Thaivisa now the “go to news site” for young people as visits pass a
quarter million per month
Thaivisa has announced that its image as a site for moaning old
retired expats has been consigned to the bin of history.
In an upbeat set of observations, Thaivisa’s managing director has
said that the site is now the go to place for an increasing band of
younger people accessing its local and international news and forums
representing a wide range of interests.
So much so that every month 250,000 visitors to the site are now under
34 years of age with many of these drawn in by tech news and
innovative services that have recently been introduced.
Dan Cheeseman was speaking after a meeting at the weekend where
Thaivisa presented its latest developments and feted some of its hard
working moderators who help to police the site.
Mr Cheeseman said that the notion that Thaivisa was “just for retired
expatriates to troll each other” was a complete misconception these
“That observation is patently not the case,” he said, “and actually is
a gross injustice to the site.
“One in four Thaivisa readers are under the age of 34 which perfectly
illustrates that Thaivisa has mass appeal across all age groups.
“Put another way we can affirm that more than 250,000 unique visitors
to the site each month are under 34.”
Mr Cheeseman also spoke of the development of Thaivisa from a forum
concentrating on visa matters into an entirely broader entity today.
“Thaivisa has had a complete facelift since its launch 13 years ago
when it was pretty much a forum based on visa and immigration
matters,” continued Mr Cheeseman.
“Now Thaivisa is recognized as a go to platform for local and
international news and very much a product that caters for a wide
range of expat needs”.
As evidence of this he itemized such areas as property, car insurance
and villa bookings.
“Thaivisa even has a tech site that attracts over 180,000 visitors a
month. So no wonder the site has such broad appeal,” said an upbeat Mr
The Saturday meeting was also told that the idea that young people
were not interested in news was not borne out by the analytics. Young
people were clearly interested in the news and Thaivisa was helping to
provide this to them and much more besides.
A dedicated group of site moderators were also given their chance to
discuss their work with the site impressing everyone present with
their drive and professionalism. Several areas for improvement to
moderation practices were also put forward.
Following the meeting at the [email protected] Design Hotel in North Pattaya,
Mr Cheeseman also commented on the number of female visitors to the
site that is about 15% to 20% of users.
“While this might seem low it is entirely consistent with the number
of female expatriates in Thailand compared to their male
counterparts,” he said.