Looking for help? On this page you’ll find the answers to the most frequently asked questions I get. You’ll find contact emails to professionals I use. And you’ll find a link to our Facebook support group, where you can get advice about your specific needs. If none of the options below help, feel free to get in touch with me.
What visa do I need and how do I get a work permit?
Most visa and work permit questions are answered in our guide to visas and guide to work permits articles. For specific advice about your case, I recommend talking to a lawyer who specializes in immigration matters. If you need a recommendation for a competent, ethical, and affordable lawyer, check out our legal advice page.
What health insurance should I pick?
I use ACS. You can read about my experience with ACS in this article. If you’re looking for a comparison portal to weigh out your health insurance choices, then check out Mister Prakan. I explain why I like them in this article. There are a number of good choices out there. But whatever you do, don’t wait until you get sick to get health insurance.
What’s the best way to ship my belongings or pet to Thailand?
Can you help me find a job?
Short answer: It depends. If you’d like my advice then create a profile on Getlinks. I can review your CV and offer suggestions based on your situation.
I can also make your CV available to potential employers in high growth industries–can’t promise anything, but it helps in some cases.
Finding a job is easier when you already work in Thailand. One way to do that is to first get a teaching job, which you can do by taking a TEFL course from Text-and-Talk Academy.
Where should I stay?
If you need help when searching for an apartment or house, use this form to contact me and I’ll be happy to connect you with a reputable real estate agent.
How can I quickly but effectively learn Thai?
If you’re a complete beginner, Thaipod101 has learning tools that help you learn Thai online and at your convenience. They teach you step-by-step, taking you through basic conversations all the way to advanced levels.
How do I start a business in Thailand?
If you’d like some help with setting up a business in Thailand, I’d be delighted to help you navigate the process by sharing my 10+ years experience of doing business in Thailand. Please feel free to use this form to contact me.
Do you know where to find an accounting service?
I’ve been using an accounting service from Switchaya Nukhan for my company for over ten years. I’ve been happy with her service and would recommend her if you need any help with accounting or taxation.
Do you know any good digital marketing agencies in Thailand?
If you’re looking for someone to take care of your digital campaigns, you can talk to Monlamai Vichienwanitchkul. She’s a digital marketing specialist with over 13 years in the industry. Her track record is proven by the successful campaigns she led for major Thailand companies.
What’s the best way to send money to Thailand?
It depends on where you are and the amount of money you need to send. To begin with, you should use a comparison website such as Moneytis.com to compare the cheapest and quickest choices.
Which credit card do you have?
Citibank Royal Orchid Plus Select is my favorite. It requires a minimum salary of 80,000 baht, but comes with many traveling benefits like Thai Airways point redemption to free travel insurance. Also, the approval process is very quick and can be done within a week.
What’s the easiest way to open a Thai bank account?
Opening a bank account is tricky in Thailand since each bank and their branches have their own regulations. You can find out more details from our guide on Thai bank accounts. If you need our help setting up an account, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s your favorite site to book a flight?
Expedia is my favorite when it comes to booking flights. The reason? They regularly have special promotions with the Thai market that cut the ticket price by more than 40%. My latest round trip to Germany only cost me $480 instead of the average price of $900.
How about car rentals?
Expedia is also my go to website when it comes to renting a car. And the reason is the same. They have regular promotions on the Thai market. The interface is also very easy to find the cheapest choices.
Do you have a recommended hotel booking site?
It’s frustrating that many hotel booking sites do not show the 7% vat and 10% hotel fees, making it more difficult to find out the cheapest options. This is why I love to use booking.com. The price they show is the total price, with taxes and fees, making it easy to compare the truly cheapest options. And they have hundreds of available hotels in Thailand to choose from.
Do you know any good private tour companies?
If you’re looking for a local guide to take you from place to place with insider know-how, Take Me Tour is the place to go. It’s like a marketplace that matches travelers with local guides.
Can you recommend a good lawyer?
Our article on Bangkok law firms has a list of lawyers in specific fields of practice. For most general law issues–think personal property and real estate, work permits, or visas– I usually go to Pongkarn Khunphasee.
If you have any other questions, or if you’re in a specific situation that requires more details, the fastest way to get an answer is in our Facebook support group, Thailand Starter Kit Community. I read all questions posted. And if I can’t provide an answer myself, one of the many other knowledgeable readers usually can.
Contact Me Personally
If you want to get in touch with me, Karsten, please use the form below. I don’t bite. I love feedback. And I read all e-mails–even if I can’t always reply to all the messages I receive.
Please note that for specific questions relating to moving to Thailand or living here, I’d prefer if you post them in the Facebook group linked above.