August 2009 Archives

Legal and Accounting Services in Thailand

For the past two years, a lot of my time has been spent on my fledgling company and our Learn Thai Language website. But there is no way I could have made it this far without the help of my lawyer to navigate the incredibly complex Thai bureaucracy, such as getting visas from Immigration, work permits from the Ministry of Labor, business certifications from the Department of Business Development under the Foreign Business Act, etc. The list goes on and on.

Accounting is another big battle where I have to fight against Thai red tape. For the past two years, I have relied on my accounting firm to make sense of all of the taxes and other obligations I have with the Revenue Department, such as the 2 annual audits (in Thai) of my company outlining all of the expenses and income (assets and liabilities) of my company.

Now, my legal team and my accounting team have joined forces in Phuket under the name The Lawyers Limited Group. For the past few weeks, I have been working with them to develop a new website for their new venture. Today, I am very happy to say that The Lawyers Limited Group's website is now open to the public. Please feel free to check it out. (I think the site turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself!)

And if anyone reading this needs a lawyer or an accountant in Thailand, I highly recommend The Lawyers Limited Group. They have been nothing but helpful, knowledgeable, and extremely professional, and all with very reasonable rates. It's hard enough dealing with the Thai government (who expects me to speak Thai and fill out mountains of paperwork) without having to worry about someone taking advantage of the situation and charging outrageous rates to help me out.

So thanks guys, and best of luck to you in your new venture!

Getting Settled in Phuket

For the past 7 years of living in Thailand, this website has been a huge part of my life, as I used it to make a record of some of the places I had seen and people I had met. So much has happened to me over these 7 years, I am really glad that I wrote a lot of it down and took thousands of pictures to document my experiences.

But now, perhaps the thrill is gone and this website has sat neglected for the last four months. Most of this time has been spent trying to get acclimated to a new life and a new lifestyle in Phuket. To be honest, I was not completely excited with the idea of moving to Phuket. The Phuket I know is mostly made up of Patong, aka Tourist Central. I have never been a big fan of the tourist spots. The more foreigners that are in one place, the less Thai that place becomes. And it's the Thai aspects of Thailand that make me want to live here.

But over time, Phuket has grown on me. I live in the middle of the island away from the tourist beaches, but I really do love being only 15 minutes away from them. It is easy to jump in the car and drive to the beach for a fresh seafood dinner next to the water at sunset. And of course the fresh ocean air is a welcome change from sooty, car-infested Bangkok. The pace is much slower here than the chaos of Thailand's capital as well.

I have to admit though, although Phuket has grown on me, it has not been an easy transition to make. But I feel like I am finally getting settled here and I am able to start focusing on the things that I enjoy -- both professionally and personally.

And perhaps I will even find some time to visit my long lost blog now and then and record more bits and pieces of Stuart's Life in Thailand...

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