Debt Collection in Thailand

Updated on Monday 20th March 2017

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Businesses in Thailand are established under a contract, that in some cases may not be respected by a party with which a company has signed a deal. As such, the company will have to proceed to collect its debts through various methods, in accordance with the local legislation, but also based on how the debtor will respond to the claims. Foreign investors or local businessmen who are involved in a debt collection situation can address their case to our team of Thai lawyers, who can offer assistance on the methods which can be applied in this situation. 

Payments in Thailand 

According to the local legislation, the payments incurred by a debtor in Thailand are to be paid within a period of 30 days since the contract became effective. The commercial law states that a payment can be delayed up to 20 days, but the debtor will have to pay interest on late payments, which can account for up to 15% of the value of the contract. In the situation in which the contract does not stipulate a fixed interest rate, the contract will be charged with a rate of 7.5% of the transaction value.


Recover a debt in Thailand 

Thai commercial law stipulates that a debt has to be collected in a period of maximum 2 years. In order to do so, the company interested in recovering a debt should provide the full documentation on the case, to attest the fact that debtor hasn’t paid his or her debts. Our lawyers in Thailand will require the written and e-mail correspondence kept between the parties, but also financial documents, such as purchase orders or invoices. 

We invite you to watch a comprehensive video about the debt collection procedure in Thailand


Phases of debt collection in Thailand

The process of recovering a debt is comprised of the following phases: 

•    pre-trial debt collection;
•    debt collection involving a Thai court.

The first phase refers to the procedure followed by the company which has to collect a debt; the procedure refers to the direct communication between the two parties. A representative of the company will send a demand letter to the debtor, requiring him to pay the value of the contract. 

If this method fails, the case will be addressed to a Thai court, which is usually held in the Court of Justice. The creditor will file a claim, which will be sent to the debtor. Our team of lawyers can  also represent clients involved in various litigation cases

If you need further information on debt collection in Thailand, please contact our team of lawyers, who can provide you with assistance or legal representation in front of a Thai court



March 3, 2016

Hello! One of my business partners still refuses to pay his debts, so I believe I will need to be represented by a lawyer.

Hello John! We can help you recover your debt. Please send us a detailed e-mail with your situation at: office(at) and we will reply as soon as possible. Have a great day!

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