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Stuff For Sale / 2006 Yamaha BF-115D For Sale
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:02:25 PM »
Runs good.  Maintained oil change, etc, every 1000 Km.  Rubber is still good.  Any repairs done in a timely manner by a mechanic.  Firm - 5,000 baht.

Food, Dining, Restaurants / IRON PIG GONE!
« on: January 20, 2018, 08:57:58 PM »
The restaurant that was near Nong Khot Lake is gone, and there is a Mini-Big C going in, in its place.  Not sure when the Mini-Big C is to open but it should be pretty soon.  That side of town really did need one.  The only other ones around there seem to be are  7/11's and Family Marts.

Discuss Shopping / TOPS @ Tukcom Closed?
« on: January 20, 2018, 08:48:14 PM »
It seems when we went by Tukcom, the indications that the TOPS Store that used to be there is gone. Guess the TOPS Store @ Central took all their real business.

Food, Dining, Restaurants / Decent Food at a Great Price
« on: January 20, 2018, 07:22:05 AM »
If you have been to Fairy Plaza and know of their Food Court on the 2nd, you may already know this.  If you haven't, they have the typical vendor booths plus a Buffet Area behind with a great variety of dhishes.  During the day before 5PM, you can get the buffet for 99 baht, drink not included.

BUT AFTER 5PM, THE BUFFET IS ONLY 50 BAHT EXCLUDING A DRINK.  It is the same food as before 5PM.

This is especially great for us retirees!

Discuss Shopping / Vehicle Insurance - Best Buy
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:24:16 AM »
We have just renewed our Type 1 car insurance with

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They have a great low priced insurance policy for those who have a limited number of drivers (we have 2 and both have to be designated) and can stay under 25,000 Km per year.  If you exceed 25,000 Km, they will still cover any costs from accidents, but you will not be able to renew the policy for the low rate.

For example, we have a Nissan March, 5 years old, and we drive much less than 25,000 Km (just around the Khon Kaen area.)  Our rate last year was 6,000 baht for this Type 1 insurance policy.  Because we had no claims during the year, the rate for 2018 is 5,500 baht.

Open discussion / Wireless Dead Spots in House
« on: January 18, 2018, 05:55:46 AM »
If you are saddled with this issue as we are in our 2-story house.  It seems we can normally get only a strong signal from the router on the 1st floor and then it almost disappears on the 2nd floor especially the furthest bedroom from the stairwell.  I had tried several devices including a router extender, or an access point.  First, lots of hassle installing and it seemed to be sporadic, especially if we got too far away from the main router, that is unless we laid down an ethernet cable.

So I finally have found the best solution one device at a time to attach.

A  TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT AV500 Nano Powerline
Adapter Starter Kit.

This device uses your household wiring/electrical outlets to connect.  So a short ethernet cable from the router to the powerline adapter, which you plug into one of home's outlets close to your router, then plug in another of the adapters into  an outlet close to your computer, attach the short ethernet cable to both, push the little button on one of the adapters and wha-la, a strong signal as if you plugged your computer directly to the router using an ethernet cable.

If you need a 2nd or 3rd drop, then you buy additional adapters and install them in outlets and then with their internet cables to the computers.  Easy setup that works.   I paid 1240 baht on Lazada.

Where to find . . . / Distilled Water or Similar
« on: December 20, 2017, 08:11:32 AM »
Does anyone know where to buy large bottles, i.e., gallons, of distilled water or water produced thru osmosis, or electrolysis? 

If I remember correctly, Lotus used to carry them but that was 7 years ago.  Now I cannot find anywhere that I have looked.  Have had to buy expensive single liter bottles normally used to replenish water in a car battery.

We have a humidifier.

Open discussion / Thailand Post World EMS Express Service????
« on: December 16, 2017, 04:50:23 PM »
I had previously sent documents and letters back to the USA using First Class Airmail, Registered.  Seemed to take forever to get through the JFK International Mail Distribution Center and then US Customs, but would finally get to its destination after like 13-14 days from beginning to end.

So I decided to go the Express Mail route and spend the 850 baht vs the 115 baht or so.  Thailand Postal indicates that it typically takes 3-5 days from Khon Kaen to its final destination.  So the documents left Thailand (or at least got to BKK) in one day, very similar to the First Class Airmail.  Then it disappeared into the void, just like the First Class Airmail.  It finally was scanned at the JFK International Mail Distribution Center 3 days later, and then was sent to US Customs 2 days later.  It is now stuck in US Customs for the last 2 days.

Thailand Postal has no control of the United States Post Office or US Customs so I probably won't ever spend the extra money to get no better service!

Discuss Shopping / Alibaba's Online Shopping - AliExpress
« on: November 27, 2017, 04:25:33 PM »
Of course my wife got all excited that she could order several items she wanted for the kitchen through AliExpress.

So we ordered using my American Credit Card, easy as pie (for us, they will accept either US Dollars or Thai Bahts, no issue.)

The items are shipped from Mainland China, much like what happens with Lazada here in Thailand.  The items were not large ones and fairly inexpensive.  So they were shipped by China Postal!  They are registered and are tracked so it is easy to follow your order.  They took about 1 1/2 weeks total time, including shipping preparation, to get to Khon Kaen and of course, they go through Thai Postal customs, AND NOT THE USUAL POST OFFICE ON KLANG MUANG ROAD.


Discuss Travel / 6 day trip: Pathum Thani - Bangkok - Pattaya
« on: November 27, 2017, 04:07:03 PM »
Went to the Rajamangala Technical University for my wife's on's graduation, then on to Bangkok to view the deceased King's Crematorium.

There was a fairly large crowd the late afternoon we made the trip to Sanam Luang, but staying at the Royal Hotel made it fairly easy.  It was worth the walk - wait - walk and view.  What a gorgeous setting.  Oh yes, it was great having my Pink Card, did NOT have to go and register with my passport and get a visitor's pass.

We then went to Wat Bowonniwet Vihara where the King's ashes are enshrined.  This was an easy trip since most people do not know of this move, as of yet.

My wife then wanted to visit the Grand Palace.  Guess what?  The pink card buys you nothing, as a foreigner you have to pay 500 baht.  They also force you to go through the temple, Wat Phra Kaew, which is in close proximity to the palace.  BUT there is no full entrance to allow foreigners or THAIS to view any part of the Grand Palace other than one room that is a museum of ancient weapons, swords and spears, used by the Siam warriors to defend the country and palace!

We then decided to go to Pattaya for a couple of days of doing touristy things.  Just to let you know, all of the places we visited where there is an entrance charge, etc, my Pink Card was accepted as a Thai,  Saved quite a bit of money at each stop, ala 150 vs 500 baht, etc.  That is better than what happens at the National Parks where it is a hit or miss.

Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Direct Flight - Khon Kaen to Phuket
« on: October 31, 2017, 07:05:10 AM »
It was announced, effective 22 December on MWFSu, there will be direct nonstop flights to Phuket.  These flights will replace the Hat Yai flights on MWFSu.   The ability to reserve flights on these new routes will be allowed on the 1st of November.  See the link below.  Hat Yai flights will still be running on TuThSa.

Since the ad is in Thai, may need someone to translate for you.

Open discussion / Savannakhet, Laos, Border Crossing
« on: October 04, 2017, 09:26:13 PM »
I have seen instances where a few of us farangs use the Savannakhet, Laos, border crossing as a visa run.  Now my question, I know there is large casino (Savan Legend Hotel & Casino) located there and wondered if anyone used the 'facilities' to either earn money or to lose it.  A cousin of mine is planning on visiting us here in Khon Kaen, is a professional gambler, and wondered if it was worth the trip into Laos.  We were thinking of going and checking it out before he comes but would like some insight into the place before we go.  Any help??

A few months ago when Bus Station #3 opened and the push was for all buses departing/arriving Khon Kaen to use this new station, a group from downtown went to the court and got an injunction to stop the push.  They wanted the downtown station to continue to be supported for use even though the government had spent a significant budget to build the new one.

Well, today (or maybe yesterday) the court issued its ruling.  Within 45 days all buses will be required to use only Bus Station #3 and other means of transportation, tuk tuk, taxi, minibuses, etc., would be the means of getting to other parts of the city, especially downtown.

Maybe they will clean up the area around the old station to make it more presentable.

Alerts and News about the Region and the World / Inundated Khon Kaen
« on: July 27, 2017, 07:40:20 AM »
This current weather pattern (25-27 Jul) has been stalled over KKC for almost 36 hours and doesn't look like it will be moving anytime soon.  The Thai social media has shown many videos of flooded streets and areas in and around KKC.  Tropical storm SONCA has caused this widespread inundation of rain.  Check out the weather radar site below:

Visas, et al / Updated Immigration Website!
« on: July 23, 2017, 02:33:17 PM »
Just went to the Immigration website:

It has been completed changed.  It is no longer a bunch of boxes that allow you to pick and chose.  Now it is pull down menus that don't lead to anywhere easy.  It is almost like they changed the forms but what they have done is itemize each subject (not by TM number), then once you click on the 'download' button, you get a TM form in .pdf.

It'll take awhile to get used to the differences.

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