www.ThailandGuru.com is our Thailand and Bangkok guide for expats living and working in Thailand. It includes a subsection on Thai ladies, mainstream girlfriends, bargirls, freelancers, etc., written by a Thai lady agent's husband from Washington, D.C., who has been an expat living in Thailand for more than 10 years (Mark).
A good website with a lot of information on the go-go bar nightlife scene, life in central Bangkok's tourist areas, readers' stories, and teaching in Thailand ... is by an English teacher from New Zealand who goes by the tradename Stickman, and his famous website is www.StickmanBangkok.com If you just want to know whether your girlfriend still works *inside* the bar or still goes with customers at the bar, such as in Nana, Soi Cowboy, Patpong, or Pattaya, then Stickman can find out. Stickman has spent and continues to spend a lot of time in the bar community, is friendly, established, truly a longtimer, and doesn't seem to take interest in taking out bargirls anymore. Stickman is entirely separate from Thailand PI. Thailand PI does all this, too, but Stickman refers some more challenging bargirl-outside-the-bar and non-bargirl cases to us, and we normally refer the above cases to Stickman unless the customer requests otherwise (i.e., requires that I do the work, in which case I may consider it).
Thailand PI focuses on research (Thai language researchers), surveillance (discreet Thai teams), undercover work (mainly Thai lady agents), and operations mainly outside of the tourist/expat go-go bar areas, though many of our cases include operations inside the tourist/expat bar areas and an expat on the team (usually Mark of Thailand Guru).
For intellectual property in Thailand:
If someone in Thailand is infringing on your intellectual property, whether it be a copyright, trademark, or patent, then I recommend you contact Quantico, Ltd., in Bangkok near the Surasak skytrain station. The Managing Director is Mr. Russell Lerner, originally a Texan, who I've known personally in Bangkok since 1995, and whose impressive CV is on that website. Rusty was previously Managing Director of the Bangkok branch of the giant American multinational Pinkerton Investigations, until Pinkerton was bought by a giant European conglomerate and the Bangkok office decided to buy out their office and run their own operation, whereby they reincorporated as Quantico, Ltd., using the same staff and office, practically nothing else changing. Clients have included a long list of some of the biggest brand names in the world, and a short list of current actively clients include Adidas, Nike, Nokia, HP, Lacoste, Disney, Harley-Davidson, Motorola, General Motors, BMW, several premier league soccer teams, as well as medium and small sized enterprises. Contact them at www.QuanticoLtd.com
List of foreign Chambers of Commerce
The Thai government's AMLO (Anti-Money Laundering Office) website is slow to update:
As noted before, we are NOT policemen and NOT detectives, and we handle only non-criminal matters. If you need to contact the police, then we would suggest the tourist police because their English is best, and they can usually point you in the right direction and explain things to you. You should understand that if you need the services of the regular (non-tourist) Thai police for ordinary matters, then the appropriate place to contact is the district police office in the area of interest of your matter. However, there are exceptions, and if you are outside of Thailand then call the tourist police for guidance to the proper administrative body, or your embassy or consulate. If you come to Thailand, then an interpreter may help significantly.
The Tourist Police can be called at 1155 inside Thailand (free call from any pay phone), or +66-2-678-6800 from outside Thailand.
Interpol, the international police coordinating organization with 179 member countries, is at www.interpol.int or www.interpol.com
Embassy and consulate contact information can be found at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at www.mfa.go.th
Hong Kong private investigator and detective
For import-export, you would be surprised to find that most exporters and importers in Thailand don't have a website, and most are poor at best in e-mail. (Indeed, many struggle with English.) An investigation investment can save you a lot of time and money, and improve your business efficiency substantially. You might want to try www.ExportBay.com for research on manufacturers in Thailand for export.
See www.ThaiEnglish.com for Thai-English translation, our sister company.
To learn the Thai language, check out the personalized service and small classes of Thai Language Hut, run by a good British guy, Mark Shee, whom I know and recommend. It's located on Sukhumvit soi 43 near the Phrom Pong skytrain station, colocated with Travel Today Asia.
See www.Thai-Biz.com for a general Thailand business directory.
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