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  • Cultural differences can be as cold as Ice For all the differences that we in the 10-member Asean grouping may have, there are certain similarities when it comes to culture. This is something that foreign investors drawn ...
    Posted 31 Oct 2012, 07:10 by Sawasdee Biz
  • win a free trip to Thailand adventure Duen-Daa Duen-Jai! (amazing!) Tourism Authority Thailand in conjunction with Royal Orchid Plus offer you the chance to Advance Do something amazing on your holiday?  and Win a free ...
    Posted 13 May 2012, 21:40 by Sawasdee Biz
  • 2012 Songkran Festival Bangkok was wet and wild Songkran is a Thai word which means “move” or “change place” as it is the day when the sun changes its position in the zodiac. It is also known as ...
    Posted 19 Apr 2012, 06:22 by Fin Chockdee
  • Photo collage hospitality and tourism Bangkok Photo COLLAGE Platinum Bangkok Your Reward for Achievement is waiting ... View slideshows of the stunning and elegant delights. Select thumbnails and "zoom in", click a tag word for related photos ...
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  • Happy Easter from Bangkok Hospitality Concierge Easter is a christian religious event which will be celebrated on 08 April 2011. On this occasion people perform "Easter Celebration" by sending easter quotes, poems jokes & happy messages..  our ...
    Posted 11 Apr 2012, 04:00 by Sawasdee Biz
  • TAT release 2011 Health and Beauty eBooks Tourism Thailand Tourism Thailand Retirement, Medical, Health and Beauty The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with MasterCard, have launched 4 new English language travel guidebooks for special interest tourism ...
    Posted 10 Oct 2011, 03:34 by Fin Chockdee
  • Medical Tourism Thailand Medical tourism is becoming a popular trend because of lower costs, shorter waiting lists and the chance to spend recovery periods in an exotic location.   A survey conducted by travel ...
    Posted 12 Jan 2011, 07:51 by Sawasdee Biz
  • Exec Tours Bangkok are up and away The 1st "fastrack" Group tour was road tested on 29th November 2010.     Everyone was so unhappy (that the tour ended)  we will have to do it again! The concept is ...
    Posted 18 Feb 2011, 02:45 by Sawasdee Biz
  • Australia and Thailand Collaborate for L.I.F.E.   Recent Co hosted Aus & Thai Govt Seminar 18/11/2010 was Sensational   Auswathai reporters were on hand to capture the presenters power packed dynamic slides. We confirm we saw loads ...
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  • AFL Grand Final Tour Bangkok Sept 2010 AustCham Thailand are hosting an event to remember   expecting a crowd of 600 people     all day event at a 5 star Hotel in Bangkok  -  Join our tour group from Aus ...
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  • TAAWA turns 30th - join the Party This year brings the celebration    30th years of service to the Community The Thai-Australian Association of Western Australia Inc, was estabilished in 1980 to foster cultural understanding between Thai ...
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  • Australia Thai Institute pledges funding for Thai and Aussie The Australia-Thailand Institute (the Institute) was established in mid-2005 to promote bilateral relations with Thailand and to expand institutional, cultural and people-to-people links.Wherever possible, the ...
    Posted 31 Jul 2010, 22:44 by Sawasdee Biz
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  • Education gateway from Thailand to Australia Click on picture to expand   Australian and Thai universities collaborate together across a wide range of research and teaching areas that involve over 40 Memorandums of Understanding; Thai and Australian ...
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  • Bangkok's Hot Issues in Risk Management and Insurance Newsflash AustCham Thailand hosted luncheon for members to render the latest insights dealing with the Hot Issues of Risk Management associated with the Bangkok's terror of May 19   Guest ...
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Cultural differences can be as cold as Ice

posted 31 Oct 2012, 07:05 by Sawasdee Biz   [ updated 31 Oct 2012, 07:10 ]

For all the differences that we in the 10-member Asean grouping may have, there are certain similarities when it comes to culture. This is something that foreign investors drawn to this dynamic part of the world have to realize, even as they try to develop talent for the future in this part of the world.

The challenges are evident in many countries across the region, where cultural differences between foreign superiors and local workers reached a point that led to protests and at times closure of a business.

The dire consequences were on view last week in Cambodia when the Chinese supervisor of a garment factory ripped up a picture of the late and revered King Norodom Sihanouk, which prompted an angry protest and the eventual prosecution and deportation of the supervisor, Zia Chao.

Two other cultures locked horns last year in Vietnam, where local workers at some companies staged protests to draw attention to mistreatment and disrespect from their South Korean employers. They said their Korean bosses basically looked to use Vietnamese labour as slaves and did not care for their welfare or cultural aspects.

The protests in Vietnam eventually led to many South Korean companies changing their management and taking steps to improve their conduct and calm the situation down.

Cross-cultural challenges are many in Thailand as well, where certain things are not said or spoken about and it is best to keep it that way for it could instigate feelings that could get out of control for many people.

Of course, cultural misunderstandings are not unique to Asean countries, and they don’t have to involve people from one country offending people from another. In India, for example, intolerance of other religious views is still a serious problem despite decades of government's efforts to promote a secular society.

Asian people in general tend to be relatively emotional and sensitive about cultural issues, unlike their counterparts in some western countries where freedom of expression and openness are part of their culture growing up.

Having been educated in a more westernised educational system but born and raised in Thailand, I myself at times have trouble expressing myself in an open manner. Although I do believe in openness and freedom of expression, living in Thailand has taught me how to be a little more “Thai”, which I feel gives people like us an added advantage.

Respect for culture and traditions plays a crucial role in allowing for smoother business for any investor and helps build trust among the local employees.

Treating employees as slaves, overworking them or disrespecting aspects of their faith are practices that no one in their right mind should even think of undertaking.

What happens too often, though, is that foreigners come into a country and feel as though they can get away with anything as they have invested their money in developing it, be it Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam.

But the incident in Cambodia was a good reminder to those looking to invest outside their home markets to be able to adapt to the local culture and sensitivities, for any misstep in this regard can be hazardous to the company and its country of origin as well.

One other thing that a lot of investors don’t realise is that they need to know the language and hire local staff in higher positions to be able to attract good talent which can help propel the company to new heights.

Certain foreign investors in Thailand and elsewhere in Asean still show a marked preference to hire people who are from the country where the investor originated, even when qualified local talent is available. We’re not just talking about westerners, though. For a Thai company investing in Vietnam, it wants top management to be Thais, and an Indian company investing in Indonesia will want the top management to be Indian.

This is good in certain aspects – a shared language can help the shareholders and the management communicate – but then it only discourages people with good talent to even apply to work in the company.

Having local people in top management is also good as it helps bring about a greater cultural integration between the company that is in a foreign land and the local community, which may be wary of the intentions of the investors and at times sceptical of the way they run their businesses.

Incidents in the region over the past few months are a good learning point for any investors who are looking to move out of their home countries. To chart their expansion strategy, they realise they must strive to be part of the local community, and making the new investment destination similar to home turf should be the overall strategy of the company as well.

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2012 Songkran Festival Bangkok was wet and wild

posted 19 Apr 2012, 06:22 by Fin Chockdee

Songkran is a Thai word which means “move” or “change place” as it is the day when the sun changes its position in the zodiac. It is also known as the “Water Festival” as people believe that water will wash away bad luck.

What happens? 
You could say this is the ultimate cultural immersion. And by that I mean, you are going to get completely soaked. 

Squirt guns go on sale in the streets, crowds gather around tubs of water and douse passersby, pickup trucks of revelers also make drive-by soakings. 
Pretty much anyone is fair game.

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Silom was very crowded and noisy

Siam was great family fun

Sukhumvit saw many foreigners out and about

Khao San Rd was alive with massive crowds day and night



Photo collage hospitality and tourism Bangkok

posted 11 Apr 2012, 03:33 by Sawasdee Biz   [ updated 11 Apr 2012, 04:00 ]

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    Happy Easter from Bangkok Hospitality Concierge

    posted 11 Apr 2012, 03:27 by Sawasdee Biz   [ updated 11 Apr 2012, 04:00 ]

    Easter is a christian religious event which will be celebrated on 08 April 2011. On this occasion people perform "Easter Celebration" by sending easter quotes, poems jokes & happy messages..

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    TAT release 2011 Health and Beauty eBooks Tourism Thailand

    posted 10 Oct 2011, 03:26 by Fin Chockdee   [ updated 10 Oct 2011, 03:34 ]

    Tourism Thailand Retirement, Medical, Health and Beauty
    The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with MasterCard, have launched 4 new English language travel guidebooks for special interest tourism groups, which have become the current trends in the world of tourism, namely: health and beauty tourism, long stay tourism, slow travel tourism and nightlife tourism. 

    The launch of the nightlife guidebook is in response to a vote undertaken on Trip Advisor, the famous travel website, to find the top 10 nightlife destinations in the world.

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    A Trip of A Lifetime: Highlighting a long stay travel in Thailand. This guide book recommends where you can go and what you can do during the long stay vacation in the Land of Smiles.

    A Night Delight: Focusing on where you can go at night after the day trip in Thailand. There are several wonderful things to discover Thai nightlife after sunset such as Thai foodThai musicThai dancing and so on.

    Healing Harmony: Provides in formation on health and beauty in Eight (8) destinations in Thailand, namely Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang mai, Hia Hin, Kho Chang and Chiang Rai. Sponsored by Mastercard, this book offers many special privileges for MasterCard cardholders at well known medical providers throughout Thailand. 


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    Medical Tourism Thailand

    posted 12 Jan 2011, 07:44 by Sawasdee Biz   [ updated 12 Jan 2011, 07:51 ]

    Medical tourism is becoming a popular trend because of lower costs, shorter waiting lists and the chance to spend recovery periods in an exotic location.
     
    A survey conducted by travel.com.au has found that 32 per cent of Australian women would travel overseas for a medical procedure.
     
    The Travel Trends study conducted in June this year shows that medical tourism is becoming a popular trend with nearly a third of all respondents saying that they would consider travelling overseas for medical procedures because of lower costs, shorter waiting lists and the chance to spend recovery periods in an exotic location.
     
    Travel.com.au general manager Lisa Ferrari said that the trend will continue to grow as more countries continue offer themselves as medical tourism destinations.
    "Thailand, India, Malaysia, Philippines and South Africa are popular destinations of choice for Australian's seeking a medical procedure," Ms Ferrari said.

     

     
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    Exec Tours Bangkok are up and away

    posted 11 Dec 2010, 19:29 by Sawasdee Biz   [ updated 18 Feb 2011, 02:45 ]

    The 1st "fastrack" Group tour was road tested on 29th November 2010.  
     
    Everyone was so unhappy (that the tour ended)  we will have to do it again!
    The concept is K.I.S.S.  - knowing the state of play for W.A. Biz (legacy of our mining boom) we offer an antidote.
     
    Reward for achievement!
    A combination of Team Building, "Sharpen the Saw", lavish lifestyle and a good dose of kinship and hospitality Rejuvenation that "Thailand does like no other".  "There can be but only one"
     
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    Our authentic (not academic) local Thai team of P.A.'s (Personal Assistants) are avail 24/7 to ensure a seamless and dynamic experience.
     
    "after 5days I thought I'd been here for 2 weeks" 
     
     
    Results L.I.F.E. (Leadership, Integrity, Flexibility, Efficiency), without "Flexibility" it's a L.I.E.
     
     
     
     
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    Sister Joan (from Perth W.A.) takes care "slum kids of Bangkok", we ask for a donation of clothes and/or your time &/or money (up to you) - see more
     
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    Enquire - comment on the forum article, email ETB@austhai.biz or call Phill Smith (mobile is avail 24/7)
     
     
     
     
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    Australia and Thailand Collaborate for L.I.F.E.

    posted 28 Nov 2010, 03:02 by Sawasdee Biz   [ updated 12 Dec 2010, 11:37 ]

    Recent Co hosted Aus & Thai Govt Seminar 18/11/2010 was Sensational
     
    Auswathai reporters were on hand to capture the presenters power packed dynamic slides. We confirm we saw loads of quality facts, fortunes in forecasts and good insight that the current incentives are awesome for enterprising business pioneers. 
     
    Picture left Auswathai Arwee with Aus & Thai Govt officials.

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    read more about the event include L.I.F.E. at this forum link
     
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    For our Biz network readers in Perth, great news follows
     
    We welcome the visit by Executive Director Brett Gannaway, AustCham Thailand in Dec 2010.  
    Brett will join us for a round table talks as we present our interpretation of the Seminar news from 18/11 to our committed investors.
     
    If you have not received an email please see the pdf attachment and notify us of your interested to meet and know more.
      
     
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    Seminar slides

    inviting West Australians "Doing business with Thailand". Our collaborative team from AusWaThai (WA Phill Smith) and (Thaialnd Arwee) attendied the Seminar and will present the slides at our WA Seminar. Arwee will be Translator for the Thai websites.
     

    safety 1st at "Living in Bangkok Expo" for Expats

    posted 25 Sep 2010, 12:01 by Sawasdee Biz   [ updated 15 Oct 2010, 23:27 ]

    for the past decade Bumrungrad Hospital has been home to a unique Expo for Expats
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    if your a visitor to Thailand you will enjoy this one day expo - it's got everything 
     
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