Canadian in Thailand

If you are a Canadian in Thailand then you will note that there are rules and regulations in Thailand that you may not be aware of. These are important for any person visiting Thailand or retiring in Thailand as a Canadian. Always take proper legal advice from an attorney about living in Thailand. You will note the separate article on adoption in Thailand.

What is illegal in Thailand

You will note that these are only a few thing which you should not do while in Thailand. Speak to the Canadian Embassy in Thailand or the Canadian Consulate in Chiang Mai when you are not certain or better yet contact an attorney in Thailand if you have any questions:

  • Do not step on the money as the face of The King is on the money;
  • Do not talk about or discuss the Monarchy in Thailand;
  • It is prohibited to import e-cigarettes;
  • Using e-cigarettes in Thailand is illegal;
  • Gambling is illegal in Thailand;
  • Feeding fish in the ocean is illegal ;
  • Possession of vaporisers and e-cigarettes is illegal;
  • Carry your identification on you all the time;
  • Do not hold onto a Thai persons ID card as it may be deemed as kidnapping in Thailand;
  • Commercial surrogacy is illegal in Thailand;
  • Dual citizenship is not legally recognized in Thailand.

Flooding in Thailand

You will note that Monsoon season in Thailand is from June to October and you will normally get flooding during this time. These would be in the following areas:

  • Chiang Rai
  • Mukdahan
  • Nakhon Phanom
  • Sakon Nakhon
  • Yasothon, Roi Et
  • Ubon Ratchathani

Thai Visa

If you arrive in Thailand via air then you get a 30 day visa waiver however if you arrive by land they might only give you 15 days as a Canadian passport holder. Always apply for a visa before you come to Thailand. 


In the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla, and Yala, separatist insurgents occasionally carry out attacks for both criminal and political reasons. These attacks, which include shootings, bombings, and arson, usually target military, government, and security buildings, as well as personnel. They can also happen in public places. To deal with this, martial law and tight security measures are enforced in these areas. Authorities have more power here, like detaining suspects without charge and imposing curfews. If you travel to these provinces, you could be at risk of being caught up in one of these attacks.

In the border areas between Thailand and Myanmar in Mae Hong Son and Tak provinces, it’s important to be cautious. Sometimes there’s violence, banditry, and clashes between government forces and drug traffickers. Border crossing points might close suddenly, so make sure you only cross at the designated points with all the necessary documents.

In the Preah Vihear Temple area and nearby border regions, there’s a border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, and there are reports of landmines. Be very careful if you’re going to any other Thai-Cambodian border areas.

Rental Scams

Watch out for rental scams, especially with motorcycles or personal watercraft. Some rental companies have accused renters of causing damage and then harassed them for payment, even holding their passports. Always read rental contracts carefully, take photos of any existing damage, and never use your Canadian passport as collateral. Stick to reputable rental companies.

Be wary of entertainment venues that might overcharge you or threaten violence if you dispute prices. Confirm prices before ordering, don’t run a tab, and don’t leave your credit card with staff.

If you’re dealing with travel agencies or considering investments in Thailand, make sure they’re reputable and seek legal advice before making any commitments. Disputes over investments can be lengthy and expensive to resolve.

Lastly also see the Canadian Consulate in Mumbai on here as well. 


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