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Key Facts

Official Name: Kingdom of Thailand

Capital City: Bangkok

Official Languages: Thai

Religion: Buddhism, Islam

Currency: Baht (B)

Time Zone: GMT + 7 hours

Country Domain: .th

Country Tel Code: 66

Moving to Thailand

"Thailand, meaning the ""Land of the Free,"" boasts diverse beauty with hundreds of miles of coastline, forested mountains, and warm tropical weather. It occupies the central portion of the Indo-Chinese peninsula in Southeast Asia, shared by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Expatriates will find that the Thai are hospitable, tolerant people who enjoy life. Thai culture is influenced greatly by Buddhism, but also incorporates rites from other eastern religions such as Hinduism and animism. "

Politics

Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932. The present King is a member of the Chakri dynasty that was established in 1782. Despite this continuity, there have been military coups and countless changes of government since 1932. Throughout the uncertain times, the monarchy has symbolized unity, stability, and morality for the Thai people. Theoretically, as Supreme Head of State, the monarch can accept or veto a new law. In reality he has not used these legislative powers of "Royal Decree" in many years. The actual executive power rests with the prime minister.

Economy

"For decades, a balance of power seemed to exist between the monarchy, the politicians, the bureaucracy, the military, and private businessmen. This balance permitted Thailand to undergo rapid industrialization.

Thailand did not escape the hardships of the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. Problems simmering beneath the surface resulted in a sharp devaluation of the baht. The situation improved with reforms "

Property

There are advantages and disadvantages to renting both apartments and houses in Thailand. Choose one based on your needs.
Apartments
Apartments are nice because of the added security of a doorman. The main office may be able to help pay utility bills for you. Also, if you live in a high-rise, higher than the seventh floor, you will not have a mosquito problem. On the other hand, if you have small children the balconies may not be safe, and you might prefer to have more privacy and a garden.

Schools

All schools, public and private, are supervised by the Ministry of Education. All international schools must have Thai nationals as headmaster/headmistress, manager, and licensee. Some international schools have quotas on nationalities to ensure a broad representation of students.

Many international nursery schools are available for preschoolers in the Bangkok area.

Visa & Immigration

Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Thailand and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.

Contact Us

Santa Fe Relocation Services Bangkok Office

Address: 207 Soi Saeng Uthai, Sukhumvit 50 Road Kwang Prakanong, Khet Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Contact Number: +(66-2)742 9890/2

Fax Number: Fax: +(66-2) 741 4089

Email: thailand@santaferelo.com

Manager: Thomas Donatelli

Let us assist you with obtaining a Thailand visa, finding an apartment or school in Bangkok, and more!

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