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Actually as someone who live here almost 2 years i certainly feel that prices goes down by a lot.

I mean house prices. Rent prices. Hotels are empty. Less tourist at my area which is a very touristic island.

A LOT of western business shut down this year, i personally know more than 10 only here that closed due to

lack of income and other problems.

(hire 8 Thai people for a business visa... come on! this is not Canada!)

 

What are they doing there ?

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9 minutes ago, MRToMRT said:

I am one of those who decided to leave, but just before all of this TM thing started. I do think that as Farang I sense a lesser welcome in Thailand but its still more of a welcome than the vast majority of other countries.

But as I am now heavily into the administration of setting up in new country with immigration and sorting tax issues I can tell you Thailand is still a much much easier country to enter, stay and function in than most. Even with this found level of odd beurocratic needs, I am finding my new move (Europe) dogged with immigration bureaucracy, local gov bureaucracy and tax bureaucracy.  All of which take months to sort.

well said.  Some if not a great many on TVF think that Thailand is the only country in the world with strict immigration laws and requirements,.  That is far from the truth, as a great many countries are much more onerous to would be expats and the ones that are not are way behind in technology, infrastructure, health cover and freedoms, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines are three such. Just try becoming an expat in my own country, the UK and you will see what I mean.  Even the Russian oligarch,  criminal class are finding it hard going. 

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In last years they are making it much more complicated for foreigners to stay long term.

Nowadays Pattaya looks like a ghost town.

Nobody making money there.

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38 minutes ago, Destiny1990 said:

In last years they are making it much more complicated for foreigners to stay long term.

Nowadays Pattaya looks like a ghost town.

Nobody making money there.

Then again,

A: It's low season; B: a strong Baht vs Western currencies both seem like more likely reasons for the current absence of foreigners, don't you think?

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3 hours ago, Puchaiyank said:

What makes many expats a little nervous is the uncertainty at immigration offices.   The changes this year...loosing embassy income letters, TM-30 requirement if you take the family 50 kilometers to see grandmother...stay overnight...then required to report with document to immigration, some require blue ink, some get irate if you do not wear your Sunday best clothing and wye the IO officer to get service...some offices seem to go to great length to make expats sweat before getting a stamp...

 

All pure BS...IMHO...unnecessary and not appreciated...

 

Let me say before the Thai apologists show me the exit door...the curve balls thrown at expats by immigration are causing many expats to seriously reconsider their strategy for the long haul...

 

 

You can't blame Immigration for the loss of income letters from 4 embassies. The problem is that Immigration doesn't know how to handle the situation when it comes to the >65k monthly method. Hopefully they will learn. 

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