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Where to find . . . / Khon Kaen tax office
« on: January 08, 2018, 08:09:11 PM »
I have been having intense discussion with my UK bank, HSBC, about where my tax residence is.  I maintain it's in the UK because that's where my sole income originates via two pensions and it's where I am taxed.   They insist my tax residence is here and were not amused when in that case I asked for all my UK tax payments to be refunded!

I have no income in Thailand and because of having a 'retirement'  visa I'm not allowed to earn anything anyway.

I'm 70 years old next week and long since retired but this time HSBC are getting really nasty about it.  They want a full written explanation (!)  and threaten me with the loss of my UK account which would be disastrous.

So, I may have to go to the Khon Kaen tax office and  get a number which I will never use, just to keep happy some HSBC pen-pusher with a streak of meglomania.  And I thought the Spanish Inquisition had been disbanded.

But where is the Khon Kaen tax office, any help please, and if possible, what do they want from me when I do go there.

Thanks very much,

Where to find . . . / Sticky address labels
« on: June 27, 2017, 07:18:30 PM »
Anybody any idea where I could get some sticky address labels printed?  The sort you peel of a backing strip and fix to the back of a letter to say who it's come from.  Thanks.

Open discussion / Cable TV
« on: April 27, 2017, 04:18:37 PM »
At the moment we are with Khon Kaen Cable TV.  They advertise 150 channels but provide about 130 channels.  Of these 130 about a dozen have nothing on them and are listed as "Future Channel"

But for the past few days there are only about 15 channels with anything on them.  Only channel 2 of the Thai channels is there, Channel 1 to 9 and Workpoint say "no signal".  Of the English language channels all the news channels are missing and only one film channel is present, and that's shaky.  All the sports bar one are missing.

I have  checked my plugs, even cutting the  co-ax feed and making a nice new clean connection, all to no effect.  Then I replaced the set-top-box thinking that was the problem, but no.

So all in all when Khon Kaen Cable come for their money in a couple of months they can go forth and multiply.

But what do I replace it with?  Who has the best cable TV in Khon Kaen?  Any suggestions?

There is a thread on TVisa about a Norwegian man who was renewing his visa yesterday, Friday  9th Dec and walked off with his passport and the paperwork before his visa had been approved and stamped into his passport.  So if anybody knows a Norwegian who was at immigration yesterday tell him to check his passport and get back to KK immigration asap.

Open discussion / #BB internet so slow as to be unuseable
« on: October 11, 2016, 04:26:04 PM »
Foe three or four days now 3bb internet has been so slow.  It took 15 minutes to load this site for instance.  there seems to be a problem with resolving DNS.  I have tried leeting Chrome select the DNS , telling it to use Google DNS and then using Free DNS, but none of them work, ie the site just won't load.  The sites can be within Thailand, eg Kasikorn Thai bank, or outside, eg any UK newspaper, but the effect is the same.

Is anybody else having trouble?

Open discussion / "Heads Up" Number 2 for Retired Brits in KKC
« on: August 04, 2016, 02:52:11 PM »
Nationwide International bank on the Isle of Man has announced they are to close next year.

So if you hold monies there or use them to receive your pension(s) and forward them here, then you will have to make new arrangements soon.

That means I have to contact three different pension providers and try and co-ordinate the changeover to the new account.

It is very hard to open a UK bank account if you do not have a UK address.  Fortunately I still have my old HSBC account so I will have to use that in future.  They seem to be happy with me living here, perhaps because I have had the account now for more than 45 years!  But I will take the precaution of changing my contact address to that of my sister's for most of  a year, just in case.

Open discussion / 90 day report
« on: July 14, 2016, 11:09:41 PM »
Did my 90 day report today arriving just before 1pm.  Not enough desks open plus one agent with a fist full of Cambodian passports tying up one desk meant that it took an hour and a half to be served.  The place was packed with lots standing at the back.

Last time, 90 days ago,  I handed the officer just my 90 day slip and passport which proved to be enough.  This time I did the same but she asked for copies of the photo page and latest entry stamp which I had with me just in case.

Then she gave me the farang report to fill in.  She queried why I had no address in farangland and no contact there either but didn't press the point. 

She stamped the slip for 90 days hence until I pointed out my visa extension ran out before then so she amended the slip with that date.

Perhaps they were busy because of  the long holiday coming up this weekend and next week, but the Khon Kaen office is getting much busier.  Thank all the gods we don't have to go up to Nong Khai anymore!

Open discussion / Cable TV in the rainy season
« on: July 05, 2016, 03:39:32 PM »
Many of the 150 channels on my cable TV are virtually unwatchable at the moment.  This appears to be a common problem in the rainy season.  Can't the cable TV companies keep their satellite dishes dry somehow?

Has anybody any recommendations for a company offering a consistent service?

Open discussion / ID Card for farang?
« on: July 05, 2016, 03:36:06 PM »
Has anybody yet tried to get a farang ID card from Khon Kaen amphur office?

Humor - Heard any good jokes lately? / Email warning.............
« on: May 14, 2016, 10:16:53 PM »


 IT CONTAINS .A nude photo of Hillary Clinton.

Visas, et al / Yet another 90 day report
« on: April 20, 2016, 09:47:36 PM »
I gave only my passport, the completed 90 day form and the expiring 90 day slip to the officer, she scanned my passport, printed out the new 90 day report slip (18th July) and that was it.  Less than 30 seconds in front of her.  No supporting paperwork was requested.

Discuss Shopping / Overcharging at Makro and Big C.
« on: February 23, 2016, 04:14:15 PM »
Last week we did our weekly shop at Big C.  When my wife checked the receipt she noticed carrots on there, and we hadn't bought any.  A simple barcode error?  Perhaps.  But that prompted a closer check.  She found an item at 359 baht that we can't account for at all.  And the receipt just lists it as "Gournmet", which suggests special falang food.  But we bought nothing of that description.  I think it's wrong not to put an item description on a receipt.

So this week we went to Makro.  The bill came to nearly 7,000 baht and even the cashier said that's wrong.  Two packs of string beans were each priced at 2,500 baht.  Again, a simple mistake, but it always seems to be in the shop's favour.

Do yourself a favour, and check your receipt, if you can, do it before you leave the shop.

Food, Dining, Restaurants / Korean Restaurant
« on: January 16, 2016, 07:21:17 PM »
At lunch time today my wife, two daughters and I went to a Korean restaurant.  And very good it was too.  There was a table full of food when our orders came, plus dipping sauces etc.  and we all enjoyed every bit of it.  The total price for four of us eating well was a shade under 1300 baht.  The service was good, friendly and efficient. 

Two tiny tiny drawbacks, first  it's on such a busy road that parking is a bit difficult, but that does not detract from the restaurant at all.  Second, most of the menu is in Thai and Korean only, not unreasonable but a little more English would help.

Directions:  Drive down Nah Muang Road passing the Number One Bar on your right.  Just after the Number One Bar at the next crossroads turn left and the restaurant is then on your right just round the corner.  It flies the Korean flag outside so it's easy to spot.  Google maps calls this  "Ammat Road"

I have a vague idea there used to be a German restaurant there many years ago.  But it's Korean now and good it is too.

The usual disclaimers apply, I have no connection with them etc....

Stuff For Sale / Tandem bycyle for sale
« on: December 14, 2015, 06:14:19 PM »
First a disclaimer.  The tandem isn't mine, I have no connection with the seller except as a customer of their shop.  But a tandem is rare enough I thought I ought to bring it to your attention.

The tandem looks to me to be in good condition, it appears to have 10 gears, 2 seats and sets of pedals for peddlers and a small child's seat at the back.

The price is marked as 7,500 baht and the machine is to be found in the somtam shop on the road round the lake immediately outside the rear exit of Wat Nong Waeng, the tall pyramid shaped temple that's lit up at night.  They have fish grilling on a rack outside.  (the shop that is, not the temple)

Even if you don't buy the tandem, the som tam, grilled chicken and grilled fish from there is very good.

Open discussion / down again?
« on: December 10, 2015, 10:48:10 PM »
I have not been able to connect to for some days now.
Then this evening it suddenly appeared again.  Is it me or is this a general problem?

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