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“Thai authorities had demanded a 40,000 baht bribe from a Frenchwoman to free her after she was arrested for possessing an e-cigarette.”

E-cigarette users are calling on the Thai government to quickly come up with appropriate solutions to regulate e-cigarettes, and clarify the current laws, in order to protect the country’s image among foreign tourists.

The network say it also plans to submit suggestions to the PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. They say the current laws are confusing and not well understood by travellers heading to the Kingdom for holidays.

The suggestion was in response to a news report on French online media outlet Var-matin, which reported that Thai officials had demanded a 40,000 baht bribe from a Frenchwoman to free her after she was arrested for possessing an e-cigarette.

The 31 year old woman was on vacation in Phuket back in January. She was allowed to return home last month, but then shared her experience with French media.

“The news hurts the country’s image as a tourist destination. It’s a result of the ban on e-cigarettes which causes confusion in law enforcement,” Maris Karanyawat, representing the End Cigarette Smoke Thailand group.

He said the network wanted the Commerce Ministry’s Department of Foreign Trade to quickly find appropriate regulations that could replace the ban on e-cigarettes.

In 2014 Thailand banned the import, sale and servicing of e-cigarettes, with violators facing punishment based on notifications from the Commerce Ministry as well as orders from the Consumer Protection Board.

A working panel led by the ministry late last year assigned the Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Centre to conduct a study of legal hurdles affecting implementation of the ban.

“We are concerned that the TRC may not be a suitable agency to conduct the study because they would be prejudiced, and that could lead to results that are neither comprehensive nor fair,” Maris said.

He said he had earlier submitted a letter to the ministry urging that a more neutral agency be assigned to study the pros and cons of e-cigarettes.

“If no action is taken, we will submit the letter to PM Prayut,” he said.

Meanwhile, an English travel agent is urging others to tell their customers not to vape in Thailand as they could face up to 10 years in prison.

Pat Waterton, manager at Langley Travel, said she was unaware of the ban and only learnt of the law when her nephew James was forced to pay £125 (5,250 baht) as an on-the-spot fine after being threatened with jail for having an e-cigarette in Bangkok.

Waterton says, “If I’m selling Thailand as a travel destination I will definitely mention it now. All agents should. Thailand is very popular so we should make sure we are telling people about things that could ruin a holiday.”

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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Top 5 HR companies in Thailand

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Are you looking for the best HR companies in Thailand to help streamline your hiring process? As businesses begin to grow, human resources (HR) management becomes a significant need. First of all, they hire the right people to work in your business. Moreover, they make sure that employees comply with your company policies. As a result of improper HR management, you can face a lack of staff development, employee turnover, and many other problems.

For many businesses, working with a specialized HR company can save them time and money. A good HR company can help you handle all aspects of recruitment, training, payroll, and more. Most importantly, working with one of the best HR firms can prevent your business from making costly mistakes. Therefore, you need to work with the top HR company in Thailand to be free from any HR-related mistakes.

Selecting the best option can be challenging as there are numerous factors to consider. To help you find the best HR companies for your business, we have prepared a list of the top 5 HR companies in Thailand below.

5 Top-Rated HR Companies in Thailand

1. RLC Recruitment Co. Ltd

The first HR company on our list is RLC. This firm has been providing HR services in Thailand since 2012. Although still relatively new, RLC has earned a reputation as one of Thailand’s leading technical recruitment companies. RLC doesn’t adopt a mass-market approach to headhunting. Instead, they customize a recruitment strategy based on their understanding of your specific requirements. In other words, they will tailor their service to address your business’s unique needs.

RLC specializes in helping companies in technical industries, such as food manufacturing, aerospace, chemicals, and automotive. They offer free consultations and briefings for companies in Thailand. In addition to HR services, they also provide finance and accounting services. Executive search, HR consultancy, and payroll & outsourcing are some of their premium services.

Service: Executive Search Services, Payroll and Outsourcing, HR Consultancy.

Locations: BANGKOK – 142 Two Pacific Place, 18th Floor, Unit 1805, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110.

Website: rlc-asia.com

Contact Info: info@rlc-asia.com

RLC's Logo. Blue and White.

2. Monroe Consulting Group

Monroe Consulting Group was initially conceived in Australia. The company first opened its doors in Thailand in 2002. Since then, it has been expanding rapidly. Monroe Consulting Group is widely known as an international award-winning executive search (headhunting) company. In addition, they are famous for delivering the highest levels of professionalism to both multinational and national companies in Thailand.

Monroe Consulting Group works with companies with the flexibility to meet their specific needs. Therefore, their requirement consultants understand the needs of each of their clients.

Service: Executive Search Services, Recruitment Services, Outplacement Service.

Locations: BANGKOK – Lake Rajada Office Complex Building, 28th Floor, 193/119 Ratchadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110.

Website: www.monroeconsulting.com

Contact Info: +66 2 055 4759 / thailand@monroeconsulting.com

Monroe Consulting Group's Logo. Blue and White.

3. EPS Consultants

Established in 1993, EPS Consultants is a multiple award-winning professional recruiting and outsourcing specialist. They boast talented professionals, technical know-how, and advanced technology. The firm’s mission is to become a leading one-stop recruitment and outsourcing service provider. Moreover, their philosophy is to attract, grow, and retain their customer base. They are therefore known to offer cost-effective and value-added service with excellent quality. Most importantly, they are known for being attentive and well-prepared to meet their clients’ distinct needs.

EPS Consultants focus on providing HR outsourcing and recruitment-related consulting services, so their services are among the most comprehensive. They offer executive search, HR outsourcing, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). In addition to telecommunication and manufacturing industry, EPS consultants also cater to healthcare, property, and more.

Service: General & Professional Staffing/Executive Search, Managed HR Services, HR Outsourcing, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO).

Locations: BANGKOK – Unit 1704, Level 17, Mercury Tower, Ploenchit Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330.

Website: eps.in.th

Contact Info: +66 2105 4633 / info@eps.in.thEPS Logo

4. PRTR

The next on our list is PRTR, the largest independent recruitment and outsourcing company in Thailand. PRTR is a Thai/British-owned company. It has been operating in Thailand since 1993, so PRTR is not a new player in Thailand’s human resource field. The firm grew from a permanent recruitment company into a fully integrated supplier of outsourcing, recruitment, and HR services.

PRTR is famous for having a thorough understanding of the factors and components needed to run a successful business in Thailand. As a result, they have successfully presented human resource services to their clients for over two decades. Their HR services is very extensive, so you can consider them as a one-stop company for your HR needs. The HR services include human resource outsourcing, payroll, employee background check, and staff outsourcing. Furthermore, they also offer recruitment services, and business process outsourcing.

Service: HR services, recruitment services, business process outsourcing.

Locations:
BANGKOK – Ital – Thai Tower, 18th Floor, New Petchburi Road, Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok 10320.

EASTERN SEABOARD – 53 Moo9, Talay-Thong Tower, 11th Floor, Sukhumvit Road, Tung Sukhla, Siracha, Chonburi 20230.

Website: www.prtr.com

Contact Info: Bangkok +66 (0) 2716 0000 / Easter Seaboard +66 (0) 3849 4700

PRTR Logo. Red and White.

5. Indigo Consulting Group

Indigo Consulting Group offers full-service solutions for businesses seeking help with human resource management. This Asia-wide HR company is based in Bangkok. This firm is one of the top-rated HR companies to work with if you look for an objective and knowledgeable perspective concerning your organizational development. In addition, the firm is also regarded for its individualized programs.

Indigo Consulting Group understands that businesses cannot depend solely on products and strategy for sustained success. Instead, companies have to rely on their employees’ talents, commitment, and performance. The firm, therefore, promises to provide competent human resources. Moreover, they know how to help businesses achieve their goals by organizing, motivating, managing, and rewarding your human resources.

Service: HR services, including coaching training, job evaluation, performance management, and more.

Locations: BANGKOK – Suite 1405, River Wing East, Empire Tower, 95 South Sathorn Road, 10120 Bangkok.

Website: indigo-consulting-group.com

Contact Info: +66 (02) 670-0361-3 / info@indigoconsult.net

Indigo Consultation Group Logo. Blue and White.

There are, certainly, numerous other notable HR companies in Thailand out there. However, the five companies mentioned above are our top-rated HR companies for 2021.

With the abundance of excellent HR services in Thailand, there is no reason to struggle with recruitment, employer compliance, and other HR activities in your company. These HR companies offer both flexible and affordable solutions for businesses of all sizes, so if you’re looking to outsource your business’ human resources functions entirely, the top 5 HR companies in our ranking can help make your business more successful.

 

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Top 5 accounting firms in Thailand

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If you own a business in Thailand, there is one service you can’t do without, which is accounting. Accounting, just like human resources (HR), plays a vital role in most businesses. Therefore, hiring an accounting firm can help your business grow and expand, even when your business is still small. In other words, if you want your business to become successful, you can’t ignore the importance of accounting firms.

Accounting firms help you handle critical financial tasks, such as calculating your withholding TAX and VAT and completing your financial statements. In addition, they also ensure that you comply with Thai law. Therefore, it’s only natural that you want the best accountant, someone you can trust, to do these tasks.

When talking about the best accounting companies, the first names that usually come to mind are the Big 4 – PwC, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and KPMG. On the other hand, there are also numerous other main players in Thailand’s accountancy field. Accounting companies are always in tough competition among themselves, so it can be hard to choose the best one. However, we have narrowed it down to the top 5 accounting companies in Thailand.

5 Best Accounting Firms in Thailand

Best of Thailand’s accounting firms, listed below.

1. HLB Thailand

Previously known as BDO Thailand, HLB Thailand is one of the most reputable accounting firms in Thailand. It is an HLB International member, which is a global network of independent advisory and accounting firms. HLB International has hundreds of offices across 160 countries. In 2020, HLB International won ‘Network of the Year’ at the 2020 Digital Accountancy Awards. This award certainly drives up their reputation among those in needs of accounting services.

HLB Thailand expertise in audit and assurance, transfer pricing, and outsourcing. Their client base covers a wide variety of industries, such as telecommunications, manufacturing, constructions, and hospitality. Furthermore, they also offer service to real estate, healthcare, and not-for-profit industries. The firm is led by Co-Managing Partners Andrew Jackomos and Paul Ashburn. The firm’s tax services in Thailand provide a combination of local attention and global capabilities. Furthermore, they also provide financial audit and risk assurance service.

Main Areas of Service: Advisory, Audit and Assurance, Tax.

Locations: Bangkok and Phuket.

BANGKOK: 14th Floor, CTI Tower 191/70-73 New Ratchadapisek Road Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
PHUKET: 20/90 Moo 2, Thepkasattri Road T. Koh kaew, A. Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand.

Website: https://www.hlbthai.com/

Contact Info: hlb@hlbthailand.com
BANGKOK: +66 (0)2 260 7290
PHUKET: +66 (0)2 260 7297

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2. PKF Thailand

PKF Thailand is a member of PKF International’s global family of legally independent firms with over 400 offices in 125 countries. Therefore, the firm is known to provide global solutions to its clients.

As one of the oldest accounting companies in Thailand, PKF Thailand has built its strong reputation for years. Today, it has successfully established itself among the leading accounting firms of choice for both international and local clients. This accounting firm is licensed by Thailand’s SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) to perform audits on public listed companies. PKF Thailand presents highly qualified international and local professionals, so they can help bridge the gap between international business and the Kingdom.

Headquartered in Bangkok, PKF Thailand has active branches on the Eastern Seaboard in Phuket, Hua Hin, Sri Racha, Pattaya, and U Tapao. Therefore, they can offer services to businesses around Thailand.

Main Areas of Service: Advisory, Audit and Assurance, Corporate Finance, Business Solutions, Tax, and Transaction Services.

Locations: Bangkok and Eastern Seabord.

BANGKOK: 28th Fl., Sathorn Square Office Tower, 98 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.
EASTERN SEABOARD: 63/14-15 M.10, South Pattaya Road, Nongprue, Banglamung,
Chonburi 20150, Thailand.

Website: https://pkfthailand.asia/

Contact Info:
BANGKOK: thailand@pkf.com / +66 2 108 1591
EASTERN SEABOARD: esb.th@pkf.com / +66 38 195 252

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3. HUMANICA

HUMANICA is a business solutions provider in Thailand. They are pioneers in the HR and ERP industry in Thailand. However, they also offer finance and accounting services in the country. Their finance and accounting services are designed for companies who need to outsource tiresome office tasks. Moreover, they have provided accounting service and system advisor for SME businesses in various industries for over a decade. Their clients range from manufacturer and construction to trading, e-commerce, and services.

Located in Pathum Wan, Bangkok, HUMANICA is part of the Human Resources Consulting Services Industry. They provide accounting, finance, and taxation services. Their taxation services include value-added tax, withholding tax, and corporate income tax.

Main Areas of Service: Accounting, finance, and taxation.

Locations: 2 Soi Rongmuang 5, Rongmuang Rd., Rongmuang, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand 10330.

Website: https://www.humanica.com/

Contact Info: sales@humanica.com / +66 2 636 6999

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4. Mazars

Mazars is a French accounting, audit, and consulting group. This accounting firm set its foot in the Thai market for the first time in 2008. However, they are quick to establish a reputation of being one of the top accounting firms in the Kingdom.

Mazars boasts a multinational team, with its consultants consisting of Thai, British, German, Dutch, Indian, Korean, Japanese, and Australian nationals. As a result, they are among the leading companies in the country that provide accounting services globally. In addition to their accounting services, they also offer legal and consulting services for businesses across Thailand. Mazars is committed to helping their clients succeed. They understand and respect your business, so they will adapt their approach accordingly.

Main Areas of Service: Audit and assurance, financial advisory, tax, outsourcing, and international services.

Locations: Empire Tower, Tower 2, 12th Floor, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, Thailand.

Website: www.mazars.co.th

Contact Info: +66 2 670 1100

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5. M&E (Thailand)

M&E (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is a German-Thai organization. It is a well-established accounting firm offering comprehensive services to a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, IT, food and beverage, and payment gateway. As a result of their personal and individualized service, their client can focus on their business growth instead of dealing with the accounting department.

In addition to its excellent accounting service, M&E (Thailand) also provides company registration service and financial consultation. Thus, they can be considered as a one-stop solution for your business needs.

Main Areas of Service: Bookkeeping, taxation, and financial reports.

Locations: 159/40 Sermmit Tower 26th Floor, Room No. 2608 Sukhumvit Road (Asoke), Klongtoey Nua Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.

Website: www.mandethailand.com

Contact Info: info@mandethailand.com / +66 2 0461200

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Being a lucrative market for businesses and foreign investments, it comes as no surprise Thailand is seeing the rise in accounting firms competition. With the number of businesses in needs of accounting services, the competition for accounting firms in the country seems to never end.

 

 

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