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TM30 Explained! You Must Register Any Non Thai National Living In Your Property! (Updated OCTOBER 2023)

Are You Living In or Renting a Private Property in Thailand to Foreigners?Or simply have a someone staying in your property that is not a Thai national?If so, you need to be aware of a law that has existed in Thailand for quite a while and applies to everyone who provides accommodations to foreigners.While this law has been on the books for years, the enforcement of it has now been expanded to include...

Drinking Water In Chiang Mai – A Survival Guide

Drinking Water in Chiang Mai – A Survival Guide

Drinking Water in Chiang Mai – A Survival GuideIt’s a familiar scene to those living in the developed world: parched, you reach for the tap (faucet) to enjoy a cool, refreshing drink of water not giving a moment’s thought to the origin, treatment or conveyance of such a precious –and life-giving- resource. Do that in Chiang Mai and you may find yourself on the receiving end of a nasty stomach...

Chiang Mai to recover after Covid!?

Chiang Mai likely to remain a favoured residential and tourism destination after coronavirus scare recedes As we all know, the impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting our daily lives in unprecedented ways. Accordingly, it may still be a little too early to ascertain the full impact of the virus on the Chiang Mai real estate market, when compared with other health related events such as SARS...

Thailand’s Ten-Year Retirement Visa – Will It Affect The Property Market?

Thailand’s Ten-Year Retirement Visa – Will it Affect the Property Market?

Recently, the Thai government announced that that the Immigration Department will begin offering a ten-year retirement visa to foreigners over the age of 50 who meet other specific criteria. Almost immediately, the foreign retirement community in Thailand was up in arms thinking that they had to meet the criteria set forth by the government to qualify for this visa. However, they should have paid more...

THAILAND SUPERMARKET SWAPS PLASTIC PACKAGING WITH BANANA LEAVES

THAILAND SUPERMARKET SWAPS PLASTIC PACKAGING WITH BANANA LEAVES

The worldwide war on plastic has been given a massive boost after a supermarket in Thailand started wrapping its fresh fruit and vegetables in banana leaves, instead of the dreaded, ubiquitous plastic packaging. And when photos of the produce were posted by local estate agents Perfect Homes, the story went viral, with social media bursting with support for the idea. “Little steps make a big difference....

Exciting New Plastic Saving Initiative In Chiang Mai Local Supermarket Goes VIRAL!

Exciting new plastic saving initiative in Chiang Mai local supermarket goes VIRAL!

No different to many other cities in developing countries, Chiang Mai suffers the growing pains of pesky plastic waste. In recent years, though, a small but determined band of resistance have been doing their bit in and around town to help reduce, re-use and recycle the man-made stuff. So when Perfect Homes spotted a rather nifty alternative to Earth-unfriendly packaging the other day at a branch...

Wing 41 Pass In Chiang Mai Permission To Shortcut Through A Restricted Area

Wing 41 Pass in Chiang Mai permission to shortcut through a restricted area

So what exactly is a Wing 41 Pass?Quite simply, it’s a special permit that allows everyday folk to drive their car or motorcycle on the 2km or so stretch of two-way road that runs through the Wing 41 Royal Thai Air Force base skirting the north-eastern flank of Chiang Mai International Airport. But naturally security’s tight with a Military Police checkpoint on the south side at the very end of...

Dangerous Creatures of Chiang Mai – mind how you go…it’s a jungle out there!

Living in Chiang Mai, chances are you’ve never given a second thought to the fact that you’re actually smack dab in the Tropics. But, believe us, you are! And in this land of plantations and forests, criss-crossed with natural waterways and man-made drainage channels and, even in the midst of the city, still more than a few undisturbed green spaces, all manner of wild things lurk. Now most of the time,...

9 Ways to be safer on Chiang Mai’s roads when driving a tank is just not an option!

Most people arrive in Thailand promising themselves they will never drive a motor bike, the roads are just too hectic and unsafe. There are plenty of statistics supporting the fact that Thailand's roads are amongst the most dangerous in the world and at Songkran this danger is amplified considerably. Although I can’t verify this, these statistics could be even larger, as only people that actually pass...

Movies Made in Chiang Mai

There have been quite a lot of movies filmed, or partially shot, in Thailand over the years. Gorgeous beaches, dense jungles, and fairly low production costs are just a few reasons why producers have chosen the Land of Smiles for their location. Did you know though that some of these movies have been filmed in Chiang Mai? The next time you watch one of these films, look out for familiar scenes! Air...

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