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Expats who relocate to Thailand are greeted with comfort, warmth, and exhilaration. Expat communities are mainly in Bangkok; a city filled with inflections of local culture, hospitable locals, bright lights of the modern metropolis, and traffic jams. While outside the busy roads and buzzing sounds of commercial Bangkok, expats traversing beyond this city will find a serene and tranquil experience. Thailand is a country of contrast; old and new, modern and traditional, yet in perfect harmony. Before deciphering the many ingredients of the local curry dish, here’s some info we thought you’d like to know. 


Expat Clubs

American Women's Club of Thailand

The American Women's Club of Thailand is a nonpolitical, nonprofit group organized to promote friendship in the American community and emphasize friendship and cooperation with Thai women through social, cultural and philanthropic activities.

Address: 72/1 Sukhumvit Soi 38, Klong Toey, Bangkok, 10110

Tel: 02-712-3380

Fax: 02-712-3919



Australians in Thailand

A social organization for people who live in Thailand and have a connection to Australia. Fundraising and social events are planned regularly for members.

Email: [email protected]



Australian-New Zealand Women's Group

Welcome to the Australian-New Zealand Women's Group Bangkok. For more than 50 years ANZWG has played a major part in the lives of many expatriate women who have been lucky enough to reside in this fascinating yet sometimes challenging city.

Address:  Australian Embassy, 37 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Email: [email protected]




BAMBI is a Bangkok-based, mother-led, non-profit group, offering support and companionship in the early years of parenthood.

Address: P.O. Box 1078, Suanphlu, Bangkok, 10121 THAILAND



Bangkok Network of Women (BNOW)

Started in January 2004, BNOW aims to help local and foreign women who are both new and old to Bangkok.  The concept is to provide a supportive network to women from all walks of life.  The group meets twice a month, plus sends out a weekly e-newsletter.

Address: 33 Manutham Mansion, 2nd Floor, Room 4 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

Tel: 085 846 3342, 662 662 5622

Email: [email protected]



British Club Bangkok

Described as "an Oasis in the heart of Bangkok", The British Club Bangkok is a family, sports, and social Members Club situated in downtown Bangkok.

Address: 189 Suriwongse Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10500




British Women's Group in Bangkok

Our aim is to provide a support network through social functions, working with local charities and welfare activities. There is something within the British Women's Group for everyone. We are an extremely friendly group, catering for everyone's needs, whether it is to meet other like-minded folk or take up a new hobby whilst supporting local charities.



Chiang Mai Expat Club

Chiangmai Expats Club aims to help expats expand friendships and improve their quality of life here. We try to serve the community of foreigners by making it easier to understand the laws, language and lifestyle needs of our members and guests.

Address: Pat Corey P.O. Box 166 Phrasing Post Office A. Muang Chiang Mai 50205

Tel: 080-494 5573

Email: [email protected]




ChickyNet Thailand

Chicky Net is a social network for women who have either relocated to Thailand or who are visiting for a specific period of time. The website offers an exciting and fun way to meet other expats, join in activities, and to best of all make new friends with whom they can share their experiences with getting the most out of their time in Thailand.




International Women's Club of Thailand

The Club is a secular and strictly non-political organization and its official communications is in English. The international character of the Club is maintained by keeping the membership to, as nearly as possible, one-third Thai, and two-thirds all other nationalities. This rule is applied to the regular membership only.

Address: Club House, Unit 3, 16 Sukhumvit Soi 34Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel: (+66) 02 258 5336 (MWF 10:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Mobile : +66 912190894

Fax : (+66) 02 260 1887

Email: [email protected]



Lunch Bunch Club of Chiangmai

The Lunch Bunch is a non-political, non-profit group organized to promote networking for women who are new to the Chiangmai community. The club has been established since 1995. We emphasize friendship through social and community activities. Other Around Town activities are listed here as well.



New Zealand Society of Thailand

An organization giving New Zealanders an opportunity to share goals and experiences and offering New Zealand Families, Expats, Business People & Thais an opportunity to share ideas, memories and a community social life.



Pattaya City Expats Club

A social organization dedicated to helping expats and visitors to enjoy their stay in Pattaya. Everyone is welcome to their weekly meetings and events.

Email: [email protected]



Pattaya Expat Club

This site, is dedicated to all of us expats enjoying the good life in Pattaya, and those of you across the world that would like to join us here.



Rayong Ladies Circle (RLC)

The Rayong Ladies Circle was formed in 1994 with the aim of assisting expatriates of all nationalities to settle in Thailand, to foster friendship between members and our Thai neighbours and to promote goodwill in the community by charitable and other work.

Tel: 081 6444 432

Email: [email protected]


International Schools 

Asian University Thailand

An international, English- medium university located in Chonburi, 20km inland from Jomtie.

Address: 89 Moo 12, Highway 331, Huay Yai, Banglamung, Chonburi 20260 Thailand

Tel: 038 253 700, 02 613 7468

Email: [email protected]




Bangkok Patana School

Bangkok Patana School is Thailand’s original British international school, located on La Salle Road in South-East Bangkok. Under the stewardship of committed parents and dedicated staff members, our not-for-profit school has remained at the forefront of education in Thailand and is today one of the most respected educational establishments in South East Asia.

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

Address: 643 Lasalle Road (Sukhumvit 105)

Bangna, Bangkok 10260


Tel: +66 (0) 2785 2200

Fax: +66 (0) 2785 2399

Email: [email protected]



Chaing Mai International School

Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) provides high quality education in an ideal social and cultural environment. CMIS has been helping meet the educational needs of the international community in northern Thailand since 1954.

Curriculum: American

Address: 13 Chetupon Rd. Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000

Tel: +66 (0) 53 242027, 306152

Fax: +66 (0) 53 242455



Harrow International School

Harrow International School Bangkok is located in North Bangkok, conveniently close to Don Muang International Airport. In 2015 the BTS municipal train network will be extended to the neighbourhood. Harrow Bangkok operates on a spacious and green 35 acre campus beside a picturesque lake, with separate air conditioned buildings housing the Early Years Centre, the Pre Prep School, Prep School and Upper School (accounting for the Senior School (Years 9 to 11) and Sixth Form).

Curriculum: British

Address: 45 Soi Kosumruamchai 14, Kosumruamchai Rd.,

Sikun, Don Muang, Bangkok, 10210 Thailand

Tel: +66 25037222

Fax : +66 25037223

Email: [email protected]



International School Bangkok

ISB is a nonprofit, independent, and nonsectarian school which is overseen by our parents who are members of our school association and elected to our Board of Trustees. The school has been providing quality education since 1951 to expatriates representing more than 60 countries.

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

Address: 39/7 Soi Nichada Thani, Samakee Road, Amphur Pakkret, Nonthaburi 11120 Thailand

Tel: Tel. +66 (0) 2963-5800

Fax. +66 (0) 2 583-5431-2



Kids' Academy International Pre-School

A boutique-style Bangkok pre-school that teaches Early Years Foundation Stage leading to the British National Curriculum to children aged 1 1/2 to 5 years.

Curriculum: British

Address: 52/1-2 Sukhumvit 63, Soi 2

Bangkok 10110

Tel: 02-714-3636, 02-714-3737

Email: [email protected]



KIS International School

KIS International School, near Bangkok city center, is an IB world school through and through. The school offers all three International Baccalaureate programmes for students from 2 1/2 - 18 years. KIS lives and breathes the IB philosophy, offering a high quality education, encouraging international-mindedness and instilling a positive attitude to learning.

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

Address: 999/124 Kesinee Ville

Pracha-Utit Road, Huay-Kwang

Bangkok 10320, Thailand 

Tel: +66 (0) 2274-3444

Fax: +66 (0) 2274-3452

Email: [email protected]




NIST (New International School of Thailand)

We are United Nations Related, downtown Bangkok, IB school founded in 1992 and we have 1410 students.

Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

Address: 36 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand

Tel: +66(2) 651 2065

Fax: +66(2) 253 3800

Email: [email protected]



Saint John's International School

Founded in 1991, the school provides a dynamic stimulating and exciting British education for children aged 2 to 18. Ideally situated near Phaholyothin MRT station, the school's purpose built campus provides a safe and quiet learning environment in the heart of Bangkok. The school guides its students through the world standard A-Level and GCSE examinations to prepare them for entry into top-tier universities worldwide.

Curriculum: British

Address: 1110/8 Viphavadi-Rangsit Road Latyao, Jatujak Bangkok, Thailand 10900

Tel: + 66 2 513 8575

Fax: + 662 513 5273

Email: [email protected]



Shrewsbury International School

Shrewsbury International School offers an inspirational English language education for carefully selected students, caring for them in an organisation committed to continuous improvement, and providing outstanding opportunities both in and out of the classroom.

Curriculum: British

Address: 1922, Charoen Krung Road, Wat Prayakrai, Bang Kholame, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Tel: Tel: (+66 2) 675-1888

Fax: (+66 2) 675-3606

Email: [email protected]



St Andrew's School

St. Andrews International School Bangkok is a thriving medium sized school with students of more than 40 nationalities. St. Andrews International School Bangkok opened its doors in 1997, with initial enrolment of just 14 students. It was built on the site of an attractive house and gardens in the centre of the residential area of Bangkok, making us easily accessible by sky train. As student numbers have continued to grow, our campus has been developed with the addition - as well as improvement - of a wide range of excellent facilities, including the High School opening in 2001, a purpose-built Nursery to Year 2 building being opened in September 2006 and new Primary facilities being opened in January 2009.

Curriculum: British

Address: 9 Pridi Banomyong 20/1, Sukhumvit 71

Watthana, Bangkok 10110 THAILAND

Tel: +662 381 2387


Local News in English

Bangkok Post

Bangkok post is an English-language site dedicated to local and regional news in Thailand. It has other sections including opinion, lifestyle, travel, property listings and many more.



The Nation

The Nation site brings stories from within and outside of Thailand. They feature political and business stories, including articles on sports, travel and opinions.



Thai PBS

Thai PBS is the first public broadcasting service in Thailand. They have a host of programmes including news, entertainment and educational programs.


Country Information 

Location: Asia

Capital City: Bangkok

Other Important Cities: Chiang Mai, Ko Samui, Phuket

Currency: Baht

Language: Thai

Calling Code: +66

Internet TLD: .th

Electricity: Thailand runs on 220V 50Hz. The major provider of electricity in the country is Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand EGAT.

Address: 53 Moo 2 Charan Sanitwong Road, Bang Kruai, Nonthaburi 11130

Tel: +66 2 1416

Fax: +66 2 436 4879

Emergency Numbers:   

Ambulance: 1554

Fire: 199

Police: 191

Country Information

Embassy Information

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Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Most visitors travelling to Thailand may enter and stay visa free for a limited time. This includes the US, the EU, Australia and most of Asia and South America. The Thai embassy in Abu Dhabi site has a list of countries and their respective visa regulations:

Countries who are not exempted from visas may either obtain a visa on arrival; but generally foreigners without visa exemptions obtain their visas through a Thai embassy or consulate in their home or host country.

There are different types of visas available to foreigners wishing to enter Thailand: tourist visa, transit visa, Non-Immigrant Visa, Non-Immigrant O-A Long stay visa (for travellers aged 50+), Diplomatic / Official,  and courtesy visa.

Documents required for Tourist Visa:
  • Original passport valid at least 6 months or 180 days.
  • Two (2) completed application forms by typing only.
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs taken within 6 months.
  • A letter from your sponsor, plus the following:

            1.  If you are sponsored by company:

             - Salary certificate mentioning your position & salary.

             - If your salary is less than 4,000 Dhs, please provide a 3-month bank statement accordingly.

            2  If you are an investor:

             - Photocopy of commercial license.

            3  If you are sponsored by an individual:

             - No objection letter and passport copy of sponsor.

  • Photocopy of your passport and U.A.E. residence visa.
  • Photocopy of confirmed hotel reservation.
  • Photocopy of confirmed return ticket booking.

Expats who wish to stay in the country for an extended period for any purpose including employment must apply for a Non-Immigrant visa.

Documents required:

  • Visa application forms
  • Valid passport, minimum 6 months
  • Two passport photos
  • Evidence of finances
  • Letter of acceptance from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
  • For expats who have secured employment, they will need to apply for a Residence Visa type B and the following:
  • Note from Thai embassy certifying their purpose of travel.
  • Invitation from the local company including signed work contract.


Although Bangkok is the prime choice of residence for many expats, it is a bustling, hectic and crowded city; a trait that is unavoidable that some expats find unappealing. There’s tremendous traffic in the major areas of the city. However, more opportunities are found in this city, so expats who do acquire employment here either make do with the disadvantages of a crowded city or move away from it altogether. Some settle in places like Chiang Mai, where it’s peaceful and quiet. But amenities are lacking in this area, whereas most modern conveniences are found in already busy and crowded capital.

Another factor to consider in living away from Bangkok is employment. In the rural areas, there’s not much for foreigners to do except teach English. Although this does get an expat through their daily needs, it is far from what they would be used to back in their home countries.

There are various types of accommodations available to expats including high-rise condos, complexes and apartments, includingstandalonee houses. The rental prices in the city range from $300 to $600 per month for a single bedroom apartment. It is important to remember that surrounding facilities and conveniences will highly affect the price, as well as the state of the accommodations.

Given the traffic situation in Bangkok, expats are advised to locate accommodations is easily accessible by public transport and are closer to their work offices. For expat families, it would be wise to find areas close to schools; a lot of options are found in the city. The suburban areas of Nonnthaburi, Samut Prakan and Suan Luang are the more appropriate locations for expat families with children. The residential units here are close to public transport and other amenities such as shopping complexes, hospitals and parks.

Driving License

Expats may use their domestic / foreign license, provided the country of origin falls under the international road traffic conventions. An international license is also valid to drive legally in Thailand. But for expats staying for longer than 3 months, they will have to apply for Thai driver’s license at the local transport offices.

Department of Land Transport Office

Address: 1032 Phaholyothin Road, Lardyao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900

Tel: 02 271 8888, English language ext. 4712-4

An interpreter is required as the driving classes, including the written and practical exams are done in Thai.

Documents required, but not limited to:
  • Passport with non-immigrant visa
  • Work Permit or Certificate of Residence
  • Medical Certificate, not more than a month old
  • Two photos, 1 x 1
  • Fee.

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Adequate and good quality healthcare can be found in Thailand, in both private and public systems. This is primarily in Bangkok. Doctors are well trained and speak English. However there is a shortage of medical practitioners; expats are likely to find more specialists than GPs. Private healthcare is economical and well within an average expat’s budget. The doctors in these facilities are likely to have studied abroad. It is more recommended for expats to visit private hospitals.


Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad International is an internationally accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1980, today it is the largest private hospital in Southeast Asia, with 580 beds and over 30 specialty centers. Bumrungrad offers state-or-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center.

Address: 33 Sukhumvit 3 (Soi Nana Nua), Wattana, Bangkok, 10110 Thailand

Tel: +662 667 1000

Fax: +662 667 2525

Emergency: +662 667 2999



Bangkok Heart Hospital

Bangkok Heart Hospital has the largest number of full time cardiologists and treats an average of 40,000 cardiac patients annually.

Address:              2 Soi Soonvijai 7, New Petchburi Road

Bangkapi, Huay Khwang

Bangkok 10310

Tel:  (+66) 2310-3000, +662 BANGKOK, 1719 (local mobile calls only)

Fax: (+66) 2310-3088 (office)

Email: [email protected]



Praram9 Hospital

Praram 9 Hospital was originally established by a group of professional and specialized physicians from all medical spheres. The hospital was constructed with the objective of providing a wide range of reliable medical services of the highest quality standards. And today, there are more than 300 professional physicians offering a comprehensive range of specialized medical practices. The hospital has installed the most modern, state-of-the-art medical equipments to provide patients with the very best medical services at all times.

Address: 99 Soi Praram9 , Huaykwang, Bangkok, Thailand 10320



Manarom Hospital

Manarom Hospital is a mental health service center with outpatient and inpatient clinics. They treat children, adolescents to the elderly; counseling and psychotherapy, including occupational therapy is also offered.

Address: 9 Sukhumvit Soi 70/3, Bangna, Bangkok, 10260, Thailand

Tel: +66 27 259 595

Fax: +66 27 259 599



Piyavate Hospital

iyavate International Hospital is a publicly-owned health care services facility in Thailand. Since it beganserving patients in 1993, the 27-story hospital on Rama 9 Road in Bangkok has continually developed the expertise of it's health facility, soon to reach 300 beds, and range of specialized services.

Address: 998 Rama 9 Road, Bangkapi, Huay-Kwang, Bangkok, 10310, Thailand

Tel: +66 26 256 500

Fax: +66 26 256 650


St. Louis Hospital

Saint Louis Hospital is a Non-Profit private general hospital which serves out-patients and in-patients by medical specialists, professional nurses, and qualified medical teams. They have German made operating rooms and 24 hour services.

Address: 215 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, 10120, Thailand

Tel: +66 26 755 000

Fax: +66 26 755 200



Rutnin Eye Hospital

Rutnin Eye Hospital was Thailand's first hospital specializing exclusively in ophthalmology.

Address: 80/1 Sukhumvit 21 Road, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand

Tel: +66 2 639 3399

Fax: +66 26 393 311



Pya Tha’s One Stop Center

Address: 4th Floor, Phya Thai 2 Hospital, 943 Phaholyothin Road, Samsennai, Phya Thai. Bangkok, 10400, Thailand

Tel: +66 26 198 444

Fax: +66 26 198 555



Kasemrad Hospital – Prachachuen

Address: 950 Prachachuen Road, Bangsue, Bangkok, 10800, Thailand

Tel: +66 29 101 600

Fax: +66 29 101 517

Website (Thai):


Bangkok Adventist Mission Hospital

Address: 430 Pitsanuloke Road, PO Box 613, Bangkok, 10501, Thailand

Tel: +66 22 811 422, +66 (0)26 281 752

Fax: +66 26 281 752