Entries by rvirasin

Contractors and the Renovation of Property

By Robert R. Virasin and Yutthachai Sangsirisap As land prices in prime locations in Thailand go up, condominiums are getting smaller and more expensive. Many people have chosen the option to purchase larger less expensive properties with the goal of renovating the property. There is a risk to making this choice. There is a lot […]

Collecting Debt in Thailand

  With the Thai economy stagnating, household debt is reaching record levels on an annual basis. According to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the average household debt reached nearly 300,000 baht in 2016. This amount is higher than the annual income of the average Thai family. Seventy-four percent of families in debt […]

Songkran: Fun, Drinking, and the Police

  Songkran is a Thai religious festival where people sprinkled water on their family members and pay respects to their elders marking the beginning of the Buddhist New Year. Now it is more known as a weeklong holiday and a three-day water fight and party. Large numbers of tourist come to Thailand to join in […]

Thai Prostitution – US Visa Waiver

The U.S. Embassy Officer has full discretion whether a Thai person will get a visa. The officer will look for reasons for a visa not to be granted. Sometimes the officer will accuse Thai woman of prostitution even if she did not commit prostitution. If the Thai woman lives in areas where there are red […]

Collecting Debt in Thailand

With the Thai economy stagnating, household debt is reaching record levels on an annual basis. According to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the average household debt reached nearly 300,000 baht in 2016. This amount is higher than the annual income of the average Thai family. Seventy-four percent of families in debt have […]

What is wrong is the Thai Education System?

The Thai education system was recently been featured in the Economist (Poor schools are at the heart of Thailand’s political malaise, January 19, 2017). The article discussed Thailand’s international education rankings in the recently released Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Thailand’s scores have plunged to an overall ranking of 54 out of 70 assessed […]

Unwanted Children: The Consequences of Holiday Debauchery

There are numerous “dek khrueng” or “half-children” born to women who work in Thailand’s red-light districts. Many men from foreign countries come to Thailand for a short holiday to spend their time with Thai women. Some of these men leave without knowing that they have a child. Others know about their child and still decide […]

Godiva Ice Cream

Review of Godiva Ice Cream by Tong Chantararatn   This 270 Baht (with free upsize promotion) Godiva soft serve ice cream did not quite meet my expectations. These comments are from my own preferences. Somebody might like it, but from this pricey brand named soft serve, I expected something richer and thicker — it was […]

Becoming a Teacher in Thailand by Eric Guzman

If there is one thing that impels young professionals to come and visit Thailand, it is the conception of many that the grass looks greener on this side of the world. Indeed, Thailand offers vast employment opportunities to foreigners, especially in the field of education. I recall being reluctant and interested at the same time […]

Letters to the Attorney: Visitor Visa

Dear Khun Virasin, My wife and I are elderly US Citizens. We are long time visitors to Thailand. I am currently undergoing treatment for cancer in America. My treatment will take several months, and we have been trying to get a visitor visa for our friend of many years, who is a Thai citizen, to […]