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  • Don’t panic because Thai Revenue has written to 100,000 tax residents urging registration
    Panicky expats in Thailand have been advised that none of the 100,000 tax residents in receipt of advisory letters from the Thai Revenue Department (TRD) are foreigners. Nor does the letter have anything to do specifically with transmitting overseas income to Thailand. According to mainstream media, TRD Director General Kulaya Tantitemit stated that the letters […]
    Contrary to fake news, no expats have received Thai Revenue letters urging them to register.

    Panicky expats in Thailand have been advised that none of the 100,000 tax residents in receipt of advisory letters from the Thai Revenue Department (TRD) are foreigners. Nor does the letter have anything to do specifically with transmitting overseas income to Thailand. According to mainstream media, TRD Director General Kulaya Tantitemit stated that the letters had been posted to Thai nationals with financial assets, urging them to register. About half that number had done so and staff were following up on the rest.




    Director General Kulaya stated that her department was widening the tax base and looking to increase revenue which had been negatively affected by the reduction in the number of condominium units sold over the past year. She anticipated that the main growth areas in taxation would be in energy businesses, financial services and tourism. She made no specific reference to overseas income although, of course, that is potentially taxable.

    Expats are currently concerned about the closing of a tax loophole which means that their “assessable” overseas income to Thailand becomes taxable from the start of 2024 provided they are tax residents remaining in Thailand for at least 180 days during the calendar year. The actual parameters and liabilities remain unclear to say the least with some tax lawyers saying they expect TRD to make further announcements before the year’s end.



    The TRD does not have access to foreigners’ Thai addresses unless, of course, they choose to register with the government department. It has been rumored that such registration could become part of the process of renewing annual extensions of stay based on retirement or marriage, but the immigration bureau knows nothing of such a plan. In any case, there is no automatic connection between the type of visa granted and eligibility for tax residency. For example, some tourists could clock up 180 days in a year by exploiting the recently revised exempt visa regulations. There’s a huge amount of water still to pass under this particular bridge.
















    15 July 15 2024
    Business & Law
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=465598
  • Cambodia urged not to imitate Thailand’s tourist recruitment push
    It is a mistake for Cambodia to follow in the footsteps of Thailand to grab as many foreign visitors as possible. That’s according to analyst Leap Chanthavy writing in the Khmer Times which is allied to the Phnom Penh authorities. The government there is currently reviewing its links with other Asean members as regards international […]
    Angkor Wat attracts the crowds, but Cambodia offers so much more.

    It is a mistake for Cambodia to follow in the footsteps of Thailand to grab as many foreign visitors as possible. That’s according to analyst Leap Chanthavy writing in the Khmer Times which is allied to the Phnom Penh authorities. The government there is currently reviewing its links with other Asean members as regards international tourism.

    He stresses that Cambodia will inevitably lose any competitive fight for numbers with Thailand as the latter has huge human resources and a well-established tourist track-record. Not to mention being a regional hub for airlines and the headquarters of many international businesses.




    Instead, argues Leap, Cambodia should concentrate on treating foreign tourists with value for money and courtesy so that they will want to come back again. He says it would be an error for Cambodia to follow Thailand in slashing visa fees and giving many tourists 60 days free of charge. “The reality is that Cambodia has no easy way of making up the loss of visa income,” he confirmed whilst mentioning the old Cambodian proverb, “Don’t try to imitate the elephant if you aren’t one.”



    Cambodia currently charges virtually all foreign tourists US$30 for a 30 days stamp and also charges US$37 for a one-day pass to the Angkor Wat temple complex, near Siem Reap, which also includes other historic monuments. The Cambodian government is thought to oppose Thai prime minister Srettha Thavisin’s vision of a Schengen-type pass which would allow visitors entry to five south east Asian countries without additional fees and visas.



    The attractions of Cambodia for international tourists are the cost of living (cheaper than Thailand), a unique cultural heritage and political history, a friendly people and a less frenetic atmosphere in the main tourist areas. Long term visas are easy to obtain and expats are not being threatened with income taxation. “Cutting our own flesh to compete with a much bigger neighbor is a self-defeating strategy,” concluded Leap Chantavy.
















    15 July 15 2024
    Featured
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=465595
  • BCCT Eastern Seaboard International Business Awards 2024 Sponsorship Opportunities
    PATTAYA, Thailand – The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) is delighted to announce and host the inaugural BCCT Eastern Seaboard International Business Awards (ESIBA) 2024 on Friday, September 6th, 2024, at the Eastpana Hotel, Bowin, Sriracha. ESIBA serves as a platform to enhance and recognise the best in business and entrepreneurial excellence across the Eastern Seaboard. We recognise […]
    BCCT Eastern Seaboard International Business Awards (ESIBA) 2024 on Friday, September 6th, 2024.

    PATTAYA, Thailand – The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) is delighted to announce and host the inaugural BCCT Eastern Seaboard International Business Awards (ESIBA) 2024 on Friday, September 6th, 2024, at the Eastpana Hotel, Bowin, Sriracha.

    ESIBA serves as a platform to enhance and recognise the best in business and entrepreneurial excellence across the Eastern Seaboard. We recognise the vital role that companies in this region play and will highlight achievements in various major categories, such as Most Innovative Company, Outstanding SME, Outstanding Company/Manufacturer, Environmental Sustainability, Tourism Excellence, Outstanding Employer, Young Entrepreneur, Women in Business (see below for more details).




    We aim to bring these opportunities to the Eastern Seaboard community, not only to present awards but also to provide an excellent opportunity for BCCT members, guests of honor, and affiliates to connect and prosper while enjoying an exceptional dinner reception with great food and drinks. Through our partnerships with various organisations, ESIBA offers excellent sponsorship packages for companies to utilise our marketing tools to reach their business prospects through us.

    ESIBA 2024 sponsorship packages are available in PDF HERE


    AWARD CATEGORIES

    CORPORATE 

    Most Innovative Company Award acknowledging companies that, through successful evolution, have pioneered inventive approaches in product or service development. Judges seek tangible evidence of innovation in processes, productivity, and performance that demonstrably contributed to their outstanding success

    Outstanding SME Award (50 employees maximum) recognises businesses that showcase remarkable achievements in growth, impact, and innovation. These companies serve as paragons of excellence within their respective industries, embodying the highest standards of performance and success.

    Outstanding Company / Manufacturer Award recognises industry leaders who excel in performance, innovation, efficiency, and quality. The company demonstrates exceptional sector performance, evidence of ingenuity, measurable impact from initiatives, operational excellence, adherence to quality standards, a commitment to innovation.

    Journey to Net Zero / Environmental Sustainability Award will look for businesses that are leading the way in the journey to achieve net-zero emissions. They seek exceptional commitment, innovation, and leadership in the pursuit of a sustainable future.




    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award will recognise those companies who have demonstrated a strong commitment to actively developing an inclusive workplace for all employees – where fairness, respect, equality, dignity, and autonomy are at the forefront of their values and promoted as part of their corporate culture.

    Community Impact Award recognises examples of a company’s active engagement with and contribution to the local community. It acknowledges exceptional commitment and leadership in making a positive impact, leaving a lasting legacy of change and inspiration.

    Tourism Excellence Award is a tribute to outstanding achievements and excellence within the tourism sector. It honours companies that stand out in their dedication to customer satisfaction, sustainability, and community engagement, recognising their significant contributions to the positive impact on travelers and local communities.

    Outstanding Employer Award recognises organisations that demonstrate exceptional commitment to their employees’ well-being, growth, and overall satisfaction. The company empower their employees to reach their fullest potential and contribute meaningfully to the success of the organisation.


    INDIVIDUAL

    Exceptional Young Entrepreneur Award (less than 30 years old) honours Thailand’s pool of exceptional business talent shines. It recognises individuals who who’ve transformed initial concepts into thriving ventures, achieving success locally and, when applicable, on the international stage.

    Lifetime Achievement Award recognising an individual’s extraordinary contributions and lasting impact on their field over a lifetime of dedicated service, exemplifying a legacy of excellence.

    Women in Business Award acknowledges remarkable women who exemplify inspiration, influence others, achieve significant milestones in business, demonstrate innovative ideas, provide effective mentorship, and show resilience in the business world.



    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to promote your products and services to a network of great business prospects. An excellent evening to honour the best of businesses and entrepreneurs while promoting your organisation!

    If you are interested in sponsoring ESIBA 2024, please contact: Amornrat Ruangnak at majorevents@bccthai.com CALL 094-463-6545 , 02-651-5351

    หอการค้าอังกฤษ – ไทย
    British Chamber of Commerce Thailand
    23rd Floor, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
    Tel: +66 (0) 2651-5350-1 Email: contact@bccthai.com
    Location Map: Thai/English
















    15 July 15 2024
    Associations & Clubs
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=465590
  • Near disaster as locomotive collides with chemical-laden truck in Laem Chabang
    LAEM CHABANG, Thailand – A 200-ton locomotive collided with an 18-wheeler chemical truck at an automated railway crossing in the Laem Chabang Port area on July 12. The impact caused the two chemical tanks to topple off the trailer, crushing a Mitsubishi 4-wheel pickup truck nearby. Upon inspection, both chemical tanks were found intact, with […]
    A 200-ton locomotive collides with an 18-wheeler chemical truck at an automated railway crossing in the Laem Chabang Port area.

    LAEM CHABANG, Thailand – A 200-ton locomotive collided with an 18-wheeler chemical truck at an automated railway crossing in the Laem Chabang Port area on July 12. The impact caused the two chemical tanks to topple off the trailer, crushing a Mitsubishi 4-wheel pickup truck nearby.



    Upon inspection, both chemical tanks were found intact, with no signs of leakage or damage. Port authorities cordoned off the area to prevent unauthorized access, and recovery operations for the tanks were subsequently carried out.

    The impact caused two chemical tanks to topple off the trailer, crushing a Mitsubishi 4-wheel pickup truck nearby at Laem Chabang Port.

    Initial investigations included examining the accident site and questioning all drivers involved to gather additional information for further legal action.
















    15 July 15 2024
    Pattaya
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=465578
  • Heartbroken young man found safe in East Pattaya forest
    PATTAYA, Thailand – A young disheartened young man was reported to have drunk floor cleaning chemicals before disappearing into the forest near Mabprachan Reservoir in East Pattaya On July 12. The incident took place in a dense forest surrounding the 2,000-rai reservoir. More than 50 rescue volunteers were mobilized to search for the missing person. […]
    Relatives, overjoyed to find Manatswee, embraced him and wept with relief after discovering him asleep in the forest. The young man took this drastic action because he was heartbroken by a breakup with his girlfriend,

    PATTAYA, Thailand – A young disheartened young man was reported to have drunk floor cleaning chemicals before disappearing into the forest near Mabprachan Reservoir in East Pattaya On July 12. The incident took place in a dense forest surrounding the 2,000-rai reservoir. More than 50 rescue volunteers were mobilized to search for the missing person.

    Equipped with off-road vehicles and motorcycles, the rescue teams began their search for 18-year-old Manatswee Siphlai along the reservoir’s perimeter and through the thick forest area. Given the darkness and lack of lighting in the reservoir area, rescuers used vehicles with mounted lights to navigate the terrain.

    After more than an hour of searching, Manatswee was found sleeping on a marble table in front of the Pong Sub-district Health Center, approximately 5 kilometres from the initial location. Although uninjured, he exhibited signs of nausea from consuming the floor cleaner. Relatives, overjoyed to find him, embraced him and wept with relief. Rescue workers then transported him to the hospital for further evaluation.

    Usanee Siphlai, 65, Manatswee’s aunt, recounted that her nephew had recently graduated from high school and was working as a vendor in Pattaya. Before the incident, his girlfriend called, revealing that Manatswee had messaged her, stating he had drunk floor cleaner and was crying in the forest since 5 p.m.

    Unable to locate him, his relatives contacted rescue services for assistance. The incident was reportedly triggered by a breakup with his girlfriend, leading Manatswee to take this drastic action.

    15 July 15 2024
    Pattaya
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=465575
  • Thai tourist dies of unknown causes on Koh Larn Island
    PATTAYA, Thailand – A Thai tourist was admitted to the Koh Larn Community Medical Center suffering from severe vomiting of blood, tragically leading to his death. The deceased was identified as Sitthikorn K, 39, from Phetchabun Province. His body exhibited significant trauma, including a swollen head, bruised right eye socket, and multiple contusions on his […]
    Rescue personnel load Sitthikorn’s body onto a boat bound for Banglamung Hospital on the mainland, where a detailed autopsy will determine the exact cause of death before his body is released for religious rites.

    PATTAYA, Thailand – A Thai tourist was admitted to the Koh Larn Community Medical Center suffering from severe vomiting of blood, tragically leading to his death. The deceased was identified as Sitthikorn K, 39, from Phetchabun Province. His body exhibited significant trauma, including a swollen head, bruised right eye socket, and multiple contusions on his right shoulder, torso, and both calves. He died about 1-2 hours before arriving at the medical center.



    Sitthikorn’s wife, Ms Lee (alias), recounted that they had been vacationing on Koh Larn for three days. On the morning of July 13, he had breakfast at 7 a.m. but began vomiting blood around 11 a.m. Despite her efforts to seek medical help, Sitthikorn insisted on resting until he became unresponsive at 2 p.m. Ms. Lee rushed him to the community medical center, where he was pronounced dead.

    Ms Lee explained that her husband’s bruises were pre-existing, as he frequently stumbled and fell due to his habits of heavy drinking and suffered from cirrhosis and hypertension.

    Investigating officer Pol. Maj. Col. Thanya Udtong of the Pattaya City Police Station stated that the exact cause of Mr Sitthikorn’s death remains undetermined. The Sawang Boriboon Foundation has been tasked with transferring the body to Banglamung Hospital for a thorough autopsy to ascertain the precise cause of death before releasing the body for religious rites.
















    15 July 15 2024
    Pattaya
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=465572
  • Motorcycle collision injures Iranian man on Thepprasit Road, Pattaya
    PATTAYA, Thailand – A car driven by a British national collided with a motorcycle opposite Rita Resort Residence on Thepprasit Road, injuring an Iranian man who was found lying on the central median, groaning in pain. The victim sustained a laceration on his right elbow, swelling on his right wrist, and multiple abrasions on his […]
    The Iranian man sustained injuries including a laceration on his right elbow, swelling on his right wrist, and multiple abrasions. The British national involved in the collision stayed at the scene to cooperate with authorities.

    PATTAYA, Thailand – A car driven by a British national collided with a motorcycle opposite Rita Resort Residence on Thepprasit Road, injuring an Iranian man who was found lying on the central median, groaning in pain.

    The victim sustained a laceration on his right elbow, swelling on his right wrist, and multiple abrasions on his body. The injured wrist was immobilized with a splint. The British national remained at the scene to provide a statement to the authorities.



    According to the injured motorcyclist, he was driving straight when a Toyota Yaris, parked in front of a 7-Eleven, suddenly swerved to the right. This caused the motorcyclist to crash into the car and be thrown about five meters onto the central median. Fortunately, the motorcyclist’s head was unharmed.

    Investigating officer Pol. Lt. Kittipong Thalaengkan stated that the severity of the injuries needs to be assessed before any charges can be filed against the involved parties. The Sawang Boriboon Foundation transported the injured motorcyclist to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for treatment. The British driver was brought to Pattaya City Police Station for further legal proceedings.
















    15 July 15 2024
    Pattaya
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=465569
  • Heartwarming act of kindness captured in Pattaya goes viral
    PATTAYA, Thailand – A 36-second video clip on Facebook, captioned “Doing good, whether anyone knows it or not… our hearts know. Doing good, whether anyone sees it or not… the camera sees it,” has warmed hearts across Thailand. The video, recorded on July 11 and posted on July 13, captures an act of kindness amidst […]
    A woman motorcyclist covers a drenched schoolboy with a shirt at a traffic light in Pattaya, showcasing a heartwarming act of kindness amidst a heavy rainstorm.

    PATTAYA, Thailand – A 36-second video clip on Facebook, captioned “Doing good, whether anyone knows it or not… our hearts know. Doing good, whether anyone sees it or not… the camera sees it,” has warmed hearts across Thailand. The video, recorded on July 11 and posted on July 13, captures an act of kindness amidst a heavy rainstorm in Pattaya.



    Kittipong Naklaksanan, 35, who works as a minivan driver, captured the moment around 7:30 a.m. as he was heading out to run errands in South Pattaya amid light rain. While stopped at a red light, he noticed a father and child also waiting at the light. At the same time, a woman on a motorcycle pulled up next to them. As the rain intensified, the woman quickly opened the seat of her motorcycle, grabbed a shirt, and ran to cover the child’s head, shielding him from the rain.

    A woman motorcyclist notices a drenched schoolboy at a red light. She quickly opens her motorcycle seat, retrieves a shirt, and places it over the boy’s head to shield him from the rain, showcasing a compassionate gesture that has touched hearts across Thailand.

    Kittipong decided to post the video online to share the touching scene with a wider audience. He wanted the public to see this act of kindness and to appreciate the compassion shown by the woman in the clip. His post has since garnered significant attention and praise for the woman’s thoughtful gesture.
















    15 July 15 2024
    Pattaya
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=465565
  • Obituary: Crossword expert Andrew Stewart dies in Pattaya at 79
    PATTAYA, Thailand – A British expat who had cryptic crossword puzzles published in The Listener, The Times and the Daily Telegraph died in Pattaya just months before his 80th birthday. Andrew Stewart was born in Buckinghamshire and trained as a teacher, later becoming head of the English department at a large London comprehensive school. He […]
    Andrew Stewart dies in Pattaya at 79.

    PATTAYA, Thailand – A British expat who had cryptic crossword puzzles published in The Listener, The Times and the Daily Telegraph died in Pattaya just months before his 80th birthday. Andrew Stewart was born in Buckinghamshire and trained as a teacher, later becoming head of the English department at a large London comprehensive school.

    He took early retirement and moved to Thailand in the early 1990s where he furthered his lifelong interest in bird watching with a collection of tens of thousands of photos taken throughout the country. He was a popular cryptic crossword setter and was favoured, in a highly competitive compiler market, by the top UK newspapers and magazines even after they moved online.




    Andrew also sent puzzles to the now defunct and less prestigious newspaper Pattaya Today which published them without realizing they were cryptic (every word must be analyzed for clues) rather than based on general knowledge. This led to readers complaining that the answers given were ridiculous.

    His health took a downward path last year when he was diagnosed with the serious lung disease bronchiectasis although he continued to submit crosswords to UK publications until a few weeks ago. He died of a heart attack on July 14 after emergency hospital admission. The British embassy and Andrew’s UK-based siblings have been contacted prior to funeral rites being conducted in Pattaya.
















    15 July 15 2024
    Daily Newsletter
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=465583
  • Motown & Northern Soul Night in Pattaya July 6
    We are back at The Caddyshack Pattaya Saturday 6 July 2024 Doors Open 8pm – Entry Fee 500 baht on the Door 8-10 p.m. – Free Flow Wine & San Miguel All proceeds to: Take Care Kids
    Souled Out presents Motown & Northern Soul Night.

    We are back at The Caddyshack Pattaya
    Saturday 6 July 2024
    Doors Open 8pm – Entry Fee 500 baht on the Door
    8-10 p.m. – Free Flow Wine & San Miguel
    All proceeds to: Take Care Kids
















    15 July 15 2024
    Daily Newsletter
    https://www.pattayamail.com/?p=463813