Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Business heads call on the government to curb the ever rising baht as a key economic objective

Business heads call on the government to curb the ever rising baht as a key economic objective

September 6, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The President of the Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking has said that the export contraction has fed into Thailand’s domestic economy in private… Read More ›

Bangkok Immigration boss indicates easier TM30 reporting as an option, asks for understanding

Bangkok Immigration boss indicates easier TM30 reporting as an option, asks for understanding

September 5, 2019

Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand’s expat community has grown exponentially in recent decades and Bangkok has become the World’s City – for Thailand’s immigration police it means they find… Read More ›

Thai Ministry of Health brings in tiered pricing for medical services to foreigners and tourists

Thai Ministry of Health brings in tiered pricing for medical services to foreigners and tourists

September 4, 2019

Foreigners, Living, Thai World, Thailand:

New regulation may be a step forward for foreigners visiting and living in Thailand as medical services will now be costed and reported to the… Read More ›

Thai households struggling with a growing debt burden with ฿13 trillion in debt owed to banks

Thai households struggling with a growing debt burden with ฿13 trillion in debt owed to banks

September 3, 2019

Economy, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Even during the former period of stronger economic growth, many economists presciently warned that the high level of household debt was a lag factor on… Read More ›

Prosecutors to tell Thanathorn on October 1st if he faces criminal proceedings over Facebook show

Prosecutors to tell Thanathorn on October 1st if he faces criminal proceedings over Facebook show

September 3, 2019

Media, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Article 14 of Thailand’s very wide-ranging Computer Crime Act makes it an offence to import any false information into a computer system such as a… Read More ›

Tourism minister predicts a record year but says he wants western visitors back in Thailand

Tourism minister predicts a record year but says he wants western visitors back in Thailand

September 2, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has also suggested that he may resubmit his proposals to the cabinet on visa exemptions for visitors from India and China… Read More ›

Parliament to debate PM’s oath-taking question which is also referred to the Constitutional Court

Parliament to debate PM’s oath-taking question which is also referred to the Constitutional Court

September 1, 2019

Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam suggests that the debate should be held behind closed doors due to sensitive issues that may arise as MPs plan… Read More ›

Unit suggests that TM30 reporting be scrapped to make doing business in Thailand easier as Chambers weigh in

Unit suggests that TM30 reporting be scrapped to make doing business in Thailand easier as Chambers weigh in

August 31, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Living, Personal, Thailand:

The TM30 reporting for foreigners living in Thailand is reported to be causing severe problems for long term expats in Thailand since March 25th this… Read More ›

Thaksin cleared in ‘Big Boss’ Krung Thai Bank loan scandal which has so far seen 19 people jailed

Thaksin cleared in ‘Big Boss’ Krung Thai Bank loan scandal which has so far seen 19 people jailed

August 31, 2019

Economy, Media, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The scandal has embroiled the former prime minister’s son Mr Panthongtae Shinawatra or ‘Oak’ who has denied receiving any benefit from the loans and strenuously… Read More ›

GM laying off workers at its plant at Rayong but company says it remains committed to Thailand

GM laying off workers at its plant at Rayong but company says it remains committed to Thailand

August 30, 2019

Economy, More News from Thailand, Personal, Thailand:

General Motors has its Southeast Asian headquarters in Bangkok. It ascribes the cost-cutting move to a need for efficiency in its operations in Thailand going… Read More ›

Finance minister ready to take further action to prevent the Thai economy falling into recession

Finance minister ready to take further action to prevent the Thai economy falling into recession

August 28, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The good news is that tourist figures were up in July and there was a halt to the decline of the dollar against the baht… Read More ›

Fake news centre to be operational in Thailand in months as government seeks to combat the threat

Fake news centre to be operational in Thailand in months as government seeks to combat the threat

August 27, 2019

Media, More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

The news comes as the Director-General of Thailand’s Revenue Department confirmed that an online value-added tax will be in place during 2020 with a law… Read More ›

Good weekend’s work by Thai PM at Osaka G20 meeting in Japan. Thailand keeps pushing trade pact

Good weekend’s work by Thai PM at Osaka G20 meeting in Japan. Thailand keeps pushing trade pact

June 30, 2019

Economy, Media, More News from Thailand, Personal, Politics, Thailand:

European Union this Sunday signed a free trade deal with Vietnam: Prospect of an EU trade deal with Thailand is some way off and would… Read More ›

Thailand faces an economic test as change becomes a reality in cars, farming and business

Thailand faces an economic test as change becomes a reality in cars, farming and business

June 13, 2019

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Is Thailand ready for the ride: The arrival of new technology and the global scramble to secure trade means that Thailand can no longer count… Read More ›

Thailand celebrates the birthday and life this June of Queen Suthida – an inspiring story for all

Thailand celebrates the birthday and life this June of Queen Suthida – an inspiring story for all

June 3, 2019

Culture, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

The new Thai Queen graduated from Assumption University in Bangkok in 2000. After working for a number of airlines including Thai Airways, she joined the… Read More ›

US China trade war may have some silver lining or upside for Thailand if firms can be agile and adjust

US China trade war may have some silver lining or upside for Thailand if firms can be agile and adjust

May 25, 2019

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The US-China trade war appears to be here to stay and has huge ramifications for Thailand. There were signs this week that global companies and… Read More ›

Thailand faces a new world economy driven by Trump’s economic agenda, not a global one in a new world order

Thailand faces a new world economy driven by Trump’s economic agenda, not a global one in a new world order

May 12, 2019

Economy, Foreigners, Living, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The outcome of the trade talks between China and US may yet change course but if things stay as they are or get worse, as… Read More ›

Maybe time for westerners to listen carefully to Thailand’s army leader and conservative Thai voices

Maybe time for westerners to listen carefully to Thailand’s army leader and conservative Thai voices

April 4, 2019

Politics, Thailand:

To many westerners the Thai army is perceived as an anti democratic force that has a history of initiating coups against democratically elected governments in… Read More ›

Thailand offered to host the Trump Kim summit in Bangkok and was on some shortlists

Thailand offered to host the Trump Kim summit in Bangkok and was on some shortlists

May 15, 2018

Media, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Summit between Trump and Kim was mooted for Bangkok The meeting between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump takes place in Singapore on… Read More ›

Fake goods and counterfeit brands in Thailand not yet a thing of the past but maybe soon

Fake goods and counterfeit brands in Thailand not yet a thing of the past but maybe soon

May 13, 2018

Culture, Economy, Living, More News from Thailand, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Thailand is suppressing  fake and counterfeit goods but intellectual property infringement remains 2017 raids on Bangkok’s gigantic shopping centres which for decades were a mecca… Read More ›