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Thai Government To Air Concerns On Lao VAT

Thai Government To Air Concerns On Lao VAT

The government is set to raise the issue of Laos’s value-added tax (VAT) in a joint discussion with Lao counterparts, fearing the new tax measure may cripple growing border trade.
Thailand will ask for leniency and a spending ceiling from Laos during the meeting, which is expected to be held soon.
Laos has begun collecting VAT on products imported from abroad, starting at the ….. Continue reading

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Richest 1 Percent Of Thais Own 58 Percent Of Country’s Wealth

Richest 1 Percent Of Thais Own 58 Percent Of Country’s Wealth

The global economic recovery since the 2008 crash has failed to reach all levels of society and inequality continues to grow, according to a major report.
Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Report 2016 identified Russia as the world’s most unequal country, with a staggering 74.5 per cent of the nation’s wealth controlled by the richest 1 per cent of people.
In India and Thailand, the top 1 per cent own nearly 60 per cent of the wealth, while the ….. Continue reading

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Bookings Available For New Overnight Train Nong Khai To Bangkok

Bookings Available For New Overnight Train Nong Khai To Bangkok

Thailand’s new and possibly fanciest regular train service can now be booked for overnight trips from Nong Khai to Bangkok.
Equipped with new carriages featuring improved decor and facilities, the Special Express Train routes links the capital with Nong Khai, starting Dec. 2. Tickets are now on sale, prices range from 700 baht to …. Continue reading

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Thai Gov’t Approves 10-Year Visas For Foreigners Over 50

Thai Gov’t Approves 10-Year Visas For Foreigners Over 50

Affluent foreign residents over 50 will soon be able to apply for 10-year visas, a Thai government spokesman said Tuesday.
Intended to promote Thailand as a hub for medical services, the policy was approved by the interim cabinet on Tuesday. It would replace one-year renewable visas and come in two …. Continue reading

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Advice For Tourists And Expats In Thailand During The Mourning Period

Advice For Tourists And Expats In Thailand During The Mourning Period

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Thursday aged 88, was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, having spent 70 years on the throne.
Thailand is now in 30 days of official mourning. During the mourning period, tourists and expats should be prepared to be flexible, not only now but also … Continue reading

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‘Lao Are Lazy’: The Problem With ‘Thai Superiority’

Thai-Lao Relations Caught In Limbo Despite Common Interests And Goals

It happens on a daily basis all across Thailand. The casual insults come from a sense of superiority ingrained since school days: “Thais are better than their neighbours, the Lao.”
The insults usually don’t reach Lao ears and so are rarely challenged.
Last week, however, a Thai photographer was forced to apologise for a defamatory remark he made while covering the ….. Continue reading

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