Process servers in Thailand

June 13, 2019 - Reading time: 1 minutes

If you’re looking for a process server in Thailand, we have some tips and information that could help you to decide who to choose.

First off, is the company you're thinking about hiring based in Thailand? Searching online you might find many results for services that appear to be located in Thailand, however if you scratch the service it will become obvious that some of these companies are actually based abroad. When you hire a company that is based in another country, they will act as a middleman and recruit someone on the ground here to do the work for them. We prefer to interact directly with our clients to understand their needs, cutting out any middlemen and their fees.

Secondly, is the process server legitimate? We are a registered company and regulated by the Thai government. Evidence which is gathered by illegitimate un-registered companies is often ruled inadmissible as it was gathered illegally.   

As a leading detective agency based in Thailand, we have feet on the ground in every corner of the country. For our clients this means that we are able to offer the same excellent service at reasonable prices; and without excess travel costs (Thailand is a big place!).

If you choose us to serve documents for you, you will always be in contact with a native English speaker. We will work with you to understand exactly what your needs are so that we can meet the legal requirements for serving your documents.

We offer free quotes for all work. Feel free to get in touch with one of our experienced team members for help and advice.

Please note: This website is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice. If you need legal advice please contact a lawyer directly.


Thailand prisoner assistance (help for prisoners in Thailand)

May 8, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Is your loved one locked up in a Thai prison or jail? We can offer assistance to prisoners in Thailand through our network of agents in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.

Perhaps someone you know is serving time in Thailand long term and you don’t have connections to help them while you’re out of the country. We can act as your eyes and ears on the ground.

While foreign embassies should provide help to prisoners in Thailand, we have found that the support can vary depending on your country of origin and the resources available to your embassy.  When embassy support falls short, we can fill this void, and we are not constrained by rules or red tape that government officials might be. We typically make prison visits more often than embassy staff and can often provide more useful help through our extensive local knowledge.

We can help prisoners in Thailand in the following ways:

  • Arranging for our agents to make regular visits to the prison
  • Conveying money to the prisoner
  • Delivering goods the prisoner may want, such as newspapers, food, toiletries and clothes (where legal and permitted by the Thai authorities)
  • Helping to organize the prisoner’s affairs, such as collecting and arranging storage for any possessions they may have left behind
  • Relaying messages to and from family members abroad, and providing updates on the situation from a native English speaker
  • Organizing travel to and from the prison for family members

We are not judgmental and are happy to assist anyone behind bars in Thailand for whatever reason. In some cases we can also recommend law firms best placed to help prisoners navigate the legal system. We are not able to offer fixed fees for this service, as charges will depend on travel time and the circumstances in each case. Please contact us for a free quote and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


The Thai girl pregnancy scam

April 28, 2019 - Reading time: 3 minutes

The pregnancy scam is one of the more sinister scams that can occur in Thailand. It works by spinning a web of deceit and playing on your emotions.

How does the pregnancy scam work? It is really quite simple. You’re spending some romantic time with a Thai bar girl, dancer, or even a ‘non-working’ girl that you met while in Thailand. Maybe the condom breaks or you didn’t use one. You head off back home and think nothing more of it until you get a message which reads "My period is late... I’m pregnant".

Why would a Thai girl lie about being pregnant? Well, any man with a conscience is much less likely to walk away from a woman that could be carrying his child. The lady might demand money to pay for an abortion; but more often they will use the claim of being pregnant to lure the man back to Thailand, or to extract more money from him so that she can stop working around alcohol while pregnant.

There are many different motives that could be behind telling this lie, but the same principle applies each time. It’s an emotional blackmail which gives the Thai woman a sense of security that the man will not walk away from her.

Often ladies involved with this type of scam will have used it on many different men over a number of years. Over time they can hone their abilities and make their claims seem very believable.

It’s very difficult to outsmart a woman that is practiced in these tricks, as they’ve heard and seen it all before. Positive pregnancy tests can be ordered online or obtained from pregnant friends. There are even reports of some ladies allegedly taking drugs which bloat out their stomachs and help to make their foreign boyfriends believe that they’re really pregnant.

By the time the man has found out his lady was lying, he will have spent more time with her and formed an emotional attachment to her which will be hard to break. We have often seen women that claim to be pregnant conveniently miscarry shortly before they're due for an ultrasound examination. Others can be more creative and string out their claims even longer.

Pregnancy is a big deal in Thailand. Unlike in Europe or North America there is very little government welfare available, if you can’t afford to feed and clothe your baby there are few safety nets. With this being the case, it would be unwise for a Thai woman to fall pregnant with a man she barely knows.

If you think that you might be falling victim to this scam then there are things which we can do to help you. We can find out if your girlfriend is cheating on you while you’re out of the country, or try to see if she is continuing to consume alcohol while claiming to be pregnant.

While it’s difficult for us to determine whether or not someone is in fact pregnant, we can find out if they’re lying to you about other things before you make big emotional or financial commitments to them. We are a leading detective agency working across Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. Get in touch with us if you think that you could use our help. We offer free quotes for all work and are glad to offer help and support to our clients.

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Marital status in Thailand

April 19, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Marital status in Thailand could be described as somewhat different from other parts of the world and particularly that of Western countries. If you’re thinking about running a background check on your Thai partner for example, it’s important to understand the logistics of marriage in Thai culture.

Very often when Thai people marry each other they will have a very lavish and beautiful ceremony. They might pay for a live musical performance, an expensive venue and a lovely meal for all of their guests to enjoy. Of course, a dowry or “sin sod” is usually paid as well, and this can be made up of a large quantity of cash as well as gold, vehicles or property. See our blog post: How much does a dowry cost at a Thai wedding?

How is marital status different in Thailand? Often Thai people will have these expensive ceremonies but they will not legally marry each other, and this is quite common. The legal element can be something of an afterthought which many people in Thailand do not go through with.

Sometimes Thai men will be reluctant to legally marry due to the implications of this if the couple breaks up… Courts can allocate assets and if you’re bringing more to the table than your partner then there is a clear advantage in dodging the legal unification that comes with marriage. Men in Thailand cannot be forced to pay child support unless they are legally married to the child’s mother.

On a side note, if you’re planning on getting married and dodging the legal side of things in order to protect your assets from being awarded to your partner during a divorce, this is not an iron clad tactic. Judges are able to determine that a “de facto” marriage has taken place and award assets based on this – so be prepared to honor your commitments either way.

If you are paying to find out about your partner’s marital status or marital history in Thailand, the results of this may not reflect reality. The practice of having a marriage ceremony without becoming legally married is quite common here. Obviously no official records are made if the couple chooses not to legally marry.

Note: This website does not provide legal advice. You should speak to a lawyer directly if you need legal advice. Please see our legal disclaimer.


Having a Thai go-go dancer as your girlfriend

April 11, 2019 - Reading time: 3 minutes

Are you thinking about having an a go-go dancer as your girlfriend? This post will touch on the subject of men that are together with Thai ladies working in go-go bars.

Many Western guys are in relationships with go-go dancers. Usually these are open relationships; the lady continues to sleep with men to earn a living while her boyfriend back home waits to video call her once a night when she finishes work. If you’re seeking this type of arrangement we have some words of advice for you.

First of all, anyone in a relationship with an a go-go dancer should be mindful about sexually transmitted diseases. Prostitution (as of 2019) is illegal in Thailand, bars are not obliged to send their employees for testing. There are many false rumors circulating online that these women are regularly tested for STDs, sadly this is mostly untrue. The cost of testing one or two dozen women every couple of months would add up and be another overhead for the bar owners, who are in no way required to perform these tests. Don’t underestimate the amount of men a popular dancer can leave with on a regular basis, and don’t take risks with your health.

Secondly, be aware that many Thai ladies in this field of work aim to recruit several boyfriends. They want 4 or 5 different boyfriends at the same time. Maybe you’re not sending her money this month but another ‘boyfriend’ might. How can you tell if a lady has multiple boyfriends? You can’t. Women that play this game are professionals, using different cellphones, different social media personas, and a large toolbox of convincing excuses that have been tried and tested over a number of years. Don’t think you can outsmart a Thai lady running this type of scam, you won’t. Popular bar girls or dancers often hone their skills over many years… They’ve heard and seen it all before. Is she speaking to other men while you’re not around? Does she have multiple Facebook accounts for different men? It’s very difficult to avoid this trap.

If you’re planning to take your girlfriend out of the bar or go-go and help her find another job; then you need to be ready and willing to wire significant amounts of money to her. Popular dancers are often able to earn lots of money every month, and if she’s used to a high rolling lifestyle then it might cost you a small fortune helping to support her. You will be responsible for supporting her, her immediate family and anyone else that relies on her… This can really add up, and it would be wise to perform some due diligence of your own before taking on these financial burdens.

Does she claim never to leave the bar with men? Most often these claims are false and the ladies will masterfully hide their activities while their boyfriend is out of town. Again, don’t underestimate these women; some are incredibly skillful at lying to their partners. If she is leaving the bar with customers, you will never find this out on your own if you’re out of the country. This is where we come in.

We can find if your girlfriend is leaving the go-go with customers or giving her number out to men. We can find out if your girlfriend tells customers that she’s single or in a relationship. As a detective agency based in Thailand, this is our job and we have already exposed countless ladies working in go-gos. If you would like the truth about a lady, we can deliver, and often hiring a PI is the only way to uncover the truth when dealing with ladies involved with this line of work. We work across Thailand and offer free quotes for all work, get in touch with us today and see what we can do for you. Or visit our homepage for more information about what we do.


Happy Songkran 2019 from PattayaPI

April 4, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Happy Songkran 2019 from PattayaPI

We would like to wish all of our clients new an old a very happy Songkran in 2019. Please be careful on the roads and keep yourselves hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Have a great time and thank you for choosing us.