Top 7 Thailand expat myths

If you learn the internet, notably one specific web site we won’t name (thaivisa.com)… whoops, then you’d think that Thailand is a dreadful place to go to, crammed with hate-filled ex-pats who live in fear and loathing of, well, everything. According to many, the sky is more probably to fall in at any moment and every thing in Thailand is too costly, too corrupt, too sizzling, too chilly, and too dangerous.
Here are seven in style myths some ex-pats prefer to maintain touting.
The TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) make up the tourist arrival numbers
This has been a well-liked conspiracy principle for many years. As the numbers of vacationers continued to rise, so did the comment “they’re making it up”. With no proof to again their claims, keyboard warriors, seemingly unhappy that there’s a rise within the variety of tourists coming to Thailand, declare passionately that the TAT is just inventing numbers to appease their bosses.
It ought to be mentioned that the TAT doesn’t run round counting heads however get their figures from the Thai Ministry of Sports and Tourism which collates the statistics from the Immigration Department reviews.
Meanwhile, the airports get busier, add new terminals, extra flights arrive, new hotels get constructed, new vacationer points of interest open, new condos get constructed and people scream about lengthy immigration queues.
The TAT has assured us, over time, that the methods used for collecting tourist arrival information have been the same for 20 years and that the figures are audited. The danger the TAT would have of being uncovered to fraudulent numbers can be a major loss of face.
However, if you’d prefer to believe ‘CrankyPattaya’, ‘BritRoot’ or ‘TratTrash’, then go for it.
Things are getting too costly in Thailand
And things are getting costlier around the globe. It’s referred to as inflation. The rises in prices for food, providers in items in Thailand can partly be defined by the rise of tourism to the country with in style areas having larger rentals than up to now as the value of the property in vacationer regions rises.
Whilst you can pay 300+ baht for a pad thai in a vacationer area, locals can nonetheless get the same meal for beneath 50 baht. Is the worth greater than it was 10 years ago? Of course.
The variations in costs between the popular vacationer magnets and the outlying areas of the country continue to turn out to be extra obvious though. If you’re going to reside in Pattaya, Phuket, or Sukhumvit Road, then you will find many prices have risen together with the popularity of the areas and the rising actual property prices.
You have a excessive chance of dying on Thailand’s roads
According to figures from the World Health Organisation, Eritrea has probably the most number of road deaths (with 48.four deaths per a hundred,000 residents), Dominican Republic – forty one.7, Libya – forty.5, Thailand – 38.1, Venezuela – 37.2. So Thailand has, statistically, the fourth most harmful roads on the planet. The statistic seems dangerous.
But if you consider that 74% of those deaths are folks on motorcycles, often also drunk and never carrying a helmet, it’s not as dangerous as the numbers counsel, if you’re not within the high-risk classes. But IF you’re not drunk, wear a helmet, ride responsibly or travel in a automobile, your possibilities of getting killed on the roads are a LOT lower. Whilst the statistics still look really awful they’re heavily weighted towards younger males between 16-24.
So should you don’t fall into the ‘at risk’ classes that make up a really high majority of deaths on Thailand’s roads, then you would possibly be in much less danger than the world common. That’s still not good enough but it places Thailand’s high rating into perspective.
The Thai authorities don’t need us to stay here
In recent years there have been further levels of paperwork put on the application for visas for long-term stayers in the Kingdom. In the past, a few of the requirements were missed or sorted out through, Ummm, negotiation. At the same time, the Thai Government has announced many different changes to visas and introduced Smart Visas and BOI visas, aimed at encouraging skilled professionals to reside and work in Thailand.
All this while the change charges for a lot of currencies have turned unhealthy, particularly for UK, European and Australian residents, so their pensions or offshore investments haven’t been stretching as far as in the past.
Most of the adjustments come in the form of enforcement of present guidelines and a basic ‘clean up’ of procedures at Thai Immigration workplaces. There have been many enhancements, well… attempts at enhancements, along the best way as nicely – things like drive-thru companies.
Bottom line, if you think it’s tough to live, work and stay in Thailand, simply check how difficult it’s for a Thai citizen to maneuver to your country.
All ex-pats sit in bars and date bar women
In the Nineteen Eighties this may have been statistically prevalent. But the type-cast ex-pat residing in Pattaya, Patpong, and Phuket has changed radically prior to now 30 or so years. Now ex-pats come from a wider range of countries, settle here for many totally different causes, are youthful, many have families, and are more likely to be working right here than retired. And you’re unlikely to see them sitting in a bar chatting up bar ladies (not that there’s something mistaken with that).
But old perceptions die-hard and the standard Thai ex-pat remains to be thought to be white, older, and enjoys relationship younger Thai bar women. Statistically, this could be a tiny proportion of the 300,000 or so ex-pats regarded as residing and dealing in Thailand in 2019.
Staying in the Kingdom with no job, with limited funds and no medical health insurance is turning into increasingly advanced. But you’d find that scenario in most components of the world now. Should you prefer the protection of a health insurance policy to guard you from these unexpected situations, there’s a whole host of corporations willing to write down you a coverage in a matter of minutes. The specialists in Thailand are Regency Assurance, catering to ex-pats and tourists alike.
Tested is a dictatorship
We’ll tread a little fastidiously here. Thailand’s fraught experiment with democracy, since the absolute monarchy was abolished back in 1932, has been fragile. Lots of coups, a lot of Army tampering, and many elections. Thailand now has the dubious distinction of being the world’s solely current Military-led authorities. But is it a ‘dictatorship’ in the historic use of the phrase? Probably not.
The NCPO, the Army-led National Council of Peace and Order, took the reins of presidency on May 22 2014, in a bloodless take-over from the civilian-elected government.
But the Thai Government is in good firm in and around South East Asia. Laos and Vietnam are both run by communist governments (with stable capitalist economies), Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy run by a frontrunner who has been seen to manage the ‘elections’ by suppressing political dissent. Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy however has suffered ongoing political division and nepotism, and extra recently an increase in non secular tensions that cripple the government’s capability to govern. Singapore is extra of a family enterprise than democracy – the southeast Asian economic miracle of the 20th century. Brunei is run by a Sultan who has recently launched elements of Sharia regulation into the Sultanate – no elections there. Myanmar is a quasi army-run dictatorship. Etc, etc…
Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea are the one comparatively secure Asian democracies however they’re few and far between.
So Thailand’s unique tackle the phrases ‘election’ and ‘democracy’ ought to be seen in a wider framework of pan-Asian politics. Bottom line, there aren’t tanks rolling down the streets or troopers standing on street corners toting guns. In the Wikipedia Democracy Index, Thailand falls into the category of ‘hybrid regime’ and that’s probably about right.
There’s NO Freedom of Speech in Thailand
Whilst there are tons of delicate, and some less refined, limitations on Thai media, you will note sturdy debate and editorials printed in Thai and foreign-language media any day of the week. It’s a uniquely ‘Thai’ type of media but there are a couple of well-documented cases of individuals who have dared to tread over the gray line.
Going to a Thai media scrum is about as sturdy as you’ll discover wherever on the planet and the questions fired at politicians, often cloaked in very polite language, can cowl nearly any concern. There are a few ‘no go’ topics in Thailand and that’s a cultural factor that takes a couple of years to fully perceive. But, believe me, the Thai media is a strong part of the ongoing political and economic discourse of the country, regardless of the numerous perceived or actual restrictions. Like many different issues in Thailand, in terms of freedom of the media, TIT.
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