Expat survey shows 84% happy in Thailand, Thaksin not popular, 95% recommends Thaivisa
The survey took place between 9-14 May 2011 and received 4,434 responses. A big thank you to those who participated.
The results of the recent survey have now been collated and are summarised below. A record number of 4,434 members participated this time round - a big big thank you to you all. Your views and opinions are important to us so we can improve the forum. The survey has provided some interesting information and results.
- 95% of respondents would recommend Thaivisa to a friend
- 82% of respondents indicate Thaivisa moderating is fair
- 55% of respondents are not married to Thai
- 44% of respondents believe the Democrat Party (Abhisit) is best for Thailand's future
28.8% (1,277) respondents indicate they are in the age group 50-59, followed closely by 27.7% (1,227) in the age group 60-69. That is not really surprising, as Thailand has long been a chosen destination for retirement. 46% of respondents completing the survey indicate they are on retirement extension.
North America marginally leads the table on country of origin, with 26.7% (1,173) responses. The UK by itself accounts for 25% (1,110) of responses, and is a clear leader on the European front with Scandanavia being its nearest rival (222 responses).
Status and Location
70% of respondents are expats (3,045 responses), with most indicating have been so for 5-10 years. Survey results showing 68.5% (3,038) of respondents are in Thailand is therefore not unexpected. Question 9 results show some confusion between a visa and extension of stay, with 742 of respondents indicating they are on extension against a figure of 2,183 in Question 10. Making adjustment gives the following re-stated figures for Question 9:
No visa, I am a Thai citizen 2.1% 92 15/30 day entry stamp(s) 3.7% 162 Tourist visa 8.2% 354 Non-Immigrant visa 13.4% 582 Residence permit 3.7% 160 Extension of stay 50.3% 2,183 I am not in Thailand 18.6% 809Geographically Bangkok is the mainstay for respondents, accounting for over 30% of responses. Pattaya/Chonburi and Chiang Mai follow at 15.3% and 11.8% respectively. "Others" accounts for 26%. Our apologies, as we seem to have missed Khon Kaen/Isaan off the list and will fix next time.
70% of respondents are Happy living in the Land of Smiles (84% if include Blissful) against figure of 35% for home country. 36.5% of respondents recorded Neutral as top score for home country.
Internet and Technology
Looking at the internet, 25% of respondents are using TOT, followed by 3BB (17%) and True (15%). ADSL/DSL connection is a clear leader at 58%, with most respondents on 4-6Mbps subscribed speed (35%). Interesting to see a 50/50 split on whether subscribed speeds are delivered. Most respondents are paying 600-900 per month (35%) with 47% of members indicating price is about right. Overall 62% of respondents are happy with their internet service provider (ISP). 47% of respondents indicate that internet service quality is unchanged over last 12 months, with a further 26% indicating better service than before. That all rolls up into 33% of members indicating ISP customer support quality is fair, increasing to 65% if include Good and Excellent.
51% of respondents indicate using AIS/One-2-Call as mobile service provider, followed by DTAC (29%).
On the Thaivisa front, 50% of respondents have been members for more than 3 years. 37% login to Thaivisa a few times a week, with 27% logging in every day. Interesting to see that 55% of respondents just read Thaivisa rather than posting. 51% of respondents indicate the forum quality is Good (rising to over 93% including Very Good and Excellent). A whopping 82.6% of respondents believe Thaivisa moderating to be Fair, with 95% indicating they would recommend Thaivisa to their friends.
- 76% of respondents subscribe to Thaivisa Breaking Newsletter.
- 54% of respondents indicate the speed in which news stories are picked up is Very Good (rising to 71% including Excellent).
- 64% of respondents rate the World News forum coverage as Good/Very Good/Excellent (Good being top score at 31%).
- 81% of respondents rate the Thailand News forum coverage as Good/Very Good/Excellent (Good being top score at 36%).
- 40% of respondents have used TV Classifieds, with 24% indicating Successful/Somewhat Successful outcome
41% of respondents indicate they would vote for the Democrat Party (Abhisit) at the next election if they could vote, followed by 39% indicate abstaining from voting. 44% of respondents believe the Democrat Party (Abhisit) is best for Thailand's future, followed by 34% indicating No Preference. 53% of respondents do not believe Thaksin should be forgiven and allowed to return, followed by 27% indicating No Opinion.
Personal demographic data (top scores):
- 74% do not have children in Thailand
- 55% not married to Thai
- 36% own a house in Thailand
- 33% do not own a vehicle in Thailand
- 18% have yearly income 0.5M - 1M (excluding 'Prefer not to say' - 29%)
For privacy reasons we did not capture member details as part of the survey to allow participation in the prize draw.
You are invited to register your participation in the survey by clicking on this link. 1,000 baht mobile top ups are available to the 3 lucky winners. Last day to enter in the Lucky Draw is Wednesday May 18 at at 22:00 (10pm) Bangkok time. Winners will be announced on Thursday May 19, 2011 on Thaivisa Forum.
Please only discuss the survey results in this thread; off topic comments will be moved or deleted.
Full detailed survey results in PDF format for download: