Top 7 Thailand expat myths

If you read the internet, notably one explicit web site we won’t identify (… whoops, then you’d suppose that Thailand is a dreadful place to go to, full of hate-filled ex-pats who stay in concern and loathing of, properly, everything. According to many, the sky is more doubtless to fall in at any second and every little thing in Thailand is merely too costly, too corrupt, too scorching, too chilly, and too harmful.
Here are seven popular myths some ex-pats wish to maintain touting.
The TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) make up the vacationer arrival numbers
This has been a preferred conspiracy theory for decades. As the numbers of tourists continued to rise, so did the remark “they’re making it up”. With no proof to back their claims, keyboard warriors, seemingly unhappy that there’s a rise in the number of vacationers coming to Thailand, declare passionately that the TAT is simply inventing numbers to appease their bosses.
It ought to be talked about that the TAT doesn’t run around counting heads but get their figures from the Thai Ministry of Sports and Tourism which collates the statistics from the Immigration Department stories.
Meanwhile, the airports get busier, add new terminals, more flights arrive, new resorts get built, new vacationer attractions open, new condos get constructed and folks scream about lengthy immigration queues.
The TAT has assured us, through the years, that the methods used for collecting tourist arrival data have been the identical for 20 years and that the figures are audited. The risk the TAT would have of being uncovered to fraudulent numbers could be a serious lack of face.
However, if you’d favor to imagine ‘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 costs for food, providers in goods in Thailand can partly be defined by the rise of tourism to the nation with popular locations having larger leases than up to now as the worth of the property in vacationer areas rises.
Whilst you’ll have the ability to pay 300+ baht for a pad thai in a tourist area, locals can still get the same meal for beneath 50 baht. Is the price higher than it was 10 years ago? Of course.
The differences in costs between the popular vacationer magnets and the outlying areas of the country proceed to turn into extra obvious though. If you’re going to reside in Pattaya, Phuket, or Sukhumvit Road, then you can see many costs have risen along with the popularity of the places and the rising real estate costs.
You have a high probability of dying on Thailand’s roads
According to figures from the World Health Organisation, Eritrea has probably the most number of highway deaths (with forty eight.four deaths per 100,000 residents), Dominican Republic – 41.7, Libya – forty.5, Thailand – 38.1, Venezuela – 37.2. So Thailand has, statistically, the fourth most dangerous roads on the earth. The statistic looks bad.
But if you factor in that 74% of these deaths are folks on motorcycles, typically additionally drunk and never carrying a helmet, it’s not as unhealthy because the numbers counsel, if you’re not in the high-risk categories. But IF you’re not drunk, put on a helmet, journey responsibly or travel in a automotive, your probabilities of getting killed on the roads are a LOT decrease. Whilst the statistics still look truly terrible they’re closely weighted against younger males between 16-24.
So if you don’t fall into the ‘at risk’ categories that make up a really high majority of deaths on Thailand’s roads, then you are in much less danger than the world average. That’s still not ok however it places Thailand’s high rating into perspective.
The Thai government don’t want us to stay right here
In recent years there have been extra levels of paperwork put on the appliance for visas for long-term stayers within the Kingdom. In the past, some of the requirements were missed or sorted out through, Ummm, negotiation. At the identical time, the Thai Government has introduced many different adjustments to visas and launched Smart Visas and BOI visas, aimed at encouraging skilled professionals to live and work in Thailand.
All this while the change rates for many currencies have turned dangerous, particularly for UK, European and Australian citizens, so their pensions or offshore investments haven’t been stretching so far as prior to now.
Most of the changes come within the form of enforcement of current rules and a common ‘clean up’ of procedures at Thai Immigration offices. There have been many enhancements, well… attempts at enhancements, along the method in which as properly – things like drive-thru companies.
Bottom line, should you assume it’s troublesome to stay, work and stay in Thailand, simply check how tough it’s for a Thai citizen to move to your country.
All ex-pats sit in bars and date bar girls
In the Eighties this will likely have been statistically prevalent. But the type-cast ex-pat residing in Pattaya, Patpong, and Phuket has modified radically up to now 30 or so years. Now ex-pats come from a wider vary of countries, settle right here for a lot of totally different reasons, are younger, many have families, and are more likely to be working here than retired. And you’re unlikely to see them sitting in a bar chatting up bar women (not that there’s anything incorrect with that).
But old perceptions die-hard and the everyday Thai ex-pat remains to be considered white, older, and enjoys dating youthful Thai bar ladies. Statistically, this may be a tiny proportion of the 300,000 or so ex-pats thought to be living and working in Thailand in 2019.
Staying in the Kingdom and not utilizing a job, with restricted funds and no medical insurance is changing into more and more advanced. But you’d find that situation in most components of the world now. Should Report like the security of a medical insurance policy to guard you from these unexpected scenarios, there’s a whole host of firms willing to put in writing you a coverage in a matter of minutes. The specialists in Thailand are Regency Assurance, catering to ex-pats and vacationers alike.
The Thai government is a dictatorship
We’ll tread a little carefully right here. Thailand’s fraught experiment with democracy, since the absolute monarchy was abolished again in 1932, has been fragile. Lots of coups, a lot of Army tampering, and plenty of elections. Thailand now has the dubious distinction of being the world’s solely present Military-led government. But is it a ‘dictatorship’ within the historical use of the phrase? Probably not.
The NCPO, the Army-led National Council of Peace and Order, took the reins of government on May 22 2014, in a bloodless take-over from the civilian-elected authorities.
But the Thai Government is in good company in and around South East Asia. Laos and Vietnam are both run by communist governments (with secure capitalist economies), Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy run by a frontrunner who has been seen to control the ‘elections’ by suppressing political dissent. Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy but has suffered ongoing political division and nepotism, and more just lately a rise in non secular tensions that cripple the government’s capacity to manipulate. Singapore is extra of a family enterprise than democracy – the southeast Asian financial miracle of the twentieth century. Brunei is run by a Sultan who has recently introduced features of Sharia law into the Sultanate – no elections there. Myanmar is a quasi army-run dictatorship. Etc, etc…
Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea are the one comparatively steady Asian democracies but they are 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 soldiers standing on road corners toting guns. In the Wikipedia Democracy Index, Thailand falls into the class of ‘hybrid regime’ and that’s in all probability about right.
There’s NO Freedom of Speech in Thailand
Whilst there are many subtle, and some less refined, limitations on Thai media, you will see robust debate and editorials printed in Thai and foreign-language media any day of the week. It’s a uniquely ‘Thai’ sort of media but there are a couple of well-documented cases of individuals who’ve dared to tread over the gray line.
Going to a Thai media scrum is about as strong as you’ll discover wherever in the world and the questions fired at politicians, normally cloaked in very polite language, can cowl nearly any problem. There are a few ‘no go’ subjects in Thailand and that’s a cultural factor that takes a number of years to fully understand. But, imagine me, the Thai media is a sturdy part of the ongoing political and economic discourse of the nation, regardless of the various perceived or actual restrictions. Like many different things in Thailand, in relation to freedom of the media, TIT.
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