Saturday, January 13, 2018
Opening a Thai bank account offers several benefits but foreigners often find themselves having a difficult time opening one or are unsure of what they need to be eligible for an account. We’ve provided the required documents to open a Thai bank account and a list of banks that are the easiest to open an account with minimal documentation. As a foreigner, there are two major categories you can fall into when opening a Thai bank account: 1. You have a work permit (obtainable with a non-immigrant B visa) 2. You do not have a work permit Expats with Work Permits If you fall into the first group, you are eligible to open a Thai bank account at most banks. In many cases, a passport and work permit will suffice in opening a savings account. However, check with each individual bank for any additional required documentation (i.e., proof of resident status, certificate of residency, etc.) Walk in, grab a number from the number generator near the entrance, and wait to be called on. It’ll take an hour or less to set up an account. The bank official will make photocopies of your documents and have you sign a few forms. Don’t forget important contact information, such as your address and phone number, too. Bangkok Bank Bank of Ayudhya CIMB Thai Bank ICBC Kasikorn Bank Bank of Thailand Siam Commercial Bank Krung Thai Bank Siam City Bank TMB Bank UOB Bank Kiatnakin Bank Thanachart Bank Additional fees will vary for each bank, including yearly fees, replacement ATM card fees, account cancellation fees, and ATM withdrawal fees. Interest earned per year will also vary, if offered at all. Expats Without Work Permits Most people fall into the second group. This includes expats possessing a non-immigrant Thai visa, including retirement, education, dependent, or a short-term Thai tourist visa. Never fear! Banks that do not need a work permit to open an account include: Bangkok Bank Kasikorn Bank TMB Bank UOB Bank In most cases, these banks want to see your passport and either a second form of identification or that you are currently residing in Thailand under a lease. Bring the Following to Open a Thai Bank Account (Savings): Bangkok Bank Minimum Deposit at Bangkok Bank: 500 baht Required Documents for Foreign Individuals: Passport One of the following: Photo identification (student ID card or license) Reference letter from your embassy or your home bank Lease agreement, utility bill, ownership of a place of residence Kasikorn Bank Minimum Deposit at Kasikorn Bank: 500 baht Required Documents for Foreign Individuals: A copy of foreign national ID card or other government issued ID card (i.e., passport) A copy of house registration or lLease TMB Bank Minimum Deposit at TMB Bank: 500 baht Required Documents for Foreign Individuals: A copy of a citizen ID card or an ID card with a photograph issued by a government agency UOB Bank Minimum Deposit at UOB Bank: 50,000 baht (yes, four zeros) Required Documents for Foreign Individuals: A certified copy of passport Either a work permit or student identification issued by local Thai institutions NOTE: We’ve heard wildly varying experiences from people trying to open a Thai bank account without a work permit. It may take more than one attempt because the bank staff may ask for a work permit even when it’s not required. We recommend speaking with bank staff that speaks English well and show them the official rules from the bank in question (linked to above). Keep in mind this is Thailand! The Benefits of Opening a Thai Bank Account No ATM Withdraw Fees No more 150 or 180 baht charges! No Conversion Rate Fees No more loss due to 3% conversion rates, whether from an ATM withdrawal or from currency exchange. Access to Thai Debit Card Issued as a Visa, a Thai debit card opens up opportunities for cashless transactions and online purchases. Keep in mind that cards branded with “Electronic Use Only” are limited to in-store purchases. Transfer Funds In and Out of Thailand Have means to transfer funds from your home country that are accessible in Thailand. Our Experience Opening a Thai Bank Account Thai Bank Card We first tried applying for a joint bank account at Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) at the Central Airport Plaza Mall in Chiang Mai. I was eligible to open a bank account under my name with a passport and a work permit. However, to open a joint account that included Chris’s name, the bank wanted a Residency Certificate (i.e., proof that we are living long-term in Thailand). We didn’t have one on hand, and since it takes ten business days to get one in Chiang Mai, we made a second attempt at opening a joint account at the Kasikorn Bank a few floors up in the same mall. Upon entering the bank we were asked if we had a work permit (yes, even though Kasikorn doesn’t need it), but we were never asked to show proof of it during the application process. We also did not have on hand a lease agreement or utility bill to prove we were living in Thailand. Instead, we simply wrote down our address and they accepted it. It took about 45 minute to set up the account and to register two ATM cards that we received immediately. They cost an extra 500 baht each.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
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Location Located in Downtown Hat Yai, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Odean Shopping Mall, Ocean Shopping Town and Lee Garden Plaza. Kim Jong Shopping Center and Clock Tower are also within 15 minutes. Hotel features Along with a restaurant, this hotel has a bar/lounge and Concierge services. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include Dry cleaning, A 24-hour front desk and a front desk safe. Room amenities All 189 properties provide conveniences such as refrigerators and coffee makers, plus complimentary wireless Internet access and LED TVs with cable channels. Minibars, room service (during limited hours) and free bottled water are among the other amenities available to guests.
D-ONE HOTEL is a short stroll from Rajyindee Hospital and Odean Shopping Mall. Each of the 100 rooms at this 3-star hotel includes a refrigerator, a coffee maker, and a flat-screen TV. Also near this Hat Yai hotel are Lee Garden Plaza and Ocean Shopping Town. Rooms All of D-ONE HOTEL's 100 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, coffee makers, and free bottled water. Guests can expect to find flat-screen TVs and stay connected with free WiFi. Other standard amenities include desks and free toiletries. Bathrooms are shared. Property features Guests of D-ONE HOTEL enjoy features like free WiFi in public areas. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the accommodations.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
时常自驾到泰国游玩或公干的朋友注意！泰国计划在2018年年秒征收车辆入境费！ 根据泰国运输和交通政策及规划办公室的消息，泰国打算向入境泰国的外国车辆征收100泰铢的入境费。 初步消息指出，外国车辆在入境泰国时需购买100泰铢（约12令吉65仙）的电子通关卡，这个通关卡的有效期为5年。外国车辆每次通关将需缴付42泰铢（约5令吉30仙）。 泰国将分3次阶段落实外国车入境收费措施，最初只对通过缅甸、大马、柬埔寨和寮国28个检查站入境的外国四轮车征收入境费。 接下来，泰国将用备有全球定位系统（GPS）的射频识别系统追踪通过这28个检查站入境的外国车。这些被GPS追踪的外国车将被征收每公里1.5泰铢（马币19仙）的费用。