects, and other things like that.

Previous experience verification

As soon as you have an entrepreneur in your house, you desire to ensure they are sincere people. You desire to choose a removal worker who has done previous experience verification on his employees to make sure you and your business are in excellent hands. You are able to conduct a previous experience verification by looking at the Better Business Bureau’s rating and checking for legal complaints too.

Appropriate machines

Be sure the removal worker you choose the correct trucks and relocation machines for your work. If you have big and cumbersome objects as a piano, it habitually takes something different from a simple box, bed, or wardrobe movement. Ramps, jacks, elevators, hand trolleys, appliance trolleys, and more are all part of a fully-equipped, ready-to-move moving company.

 

Advises to avoid a disorder during your international relocation

  1. Verify with the payments aimed at the sendings on the customs clearance of your personal articles. That is. Are there special licences that you have to obtain before loading your cargo? The maritime freight can be difficult. In certain countries, you have to have certain documents ready to avoid having to pay again taxes for your own properties. In other places, there are certain goods as you cannot bring for a reason or another one. Then, spend some time to investigate or to hire a broker in the destination to verify everything for you.
  2. When you choose to assure your load for your international moving, it is recommended to take photos of all the sent articles. If you have to put down a complaint, you have proof of what was sent.
  3. During the load of a container, the cargo moves so that she must be packed and reassured in complete safety. Not only the container moves on the road, but it is also lifted top in the air which can risk an impact mattering during the load and the unloading. It arrives very quickly and it is normal that containers collide little. Besides, he can have many shifts there while the ship is at sea, so that the freight can move heavily in the container. Make sure to distribute the weight of your contents in the container. It facilitates the lifting of the container.
  4. If there is too much place for the load, it increases considerably the risk of damage. It also applies to personal effects inside the boxes of moving. If your objects can come and go in a box in movement, it is likely that they will be damaged at the time of their arrival.
  5. The belts of load are the best options to reassure the load. To use wooden materials for the dressing-up can be attractive, because it is generally more easily accessible for many destinations. But the wooden packaging materials must be thermally treated and stamped, etc., according to the local regulations. If some untreated wood is used and what customs find it, it can pull very high fines.
  6. There is no assistance during the process of load. The driver of the truck is there only to collect the cargo and bring it to the port
  7. Take a photo of the number of the joint and the packaging on the packaging and assure that it corresponds to 100 % in what is indicated on the bill of lading. It can dissuade a sender to pay surplus fines and hold them if he does not correspond.
  8. Because of the constant variables of the logistics, no date or the hour is guaranteed.
  9. Household products are generally defined as articles that you possess for six months. Although it is attractive to buy new things and to keep them in the box which you received, it is a bad idea. If customs inspect the cargo with a destination, they can consider it as a smuggling and tax the cargo or seize it.
  10. The timing is important in an international movement. Always get ready to move at least three weeks in advance. To try to cross a shorter advance notice can pull a higher rate and pull delays.

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Communication is important, that's why we strive to discuss through the most suitable way for you !

Stay positive during an International Move

How to stay positive during an international move?

Moving is always an important and stressful step in a life. It can be very tiring.

Sometimes it happens that when you move your life changes completely. New environment new friends etc … Despite the fact that you have chosen to leave your old home you will surely encounter periods of stress. This may cause you to question the real reasons for the move. A study conducted by psychologists even shows that moving is the third factor of trauma. You will find in this articles some tips to overcome this ordeal.

A change of life is a chance

The moments of doubt that you will go through must not prevent you from thinking of good things. It will be for you the opportunity to invent a new life and to meet new people. In all the events that will accompany the move you will also have some happy and memorable moments. Do not give up if you see that they do not arrive, that will come for sure! Remember your hardships that have allowed you to get there and that you have always found a way to overcome them.

Concentrate on the most optimistic of the scenarios

We are known to be a rather pessimistic people. But this should not affect your morale, you must continue to tell you that better days will come. Do not immediately think about all the problems or worries that you may encounter during your move. The circle will be vicious and may pose a problem in your move. Many potential new surprises are possible but do not think about it right away. Seeing the problems first before the many possibilities of accomplishment will stop you completely. Think about what will be available to you!

Take your time

A move is very tiring for the body and mind. This big change in your life is tiring, do not try to get out of it alone and manage everything. It is a long-term test where you have to know how to manage your efforts. Do not get tired right away and give yourself breaks. Take time for yourself and you will only be more efficient and better in your project.

How to manage the stress during a move?

The day of the move has finally arrived. Your little troop is in the starting blocks since 5 am But the movers are late and panic begins to invade you.

Keep smiling

Organizing a move is not easy. You will surely be overwhelmed at one time or another. What’s more normal: even if we have everything planned, everything organized, we are not immune to imponderable events. The move is considered one of the 10 most stressful events in life.

Here are some tips that will help you keep smiling throughout this long day.

Accept the feeling of stress

Start by thinking that there is no stress-free move. Be mentally prepared to accept the imponderables that will surely happen. Do not panic and you will find the solutions that will allow you to bounce back.
Give yourself realistic goals.

There is nothing worse than stating that one is behind his goals, running constantly behind the goal that one has set without hope of reaching it. Be humble and realistic.

Show the example

If you start feeling depressed or angry, you risk contaminating your whole family. It is up to you to set an example by keeping calm regardless of the circumstances.

Eat outside

A break away from the chaos of the move will give you and your family much-needed respite. Take advantage of this moment of tranquility to revive you mentally.
Pay special attention to children.

If you have not been able to trust them to your friends or family, involve them a minimum in the process of moving. Give them simple tasks: serve drinks, pick up empty boxes, sweep …

Sympathize with the movers

Take 10 minutes regularly to chat with the movers. They will be more effective and the day will be more enjoyable than if you behave like a dictator. Have enough cold drinks. Give them a break every two hours.

Take your time

Do not get into a big unpacking the day of arrival in your new home. Take care of the cartons for the bathroom and bedrooms. Everything else can wait a day or two.

Think of sleeping!

Be sure to rest the night before and the night of the move.

 

How to avoid a painful move?

Top athlete or novice in efforts? The fight will be the same: moving is to be considered as a sports activity if you want to avoid aches and other physical problems. This includes warm-ups and stretches.

Before the move …warm-ups!

Some parts of your body are to be pampered if you do not want to hurt yourself! Start by warming up. Wake your neck, then move on to your arms, move your fingers, wrists, elbows to finish by the shoulders. The back is also a sensitive and fragile area for many people: so be sure to warm it with some exercises. Your legs will also need to be unlocked: ankles, calves, knees, thighs, nothing is to be omitted if you do not want to be bedridden the following days.

During the move

You will have to lift, move and put heavy loads, limit unnecessary efforts, or at least painful ones. Indeed, whatever the effort, always keep your back straight. The weight of the load to wear will vary but the technique remains the same, you will have to keep the cardboard as close to your body as possible, legs firmly anchored in the ground when taking off. Finally, to go from point A to point B with your arms loaded, make sure that the path is clear, unobstructed, and find out in advance where you should put the load.

Take breaks during the move!

Do not hesitate to blow! Muscle fatigue may not be felt immediately, but they still deserve some rest. Do not make the most difficult efforts and prefer to alternate with modest efforts. Take breaks and remember to hydrate yourself.

After the move

The warm-ups will limit the pain but will not be enough to avoid aches. Some stretching will be necessary: ​​again stretch your neck, back, arms, legs. Relax your spine and your muscles to recover. Do not force, take the time to do things quietly. End up relaxing with a hot bath and maybe even a massage?

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6 tips to cope with the stress of moving

Leaving your daily life, your family, friends, your routine… is not easy! Here are 6 recommendations for making the best of moving to a new place, making it less stressful and more enjoyable.

Moving: step by step

Take enough time to say goodbye to your friends and family. Spending enough time to greet the people you care about before you leave is essential to facilitate the transition from the old to the new.

Spring cleaning before leaving

Let’s be honest: arriving is definitely more exciting than leaving. However, a well-organized arrival is only possible through a well-managed leaving phase: it will be necessary to spend a few hours tidying up, cleaning, sorting. In this way, you will leave with a clear conscience, ready to see and buy new stuff.

Avoid procrastination

The watchword is anticipation! The enemy is procrastination! Make a list of things you absolutely need to do and try to evaluate how much time you will need to spend on each action. Stick to this list by trying to stay as close as possible to what you have planned.

Don’t lose anything when moving

Build up an accurate list of your belongings: the anxiety of losing some objects or other furniture will be reduced. You will be able to control afterward that none of your belongings is missing. In addition, feel free to keep any valuable personal effects with you.

Look at the future

Don’t look back on your past life. Focus on what is coming and be positive. Imagine yourself in your new life, in your new home, let yourself be inspired by your positive thoughts, in a new life that turns out to be fulfilling.

The D-day: relax!

So that everything goes well on the day of your move, a good night’s sleep and a good diet are two of the most important aspects. Have a good walk when waking up, or take your time to have a decent breakfast to release yourself from the accumulated anxiety. During the day, have a good time, have fun, make this day pleasant and entertaining. Of course, do not forget to drink a lot of water, and never forget that after the physical effort you will be able to enjoy the comfort of your new home!

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How to avoid damage during your move?

If furniture, objects, appliances are damaged after your move, you may in some cases get compensation. This is not guaranteed, and it depends on the contracts you have taken out.

Common parts of the building, furniture, private property, losses, know that you are not systematically protected.

Choose your mover well

It is possible that your home multi-risk policy covers the damage in case of moving. If this is not the case, when the moving company sends you an estimate, it will offer you various insurance or guarantee formulas.

The basic formula (its subscription is mandatory) makes the mover responsible for the damage caused except in the following two cases:

  • You have badly packed an object, or your furniture was defective and did not support the move
  • The moving truck was stolen or had an accident ….

Additional insurance will certainly be offered. So, think before choosing your formula, it is the most suitable to your expectations.

During the move

D-Day is unfortunately not always possible, but the ideal to avoid further disputes would be to check the condition of the furniture as unloading with the team leader.

Check the furniture and objects carefully

You are in a hurry to recover your goods but do not rush the verification step; Once the delivery is completed, remember to check that your furniture is in good condition and that nothing is missing. If you notice damage or loss, mention it on the delivery note. Be specific and detailed because it must prove that the damage is truly related to the move.

Communal areas

If the common parts have been degraded, it is the tenant who is responsible for his lessor, even if it is the movers who caused the damage. Nothing, however, prevents you from having recourse against the mover, because as for the furniture, its responsibility can be presumed.

After the move

Whether on your furniture, on your items or on communal areas, you will have to confirm any reservations made at the time of delivery by sending a complaint to the moving company. The legal period is 10 days and you must send it in the form of registered mail.

 

How to choose your moving insurance

We often hear the expression prevention is better than cure but it is just as true during a move.

The declaration of value to be made before any move.

The statement of value to be completed at the time of establishing contact with the supplier, this represents an estimate of the value of your property. This procedure is required. Once the document has been signed, the flyer assumes responsibility and compensation for any damage to your transportation property.

Is the mover responsible?

More information on the repayment terms will be explained in the declaration of value. Insurance may not work in your favor if you are considered to be at fault. What may be considered wrong is bad packaging on your part. Some more awful things can happen and be less easy for you to live. The truck or cargo may be stolen or an accident may occur. It is also necessary to be informed about the nature of the damaged products and how they have been harmed. If the object has been damaged before the transport of it cannot be refunded.

Moving damage insurance

There are some home insurance that already protects you in case of a move. Extensions of cover are possible with the insurers that allow you to be covered for this type of problem.

What if I move alone?

In this case you must look at your home multi-risk contract but when you go to a moving company to switch to the “Vehicle Damage” offer.

To know more about regulation, you can check our dedicated page: Moving Insurance

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Expatriation to Thailand | All you need to know

Expatriation in Thailand: 10 key steps

To expatriate is not easy. An expatriation requires many steps to perform and you should not forget anything, at the risk of biting your fingers! Be careful of the lack of organization. In the case of some expatriates, it is the company that hires them that takes care of most of the formalities. In other cases, it will be up to the protagonist to take care of it. Here are some steps to linger on, among others.

Visa

The visa, this famous sesame. The steps require important documents depending on the visa you want. In the case of a professional expatriation, you will need a work visa. Thailand’s labor laws are complex and unique, so it’s important to learn more about the different formalities and steps you need to take. In the case where your family accompanies you, children and spouses will have recourse to an accompanying visa. The best is to consult your nearest embassy which will guide you according to your family situation and your children, minors or not.

Social protection and health

There are several options available to you as an expatriate. Either your employment contract includes a very good social coverage for you and your family, in which case it’s perfect. Otherwise, you will have to resort to a personalized insurance. Private and international insurance is generally popular with expatriates who appreciate the security that accompanies their reputation.

Registration at the consulate

Registering at the Consulate is a step that is not mandatory, however, it is very positive for an expatriate and his family. Registration gives the possibility to vote abroad, to receive certain exclusive information, and also to be registered in the security plan of the Embassy. It is carried out very quickly and has a validity of 5 years, for you and your family.

Housing

Once again, there are several options: either your company takes care of finding you a roof over your head, or they provide you with a budget to respect for a rental, or you take care of finding a housing according to your budget and your desires.

A real estate agent will help you and find the accommodation that suits you, whether you are alone or with your family. The professional accompaniment of the agents and the direct contact between Francophones and Thais is accompanied by a factual knowledge of the field and the local real estate market. In addition, the help of a local professional will help you find a neighborhood that suits you and your family.

Moving 

If you are a young single professional, not too much to take, except maybe a pet? But if you are a father or mother of young children, they will not forgive you if you leave without their favorite toys … A tip: take the problem hard in advance! If you need to use a container, the travel time can belong … So, plan the shot so you do not have any unpleasant surprises.

SIAM RELOCATION is an international moving specialist, you will be able to count on a reactive, multi-lingual, available and reliable team that will offer you customized services according to your needs and constraints by explaining all the necessary steps.

Schools

Thailand has many options for your children to receive a quality education. If you use a Company for your accommodation, counselors are in contact with many schools in Bangkok and elsewhere, this will allow you to choose with the help of locals a school that will suit you in terms of pedagogical orientation as well as geographical level.

Driving license

The international permit will not be enough if you are an expatriate with a particular visa. It is not complicated but you have to fulfill certain conditions, you will find everything in the article opposite, the driving license in Thailand.

Further information on car regulation, check our dedicated article: Import car to Thailand

The social life

It is well known, that you never feel more French than when you are abroad, and you are more often delighted to meet citizens of your mother country when being so far from home. Hence the interest of an associative life and meetings of French will allow you to make a network in the city in which you live. The registration at the consulate will be a good step forward, because the French-speaking network is important, especially in the city of Bangkok, and you will not miss contacts that will ultimately be a good community. In addition, you still have the opportunity to register on one or more of the countless Facebook groups of French and French speakers in Thailand or Meetup groups. Many activities are also organized within sports clubs for example. But above all, whether you are with your family or alone, take time to “track” the various events on Facebook or on different cultural agendas. Many bars, restaurants, and cafes are run by French people in Thailand and their clientele is mostly French-speaking. Many organize aperitifs and meetings in French, who transform themselves often in evening “Wine and cheese”, nostalgic of their country!

Thai classes

If you are an expatriate, and you want to integrate better in the country, the best is to take Thai lessons, at least to learn the basics and get by in your daily life.

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Moving to Thailand

Thailand is a well-known destination for expatriation, its geographical diversity,  climate, and culture make Thailand the perfect place to move. If you are retired, expatriate, student, or just in love with the country of smile, do not rush in your steps and pay attention to all aspects of your removal.

Before making this decision and booking your ticket, make sure you entrust your belongings to professionals who are physically present in Thailand. Moving to the Kingdom of Siam does not improvise. Your personal effects have a strong effective value, so choose your movers very seriously.

What to relocate?

Clothes

Thailand is a tropical, warm and humid country. Do not clutter yourself with too many warm clothes, just take few winter clothes, because it happens that the temperatures drop by period, but not worth taking your ski suit unless you want to go skiing on Japan or South Korea.

A good k-way, summer clothes, will be enough for your comfort, knowing that the prices on the clothes are lower than in Europe. Many markets or malls assure you a wide choice.

Furniture

Your furniture often has a sentimental value and a history. Take them but make sure the packing is good and safe. If you pack by yourself, do not hesitate to put several layers of paper bubble, cartons, and why not a wooden box. The humidity is important in Thailand, think about it for the choice of your furniture to move.

Electronic

Take it all! One might think it will be cheaper in Asia, close to manufacturing areas, but this is not the reality. If you have computers, televisions, or other electronic objects, do not hesitate to take them

* Note: not more than 1 piece per category (1 computer, 1 TV …)

Home appliance

All your home appliances will work in Thailand, you will need to purchase adapters to be able to plug them. If you want to change the equipment, do not take it. if you bought all recently, new and in still under warranty, take it you will save money.

* Note: not more than 1 home appliance per category (1 fridge, 1 washing machine …)

Wine and spirits

For wine and alcohol lovers, 3 bottles maximum. Do not take the risk of moving your bottles because the Thai Customs are very strict with alcohol.

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10 basics tips about your international move in Thailand

1. Get your Thai visa in advance

Unless you want to stroll through Southeast Asia less than a month after your arrival, you have to organize your visa before the party, especially for a long stay. When you come to work in Bangkok, your business should do the steps for you and you will get a 3-month non-B visa. They will send you all the necessary papers and you will have to apply for a visa in your country of origin.

If you want to stay with the status of tourists in Thailand several solutions are available to you. You can choose to register on the visa waiver stamp. Once you arrive at the airport you can fill them according to your nationality. This will allow you a stay of 30 days, while the visa arrival only 14 days. If you want to stay longer than this you first have to organize a tourist visa, the best being to do so in his home country. There are 2 different ones. The single entry, 60-day trip (extending for 30 days once in Thailand). And multiple entries, valid for 6 months from the issue date (and can be extended).

2. Bring enough money

Do not expect an income as soon as you arrive in Thailand, unless you receive a pension or your job is already found. It is better to bring as much money as possible to anticipate any problem. It should be taken into account that most long-term apartment rentals will require 2 months of rent in deposit and one month already paid. You will also need to have to feed or divert you or to pay your bills. We have to be careful because we can live well in Bangkok but make sure you do not spend everything in the first week.

3. You can buy (almost) everything over here

Do not waste all your money on or off your move, t extra cabin baggage. Clothing, furniture, books, stationery, kitchen equipment, gadgets you will find convenient all you do not need here. It is nonetheless possible for the state to apply an import tax. What is most difficult to buy are shoes and large size clothing. The foreign stores, more expensive, will offer you this type of product.

4. Many Thais are fatalistic

When you come to Thailand from a developed western country you can be surprised by the dangerous conduit of Thailand. They do not all wear helmets on motorcycles, and roll at very high speed in very dense traffic. They believe in reincarnation, that is what the Buddhist religion says, they think that when they die they will begin another life. So there is less value to individual life. Thailand is also a very superstitious person. A mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and animist beliefs and often “do merit” (give coffins) to the temple. All this is done for their lives after death.

5. Watch your tongue

Perhaps you already know the strict law of the lèse Majesty of Thailand. This makes it possible to heavily punish those found guilty of insulting the royal family. No matter what was said or the way. This law is often applied. We must, therefore, avoid this subject, even when it is a matter of past monarch. Differences and calumny are also widespread in Thailand. Be very careful with the people you are talking to and what you are saying, including on the internet. Actually the government is the NCPO, after the military coup of 2014. They seek to stabilize the country to promulgate the laws. They attack activists and political opposition.

6. You need travel insurance

As anywhere in the world it is easy to have an accident in Bangkok. The most frequent are road accidents, especially on motorcycles, and you will quickly realize that the security norms in Thailand are very different than the one we can know in our western world. If you buy travel insurance in your country of origin you will be able to find cheaper prices more easily. Just buy it by hoping to never need it. But it is highly recommended to leave the peaceful mind.

7. Bangkok isn’t just ladyboys and red-light districts

It can see you Bangkok as a hedonistic paradise with a lot of enigmatic ladyboy and bar girl to the sought after Western man who will rescue them. This is not totally necessary since all tourists passing only 2 weeks here will feel it. The districts with the red light of the city are very delimited and represents only a few streets. If you come to Bangkok and you decide to save a young and beautiful girl from her life as a prostitute, you risked the ring on the finger. But watch out that the one already seen and heard many stories before and she will be how to turn that to her advantage.

8. Age matters

Here you will realize the importance of age, this requires a lot of respect in Thailand. Young people will respect their elders greatly. You have to leave rune older person than you sit in the BTS or the MRT. It also happens that the older people pass in front of the queues in public transport. Thailand refers to these people as “uncle” or “aunt” even if they are not related.

9. Locals will think you’re rich

Thai people associate white people as rich people, and many Thais will rely solely on skin color. This is particularly widespread in the case of white men who frequent Thai women. You will have to tell them right away if you do not want it to follow you through your relationship. Indeed, you may have problems with your girlfriend and the rest of her family. Some men find themselves paying their girlfriend to cure grandparent’s sickness or financially help her parents.

10. Phones are the center of the universe

Thais are always with their smartphone and love it. We see this phenomenon everywhere and at any age but especially in the BTS, in the streets, stores and even by appointment! The most popular means of communication for Thai people is Line. This application is essential to make friends in Thailand. In Asia it replaces WhatsApp and you will realize that Thai people spend a lot of time chatting with friends and family.

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How to get a visa in Thailand?

Thailand is one of your favorite destinations. You have planned a stay? or maybe even live there? The question of the visa is then one of your concerns… We will help you to understand which will be most adapted to your situation.

We represent siamrelocation.com, a company established in the international moving and specialized in Thailand. We offer a dedicated and personalized service to each of our clients. We work with only the mindset that every customer is unique. That’s why we want to adapt our services to each situation. Our teams of professionals are present from A to Z, they listen to you, follow you and you in all your steps. Especially in the long procedure of obtaining a VISA. If you have any questions we are at your disposal and at your disposal. Do not hesitate to visit our website or directly to contact us. Hoping to help you in the near future!

Finding and choosing the visa that suits you will depend on the duration and purpose of your stay (work, tourism, retirement, …). Nevertheless, we want to warn you of one important thing, visa legislation is subject to regular changes. The best way is generally to contact the Thai Embassy in your country beforehand to check the current value of the information in your possession at the moment M.

General informations

A visa allows entry and stay (for a defined period) in Thailand.

Visas are issued by Thai Embassies and Consulates (outside Thai territory).

Once on-site, and under certain conditions, it is generally possible to obtain an extension of the length of stay. The duration of the extension varies depending on the type of visa. It is obtained from the immigration office in Thailand.

If you want to stay in Thailand, the normal procedure is as follows: before you leave, go to the nearest consulate or embassy to get the visa that suits your situation. The visa exemption (see below) will however allow nationals of a number of countries to travel to Thailand without a visa.

The time to obtain a visa, in case all the required documents are well supplied, varies between 48 hours and a week. Consulates or Embassies are the only bodies authorized to provide the conditions and the exact list of documents required for obtaining a visa. In any case, we invite you to contact a French Embassy or consulate: they officially represent the Thai government. The staff speaks French and will be able to inform you. We, therefore, recommend that you do not always rely on information that you can read on the Internet, whether on informative sites or on discussion forums: they are not always accurate or updated.

The different types of visas

The visa exemption

Thailand has an agreement with 41 countries (including France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Canada, for the complete list, see below) which allows nationals of these countries to enter Thailand without a visa. and to stay there for 30 days (in the case of an entry by air) or 15 days * (in the case of entry by land or sea). * Since October 2013, French nationals will obtain a 30-day visa waiver even when entering Thailand by land.

The visa waiver takes the form of a stamp affixed to your passport upon arrival in the country.

NB: Until 2009, it was possible to renew this buffer indefinitely leaving the country (even a few hours), and thus permanently stay in Thailand without a visa … to fight against this abusive practice, the government has limited to 4 the number successive renewals possible by land or sea … So for people wishing to stay more than 6 months in Thailand, it is better to opt for a visa.

It is possible to obtain an extension of 30 additional days at the immigration office. The application process costs 1,900 baht per person and can only be done once.

However, the total duration of the stay in Thailand, once it has been obtained without a visa, may not exceed 90 days in a period of 6 months.

Countries concerned by the visa waiver: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Monaco , the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Sultanate of Oman, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Africa South, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

The tourist visa

Who can get this visa?

The tourist visa is exclusively intended for people traveling to Thailand for tourism purposes. Anyone providing the required documents may claim

General information

  • Length of stay allowed: 60 days. It is possible to obtain a 30-day extension at an immigration office in Thailand (this will cost you 1,900 THB, or about 40 €)
  • The validity period of the visa: 3 months
  • Cost: € 30 per entry (at the Thai Embassy in your country, similar prices in other embassies)
  • New: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently announced the creation of a 6-month multi-entry tourist visa, which will be available from November 13, 2015.

Documents required

  • Passport valid for more than 6 months from the date of entry into Thai territory
  • Completed visa application form
  • 1 photograph of the applicant taken from the front, bareheaded, format 4X6 cm, recent (less than 6 months)
  • You may be asked to present a paid air ticket, which proves that you stay less than 90 days in Thai territory and / or proof of your creditworthiness, ie a bank account statement with an amount of 20,000 THB or 40,000 THB (depending on the embassy)

NB: The Embassy of Thailand in your country can provide visas 2 entries, but no more; and to obtain a 2 entry visa, you must present airline tickets proving that you will leave the territory less than 90 days after your first entry.

When your visa expires, it is possible to go to a Thai Embassy in a country bordering Thailand to obtain a new visa. Be aware, however, that the embassies of bordering countries most often provide single-entry visas, and that in the future, repeatedly obtaining tourist visas could become more complicated.

We advise you to check all the documents requested from the Embassy to which you make your request, these may vary from one embassy to another.

The non-immigrant visa O

Who can get this visa?

  • Minors (under 20 years of age) of whom one of the parents is a Thai national
  • Foreigners whose spouse is of Thai nationality
  • Foreign nationals whose spouse holds a long-stay immigrant or non-immigrant visa
  • Foreigners over 50
  • Other (participation in a sports event, humanitarian action …)

General informations

  • Length of stay allowed: 90 days, possibility to extend to 1 year at the immigration office under several conditions
  • The validity period of the visa: 3 months (visa 1 entry) or 1 year (multiple entries)
  • Cost: 60 € (1 entry) or 130 € (multiple entries)

It is possible to obtain a one-year extension of this visa at an immigration office in Thailand (you will need to present the same supporting documents as for obtaining a non-immigrant visa OA, see below). after).

Documents required

  • Passport valid for more than 6 months for single-entry and 18 months for multiple-entries from the date of entry into Thai territory
  • Completed visa application form
  • A photograph of the applicant taken from the front, bareheaded, format 4X6 cm, recent (less than 6 months)
  • Other parts depending on the applicant’s situation (Thai spouse, foreigner over 50 years old …). In the case of foreigners over the age of 50, proof of a monthly income of THB 65,000 or a bank deposit of THB 800,000 (a French account is acceptable), or combination of both.

NB: The Embassy of Thailand in your country delivers easily visas O multiple entries. We do not commit to the conditions for obtaining this visa in embassies other than the Thai Embassy in your country. Just be aware that obtaining multiple entry visa is rarely possible in neighboring countries.

Non-immigrant visa OA (retired visa)

Who can get this visa?

  • Foreigners over 50
  • Residents in Thailand do not intend to take up paid employment in Thailand
  • Justifying a monthly income greater than or equal to 65,000 or a bank deposit of 800,000 or more Baths, or a combination of both;
  • Never having been convicted of a crime or offense against the security of Thailand, or of their country of residence;
  • Not addicted or carrying infectious diseases (leprosy, tuberculosis, elephantiasis, syphilis).

General information

  • Length of stay allowed: 1 year renewable
  • The validity period of the visa: 3 months (single entry) or 1 year (multiple entries)
  • Cost: 55 € (single entry) or 130 € (multiple entries)

Documents required

  • A passport valid for more than 18 months
  • 3 visa application forms duly completed
  • 3 photographs taken from the front, bareheaded, size 4X6 cm, (less than 6 months)
  • 3 photocopies of the passport
  • 3 copies of a medical certificate of less than 3 months attesting that the applicant does not carry any contagious diseases. This certificate must be issued by a doctor in the country where the visa application is made and must be validated by the applicant’s Consulate.
  • 3 copies of criminal record (bulletin N ° 3) of less than 3 months and certified by the applicant’s embassy
  • 3 copies of proof of address in your country (electricity bill, telecom, …)
  • 3 CVs (occupations performed during the last 10 years before retirement)
  • 3 copies of proof of resources: a bank deposit of € 20,000 per applicant to be submitted in the form of a recent bank certificate (original)
  • Attention: from the 2nd request of this type of visa to the Embassy, ​​a bank deposit of 800 000 baht in a bank in Thailand is mandatory, and to present in the form of a recent certificate or a notebook well-discounted bank (less than a month)

NB: In case of application for OA visa, the Thai Embassy in your country sends by mail the list of required documents. The Embassy may ask you to deposit a bank deposit in a Thai account.

If you can not get this visa from your country, ask for an O visa (see our tips). It is generally easier – if you are helped in Thailand – to obtain an O visa extension than to obtain an OA visa from your country.

The non-immigrant investor visa

This visa authorizes a stay of one year. It is renewable. For those who wish to benefit from the investor visa, there are a number of formalities to complete and the help of a lawyer is always recommended.

If you want to know more, we invite you to contact us.

General information

The concept of “Non-Immigrant Visa Investment” is not new in Thailand. After the 1997 crisis, in order to support the promoters and help them dispose of their unsold inventories, an investor visa with a minimum of THB 3,000,000 (about 60,000 euros) was created to attract foreign investors. Since October 2006, when the Thai economy was restored, this visa had been abolished (without calling into question the renewal of visas issued before that date).

Recently, following the political crisis in Thailand and the global economic situation, Thailand reintroduced this visa for investors with a difference: the minimum amount of the investment was increased to THB 10,000,000 (200,000 to 250,000 € according to the euro/bath exchange rate).

This fills a gap in the availability of visas. Indeed, there was not really any alternative to offer to wealthy foreigners under the age of 50, who want to live in Thailand more or less permanently and who do not work (the over 50s can benefit the retired visa).

The non-immigrant visa ED

Who can get this visa?

This type of visa is intended for the following persons

  • doing an unpaid internship of less than 90 days
  • wishing to learn Thai at a school recognized by the Thai Ministry of Education
  • conducting a school or university exchange at a Thai school
  • educated in an international school
  • attending an international conference

General information

  • Length of stay allowed: 90 days or 1 year depending on your condition (internship, study …)
  • The validity period of the visa: 90 days
  • Cost: 60 euros

To obtain it, you will need an official letter from an establishment accredited by the Thai Ministry of Education. For example, you can register for language courses (English or Thai).

If you are interested in this solution, we invite you to contact establishments on the spot, who will be able to assist you in achieving your visa.

Documents required

  • The passport (original and a photocopy of the passport). The passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of departure
  • A duly completed form
  • A photo ID in color
  • The original of a professional letter or letter of invitation from the host organization (school, company, etc.)
  • A photocopy of the ID of the person authorized to sign the letter of invitation with the mention “true copy” or “ส ำ เนำ ถูก ต้อง” written by the authorized person dated and signed
  • The trade register (COMPLETE) of the host organization, or the school license where you will study
  • For internships, an internship agreement is also requested

NB: it is recommended to check the documents requested on the site of the embassy according to your situation: unpaid internship, university exchange …

Non-immigrant visa B

Who can get this visa?

The visa is intended for the person wishing to work in Thailand, doing a paid internship or carrying out a professional mission. Once in Thailand with this visa, the visa holder must apply for the work permit from the Employment Department.

General information

  • Length of stay allowed: 90 days without leaving the territory
  • Renewal: Once in a Thai Immigration Office
  • Cost: 60 €

Documents required

  • The passport (original and a photocopy of the passport) valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure
  • A completed form
  • A photo ID in color
  • The original of a professional letter or letter of invitation from the host company
  • A photocopy of the ID of the person authorized to sign the letter of invitation with the mention “true copy”
  • A form filed with the Employment Department by the employer or BOI’s letter of acceptance under article 24 and / or 25
  • The trade register (FULL) of the host organization
  • The sum of 60 €
  • In addition, for people doing a paid internship, the original letter from the school in your country indicating the internship details of the student (e)

Good to know

  • The validity of a visa and length of stay: the validity period of the visa must not be confused with the duration of the authorized stay (many “validity of stay” sites are read on many websites, which can lead to confusion).
  • The period of validity of the visa refers to the period between the date of issue of the visa and its use (entry into the country).

Once the end date of the validity of the visa exceeded, you will be unable to enter the country using this visa (even if you have never entered and have not yet benefited from the authorized stay!). You will then have to extend the duration of your visa.

  • The length of stay authorized by this visa is the duration during which you will be allowed to stay in Thailand from your entry into the country.
  • Single entry visa and multiple entry visa: A single entry visa entitles you to only one stay.

You enter the country (before the end date of the validity of the visa) and are then allowed to stay there for the duration of the stay authorized by this visa.

If you leave the country before the end of the period allowed for your stay, your “non-consumed” days will be lost.

However, it is possible to buy “re-entry” fees before each of your outings to a local immigration office. This will cost you 1,000 THB for a single entry and THB 3,800 for multiple entries. These “re-entry” rights do not change the length of stay allowed.

A multiple-entry visa entitles you to several stays. You will be able to enter and leave the country several times, respecting the following rules:

  • Each stay can not exceed the length of stay authorized by this visa. Your last entry must be made before the end date of the validity of the visa.
  • If the number of entries is specified (example: tourist visa 2 entries), you will be entitled to as many stays as entries.

To have further information about visa in Thailand, we invite you to follow this link to reach the official website: Immigration Thailand

You can also check the new smart visa available since February 2018. This visa is designed for investors and other businessman wishing to work in the land of smile. More information here: the smart visa

Smart visa – The way for every businessman in Thailand

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How to find a roommate in Bangkok?

Decided to embark on the adventure Bangkokoise to study, your internship, or to work? You want to find a roommate, to save money, not to be alone or to meet more easily, but you ask yourself a lot of questions? This is good, because today it is on the roommate that we will focus, giving you some tips and precautions to take to find your Grail.

If colocation is a common way of life in Europe, it is not the same in the Kingdom of Siam. So how do you go about it? Where to start? What are the things to know? Here are some things to consider before starting your research.

Why collocation?

If you compare the price of housing in Bangkok to that of other capitals, you will quickly see that it is not very high. But then why choose to live in a roommate? We give you 5 (very) good reasons!

  • Discover fresh faces and integrate quickly (goodbye long Sundays to turn in circles in your room!)
  • Live in a more spacious and comfortable apartment
  • Split loads (electricity, internet, water)
  • Share the costs
  • Improve your language level (if you opt for an international roommate)

How to find remote?

If you want to have accommodation when you arrive in Bangkok, then you will probably have to start the search before you leave. Not easy, but not impossible!

ACT 1

Register on Facebook pages! You can find some self-help Facebook groups that will be supportive and packed with good housing deals. Post a message about the group explaining what you are looking for and describing your personality, your lifestyle (party animal, hardworking, calm) … in short do not hesitate to polish your profile!

Here are some Facebook groups:

ACT 2

Makes word of mouth 2.0. Go to Facebook or LinkedIn, and ask your contacts if someone lives in Bangkok, or if someone knows someone, who knows someone … who is looking for a roommate?

ACT 3

Pass through a French-speaking real estate agency to facilitate your search for housing (namely that in Thailand you pay zero-euro agency fees, rather cool no?).

What type of accommodation?

In Bangkok, most expats and foreigners live in condominiums: they are residences that are equipped with swimming pools, gyms, security 24h / 24h, reception service, sauna etc. You will understand, it is not too unpleasant to live in a condo. You can find all types of condos: modern, old, studio, 1, 2, 3, 4 bedrooms. How to find a roommate in Bangkok?

About the budget?

About the budget, it takes an average between 8.000 – 15.000 Baths (200 – 390 euros) for room with roommates in a condo.

Prices vary depending on:

  • Location: the closer the apartment is to a metro line (BTS or MRT), the higher the price will be
  • Luxury: the services offered by the condo, whether the residence is new or old
  • If you have a private bathroom, or a bathroom to share with the rest of the roommate

Which neighborhood to choose?

If you are new in Bangkok, find out about the city and neighborhoods. To help you get a little clearer, here is a short presentation of Bangkok and its neighborhoods: Sukhumvit, Sathorn, Silom, and Ratchadapisek. Then do not hesitate to communicate with those who already live there! If you do not know anyone on the spot, join groups on Facebook (ex: The French of Bangkok or Bangkok Expat). Internet users will be happy to advise you! In addition, if you already know the location of your university or workplace, use Google Maps or Bangkok Transit to calculate your travel time and immerse yourself in your future space. (Attention to distances, Bangkok is a huge city).

Criteria to consider:

  • Travel time to work/university: Bangkok is 12 million people and 1,568.7 km 2. Crossing the capital can take a long time!
  • The proximity of the means of transport: BTS, subway (MRT), bus, on foot?
  • Your housing budgets?
  • The proximity of your leisure activities: gym, shopping malls, bars, parks …

And the list can belong!

Lease and precautions?

In Bangkok, and as everywhere else in the world, it is essential to READ and UNDERSTAND the lease BEFORE signing it (to avoid unpleasant surprises). Get information from the owner (and not your future roommate) on the amount of rent, charges (even approximate) etc.

Rent lease

Among the essential elements of the lease, you will find:

  • The duration of the lease
  • The start date of the lease
  • The amount of rent
  • The amount of the deposit
  • Services included in the rental
  • Inventory
  • Copy of the tenant’s passport

You will be asked to pay:

  • A deposit equivalent to 2 rents
  • The first rent payable in advance

→ Do I have to pay agency fees?

No, the services of a real estate agency are free for the tenant. The owner pays the real estate agent!

→ What does the rent amount include?

Generally, the amount of rent covers the rent of the apartment, the furniture, the expenses of co-ownership. Attention, electricity, water, Internet are not included!

Things you need to know:

  • Leases are generally for 6 months, 1 year or 2 years
  • The lease is unique and signed by all roommates
  • Pets are rarely accepted in apartments
  • Most rented apartments are already furnished

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Ultimate Guide to Thai Culture

One of the main things you should do before moving to Thailand is learning a little bit about Thai culture, learn about the behaviors. Many aspects of life might be deferent from what you used to know. Taking a step to learn more about their culture can help you make the transition smoother.

Three main reasons to learn about the culture are:

  • to avoid offending people,
  • be able to make friends easier,
  • be able to understand more easily what you see around.

3 pillars of Thai society and culture

At a young age, Thai schoolchildren are taught that there are 3 pillars of Thai society, those are:

  • Nation
  • Religion
  • Monarchy

Thai people consider that these 3 pillars are the reasons why Thailand is a unique country. How these pillars can affect you as a foreign resident.

Nation

The nation of Thailand is quite recent. Until 1932, Thailand was known as Siam. Why this change? Well, it was part of the nationalization which gave birth to what we call the “Thai people” (as an identity) which speaks the “Thai language” as the national tongue. 

A super-brief history of Thailand

Lines were defined quite recently to separate countries in Southeast Asia on a map. With time different kingdoms were born. For each kingdom, one capital city, for weaker kingdoms, it was possible for the ruler to pay a tribute to the bigger kingdom and be considered as part of it.

Before the emergence of Thai kingdoms, a big part of Thailand was controlled by the Khmer Empire centered at Angkor. The first Thai kingdoms to emerge were the Sukhothai Kingdom in the lower north and the Lanna Kingdom, with its capital Chiang Mai, in the upper north.

In the 15th century the Sukhothai Kingdom and the Ayutthaya Kingdom became one and were based in Thailand’s central region. Ayutthaya also known as Sian became the biggest city in Southeast Asia controlled over central and southern regions of Thailand. In 1767 the Burmese army attacked the city and the new capital named Siam was born in what is now Bangkok. In the late 18th century, Siam took over the Lanna Kingdom to add Northern Thailand, and it also gained control of the Lao Kingdoms based in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. A big part of the Laotian Prabang was taken away by the French but Siam kept a part of it that became Northeast Thailand.

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Thai land

As you read above, Thailand is now a country composed of land that belonged in the old years to several independent kingdoms and countries. The purpose by changing the countries name from Siam to Thailand was a process to include people of the North and Northeast regions under a new national identity. 

Thai people

The Siamese ethnic group represents a large part of the population of Thailand, however other groups are present. Several peoples are represented in Thailand such as the Lao people in Laos, the Shan of Myanmar, and the Dai of southwestern China.

It is said that about 40% of the Thai population has Chinese ancestry. Also, Thai-Chinese is an important part of the wealthy class of Thai society.

The use of the term “Thai people” (khon thai) has created a unity where it did not exist before. 

Thai language

The central main dialect of the Siamese ethnic group became the Thai language that we know today. It can be difficult to understand the northern, northeastern and southern dialects if someone has only studied the central Thai dialect. We can also find other variations and dialects used in small provinces. It is believed that the Thai language family finds its origins in Southern China and the other smaller dialect are branches and sub-branches find theirs on the Thai language.  The Thai language is thought in school nowadays and has been since a while ago that is how the national tongue was born known as phaa-saa thai or Thai language.

Foreigners should be thought standard Thai language since everybody can understand it. When the basics of the Thai language are mastered then it should be easier to learn the local dialects.

Thai is a tonal language just like Chinese and Vietnamese. Standard Thai has 5 tones (mid, low, falling, high, and rising), the change of the pitch can affect the meaning of the word radically. It can be difficult for foreigners to make it but for some it comes more naturally.

Even though the Thai script resembles to weirdly drawn lines it is actually an alphabet composed of 44 consonants (technically an abugida). The Thai language is composed of 32 vowels which are written by adding extra marks above, below, or on either side of the consonants. Plus, we can find 4 tone marks, a native Thai numeral system, and even some not-so-used punctuation symbols. Normally the Thai language is written with no punctuation and even without spaces between words.

With some effort, Thai language can be learned to rally fast and easily contrary of the common belief that it is a hard language to learn to speak and write. The Thai alphabet is quite simple as it has more letters than English but there is no ambiguity when it comes to the sound that the letter makes. Also, there are no individual characters memorize like in Chinese and Japanese.

For the tonal aspect there are some sounds that might be unfamiliar but in general it is easy to pick up. If you want to change the tense of a sentence you can just add other words that will affect the meaning.

The best thing you can do if you want to understand Thai culture is learning their language.

The words you use, and the politeness you will have in your speech can change depending of the age or the social status. Thai culture has a high consideration for elders and those who hold an elevated position.

Respect for the Thai nation

People will only expect you to show respect when the national anthem is played. It is played twice a day, in the morning at 8.00 and the afternoon at 6.00, in public places such as parks, schools, government buildings. When the anthem starts you must stop everything you are doing until it’s finished and if you are seated you must stand up. All Thai around you will do the same thing. The national anthem is not long, so you will be back to what you were doing in no time.

Religion

95% of Thais follow Theravada Buddhism. Muslims are still a minority and you can especially see them in the southern provinces. When Thai refers to a religion as a pillar of the society it is mainly Buddhism.

Under all the major schools of Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism is considered as the most conservative one. It is present in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos. 

A super-brief summary of Buddhism

The history say that The Buddha lived about 2500 years ago. Born into a royal family of a small kingdom at the border of modern-day India and Nepal. He had a prosperous childhood, but he realized later that material comforts weren’t the purpose of life. Indeed, for him material comfort couldn’t protect against sickness, old age or death. In that regard he decided to leave home at 29 in a quest of answers.

Buddha spent around six years living in forests and learning what he could from the meditation masters of his day, but he couldn’t find his answer. He finally decided to go off on his own again, and, it was while meditating that he saw the answer of his question about human suffering. There under a tree at a spot called Bodhgaya. His Enlightenment and teachings can be summed up in the Four Noble Truths:

  1. The Truth of Suffering
  2. The Truth of the Cause of Suffering
  3. The Truth of the Cessation of Suffering
  4. The Truth of the Path to the Cessation of Suffering

(1) Nothing in life is in the long run satisfactory, and so we constantly suffer to several degrees. (2) The root cause of this suffering is longing and clinging to impermanent phenomena. (3) Removing the cause of suffering—craving and clinging—will in the end remove suffering. (4) And the path to realize the remove of craving is an 8-step process that stats with having proper views and moral behavior and peaks in using meditation to gain insight and understanding of our true condition—that our “self” or ego is an illusory construct.

It took 45 years to the Buddha to spread his message around northern India. His most dedicated followers became monks—they respected the monk’s rules and tradition by shaving their heads, wearing simple robes, and eating only food offered to them. A series of 227 rules of conduct evolved for monks to furnish a structure for morality that would be most favorable for progress in meditation. As an example, we have celibacy which was put in place not because sexuality is “sinful”, but because it distraction. 

Buddhism in Thailand

Buddhism has therefore extended from India to become the dominant spiritual tradition in most of Asian countries, including Thailand. It is with its extension that Buddhism has been slightly transformed according to local traditions. In South-East-Asia, however, the animist concepts of the spirit and ancestor worship coexist with Buddhism to such an extent that most Thai do not make a distinction between them.

All houses in Thailand have a small spiritual house where offerings are given to the local spirit who is the “owner” of this place on earth. This is the same for hotels and business.

Making offerings to a spirit does not go against Buddha’s teaching. In the end, the offerings, if they allow one to prosper, they don’t prevent death. Therefore, older people often go to the temples to pray.

Some people think that “once a monk, always a monk”, but this is not the case. While some Thai men become lifelong monks, others do that only temporary ordination which is common. Tradition say that a man would ordain for a short amount of time before starting a career and family. In some part of the country, the tradition wants boys to ordain as novice monks during the summer school holiday. This is also common for man to ordain (temporarily) after the death of a relative (this usually happens for the mother’s death) to make merit to them.

“Merit making” is the elementary Buddhist practice for most Thai people. Donations and offerings are seen as a way to build a positive Karma. People make merit in order to have a better situation in their next life.

Temples are not only places for monks and meditation, they are also center of activity during festivals. Many of them also have schools.

Temple is called wat, and the largest building there is the wihan which is the assembly hall. At a Thai wat (“temple”) is usually the wihan, or assembly hall. You will usually see a large Budha image and maybe other statues. The place called bot is where ordinations take place. A kuti is the name we give to a monk’s small bungalow. You will see around a dozen or so kuti set off in one area of the wat. There also is a bell tower, drum tower, and manuscript storage hall.

The chedi, might be the most eye-catching structure in a temple, it is a cone or bell-shaped mound containing relics. It can be relics of a personality such as a monk, a king, or possibly even those of the Buddha himself.

Respect for Thai religion

If you happen to visit a temple be aware of some common rules and traditions such as, and for both sexes, wearing clothes that will cover your shoulders and thighs. For women’s you should be careful about wearing short shorts. Also, remember to remove your shoes while entering a temple building, it is the same as entering a Thai home. Popular temples charge tourist an entrance fee, but others are entry free. It is customary to give a small donation while visiting. You will often see some boxes, usually they put a sign explaining who the money will be given to (monks, education, water, electricity…).

Feet are considered an unclean part of the body. Therefore, it is really rude to sit with feet outstretched in front of you pointed at a Buddha image, a monk, or anybody else for that matter.

Monarchy

The third pillar of Thai society is the institution of the monarchy. Thailand has always been ruled by kings. Even now, the monarchy plays a central role in the life of the country. For example, when the previous king passed away in October 2016, he had been on the throne for 70 years. A lot of Thai people were wearing black (or black, white, and gray) for a hole year mourning period.

Be careful while speaking of the monarchy and the royal family. It is illegal to defame, insult or threaten the royal family. If you break the law, you can be sentenced to 3-15 years imprisonment.

Also, even some Hollywood movies featuring historical Siamese kings are banned in the country.

Be also careful with social medias, don’t post anything that could be consider as an offense to the law. This is the same with politics, avoid discussions about Thai politics. 

Respect for the monarchy

This is something you might probably experience while going at the cinema. And this is the place where it will be expected from you to show respect to the monarchy. The royal anthem will be played before the screening. During the anthem you will have to stand. If you don’t you might get into trouble.

Another thing is to be aware that all Thai currencies contains the image of the previous king. So do not deface or damage them, because people will see that as an insult to the monarchy.

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Thai Greetings

This is something you might even experience while entering the place. The standard greeting in the Thai language is “Sawat-dii”. It is used at any time of the day when greeting someone. You will add a polite particle at the end of the greeting, and it will also be according to the gender. While women will use the “Kha” male will use “Khrap”. A man will say “Sawat-dii khrap”, and a woman would say “Sawat-dii kha”. Transgender individuals will use whichever version they prefer.

If you greet someone, you should always accompany it with a gesture called a wai. You just have to press your hands together and held below the chin while bowing the head slightly. To show a greater level of respect, the hands can be held higher, between the nose and the forehead. The protocol says that younger people or those with lowest social status should be the first to wai. And, depending on the circumstance, the second person can wai back.

Plenty of foreigners make this same mistake of wai-ing too much. There is no need to return a wai when someone is greeting you because it’s part of their job. Wai-ing back sometimes can just make you silly and make them uncomfortable.

On the other hand, if you meet an older Thai person, remember to wai to them and be the first to wai.

With people you are very familiar with, common greetings are bpai nai (“Where are you going?”), bpai nai maa (“Where have you been?”), and gin khao rue yang (“Have you eaten yet?”). The last one is used as an ice breaker, and not to invite you to dinner.

Family

For Thai people, family ties are very important. Even if people are leaving their hometown for work, they always speak to their family several times a week.

Taking care of the elder is an obligation in Thai culture. It is common that the elder sibling finding himself helping his parents and at the same time taking care of his other siblings. It is also usual to see some Thais sending money to their family each month.

Extended families can be very large. When visiting a Thai village, you will have this impression that everyone seems to be a relative of some sort.

Status

As we explained before seniority and status play a large role in Thai life.

While speaking to someone older, it is common to use phii and nong, which mean “elder” and “younger” sibling. Those get attached to the front of someone’s name, so that Phii Sam means “older brother Sam” and Nong Marie means “younger sister Marie”. These terms even if they are used with brothers and sisters are also used with friends and even when talking about celebrities.

If someone is much older than you, the terms you will have to use those terms: “aunty,” “uncle,” “grandma,” and “grandpa” instead. You don’t need to be related to that person to use it.

Face

A common problem to foreigners is understanding the idea of “face” because this causes with Thai people. They want to create and keep up a good image in public, and anything that damages their image damages their “face”.

A clear example of this is when someone is giving out criticism. A boss should not criticize an employee in front of the others because it makes the employee lose face in the eyes of the others. The boss should instead talk to the employee in private. In other words, people should avoid signaling a Thai person out in a way that could be embarrassing for them.

Other example can be making a show of wealth and status. If someone is wealthy they will gain face by paying the check for a large diner party. This is why normally they won’t split the bill when eating at a restaurant, unless it’s a group of equals.

When it comes to making a large donation to a temple, Thai people will not do so anonymously. This time, they want everyone to see how much they are giving in so they can gain face in the community. One traditional ways of making a donation is to make a money three from sticks of wood with many different bills and currencies attached to form the leaves. If there is a temple fair a parade might be held that includes donors each carrying their tree to the temple. Donors can easily spotted from the color of the bills and get some idea of how much is being donated by that person.

One of the bad consequences of the face is for example the ratio of household debt as they have the largest ratios of household debt to GDP. An average worker might purchase a house , a car, and the latest phone all on credit, with the payments surpassing  up to 60-80% of their monthly salary.

Relaxed attitude

“Mai pen rai” meaning “It’s no problem” or “Don’t worry about it” is very often said by Thai people. The mai pen rai attitude can spill over into many aspects of Thai culture. This can be a really good thing sometimes. It encourages you to not get so affected by minor incidents and disappointments in life. Punctuality is not a big deal. If someone is 10 or less minutes late for dinner doesn’t really matter that much. Not keeping it cool and making a scene is not acceptable at all.

Personal appearance

Thai people will judge the appearance of others. Mainly by the person’s grooming habits and how they are dressed. We can use as an example backpackers, as Thailand is a popular destination for young backpackers, and they have  the  bad reputation of not washing frequently and trying to get things for as cheap as possible. This is why you might be treated like one if you dress like a backpacker, especially if the cases you are dealing with officials such as the Immigration.

There is a phrase Thais use for poor, grubby and undesirable foreigners and it’s “farang khii-nok”. Usually, Thais think that all foreigners have money, so a farang khii-nok is a bit of a mystery to them.

Dress smart if you want Thai people to show you more respect. For example, wearing a shirt with a collar will look more proper than a shirt without a collar, or wearing long pants with good shoes.

There is a tropical climate in Thailand, and, some foreigners always do this mistake of thinking that the country is just a giant beach and go around the city topless. But you shouldn’t it just makes you look a clueless lowlife.

You’ll see even at the beach Thai people are dressed, even if Bikinis are becoming more common, so you will still see some people wearing jeans and long shirts in the water, mostly because they want to protect their skin from becoming darker.

Thai people, with their natural tan skin prefer light skin. Most actors and actress are either Thai-Chinese or half-Western (luk-khrueng) with light skin. And to make sure that everyone on TV is glowing white producers and advertisers will run the image through a heavy filter to lighten everyone’s skin tone. The result that the entire scene can have an angelic glow, with shadows completely washed out.

You’ll find all sort of skin whitening products in store. A lot of Thai women will avoid the sun at all costs. You’ll see them wearing a jacket when riding a motorbike to keep the sun from hitting their skin, even in 40-degree heat (100+ F).

For darker skinned Thai women, you might hear people teasingly call them a “foreigner’s wife” (mia farang) by their friends. All, because Thai men are known to prefer women with lighter skin, while foreign men have a reputation for preferring dark skinned women.

Majority of Thai men don’t have beard because most of them struggle growing one and, this is not convenient for them because of the hot weather. The one’s you’ll see with a beard or moustache will be villains on TV. So there is this perception that beard are for bad guys.

This is not uncommon to see people with tattoos. There is a tradition of protective magic tattoos (sak-yan), a lot of older men have these. The person having the tattoo will have to follow and respect some rules if he wants the magic of the tattoo to work properly. Even with all those traditions a Budha tattoo will be seen as disrespectful.

Personal hygiene is taken seriously by Thais. It’s not unusual to see them shower many times per days to keep the sweat out of their bodies. It is important for them to take a bathe before going to bed. Being clean is a must for them before sleeping.

Thai bathroom is really different since they don’t separate the shower from the bathroom, so the floor will get wet. Therefore, they wear special shoes for that.

The traditional way to shower that you might be able to see in small villages, is scoop water up from a large basin and pour it over your body.

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Personal questions

Don’t be surprised or offended if a Thai ask you personal question. For example, they can ask you, if you’re a man, if “you like Thai girls?” Or “how much money you make?” And “how much your rent is?”. By asking those questions, they are not trying to be rude. It is only out of curiosity or they might be trying to make small talk. It is also a way for them to be able to put you somewhere in the hierarchy. They also need to know if you should be addressed as phii (“senior”) or nong (“junior”).

Nicknames

Usually Thai people use nicknames in daily life. They tend to use their nicknames to present themselves. The popular ones have an English origin such as “Golf”, “Benz”, “Bird”, “Pancake”, “Ball”, “Beer”, “Oil”, “Guitar”, “Arm”, “Ice”, “Bank”, it can be weird for English speakers.

Gender roles

Traditional gender roles predominate in Thai society. On a date, the man is expected to pay. Also, school uniforms with skirt for girls and pants for men. It also applies for the working world. In marital situation, women take pride in taking care of their husband, and they don’t see it as an oppression of any kind.

“Ladyboys” in English and Kathoey in Thai do not suffer from any controversy for public bathroom usage in Thailand. They just use the women’s room. On the other side, “tomboy” in English and “toms” in Thai, which are lesbians with masculine appearance also use women’s bathroom. The feminine lesbians’ toms dates are called “dees” which means “lady”.

Even if homosexuality is accepted in Thai society, gay marriage is not legal. It is possible to hold a marriage ceremony “small one” but there is no possibility of registering afterwards.

Thai Schools

Schools uniforms are common in the country. Thai students are easily recognizable by their school uniforms. This is only recently that hairstyles are no longer mandatory by law. Even though short hairs are common for schoolchildren.

A lot of universities students who wears school uniforms take pride to it, and it is even better if they attend a prestigious school.

Thai Food

Rice is the center of all recipes in Thailand. “Gin khao” term used for “eating a meal” literally means “eating rice”. A lot of Thai will say that eating a meal without rice might make them feel with a feeling of un-satisfaction.

Usually people eat outsides, with affordable price, street food offers a lot of traditional dishes. Having a kitchen is not something common in small apartments, therefore people eat outside.

Thais love to mix the four-main flavor; spicy, sour, salty, sweet and give a proper balance with it. Thai food served in foreign restaurants will adapt to the foreigners’ taste. If you want to eat real Thai food head to restaurants with many Thai customers.

When eating in a group, several dishes will be placed in the center of the table. Each person takes food from the center plates to their own plate and eats it with rice. You should just take a little bit at a time from the center dishes—2 or 3 spoons at most. Scooping up half the food from a center dish and plopping it all on your plate would appear rude.

Thais mainly eat with a spoon and fork. The spoon is held in your right or dominant hand and is used to carry food to your mouth. The fork is held in the other hand and simply serves to help you push food onto the spoon. Chopsticks are generally only used when eating noodle soups.

Drinking

Beer, whiskey, and rice whiskey are the main alcoholic drinks in the country. Lot of brands and mass-produced. Lao khao is a local rice whiskey. We advise you to stick with the professionally bottled variety and not the home brewed one.

You will notice while drinking at some restaurant someone coming and top up your glass from the opened bottle. Usually it will be a girl, sponsored by the company brand who’ll do this task. They will also come and add ice cubes to your glass, if you don’t want it, just tell them.

You can find wine in certain supermarkets and liquor stores, although be aware of the price of the wine, which can be quite high. Also, even if a lot of restaurant serves wine, they don’t seem to know how to store and conserve wine at the right temperature.

Alcohol can only be served between 11am-2pm and 5pm till midnight. It can also be prohibited for selling in some Buddhas holidays. And since it is considered that drunk people cannot vote properly, alcohol is also forbidden on election days.

Drugs

Drugs such as marijuana are forbiden in Thailand, despite the wide population of backpackers. On Koh Phangan full moon party, there was undercover police which have been known to make a lot of arrests. The police can sometimes clear out an entire nightclub and subject patrons to drug tests, but it happens rarely. They will to some drug tests and if it is positive, the person will be arrested, even if that person used that substance in a country where it is legalized, it will be irrelevant.

There is an addiction to methamphetamine pills (yaa baa “crazy drug”) in Thailand, which is a big problem for the authorities.

Coffee shops

Coffee in Thailand is known to be quite good and inexpensive. The iced coffee can be tasty, with an addition of both sweet condensed milk and syrup. When you go to a coffee shop you can leave your stuff and go to the bathroom without any fear of your stuff getting stolen.

If the coffee shop is in an area with a lot of student, it might be difficult for to finding a seat, Thai student are known to stay long in those coffee shops, sometimes they live their books there and go outside the coffee for lunch.

Gambling

Any forms of gambling and casinos are considered as illegal in Thailand. Even playing cards in exchange of money with friends is forbidden. It happens that some underground gambling getting busted.  Even if it’s still common in some villages, you’ll see a lot of families into heavy debt because of gambling’s. They then become targets of loan sharks that can charge up to 20% interest compounded monthly.

Only lottery is legal in the country, it holds drawings twice a month, on the 1st and 16th. Lottery tickets are printed ahead of time and consist of a 6 digit number. One can find sellers in random places like malls, roadsides and even bus depots. Normal cost is around 80 baht, but one ticket is actually a pair of 40 baht tickets. So, gif you get one winning ticket the amount will double. So, you will get 6 million baht if you match the grand prize with an 80 baht ticket.

A lot of people choose to play the underground lottery instead of the official one. It’s played by picking the last 2 or 3 digits of the state lottery correctly. To try to discourage illegal gambling, the state lottery added prizes for matching 2 and 3 numbers a few years back, but the underground lottery persists due to its higher payout.

Tipping

Tipping is not in Thai culture. In some restaurants it is OK to leave a tip. A lot of people, leave the coins while picking their bills. Other people will give a more substantial tip.

No need for tip with taxis and hotels. Where leaving tips is more common is massage therapist or hair stylist.

Bargaining

Bargaining is something you will find in a regular market, even if the difference of price will not be much. This is more a friendly interaction. Usually if you find an item you are interested into, you’ll the seller how much they are ready to sell it for you. They can propose a price a bit lower by 5-10% than the original price.

In a touristic market, we advise you to strongly bargain without any hesitation because it will mean that you’ll be overpaying. If on the other hand you see an item with a fixed price on it, it will mean that you should not try bargaining it down.

Dual pricing

“Dual pricing” is when one price is charged to Thai people for a product or service, while a higher price is charged to foreigners. For example administration fees. Also, if you go to Thai national parks you will often get charged a 400 baht admission if you are a foreigner while Thai will only get to pay 40 baht. The same applies for grand palace, free for Thai people.

Foreign residents here object about the dual pricing since they pay taxes and work in Thailand. To encounter that, sometimes you’ll see the price in English for foreigners and Thai will write the prices in Thai for Thai people so the foreigners won’t be able to understand.

The main argument people use for dual pricing is that foreigners have a bigger salary than Thais. But even though, you’ll see a lot of Thais driving luxury cars and pay the local fee.

Even if it’s rare, you will sometimes get to pay Thai price if you show your Thai working permit or driving license.

Thai Dating and marriage

Dating has become something common in Thailand, there is still a large part which is conservative, believing on the one partner in life.

Usually if you date a Thai woman, she will always come with a friend for a couple of weeks until she gets comfortable going alone with the man. If you date a woman who does that, it’s a good sign since it will mean that she’s careful with the development of the relationship.

Even if holding hands are more common now. Other displays of affection, such kissing, are still a taboo.

 

If you visit your girlfriend hometown or parents, it will mean an intention of marriage. If the woman is the one inviting a foreigner to her house to visit her parents, and the man doesn’t show any interest or break up with her afterwards, she will lose face in front of her family, and will be ashamed.

The groom in Thai culture weddings must give a monetary gift to the bride’s family. It is called sin sod. In the tradition, it is kind of a way of showing respects to the parents of the bride, and a way to compensate them for losing someone who could’ve helped around the house.

The amount of the sin sod can vary and need to be agreed on between the two parts before the wedding. For example, a daughter from an elite family can receive around the millions of baht, and for parents coming from a working class it will be around 100,000 baht.

Sin-sod is more a tradition than something that must be done, some modern families won’t ask for it sometimes. Usually the money is used for show during the wedding and then a part will be returned to the new couple. In some other cases, the sin sod can be spent with whiskey, TV, motorcycle or other items for the in-laws.

Disagreements over sin sod can be a problem to the marriage. Foreigners can often have a bad perception over the sin sod and the idea of him buying the daughter. Some family can lose face in the society if it is known that they gave their daughter to a foreigner who didn’t give them a sin sod.

In some cases, foreigners can be played by greedy parents who ask them a high amount of sin sod. In the major cases the marriage doesn’t last long, because they keep some resentment.

Thai Entertainment

Music

In Thailand music labels are used to make a copy of all pop music. However, the country has a lot of popular singer in the country and Thais have a passion for karaoke.

You can try to sing some Thai pop music, which could help you improve your Thai. Many of these songs are on Youtube.

You’ll hear more Western/ American pop music at cafes, shopping malls, and restaurants. Also, you can hear some on bars and nightclubs. You’ll see that a lot of restaurants have a band playing there. 

Movies

Theaters play both Thai and Hollywood movies (Hollywood movies with Thai subtitles, or in some cases just Thai). Be sure that you picked the right one before paying for your ticket.

With different type of seats, you can make a reservation of the seat you want, of course depending of the seat, the price will be different. Some theaters will have VIP’s sofas.

You will have to wait at least 20 minutes before the movie start, there are a lot of commercials and trailers. There is also the royal anthem that will be played before every movie, at that time you must stand up!

Thai movies can be really entertaining, you should try at least one, you’ll see that they can really be interesting. 

TV

Two popular programs in Thai television: serial dramas called lackhon and comedy variety shows.

For TV dramas, you will see them run two or three days per weeks and for few weeks until the last episode of the drama. The storyline is quite predictable. Always lead male character and the lead female character, the evil, jealous female character also, and a lot of love triangle. The man always looks manly sometimes a bit aggressive and have strong feelings for the woman which have to look fragile and kind. There is always a happy ending with a wedding at the end.

The funny thing about comedy shows are the cartoons effects with the “Boing!” “Zing” and other sounds. You will often see those kinds of sound effects in Asian comedy shows, it might be part of their culture.

Thai Sports

Thai kickboxing called Muay Thai, is the country national sport. There are a lot of Muay Thai gyms around the cities. All kind of people can train there. For people who want to have a six-pack training in Muay Thai can be a good way.

There are a lot of fight organized in stadiums. For foreigners it is an attraction and something we’ll advise you to watch. Fighters are usually young since they start training at elementary school.

Before every fight begins there is traditional part all fighters must do, and it is called the wai khru which is “bowing to the teacher”.

Even if Muay Thai is the national sport in Thailand, Football or soccer, is the most popular one.  A lot of thai follows English Premier League. Thai don’t have a lot of interest in American sports.

As far we can go, right now Thai women’s volley team is the one with the most success.

There is another sport like volleyball, called takraw, it is played with feet. Tha ball is kicked back and forth over a net and is made from woven rattan.

Thai Festivals and Holidays

Songkran

This something you should not miss is you’re in Thailand. The biggest the year : Songkran. From April 13 to 15, this is a three days holidays. The origin comes from Hindu astrology. Even if it’s called Thai new year, there is no official calendar based on it.

In that occasion Thai people visit their family in their hometown, go to temples and make merit. For foreigners, Songkran is a three days holiday where people throw water at each other, the country becomes a war zone of water fight. Don’t expect during those days to come home dry, because it won’t happen.

In Chiang Mai people already throw water to at passer-by at April 11.

For Songkran, we advise you even it’s funny to be really careful. A lot of people ends up drunk, for motorbikes drivers the road can be slick because of the water. And there is also a possibility for people throwing water to drivers. So, it is safer to walk and put you phone in a zip-lock bag, and don’t think of bringing your laptop outside.

Loy Kratong

Another holiday is Loy Kratong, it takes place on the night of the full moon in November. During that time Thais pay respect to the river goddess, they thank her for providing water. Loy means “to float” and Kratong is an ornamental made of a round slice of banana stalk that is decorated elaborately with folded banana leaf. Nowadays, you’ll see more of Kratong made of bread since it can easily be eaten by fish.

The tradition wants people to release floating lanterns into the night sky while releasing Kratong at the riverbank. The lanterns are beautiful to see in the sky. There were some regulations made on the recent years, about the release days and times also because of the danger to airplanes and environment.

New Year

5-7 days off are taken sometimes by people for the New Year Day (January 1), it even starts on December 31 as well. As Songkran the New year Holiday can be a bit dangerous on the road, you will hear a lot of alcohol related accident on the road.

Just like Christmas, it is common to give gifts for the family members on New Year. The gifts will be far more modest than gifts given for Christmas. And Thai don’t feel like the urge to dress up for that special event like Americans or Europeans do. 

Chinese New Year

Falling usually between late January or February, Chinese Lunar New Year is also a major Holiday for Thailand’s for Chinese community.

Every year represents an animal, and your sign will depend from the year of birth. All Thai know their animal, the only difference is that in Thailand the local serpent called god naga takes the place of the Chinese dragon.

Know that in each year there is an unlucky year for those holding one of the animal sign (bpii-chong “unlucky year”). If the year you are currently in is the year of your bpii-chong you are recommended to be extra careful and make merit to avoid ill-fortune.

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Taboos in Thailand

Here are few Taboos in Thailand we are going to talk about. 

Kissing in public

As mentioned before, kissing in public is still a Taboo. Thai date will still feel uneasy and uncomfortable to kiss in public.

Feet

Feet are considered the dirtiest part of your body. Therefore, you’ll must take off your shoes if you are entering a Thai home or any place where you’ll see shoes at the entrance. Also, you must never point your feet at something or someone, this is really rude.

Death and ghosts

The Thai society believes in ghosts. And, that talking about something will makes it more likely to happen, like the law of attraction. Don’t make jokes about death or ghosts. 

A final word

As you could see Thai culture, is really rich on all sides. Many things to be careful about. A lot of things to learn about public behaviors. Even if there are few negative sides, a lot of things are easy to do. People will appreciate if you try to speak with them and you’ll always find a Thai to guide you if you feel lost.

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Facilitate the removal of children

Relocations are sometimes painful times for children. We will in this article give some tips to ease the misfortune of your children.

Organizer a departure party

A last party with all their friends at the same time. With this party, your children will be able to say goodbye to their friends and the people they left in their old city. Avoid organizing this party at the last moment so that it takes place in a good atmosphere rather than in an atmosphere of sadness before departure.

Create a souvenir poster

Keep home memories, photos, videos, it’s important that your children remember their old home. Make a photo poster before the move and hang it in their new room in the new house.

Do not change everything

Children have their own little rhythms and do not like to force the heat exchanger. The move is already a big change for them, it is accompanied by a great challenge. So finding the old habits in the new house will be very important to them.

Help them to re-build

If you have the opportunity to reserve a playroom at the games in the new house. Remember to keep boxes, kids love to play with to make huts. With all these boxes he can do his own new home.

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Your child refuses to move

Having reached the majority, your child does not want to follow you. This saddens you, but you respect his choice, your goal is to help him accept this change despite your own move.

Understand his decision to not move

This is called an unforeseen, neither you nor your child planned this separation. Being at the initiative of this move, and your child being of age, it is difficult for you to force him, himself being at the very beginning of his adult life: beginning of college, friends, and other relationships.

Help him in his approach

Another task that adds to your move. You will need to start thinking about your child’s housing, advise him on everything that awaits him later!

The tasks to do before your move

Do not forget housing insurance for your child, he will need it. It will also be necessary to think of the steps with the “CAF”. Parents must be guarantors of his new home, also to sign the papers. For the change of address, it is enough just to inform the Post office, and the various institutes such as the faculty, the bank, the mobile operator, the employer, etc.

Follow your teenager

Even if he understands the duty and importance of autonomy he may have trouble handling everything. Do not hesitate to talk to him often on the phone or via Skype. Show interest in his new life, reassure him if there is any concern. Creating a blog will allow you to keep in touch with your friends by posting pictures often. If your new place of residence is not too far away feel free to see each other and share meals at least once a week for example.

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Teenage crisis and moving

There is a good chance that your teenager is going through relatively painful times, from the announcement of departure to integration and the newfound stability.

All along, you will need to find ways to motivate him and help him leave his environment and reinvest in a new environment with new relationships.

The announcement of the move

Do not expect your teenager to understand and react with enthusiasm: he will show you his discontent, and will isolate himself. Choose the right time to talk to him, prepare your speech, do not try to convince but explain with understanding. If he is attached to his environment, he will keep you responsible for the upheaval he is going to imagine going through.

The time of acceptance

The situation is not easy for you either, but you must keep this for yourself or your teen may not understand your decision. As for his anger, face, and be patient. Listen to him if he needs to speak, consult him for some decision-making, get him actively involved in the relocation process.

Before moving in

It will take him time to say goodbye to his friends, go out with them in his favorite places. Try to make your teenager realize that moving does not mean that he will lose touch with his previous life: his friendships can last, and he can also practice in his new city, activities and sport that were dear to him.

The first months after moving

You may find the first months difficult because your teenager will go through a period when he will have to find an identity within a group, be accepted in his new school, set new goals. Emphasize your youth, encourage him by trying to open his eyes to the different opportunities available to him, and show him that he can count on you.

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Guide to expat job in Thailand

Siam-Relocation Useful Guide to Expats Job in Siam Nation

Thailand is such a nice place to live that naturally there are many people who do not want to wait until they retire to move here. However, the labor market is not completely open to foreigners. Working in Thailand legally as an expatriate needs a work permit, correct visas, and the Thai government placed restrictions on the types of jobs available to foreigners. Well, when you look for lists of jobs, everything you see who specifies Thai national “does not do so because the employer is racist, but rather because the legal requirements for a work permit will not be met by this job. In Thailand, which requires maternal language skills, such as teaching English, they are the easiest to find, however, there is a wide range of expatriate jobs if you know where to look.

One thing that must be noted at the time of the search for a job in Thailand is discrimination based on age and sex is not illegal and very common in fact. Often, you will see a list of employment with something “as a woman under 30” or “man 25 +”. Sometimes, you will see very restrictive requirements such as a control and 5 years of experience, but you must be under 30 years old, and you can not refrain from asking yourself how you can find candidates to answer the bill. Since you can not do anything to change this, you just have to ignore job offers in which you may not correspond to your specific needs. Doing otherwise would be just a waste of time.

Where to Find Expat Jobs in Thailand?

Here is a list of good places on the web to look for expat jobs in Thailand no matter what field you are interested in:

Tourism

The tourism industry is a big part of the Thai economy. Certain jobs in tourism, such as tour guides, are reserved for Thai citizens. However, there are numerous stands in high-end hotels open to foreigners. In particular, there is a demand for people with good experience and qualifications in hotel management and those with experience.

Customer service

If you speak good language, you can find a job in customer service or marketing, whether working in a call center. The native speakers of many European languages ​​are in demand for these posts. The list includes German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Greek, Belgian and Polish. Native issuers of Asian languages ​​such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean can also find this type of work. The salary is not going to be very high, and we can ask him to work in the middle of the night because it is the day in the country where the clients are. Depending on the exact nature of the work, this can also be quite demoralizing to deal with clients opposed to the phone on a regular basis. Many of these jobs offer a valid work permit and a visa to stay in Thailand, however, because if you have the right temperament and language skills, it might be interesting to examine.

Diving instructor

If you have a PADI Professional Association of Diving Instructors certification, there are numerous possibilities to work in Thailand as a diving instructor. The minimum level of certification that you would need to work as a diving instructor would be the PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course).

The amount of money that you can make as a submersion teacher depends on the location and is also temporary. The salary will be more promoted to Koh Phi Phi than in Phuket, but the cost of living is also more promoted. There is a low season from May to October when there will be fewer clients and opportunities. The instructors who will have good competitions for sale will be able to earn more on the commissions. Well, according to the location, the competitions and according to the season, an instructor could earn 30 to 80,000 baht per month.

There is also a demand for submersion instructors with various language skills. Those who usually speak German, French, Russian, or Mandarin may be in a position to find work more easily and obtain higher wages.

Many diving instructors take the risk of working illegally with a tourist visa, without a work permit. Certain submersion stores will sponsor a work permit and a visa for experienced instructors, but due to the temporary nature of the employment, many do not. Instructors who want to work legally usually go through a lawyer to create a Thai joint-stock company in order to obtain a work permit. Many found it easier to work without a work permit on the small islands because immigration is on the continent. About Phuket however, a work permit is more than a necessity. Whatever it is, it is always preferable to have a work permit.

The vast majority of diving centers want to hire someone who is already in Thailand. Simply sending a lot of emails will probably not benefit you very far. It is better if you can come to the store in person, with your CV. in hand, and talk to the director face to face. Many divers come from the crowd of the party, and their future employer could not be so eager to hire a rabid alcoholic. Then, distinguish yourself as a responsible individual when you look for work. Did you dress politely and do your best to cover the tattoos. You can be offered to freelance work only at the beginning. Pull the best of your chances by proving that you are reliable, and the greatest things will come to meet you.

Education

Let’s start with the most obvious and most important job market in Thailand for expatriates from Western countries – the teaching of English. Elementary schools, secondary schools, professional colleges and universities across the country need English-speaking teachers to fill posts in their classes. In addition to the English language courses, international schools and other private schools with English immersion programs require English-speaking teachers for other subjects such as mathematics and science, taught in English.

You will probably not be rich as an English teacher in Thailand. The starting salaries can vary from 25-50K baht per month for a full-time job. Teachers of international schools with a B.Ed. and several years of experience (experiment) in teaching the chosen subject could do much more. Many teachers earn money (silver) by giving private courses to students. Their “teaching hours” can only be from 20 to 25 hours a week, but the vast majority of schools demand that their teachers be in school for 40 hours a week, with extra time devoting to the preparatory work and other activities such as to gather the assembly of tomorrow.

To work legally as teaching in Thailand, you must obtain a teacher’s permit, a work permit, and a non-immigrant “B” visa. If the school that hires you up is midway, they will adjust to regulate this whole process for you. All you have to do is supply all the documents you need, sign your name everywhere you have to go, and go on the visa for a Thai embassy or consulate in a neighboring country when it comes time to get the visa. The minimum required to work in Thailand as an English teacher is usually to have a baccalaureate from a 4-year university, although the diploma can be in any domain – you do not need to be in education or in English. Have a B.Ed. It would be more useful, and so would have a recognized TEFL certificate.

You must provide your bachelor’s degree and your original notes extracts with you. A growing number of schools also ask for a background check of their country of origin, so it would be a good idea to prepare one before going to Thailand. It could be a small problem, but it is a good sign that schools are beginning to ask for this. There were too many stories in the news about the bad apples that are made by teachers in order to attack children. Eliminating them from the labor market will help to improve the image of foreign teachers in general.

Thailand is a very popular place for people to get their TEFL certification (teaching English as a foreign language). There are a certain number of 4 week, 120 hour TEFL courses,  (accredited 4-week, 120-hour TEFL courses)  in places such as Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai. Many of these courses promise an aid for the placement in case of success. For many young university graduates who want to live and work abroad, a realistic plan is to save a few thousand dollars, to come to Thailand for a TEFL training course and to start teaching immediately afterward.

When you apply for teaching jobs in Thailand, your appearance truly counts. The waiters should wear a tie and a long-sleeved shirt with appropriate pants and shoes because that is what you should wear at work. A chic suit for professional women in Thailand would be a long-sleeved height, a skirt on the knee, and shoes that cover her toes. Teachers are considered as role models in society, so you should look and act as such. Most of the posts of teachers are located in the great metropolitan region of Bangkok, but can be found in each city Ajarn.com  is a very good resource to find teaching jobs and find out more about what you are going to do.

Native speakers of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, and other languages ​​can also find employment in Thai schools. The Chinese in particular see an increased demand as more and more schools add Chinese programs. Many Thais who work in the tourism sector must interact daily with Chinese issuers. A good Chinese teacher would have numerous opportunities for private tutoring to earn extra money.

Chef

The head chef is another position that foreigners often meet in the best hotels and restaurants in Bangkok. You will probably need about 5 years of experience to be seriously considered for one of these positions.

Small business owner

Many men lost a small fortune buying a beer bar or a restaurant in Thailand after falling in love with the country and thought it would be an easy way to stay long term. If a small business earned for the owner, you must ask yourself why they would want to sell it to you. Well, in general, it’s not a good idea to rush into buying a company or even start a news story in Thailand, except if you have a previous experience of this type of company and know in what you commit

This being said, owning a Thai company can be a relatively easy way for a foreigner with extra funds saved to obtain a work permit and a long-term visa. The main stipulation is that the company must have at least four Thai employees for the foreign owner to obtain a work permit. Another point that matters is that the foreigner – in the vast majority of cases – can only own up to 49% of the company. They must therefore find an arrangement with the Thai shareholders.

If you are determined to repeat a small existing company in Thailand, then you might be in a position to find a diamond in the raw state to Sunbelt Asia.

Fin-Tech

There are many opportunities for expats working in the domain of technology. The vast majority of online jobs for Thai computer companies will be located in Bangkok. Linkedin is a good resource to stay up to date on new jobs as soon as they become available. Among the most sought-after competencies, we cite the development of Android and iOS mobile applications, the development of PHP backend, and Javascript for web development backend and front-end.

Paying for a senior software or a Bangkok Web developer could be as high as 100 000 baht per month. It’s pretty good for Thai standards, but nothing compared to what you would earn to work in the United States or in the United Kingdom to do the same job. The good thing about software or Web development, however, is that it is usually possible to work 100% remotely. For example, if you are currently working for an American company, you could see if they would be willing to let you go to Thailand and continue your work here. Work permits are granted only to employees of Thai companies, but there is a way to circumvent this problem and stay on the good side of the law.

A similar option is available for those who work as software developers and independent programmers. Rather than working under the radar of a tourist visa – with all the stress and uncertainty – you can work legally in Thailand if you get a work permit. This is an excellent option for those who like the autonomy of freelance work, but also the stability to have a work permit, a one-year visa, subsidized government health care, and a fiscal house in order that you could avoid paying the high tax of your country of origin. A relevant diploma and 2 years of experience or at least 5 years of experience in your domain are the main minimum requirements in order to obtain a work permit using this program.

For further information about it, check our dedicated article: Digital nomad

Hotel manager

If you have the necessary education and several years of hotel management to your assets, you could be in a position to find a job working for one of the big hotels in Bangkok. The 5-star resorts of Phuket, Samui, and other beaches may also interest you.

Freelance writer

Freelance writing is another one of these jobs that you can do from anywhere. He already has a strong demand for authors of articles by website owners who need quality content to attract people to their websites via search Google. The salary for freelance writing is usually based on the number of words, and the amount you earn per article is usually not much, in large part due to a flow of writers from India, Pakistan, and the Philippines. However, there are numerous clients who are deeply concerned about the quality of the writing and are willing to pay a higher price for Anglophone writers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In any case, being able to write quickly is the most important competition, because the faster you can write more articles you can produce per hour of work.

Besides that, writing coherently, grammatically correct, in an attractive style, and with few spelling mistakes will follow a long way. The other essential point is to follow the client’s instructions to the letter. They probably have specific SEO (Search Engine Optimization) goals as the content that you are going to write for them, and these should be respected. HireWriters.  is one of the largest online platforms for independent writing. You can also find independent jobs on UpWork.com.

As for the job writing that is specific in Thailand, you can usually find open jobs by seeing in the ads by Craigslist Thailand.

Certain people can earn their bread by writing a travel blog, but realistically, it is harder to appear there. You must have numerous readers and subscribers to your social media and subscription lists by email before you can expect to see real money to write a blog.

In all cases, it is unlikely that you could get a work permit as a writer in Thailand, unless you work for a press agency or magazine that would give you a full-time stable employment.

NGO

The numerous NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are active in Thailand. The vast majority are based in Bangkok or in the city of Chiang Mai. These posts are often temporary and operate for a certain number of years for which they have been financed. They are so usually specific enough in their demands of experience, with several years of assistance to the development before working a minimum common requirement. Control of the Thai language can be a considerable advantage if you apply for an NGO position. For American citizens looking for a way to open up in this line of work, a good place to start would be USAid. As soon as you have the experience in the domain of the development assistant, you will have much stronger qualifications to take a specific position for an NGO in Thailand or in another country. A maid is recharged for the current development assistance positions available in Thailand is the Devex.com job listings.

Engineer

Large companies based in Thailand will sometimes have openings for electrical engineers or mechanical engineers. These are generally not entry-level jobs. It is not worth it for a Thai company to invest in the hiring of a foreign engineer, unless this foreigner brings them a great experience. However, if you are a cheated engineer looking for a new opportunity and looking for a new direction in life, then it would be useful to look for engineering jobs in Thailand for which you could be qualified.

Multinational

If you currently work for a large multinational company, there is a possibility that they had a division located in Bangkok. If this is the case, you can request a transfer to come to work in Thailand. This can be a good situation because the salary is usually on the same scale as the salary you earn in your country of origin. However, the cost of living in Thailand is much lower, since you will be in a position to do more with your money and to take advantage of Thailand at the same time.

If you are not currently working for such a company, you may try to harass a Thai-based job in any way according to your education and your experience.

Staff of the embassy/consulate

Foreign nations employ many foreign personnel in their embassies and consulates in Thailand. Your best bet for one of these jobs in Thailand would be to check near the embassy of your nationality for more information about job offers. American citizens should consult USAJobs.gov, which has lists of government jobs, not only in the United States, but anywhere in the world as well. You can search job offers by location, which makes it very easy to see what is currently available in Thailand. These jobs will all be very well paid, in particular, according to Thai standards. You are going to need experience and competencies, of course, but there are some possibilities that something is available in your domain of work – this certainly makes you look a lot. So, if you get bored with your current position and want a big change, why not see what is available?

Director of Finance

A position often available in large companies in Bangkok is Finance and Accounting Manager. You will need to have strong accounting skills and experience to pull one of these jobs. If you get, you will be rewarded with a salary that makes it very comfortable to live in Thailand.

Translator / Interpreter

Another possibility of employment is as a translator or interpreter. For example, many Japanese companies have manufacturing factories in Thailand that need interpreters who usually speak Thai and Japanese. The majority of these jobs go to Thais who studied intensely a foreign language, but if it happens you were multilingual with Thai and another useful language, then it would be interesting to look for a job as an interpreter.

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Why working in Thailand could be the best decision of your life?

In the past, people choose more and more the way of the independent work. Thanks to the power of the Internet. More and more Web developers, programmers, and graphic designers choose to move completely and to make a new house in their dream location. For many, Thailand, with its hot climate, its white-sand beaches and its relaxed culture, is a paradisiac house. Here is some of the main reasons why working in Thailand can be the best decision to take.

Go out of the cold

Let us face things: the winters in the North of Europe and in the numerous regions of the United States can be downright rough. The cold and the snow can be bad, but what is even more depressing, it is a long morning route evening and in total darkness. As a tropical country, the coldest day in Thailand is probably the equivalent of a soft autumn or spring day where you come. In addition, a position closer to the equator pulls(entails) a less variable variation of the hours of the day. The seasonal depression due to the lack of sunlight is a real problem for the people living in numerous countries worldwide, but not for whoever lives in Thailand.

Live a healthier lifestyle

Of restaurants in America do not encourage a healthy diet. Besides, the diets of a lot of people are heavy in carbohydrates, fats, and sugars. The television due to the lack of nothing better to make.

On the other hand, a regime of most of the Thai cooking can be rather delicious. Fresh vegetables are used in the preparation of numerous dishes, and they tend to be a good balance of interest – especially if you like spicy food. Thailand also has an abundance of cheap fresh fruit to take advantage, so that you will never miss vitamins. If you like organic cooking, vegetarian or vegan, you will find numerous markets and local restaurants for products or very affordable meals.

The hot weather also contributes to encourage a more active lifestyle. For example, you can find an apartment with an outside swimming pool to be used all year long.

Reduce your stress

The tourists stream in Thailand in large numbers to take advantage of relaxing sunny holidays with the a few days of holidays which they are authorized to use every year. Why not take advantage of the advantages of a slow rhythm of life all the time by working in Thailand and by making of your house?

You want to cross your holidays with walks in the motorcycle of leisure activities through the green hills or to be lazy under coconut palms by the sea? It is easy to make if you live in Thailand.

Obtain more for your money

One of the best aspects of the lifestyle independent from the place is the géoarbitrage. Fundamentally, it means taking advantage of differences of currencies and of cost of living in various countries to take advantage or take advantage of a better quality of life. When you work for customers in the United States or in Europe, charge the price list  in dollars or in euros for your services then spend him in Thai Thai. You can make much more with your money that you would make him at your home All these advantages and more make that the cost of living in Thailand is rather low when you cross figures with regard to the western lifestyle.

Travel in fascinating places

The life is short and the world is a big place with many surprising things to be seen and to be experimented with. To live and to work in Thailand puts you in an excellent position to explore all that the South-East Asia has to offer. The vast complex of temples of Angkor Wat, the best beaches of surfing of Bali, and the regional financial centers of Hong-Kong and Singapore are all accessible with fast local flights. Why spend all the holidays of summer in the even old hut in wood while you could make of the dive with coral reefs or explore the antique ruins in the jungle?

Be made of new friends

Thailand is a destination of choice for people of all around the world. By living in Thailand, you will be lucky enough to widen your horizons and to make new friends with people of all the continents and all the horizons of the life. The local Thais are very welcoming and interested to meet foreigners. A lot of people who crossed a long period in Thailand continued to build long-lasting friendships with the inhabitants, some even found love of their life.

Make work in Thailand?

At the moment, you could say ” the Thailand rings well! Register me! ” Then, how you do go to re-be located to work in Thailand? It allows you to remain quiet by knowing that you work in Thailand 100 % legally. It also places you in the heart of individuals’ community sharing the same ideas and coming from two dozens different countries which came to live and to work in Thailand for similar reasons on yourself.

 

Moving to Thailand

What is an Expatriate ?

An expatriate is an individual residing in a country other than his or her own. In everyday language, it is generally used to refer to highly qualified professionals who establish themselves abroad for professional reasons.
The expatriate is a special category of emigrants. He may be expatriated for personal, family, or professional reasons, whether for studies, career prospects, or desires for discovery. In everyday language, the term “expatriate” generally refers to a Western person holding the nationality of A developed country and working overseas because of its globally recognized skills.

Why should we expatriate in Thailand?

If Thailand is a paradise for vacationers, it is also a destination of choice for expatriates. Pleasant living environment, reasonable cost of living, and cultural richness are the main assets that attract these new nomads. Nevertheless, some precautions should be taken and a good preparation should be made so that this exceptional period of personal and professional life is a real success.

What should we know about a move?

The success of an expatriation project depends to a large extent on good preparation. Before your departure from your hometown, it is important to apply for a visa for Thailand from the consular representation of the country. The validity of a long-term visa is 12 months maximum, you will probably have to renew it each year. However, it should be noted that visa renewal procedures are not always easy with the Immigration.

Another important step before embarking on the plane is to find an accommodation. Prices per square meter are very affordable compared to the Hexagon, sometimes up to seven times cheaper. For example, it costs 350 € to rent a studio of 35 m² fully furnished in the city of Bangkok. Those who leave with their family can rent a house of 3 to 4 rooms for 60 000 to 100 000 baths monthly, between 1 600 € and 2 600 €.

The cultural wealth of the country is reflected in the mixture of traditions, religious customs, and monarchy, giving rise to splendid temples and palaces. Apart from its superb architectural achievements, it is also reflected in dance and theater, whose performances are inspired by those of its Khmer neighbors, Mon and Indians. An expatriation in Thailand offers the opportunity to discover this new culture and to imbibe the way of life of the local population.

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International move when you don’t have a job

For each move it is better to already have a job to be able to leave serenely. In this article we will give you some tips for before moving.

Only move if you have saving

The search for a job often takes time, and your first salary does not arrive right away in your pockets. To compensate for this period when money does not come in, it is essential to put money aside.

It is very important to quantify what you will spend months and leave with the necessary reserves, which is recommended is usually 6 months in advance.

Look for it as soon as possible

It is of course rather difficult to meet future recruiters when you are not there. But this is not a reason not to start the search before. There are many offers on the internet. Doing this kind of work can be useful for tracking companies before the move. To make a network on the internet is also very important, for this use social networks or professional social networks like LinkedIn.

It may be that your research is successful even before the move if you are not completely convinced by the type of job do not hesitate to ask a telephone interview rather than rush a costly trip.

Be ready to work part-time

When you arrive at your destination, the job choices are not always abundant, part-time can be a solution to have a small income. This will further increase your experience and will only be beneficial for your resume.

From the moment you arrive there, open to people! Look for places in your city where you will be able to meet people who can offer you some professional opportunities.

Find a job in Thailand

Thailand is a popular destination for many expats around the world. Life is easy and enjoyable. A low cost of living allows you to take full advantage of this country.

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International schools in Thailand – How register your child?

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Settle down in Thailand with children means that you go to have to find them a school. The first decision which you have to take is to know which type of school to put them. You can choose between private schools with a bilingual or English program (let us call these “bilingual schools”), either you could choose a real international school.

Bilingual schools vs international schools

The bilingual schools follow the Thai national program, the majority of the courts being given in English. On the other hand, the international schools follow the program of another national program, as the American or British curricula. They also tend to use the modern teaching methods which accompany these foreign programs, whereas the bilingual schools are held in most of the methods of memorization of routes widely used in the ordinary Thai schools. For that reason, numerous Thai families of superior class will send their children to international schools.

Another important difference is the price: the international schools are going to be more expensive than the bilingual schools. With the higher price, an international school should offer better installations, a better paid and more qualified foreign teaching personnel, and a better preparation so that your child can enter the university in your country of origin.

The international school curricula in Thailand

A number of different programs are taught in international schools in Thailand. They understand: · international High school diploma

  • American
  • Britanique
  • Australian
  • Japanese
  • French
  • German
  • Swiss
  • Singaporean

Besides, a good many of international schools in Thailand are Christian schools and incorporate the education of the Christian values into the curriculum.

Many of these schools were based by missionaries, and so the Christian flavor of the program is strongly stressed. Whom you are Christian, whom you belong to another religion or whom you are non-religious, the religious educational quantity which your child will receive to the school will be something that you want to consider.

Obviously, if you want that your child studies in your country of origin at some point, it will be then advantageous to choose a school with a corresponding structure of the program. Another option is the program of the International High school diploma ( IB), which was developed for the first time in Geneva, in Switzerland in 1968. It is about an educational program internationally recognized conceived to prepare the citizens of the world to pursue their university studies.

Certain international schools in Thailand are strictly primary schools for the pupils until approximately 12 years. Others include the grammar school for the children up to the age of 18 years.

International tuition fees

Tuition fees will be charged either a year, or by quarter. Besides the recurring tuition fees, an international school can have a ” tax of application ” or unique “registration fees”. Verify attentively if there are other costs hidden under the shape of additional costs for textbooks, food, computers, etc.

You can find a list of the international schools below. If you find it a who  seems to correspond to your child, the following stage would consist in contacting directly the school for more information. If you are already in Thailand, I recommend you to visit the school so that you can see the first-hand installations and meet some of the teachers personally. Here is a list of the international schools in Thailand so that you can begin with.

The international schools in Chiang Mai

Here are the international schools in Chiang Mai, listed with their type of program.

Below: international school in Bangkok

Bangkok is the biggest city in Thailand, the various international school are there, they are ranked by alphabetic list

Below: International school based in Phuket

Below, international school in Pattaya

Pattaya is a seaside city near Bangkok which is popular with numerous expatriates. As such, it also has several international schools.

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Preparing your children for moving

Moving can be a real challenge for a child. Before, during, after, it’s up to you to help them understand the difficulties they will face.

Explain everything before the move

He knows that he will find himself far from his friends, his school and his habits, and that he will have to recreate a universe and rebuild himself elsewhere. For starters, it’s about communicating with your child so that he really understands the reasons for this turmoil.

Make him discover his new city before moving

You will obviously have to sort through while you put your life in a box, however, avoid getting rid of your children’s objects, which will make the connection with their past and help them to find themselves once in the new home. In order not to let him imagine the worst, you can help him accept the change by making him discover his future city, his next “home”, the school that will be his.

Find out about the extra activities offered and about the airy center near your future home. Discuss with him what he would like to do, it will allow him to project himself more positively.

The day of the move

The child must feel fully concerned and must therefore be involved in the tasks that can be accomplished according to his age. See our moving tips according to the age of the children.

After moving

Your child may go through a painful and lacking phase: to help him get over this, make sure he keeps in touch with his old friends, invite them to the new home, go back to your old home.

Why not keep in touch via the family dialogue space of changerdeville.fr to exchange photos and messages … To make him feel good after the course of the installation, he will have to establish new Friendships in this brand-new environment: canteen, sports, extra-curricular activities will increase opportunities to meet new friends.

 

International schools in Thailand

Bangkok has about thirty international schools. The vast majority of them offer instruction in English but follow different programs.

There are three teaching systems:

  • American
  • British
  • International

These schools vary in size and cost. Some have been in Thailand for a long time, others are very recent, but all of them, in principle, have the same goal: to make young people aware of an international culture while training them to become responsible minds. Depending on the size of the school, the diversity of nationalities will be more or less important. On average, an international school of 800 students can have up to 40 nationalities.

International schools employ native English teachers who are certified in their home country and most of them hold TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate). Foreign language teachers are also native to the language they teach.

Classes usually do not exceed 20 students

Students with an inadequate English level may be placed in the English as an additional language (EAL) class until they have caught up. Thus, this additional support may extend over a period of a few months to a whole school year, or even more if necessary. Assistants can also accompany a child throughout his schedule.

Some of these schools place great importance on mother tongues and often offer students the opportunity to continue learning their language. Thus, a French-speaking child will have French lessons in his schedule. Note that native language programs are subject to fees.

Anglo-Saxon and international systems

The Anglo-Saxon and international systems place the child at the center of the learning device, guide and support it. Students are regularly assessed by means of international (IGCSE, IB etc.) and internal exams.

All programs are adapted to Thailand, in order to respect the culture. The teaching of Thai is compulsory for all, with a larger volume of time for children of Thai nationality.

The admission process is simple: after contacting the school, the parents and the child will come to visit. Then, the child will be invited to spend a day at the school, during which time they will evaluate their ability to adapt and their level of English. He will follow the timetable of the class that suits his age. The school will finally make the decision to accept your child, or not.

The admission criteria vary from school to school: some will see the child’s academic ability as the most essential criterion, others will be more flexible and will instead select children according to their potential to adapt. Math and English tests can also assess the level of the child.

The level of English will not be taken into account for children whose registration concerns the nursery school

The cost is often high and can be adjusted by quarter, month, or year. The amount to be expected is about 100,000 baht per quarter for the least expensive and 350,000 baht for the most expensive. It will be necessary to add to that the price of the canteen, the transport if necessary, the extracurricular activities, etc. Registration fees are also payable.

You can consult the list of international schools in Thailand at: http://www.isat.or.th/

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How to organize an international move with animals?

When we move, we bring furniture, photos, kitchen utensils, everything that makes our daily lives. Your animal is also part of your life, so it follows the movement. In a new territory that he will have to make his own, help him find his new brands.

Before the move, when the house is empty

His environment is about to change radically: be careful not to make him lose his bearings by leaving some of his objects in the usual places and making your daily outings at the same hours.

Your pet is moving?

He needs to breathe well, to hydrate himself, and to do his needs. Do not hesitate to multiply the breaks on the road.

He feels lost after moving!

Once there, let him discover his new environment and think of making available objects and smells he recognizes. It may be that he seeks to mark his territory, do not be too strict, he will have to find his new brands.

If he is no longer welcome

It was part of your routine and your habits. If your new living environment is no longer countable with your pet: give it to a friend, take it to a shelter or entrust it to the SPA. Anyway, think of the joys it has brought you: abandonment is not a solution because you will quickly realize that you miss it!

For rent, see with the owner

For rent, especially in the case of furnished, inquire as it may be that your landlord does not allow you to own a pet in your new home. Check beforehand your rights and prohibitions on the lease and the house rules. Also be aware that you will be held responsible for damage caused by your animal friends.

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International Move with fish

During your move, if you own freshwater or saltwater fish it is imperative to keep a good amount and a good quality of water.

To choose the container of his fish

In the case of the transport of fish it is necessary to be equipped with a good aquarium with fish. You can find it in any pet shop or DIY store, it is a plastic container with a foam polystyrene coating. The aquarium must also be large enough to accommodate all the fish you need to transport. If you have too many fish in too small a space it can be very dangerous for them.

Protect the container during the move

When the time of the move arrives put your fish in an insulated bag. Do not hesitate to protect it more than it is necessary to ensure its tightness. You need closed containers so that the slightest shock your fish are not likely to escape the bucket.

Fill the container with water from the aquarium

When transporting never fill the container that will contain you with fresh water coming from the tap. Use the water that was in the aquarium. The water at the top of the aquarium is also of better quality for transport because the bottom is soiled by batteries bad for the health of the fish. The container should be half-filled with water and half full of air as it will need it during transport.

Air during the move

It is quite important to ventilate the container to regenerate the air it contains. If this is not possible try to do it with a hydrogen peroxide pump when the move is very long.

Stop feeding his fish

We must stop feeding the fish two days before the move, it’s like before a trip. Thanks to this method the water will remain clean, note that most fish can spend a week without food.

Do not dispose of unused aquarium water

Keep the water in your aquarium for recycling in the new aquarium. The general rule for this type of transport is not to add more than 20% freshwater to the old water of the aquarium.

Move with your fish in the aquarium

This method is not very recommended. But you may not have the choice, in which case you will have to remove half of the water from the aquarium and the aerator. To close your aquarium use a plastic film to hold water and finally place it in a carton of packaging.

Our other tips for successfully moving your fish

  • All that is plant, snail in your aquarium can be transported in a small bag with water.
  • Provide liquid medicine, available in the pet store, in case of injury to your fish during transport.
  • As soon as you arrive to place your fish directly in the aquarium.
  • Know that some companies are specialized in the transport of animals. Your mover must surely know!

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DIY | Moving by yourself

Can you pack your move by yourself?

To prepare for a move, there is so much to do that hiring a professional packing service may make your job easier. Be aware that there are many services available, from packing all your personal belongings to packaging the selected goods only.

If price is not a problem for you, consider hiring professionals for packaging, but also for unloading & unpacking. There are a lot of companies that offer these benefits.

But before hiring or even making the decision to do so, we advise you to take your time and think about the energy you will involve in relation to the budget invested in paying mover’s expert to handle all your furniture.

Evaluation of the house

First, the company will send you a surveyor to evaluate the details of your move. They will list every piece of furniture and although you want to wrap it, including the contents of the closet and the kitchen drawers. This is not only a way to reduce the time of your move but it will also help you determine what is fragile or valuable and may require additional care.

Valuable items, including books, artwork, and jewelry, will be negotiated during the survey with family members to determine how these items will be handled. Usually, items that can accompany you on the day of travel, instead of being loaded into a truck, will be packed separately and set aside to travel with you.

Packers

Packers will ensure that all furniture is safely disassembled and properly packaged with padding and protective packaging.

The pictures and frames will be removed from the walls and the carpets wrapped and ready to be loaded. The boxes are labeled and sorted according to the room of the house and their contents.

The packing company will also provide you with an estimate of the time as well as the time needed to carry your goods and the cost involved.

Depending on your schedule and the quantity of your goods, the price will be determined. If your move is urgent, more staff will be needed to get all your goods packed quickly. Also make sure to find babysitters to ensure that children are busy during packing.

So, should you resort to a full service? As we wrote above, you should base your choice on your deadlines and cost. A packing service could add several hundred dollars extra to your moving budget. However, if you must take two weeks off to get your goods packed, it can be worth the price. Packaging takes a long time, and you need to add the purchase of packaging supplies, as well as the entire organization before your packaging. Remember that when you get wrapped up, you first need to replace the items you will not need over the next few weeks, it’s long to prepare everything and the inconvenience of living without some goods can also be onerous.

Most packing services can pack all your belonging within one day. It allows us to save money because of the concern to live without cardboard at home.

Packaging of special items

If you are planning a budget or want to save on your move, many packaging services offer packaging of specialized items, especially fragile items, artwork, mirrors, or other fragile or valuable items only.

The company will come to you to do an evaluation and then will provide you with an estimate.

Other items may require intervention a professional packer, such as chandeliers, antiques, porcelain, vases, precious art objects. It is often worth it to pay extra fees to ensure the safe arrival of your goods.

Appliances

Electronic devices often must be handled by specially trained movers. Many moving companies advisee to pay an expert to handle this task and pack big volumes such as a home appliances or fragile items such as old furniture. If personal effects are not properly packed, the removal company will not take any responsibility and may refuse to transport them.

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International Move – How to pack: carton boxes or plastic crates?

While movers traditionally choose cardboard boxes, plastic cases have emerged in recent years.

Convenience: advantage to plastic crates

cardboard boxes or plastic, both modes of packaging can be ordered online and delivered directly to you (come take advantage of discounts on the purchase of your next packaging boxes). Plastic crates seem nevertheless more practical because they do not require any assembly. Unlike moving boxes, simply fill them, close the lid and you’re done: no folding or unfolding necessary.

Another advantage is that the plastic crates are weather-resistant: no risk of deterioration due to rain, as in the case of cardboard. They also allow for more stable stacks and their integrated handles facilitate their transport. They are however a little heavier than traditional cardboard boxes and are not available in many dimensions.

Cost: advantage to cardboard packaging

Unlike plastic crates that need to be bought or rented, you can find free packing boxes. And if you prefer new boxes stronger than boxes that have already been used, the price will remain lower than that of plastic crates.

Ecology? Equality

The environmental impact will depend more on what you are going to do with your packaging than on the choice of cardboard or plastic. To adopt an ecological behavior is to make sure that the materials used will be reused or recycled. In other words, if you used boxes, give them away or drop them off in reprocessing centers; if you have opted for plastic packaging, keep them as storage boxes in your future home or return them to the manufacturer. Avoid using disposable plastic packaging (garbage bags).

In conclusion, if you want to save time during your move, opt for plastic crates; if you want to save money, choose cardboard boxes.

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How to prepare your international move?

As the move approaches attention to the panic crisis, everything is accelerating and you do not have time for much. Get ready to have plenty to manage at the same time.

Stand ready before the move

Once the movers on the landing of your door and the truck in front of your house more choices possible, you must be ready for the big departure. Write down everything you think is essential before leaving so that you do not forget anything.

Do not leave without leaving an address

If your change of address is already done it is already a good thing, but remember to warn all your relatives who will probably need your address to land unexpectedly in your new home.

Ride, get off, load his moving boxes

It is of course possible to make several trips between the truck and the house but reserving a place for the truck in front of the entrance is a much better solution. Try to get signposts if needed, it is not sure that your friend who came to help you in your move enjoys securing the place all day. Reserve a place if needed. Hopefully you have a lift, tell the concierge of the move, or put a note in the mailboxes of your new neighbors.

Cash … do not move without!

Your friends have come in large numbers to help thank you for ordering a meal, it is always better to have some money on it, especially if you can not miss some money can help!

Limit the risks of a painful move

A move is not without risk for the body especially if you are not used to carrying heavy loads. Watch out for fatigue that can also make you hurt faster. Learn about the actions and postures to follow in order to minimize the risk of injury.

 

After your international move - Refocus on your home

You are separated from your spouse, you are experiencing financial problems or you have lost a loved one, so many reasons you do not like to move. It is reluctantly, but this is not the time to falter and you must look to the future by trying to accept what you are forced.

A beautiful nest, brand new after your move

Since you have to rebuild a new environment, as much as it looks like you. Ask me for changes you would have liked to your old home and see the positive side: now it is possible! Layout your space, decorate it, and if you are allowed, paint a little to brighten the walls.

Move to be at home again

The move was not a choice, you go through a phase that pushes you to install in a smaller dwelling and you will be forced to sort through your objects. List those that are essential to you and that is the furniture that leads you to an environment that will make you feel good at home.

Rethink your home

The atmosphere will certainly be the same as in your previous home, but do not try to recompose for the same living space: move the furniture, frames, mirrors and indulge yourself by creating a new room from scratch comfortable and soothing environment.

Manage the post-move period

You are going through a real ordeal and there is no harm in needing to be able to feel better and change for ideas: talk about your moods but also have a good time and you get out of your head your sad thoughts. If you prefer to choose where you live, prefer to stay close to people you love. If this is not the case, you need to plan a few visits and put on an apron to treat your loved ones in your new nest.

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Difficult part of an international move

What will you have to face during an international move?

When you move, it is usually to settle in a larger, more comfortable, or better-situated house.

We are motivated by his new place of residence because the move in itself is not something exciting !! Storage, packing, cleaning … moving is not always easy as many internet users have found.

“I think the thing that was the most complicated was to find the contents of each carton, we did not label them properly, and once we had to look for our things. We had to open them full and unpack everything. But we had a lot of labels on the 4 sides of the cardboard, it really helped us to make the first sort, but what we should have done is to put a number on each cardboard and to indicate on a sheet what it contained. ”

“The most difficult time was when I had to determine what I had to take with me and what I could leave in my old apartment, I was attached to too many things that were useless. I had a hard time telling me I had to give them up. ”

“It was not the day of the move that was the most complicated for me but the day after. When I really realized that I would have to rebuild a new network of friends … today I realized how important my old friends were. ”

“The hardest thing was to make sure that my mail was sent to my new address. I tend to get upset and the idea of ​​not receiving a mail has caused me stress.”

“I just realized that when you move, you have to forget a good part of your life and invent a new one. I did not necessarily realize it before but I realize now that it is a real upset. ”

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