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									Position Information: SLYMA
Job Posting : Human Resource Director in Thailand

SLYMA Company seeks an innovative and energetic professional to provide leadership
and counsel in the management of its human resource operations in Bangkok, Thailand.

Recruitment Profile
This recruitment profile outlines the factors of qualification and experience identified as
necessary and desirable for candidates for the Manger of Human Resources position in
Thailand. In addition, this profile will be used as a guide in the recruitment process,
providing specific criteria by which applicants will be screened for interview and
selection consideration.

Role within the Organization:
The Director of Human Resources position serves as the organizational leader and key
advisor to the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and other management staff on all
human resource and labor relations matters, to include: the recruitment and selection
of staff; policy development and implementation; compensation and benefit plan design
and administration; employee development and training; collective bargaining strategies
and contract administration; and risk management programs.

Education and Experience: The following factors of education and experience have
been identified as ideal attributes for the Human Resources Director to possess in order
to function effectively and achieve a high level of success in the position. Equivalent
combinations of education and experience will be considered.

       A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management, Public Administration, or
       a closely related filed is required, with a Master’s Degree preferred.

       Possess strong leadership and management skills, , public administration or
       general executive management in an organization of similar size and complexity.

       Be a seasoned Human Resources Executive who can demonstrate thorough
       knowledge of current practices, "best practices" trends, systems and tools used
       in Human Resources administration in all functional areas, including recruitment,
       classification/compensation, employee relations, benefits, training and labor

       Have considerable experience conducting labor negotiations, arbitration,
       grievance resolution, and contract administration with multiple labor unions.
       Have experience in preparing effective written and oral presentations to all levels
       of officials and employees in the organization.

       Be experienced in and supportive of diversity in the workplace and have a
       successful record of equal employment program design and implementation.

       Have demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership, to "see the big
       picture" as well as to conceive and develop detailed and innovative solutions to
       various Human Resources issues and problems.

Management Style/Personal Traits: The following factors of management style and
personal traits have been identified as ideal attributes for the Human Resources
Director to possess in order to function effectively and achieve a high level of success in
the position.

Follow a style of candor, directness, and diplomacy, with the ability to build consensus
and find common ground for discussions, agreements and partnerships.

Have a flexible and adaptive personal style with the ability to effectively deal with
ongoing change within the organization. Be a catalyst of change, taking the lead and
modeling how to effectively embrace change as part of the work environment.

Have proven skills in oral and written communications and be adept at meeting and
interacting with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and attitudes, conducting
oneself with tact and courtesy.

Have exceptional listening skills and provide prompt and accurate feedback to requests
for information.

Have a commitment to ongoing training and career development for self and
employees, including ongoing coaching, to foster job satisfaction, high morale and

Have particularly strong interpersonal skills with the ability to "read people and
situations" well, and to establish and develop trusting relationships with the
Commissioners, Human Resources department staff and employees.

Be capable of attracting, developing, motivating and retaining a highly qualified
professional staff and workforce.

Possess complete integrity, a high sense of professional and personal ethics and
commitment to lead and motivate by personal example.

Have a positive personal attitude and outlook, with the ability to enjoy one’s work and
Preparing for the assignment
Expatriates need to be careful and proactively plan all the necessary aspects of their
lives because moving to a new country is full of challenge. To begin with, an expatriate
should prepare a checklist of tasks to accomplish in preparation for a move. Expatriates
should also take their company’s guidance and support into their considerations as well
as their families’ well beings.

For employee and families

When a company sends one of its expatriates to an overseas assignment, it will usually
offer some form of assistance to the individual and their spouse to help them prepare
for the move. Studies show that about 80 percent fail because of poor personal
adjustment rather than inadequate technical or job skills in the expatriate. Orientation
programs should make clear that employees and family members will experience their
own tour in the foreign country. Individuals should take the necessary time to study the
country- its history and culture.

Foreign assignments should be part of a company`s overall well planned and well
communicated career development program for certain pre-selected employees, the
orientation program should consist of three elements-all designed to provide the proper
mind set. This would include:

An initial orientation:

• Culture

A general overview of country traditions/history; government/economy; and living
conditions, all designed to provide a sense of the country and its people with a strong
emphasis on flexibility rather than rules for specific situations and the opinions of

• Assignment

Job requirements and expectations, length of assignment, expatriate benefits including
salary/ allowances; taxes consequences; repatriation policy

• Relocation

Clothing/housing requirements; health requirement; visa requirement, shipping/packing
of goods to be sent overseas, storage of stateside household/ US home disposal/rental,
overseas housing

A pre-departure orientation

Because the initial orientation often takes place a month or more before actual
departure, a pre-departure orientations is recommended. This is to provide employees
and their families with information they will need in transit and upon arrival as well as
emphasize material that had been covered earlier. Also covered:

‧A basic introduction to the language, more likely to be remembered when the
opportunity to use it is close at hand.

‧Further reinforcement of key behavioral values especially open mindedness.

‧Enroute, emergency and arrival information.

Arrival orientation

Upon arrival, the employee and his/her family should be met at the airport or other
debarkation point by an assigned company sponsor to ease transition through the first
month in country.

Companies should help expatriates to move and settle in Thailand. The initial
excitement of an exotic new posting can turn to culture shock, loneliness, identity loss
and depression, and it is often the employee’s spouse and children — without the
familiar routine of work — who are most affected because if the family cannot adapt,
the employee will likely not succeed. So, multinational companies offer wide varieties of
help and services to their employees and families who are moving to different countries
as expatriates, which may include help finding housing, language training and even
funds for personal development for the spouse. Also, offering health care and life
insurance, and other “must have” services are needed.




Letter of Understanding
(This is an example of a letter of understanding)

Robert S. Lasambula

FROM: Sandy A. Junlupmeg


This letter of understanding is to further clarify the current and future plans for
Company SMYLA in Thailand. As already proposed by the corporation in the United
States, a Human Resource Specialist from the US team will be sent to Thailand to train
and enhance the ability of Thai employees to better serve customers.
This letter sets out the mutual terms of agreements and conditions required for the
expatriate to enter Thailand. Any terms set out that are not in agreement with your
notes and understanding may be called upon for revision. As the official representatives
of Thailand, we welcome you to Thailand.


     • The contract is two years long and may be extended or terminated at the
       approval of SMYLA Company CEO in Thailand. You are expected to report to
       your office of duty by June 30 , 2009.

     • The expatriate is to report to the head manager of the Thailand branch.

     • Any extra assignments or relocation status may be discussed and revised to suit
       all expatriates and family situations.

     • Please note that once the contract has been signed, any changes are

     • The expatriate will be given a house and car for transportation purposes.

     • The expatriate may bring his family.

     • All expenses and cost of living will be paid for by the company.

     • Salary will be determined by the United States SMYLA CEO.

     • Expatriate will be given 2 weeks upon arrival to settle in and familiarize him or
       herself with the Thailand culture and way of living.

     • It is in the company’s best interest that the expatriate uphold and respect the
       cultures and tradition of Thailand, including local laws and regulations.

     • Benefits will be determined based on base salary and calculated exclusive of
       allowance, bonuses, or other additional payments.

The Thailand branch acknowledges these terms and conditions as agreed upon by the
United States firm and the expatriate be clearly notified.

Please signify your understanding of and agreement with these terms by signing below.

SJunlupmeg RLasanbula
Head Manager Thailand Human Resource Specialist
Passport, Immigration, Visas, Work
permits, and other documents
General points

   • Must have passport that is valid at least 6 months
   • Visa and Work permit regulation change frequently

   • Transit Visa
          • Is Issued on arrival for citizen of most countries at no cost, valid for 7
          • No application form and visa stamp need
          • Employment or engaging in business activities is prohibited
   • 30 Day Tourist Visa
          • Is Issued on arrival for citizen of most countries at no cost, valid for 7
          • No application form and visa stamp need
          • Employment or engaging in business activities is prohibited
          • Must have a evidence of a means of departure
   • 60 Day Tourist Visa
          • Is Issued at Royal Embassies and Consulates outside Thailand
          • Cannot be issued or re-issued within Thailand
          • Employment or engaging in business activities is prohibited
          • Application requirements (fee: $25)
   • Non-immigrant Visa
          • Is Issued at Royal Embassies and Consulates outside Thailand
          • Application requirements (fee: $50 for single entry, $125 for multiple
  a. Business Visa: The cases that you need to apply business visa are following;
         a. If you a representative of a non-Thai company going to Thailand to
             conduct business on behalf of the non-Thai company
         b. If you have been offered a job or directorship by a Thai-registered
         c. If you are applying to renew your visa and work permit
  b. Dependent and Other Visa
         a. Retirement Visa
                   i. Must be over 50 years old
                  ii. Prove $20,000 deposited on a Thai bank account
                 iii. Must have medical certificate that you are in good health
         b. Spouse Visa
                   i. Need Birth Certificate, certificate of marriage
                 ii. Need a copy of your spouse’s Thai identity card
          c. Diplomatic Visa
                  i. Must approved by Thai Government
          d. BOI Visa (The office of the Board of Investment)
                  i. For non-Thai employees can work in Thai to ensure the success
                     of business

Office of immigration Bureau Investment Program

    • The Applicant must have evidence showing that $250,000 has been transferred
      in his/her name to any bank in Thailand

Office of immigration Bureau Residency Quota Scheme

    • Foreign nationals, who have been continuously staying in Thailand for at least
      three days one a year non immigrant visa that has been renewed each year may
      apply for residency

Work Permit

    • Issue work permits to foreign nationals who are
           • International trade representatives, who audit product quality, and
           • Advisers in investment, management, technology, or internal auditing
           • Tourism workers bringing foreigners to Thailand for tours
           • Working at international financial institutes endorsed by the Bank of
           • Working on a temporary basis in entertainment, religious, social fare,
             and cultural business that pay taxes to the state
           • Working with local raw materials
           • Working in areas where there is a shortage of Thai labor
           • Married with Thai citizen with decent jobs
    • Must attached to a work permit application
           • Valid passport with non-immigrant visa
           • Evidence of applicant’s educational qualifications and letter of
             recommendation from formal employer
           • A recent medical certificate from first class licensed physician in Thailand
           • Three 5*6 cm photo
           • Need to fill out the job description entry

Immigration office
   • Website: http://www.imm3.police.go.th
   • Address: Office of Immigration Bureau, Soi San Plu, South Sathorn Road,
     Bangkok 10210.
     • Tel: 66-287-3101~10

Physical Examination
Pre-Departure examination
An expatriate should be prepared to experience some special difficulties caused by
language, culture, environment, social systems, and food and this can create stress. It
is difficult for expatriates with advanced mental healthcare systems to get treatment in
Southeast Asian countries. It is wise to discuss with your doctor seek advice from your
doctor or counselor before leaving for Thailand.
If you want to learn more about mental health treatment in Thailand you can visit
Almost every expatriate requires a physical examination before entering the country.
When you apply for a visa to enter Thailand it is one of the requirements that you pass
a physical examination by any Health Center that the Government approved.

Expatriates usually live abroad for several months or years. As soon as you have
organized your trip to Thailand, it is necessary to get on foreign travel vaccinations.
Make contact with your local doctor. Vaccination can help prevent them from diseases.
A Pre-departure advice and preparation, an expatriate should get all the vaccinations
needed. Ask your doctor about any special medications required for your staying in
Thailand. The most common vaccine for expatriates is anti-malaria and Hepatitis A ad

Thailand is a peaceful atmosphere, tropical climate with fresh and healthy food;
opportunities for exercise make it a healthy country to live in. Just like any other
tropical country, Thailand has some minor diseases that can be avoided with care and
common sense. The most common illness is just a common cold.
There are good health facilities in the large urban areas. There are also good private
health insurances available. Though, if you have a regular illness, it would be wise to
research the cost and available treatment before you decide to move to Thailand.
Treatments for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are available in Bangkok and most
major cities. It is most likely to be very expensive and there is a small chance of health
insurance covering these treatments.

Common Illness:
In addition, there are two illnesses that are common in Thailand and should be taking
into consideration to minimize exposure to them. It is Diarrhea and Food Poisoning.
In order to avoid getting these illnesses, you follow sensible eating and drinking habits,
avoid uncooked food and drink only bottled or boiled water. Fruits and vegetables
should always be washed with clean water. It is always wise to keep some electrolyte
solution packets handy. If your diarrhea does not improve within 16-24 hours, consult
a doctor.

All mammals should be treated as potential carriers of rabies. Although Thailand has
been working toward elimination of the disease, it is recommended that three
intramuscular injections of cell-culture rabies vaccine are required. If one expose to
animals without prior vaccination, the post-exposure vaccination is usually effective if it
is started immediately. If one is bitten, that person should see a physician

High quality private hospitals are most recommended over government fun hospitals.
Fees for an outpatient consultation will generally be between 500-800 baht rage.
Hospitals offer walk in service, and many offer a 24-hr emergency room service.

Health Insurance
In Thailand, there are not that many insurance companies. The prices may be high,
but still less compare to most developed countries. In Thailand insurance is for the
protection of consumers. Many companies provide health insurance for their workers
under Workers Compensation Insurance.

Living in Hardship Locations
 Everyone should be familiar with the basic safety rule, “always attend to your valuable
things in public”. Thailand’s crime is caused by greed, poverty and drug addiction.

Personal Safety
It is wise to be more cautious on the street. Most of the deaths in Thailand occur on
the road, mostly caused by road motorcycle accidents. Accidents are due to drunk-
driving, driving fast, poor training and bad road conditions.
Many dogs are untrained. They can be menace and should be keeping away from. It is
not wise to pet any animal unless you know the owner trains them well.
Thailand’s rivers are not good to swim in. Raw sewage are pumped into the rivers.

Thai Police
Thai Police are easily recognized by their distinctive brown uniforms. The Royall Thai
Police are divided into Immigration Police Division, Highways Division, Crime
Suppression Division and the Transport Police Division. Their time is divided between
crime prevention, education, investigations, and preparing cases for court. Thai Police
have powers of stop and search. They are permitted to conduct body searches also.
Foreigners or Thai nationals are required to provide to the police identification on
demand in the form of a Thai ID card, resident’s permit or passport.

If you wish to make a complaint against the Thai police, you can email mailto: metr-
police@police.go.th, or by writing to
Police Complaints, P.O. Box 191
Rong Muang, Pathmwan,
Bangkok 100330, Thailand.

Work cited:

Welcome to Thailand! As an expatriate, there are great adventures and knowledge to
be gained with this brief stay in Thailand.

Doing business in Thailand can prove a whole new experience for any foreigner going
in. Thai people are normally very polite and respectful to their elders and to those of
higher power or authority in business. As an expatriate, it is important to get to know
the culture in order to better understand workers ethics and behavior. Some things any
expatriate should be aware of include:

The perception of time is that it is normal to arrive late for work. Meetings are not
expected to start on time. Workers may come in late due to traffic jams or family plans.


When doing business in any country in the world, language is usually the first problem
expatriates come across. Thai is the main language used in Thailand. English is the
second language in Thailand. Thailand is known as the “Land of Free” it is the only
country in the Southeast Asian country which was never colonized. When there is
English-speaking-negotiating you should always check if an interpreter is needed. It
could be a problem to set up an office or subsidiary because it is hard to find qualified
English-speaking middle managers anywhere in Thailand.

     • 44 consonants

     • 15 basic vowel graphemes-32 vowels

     • 5 tones in Thai pronunciation (mid, low, high, rising, and falling)

     • Script with Indian origins

Other languages which are spoken in Thailand include Chinese, English, Lao, Malay and
Mon-Khmer. English is taught in schools and a foreign expatriate will have little or no
trouble communicating.

The Thai language is spoken by more than eight percent of the Thai population. The
Thai language has been considered “uninflected, primarily monosyllabic, tonal
language” by linguistics (thai-language.com).

Thai appreciate foreigners who try to learn the Thai language. So there is no need to
worry about saying the wrong thing or hurting any ones feelings. Although there are
different levels of languages used by different social classes in Thailand, this is not a big
issue for the expatriate. For example, there are languages particular for religious
ceremonies, royal people, polite everyday communication, or impolite communication.
The Thai language uses the five different pitches to depict the meaning of what is being
said. Grammar is simple. Most words are single immutable syllables.

Here are some tips in speaking Thai:

     “Hello”                                       sa wat dee

     “Where are you going?”                        bpai nai

     “Goodbye”                                     laa Khon

     “How are you?”                                sa baay dee mai
      “I am fine”                                    sa baay dee

      “Thank you”                                    khob Khun


   Cross cultural training
   There are a lot of exciting new ways to eat, speak, sing, sit, dress, socialize, and
   greet in Thailand. This is the importance of the cross cultural training.

   This will be done with the use of visual aids.



Thai is absolutely delicious. There is a lot of spice. But this is optional for the foreigner.
Although there may not be warnings at times of what you are being served. It is
therefore advise to start getting used to spicy food and develop a taste for it. This will
always come in handy.

The main food in Thai is rice. Rice is eaten at nearly every meal. And there always has
to be something to accompany the rice. In Thailand, there are no certain times for
meals. Kids and adults in general may be seen eating as they walk around and
whenever. When in Thailand, a common phrase asked may be, “gin khao yung”,
meaning “have you eaten yet?”

In a recent survey done by the Office of the National Culture Commission, the top 10
food that foreigners ordered the most was published. This will give you a good idea of
what to order and enjoy while in Thailand.

    1.   Tom Yam Kung (spicy shrimp soup) 99%
    2.   Kaeng Khiao Wan Kai (green chicken curry) 85%
    3.   Phat Thai (fried noodles of Thai style) 70%
    4.   Phat Kaphrao (meat fried with sweet basils) 52%
    5.   Kaeng Phet Pet Yang (roast duck curry) 50%
    6.   Tom Kha Kai (chicken in coconut soup) 47%
    7.   Yam Nua (spicy beef salad) 45%
    8.   Mu or Kai sa-te (roast pork or chicken coated with turmeric) 43%
   9. Kai Phat Met Mamuang Himmaphan (chicken fried with cashew nuts) 42%
  10. Phanaeng (meat in coconut cream) 39%

Tom Yam Kung Kaeng Khiao Wan Kai

Phat Kaphrao Kai Phat Met Mamuang Himmaphan
Phanaeng Phat Thai


When in Thai, it is important to notice the slang, “When in Rome, do as the Romans
do”. This also applies to Thailand. People are conservative and cover themselves up.

When going to a business meeting, dress in a suit. Women may dress in business suits
or skirt and blouse suitable for a business meeting. Men may wear suits with ties, or go
without a tie depending on the occasion. A normal day at the office requires for men to
wear slacks and a shirt. A tie may also be worn. Women can wear skirts and blouses.
When going in to meetings with government officials or important board members, a
suit is appropriate with a tie. When going to the beach, remember not to go shirtless or
topless. It is rude to do so, even though no one will tell you so because Thai people are
too polite to tell it to your face.

Going to a temple requires formal attire. Do not wear shorts or t-shirts when visiting a
temple. Women can also dress formally with long sleeves.

When going in to houses, remove shoes. Some offices may require you to remove

So when in public, it is expected to wear both bottoms and tops. As for going in for
business, it is important to dress appropriately.

Here are some samples of appropriate business wear in Thailand.
Tax Counseling
  • Corporate Income Tax

        ◦ Incorporated firms operating in Thailand pay income tax at a rate of
          30% of net profits

        ◦ Taxes are due on a semi-annual basis within 150 days of the close of a
          six-month accounting period

        ◦ Newly incorporated companies’ accounting period is defined as duration
          of 12 months.

        ◦ 20% for the first B1 million net profit
      ◦ 25% for net profit over B1 million to a ceiling of B3 million

      ◦ 30% for all profit over B3 million net profit

• VAT Returns

      ◦ VAT applies to nearly every type of good or service and the rate is 7%

      ◦ The following items are VAT exempt:

             ▪ Sale or import of agriculture products, livestock, and inputs

             ▪ Sale or import of published materials and books

             ▪ Auditing, legal services, health services, and other professional

             ▪ Cultural and religious services

             ▪ Educational services

             ▪ Service provided by employees under employment contract

• Withholding Tax

      ◦ Withholding tax for services provided to most types of business is 3%

      ◦ Must be made at the local taxation office every month

• Personal Income Tax

      ◦ Income Tax rate

       B0 to B80,000 0%

 B80,001 to B100,000 5%

 B100,001 to B500,000 10%

 B500,001 to B1,000,000 20%

 B1,000,001 to B4,000,000 30%

 Above B4,000,001 37%

      ◦ Interest, dividends, capital gains on the scale of securities 40%

       Rental income 10-30%
              Professional fees 30%

              Income derived by contractors 70%

              Income from other business activities 65%

             ◦ Annual personal allowance permitted are:

              Taxpayer B30,000

              Taxpayer’s spouse B30,000

              Each child’s education B15,000

              For taxpayer and spouse for contribution to an approved provident fund

              For taxpayer and spouse for interest payments on loans for purchasing

Pre-Move Trip
There are few arrangements that you need to make before you depart. The information
below will help you prepare to work with us in Thailand. As you live in Thailand, if your
affairs back home need looking after while you work with us, we suggest you to give a
trusted family member power of attorney over some of your affairs. However, it is an
option. Most national postal services will not forward mail overseas so you may with
you nominate someone to look after your post in the first while you work with us. Make
sure that your passport contains enough pages for Thai visa stamps. You can get a
replacement passport from the embassy in Bangkok, but it may be more expensive than
getting it at home.

Thailand’s bureaucracy demands original documents, and we require that you bring
these important documents as well. The following originals should be brought with you:

     • Birth certificate

     • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
     • Recent medical certificate

     • Educational and professional qualification certificates

     • International drivers license (optional)

For other documents including passport, visa, and work permits, please refer to
“Passport, visa, work permits, and other necessary documents” section.

Handling of Household Goods


Firearms, ammunition, pornographic literature and short-wave radios are prohibited. For
non diplomatic automobiles and motorcycles the shipper must obtain approval from the
Ministry of Commerce prior to his forwarding the vehicles from origin, this import permit
is not normally granted to foreigners. Heavy import taxes are placed on automobiles,
under 2,400 CC 213% CIF, under 3000 CC 251% CIF and from 3000 CC 308% CIF.
Subject to duties: sport equipments, children toys, luxury goods, pianos, office
equipments, more than one type of electrical appliances, alcohol.

                              CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

Personal and household effects may be imported duty free in respect provided certain
criteria are met. Shippers without duty free status can still import subject to payment
of duties and taxes.

     • Shipments must arrive no later than six months after the arrival of the importer
       bearing a non-immigrant visa, to qualify for duty free status.
     • Persons possessing a one year non-immigrant visa with a valid work permit at
       the time shipment is imported can import one sea and one air shipment of used
       household goods duty free from country of last residence.
     • Citizens other than Thai nationals, on change of domicile if holding a Thai
       resident visa can also import from country of last residence one air and one sea
       shipment of used household goods duty free (providing that they have been
       abroad for more than 12 months).
     • Persons under diplomatic passport, Thai Government recognised AID
       organisations & Board of Investment, who are allowed to stay in Thailand for a
       certain period (usually one - two years) can also import one air and one sea
       shipment of used household goods duty free.

Documents required

     • Copies of the inventory.
     • Ocean bill of lading.
     • The shipper's original passport.

      • All non diplomatic shipments must be consigned to:
        Shipper's full name (as in passport)
        C/O T.I.M.N. agent (name with completed address)
      • Diplomatic shipments must be consigned to:
        the shipper's name (as in passport)
        C /O their embassy mission, or organisation.
      • All shipments must be marked on the ocean bills of lading or air waybills as
        "Used Personal Effects".
        Do not declare as household directs or household effects or household goods.

Failure to follow above instructions may cause serious customs delays and result in
higher import fees for the shipper.

Please note that due to the very narrow and congested streets in Bangkok it is very
difficult to move 40' containers to shippers' residences. While 20' containers can be
delivered to some residences it is advisable to avoid loose packing the containers. It is
recommended to pack all goods into wooden lift vans. This ensures that the goods can
be brought directly to the residence without re-handling.

There are quite a few companies which handle international handling. Here are a couple
of them:

      • TIMN- The international Movers Network Company
      • Seven Seas Worldwide Company

However, Handling of household goods can be very expensive and it is more cost
effective to buy new goods in Thailand if you are willing to sell household items that
you are not emotionally attached to. Furniture and household supplies retailers exist in
all small towns and the supermarkets Tesco, Lotus, and Carrefour stock all you need to
furnish a home.


Since our company is located in the heart of Thailand, Bangkok. We will provide you a
car with a driver. However, understanding transportation in Thailand may be very
useful for you. Familiarize yourself with such knowledge can help you in times of
emergency. If your travel is work related, we will cover all the cost and fees.

Thailand has a reliable, relatively fast, and very cheap bus network that can take you to
all points on the map. For long-distance travel, the air-conditioned blue and white buses
of the various government registered bus companies are the first choice for many long-
term residents. There are also the blue, orange and white buses, also air-conditioned
and slightly cheaper, but they are much slower as they serve all of the small villages
along the route. A timetable and fares for the blue and white buses can be downloaded
from http://www.thailandhotels.net/transport/buslinks.htm

Local Public Transport

Metered taxis are not found outside of Bangkok, unless they are servicing a long-
distance fare. City and town transport is covered by the “songthaew”, literally “two
benches”. This is a normally red-colored pickup truck converted to carry passengers.
Fares are around B5 for any distance. Larger songthaews also connect towns with
outlying villages. Tuk-tuks are to be found in most towns and villages, and outside of
Bangkok where there is less pollution, are not a bad way to get around. Mootrbike taxis
are everywhere and fares are generally B10 to B20. The three whelled pedicab, the
“samlor” is less common now but still visible. Samlor fares are entirely negotiable.

Temporary Living Expenses

The company will help you look for a permanent housing. However, if you wish to pick
your own location, the housing needs to be approved by the company. Company will
place you in an apartment while you are looking for permanent residence.

Permanent Housing

While the company will assist you with the logistics for your permanent housing, you
are encouraged to be familiarized with some of the rules and regulations. This will help
you understand your options of getting permanent housing in Thailand.

                              Condominium Ownership

Until late 1991, the condominium units may have been occupied by foreigners but they
were owned practically exclusively by Thais who rented them out to foreigners. This
situation has changed in late 1991 when a new law was passed that allows foreigners
to own up to 40 % of the floor space of any condominium building.

Foreigners who want to buy condominium units in Thailand have to fulfil one of three
conditions: either a foreigner must be a legal permanent resident of the kingdom,
or he must have been given investment promotion privileges, or the money used
to buy a condominium unit must be brought in full into the country from abroad.

In principle, this means that any foreigner with sufficient cash can now buy one or
more condominium unit in Thailand. However, foreigners are still not permitted to buy
land, except in some cases of foreign investments coordinated closely with the Board
of Investment (for details, see chapter Business & Employment).

                                Searching for Homes

Advertising in English language newspapers is expensive in Thailand, even by Western
standards. Usually no line ads, only box-type ads are accepted and one column-inch is
the minimum size. In times of little demand, apartment owners can easily spend a
month’s rent in advertisements to find a renter for a unit.

To avoid these substantial expenses, many condominium offices market their luxurious
residential space direct by sending regularly offers to multi-national companies with
branches in Thailand.

Many owners of apartment buildings don’t advertise when they have just one or two
units empty. Most better apartment buildings also offer units through real estate
agents - the potential renters pay for their services.

                                Renting in Bangkok

Thailand is an attractive country to live in, and not only those who have to, choose to
stay beyond the usual tourist visits. Thailand also used to be an extremely cheap
country to live in, even in a Western manner, until the second half of the 80’s when,
during an unprecedented economic boom, real estate prices (see above) as well as
rents rose sharply. In principle, the rent options are:

A furnished one-room apartment in a pretty run down guest house, occupied
mainly by foreigners who make their living by teaching English - 2,500 to 5,000 Baht.
Normally, the apartment has a bathroom with hot and cold water and aircon; it might
or might not have a cooking facility; usually there is no refrigerator.

A furnished one-room apartment in a newer and larger apartment building or a
residential compound, also primarily occupied by foreigners - 8,000 to 16,000 Baht.
The apartment is normally with refrigerator and telephone but only occasionally with
TV. In many cases there is a swimming pool.

A furnished apartment with a separate bedroom and a living room with an equipped
kitchen corner in a newer and larger apartment or condominium building or a
residential compound, also primarily occupied by foreigners - 15,000 to 25,000 Baht.
Such apartments are occasionally available with a direct telephone line and often with
TV. In many cases there is a swimming pool.

A furnished two-bedroom apartment with a separate living room and an equipped
kitchen corner or a separate kitchen in a newer and larger apartment or condominium
building or a residential compound, also primarily occupied by foreigners - 25,000 to
50,000 Baht. Such apartments are often available with a direct telephone line and TV.
In many cases there is a swimming pool.

A furnished three-bedroom apartment with a separate living room and a separate
kitchen in a newer and larger apartment or condominium building or a residential
compound, also primarily occupied by foreigners - 35,000 to 70,000 Baht. Such
apartments are often available with one or two direct telephone lines and TV. In many
cases there is a swimming pool.

An unfurnished, not renovated two to three-bedroom townhouse in a Thai
neighborhood away from areas usually preferred by foreigners, rented through an
advertisement in a Thai language newspaper - 3,000 to 6,000 Baht. The neighborhood
may be noisy. Only sometimes with telephone. Certainly no swimming pool.

An unfurnished but new two to three-bedroom townhouse in a modern Thai
neighborhood or a residential village away from areas usually preferred by foreigners,
rented through an advertisement in a Thai language newspaper - 6,000 to 12,000 Baht.
In Bangkok, most modern residential villages are in the north. Often with telephone.
Certainly no swimming pool.

An unfurnished two to three-bedroom single house in a better residential village
away from areas usually preferred by foreigners, rented through an advertisement in a
Thai language newspaper - 12,000 to 25,000 Baht. In Bangkok, most modern
residential villages are in the north. Often with one or two telephones. Possibly access
to a community swimming pool.

A shophouse in an urban Thai neighborhood. Shophouses usually are three or four
storeys high and are located on commercial streets or roads. The ground floor often is
just an empty space suitable for any kind of business, from car repair to catering; the
upper floors are intended to serve either as office or as living quarters - 10,000 to
30,000. Usually, Westerners cannot bear the noise and pollution levels.

Transfer Allowance

Transfer allowances are usually a percentage as covered by the company.

Loss on Sale of Automobile

The company will provide a car with a driver for you.

Appliance Purchase

Housing provided by company is furnished for immediate use. If you choose to reside in
other place other than company provided housing the company will compensate 35% of
following items but no more than $2,000 :
 External Security   Air Conditioning         Fans                Safe

  Beds & Bedding        Wardrobes       Washing Machine           Fridge

                        Telephone                               Tools &
   Hot Water Urn                              Couch
                        Installation                          Maintenance

                        Crockery &
   Kitchen items                           A television     Computer, Printer

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