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hi,
I'm looking into how easy or hard is it for me to set a business up in Thailand, Bali,Indonesia.
I'm looking into setting up my own scuba driving business. its not going to be for a few years, but i would like to try and get enough information now to know where i stand.
thanks
Phil

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Hi Phil - I am not a scuba diver but hopefully I can offer you some helpful advice on Thailand. First, as surely you know, there are plenty of people doing this, though tourism is a growing business here. If you have not been here, it would be important to come and see what others offer and how much they charge and make some sort of evaluation of the business.

There are definitely specific Thai laws for foreigners setting up a business here. The positive side is that owning a business will give you a work visa to stay here. There are also many unique challenges to living and doing business in this culture. There are books on the subject of doing business in Thailand and that as well as googling and asking questions on some of the forums might be a good place to start getting info...

Sorry, I have no specific knowledge on Scuba but hope this will give you a start...

Best, ken

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Any Thailand related questions are welcome. I specialize in helping people with retirement advice. I can help with travel suggestions.I am knowledgeable in areas of culture, customs and language as well as cross cultural relationships.

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I am from USA and have been living in Thailand for the last ten years. I currently live in an agrarian village in Central Thailand. I was first here in 1974. I have experience exporting from Thailand.

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I have written 2 novels and a guidebook about Thailand.

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Bachelor of Science in Economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

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