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. 


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