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  1. You want to open a business yet expect to be treated like a guest? Maybe herein lies the first reason you had problems.

    it would have been great if i was treated as a native. it would have saved my business. sadly i was highly discriminated against on all levels because it was perceived that i had money based on the fact that i am a foreigner. i was not given the opportunity of becoming a native therefore i never was able to shed my guest status, as i am sure many of you are familiar with.

    Having lived here 12 years and run a business that employed 45 Thai staff in BKK, dealing with companies ranging from small start ups to Thai quoted companies I and my partner always felt we were treated like our Thai counterparts, do you think that the problems you encountered are exclusive to farrangs? I can assure you they are not. If you want to do business here understand how things work and deal with it in the same way the locals do.

    If you want your service industries (lawyers accountants etc)to treat you as you would be treated in your home country pay that little extra and hire a multinational with offices here.

    I suggest most who fail here at any business do so because they fail to adapt to the business environment and mentality here. You want to be treated like a local in business then act like one and you will be.

    This is my first hand experience and that of others my partner and I met during the 4 years we ran our company in BKK before selling it to a Thai competitor.

    excellent post.

    Many, many westerners here doing just fine, prospering and generally getting on with it.

    Seems this thread is being filled with people simply bitter towards life in general.

    Thats right. A discussion about personal experiences in relation to Thailand is perceived as bitter if the person didn't prosper. I am putting Thailand behind me and looking forward to my families next giant step. My experiences here has been both good and bad (as it goes with life). I will take what I have learned and apply it to my next phase in life. Just because Thailand doesn't work for some people doesn't mean they are bitter. I would say that most people whether prosperous or not can take an objective look at the workings of Thailand and come to the conclusion that Thais shoot themselves in the foot time and again. It is unfortunate that we can not have a discussion about it without being considered bitter towards life.

  2. Must be great to have never had to work in thailand and spend all your time in bars and brothels like the "i love thailand " club,..expats in thailand are no more than extened holiday makers in the thais eyes, suits me as they are right and my holidays up, like i said, great for single guys, for families, or those that have to work,...nah,

    my holiday is up now too. lost a bit of money in the process but i'll be taking back the best part of thailand with me when i leave, my wife and kid.

  3. You want to open a business yet expect to be treated like a guest? Maybe herein lies the first reason you had problems.

    it would have been great if i was treated as a native. it would have saved my business. sadly i was highly discriminated against on all levels because it was perceived that i had money based on the fact that i am a foreigner. i was not given the opportunity of becoming a native therefore i never was able to shed my guest status, as i am sure many of you are familiar with.

  4. they have seen what the monster Dollar juggernaut can do

    Yet they crave the almighty $$$ above everything else. It always amazes me how easily daughters are sold into prostitution. The love of money disgusts me here. This is the country where everything is for sale.

    Climb up and stagger out of the bar and run; you've spent too long in Soi Cowboy!

    i used prostitution as an example because most readers could probably relate to it because it is so visible in Thailand. Have you ever gone across town in a taxi at night? The city is littered with massage and shower places as well as karaoke bars.

    For me I saw how greedy Thais were when i started my business. It was doomed from the beginning with greedy lawyers, suppliers, immigration, dept. of labor, (the list goes on). I tried to be legitimate and it was my undoing. Also as a foreign employee at one point you get to see that a Thai doesn't smile as much when they have to be the one giving you money rather than receiving. I have heard very few farang financial success stories in this country (apart from foreign hired expats for multinational companies). It is not that I have spent too long in Cowboy, rather I have spent too long in Thailand. I am happy to announce that I am leaving in under a months time. I don't feel comfortable staying in a place that will not respect their guests. I'll be back for visits probably on a yearly basis to visit the in laws but I doubt I will live here again anytime soon.

    quick edit: i realize that I am generalizing and there are lovely people in this country, however I would never ever recommend to a foreigner to open a business here.

  5. Who will be the first to be able to translate this into laymen terms? Could you explain this to a Thai (now it is Thai related)?

    "Two individuals proceeded towards the apex of a natural geologic protuberance, the purpose of their expedition being the procurement of a sample of fluid hydride of oxygen in a large vessel, the exact size of which was unspecified. One member of the team precipitously descended, sustaining severe damage to the upper cranial portion of his anatomical structure; Subsequently the second member of the team performed a self rotational translation oriented in the same direction taken by the first team member."

    In plain English what does this translate to?

  6. I wonder exactly how much time/money this cost the government. And how many 10s of thousands of Mexicans jumped the border during this time...

    i have heard estimates at 4,000 illegals a day (possibly less now because of the US economy and less jobs)

  7. dam_n, is it really that hard to live in the USA legally.

    YES! it is very difficult. We have been trying for more than a year to get an immigration visa for my wife to come live with me in the US. We have a son together but it doesn't matter, all t's must be crossed and all i's must be dotted. Hopefully she will have the visa by the end of this month and we can finally begin our life back in the States.

  8. will this apply to motorists that are driving on the wrong side of the road that clip pedestrians as they try to cross? will i still have to look both ways before crossing a one way street? I think Thailand should focus on the basics of road etiquette and traffic enforcement before making such a giant leap into pedestrian right-of-way. Thailand's rule of the road it seems is that the bigger your vehicle the more right of way you have.

  9. after 4 years i've had enough of thailand. once my wife gets her visa (hopefully next week) then we are out of here. there is no opportunity here for us and i would like to create a better life for my son. thailand will always be here and we will come back regularly to visit the in-laws.

    i am throwing in the towel. i love thailand and always will but it isn't the place for me anymore.

  10. Sorry man;

    It ain't my country; I also know abso-tively posi-lutely it’s not my fricking job to pick up after these people..

    I'm with you on this one. It is the same as if you were to go to a friends house that is a complete dump and start cleaning it for them knowing full well that you will have to come back the next day to do it again.

    There is a well known saying that I am sure most of you have heard... "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"

    If you just pick up after these people then they will never learn to do it themselves and the place will always stay disgusting. I don't know the solution though. Thais don't seem to mind living in their own waste (often appears that they prefer it) so there isn't much that can be done without a change of attitude on the part of the Thais.

  11. when asked this riddle, 80% of kindergarten kids got the answer, compared to 17% of Stanford University seniors.

    What is greater than God,

    More evil than the devil,

    The poor have it,

    The rich need it,

    And if you eat it, you'll die?

    (I'll give the answer after enough tries have been posted if nobody has got it yet)

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