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non-Thai companies with their more advanced business acumen and technology. Let’s face it, even now they continue to have a huge head start from their own countries compared to less experienced local enterprises. Seen from that perspective, the act makes sense as it gives Thais a leg-up in the business world. Despite the hurdles, the FBA hasn’t stopped thousands of foreigners from setting up companies that have become huge financial successes in all kinds of business fields.

More documents required for UK car hire

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F you’re a Brit who’s planning to hire a car back home, you may find that some car hire companies suppliers are now demanding more than a valid UK driving licence before allowing you on the road. People are being told to take along examples of documents proving your address. This can be in the form of a utility bill or credit card/bank statement received within the previous eight weeks of the start of your hire. Print-outs of online statements are acceptable. Among car hire companies asking for this additional information are Arnold Clark and Thrifty. Check the rental conditions before booking.

Hemingways is back!

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OOD to hear that Hemingways – one of Bangkok’s most popular pubs – will be pouring pints again shortly in a new location on Sukhumvit 11. Its demolition on Soi 14 last year was greeted with a howl of protests because of its traditional architecture and convenient position next to the Asoke BTS station. The new Hemingways will be located on the site previously occupied by Zaks, some 120 metres down Soi11.

Anybody’s name card keeps security happy

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DNTIFICATION of some kind is now required at most modern office blocks. How do you get round this if you don’t have appropriate documentation? At a major Sukhumvit office tower the other day, I didn’t have any ID, so the ever-so-sympathetic girl on the front desk asked if I had a name card. I didn’t. However, a quick search in my pocket yielded someone else’s card. The girl smiled, took the card, photocopied it and then returned it to me together with a security pass. Just like that. editorbigchilli TheBigChilli

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The BigChilli May 2018  

Thailand's best-read expat magazine. Find out what's hot in Bangkok and beyond. May 2018.

The BigChilli May 2018  

Thailand's best-read expat magazine. Find out what's hot in Bangkok and beyond. May 2018.