27 February 2018
Expert guidance before processing your Thai ED Visa
There are often many obstacles to gaining happiness in life. Some people are afraid of the advancement of technology and the impact that automation will have on society, others may worry about peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of our mouths. (Yes, this is an actual phobia. The struggle is, indeed, real for some.) Other struggles are based on happiness in one’s native country, especially the familiarity and inherent boredom of the same routines and a miserable and grey climate. If you’re British and reading this, you’ll know what we mean. The struggle to find the sun and a clear blue sky is also real, and permanent. For many expats who have decided upon changing their home destination for the warmer climes of Thailand, the reality is that there is some paperwork and patience involved. If you land in Bangkok ready to study and stay using the Thai ED Visa program - we will be able to make the experience totally bearable and smooth, and you will make lots of new friends also, pretty quickly. We hope the following top 5 list of things to bear in mind before coming to Thailand serves you as an introduction to some of the expert guidance we provide – before even thinking about applying for an ED Visa program. Let’s jump in, then. Here is our…
Top 5 list of things to bear in mind before coming to Thailand.1. Consider that learning Thai is not going to be a chore but rather that it’s going to be part of the bigger picture of you staying in Thailand and enjoying a wonderful experience. It’s simply the channel through which you can plan the next 14 months with more comfort. 2. Check out YouTube to learn how to count and learn a few basics. Before coming to Thailand to start a new chapter, even though it’s not essential, it may put your mind at rest to know some basic numbers and simple greetings to get you started. There’s nothing wrong with getting a mini head start and just being open minded about learning some new sounds and identifying perhaps some new vocabulary. Keep it simple and just see how you get on. 3. Do check your passport is valid with plenty of time left on it. It’s amazing how forgotten time actually can turn into months, or even years since you may not have even seen your passport, gathering dust in a draw. Go on, grab it now if this last sentence sounds like it could describe your relationship with your passport. Don’t forget also that you will probably need a couple of days to apply for your ED-Visa from your embassy in your home country, which would be one to go there and apply and leave your passport overnight, and another to go back the next day and collect it after they have verified it. 4. Leave a bit of room over in your suitcase, simply because you will be able to get such cheap and pretty good quality summer/winter clothes at many of the markets or malls located around Bangkok, of which we will talk about soon in the next point. Our advice is to save your money at home and get better value when in Thailand. Most of the high street brands have set up shop here also, so you won’t be short of the staple items for summer, or even winter (see below) that you may need. 5. Actually make sure that you pack some warm clothes, despite the tropical heat in Bangkok. Many cinemas, office buildings and malls are often pretty chilly due to the air-con, and it’s pretty likely that you will often want to escape the heat of the city and take the weight off, somewhere inside. Nowadays, many shopping centres / malls are competing for your business, especially with the dominance of Amazon or more importantly AliBaba in Asia, so they often try to make them more attractive – but sometimes too cool inside. Many, however, are worth seeing, especially the massive and tasteful EmQuartier, located in Sukhumvit ( check the link here) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EmQuartier with it’s tropical garden, as well as a multitude of shops and restaurants. So, when you do land in Thailand, Bangkok there will be a few steps to complete to ensure your Thai ED Visa and that’s why we’re here to help. Our insights of the market are second to none and we pride ourselves on having a great team to help you through this process, as seamlessly as possible. For a more detailed breakdown of the processes, we recommend that you read the following document found here. https://www.theknowledge.in.th/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ED-visa-processing-The-Knowledge.pdf Contact us here at The Knowledge before you come to Thailand and ask us anything you like. You can certainly drop us an email here or call us in Thailand, Bangkok on (+66) 022 640 276.
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