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Boarder-run and visa-run from Phi Phi?


Bigboy1989

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Hello all Thaivisa members,

I'm planning to move to phi phi island to live with my thai girlfriend ,

rent a shop together and live for a while and if all goes good maybe continue with marriage.

Is there any foreigners here that live in phi phi? (many help is needed to understand things)

and does anyone is doing a visa-run or boarder-run from phi phi?

because I was suggested to start with a triple entry visa and extend each 1 by 30 days so it gives me like 9 months with 2 times boarder-runs.

is someone already doing it and can help with some info please?

and maybe also some info about living in the island and etc?

I know I cannot work without a work permit but if we open a shop together maybe we can put a worker there ( i will be just the one who helps with the money , not working in the shop).

Thanks a lot for the helpers !

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good luck starting a bussiness on phi phi i would think you may run into a few problems with that.

the visa is correct triple entry tourist visa can either go ranong or malaysia to hop over the border and get a new 60day stamp,

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good luck starting a bussiness on phi phi i would think you may run into a few problems with that.

the visa is correct triple entry tourist visa can either go ranong or malaysia to hop over the border and get a new 60day stamp,

And may I ask why you think like that please ?

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in one word...CORRUPTION,if you girlfriend is not a local on phi phi you are gonna get nothing but a headache from a business there it a small island controlled by a chosen few,not everything is as it seems.

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in one word...CORRUPTION,if you girlfriend is not a local on phi phi you are gonna get nothing but a headache from a business there it a small island controlled by a chosen few,not everything is as it seems.

really ??

even if its a rent shop and we not own the shop ?

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yep really ,paying the rent and getting the shop is not the problem.its when you start making profit and others notice that its a westerner fronting the business, thats when your headaches may start.

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yep really ,paying the rent and getting the shop is not the problem.its when you start making profit and others notice that its a westerner fronting the business, thats when your headaches may start.

All the island fiefdoms of Thailand are notorious for heavily entrenched and officially condoned corruption. If the OP's girlfriend isn't local to the island, it will be even more difficult to survive. Backhanders and pay-offs are more endemic than the classic rip-off.

More notable for the OP is the tightened southern border Thai Immigration scrutiny of 'visa runners', even those with absolutely no links to any business and those with rather tenuous long-term stays on Tourist visas. If you enjoy being gamed and extra hassle to justify your presence and/or re-entry, knock yourself out.

The OP would be better to try this 'joint venture' enterprise in the girlfriends home town/province IMHO. Guaranteed to be cheaper and less worrisome than setting up shop on any of the country's over-rated and expensive islands.

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