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Belgian man arrested for working as tour guide

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Ah, the days of banter in the workplace between the belgies and the cloggies. All good fun.

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If you read the OP it says he was working as an interpreter for the guide. In that case they would still have a Thai guide but the Belgian guy would be dealing with the group because of language constraints.

It is not exactly taking someone's job away.

A lot of tour groups do this mostly because of the language barriers. I was under the impression this was legal if they employed a Thai guide to go with them.

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People are discussing and judging based on what they read in the article. The only thing i can say is that unfortunately the truth is far away from what has been written...

That would not be the first time and is common all over the world the thing a police friend of mine back in Holland told me about articles written on incidents where he was involved was shocking.. so often it was totally wrong.

It will be worse here for sure.

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If you read the OP it says he was working as an interpreter for the guide. In that case they would still have a Thai guide but the Belgian guy would be dealing with the group because of language constraints.

It is not exactly taking someone's job away.

A lot of tour groups do this mostly because of the language barriers. I was under the impression this was legal if they employed a Thai guide to go with them.

Not legal.. gf is a Thai guide and they often do it like this but its not legal and the police needs to get paid. But its how it is many of the languages are just not spoken by Thai guides. (if they were to be real good in that language they could use it to make much more money elsewhere the guide get paid not enough to attract the ones that are real good in languages)

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If you read the OP it says he was working as an interpreter for the guide. In that case they would still have a Thai guide but the Belgian guy would be dealing with the group because of language constraints.

It is not exactly taking someone's job away.

A lot of tour groups do this mostly because of the language barriers. I was under the impression this was legal if they employed a Thai guide to go with them.

Not legal.. gf is a Thai guide and they often do it like this but its not legal and the police needs to get paid. But its how it is many of the languages are just not spoken by Thai guides. (if they were to be real good in that language they could use it to make much more money elsewhere the guide get paid not enough to attract the ones that are real good in languages)

do you know if a translator is not legal? Can you share this source please.

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If you read the OP it says he was working as an interpreter for the guide. In that case they would still have a Thai guide but the Belgian guy would be dealing with the group because of language constraints.

It is not exactly taking someone's job away.

A lot of tour groups do this mostly because of the language barriers. I was under the impression this was legal if they employed a Thai guide to go with them.

Not legal.. gf is a Thai guide and they often do it like this but its not legal and the police needs to get paid. But its how it is many of the languages are just not spoken by Thai guides. (if they were to be real good in that language they could use it to make much more money elsewhere the guide get paid not enough to attract the ones that are real good in languages)

do you know if a translator is not legal? Can you share this source please.

Not without a work-permit it is not, and because its hard to get work permits for work out of office and these short duration they usually don't have one.

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Does Thailand benefit if a lot of foreigners come here and become tourist guides ? Does every nation that recieves lots of foreign workers benefit ?

In Thailand, if lots of Thais become un-employed because lots of foreigners enter Thailand and take those jobs, does Thailand benefit ?? It appears to be that Thailand is very cautious when it comes to giving out work permits to foreigners.

The Thais, they're not that daft or silly. They're not going to let a load of foreigners enter their country and take-over. There was a bit of talk on Thai Visa about how the Thais would be f___ once ASEAN 2015 comes in. Yes, unlimited numbers of people entering into Thailand and working will mean that the Thais will be f___. But the Thais won't let it happen, they will simply not give out a stack of work permits to the foreigners.

Maybe you should ask the 10's of thousands of Burmese. Lao and Khmer illegal workers that the Thais are only to happy to employ and exploit.

Did you follow what happened when they thought a crackdown was coming?

They left in droves and construction etc came to a halt across the country, so what did the thais do?

Changed the rules

Dont think this is about the LAW or Thais loosing jobs cause its not

Hey tonbridgebrit! Here's a news flash for you. Granted, your points are valid. However, this is SE ASIA, not Europe. Despite all the historic animousities and wars between SEA people, Thais have a stronger allegiance toward other SEA people, than they will ever have with you, bloke.

As citizens of ASEAN member nations, those same exploited migrant workers from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Vietnam, etc. will not be required to first obtain a work permit in Thailand, prior to pursuing gainful employment.

The Aussie gov't is fanatically "politic-king, to be recognized as an ASEAN member nation. Would care to venture a guess, as to what their (Aussie) reasoning happens to be?

Back to the topic. Despite the ethical right or wrong doings of the Thai law enforcement officials,, they can arbitrarily enforce, or not enforce their own labor laws & immigration policies, to their own hearts content. Just in case you have (block-headedly) refused to notice, the LOS is factually Thai Turf, not British. Those blokes can do whatever they bloody well please. The Belgian bloke was illegally working, without a work permit. His crime was getting caught in the act. Period.

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The Dutch are very smart people. Most speak some English and some speak it very well. It is possible the Belgian was able to communicate to the Dutch tourists in their own language better than the Thai guides can speak English. However, he broke the law and the law won.

Wrong place, wrong time. Remember where you are!

English is the second language for the Dutch , they speak excellent English , you are correct, he broke the law.

Off-topic. Both the Dutch & Belgians possess a greater command of the English language (in general) ...than do most of the British themselves (in general) .

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The Dutch are very smart people. Most speak some English and some speak it very well. It is possible the Belgian was able to communicate to the Dutch tourists in their own language better than the Thai guides can speak English. However, he broke the law and the law won.

Wrong place, wrong time. Remember where you are!

he can most likely speak Flemish, which is very close to formal Dutch at lot of Belgian's do speak it

Most intelligent Belgians (rare) do speak Dutch. (running joke between Belgians and Dutch we complain about their intelligence and they complain we resemble Scots in how cheap we are)

Perhaps you meant well, but if I were Belgian, I'd be insulted by your remark. "Most intelligent Belgians (rare), etc." whistling.gif

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There tens of thousands of fluent dutch and french speaking Thais and he is stealing their job.

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This story is pretty much a non starter. If you are a tourist in my country and are caught working illegally you will be taken to court and then deported.

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Think the guy and all of us KNOW the risks of doing any work without a permit.......The guy took the chance and got caught.

The company that employed the guy KNOW he should have a permit if he could get one.

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"He said he was paying Bt1,000 to B1,300 a day." he paid them to lead them ???

Now you know the reason why the arrested Belgian was providing a service, the Thai tour guides cannot provide. Here we have na "educated" OP who cannot write , discernible English, as a News Editor. The majority of Belgian/Dutch people have a working knowledge of the English language. The majority of Thais do not. There really is no contest, and thais are a bunch of crybabies.

Now, back to the main topic. The arrested Belgian is not innocent. It is illegal to work, while on a tourist visa, in every country on the planet. He committed the crime of getting caught. If he wants to earn a living legally, as a Tour Guide, then he needs to return to the EuroZone. Period.

..and join a rightwing party whistling.gif

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Does Thailand benefit if a lot of foreigners come here and become tourist guides ? Does every nation that recieves lots of foreign workers benefit ?

In Thailand, if lots of Thais become un-employed because lots of foreigners enter Thailand and take those jobs, does Thailand benefit ?? It appears to be that Thailand is very cautious when it comes to giving out work permits to foreigners.

The Thais, they're not that daft or silly. They're not going to let a load of foreigners enter their country and take-over. There was a bit of talk on Thai Visa about how the Thais would be f___ once ASEAN 2015 comes in. Yes, unlimited numbers of people entering into Thailand and working will mean that the Thais will be f___. But the Thais won't let it happen, they will simply not give out a stack of work permits to the foreigners.

From NativeSon: The other SEA migrant workers will not be classified as foreigners.

Maybe you should ask the 10's of thousands of Burmese. Lao and Khmer illegal workers that the Thais are only to happy to employ and exploit.

Did you follow what happened when they thought a crackdown was coming?

They left in droves and construction etc came to a halt across the country, so what did the thais do?

Changed the rules

Dont think this is about the LAW or Thais loosing jobs cause its not

Hey tonbridgebrit! Here's a news flash for you. Granted, your points are valid. However, this is SE ASIA, not Europe. Despite all the historic animousities and wars between SEA people, Thais have a stronger allegiance toward other SEA people, than they will ever have with you, bloke.

As citizens of ASEAN member nations, those same exploited migrant workers from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Vietnam, etc. will not be required to first obtain a work permit in Thailand, prior to pursuing gainful employment.

The Aussie gov't is fanatically "politic-king, to be recognized as an ASEAN member nation. Would care to venture a guess, as to what their (Aussie) reasoning happens to be?

Back to the topic. Despite the ethical right or wrong doings of the Thai law enforcement officials,, they can arbitrarily enforce, or not enforce their own labor laws & immigration policies, to their own hearts content. Just in case you have (block-headedly) refused to notice, the LOS is factually Thai Turf, not British. Those blokes can do whatever they bloody well please. The Belgian bloke was illegally working, without a work permit. His crime was getting caught in the act. Period.

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This story is pretty much a non starter. If you are a tourist in my country and are caught working illegally you will be taken to court and then deported.

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