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The culture of Thailand is characterized by a long history and traditions that date back to the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. Influences from China, India and other countries in the region have also contributed to a diverse cultural landscape over the centuries.
In Thai culture, there is a strong emphasis on respect and politeness, especially toward the elderly and those in authority. Buddhism is the predominant religion and has a great influence on the daily life and culture of the Thai people.
Handicrafts such as carving, pottery and silk weaving are also important elements of Thai culture. Traditional dances, music and festivals such as Songkran (the Thai New Year) are also important parts of the culture of Thailand. Moreover, Thai cuisine is known and appreciated worldwide, reflecting the diversity and richness of regional flavors and spices.
The climate in Thailand is tropical with high temperatures and high humidity. However, temperatures vary depending on the region and season. In northern Thailand, the winter months (November to February) are cooler and drier, while the summer months (March to May) can be very hot. The southern coastal regions experience high temperatures and humid conditions year-round, tempered by cooler, drier winds from November through April. However, from May to October, these areas may experience heavy rains and occasional storms.
Thai is the main language spoken in Thailand. It is the official language of the country and is spoken as a native language by about 85% of the population. In addition, there are a variety of regional dialects and minority languages, including Chinese, Malay, Khmer, and English, which is widely spoken in tourist areas and in the business world.
When emigrating to Thailand with your family, the school system naturally plays a major role:
Thailand has an education system consisting of six years of elementary school (Prathom), three years of secondary school (Mattayom 1-3) and three years of high school (Mattayom 4-6). Classes are compulsory for children aged 6 to 14. The Thai school system is based on the model of Western countries, but there are differences. For example, students are required to wear school uniforms, and classes are often stricter and more disciplined than in Western countries.
Thailand also has a large number of international schools that offer a curriculum taught in English or other languages. These schools are often very expensive, but they offer the advantage of allowing students to earn international certificates and degrees that are recognized worldwide.
The health care system in Thailand has improved considerably in recent years. There are both public and private hospitals and clinics throughout the country. However, the quality of medical care can vary and often depends on location and availability of resources. As a rule, medical facilities in larger cities are better equipped than in rural areas.
Foreign tourists and long-term residents should purchase travel or expatriate health insurance, as the cost of medical treatment in Thailand can be high. In emergencies, public hospitals can treat, but there are often long waiting times. Private clinics typically provide faster and more comprehensive medical care, but they are also more expensive.
Vaccinations or medical certificates may be required for emigration to Thailand as a German immigrant. It is strongly recommended that travelers seek medical advice and learn about current vaccination recommendations before traveling to Thailand. As a rule, the German Foreign Office recommends a standard vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella (MMR), hepatitis A and B, as well as typhoid and rabies for long-term stays or special exposure.
Thailand has a progressive tax system where higher incomes pay higher tax rates. Tax rates start at 5% for incomes up to THB 150,000 per year and increase to 35% for incomes over THB 4 million per year. There is also a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 7% on most goods and services. There are also special tax regimes for foreign investors and companies to encourage investment and economic growth in the country.
Thailand has one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia and is highly export-oriented. The economy is mainly based on tourism, agriculture and manufacturing industry. Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice and a major producer of seafood. In addition, the country also has a growing electronics and automotive industry, as well as a booming tourism industry. The tourism sector contributes a significant part to the gross domestic product and is an important source of foreign exchange for the country.
In recent years, however, the Thai economy has faced a number of challenges, including political unrest, natural disasters and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the government has taken various measures to support and diversify the economy, including encouraging investment in new industries and increasing infrastructure investment.
Since prices can vary greatly from region to region, we refer here to the Cost of Living website. This website constantly updates the information so that you are always up to date.
As a foreigner you can buy or rent real estate in Thailand. However, there are limitations and certain rules that must be followed.
In principle, foreigners can acquire ownership of apartments in Thailand as long as the total share of foreign ownership does not exceed 49 percent. In the case of land ownership, other regulations apply and it is generally only possible to purchase or lease land to a limited extent.
It is advisable to seek advice from a lawyer or real estate expert before buying or renting a property in Thailand and to be aware of the current laws and regulations.
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As a foreigner, it is possible to start a business in Thailand. However, there are some restrictions and rules that must be followed. Establishing a business in Thailand usually requires approval from the Department of Business Development of the Ministry of Commerce. There are different types of companies that can be incorporated, such as a Limited Company, a Public Limited Company or a Branch Office.
It is also important to note that foreigners in some industries, such as retail or real estate, may have special restrictions set by Thai authorities.
It is recommended that before setting up a business in Thailand, you seek advice from a lawyer or consulting firm to ensure that you follow all the necessary steps and regulations.
Possible visas for emigration to Thailand:
In Thailand, there are different visa options for foreigners, depending on the purpose of the stay is planned and how long the stay should last. Here are some of the most common visa categories:
It is important to note that the exact requirements and procedures for each visa may vary depending on the nationality of the applicant, purpose of stay and length of stay. It is recommended that you carefully review the requirements and seek assistance from a reliable source, such as a Thai embassy or consulate, if necessary.
Thailand is generally a safe country for tourists and foreigners, but as with any country, there are certain safety risks to watch out for. For example, tourists should watch out for pickpockets and scams, especially in busy areas and on public transportation. In some areas of the country, particularly in the south, there are conflicts involving armed groups and drug trafficking. Travelers should inform themselves about the situation in certain areas and, if necessary, refrain from traveling there.
Conduct in public should also be considered, especially in religious sites and royal palaces, as these places have special rules and rituals. It is also important to respect Thai culture and traditions and not to engage in illegal activities that can be severely punished by the authorities. We recommend the safety advice of the German Foreign Office: Safety instructions Thailand.