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Discuss Travel / Re: So You Want To Go To Poi Pet, Cambodia to Gamble
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:31:17 PM »
Now you are dating yourself!  But many of those motorcycle drawn large carts/trailers have been replaced by 1 or 2 men pulling them through this main drag!!!  Then you have the opposite, huge double trailer trucks 'plowing' down the main street coming from Thailand!!  But your picture of all the people swarming around on the main street looks about the same today other than the addition of the big trucks!

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Food, Dining, Restaurants / Re: Pizza & Bake
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:25:54 PM »

I'll bet almost every young Congressmen or women are considered Yuppies.  How about all those Harvard and Yale lawyers plus most of the other university lawyer who lust to work for the big time firms have to be considered Yuppies.  I'll can almost guarantee the IBM folk who call on National Accounts like Goodyear and other Tire companies, Detroit Car Manufacturers, Pharmaceutical, Large Chemical Companies, large Defense Companies, most State Legislators, State Governors, etc., belong in that class of people. 


Or those companies that make these people's business attire would be no longer in business!

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Discuss Travel / Re: So You Want To Go To Poi Pet, Cambodia to Gamble
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:15:17 PM »

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Discuss Travel / So You Want To Go To Poi Pet, Cambodia to Gamble
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:12:04 PM »
 Background:  Cambodia is an oppression constitutional monarchy, but the Prime Minister is essentially a dictator.  When the elections are about to happen, the political opponents seem to be ‘removed’ or disappear, so no competition.
The casinos along the border of Thailand cater to Thais and their type of gambling since very few Cambodians do gamble or are too poor to gamble.  A majority of those casinos (or most likely all of them) are owned or shared between the mafia and Thai politicians.  Note:  At all the casinos, only Thai bahts are allowed.  There are some tables that let you bet with bahts directly but most require you to go and buy chips.
Poi Pet, a dirty city.  The closest nice shopping area is in Thailand and it is just enough so you can even sit and relax at KFC.  BUT once in Cambodia, cannot go back and forth (unless you are Thai.)  We did not see any nice place to eat in the local casino area other than in the casinos, which was fair casino food and no buffets.
Note:  Once in the country, since we were driving, we were not allowed to leave the casino area without much more paperwork (more later.)
Taking a Car Across the Border:  We decided to drive our personal car so first, my wife got her International Driver’s License-a requirement-and then had to go to the Land Transport Office designated to issue car passports which you need to take a car over the border.  (As far as I know, car rental companies will not allow you to take a car across the border.)   Since I had to go through the border crossing via Thai Immigration, my wife had to go it alone.  From her opinion, a pain in the ass.  There are NO statements that say you have to have three copies plus the original of all pertinent documents, so she had to go find a copy service (about a kilometer away) to get several done.  Then there was the additional paperwork that had to be done on site.  All in all, it took her an hour to do it.  Now once you go under the Cambodian arch (the border), you have to change from the left-hand lane to the right-hand lane.  When we finally got back together, she said never again!  Said she should have parked in a secure parking lot (150 baht/night) on the Thai side about 200 meters from the border and walk.
Me Getting Across the Border:  Read all kinds of documents on the internet from other travelers, which lacked some of the critical details.  Even with that, I was snookered.  So to start, a few weeks ago, I went online to the Cambodian Immigration website and completed an eVisa.  This would allow me to bypass the Visa On Arrival building and go directly to the ‘Arrivals Hall’, which really is a open air structure with a canopy roof and 4 booths.  Cost 36$.
So, when my wife drove the car as far as she could, she parked in a busy intersection to go do her paperwork, I had to get out and walk to/through Thai Immigration.  The sign said ‘Foreign Travelers’, and you could see the building from where she parked.  Up the steps, and through Immigration.  Easy as pie, looked at your passport and put in the hand stamp.  Once through and down the steps on the opposite side of the building but on the left side of the road, I essentially was met by this young guy who became my magnet, couldn’t get loose from him.  I read that you had to cross the street to complete your entry into Cambodia-nothing marked but to a fence for about 100-150 yards kept you from crossing.  Then of course I started looking for the Immigration Office (but it is not called ‘Immigration’) and saw nothing, and I could not shake him.  Then his veiled threat of Cambodian Police will stop me unless I get the Visa stamp, which of course I need.  Cost me $18.  It should have been free at the right office.  And this took an hour.  (Later, I found the
‘Arrivals’ Office which every foreigner “HAS TO GO TO” to get the entry stamp (unless like me, I did get the stamp in another small building for $18-one marked with an “X” below.)  The real ‘Arrivals Office’ is just past the Grand Diamond City Hotel and Casino.  So, you actually traverse a part of Cambodia before you go through Immigration.
Grand Diamond Check-in:  This was our hotel.  Lobby?  Only functional.  While I checked in, my wife took the car and parked it in a dust laden ‘parking’ area.  Doubt if many drive and park there.  Just a dust bowl, but secure!  They put us on the 10th floor, had to walk through the gaming room to get to an elevator (other a freight elevator only one was working.)  We had reserved a Premier Deluxe Room with certain amenities.  No amenities.  When Tukta called down about nothing in the room, she also told the desk, it smelled of strong cigarette smoke.  They agreed and moved us to the 15th floor, nonsmoking.  The hotel décor, including the rooms, was at least 20 years old, maybe 25 or 30 or older!  I can see why the Bookings.com rating was less than 6 out of 10.  If there any really good ones, one has to be booked directly, to see IF they are available.
Gaming Area:  If you are Thai, you will love it.  They have many, many tables operating for Thai style gambling games.  There were 2 roulette wheels, only one operating, several pokers tables, 1 Caribbean (not working), 1 3-card, and 1 5-card with a few people there, 2 blackjack tables neither working (not even a dealer with spread cards in front of her), and 1 baccarat table slightly busy, but at least 50 tables playing Thai games of chance.  Yes, they had a huge number of slot machines, with very few people.  Went online to check and saw that the gaming area was busy from about 9AM to 2PM.  We noticed that very few Thais were in the gaming area during the other times.
Other Casinos:  We found out by accident, every casino has mini-shuttles to pick up gamblers and transport them to/from their respective casinos.  We went to the Holiday Palace, the Poipet Casino and the DNA Star Vegas.  The only place we saw Blackjack being play was the Holiday Palace and only 2 gamblers.  I would have played but there would have been nothing for my wife to do.  She likes the money wheel game.  Note:  From what I could gather, the Poipet and Star Vegas casinos do not have Blackjack tables.
All of them have ‘high roller’ areas but we did not check them out.  None of them looked that busy anyway.
Conclusions:   Poi Pet is not a good place to go, especially for Western style gambling.  It is a dirty, ugly city, as is the adjoining Thai border town, Aranyarathet.  One really doesn’t want to go far off down the main road, at least only to the Arrivals building.  After that, one needs to use the mini-shuttle services to get to your reserved hotel.  DO NOT USE MOTORCYCLE TAXIS, RIP OFF.  I did not see any normal Songthaews or tuk tuks.
If you have a crying need for gambling, we just found out the place to go to Savan Resorts in Savannakhet, Laos.  Will be checking it out over the next several months.

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Food, Dining, Restaurants / Re: Dek Nieuw 49 baht Steaks
« on: August 12, 2018, 09:21:46 PM »
You can have the same at home.  Go to the Mahachai Store (several in Khon Kaen), buy a frozen package of large barbeque ribs (the ribs come with 8 bones-large marinated in great barbeque sauce), almost fully cooked, for 170 baht.  Buy salad fixings and french fries there too, or go to Makro to buy.  Thaw the ribs and then bake them at 140 degrees C for 40 minutes in a cooker, cut up your salad and pour on dressing while you deep fry your fries.  The ribs are great.  We keep 3 or 4 packs in the freezer and then thaw them out when we decide to have ribs.  Instead of fries, we steam Vietnamese sweet potatoes.  For our salad, we cut up a head of lettuce, then pour Caesar's dressing on it and add Balsamic vinegar too.  If we want more veggies, we thaw and heat some frozen veggies similar to
Succotash.

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Food, Dining, Restaurants / Re: Pizza & Bake
« on: August 12, 2018, 09:07:21 PM »

Rex, when was the last time you were in the US?  Maybe the derogatory comments about Yuppies went by the wayside, but they are still here!  Here's what "Investopedia" says about Yuppies.


Yuppie is a slang term denoting the
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Coined in the 1980s, the term yuppie was used as a derogatory title for young business people who were considered arrogant, undeservedly wealthy and obnoxious. Yuppies were often associated with wearing high fashion clothing, driving BMWs and gloating about their successes. The term has become less of a stereotype and now promotes the image of an affluent professional.
Yuppies tend to be educated with high-paying jobs, and they live in or near large cities. Some typical industries associated with yuppies include finance, tech, academia, and many areas in the arts, especially those associated with liberal thinking and style.
PS.  My daughter the doctor is one of them (since the 80's!)  AND I think she has influenced my son the doctor to be one too!

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Food, Dining, Restaurants / Re: Pizza & Bake
« on: August 11, 2018, 09:52:09 PM »
Yeah, and overly expensive for what you get.  In the US, we would call the place "just another yuppie hangout"!

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Where to find . . . / Re: can you help
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:03:34 AM »

I usually buy my flip flops across from Kiatnakin Bank.


Don't know the other items since I don't use them.


On the steak house from where you are staying, Kosa Steak House is right across the street from Tukcom, which is just down the street from where you are staying.


https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kosa+Steak+House+%26+Beer+Garden/@16.4296468,102.8295354,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x31228a2306cba7cb:0x7896a8671c7b069d!8m2!3d16.4296468!4d102.8317241




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FAQ, TOS, SPAM Policy / Re: CleanTalk spam protection
« on: August 08, 2018, 06:48:18 AM »

I too have 3bb fiber (also have True fiber) and have never had any issue when logging on to the Forum with either Internet server.  I am not a computer nerd, but it sounds like LungBing may have some type of malware problem.


I know under Google that at times, it would not let me go to a site that was only an 'http://' and not 'https://' from a security point of view.


Now I have a Windows 10 based computer (which I do not like) but I don't have any spam issues.

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Dealing with Thailand government / Re: ID Card for Falang?
« on: August 05, 2018, 08:03:46 PM »

Yes, Russell, the guy at that window is an ass.  He wanted 500 baht, so my wife said for what.  Said he would get 2 witnesses for us, but my wife knows quite a few of the people in the Amphor, and told him she would provide them.  (different 'window', but like getting a marriage certificate, witnesses. as many items require them (including a marriage extension at IMM.))


And yes, we had to get my passport translated too, and go to the police station in KKC to get the residence confirmation.  (The police officer typed it himself and did not ask for any 'tea money' but we gave him a tip, our pleasure.)  I don't think it was really different than what was said in the article. Took us two trips to the Ban Ped window, since the first one was to understand what he needed to get the Yellow Book prepared.


Oh yes, a 3rd trip was necessary to pick up the book.


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Dealing with Thailand government / Re: ID Card for Falang?
« on: August 05, 2018, 07:56:10 AM »

Here is a website with a good writeup and explanation of the requirements for getting your name in a Yellow Book, if you meet the requirements.


https://perfecthomes.co.th/yellow-book-tabien-baan-thailand/




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Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:45:02 PM »
Savannah20, what did you use when you went online to put in the application, IE?

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Here is an excerpt from Siam Legal:


Quote from: SiamLegal
Foreigners applying for a job or opening a business will require a Thai business visa. This can be best applied for before coming to Thailand. In addition, this type of visa can be extended to a long term visa which can be done either inside or outside the Kingdom of Thailand.

So which comes first the work permit or the business visa?

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News and Announcements / Re: Roiyim Steak Buffet
« on: August 03, 2018, 04:36:00 PM »

Too hard to describe.  It is near the university on the back streets.  There is a group of restaurants there in amongst some apartment buildings for the students.  It is just easier to go to google maps and search for it.  Or do the search on your smart phone and follow the directions to the restaurant.  It cost us for 2 plus one small bottle of water, 396 baht.


Try this below.


https://www.google.com/maps/place/Roiyim+Steak+Buffet/@16.4579334,102.8217582,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x31228a6642e92b93:0xb5e07ba67d3e814d!8m2!3d16.4579283!4d102.8239469


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New Member Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: August 01, 2018, 06:41:02 AM »

Welcome, Derek.


1.  From which part of the western world are you originally?


2.  There are a couple of current threads on the Forum about Nookie's Delights (the man who delivers.)


3.  Are you a golfer?


Frank

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