Living and Working in South East Asia


New Rules Visa Extension 2017

Thai Land Border


Here are the new rules regarding border crossing into the Kingdom of Thailand by land  without having a visa. Those have been issued by the Ministry of Interior on 26 May 2016 and will be implemented on 31 December 2016. The limitation of these regulations does not apply to Malaysian Nationals.

It only effects border crossing through land checkpoints for Non Thai Nationals without a Visa. It is called Visa on Arrival based on the exemption rule.

Nationals as listed further down in this blog are entitled a 30-days Visa exemption when entering through a land border checkpoints with a maximum of two entries per calendar year. Those Visa may be extended by additional 30-days at the local Immigration office ( Baht 1900).

After 60 days in the Kingdom one must leave the country. The entering of the Kingdom through International Airports will not be effected by this rule, so does it not effect entering of the Kingdom possessing a valid Visa.

Visa Exception Countries eligible for a 30-days Visa on Arrival:

Australia Austria Bahrain Belgium Brazil Brunei Darussalam
Canada Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Hong Kong Hungary Iceland Indonesia
Ireland Israel Italy Japan South Korea Kuwait
Luxembourg Liechtenstein Malaysia Monaco Netherlands New Zealand
Norway Oman Peru Philippines Portugal Poland
Qatar Singapore Slovak Slovenia Spain South Africa
Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States of America

Countries not mentioned above will either receive a 15-days Visa on Arrival or will have to apply for a Visa at the local Royal Thai Consulate or Embassy before traveling to Thailand.

Please contact your local embassy to verify the new rules or what would be the regulations for your specific case, it does change so quick here in Thailand.

To boost tourism, Thai Consulates have waived the fee for such Visa until I guess end of February 2017.

ED Visa Extension

This post is an update of the ones earlier and aims to give you up to date information if you need to extent your Non Immigrant ED Visa in Chiang Mai.

With immediate effect (01 December 2016) one has to apply for extension at the Immigration Office Room 2 at Promenada Shopping Mall. Visa Extension at the Immigration Office near Chiang Mai Airport is no longer possible.

As mentioned earlier, the ED Visa can only obtained outside Thailand and needs to be extended twice  (if you enrolled for a One Year Program). The initial validity is three month, first extension will grant you another three month and the last extension will grand you six month.

In order to apply for extension please have the following with you:

Form TM. 7 (Application for Extension of Temporary Stay in the Kingdom)

Please note your mobile number or email address underneath your signature

Application fee Baht 1900

Copy first page passport

Copy visa page and when you last entered Thailand (entry stamp)

Copy of departure card

Visa supporting documents of your school

(Please allow your school 2 to 3 weeks to prepare those documents and your performance sheet must be attached)

2 inch photo (one)

Proof of Address reporting – New

Proof of address reporting either from your landlord or if you stay in a hotel or guesthouse by yourself.  This can be done while you at Immigration at the main office. In return, Immigration will attach a receipt into your passport. This service is free of charge.

With all this documents please go to room 2 where your documents will be checked and you will be given a queue number and a time when you should come back.



What’s next?

Your number will be called and your documents will be checked again. If anything isn’t the way it should be you you will be asked to complete your documents and come back, despite the fact that your documents have been checked earlier.

In my case it appeared that the Immigration Officer needed proof that my Non Immigration B Visa had been cancelled which I had prior to the ED Visa. It seems that – if for any reason – a Visa has been voided e.g by an employer – they did not leave Thailand within one week as requested by law but remained in Thailand until that Visa expired. If Immigration catches you with it you will be classified as over stayer and punished accordingly.

Luckily, I left Thailand four days before my employment contract was terminated and everything was fine.

Leaving Thailand without Re Entry Permit did not void my Non Immigrant B Visa so it seemed.

If the Immigration Officer is happy with your documents, you will be asked to pay the fee, your picture will be taken, your application will be registered into the system, your application and passport will be given to the department head who will – or will not – sign off your application.

If your application has been denied, the fee is gone.

Come to Immigration as early as possible  (6/7 am)and do expect to receive your Extension early afternoon if all goes fine.

Btw, obtaining an ED Visa is very simple and straight forward, it allows you to stay in Thailand as long as you attend school and behave, no proof of funds needed. Recently, an age limit of 55 have been implemented.


Three Year Visas Cambodia



The Cambodian government will soon allow foreigners to stay for up to three years on a single visa in a bid to meet a goal of 7 million overseas travelers annually by 2020.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon said the three-year multiple-entry visa — a new government strategy to encourage foreigners to come to the country — will allow foreigners to stay in the country for up to three years, the Khmer Times reported on Friday.

The multiple-entry visa application will be available from Sept 1 to foreigners from all countries, Khon said, with different prices according to the length of stay although pricing details of the new visas were unavailable.

The new entry visa will allow tourists and business people to enter and exit Cambodia many times during the visa’s validity period, Khon said.

“They can apply for a visa in Cambodia and can travel in and out many times according to the visa they apply for. Tourists and investors can apply for a two-year stay or three-year stay with multiple entries.”

Cambodia hopes to welcome at least 7.5 million foreign tourists by 2020, according to a newly announced goal. Of the targeted number, 2 million are Chinese and 300,000 Japanese, according to Cambodia Tourism Marketing Strategy 2016-2020.

Ho Vandy, secretary-general of Cambodia’s National Tourism Alliance, said the move to extend visas was part of a strategy to develop the country’s tourism sector.

“It is a strategy to make the target [of seven million tourists] come true after the private sector and government work together,” Vandy said.

It would really help to encourage both tourists and investors, and foreigners who provide training and work in social development to come to Cambodia, Vandy said.

For Cambodia’s tourism visa, people from Asean countries are currently granted a stay of 14 days to a month and tourists from other regions — the European Union and the United States for example — are allowed a month. Business people can currently renew their visa for a month, three months, six months or up to a year.

Foreign National Information

Foreign National Information Thailand 2016

Foreign National Information Thailand 2016

This “controversial” document recently introduced by Thai Immigration is being rolled out nationwide since May 2016. It requires you to fill in your own and third persons’ details.





To whom applies this document?


” This form shall be used for making record of information of every alien entering and staying in the Kingdom of Thailand and shall be submitted with:

  • Notification of Residence for Aliens
  • 90- days Notification
  • Extension of Stays
  • Re-Entry Permit
  • all cases involving Alien labors.”


The following data are required to fill in:

  • Aliens Information including Father’s and Mother’s full names
  • Information on Alien’s Home Country including information of the community leader for nationals of Laos PDR,Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam
  • Address in Thailand including mobile phone number
  • Frequently used social media such as Facebook, Line ID, Email Accounts, others (optional)
  • Vehicle (Brand/ Model/Color/License Plate Number)
  • Frequently visited Places or Premises such as club, restaurant,shop hospital etc.)
  • Emergency contact person (2.7.1 Thai National and 2.7.2 Foreign National)
  • Bank Account Number (only required for certain types of visa applications): Bank. branch, account number account name

Because this document has just been rolled out there are no comments and experiences from visitors so far but the Thai officials strongly recommend to complete the form entirely.


“Maj Gen Chachaval Vachirapaneegul, Deputy Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau’s crime suppression unit, told on Wednesday (May 18 2016) that new form, titled “Foreign National Information Form” is mandatory.

“In the past, immigration lacked information about foreign nationals living in Thailand when problems happened. This updated information will help is catch foreigners faster,” he said.

“The information is will be linked our data system and will not be revealed or given to others (sic). The information collected will be kept private, but will be used for national security purposes”, he said.

He also assured that the details of the “Foreign National Information Form” would remain secure. “We will keep all details provided on a secure server and they will only be shared with other law-enforcement agencies when needed,” he said.

Gen Chachaval made plain his position on the use of the new form: “If a foreigner doesn’t want to fill in their information by themselves, they will be questioned for our records anyway. If they don’t fill in the form, we will suspect their reason.

Last but not least you will find this warning on the form:

“Providing false information to an officer, shall be punished under the Penal Code.”

As till now, the form does not have a TM number which would classify it as official Immigration document and so far it is not available as PDF file on their website.

Please click the button below to download the document.


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Transfer Motorcycle Ownership

Provincial Land Transport Office of Chiang Mai (Nong Hoi Branch)

Provincial Land Transport Office of Chiang Mai (Nong Hoi

This blog post will help you to understand the process of transferring ownership of a motorcycle in Thailand.

Yesterday I bought a used motorcycle from a private seller. Today I went to the local Provincial Land Transport Department here in Chiang Mai (Nong Hoi Branch) in order to get my purchase registered in my name.


I assume, if you buy a motorbike in a shop or authorized dealer they might do all the paperwork for you.

Chiang Mai has four offices:

Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office

Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Offices







Here a list what you would need to bring along:

  1. Your new love, the scooter (already insured)
  2. The so called green book which must come with the scooter ( if it doesn’t, most likely the scooter has been stolen or somehow obtained illegally: Hands off!
  3. Sellers documents:copy of all relevant passport pages (First page, Visa and maybe Re-entry or extension stamp, Departure card), yellow book or residence certificate. All pages must show the signature and full name.
  4. Official document of the Land Transport Department to transfer ownership. Please click here for the document. On it there will be yours and the sellers’ data, full name and signatures plus details about the motorcycle.
  5. Power of attorney if the seller does not accompanies you
  6. Buyers documents: Passport including departure card, Work permit or Residence Certificate

The lovely lady at the information desk will check your documents and might request some more copies which you can do at the little food stall behind the office. All copies need to show the signature and full name.You will receive a queue number and be called forward to the desk.

Your documents will be checked again and will have to pay ฿ 305. You will receive a new queue number and been told which day you have to return and pick up your documents. Allow three working days for the transfer. Pick your green book up and drive safe.

Please read my blog post about driving in Thailand!


Motorcycle Ownership Booklet Thailand

Motorcycle Ownership Booklet Thailand

Motorcycle Ownership Book Entry Page

Motorcycle Ownership Book Entry Page


Pokémon Go


Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go

The app Pokémon Go is incredibly popular. The game has been released in 30 countries so far and has been installed more then ten million times. Up to now, Thailand has been spared from display looking-Pokémon hunting zombies, the urge to abandon their vehicles on the middle of the road in order to catch the cute little monsters or collect virtual items. However, the app is a very clever data collector. Your personal data will be shared and sold even to companies whose names you will never get to know.


Pokémon Go has been released by Niantic Inc (San Francisco/USA) and developed in cooperation with Nintendo. Google Inc is one of their investors.

The product is YOU

In order to be able to play the game, you will need to download and install it on your device, allowing Niantic to store your exact location on their servers at all times (while the game is actively running either visible on your screen or in the background) and agree to their data protection regulations which are, in a nutshell, very vague. Niantic only gives examples of data collection from your device and can do with it whatever they please. Your data will be stored on servers in the United States and can be shared with local law enforcement agencies. That could be pictures, videos or any kind of message or posts.

About the App

The app is free of charge. Gamer can buy various advantages through In-App purchases. According to Niantics’ data protection regulations using your personal data for marketing purposes is explicitly aimed for. Trading your personal data will most likely be the number two source of income for Niantic. They also announced that in the future, business partners or companies can program their own Pokéstops into the game therefore the gamer would see specific advertisement or can do In-App purchases from those companies.
You may register using an email address and password or your google account.

. If you make use of the second option, Google will be able to link the data they already have from you to the ones they will receive through the game such as where and when you play the game.

But it gets even better:

Pokémon GO establishes a connection to various servers before and while you play the game and transmits your personal data.

Those companies are not mentioned in the data protection regulations. (According to experts those data transmissions are not needed at all in order to be able to play the game)

During test connections to servers of the following companies could be verified:

Unity Technologies: Located in California, USA. Supplier of 3D graphic function of many computer – and smartphone games. This company also operates data analyses and a marketing service.

Apteligent Inc.: Located in California, USA. Offers real-time user data.

Upsight Inc.:  Located in California, USA. Offers typical tracking- and marketing service. Upsight also analyses user data and creates data profiles for specific marketing.

To above mentioned companies the following data are being transmitted:

Device ID UUID (universally unique identifier), device model and manufacturer, operation system, actual memory usage, country code, your network provider, the entire gaming history and all locations.


According to Niantics’ data protection regulations you may object against data transmitting to third parties by sending an email to:

My Advice:

If you are unable to resist and the game becomes available in Thailand, think first which locations you would and would not like to share with the world, such as the area you live or work. Simply do not play the game at those places, but instead one or two kilometers away from them.

Best is to create a new Google account by using details that pointing away from you rather then towards you.


Motor Vehicle Tax and Insurance Thailand

Provincial Land Transport Department Chiang Mai

Provincial Land Transport Department Chiang Mai

If you own a scooter in Thailand you are due for Motor Vehicle Tax and Insurance .This repeats every year, the due date is printed on the sticker.

Motor Vehicle Tax and Insurance Thailand

Motor Vehicle Tax and Insurance Thailand

You may source it out,  there is a service available to have your scooter inspected, insured and have tax paid for you. Just watch out for above sign at a scooter garage or scooter shop. The fee is rather low and you do not have to go through this all by yourself. Don’t forget to bring the green book.

Anyhow, aiming to provide first hand information on my blog,  I went through the process myself here in Chiang Mai. To summarize my experience: it went very fast and smooth.

Step One: To speed up the whole process it is essential to choose the right place to have your vehicle inspected. Do not make use of the Inspection room of the Land Transport Department (left picture) as they really have a good look at your scooter and might find something. Instead, choose the private owned company next to the LTD. Please click here to find both locations next to each other on the map. The private company works very fast and it is known to never ever find something not working to their satisfaction.

Step two: Have your scooter inspected for insurance. Hand in your scooter, the keys and the green book to the mechanic. Wait in the waiting room until called. Once the inspection is done, you will be called foreword to the desk and you will have to pay ฿420 (inspection and insurance premium for one year / cash only). Don’t worry if you are late: I have been late for 3 month and no one said a word.(police might fine you if you are not insured) However, if you are due for inspection in March and you have it done in June like I did, your insurance sticker will only be valid until March the following year.


Green Book

Green Book

Step three: Go to the LTD next door with all the paperwork you got from the garage. First picture in this blog does show the entrance of it. Take a number at the information desk to the left and wait until called. Pay your duty, ฿104 / tax for one year and stick the new sticker on your motorbike.

Tax sticker scooter Thailand

Tax sticker scooter Thailand

There, that’s about it. Now you can enjoy driving for another 12 months.Drive save!


Re Entry Permit

Immigration Re Entry Permit

Immigration Re Entry Permit

If you leave the Kingdom of Thailand most likely any Visa that has been issued into your passport will be voided. In order to avoid this from happening, you will need to apply for a single or multiple Re – Entry permit. Apply for it BEFORE you leave at the local Immigration office or, and this is rather new, at the airport before passport control.

Make sure the airport where you will proceed through passport control is providing that service.

A single Re Entry permit will set you back ฿1000 and will allow you to leave and re-enter Thailand on the same Visa once. A multiple Re-Entry permit will allow you travel in and out as much as you like using the very same Visa and will cost ฿3800.

Calculate an additional 30 minutes to your departures timing at the airport for this.

In Chiang Mai you may apply your Re – Entry permit at the Immigration office at the Promenada Shopping Mall. The Immigration office close the Chiang Mai Airport will not issue the permit unless you extend your Visa on that very day. If you only need a Re-Entry permit they most likely will send you to Promenada Office.


Thailand Arrival Card

Thailand Arrival Card

As your Visa has been voided while leaving Thailand the number of your Visa has been voided, too. It has been succeeded by the number on the Re-Entry permit. Please fill in that number on your arrival card.


Non Immigrant IB Visa

Non Immigrant IB Visa Thailand

Non Immigrant IB Visa Thailand

First, I would like to explain on what grounds a Non Immigrant IB Visa is being issued by any Royal Thai Consulate outside Thailand.

Non-Immigrant Visa Category “IB” (Investment and Business Visa)  is issued to foreign citizens employed to work on  investment projects which are under the auspices of the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI).  Such projects must be involved in or bring benefit to Thailand in the following ways:
– Export-promotion
– Increasing employment
– Utilizing local raw materials
– Projects engaging the provinces
– Encouraging technology transfer to Thai nationals
– Not hindering existing domestic businesses”

If the company has been approved by the BOI as such they may apply for a work permit for you.

The Visa can only be obtained outside the Thailand at any Royal Thai Embassy with Consular Services. You must leave the country in order to have your current Visa waived.

Here is a list of documents you will need to present whilst applying for the Visa:

Passport or travel document with validity of not less than 6 months.
– Completed visa application form.
– Recent passport-sized photograph (4 x 6 cm) of the applicant taken within the  past 6 months.
– Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family). ( In my case whist applying for the Visa this has not been checked at all)
– Corporate documents of hiring company in Thailand such as:
1) business registration and business license
2) list of shareholders
3) company profile
4) details of business operation
5) list of foreign workers stating names, nationalities and positions
6) map indicating location of the company
7) balance sheet, statement of Income Tax and Business Tax (Por Ngor Dor 50 and Por Ngor Dor 30 of the latest year)
8) value-added tax registration (Por Por 20)

The cost of the Non Immigrant IB Visa is ฿ 2000 and – you might have guessed – is non refundable in case of rejection.

Once the Visa has been granted you have to make use of it within 90 days. Upon entry into the Kingdom, applicant or his or her appointed representatives must apply for a work permit at the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, Department of Employment, Ministry of Labour in which the applicant will be obligated to pay income tax accordingly.  If the applicant’s associated company is located in the provinces, the applicant must apply at the Employment Office of that province.

Please find more information regarding work permit in Thailand here.

It take usually 7-10 days for it to be issued.

The Non Immigrant IB Visa is valid for a maximum of one year but linked to the  end date of your employment contract. After three month of entering the Kingdom you will need to visit the local Immigration Office in order to extend your Visa. This only has be done once. If your employment contract is for one year, you will now get an extension for another nine month. During that period you will not have to worry about Immigration  at all except for the 90 Days Notification and, if you like to leave Thailand, for a Re Entry Permit.

In case you need to apply for a work permit in Chiang Mai, please find the location of the relevant Department here.

Water and Electricity

Provincial Electricity Authority

Provincial Electricity Authority

If you are renting property in Thailand you most likely will receive bills for water and electricity from one of those companies:

PEA Provincial Electricity Authority

MEA Metropolitan Electricity Authority

PWA Provincial Waterworks Authority

MWA Metropolitan Waterworks Authority

Please note that prices per unit can vary depending on what and where you are renting.

I was charged ฿8.50 per unit for electricity at Natara Residence (Gated Community Lake Land เชียงใหม่ เลคแลนด์) whereas now in my rental house (open community/ Baan Djaykaewerawan ใจแก้วเอราวัณ; Nong Phueng หนองผึ้ง) I am only charged ฿4.00 per unit. Big difference.

Make sure you know the price per unit for both, water and electricity,  and have it fixed on your rental contract. At least if it diverts from the supplier pricing.

Electricity Bills

Above picture shows a typical bill from the PEA. It is easier to read then the bills for water as it contains translations to English language. It states your address, some references, the dates and numbers of the previous and latest readings, usage, a short history of past usage, the amounts to be paid and a due date.

On the backside it gives some information about how to fulfill your duties:

PEA Offices or Pea shops (Shopping Malls)

PEA e-Pay (in Thai language only)

Within  7 days after reading date: 7-Eleven or Tesco Lotus Express

Direct Debit

Bank Transfer (only Metropolitan Electricity Authority  MEA).

ATM machine.

Bangkok Bank Water and Electricity bill payment options

Bangkok Bank Water and Electricity bill payment options


Water Bills

As mentioned before, the water bills from PWA comes written in Thai language only.

It states some references, the day of the reading, the due date, your address, date and figure of previous reading and the actual date and reading. The difference is your actual usage, given in m3 (1000 liters).

You will be given 7 days to pay your bill. After this time frame third parties such as 7-Eleven can no longer process your payment and you would need to visit a PWA office in order to settle your duties. Please click here to find offices in your province. Alternatively, try your luck at the ATM machines. Even though i am a SCB bank customer and payment by SCB ATM machine is one of the given payment options I never succeeded paying that way.

To see the payment options please click here.

Recently PWA has released an application which works fine for Android but unfortunately only available in Thai Language.

If you can access your water meter  and remember the figures of the last reading you can use the handy tool called “Water Tariff Calculator” which calculates the bill you would get on the day of your reading.

Price per Unit

In the province of Chiang Mai the following prices apply:

Water Usage 0-10 Units  the cost of the water fee per unit is 10.20 Baht

Water Usage 11-20 Units  the cost of the water fee per unit is 16.00 Baht

Water Usage 21-25 Units  the cost of the water fee per unit is 19.00 Baht

Plus Service fee 30 Baht /month and VAT  7%.


Dual Pricing

Dual Pricing Thailand

Dual Pricing Thailand

Dual pricing is common practice in Thailand and describes the situation of two prices for the same service or product. One price is valid for Thai Nationals and the second price would be valid for foreigners.

I am blogging about this sensitive issue not because I would like to express my view on it, whether I find this  legal or illegal, discriminating or fair, I just want to make people aware that it exists.

It is not always clearly visible and sometimes can not be documented at all as prices are only communicated verbally. For example Taxi/ SongTaew or TukTuk rides.

No worries, all over Thailand Arabic numbers are used to communicate prices. No need to learn how to read Thai numbers. However, if you come across prices written in Thai or even spelled out in Thai language, then there is something to think about.

By the way, presenting all kinds of official Thai documents such as Work Permits or Driving Licenses appear to have little effect. A big smile however can do magic. Sometimes.

It is now up to my you, my dear reader, to form your opinion.

Here are some examples:

Dual Pricing Longan Honey

Dual Pricing Longan Honey

Above picture shows the price of 500grams of Longan Honey for the price of ฿465. Beneath you will see something written in Thai. It says “500gram 145 Baht” which is the price information for Thais. 320% has been added for Non Thai Nationals whereas ฿145 already includes a profit I, guess.


Dual Pricing Entry Fee

Dual Pricing Entry Fee

Above pictures shows entry fees. Line one refers to Thai adults, entry fee ฿80. Line two refers to Thai children, entry fee ฿60. Line three speaks for itself and I guess Chinese nationals are to be charged as foreigners. There seems to be no discount for foreign kids. Again, Thai numbers are being used instead of Arabic ones. There is a 100% increase for foreign adults and a 165% increase for foreign kids.

Dual Pricing Massage

Dual Pricing Massage

Above example shows dual pricing for massages. Line one reads” half hour 80 Baht” and the third line reads “one hour 150 baht.” Both lines have been written in Thai language using Thai numbers. Line two and line four are meant to inform foreigners about the pricing.


Dual Pricing noodle soup

Dual Pricing noodle soup

The line in Thai language reads: “Thai Nationals 50 Baht”. Interesting here is the fact that the Thai number has been spelled out rather then writing the number itself (๕๐).


Dual Pricing Thailand

Above another form of communicating prices.

Line one reads “Thai Adults 100 Baht”, line two reads ” Thai Children 50 Baht”, line three reads ” Foreign Adults 250 Baht” and the last line reads “Foreign Children 150 Baht”.  Here all is written in Thai and numbers are written in words.

Again, dual pricing can occur anywhere and is not always visible.It can happen in restaurants, taxi rides, membership fees (e.g.gym), registration fees (e.g. marathon), massages, all kinds of courses, rentals, health care and most significant, entry fees.



Chiang Mai Attractions

Wat Prathat Doi Suthep

Wat Prathat Doi Suthep

Here a selection of Chiang Mai Attractions:

Sunday Walking Street (Chiang Mai Center)

The main part of Sunday Walking Street will be held on Rachadamnoen Road which will be closed for traffic and turns into a night market. The market will open every Sunday at 4pm until late. The main entrance is at Tapae Gate. On it you will find all kinds of local handcrafts, fabrics, candles, massage oils. lamps clothes, food ,drinks and much more. It is very nice to just stroll around and lock at all the cute items. The intention of the Chiang Mai Authorities is to promote local products out of the region and not so much items that you would find in a department store.

Warorot Market (Chiang Mai Center)

Warorot Market ( Talad Warorot ตลาดวโรรส) is not as much a Tourism attraction as it is the most important fresh market in Chiang Mai. If you have to chance please visit Warorot market as early as possible in order to enjoy the colors and smells at their best.The Market open early morning and offers a wide variety of fresh and dried  fruit, fresh curries, meat and seafood, flowers, spices, vegetable, rice and so much more. The market is very popular especially with locals who prefer to have a little chit chat while shopping rather than the clinical and impersonal, detached ambience of a supermarket. Take your time and look around, get yourself some fresh fruits or flowers or try the home made curry pastes. You will find the market between Night Bazaar and China Town at the Ping River. Please click here for the location.

Wat Prathat (Chiang Mai +17kms)

Wat Prathat is one of the most important and sacred temples in Northern Thailand and surely a must-do tourist attraction. The temple is located 17 kms outside the center of Chiang Mai on top of the Doi Suthep mountain. To get get there, you may book yourself on a minivan which picks you up at or close to your Hotel/Guesthouse. You may as well jump on one of the waiting Songteaw in front of the Chiang Mai Zoo at the foot of Doi Suthep which clearly is the cheapest option (฿50 per person/one way). The Sonteaw will wait until its squeezed with passengers and will than climb the mountain. Same on the way back.

If however you would like to make your visit to Wat Prathat a bit more special here some tips:

Get a scooter and climb the mountain yourself. You can stop whenever you like and you can even drive deeper into the mountain after your visit at the temple, lets say until the coffee farms. Please make sure you leave the farms around 5pm so you will have a secure return trip in daylight. Not all of the maintain road is illuminated.

Avoid the crowd: On weekends and Bank Holidays you won’t be the only visitor. Busloads of tourists form all over the world are blocking your view and you are constantly running into the path of enthusiastic photographers. Instead, visit the temple early morning or late in the afternoon when the busloads are still having their continental breakfast or dinner buffet. Viewing the sunset from the temple is priceless. Make sure you bring a jacket during cold season (November till March), it can be rather chill up there and on your way down after sunset.


Work Permit in Thailand

Work Permit Thailand

Work Permit Thailand

A work permit allows a Non Thai National to work and operate a business in Thailand as a skilled professional or as an employer. The work permit is required in order to be able to work legally in Thailand.

Before you or your future employer can apply for it, you need to get a Non Immigrant Visa. If you are in Thailand already, let’s say based on a ED Visa, you must change the type of Visa first. Only way to do so is to leave Thailand without Re-Entry Permit and apply for a Non Immigrant Visa in one of the neighboring Thai Embassies or Consulates.

A Re-Entry Permit entitles to re-enter the Kingdom before the Visa expires, but in above case you want your Visa to expire!

I have chosen to visit the Royal Thai Consulate in Vientiane for this. Please read here how it went.

As you may assumed correctly,  one needs to present a whole bunch of documents when applying for a Non Immigrant Visa. As a future employee, the company you will work for is well prepared and makes sure your application documents are complete. If you would like to run your own business I recommend to seek advise from law firms. They are usually better informed then local authorities.

Once your Visa has approved you have 30 days in order to apply for a work permit.

Again, as employee your future company will help you through the process which basically is handing in all documents to the local Department of Labor (สำนักงานจัดหางานจังหวัดเชียงใหม่ (ฝ่ายคุ้มครองหางานและการทำงานของคนต่างด้าว)WORK PERMIT), wait for 5 to 10 working days and pick up the blue document as shown in the picture above.

Please click here for the location in Chiang Mai.

When granted with a work permit, you must work only with the applying company. If in case you are assigned to another location of the same company, a new work permit covering such new location would be required. The same is required if and when the individual would work with another company. The work permit is therefore issued for this specific company at this specific location.

If you would like to work in your own company, a law firm will guide you the best.

Working without a Thai work permit might cause severe consequences. A foreigner, who is arrested for working without work permit, will be punished with a fine or imprisonment.

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