East Coast Real Estate can provide you with a standard or completely tailor-made orientation program for the Eastern Seaboard and life in general in Thailand. Our English and Thai speaking staff can guide you through the dos and don'ts, the why's and wherefore's and the how's and how not to's of living in Thailand. Programs will vary according to your individual needs, but would normally include any and/or all of the following:
- International Hospitals,
- International Schools,
- Post Office and Utility Providers,
- Satellite and Cable TV providers,
- Transportation and Driving,
- Shopping Centres,
- Entertainment Facilities,
- Leisure and Health Club Facilities.
The Eastern Seaboard is very fortunate in having several extremely well equipped, world class hospitals, including Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Pattaya International Hospital and Bumrungrad Hospital. We can provide you with an assessment of the benefits of each of these hospitals, introduce you to the staff, and register you with the hospitals.
We have first-hand experience with the various International Schools in the Eastern Seaboard region, with some of our own children in attendance. We can advise you on the current curriculums, accreditation, reputation, transportation and school fee structure. We can also arrange appointments to visit the school and meet with the Headmaster/Headmistress and some of the staff members and tour the school facilities.
Lawyers and Legal Matters
As with all foreign countries, each has their own peculiarities in regards to their legal systems. While the law in Thailand has to a large extent borrowed from Western 'legalise', the biggest problem is that all government documents are prepared in the Thai language. We can introduce you to respected and trusted law firms in the region to assist you with any legal requirements you may have.
Banks and Financial Institutions
We can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of the various local banks together with the foreign banks that exist in Thailand. We will advise you on the necessities of a Tor Tor 3, and other local banking requirements. We can arrange appointments for you to meet with bank staff and assist you in opening bank accounts with your chosen bank.
Post Office and Utility Providers
We will also show you where the Post Office, Telephone Authority, Electrical Authority and Water Supply Authority are located, as failure to pay any of their bills on time can result in the service being cut swiftly. Quite often all these bills can be paid to the Condominium Manager or Housing Estate Manager, who will then pay the relevant authorities in bulk.
Satellite and Cable TV
Local Television is broadcast in Thai language, so it is worthwhile considering the UBC Satellite TV and Sophon Cable TV operators. We can highly recommend the UBC Satellite TV network, and can put you in touch with the provider. Note: Thailand operates on the PAL television system, which is not compatible with NTSC or SECAM systems.
Public Transport and Driving
We will advise you on the local transportation system, the rental or purchase of a motor vehicle, and assist you in obtaining a Thai Driver's licence. We can also provide you with maps of the area, and details on motor vehicle insurance requirements.
The Eastern Seaboard has a number of top quality Supermarkets stocked with a variety of local and imported goods, some of them open twenty four hours a day. So if it's your favourite breakfast cereal from back home, fresh bread or frozen foods, we can show you the best places to shop for your food and grocery needs.
Shopping Centres and Markets
Thailand is a shoppers paradise, and the Eastern Seaboard is no exception. We can show you the major shopping centres such as Royal Garden and the Pattaya Festival Centre, major department stores such as Tesco-Lotus and Big C and also the various market stalls for those cheaper items.
The Eastern Seaboard abounds with world class restaurants, with over three hundred (300) restaurants currently listed. From seafood to fastfood, noodle shops to 5 star dining, every taste and culinary desire is catered for. We can provide you with recommendations and assessments of the majority of well known dining establishments in the area.
The Eastern Seaboard is famous (or infamous, depending upon your point of view) for it's nightlife. You can take your pick from the extravagant cabaret shows of Tiffany's; to the Irish pub Shennanigan's; the Hof Brau Haus; English Pubs such as The Winchester and Pig and Whistle; the Hi-tech discotheques such as the Palladium; or the numerous Go Go bars and bar beers - there is something here to cater for every might owl.
Leisure and Health Club Facilities
The Eastern Seaboard has in excess of 20 world class golf courses in the immediate vicinity. Coupled with the numerous beach side leisure activities, tennis courts, water skiing, horse riding and top class fitness centres and gymnasiums, the Eastern Seaboard has everything to keep you in good health and top physical shape. We can show you the best facilities and arrange memberships where appropriate.