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  • Amity Treaty Offers Americans 3rd Way to Start Business in Thailand

    Amity Treaty Offers Americans 3rd Way to Start Business in Thailand is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Starting a new business in Thailand requires more than just a great idea but also an understanding of the market, the requirements to establish a business, and expert legal advice during the incorporation. The new cannabis laws have seen the boom of cannabis-related businesses, from food to cosmetics and cannabis shops. Other businesses that are […]

    Amity Treaty Offers Americans 3rd Way to Start Business in Thailand is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Amity Treaty Offers Americans 3rd Way to Start Business in Thailand is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Starting a new business in Thailand requires more than just a great idea but also an understanding of the market, the requirements to establish a business, and expert legal advice during the incorporation.

    The new cannabis laws have seen the boom of cannabis-related businesses, from food to cosmetics and cannabis shops.

    Other businesses that are seeing growth in Thailand include sustainable energy solutions, a key point in the government’s investment focus.

    Those investing in a business in Thailand have several options for incorporation, a Thai limited company or a fully or majority foreign-owned company with a foreign business license. Obtaining an FBL is difficult and many of the categories are restricted so the Thai limited company with 51% Thai ownership is the usual route for business incorporation.

    However, Americans have a third option with the Thai American Amity treaty. American citizens and businesses incorporated in the United States or in Thailand, are allowed to engage in business just as would someone of Thai nationality however, there are some limitations and restrictions in what activities a company that is registered under the treaty cannot perform.

    An Amity treaty business cannot:

    • Own or purchase land,
    • Engage in activities in the internal transport and communication sectors;
    • Engage in fiduciary functions;
    • Engage in banking activities with depositary functions;
    • Engage in domestic trade of domestic agricultural products;
    • Exploit land with natural resources.

    Before starting the registration process, it is best to determine if your business activity falls within the Treaty then submit the documentation to the U.S. embassy’s Commercial Services Department.

    Once the department confirms that the applicant is an American-owned and operating company or a U.S. citizen, it will submit that confirmation to the Ministry of Commerce to register the treaty.

    Then the incorporation process can begin, it is key to note that in order to be eligible the company must have a minimum registered paid up capital of two million baht, must be a minimum of 51% American-owned, and at least half of the board of directors must be U.S. citizens.

    Sun Legal has experience in setting up Treaty of Amity companies for American citizens. Use the form below to contact us.

    Amity Treaty Offers Americans 3rd Way to Start Business in Thailand is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    10 August 2022
    Business
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=10182
  • Sun Legal Update: Minimum Wage Hike Coming in Sept.

    Sun Legal Update: Minimum Wage Hike Coming in Sept. is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The government is preparing minimum-wage increases in each province, requesting each local government to submit proposed rates. The process is delayed until September because there were dramatic differences in proposed increases, with some provinces proposing too high a wage while others offered no increase at all. The central wage committee which consists of representatives of […]

    Sun Legal Update: Minimum Wage Hike Coming in Sept. is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Sun Legal Update: Minimum Wage Hike Coming in Sept. is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The government is preparing minimum-wage increases in each province, requesting each local government to submit proposed rates.

    The process is delayed until September because there were dramatic differences in proposed increases, with some provinces proposing too high a wage while others offered no increase at all.

    The central wage committee which consists of representatives of the government, employers and employees will finalize the proposed rates by September with a hope that the new rates will go into effect by the end of this year.

    The government has not raised the daily minimum wage in two years and it was agreed that rising costs and inflation necessitate the hike.

    Factories, Hotels Exempted From Fees

    The Cabinet approved measures to assist factories and hotels by exempting them from paying annual government fees.

    Hotel operators normally pay 40 baht a room and will be exempted from this requirement until June 30, 2024. Type 2 factories (which must notify the Ministry of Industry before operation) and Type 3 factories (which must obtain a factory-operation license before starting) are exempted from paying fees to June 9, 2023.

    This fee varies from 300-43,500 baht a year, depending on the horsepower of machinery used in the factory.

    New Business Registrations Fall 2%

    The Department of Business Development reports that the number of new businesses opening in the first half of the year reached 40,301 with combined registered capital of 280.6 billion baht, a 2% year-on-year decline.

    The number of businesses filing for closure rose 22% due in large part to higher costs of energy, fuel, electricity and liquified petroleum gas.

    Historically, the number of incorporation registrations in the first half of the year has been higher than the number registered in the second half. The DBD forecasts that new business registrations will reach 70,000-75,000 by the end of the year.

    Sun Legal Update: Minimum Wage Hike Coming in Sept. is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    8 August 2022
    Business
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=10178
  • 13 Killed, 40 Hurt in Thailand Nightclub Fire

    13 Killed, 40 Hurt in Thailand Nightclub Fire is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    3 underage teenagers among dead in Sattahip District inferno

    13 Killed, 40 Hurt in Thailand Nightclub Fire is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    13 Killed, 40 Hurt in Thailand Nightclub Fire is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    A late-night fight at a Chonburi nightclub killed 17 people and injured about 40, several of them underage teenagers.

    The inferno at the Mountain B Pub on Sukhumvit Road in Sattahip District began near the ceiling, which was covered in highly flammable soundproofing foam. A rear-exit was locked, leaving only one way out the firetrap. Videos showed people fleeing the building, their bodies on fire.

    Nine men and four women died in the fire, including three minors not legally allowed to be in the bar. The victims were identified only by their first names as Kornwit, 17; Promporn, 18; Watinee, 19; Warakul, 32; Somrat, 31;, Surakan, 35; Natthida, 28; Jetsadaporn, 20; Wiriya, 31, Rangsiman, 30; Chatchai, 30, Nuttakorn, 49, and Sawitta, 39.

    Many of those injured suffered severe burns.

    Witnesses said they heard two explosions near the DJ booth as the three-rai entertainment complex with only one entrance and saw sparks that ignited the soundproofing foam. The flames spread quickly from there.

    Twenty fire engines from around the area responded to the blaze in the Plutaluang Subdistrict. Firefighters spent two hours battling the flames. Once the fire was out, they found 13 charred bodies inside, some dead from the fire, some from smoke inhalation or being trampled.

    Mountain B opened only a month ago and was popular with youths in the East with management obviously paying little heed to checking ID cards to ensure everyone was over age 20.

    The fire there shows how little has changed in Thailand’s nightclubs since the Santika nightclub fire in Bangkok on New Year’s Eve 2008. Sixty-six people died and more than 200 others were injured in that blaze that was supposed to prompt improved fire safety and inspection in the country’s bars, pubs and nightclubs.

    13 Killed, 40 Hurt in Thailand Nightclub Fire is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    5 August 2022
    Featured
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=10167
  • Sun Legal Update: Thailand’s 12-Hour Flip-Flop on Arresting Cannabis Sellers

    Sun Legal Update: Thailand’s 12-Hour Flip-Flop on Arresting Cannabis Sellers is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    In a rollercoaster ride of announcements last week, the Public Health  Ministry directed police to arrest anyone selling marijuana “without permission” before, hours later, revoking the order because no such permission exists. Cannabis was decriminalized on June 9 without the supporting regulatory laws in place. Thus, there is no permit or license needed – or […]

    Sun Legal Update: Thailand’s 12-Hour Flip-Flop on Arresting Cannabis Sellers is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Sun Legal Update: Thailand’s 12-Hour Flip-Flop on Arresting Cannabis Sellers is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    In a rollercoaster ride of announcements last week, the Public Health  Ministry directed police to arrest anyone selling marijuana “without permission” before, hours later, revoking the order because no such permission exists.

    Cannabis was decriminalized on June 9 without the supporting regulatory laws in place. Thus, there is no permit or license needed – or available – to sell cannabis products, even rolled marijuana cigarettes ready for consumption.

    The Traditional and Alternative Medicine Department will be working with the Public Health Ministry to design a new certificate. One cannabis activist reported that after the announcement was made, they visited the ministry and were given a generic form to fill out and asked to pay 3,020 baht for a license to be issued by the Department of Traditional and Alternative Medicine, which has authority over cannabis.

    The activist was told that a license would be issued within two weeks, but cannabis sales could be continued. However, no government regulations have yet been announced regarding a license. Sun Legal will continue to follow this story and report on any changes required for the sale of cannabis products.

    VAT Exemption for Digital Assets

    The government announced a Value Added Tax exemption on the transfer of digital assets, including cryptocurrencies and digital tokens, made through an authorized exchange from April 1 this year until Dec. 31, 2023.

    Transactions made outside an authorized exchange or before April 1 may be subject to VAT at the rate of 7%. If the revenue derived from such transfer transactions exceeds 1.8 million baht a year, then it will be subject to VAT.

    Fruit Exports Rise

    Fruit exports to China reached 92 billion baht in value in the first half of 2022 as exports from the country continue to climb.

    The first half of the year saw 12.7% year-on-year growth, with a value more than US$149 billion (5.5 trillion baht), exceeding the original target of 4%-5%.

    Agricultural products and agro-industrial products were more than $26.5 billion last month alone. Durian, coconut, mangosteen, longan, rambutan and pomelo were the most exported fruits to China.

    The government recently signed a series of miniature free-trade agreements as the country sees its exports to secondary markets grow faster than to the primary markets of the United States, European Union, China, Japan and much of Southeast Asia.

    Exports to secondary markets grew 13.2% year-on-year in June, led by shipments to South Asia (49.5% growth), Australia (4.9%), the Middle East (24%), Africa (12.1%) and Latin America (17.2%). Exports to primary markets showed 11.9% growth year-on-year in the same period.

    More Mini FTAs to Come

    Mini-FTAs are between the government and cities or states in other countries. Recently the government signed one with the state of Telangana in India and is looking to sign additional agreements in India in states such as Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarat and Assam.

    The five top exports to India are fat and plant and animal-based cooking oils (up 309% year-on-year), plastic pallets (up 41%), chemicals (up 61%), gemstones and jewelry (up 150%) and iron, steel and related products (up 18%).

    Opening an export-only business in Thailand can allow for full foreign ownership so long as there is 2 million baht in registered capital for each work permit. It is recommended to also explore obtaining Board of Investment licensing when applicable as this offers not only huge tax benefits but also benefits in regard to work permits, visas and other legal services.

    Sun Legal’s legal advisors can walk you through the process of setting up an export only business and BOI promotion to see if it works for you. Use the form below for more information.

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    Sun Legal Update: Thailand’s 12-Hour Flip-Flop on Arresting Cannabis Sellers is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    1 August 2022
    Business
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=10161
  • Sun Legal Update: Thailand’s Cannabis Market

    Sun Legal Update: Thailand’s Cannabis Market is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The cannabis market in Thailand is expected to grow quickly after its decriminalization in June. The University of Thai Chamber of Commerce predicts that the cannabis market will grow 15% annually for the next three years when it is expected to be valued at 43 billion baht. Overall, the public has yet to change its […]

    Sun Legal Update: Thailand’s Cannabis Market is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Sun Legal Update: Thailand’s Cannabis Market is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The cannabis market in Thailand is expected to grow quickly after its decriminalization in June. The University of Thai Chamber of Commerce predicts that the cannabis market will grow 15% annually for the next three years when it is expected to be valued at 43 billion baht.

    Overall, the public has yet to change its viewpoint on cannabis, with 64% of people polled viewing it as a harmful drug, 35% as medicine and 25% as a new economic crop. (Respondents could pick more than one answer in the survey.)

    However, the government sees cannabis as an important cash crop that creates opportunities for growers and small businesses. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has no plans to promote cannabis tourism, and the government has warned visitors to be aware of laws in nearby countries where it is illegal and can result in travel bans or jail terms.

    It is important to note that the Cannabis and Hemp Act has not yet been passed by Parliament so the importation of products containing cannabis and hemp extracts, and hemp derived products, as well as any parts of cannabis and hemp, into Thailand is still illegal.

    Additionally, while it is possible to purchase cannabis easily, it is still illegal to smoke it publicly and can result in a fine up to 25,000 baht and/or a jail sentence up to three months.

    Thai nationals may cultivate plants at home or freely cultivate cannabis and hemp plants and trade unprocessed plant parts and crude resins in Thailand. Companies can farm the plant with a permit. While this is a protected category of business, it is possible for a Thai limited company with minority foreign ownership to grow cannabis as well as start and run a cannabis related business.

    The Cannabis and Hemp Act is expected to impose further regulations and licensing requirements. It is expected that medium cultivators, with less than 32,000 square meters (less than 20 rai) under cultivation, will have to go through additional bureaucratic procedures and pay additional fees. Large cultivators, with more than 20 rai will be considered commercial cultivators and require Food and Drug Administration approval. Fees for large cultivators are likely to include both monthly and annual payments.

    Sun Legal will continue to follow the implementation of the Cannabis and Hemp Act and keep you apprised of any changes. If you are interested in starting a cannabis business, contact us using the form below.

    Business Sentiment Index Rises

    The easing of COVID restrictions and improved economic activity pushed the Federation of Thai Industries’ sentiment index upward for the first time in three months in June.

    The weak baht has boosted exports and increased tourism contributes, so a rising GDP is predicated although international tourists will be affected by the global economic outlook as inflation rises and supply shortages continue.

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    Sun Legal Update: Thailand’s Cannabis Market is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    25 July 2022
    Business
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=10156
  • Sun Legal Update: Opposition Rises to Foreigners Owning Land Under Long-Term Visa

    Sun Legal Update: Opposition Rises to Foreigners Owning Land Under Long-Term Visa is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The government is still considering whether to allow holders of the upcoming Long-Term Visa to own land for a house. Applications for the 10-year LTR will open at Thai embassies in September after being published in the Royal Gazette on June 2. However, land ownership still is not one of the visa’s benefits, despite earlier […]

    Sun Legal Update: Opposition Rises to Foreigners Owning Land Under Long-Term Visa is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Sun Legal Update: Opposition Rises to Foreigners Owning Land Under Long-Term Visa is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    The government is still considering whether to allow holders of the upcoming Long-Term Visa to own land for a house.

    Applications for the 10-year LTR will open at Thai embassies in September after being published in the Royal Gazette on June 2. However, land ownership still is not one of the visa’s benefits, despite earlier promises that it would be. Various organizations now are suggesting restrictions to any land purchase.

    For example, the Thai Chamber of Commerce is suggesting that foreigners should only be able to purchase land in designated areas and must resell it to Thai nationals. Others are concerned that allowing foriengers to own even a single rai of land will drive up land prices for less well-to-do Thais.

    The Land Department currently is drafting regulations to allow LTR holders to own a rai of land for residential purposes and is drafting regulations along those lines.

    Regulations for Franchises in Thailand

    Franchises are very popular in Thailand but were long ignored until new regulations were enacted in 2020.

    The Trade Competition Commission of Thailand’s Guidelines on Unfair Trade Practices in Franchise Businesses now offer protection to franchisees when franchisor’s wish to open a new franchise in the same area.

    Existing franchisees in the area now are allowed right of first refusal to the new franchise business but must do so within 30 days. However, there is an exception, if the existing franchisee’s performance does not meet the franchisor’s criteria as specified and communicated to the franchisee in advance then no right of first refusal is required.

    Close proximity to an existing franchisee is determined by the demand for the goods and services offered, the geographical area and the competition in the market.

    Additionally, franchisors must disclose to potential franchisees information on applicable payments and expenses relating to the franchise, such as franchise fees, royalties, marketing expenses, etc.

    Franchisors must also provide:

    • Information on assistance, training, and advisory services that they will provide
    • Information on existing and future branches and their locations operated by other franchisees in the vicinity, and information on sales and promotion
    • Information on trademarks, patents, and copyrights and licensing scope and restrictions
    • Information on the renewal, cancellation or amendment of the franchise agreement.

    Under the new guidelines franchisors will be prohibited from engaging in trade practices that can damage the franchisee without justification such as purchasing restrictions and other restrictive conditions. Franchisors in violation of the guidelines under the Trade Competition Act will be subject to administrative orders and fines, and civil claims for damages.

    If you own a franchise business and want to learn more about the protections afforded to you under the Act, or wish to open a franchise business, contact us using the form below for more information.

    We have extensive experience in assisting franchisees open new businesses and can ensure you are fully protected under the law.

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    Sun Legal Update: Opposition Rises to Foreigners Owning Land Under Long-Term Visa is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    18 July 2022
    Business
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=10150
  • Drug Addict Kills Toddler, 2 Others in Chiang Rai Mass Shooting Gunman Calls ‘Buddha’s Will’

    Drug Addict Kills Toddler, 2 Others in Chiang Rai Mass Shooting Gunman Calls ‘Buddha’s Will’ is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    A meth-head killed three people, including a 4-year-old girl, in a seemingly random mass shooting in Chiang Rai Thursday. Anucha Jabo, 36, was high on methamphetamine tablets when he strolled up to a pavilion in the Pa Kia Community where children and parents had gathered, and opened fire with a shotgun. Killed were toddler Punnada […]

    Drug Addict Kills Toddler, 2 Others in Chiang Rai Mass Shooting Gunman Calls ‘Buddha’s Will’ is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Drug Addict Kills Toddler, 2 Others in Chiang Rai Mass Shooting Gunman Calls ‘Buddha’s Will’ is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    A meth-head killed three people, including a 4-year-old girl, in a seemingly random mass shooting in Chiang Rai Thursday.

    Anucha Jabo, 36, was high on methamphetamine tablets when he strolled up to a pavilion in the Pa Kia Community where children and parents had gathered, and opened fire with a shotgun.

    Killed were toddler Punnada Jawo, Jala Jalor, 38, and Nabo Yapa, 45. Two people, Lay-ah Japrue, 61, and Jirada Yapa, 21, were seriously injured. Several dogs and cats caught in the crossfire also died.

    The tweaker initially held off police, with the crowd imploring him to surrender. He refused and managed to escape into the woods near the pavilion and was captured soon after.

    The gunman reportedly told Mae Saruay police that the shooting was “Buddha’s will”.

    Anucha, who failed a drug test at the police station, said he didn’t know how many yaba tablets he’d ingested. Police said he stole the gun and bullets from the community president’s house.

    Locals told Thai media that Anucha was infamous in the village, a habitual drug addict who was unemployed, divorced and suspected of domestic violence.

    He was charged with premeditated murder, attempted murder, bringing weapons into a public area, using weapons in a public area, and drugs use. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.

    Drug Addict Kills Toddler, 2 Others in Chiang Rai Mass Shooting Gunman Calls ‘Buddha’s Will’ is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    15 July 2022
    Chiang Mai
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=10143
  • Expats Won’t Be Exempted from Thailand Tourist Tax; Won’t Cover Covid-19

    Expats Won’t Be Exempted from Thailand Tourist Tax; Won’t Cover Covid-19 is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Thailand’s planned 300-baht “tourist tax” will be applied to all foreigners, including expats, and fund an insurance program that will offer up to 500,000 baht a person in case of accidents, not Covid-19. Tourism and Sports Ministry Assistant Permanent Secretary Mongkon Wimonrat said the fee-collection system for air travelers is ready now. However, more study […]

    Expats Won’t Be Exempted from Thailand Tourist Tax; Won’t Cover Covid-19 is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Expats Won’t Be Exempted from Thailand Tourist Tax; Won’t Cover Covid-19 is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Thailand’s planned 300-baht “tourist tax” will be applied to all foreigners, including expats, and fund an insurance program that will offer up to 500,000 baht a person in case of accidents, not Covid-19.

    Tourism and Sports Ministry Assistant Permanent Secretary Mongkon Wimonrat said the fee-collection system for air travelers is ready now. However, more study is needed on how to collect the tax from land and sea arrivals.

    Launch of the fee will not start until all tourists arriving by all modes of transportation can be taxed, he said.

    By “all without exception”, officials clarified that, originally, diplomats and expats would be exempt from the tax. That proved unworkable, as the fee will be added to airline tickets. Airlines do not collect such granular data and were unwilling to be parties to selective taxation based on visa types.

    There will be, however, one exception: Day-pass visas for migrant workers and traders. They will not have to pay the full 300-baht, although their fee has not been set yet.

    The insurance policy funded by the tax will last only 30 days. In order to collect the full half-million-baht payout, a tourist would have to be a victim of a riot, terrorism attack, natural disaster or qualifying accident.

    Those suffering “emotional distress” can still collect 20,000 baht.

    If a tourist dies, the insurance pays out 1 million baht to the family of the victim, while coverage for crematory expenses will top out at 150,000 baht a person.

    Covid-19 and other types of illness are excluded from the coverage, said the ministry. That marks a stark change from the tourist tax’s initially stated goal of offering coronavirus coverage for all foreigners.

    The Airlines Association of Thailand last month raised concerns about the scheme as the fees applied to foreigners might be regarded as discriminatory.

    Expats Won’t Be Exempted from Thailand Tourist Tax; Won’t Cover Covid-19 is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    15 July 2022
    Business
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=10132
  • Brit Ignores Red Flags, Drowns Self, Thai Rescuer in Phuket

    Brit Ignores Red Flags, Drowns Self, Thai Rescuer in Phuket is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    A British honeymooner who ignored red-flag swimming warnings killed himself and the Thai father who tried to rescue him in Phuket Thursday. Ali Mohammad Mian, 34, arrived in Thailand with his bride July 9, staying at the Katathani hotel in Karon Subdistrict since Tuesday. He went into the rough seas off Kata Noi Beach about […]

    Brit Ignores Red Flags, Drowns Self, Thai Rescuer in Phuket is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Brit Ignores Red Flags, Drowns Self, Thai Rescuer in Phuket is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    A British honeymooner who ignored red-flag swimming warnings killed himself and the Thai father who tried to rescue him in Phuket Thursday.

    Ali Mohammad Mian, 34, arrived in Thailand with his bride July 9, staying at the Katathani hotel in Karon Subdistrict since Tuesday.

    He went into the rough seas off Kata Noi Beach about 5 p.m. despite lifeguards warning tourists not to swim. Red flags flew all along the 850-meter beach.

    But in Mian went and, when he got in trouble, Surasit Ponglaohaphan, 55, was swimming nearby and tried to save him. The Chiang Mai man and his family were staying at the same hotel as the Londoner.

    His wife and son watched as both men drowned.

    Lifeguards pulled both to shore and rushed them to Chalong Hospital, where they were officially pronounced dead.

    Five other tourists were safely rescued from the sea off Patong and Kata beaches on Thursday.

    The accident follows a similar double drowning in Koh Chang earlier in the week where Spanish and French tourists also ignored red flags and drowned.

    Brit Ignores Red Flags, Drowns Self, Thai Rescuer in Phuket is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    15 July 2022
    Featured
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=10127
  • Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Bangkok Rank in Top 4 in Global Healthcare Survey

    Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Bangkok Rank in Top 4 in Global Healthcare Survey is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Several Thai cities have some of the best ratings for healthcare in a new cost-of-living survey, bolstering the government’s efforts to make the kingdom a medical-tourism destination. Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Pattaya all ranked highly on Numbeo’s Health Care Index 2022 Mid-Year, with Chiang Mai holding the top position, followed by Bangkok at the third […]

    Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Bangkok Rank in Top 4 in Global Healthcare Survey is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Bangkok Rank in Top 4 in Global Healthcare Survey is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    Several Thai cities have some of the best ratings for healthcare in a new cost-of-living survey, bolstering the government’s efforts to make the kingdom a medical-tourism destination.

    Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Pattaya all ranked highly on Numbeo’s Health Care Index 2022 Mid-Year, with Chiang Mai holding the top position, followed by Bangkok at the third and Pattaya at fourth.

    These rankings were based on a survey of website visitors on the overall quality of the healthcare system.

    Chiang Mai tops other cities thanks to its popularity among foreign nationals, due to the lower cost of living, convenience, local culture, and high-quality public health system at an affordable price.

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanked all sectors and healthcare workers who have made the country well-known around the world for its good health system.

    He highlighted the government’s objective to upgrade the country’s medical industry towards becoming a major medical hub.

    The government hopes this development will help create more jobs, create connectivity between businesses, and help the country achieve its post-pandemic recovery goals.

    Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Bangkok Rank in Top 4 in Global Healthcare Survey is a story originally published on the Bangkok Herald website. This work is copyrighted and cannot be reprinted without express written permission.

    15 July 2022
    Featured
    https://bangkokherald.com/?p=10122