When I first moved to Thailand 10 years ago I struggled to find a resource that would help me save money and time with everyday life in the Land of Smiles. A quick search online revealed Thailand guides that said things like “travel overnight” or “avoid tourist scams” or “eat cheap.”
Absolutely no practical advice or direct links to anything that would actually save me time and money. Over the years, I threw away thousands and thousands of dollars on expenses. My room, which I thought was cheap, was 20% higher than what the guy next store was paying. I also unknowingly paid hundreds of dollars on international money transfer fees, only to later find out how save 50% on those fees. And I just recently discovered an insurance plan that is 30% lower than my previous plan. I learned all these money saving secrets the hard way.
Because I know how much money these secret saving strategies can save you, for two years I worked with Thailand-based writers and researchers who were experts in each area, and together we gathered all the ways to save you time and money in Thailand. We then compiled it into Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfall, and More.
In this kit, you’ll get insider information only a select number of expats know about to save hundreds of hours of time and thousands of dollars in Thailand, including:
- The secret solution to staying in Thailand long-term while avoiding the long and tiresome immigration queues
- How to get the competitive edge and make yourself marketable in Thailand’s workplace
- Strategies to save you over $100 when making international money transfers
- The easiest way to open a Thai bank account and credit card
- The loyalty reward programs that earn you maximum points, free flights, and first class upgrades
- How to save 20% on condo rental or purchase contracts
- Low-costing but high-quality insurance coverage for expats plus tips to reduce your medical fees
- How to cut hundreds of dollars off your food, furniture, clothing, and monthly utility costs
- Affordable gyms with premium services—and where to exercise for free
- How to get budget, yet expert, legal advice and free consultations
This is NOT Your Average Thailand Guide Book
Stay in Thailand With a Long-Term Solution
Remember the good ole days when you could stay in Thailand on back-to-back tourist visas? Or how about when you could sign up for Thai classes at a language center and get an education visa, only to never have to show up to class? Those days are long gone and the Thai government has been cracking down on such offenders. In Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfalls, and More!, you’ll find out how to stay in Thailand on the visa that’s right for you. You’ll get a list of embassies that are easiest to work with when applying for a visa. After reading this kit, you’ll never struggle with visas again.
Get the Competitive Edge in Thailand’s Workplace
Are you worried that landing a job in Thailand as a foreigner won’t be easy? After all, the job market is flooded with foreign professionals. And then there’s the all the red tape companies have to cut through just to hire you. And don’t think online searches will yield the same results as back home, because they don’t. But in Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfalls, and More!, after you read the chapter on finding work, you’ll go right to the source when looking for jobs in Thailand. You’ll discover the off-the-beaten-path options that many professionals have had success with, from business to television to modeling. But that’s not all, you’ll also find out how to make yourself appealing to companies in Thailand. And if you think teaching English is your only option—thing again.
Save Over $100 on International Money Transfers
Getting money to Thailand is expensive. If you transfer money into Thailand using one of the outdated methods, you’ll pay a $100 hidden exchange rate fee when sending ten thousand of your hard-earned dollars. But there’s more—this doesn’t include the $30 wire transfer fee. And if you withdrawal your money from an ATM, there’s at least a $5 fee per transaction. But in Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfalls, and More!, you’ll cash in on the cheapest ways to send money to Thailand in a matter of days—with no hidden charges—while getting the lowest transfer fees possible. With our country-specific recommendations, this can save you over 50% of what you usually pay for a money transfer.
Find Out The Easiest Way to Open a Thai Bank Account and Credit Card
Doesn’t it aggravate you that you can’t open a bank account in Thailand despite living here for so long? Wouldn’t it be nice to finally find a bank branch that lets you easily open an account with just your tourist visa? And how about credit cards? Think about how much easier life in Thailand would be. You could receive money in your bank account. You could build up a local savings. You can pay bills and buy stuff with a credit card and earn reward points. And you won’t have to pay those astronomical fees when withdrawing money from your offshore account. In Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfalls, and More!, we’ll introduce you to the specific bank branches that’ll let you open an account—in just a single hour—with only your tourist visa. And well show you which credit cards you can get with just a 30,000 baht a month salary.
Earn Big Rewards and Fly For Free
It’s no secret that people who know how to play the airline miles game can get themselves free or discounted flights. But if you don’t know how to play that game in Thailand, you’ll be missing out on travel opportunities to Thailand’s pristine islands or lush green mountains, or even the neighboring countries like South Korea and Japan. In Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfalls, and More!, you’ll discover the credit cards that save you 10% on airline tickets. We introduce you to loyalty programs that’ll give you free tickets for the least amount of points. You’ll also get insider tricks that’ll score you business class or free seats. And as a bonus, we provide exclusive tips that’ll save you money on taxis, rent-a-cars, and private transportation.
Cut Your Condo Rent or Purchase Price by 20% or More
Wondering how you could find those amazing deals that could decrease your condo rent or purchase price by 20%? Struggling to find a convenient condo in an underrated neighborhood? What happens if you do find a place you like—can you negotiate your way through a Thai contract? In Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfalls, and More!, you’ll discover the discounts and neighborhoods you won’t find when working with an agent or looking online. And you’ll find out how to negotiate your own contract. We’ll also show you which condo developers to choose and which to avoid. These are the very same tricks I used to score a 90 square meter apartment in Silom for just 20,000 baht a month. And now it’s never been easier because I show you exactly how to do the same.
Save Hundreds of Dollars a Year on Insurance
Health coverage for expats in Thailand is expensive. Great coverage comes with high premiums. And cheap premiums don’t provide great coverage. With Thailand’s roads ranked the second deadliest in the world, you’re always a footstep away from injury. But with Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfalls, and More!, you’ll find out which is the right health insurance, offering cheap—but quality—health coverage for expats. You’ll get insider knowledge that helps you save on medical fees. And you’ll never have to worry when—not if—that medical emergency strikes.
Grow Your Bank Account by $100 Each Month
Life in Thailand is full of tempting opportunities and potential pitfalls. You could overpay for furniture and clothes. You could overpay for food and utilities. You could even overpay for simple things like SIM cards. But imagine saving 20% on groceries. Think about the 50% discounts you could score on secret cell phones plans that not even local Thais know about. After reading Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfalls, and More!, you’ll get big savings on the smaller—but more important—aspects of everyday life in Thailand. And as a bonus, we’ll show you how to have your utilities automatically paid for every month, so you’ll never have to worry about missing a bill.
Don’t Be the Biggest Foreigner in the Crowd
With all the food stalls and delicious treats that Thailand has to offer, staying fit is challenging. Everywhere you turn there’s home cooked soups and rice dishes, aromatic country foods and grilled seafood. To offset the intake of extra calories, you need to stay healthy and fit. In Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfalls, and More!, you’ll discover how to get cheap gym memberships at premium workout facilities. You’ll find out where and how to train in Thailand’s National Sport—Muay Thai—and other martial arts for a discount. And if you’d rather exercise for free, we’ll show you the outdoor gyms where you can do just that.
Get Cheap Legal Advice and Free Consultations
Lawyers are expensive. Even in Thailand. Did you know drafting a simple contract could cost you 20,000 baht? And how do you know if the lawyer is ethical or knowledgeable? In Thailand Starter Kit: Save Cash, Land a Job, Avoid Pitfalls, and More!, we show you how to hire a professional lawyer even if you’re on a tight budget. We show you how to negotiate lawyer rates. And we even introduce you to the ways you can get free legal consultation.