Digital Nomads Thailand – Lost Nomad Thu, 20 Jan 2022 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Digital Nomads Thailand – Lost Nomad 32 32 Thailand News Update | Adjustments for the revised Test & Go announced today! Thu, 20 Jan 2022 03:58:33 +0000

Changes to the revised Test & Go will be discussed by the CCSA and hopefully announced today.

A few leaks indicate that the Test & Go program will indeed be reintroduced but there will be a tightening up of aspects of the program. If the rumors are true, arrivals will undergo two PCR tests in their first seven days, the first when travelers arrive and the second on the fifth or sixth day.

The Ministry of Public Health also suggested yesterday that overseas visitors will need to take out comprehensive health insurance which covers all Covid-19 eventualities. The Department’s Permanent Secretary announced yesterday that visitors should ensure they are fully covered for all types of Covid-19 treatment.

The good plan for a restart of the Test & Go program, which only requires one night in an SHA+ hotel while you wait for your arrival test results, is for early February. The Thaiger will bring you all the details and the latest decisions from the CCSA meeting as they come in with full coverage on Thailand News Today with Jett.


Phuket officials are promising a major crackdown on foreigners on the island, flouting the country’s rules on face masks.

After several warnings, the police will now take legal action against foreigners who do not wear their face masks in public. Phuket’s immigration chief called on authorities to strictly enforce regulations set by the local communicable disease committee which required masks to be worn at all times in public areas.

Phuket has repeatedly tried to remind tourists and foreigners on the island of the face mask mandate, but many of their efforts have fallen on deaf ears as many foreigners defiantly ignore the rules, refusing to wear their masks.

Law enforcement teams will now focus on major tourist spots which are busy and pose high risks of transmission, particularly areas in Patong and major drags along Bangla Road. And, according to the immigration boss, when they catch people without masks in public, the penalties will be increased.

Thailand’s Communicable Diseases Act allows for a penalty of up to 20,000 baht and a year in jail, while the emergency decree doubles the potential fine and jail term… so far most offenders received a warning and a slap on the wrist.


Great confusion persists after government officials cleaned up the mess after a press conference hosted by the public health minister last week. Although the minister’s intention was to clarify the latest moves to decriminalize cannabis in Thailand, many remain even more confused as to the exact legal position regarding the Thai public planting marijuana in their homes.

Now Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam has stepped in to say he has spoken to the Minister of Health about discussions with the Narcotics Control Board to change the rules regarding the legal position of cannabis and the use of marijuana.

The Deputy Prime Minister was directly asked if Thai people should go ahead and plant marijuana in their backyard.

Wissanu replied that, for now, they should refrain from planting their own cannabis crop.

The Narcotics Control Board said it would try to clarify the exact situation with changes to the laws in the coming days.


There has been a lot of interest in the new 10-year visas for so-called wealthy foreigners and digital nomads.

The government continues to beat the same old drum that a few big-spending tourists should trump dozens of budget-conscious unwanted tourists who flocked to Thailand before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Interior are already working on drafting regulations for a long-term visa allowing highly skilled digital nomads and wealthy expatriates to stay in Thailand long-term. They say attracting these high-quality tourists will lead to economic stimulus and investment.

For now, we will just have to wait for the details regarding these new visas. Inevitably, there will be comparisons to the current range of Elite visas, and so far it looks like the options are much cheaper.

The four categories are Digital Nomads, Highly Skilled Professionals, Wealthy Global Citizens (not really clearly defined at this point), and Wealthy Retirees.


So what is the population of Thailand. At the end of last month, there is actually an official issue…. 66 million 171 thousand 439.

This figure represents just under 1% of the world’s population. Of this population, 973,000,656 are non-Thai nationals,

and the rest, some 65 million 197,000,783 are from Thailand.

Bangkok, by far the most populous province in Thailand, has recorded 5 million 527,000,994 people officially residing in the megacity.

The number is well below typical estimates for the Thai capital of between 10 and 12 million, highlighting the vast floating population that moves in and out of the metropolis daily.

The 5 most populous provinces reveal that the northeast and north of Thailand are much more populated than the south and west of the country.

The population of some 66.2 million people is around 4.5% lower than the 2018 population estimate of 69.5 million. But, with Thailand sharing loose land borders with Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, it will remain impossible to count Thailand’s actual population.


Commerce Department puts chickens and chicken meat on state price control list and rolls out tougher measures for chicken farmers and slaughterhouses, requiring them to report selling costs and inventory in as part of efforts to deal with rising food prices.

The Central Goods and Services Price Committee has approved management measures for chicken farmers with more than 100,000 poultry and chicken slaughterhouses with a capacity of more than 4,000 chickens per day to declare the quantity, stocks and their selling costs each month.

Yesterday the minister thanked chicken farmers and producers who recently agreed to cooperate with the ministry’s request to freeze chicken prices for the time being.

Meanwhile, the Department of Domestic Commerce is warning other industries to avoid jumping on the inflation bandwagon and simply raising prices to take advantage of the situation.

There are currently 51 items on the state price control list, 46 of which are considered commodities.


Regionally, a tricky few weeks lie ahead for China as it fights to remain the last major country in the world to pursue a zero-Covid-19 policy. The Chinese New Year holiday is only two weeks away, when many usually go home to see their families, and then there is the opening of the Winter Olympics on February 4.

Parts of the country are now grappling with a new wave of Covid-19 cases, triggered by the deadlier Delta strain of the coronavirus as well as the less severe but highly transmissible Omicron variant.

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City Guide: Where to shop till you drop in Bangkok Tue, 18 Jan 2022 03:11:55 +0000

Bangkok is known worldwide for its markets, temples, street food, walking streets, tuk tuks and ladyboys, to name a few. But this bustling city also offers a dazzling array of shopping venues. From its countless colorful night markets delivering a bargain hunter’s dream to the glitz and glamor of high-end malls – which one is best for you? We understand that travelers can be dazed by the maze of shopping craze in Bangkok, with the sheer amount of options that seem to entice you to spend your baht on every corner.

This is where Pete comes in to save you from your consumer headaches and help you find the best value for your baht. He’s curated this list of the best shopping malls in Bangkok, for those who want to browse the best deals this bustling capital has to offer – complete with food courts, caffeinated drinks and air conditioning. And of course, plenty of free WiFi.


Located along the Chaopraya River, you can take a water taxi across the river to Chinatown and enter the mall from the pier. This takes the cake for the best view and air-conditioned atmosphere. On the side of the pier, the viewpoint offers a breathtaking view of the river. For all the IG lovers, be prepared to spend some time taking photos by the pier with the palace-like glass and gold mall in the background. Besides the view, there are many luxury brand stores here, from Louis Vuitton to Guicci, Prada to Hermès, as well as fast fashion stores like H&M and UNIQLO. The mall’s wide selection of restaurants and cafes, coupled with its large cinema, are sure to satisfy foodies or movie buffs of all kinds.

Central Embassy

Central Embassy is the very definition of luxury shopping. It has a large collection of designer brands as well as fine dining and a classy cinema that other places can’t beat. If you want the best of the best, Central Embassy might just be your best bet. It is also relatively quiet, providing a more peaceful shopping experience. The top floor houses the luxurious VIP cinemas – where the cheapest “sofa” seat costs THB 1,500. It’s also recently been renovated into a hip coworking space called Open House, where you can rent an office by the hour or use the public space for the price of a cup of coffee – for all digital nomads. The mall is also connected to the neighboring mall, Central Chidlom, and can be reached by BTS station Ploen Chit or Chidlom respectively.


MBK is one of the most popular malls among tourists and travellers, and for good reason. There is something for everyone here. From countless boutiques selling counterfeit clothing brands to electronics stores where you can buy the latest phones, video games and accessories, with a food court, cinema and arcade, this is a warrior’s oasis of the weekend. Most stores are reasonably inexpensive. It’s important to walk around and bargain, as some stores may give you a better deal on the same product. Its central location in Siam makes it relatively easy to get to. We recommend getting off at Siam and walking around. For those who prefer to rest their feet, get off at the National Stadium BTS station.

Siam Paragon

Siam Paragon is located in the heart of Bangkok and is famous among the younger generation. It’s always busy, especially after school and working hours. There are countless stores where you can shop, from H&M and Uniqlo to high-end luxury brands like Chanel and Hermès. There’s an aquarium if you’re visiting with your kids and a cinema on the top floor to catch the latest blockbuster. If you go out with your friends, the bowling alley is right next to the cinema. Within walking distance from Siam Paragon, there are two other malls called Siam Center and Siam Discovery. Think of Siam like Shibuya in Tokyo. There is everything you could wish for in a domain.

Fortune City

Don’t overlook the geeks and nerds. Fortune Town is the perfect place to get lost in the computer world. If you’re looking for a new computer or want to build your own, this is the place to go. There are also many hardware and software options. But it’s not just computers and laptops. If you love photography, Fortune has you covered too. If you are interested in technology, this is a unique opportunity. You can visit here by getting off at MRT Petchaburi station.

Platinum Fashion Mall

Platinum is a great place for women as it has everything on sale from dresses, casual clothes, bags and shoes. Everything on sale is affordable and cheap. Most stores sell in bulk, which makes you want to buy even more. Most stores sell the same clothes, but the price varies, so it’s important to shop around. Here is a bit far from the train station, and the nearest station is BTS Chidlom station, and you have to walk about 1 kilometer.

Terminal 21

Each floor is themed around a different city, each an international travel destination. The entire mall feels like an airport, with a unique urban vibe on each floor. The signs resemble flight arrival and departure boards, while the pretty ladies at the information desk wear flight attendant uniforms. The food court is well known and loved by travelers and office workers alike, with a wide selection of tasty and affordable dishes. And like any decent mall in Thailand, there’s a Starbucks on the first floor for those who want their signature caffeine or matcha latte, as well as a cinema on the top floor, which features the latest domestic films and Hollywood blockbusters. The stores here are not limited to luxury brands but also include many local and boutique brands that cannot be found elsewhere, making it a great place to shop for gifts. Travelers looking to do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs or clothes in the capital can make a quick stop here, before taking the MRT one stop south to Phetchaburi Station, then on to the Airport Rail Link via Makkasan Station to enjoy a cheap, air-conditioned ride directly to Suvarnabhumi Airport.


Although not a mall per se, this well-developed riverside shopping district offers the colorful assortment and open-air allure of night markets with the safety and sanitation of mall, not to mention its exquisite selection of restaurants. But both places are beaten in terms of views. Located next to the Chao Praya River, you can ride a Ferris wheel overlooking Bangkok’s skyline at night. Just a 10-minute walk from Saphan Taksin BTS station, it’s open from 5 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Once the sight of an international trading port, you can now sail, (no pun intended) visit the shops and buy gifts as souvenirs. There are two shows: a Thai puppet show and the Calypso cabaret (aka ladyboy show). ASIATIQUE is one of the main places to watch the city’s fireworks display along the river during the annual New Year celebration.

What is your point of view ?

So there you have it, our list of the best malls for style and selection, fun and entertainment, location and cuisine. When it comes to shopping, Bangkok has you covered. Whatever your price preference, everyone can find something to their liking in this city of material pleasure. As far as we know, all malls in the city are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, except on holidays and special occasions. Of course, there are many other places to shop in Bangkok, but these are our favorites. What are yours? Is there another mall or special shopping spot that is not on our list? Or do you have an exceptional shopping experience that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments section below and contribute to the ThaigerTalk travel community!

To note: A previous version of this article appeared in the “Bang for Your Baht” category. We’ve moved it to the “City Guide” category to better represent the content.

Thai government to clear up crypto tax confusion Tue, 11 Jan 2022 03:33:58 +0000

Thailand is stepping up its crypto taxation plans as it prepares regulations for digital asset traders this month in an attempt to further clarify crypto-related activities.

The director general of the Thai revenue department said clear criteria for calculating taxes on profits from crypto trading will be finalized this month.

The statement comes less than a week after the Southeast Asian country’s government unveiled plans to impose a 15% capital gains tax on cryptocurrency traders and miners.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had tasked the revenue department to reflect on the matter and provide clarification to investors and the public, according to a Bangkok Post newspaper. item.

The department has previously been in discussions with the Bank of Thailand, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

On Sunday, the Thai Digital Asset Association contacted the revenue department, for clarification on capital gains and withholding taxes according to the media. The president of the association, Suppakrit Boonsat, said:

“Most cryptocurrency investors are willing to pay taxes but fear their decision violates the tax code.”

The concern of some traders is that back taxes or penalties may be applied to profits and transactions made in previous years.

A government spokeswoman said there was no intention to hamper innovation and development in any industry, including fintech, but warned: “If we are rushing to support [crypto trading] without a thorough understanding, there can be a crypto crisis, similar to a financial crisis.

The new tax would only apply to the profits of traders and miners, not Thailand’s digital asset swaps, the largest of which are affiliated with commercial banks and billionaire business tycoons. Heavy penalties could be imposed on those who fail to comply with the new filing requirements.

Related: Central bank tells Thai banks not to offer crypto trading

The move follows a number of warnings from Thailand’s central bank to commercial banks and businesses regarding the acceptance of digital assets as payment methods.

In December, the Bank of Thailand said it would develop new measures to regulate crypto-related activities for individuals and businesses in what it called “red lines” for the industry.

However, the increased regulatory pressure on the industry is working against the Kingdom’s Ministry of Tourism, which aims to attract crypto whales and digital nomads to the country to help revive its pandemic-stricken tourism sector.

“Black Women Travel Podcast” brings together digital nomads Fri, 07 Jan 2022 19:38:23 +0000 Digital nomad Wanda Duncan creates a stimulating environment for women like her.

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Black Women Travel Podcast founder Wanda duncan has been on the move as a digital nomad for six years. She has been everywhere from Ireland to Thailand to Malaysia and currently lives outside Tirana, Albania. But during his interminable travels, Duncan felt that there was still something missing in his life: community.

So, in 2017, Duncan took his first steps towards building this community. And like so many people do in the digital age, she created a Facebook group. “I saw a few other black women who were like me making their own income and traveling as they wanted and I said, ‘I don’t see there’s room for us,’ Duncan says. “I would like to create this.”

Wanda Duncan, Founder of

Four years later, the group, Black Women Digital Nomadic Entrepreneurs, has over 2,400 members and is thriving. Duncan is proud of the diversity of people who have joined him – there is a wide range of ages, genders, skin tones and physical abilities. Some women have traditional 9 to 5 jobs, while others own online businesses. In the summer of 2019, Duncan decided to create a full-fledged podcast to bring the conversations going on in the group to life. Now, every Sunday, she uploads a new episode of the Black Women’s Travel Podcast, where she and guests discuss all things about being an entrepreneur on the go.

Duncan’s path to digital nomadism hasn’t been an easy one, but it was a life she knew she wanted for herself. She started traveling perpetually in 2010 after five years working at CNN, and moved to El Salvador to pursue volunteer opportunities. However, Duncan felt that living abroad full-time wasn’t for her at first, and she ended up in Atlanta, working odd jobs to make ends meet. But when the travel bug took hold of her again, she decided to be better prepared on her next attempt. After planning aggressively for a year, Duncan left on New Years Day 2016, and this time the movement was going to hold up. She has not returned to the United States since.

However, traveling the world as a black woman presents challenges. Navigating new racial cultural norms can be a mind boggling experience, and for solo travelers like Duncan it can be difficult to find someone to relate to in everyday life. “I have a sense of how people judge and view me,” Duncan says. “Not to say that [racism] doesn’t exist outside of America, but it’s not the same brand or flavor. In some places, I am first seen as American. Being outside of America helps me see myself more clearly.

Duncan hopes to create a safe and empathetic environment for women to discuss their businesses and travel experiences.

A huge part of Black women’s trip, and what made it resonate so deeply with listeners was Duncan’s emphasis on mental health and well-being, as in recent episodes titled “How To Maintain A Trustworthy Relationship With Yourself.” And “How to Believe in Yourself and Get What You Want.” “Over the past six years, she’s carved out a community on the road and online.“ Sometimes you’ve chosen a family built around the workplace, built around the specific city you live in, ”explains Duncan. “It’s not as easy as a nomad. One of the questions I ask every guest is, ‘What has helped you overcome the challenges you have faced? Because it’s real and we have them all.

Robin Tillotson, founder of the tailor-made travel company What i do for me (and podcaster herself), is an avid listener and has been a guest of Black Women Travel in 2020. Duncan’s compassionate character is a huge draw to Tillotson. “She cares about the development and growth of black women,” Tillotson says. “[It feels like] you are taken care of, and for so many African American women who work like a dog and in many cases are not paid properly, so that they can be part of a circle of black women led by someone like Wanda, who is supportive, empathetic and attentive, and really thinks deeply about the content she brings to the group – you can feel the love. You can feel the benevolence of the content she brings to the group.

In addition to the podcast, Duncan also hosts events for band members to help them develop their skills and network. In 2020, it is launching the Black Women’s International Travel Jubilee, an event where women can mingle with other entrepreneurs, content creators and influencers. She celebrated the second annual jubilee last December and presented the very first Black Women Travel Awards. To keep the momentum going, Duncan will be hosting a few Mastermind workshops this month to help digital nomads hone their entrepreneurial skills. But most of all, she’s just trying to create a compassionate and empathetic environment to discuss all the nuances of the journey as a black woman. “I think that’s what I’m good at,” Duncan says. “Create safe spaces and see the best in people. The possibility of people.

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How Chiang Mai became the vegan capital of Asia Fri, 07 Jan 2022 16:47:11 +0000

The city of Chiang Mai has embraced veganism (Christian Huller)

As my purple painted night train arrived Chiang Mai a few weeks ago, on a Friday morning, I realized what little research I had done on Thailand‘s “second city”. Whether it was the religious epicenter of the country, full of Buddhist monasteries, surrounded by lush jungle and farmland, I already knew. But I hadn’t done my usual tedious search for coffees, Restaurants, bookstores and swimming pools, for fear of disappointment and for some pandemic related reason out of my hands, I am failing here.

But the travel gods have been kind and so here I am, in one of Thailand’s oldest cities – which also turns out, to my surprise, absolutely awash with vegan restaurants. Nearly 200 options are reviewed on the Happy Cow classifieds site and more than 40 of them are plant-based only, which is quite a high density in a city of just 120,000 people.

I must say at this point that I am not 100% vegan. I’m a lifelong vegetarian with a relatively new dairy intolerance, which is difficult in meat-loving Southeast Asia. Suddenly having a delicious range of tasty choices at your fingertips is a very welcome development and, as I marvel at the menus, I wonder – how on earth has Chiang Mai become such a vegan paradise?

Burmese green tea leaf salad at Free Bird Cafe (Free Bird Cafe)

Burmese green tea leaf salad at Free Bird Cafe (Free Bird Cafe)

Lisa Nesser’s community center, the bright and airy, non-profit Free Bird Cafe (100% of profits go to her charity that provides education for Burmese refugees, Thai Freedom House) was one of the first to open in 2009. on Khao Som, rice balls topped with tomato and turmeric sauce and fried garlic, one of the many tasty Burmese dishes on its menu, Lisa tells me about the changes she has seen in town. “There have always been foreigners living here – the yogis, massage students and NGO workers,” she says. “Then, in 2015, digital nomads arrived. They have disposable income because they make money and live cheap here, so they can invest in really good, healthy food. We really started to grow with them.

As more Western countries have gone vegan, so have these remote workers; despite the pandemic and a drastic reduction in the number of international visitors, the demand for vegan dishes is still strong in the city. Sarah Supharueang opened her restaurant, Vegan Society, in February this year, operating from her kitchen and welcoming customers to her lovely garden.

As I marvel at the menus, I wonder: how on earth did Chiang Mai become a vegan paradise?

“I wanted to create a friendly place where people who don’t have a lot of money can come and eat at Sarah’s five days a week,” she says. Most of the options on its menu are vegan versions of local dishes like Khao Soy noodle soup and sell for 40 or 50 baht per plate (90p to £1). “I love to cook and I wanted people who can’t cook vegan to have a choice,” she adds. It’s a brave decision to open in the middle of the pandemic, but she assures me it was the right one: “For me, it’s good to start slow and learn as you go. I finally want to open an all-you-can-eat vegan buffet. While cheap buffets and world-class street food are plentiful in Chiang Mai, none are selling vegan these days – Sarah might be onto something.

On his recommendation I will meet Usatip Kidhen, or Fon at his friends, the owner of the Rad Rabbit, the only vegan pizzeria in Chiang Mai. Sustainability and the prevention of food waste are at the forefront here, with Fon’s chefs using a special pre-fermentation technique to make the dough – “it’s a great way to reduce waste because anything that isn’t cooked because a pizza only needs a few ingredients and it’s turned into focaccia,” says Fon. She also struck a deal to get the best tomatoes in town: “We use this big organic tomato supplier, who usually sells to fancy supermarkets, but we buy the ones that don’t look perfect, which they would throw away, we got them at a really good price and use them for our sauce.

Plant-based food has taken off in Thailand's second city (Lucie Grace)

Plant-based food has taken off in Thailand’s second city (Lucie Grace)

Her tomato sauce is gorgeous, as is her vegan cashew cheese, piled profusely on the must-have “parmigiana” eggplant focaccia, as well as most of the pizzas on the menu. Her take on the vegan scene goes back to the city’s spiritual roots: “I think Chiang Mai appeals to people who care about health and wellness. There are a lot of yoga studios out there and these people really care about what they put into their bodies. I think that’s how it is veganism flourished here”.

No self-respecting investigation can be complete without going to the source of the investigation, so I end my quest for knowledge at the oldest of such establishments in town, Aum Vegetarian Restaurant, which opened in 1982. The current owner Gasom Saifa is the third generation. of his family to run the ship, inheriting the place from his aunt 13 years ago. She has her own small farm nearby and uses herbs, fruits and vegetables from her land to make vegan sushi, gyoza, dumplings and a long Thai menu that has been pleasing backpackers for decades. How did his family come to be so forward-thinking?

Vegan Khao Soy at Vegan Society Cafe and Restaurant (Vegan Society Cafe & Restaurant)

Vegan Khao Soy at Vegan Society Cafe and Restaurant (Vegan Society Cafe & Restaurant)

“My aunt took over Aum from her uncle-in-law. He was a university professor here, but he originally wanted to be a Buddhist monk. He failed to join a monastery but opened this vegetarian place instead.

And with this revelation, I am convinced that Chiang Mai is the perfect intersection of religious devotion and smoothie bowls, where a benevolent approach to all living beings as well as the good of the environment is actively promoted by a growing group foodies – and for that reason I may never leave.

Remote working trends are gradually advancing Tue, 04 Jan 2022 02:50:00 +0000 BANGKOK: The requirement for employees to be present in the office is disappearing, which means that the growing trend towards “workstations” and the increase in the number of digital nomads should allow Thailand’s tourism industry to rebound faster.

Photo: Bangkok Post.

MBO Partners’ State of Independence report shows that there were 15.5 million digital nomads in 2021. This figure represents a 42% increase from 10.9 million in 2020, reports the Bangkok Post.

Taking advantage of the changing work culture, the Thai government recently approved an economic stimulus and investment promotion plan.

These incentives target highly qualified foreign professionals and new digital nomads for five years.

Thailand Tourism Authority Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said many cities in Thailand are considered preferred work destinations due to their low cost of living and natural attractions.

Mr. Yuthasak advised tourism operators and the hospitality industry to prepare for an increase in demand for long-term stays and 3-9 month vehicle rentals.

In 2022, companies will prioritize positions that allow them to maintain a remote working model while simultaneously adding value in areas that generate profits faster than others, such as roles in digital marketing, said the Confederation of Thai Trade and Industry Employers (EconThai). .

“Professionals in this field don’t need to come to the office, but they can help businesses attract new customers online to meet sales goals and can also go out to meet existing partners face-to-face and maintain. good relations, ”said EconThai. vice-president Tanit Sorat.

Mr Tanit said the second type of occupation in high demand will be IT-related positions, as they can access people’s computers virtually with permission to offer their support, solutions and services.

Other highly skilled positions include those in the manufacturing sector, such as production engineers and quality control inspectors, he said.

According to Mr. Tanit, the professions considered “less hot” on the future labor market are accountants, customer assistants and administrative assistants.

The decrease in demand and the importance of these roles are attributed to advances in technology and software that can automate much of their work, he said.

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Minister of Finance: too early to know the effect of the Omicron variant on the economy Fri, 24 Dec 2021 02:27:09 +0000

Will the rapidly spreading new Omicron variant of Covid-19 have a big effect on Thailand’s economy? According to the Department of Finance, the answer may be solid. Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said it was too early to know if and how the Thai economy would be affected by the Omicron variant.

The Ministry of Finance is currently reviewing the overall economy and attempting to assess the impact of a new variant which has been shown to be more heritable than any previous variant, but which appears likely to be less severe in terms of symptoms and deaths than other strains.

When the Omicron variant first appeared, it sent shockwaves through the economies of countries as stock markets around the world collapsed for fear of further lockdowns and financial turmoil. But with the milder symptoms that seem to come with Omicron, and new data from several vaccines showing that, with a booster, they retain their effectiveness against the new strain, the damage to the economy may not be as strong as it is. original outbreak of Covid-19 or the Delta variant earlier this year.

But the finance minister, who previously said he did not expect the economy to fully recover until at least 2023, refrained from committing to a positive or negative outlook on the impact. on the Thai economy, claiming instead that they are still analyzing the likely trajectory and effects of the Omicron variant.

“You’ve heard that the Bank of Thailand has announced a reduction in its 2022 GDP target from 3.9% to 3.4% because it estimates Omicron’s impact could be at a severe level. For us, the Ministry of Finance, we must also assess the severity of the impact. Will it be worse than the Delta epidemic? “

Meanwhile, the Thai government has been working hard to think about future initiatives in emerging sectors to focus on in the hopes of growing the economy, including medical cannabis, electronic vehicles, digital technology and attracting digital nomads and high quality tourists to the country.

THE SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Romanian parliament passes law introducing visas for digital nomads Wed, 22 Dec 2021 09:30:27 +0000

The Romanian Chamber of Deputies adopted on Tuesday 21 December the bill regulating the implementation of the digital nomad visa program in Romania. The legal initiative offers digital travelers the possibility of obtaining a long-term visa for Romania.

The Senate also voted in favor of the law in September, and the Chamber of Deputies gave the deciding vote. Then the bill must be promulgated by President Klaus Iohannis and published in the Official Gazette to enter into force.

The law was initiated by the USR PLUS parliamentary group. It defines the “digital nomad” as a foreigner who wishes to travel or reside in Romania for a period of more than six months and who is employed by virtue of an employment contract with a company registered outside Romania or has a registered company. in a third country and continue to work for the employer or manage the company remotely using information and communication technologies from Romania.

Diana Buzoianu, member of the Chamber of Deputies and instigator of the bill, said that this new tool would help Romania to promote itself abroad and attract more financial resources.

“I registered this bill because I want to give Romania the necessary tools to promote abroad, as other European states have already done using the digital nomad visa. With this instrument, we will attract financial resources to Romania, like the other Member States which have done so successfully. […] Today we adopted a law which responds to Romania’s need to attract both human capital and financial resources and to better promote Romania in the eyes of foreigners. However, this is not enough. As the labor market evolves, our infrastructure will need to adapt to be attractive and competitive, ”she said.

From an economic point of view, if Romania attracts 2,000 digital nomads every year, who would spend an average of 2,000 euros per month per year, this would translate into around 50 million euros attracted to the national economy, according to one Press release.

“It is clear that the presence of digital nomads will prompt local and national public administration to implement measures aimed at digitizing public services. In addition, digital nomads will be able to bring innovative business opportunities since many of them are already working in such companies. It is the Romanian decision to go further and to become competitive and attractive in this direction, in order to follow the other States which have already expressed their interest in attracting digital nomads ”, also declared Diana Buzoianu.

Among the states that have implemented the legal instrument regarding digital nomads are Germany, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Croatia, Norway and some non-EU states such as Costa Rica, Georgia, Dubai, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Barbados, Antigua. and Barbuda, Mexico, Australia and Thailand.

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Grapevine: Myths of Thailand – Pattaya Mail Tue, 21 Dec 2021 09:10:53 +0000

myths of thailand

To end the year, here are some of the most common myths about life here. So you won’t believe a word of it in 2022. Happy New Year.

Driving license

It is commonly accepted that a driver’s license from your home country allows you to drive in Thailand for approximately three months. Not so. Only international and Thai licenses are valid to drive any vehicle here. The myth probably arose out of the fact that many traffic cops may not realize the difference or prefer not to notice it. If you want to convert your residence permit to an international permit here, you may need to ask your embassy to confirm its authenticity.

Question about prostitution

You could be forgiven for believing it. But the Entertainments Venue Act of 1960, never repealed, effectively banned sex for money on a very broad basis. The law, in its early days, was used once or twice temporarily to close “bawdy” houses, but has since faded into oblivion. There are separate laws against prostitution of persons under the age of 18, most recently in the 1996 Age of Consent Law, subsequently updated.

Visitors under 16

Many foreigners register their children under 16 for the 90-day residency report and do not allow them to have an extended stay visa before leaving the country. It makes sense to do so. Nonetheless, immigration laws do not actually cover boys or girls under the age of 16, so they cannot be penalized for an extended stay or an expired visa. This discretion relates specifically to immigration laws and does not apply to other crimes.

Digital nomads

There has been a barrage of publicity lately about foreigners making a living armed only with a computer and a WiFi connection. The impression has been given that digital nomads now have their own special visa. Not so. The whole question is still obscure. However, authorities mostly ignore the matter unless they present clear evidence that the individual in question is withdrawing a job from a Thai national.

Working license

The current assumption that any work done by a foreigner requires a work permit is no longer absolutely true. There is, for example, a four-year, high-tech Smart visa that does not require a separate work permit, while volunteer work can now be covered by a special nonimmigrant “O” visa. In addition, short attendance at business meetings, trade fairs and the like are exempt, as are certain sporting and artistic activities considered to be in the interests of Thailand.

Divorce is easy

It is easy in Thailand only if both partners agree and can attest to the fact at the local Amphur office. In other words, they must agree to the terms of the settlement in advance. Otherwise, it may be necessary to prove in court that a criminal offense has been committed by the partner of the divorcee. Many foreigners have married here too lightly, not realizing how complex things can be. Not everyone is lucky in love.

Buy a condo

Foreigners can indeed buy a condominium in their name but under certain conditions. For example, he or she must be able to prove that the money was brought to Thailand for this purpose, which in turn requires certain documents to be presented to the land office. Another rule is that the units held in the condominium must be under foreign names up to 49 percent and not beyond. The percentage extension proposals have not yet been adopted.

Embassies and security

Foreigners frequently contact their embassy for help when threatened by someone. Diplomatic posts vary in the specific services they offer, but all agree that the Thai police are responsible for your safety here. Embassies do not offer personal protection programs and are unlikely to help you financially. The worst embassies will just send you a list of lawyers without any approval or recommendation.

Feed the stray

It seems harmless enough to feed homeless cats and dogs. I’m just doing them a favor. But under a 2020 law, anyone doing precisely this acts as a guarantor and can be held legally responsible for other expenses, such as sterilization or veterinary care. The same law requires pet owners to register their pets with district authorities. However, there has been no visible application to date. Maybe 2022 will be different.

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Lessons learned from the pilot projects Sun, 19 Dec 2021 22:52:00 +0000

Passengers wait for an RT-PCR swab test to be performed in the arrival area of ​​Phuket airport, as the country welcomed its first group of fully vaccinated tourists without quarantine on November 1. AFP

After last year’s peak season became a missed opportunity due to border closures, tourism companies started pushing the Phuket and Samui Plus sandbox pilot programs in July this year, starting a long way to recovery.

The pilots moved Thailand forward and helped pave the way for the country to reopen on November 1.

The industry may not be able to attract the volume of travelers it once did, but the mistakes of the past six months have presented valuable lessons for Thai tourism as it struggles to find a way to come out of his worst crisis.


Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew said the biggest challenge in launching the sandbox was communicating with locals, who had to be on the same page before they could speak to national and global communities.

“Phuket depends on tourism and has suffered a lot from the Covid epidemic, but people were ready to work together to make the sandbox a reality, which is the only way for us to survive,” he said. declared.

Government and local authorities need to create a clear and unified message, while listening to feedback from tourists to develop policies and procedures that meet their demand, said Dirk De Cuyper, Managing Director of S Hotels & Resorts, listed in SET.

“Thailand competes with many other global destinations and we can see ourselves as a popular destination, but customers will not visit us if they do not understand the entry requirements,” said De Cuyper.


The key method for generating more tourism demand from a sandbox system was to simplify travel regulations as much as possible, said Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, chairman of the southern section of the Thai Hotels Association (THA).

During the early stages of the Phuket sandbox, strict health and safety measures were implemented requiring several forms of documentation, including the entry certificate system, mandatory RT-PCR testing, and blanket coverage. $ 100,000 health insurance to test reopening procedures and ensure safety. .

Once the Phuket sandbox model is proven safe, a nationwide reopening in November could proceed with fewer travel regulations, he said.

In terms of quarantine, Ratchaporn Poolsawadee, chairman of the Koh Samui Tourism Association, said the reopening of Koh Samui on July 15 was a step into the unknown.

Upon reopening, organizers had to listen carefully to comments from locals while facing a spike in positive tests among tourists coming to the island, he said.

At first, Samui had to impose a quarantine zone to ensure the safety of residents, although visitors would have preferred to experience a trip without a quarantine, Mr Ratchaporn said.

He said the main purpose of Samui Plus was to serve as a test for the national reopening plan.

The province quickly learned that a quarantine requirement was a barrier to improving demand, Ratchaporn said.

The government and the private sector had to adapt the plan over the next few months by relaxing the rules and costs to improve the island’s competitiveness, he said.


Kongsak said interprovincial travel restrictions such as the ban on domestic flights significantly affected domestic and international travelers who wanted to explore other parts of the country after completing their required stay in the sandbox. The ban meant they had to use tedious night buses instead.

Moreover, the travel rules for the province at the time, requiring both a vaccine certificate and a negative test result, also deterred tourists from Phuket, he said.

Phisut Sae-Khu, chairman of the eastern section of THA, said establishments in Pattaya were not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages during the early stages of the reopening, which was inconvenient for tourism.

Hotels were unable to serve alcohol and received complaints from guests, but tourists could still buy alcoholic beverages from convenience stores and consume them in their accommodation, Mr Phisut said.

He said drinking alcohol in a restaurant is part of food culture among foreigners and will not cause new clusters of infections, as seen in pubs and nightlife venues.

To maintain the momentum of the reopening, alcohol sales should be permitted in hotels and restaurants certified by the Safety and Health Administration to ensure a high level of safety and to help operators increase their revenues, a said Mr. Phisut.


The main criterion for reopening in each zone is mass vaccination, which should cover at least 70% of the population to ensure some level of protection, he said.

“If the vaccine distribution to the main tourist destinations had been carried out efficiently, Pattaya would not have suffered a delay in the third quarter,” said Mr. Phisut.

He said Pattaya wanted to welcome tourists from July, such as in Phuket, but had to postpone its reopening several times due to low vaccination rates.

The area finally reopened in November, along with several other tourism-dependent provinces.


Commercial flights from countries that are important sources of inbound visitors, such as Russia and India, have not fully resumed to support the flow of travelers.

Russia has just authorized the resumption of commercial flights to Thailand and other countries on November 9, while India has maintained its bans on international flights, except for the destinations in the air bubble. Thailand does not have an air bubble deal with India.

Mr Phisut said demand from Indian tourists could increase if air links resume.

Russia is not on the list of countries with minimum quarantine under the “Test & Go” program due to its current virus situation, which means that inbound tourists must enter through a sandbox, reducing demand from this country, he said.


The list of low-risk countries eligible for the Test & Go program is enough to boost travelers’ confidence, said Punlop Saejew, chairman of the Chiang Mai Tourism Council.

However, he said it was important that daily cases in Thailand, especially in areas that attract tourists, be reduced until the country is once again recognized as a safe destination for travelers.

Inclusion of Thailand on safety lists means travelers will not be quarantined on their return, as many tourists from Asian countries are still under mandatory quarantine after visiting Thailand, Punlop said. .


After the country’s reopening and further easing of daily activities, more hotels in Bangkok have been reopened for tourists, hosting international airline crews as well as national meetings and seminars, said Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, president of the THA.

The number of guests rose steadily in November, but hotels that previously only hosted group trips from China continued to suffer, she said.

Catering hotel services could create more jobs, but large hotels are cautiously rehiring workers for day-to-day jobs as demand has not increased significantly, Ms. Marisa said.

A sign posted at the Banyan Tree Hotel in Phuket reminds guests to wear protective masks. Bloomberg


Instead of foreign arrivals, hotel business in Thailand must rely on domestic travelers, who have become even more important during the pandemic.

“Local customers may not be the primary target for room sales, but food and drink and house mice [meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions] are potential segments to help consolidate the hotel business, ”she said.

Ms. Marisa said domestic tourism stimulus campaigns should be extended in the long term to increase domestic travel and spending.

“We Travel Together,” a hotel subsidy program and tax breaks for tourism spending in 55 second-tier provinces are necessary tools during the crisis, she said.

Ms Marisa said that expatriates and digital nomads who can work from anywhere is another source market that can support the Thai hospitality industry.


She said the success of the Phuket sandbox is proof that the reopening program is safe.

Thanks to screening procedures, only 0.3% of international arrivals have tested positive for Covid-19, Ms. Marisa said.

She said the low figure should reassure residents that the reopening will not trigger another wave of the pandemic, as travelers are fully vaccinated and must undergo two RT-PCR tests – one before boarding and one on arrival.

Mr Phisut said illegal migrants created more risk, as seen in a previous outbreak at the end of last year.

The government should seriously tackle this problem and prevent the spread of new clusters, as the country can no longer afford to block, he said.

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