Expatriate Community in Thailand

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Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
There is a strong and multinational expatriate community.
Blogs For Expats
Allo Expat Thailand
For Further Information
Allo Expat Thailand
Immigration Authority
Thai Foreign Ministry
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Allo Expat

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Thailand has a very low cost of living.
Quality of Life
Increasing traffic jams, pollution and crime rate have caused the quality of life in major cities in Thailand to deteriorate, but access to services and public transport are mostly good.
Sanitary Conditions
Never expect a clean toilet 100% of the time. Carry some tissue in-case you need to use the public toilet. In some areas/restaurants, toilet systems are old and have very narrow plumbing and get blocked easily.
For Further Information
Expat Forum.

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
There are plenty of furnished rooms, apartments and houses for rent. The majority of rental rooms have good equipments.
Normal Lease Term
Rental agreements are usually signed for one year. However the retail period times may vary from a "short time stay" of three months to a "long time stay" of one year.
Rental Costs
In most cases the tenant will need to pay the landlord a two to three month deposit, refundable at the end of the lease, along with the first month's rent.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Renting property in Thailand is relatively simple, often with minimal formality in rental procedures. Properties can easily be found with the help of real estate agents, by looking for rental signs on property and by checking the local newspapers property section.
Rental Agency Websites
Thai apartment web site.
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Thai Apartment web site.
Thailand homes online.
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
For Further Information
Thai apartment web site.

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School System

School Level
The attendance at national schools in Thailand is free of charge. There is compulsory school attendance from the age of 7. Since 1998 the curriculum takes at least 6 years.
International Schools
The International schools association of Thailand has aportal on this subject. Go to isat home page
For Further Information
Ministry of Education

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
A combination of public and private investment has made it possible for the upper and middle classes in Thailand to have access to some of the best medical care in the world. Public investments in health care for people living in rural areas culminated in recent years in a national plan allowing most people access to health care at nominal costs. Such health-care initiatives have led to major reductions in infant mortality, advances in the control of infectious diseases, and more reproductive health care. Nonetheless, the disparity between rural and urban communities in the quality and availability of health care has widened since the 1960s.
International Hospitals
There are several international hospitals in Bangkok and some capital cities (Phuket, Koh Samui...).
Health Insurance

Thailand has introduced a universal coverage reforms in 2001, becoming one of only a handful of lower-middle income countries to do so. Means-tested health care for low income households was replaced by a new and more comprehensive insurance scheme, originally known as the 30 baht project, in line with the small co-payment charged for treatment. People joining the scheme receive a gold card which allows them to access services in their health district, and, if necessary, be referred for specialist treatment elsewhere. The bulk of finance comes from public revenues, with funding allocated to Contracting Units for Primary Care annually on a population basis. According to the WHO, over 65% of Thailand's health care expenditure comes from the government and 35% was from private sources. The coalition government that came to power in 2008 is working on another reform. There are several health insurance/welfare schemes in Thailand: Voluntary Healthcare Card Scheme, Civil Servants Medical Benefit/Welfare Scheme (CSMBS), Social Security Scheme (SSS; compulsory scheme for formal sector) and Health Welfare for the low income group, the elderly, children under 12 and other underprivileged groups. Although these schemes have covered various population groups, they have not yet covered 100% of the total 60 million Thai population. Besides, there are still some weaknesses in terms of efficiency and equity. If Thailand expanded the previous schemes to become universal health coverage, it  would need to:

·        Set the universal standard regulation for health for all.
·        Change their philosophy to offer health schemes of greater similarity.
·        Readjust the legislation related to health insurance, especially private health insurance.
·        Adapt a registration information system.
·        Organize the payment mechanism and reimbursement standard to operate in the same direction.
·        Set a more appropriate accreditation system and consumer protective system.
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Foreigners can access the Insurance system.
Health System Insurance Body
Social Security Scheme of Thailand
Health Ministry
Ministry of Public Health

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