How We Started:
As with all the best ideas – Farang Friendly started in a bar!
A group of guys sat around talking about how difficult it can be to find things in Thailand, everything you need is pretty much here but locating it can be very difficult at times.
So we decided to do something about it, and FF was born. We wrote a custom IOS app and marched around the streets of all of the main expat areas collecting data; a few months later we launched the first version of the website, which to be honest was rubbish.
It has since evolved into an easy to use, good looking and powerful website that we’re very proud of, and the term “Farang Friendly” has caught on amongst the expat community!
How does FF make money?
All businesses need to make money and we’re no exception – constantly improving the site usability and maintaining the database takes both time and resources.
In 2013 we made the decision to focus on affiliate marketing as our primary revenue stream; this allows us to recommend the better companies we come across as opposed to promoting those with the deepest pockets. However, this also means you may come across the odd pop up as you browse the site - we understand that this can be a bit annoying and wherever possible try to keep it to an absolute minimum.
The future of FF:
There are a lot of ideas on the table; for example one thing we would really like to do is get the website accurately translated into other popular languages that could help non-English speaking users find what they are looking for. We’re currently looking into a cost effective way of doing this and hope to bring in at least two new languages per year going forward.
Another feature we regularly get asked for is a way for property owners to be able to list their properties for sale without the using real estate agents; we are currently working on a solution for this.
Overall, our aim is to provide our users with the most up to date info on Farang Friendly companies in Thailand, Burma, Laos & Cambodia in an easy to use, intuitive web interface.
How are we doing so far - we’d love to hear your thoughts on the site…?
The FF Team.