How can I secure freehold land ownership in Thailand?

In order to secure freehold ownership of land in Thailand, you will need a Thai partner to own a majority of the shares of a Thai company (which becomes the registered land owner).  The Land Office will interview the Thai shareholder(s) to ensure that the Thai shareholder(s) has sufficient funds to finance the purchase of his/her shares in the Thai company.  Thai citizens are prohibited under the Foreign Business Act from providing “nominee” shareholding services to facilitate foreign ownership of land.  The corporate documents of the Thai company may be customized to protect the (foreign) minority shareholders’ rights, and to vest day-to-day control of the Thai company in the hands of the (foreign) minority shareholder.  Additional protections for the benefit of the (foreign) minority shareholder may include: (1) registering a long-term lease on the land title deed under the name of the (foreign) minority shareholder (or an offshore company owned by the foreign minority shareholder); and (2) registering a mortgage on the land title deed under the name of the (foreign) minority shareholder (or an offshore company owned by the foreign minority shareholder).