ThailandGuru.com is mainly intended to be a practical, English language guide for expats living and working in Thailand. It also includes various travel guidance, commentary, advice, and other extras, but the emphasis is on helping people get started and oriented. It is written by an American expat who has been living and working in Thailand since 1994 in a variety of locations and occupations.
As an internet pioneer, some text on this website goes back to the 1990s, but it has been revised and updated over the past 20+ years, up into
2022. This is not a website created for the purpose of selling advertisements nor for paid biased reviews. It has been mainly a hobby, but I do mention my own businesses in an overt and transparent way, in the appropriate sections, and hope that readers who find this website useful will consider also using my services. I'm also happy to just make new friends. Occasionally, I find good business associates. Also, comments are appreciated.
Some popular sections:
- Necessities -- internet, mobile phone, water, electricity, paying bills
- Condominiums, apartments, or houses in Bangkok matched to your needs, international schools...
- Orientation to Bangkok -- transport, places, protocols...
- Working -- Thailand company setup, laws, visas, work permits, office leasing, staff...
- Government -- taxes, visas, custom$, infrastructure, property, advice and tips...
- Cultural guide ... from the basics to advanced information for veterans.
- Thai girlfriends and ladies is a popular section, for better or worse...
- Luxuries to make life easier -- maids, driver, goods and services for foreigners...
The Guru Guide is a completely practical guide designed for expats (and some tourists). Actually, it based partly on inputs from various gurus, such as many long term expats highly active in Thailand business and social circles who I have been fortunate to know since my arrival here in 1994, authors of academic studies, and various others, but it is mostly based on my direct experiences, and often in disagreement with others (especially many vocal non-experts). As a scientist, analyst, and experienced world traveler, I am accustomed to relying on my own observations and maintaining my critical thinking skills, as I'm often in disagreement with what I hear parroted around in some circles, as well as some official synopses. Within all the diversity of life, perceptions, and sources, I value sources which try to be objective, considerate, complete, and truly expert. Direct observations and experiences are best. :-)
The Thailand Guru author, Mark Prado, was on BBC World talking about the property market in Bangkok with BBC Asia Bureau Chief Jonathan Head. Mark has worked on many property development projects in and around Bangkok since 1995, and now guides expats on the most appropriate places to live based on their needs, preferences, and wide range of budgets. You can browse thousands of expat quality properties in the greater Bangkok metro region, houses, condominiums, and apartments in Bangkok for rent and for sale on our kkBkk.com property database website.
Notably, I see a lot of inaccurate information on the internet, some of the inaccuracies repeated in many places to give the same wrong information. It is apparent that sometime, somewhere, some respected expat "authority" gave inaccurate information which was subsequently repeated by other people until it became a widely believed "urban legend" -- it seemed to be coming from multiple sources but maybe was just copied from the original "authority". Many things you read on the English language internet, you should verify from Thai authority sources. Some is outdated, too.
Likewise, if you see anything questionable on this website, of course please let me know!
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- consider us as a business service provider for your Thailand needs, and/or
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Short quotes are often OK and can be approved, if there is a clear reference and web link back to my website from the quoted material, and if you send me a short message. I try to help people with good intentions, and try to help the world. Not thieves. Links back to this website are helpful for sustainable progress, thank you!
Please have honor and class by following intellectual property and internet protocols. Be a good kind of person in life.
Services discussed on Thailand Guru are provided by our friendly staff in our family of 3 companies:
Lucky Lion Pride Co., Ltd., centrally located on Sukhumvit soi 2
Prado Property Co., Ltd. co-located on Sukhumvit soi 2
Export Quality Services Co., Ltd., co-located on Sukhumvit soi 2
Led by two longtime expats from the USA and New Zealand
and supported by many good, skilled longtime Thai staff,
customers usually find us a delight to work with.
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More information on Thailand and some surrounding countries can be found in the Travels section of the personal website of Mark Prado, the author of ThailandGuru.com
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