At odds with Expat clubs?
There has been a lot of discussion recently via websites and the local media
about Expat clubs in Thailand. The general consensus of opinion seems to be
that they are set up by entrepreneurial ex pats for one purpose only - to
sell their services to members. These services are typically financial
advice, legal advice and real estate.
In most western countries all these areas are tightly regulated, which means
that when things go wrong you stand a good chance of getting your money
back. In the case of serious wrongdoing the “expert” will be prosecuted and
go to prison.
Up here in Chiang Mai we have received nearly 200 emails in the last few
days about this issue. Most of these emails detail serious complaints about
bad financial advice. The second most complained about “service” is legal
advice; representation with land and house purchase being the third. We
would like to compile information about these practices and would be very
pleased to here from fellow expats both from Chiang Mai and the rest of
We realize that these issues can be sensitive and we therefore would be
quite happy to receive general comments. In any case, names and other
personal information will not be passed on to anybody else. So if you have
had a bad experience at the hands of an Expats Club, please let us know. We
expats are always vulnerable and so we believe sharing this sort of
information is a protection for us all. Please send an email to
David and Karen Wenman (Chiang Mai)