Finance

Surviving in Thailand: The hard truth

Surviving in Thailand: The hard truth

Many visitors to Thailand love the easygoing local atmosphere and notice that they get much more pleasure and value for money than at home. For me it took five years of dreaming to take bold decision to move over here. I remember back home I frequently visited the website escapeartist.com to check if I would be able to [...]

Effective tips and tricks to remember your PIN code and prevent your bank or credit card being swallowed or invalidated by ATM machines

Effective tips and tricks to remember your PIN code and prevent your bank or credit card being swallowed or invalidated by ATM machines

This week at 4:00 am monday morning a New Zealand tourist at Kata beach, Phuket saw his bank card swallowed by an ATM machine after he entered a wrong PIN code for the third time. He had to check out from his hotel and catch his flight, but he was left without the money he [...]

World Bank: One-third of Thai households make more than ฿14,000/$450 per month

World Bank: One-third of Thai households make more than ฿14,000/$450 per month

A wooden farmer’s house in a rural area ofRoi-Et province in Isan Poverty is still a big problem in Thailand.In their report the World Bank states: Currently less than 35 percent of Thais live in a household making more than 14,000 baht ($450) per month.Or in other words: two-third of Thai households earn less.The poorest [...]

Inside an ATM-machine

Inside an ATM-machine

Seen in George Town, Penang Malaysia, an ATM-machine is opened up for maintenance

Lira still in use in Italy

Lira still in use in Italy

Although it’s over eight years ago now when  in most countries in West Europe the Euro came in use overnight at New Year 2002. Some shops in Italy are still using the Italian Lira as a reference, probably this is intended for older people still calculating back to their trusted currency, which represents 1936 Lire for one [...]

How to transfer money to Thailand from abroad using Paypal

How to transfer money to Thailand from abroad using Paypal

Call me stupid, I deserve it. Last week I fell for the trap.In many countries in Asia ATM machines will give back your card only after taking the money, where I was used to to first  take out your bank card in order to get the money. You should know what is coming by now.In some [...]

Getting a bank account and Visa cards in Thailand without permanent address

Getting a bank account and Visa cards in Thailand without permanent address

If you stay in Thailand for a longer time such as I do or if you have a Thai girlfriend + family to support, you might consider opening a local bank account. First of all it saves you precious time, should your Thai girlfriend’s buffalo suddenly have fallen ill. Moreover with the recent drop of [...]

Airplane safety

Airplane safety

When you’ve read my previous post two days ago, you might be under the impression I got ill or didn’t make it, but the truth of the matter is; I’m healthy as a fish, just I didn’t experience that much to make it interesting for visitors, or in other words; I lacked the necessary inspiration.But let [...]