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Open discussion / AIS is down, but service is improving!
« on: December 12, 2018, 05:19:37 PM »
Wed 12 Dec 2018, 5:10 pm

My AIS fiber went down about an hour ago.  I called the service center expecting to have a typically witless conversation with them.  However, a robo voice came on and identified my account number and said internet down due to a problem with the telephone exchange and estimated service would be restored around 20:30 this evening.  Or something to that effect.

Just having reassurance that AIS is aware of the problem and that it is not something on my end takes the uncertainty out of it and lets me deal with the problem more rationally.

Pretty cool!

User Guide / CleanTalk - Java script error messages
« on: December 08, 2018, 09:17:49 AM »
A member was attempting to post got one of those annoying error messages

"CleanTalk: *** Forbidden. Please enable JavaScript. ***"

This message is very misleading. The solution is :

1. Log out of the forum.
2. Close your browser.
3. Open the browser and froum again.
4. Log in again.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Visas, et al / Extension went smoothly...
« on: December 07, 2018, 11:29:40 AM »
Did my retirement extension yesterday.  Arrived at 8:27 am, got number 4. Walked out the door with extension in hand at 9:15. We had all the paperwork in order including--for the first time in 15 years--the TM30.  Everything was in order and all was pleasant.  The only reason it took 45 minutes was that the printer ran out of toner, and it took quite a bit of futzing around to install a new cartridge until the BIG BOSS came to the rescue and sorted it.

No discussion about any new procedures for documenting income.

Where to find . . . / Good handyman!
« on: December 07, 2018, 11:21:43 AM »
Have had two dealings with Mr. Roj, both very satisfying.  First, he replaced the faucet in a bathroom basin.  Only took 20 min, and the fee was minimal.  Today, he looked at our pump for the water tank which has been periodically switching on for no reason.  Apparently, a part of the pump mechanism will eventually have to be replaced.  The estimate he gave us for new part was less than what we paid last time it was replaced.  We were grateful for the information and he didn't want to take B100 for his trouble. 

Good guy.  Apparently can do most handy-man type maintenance.

Mr. Roj,
Sawaroj Sirichan

A freak thing happened last week.  While riding my bicycle, unseen, a dog came up behind me on my left and chomped on my calf just above the ankle. It took several seconds to even process what had just happened, and by that time I was gone and the dog was gone.  It was not significantly painful or bloody, so I cleaned the wound and decided to wait to see how bad it was. Bad idea!  I was in some kind of state of stupidity or something.  After Fon urged me to get treatment, I researched rabies on the internet and it is not very pretty!  Here is what I learned:

1. Rabies is common among stray dogs and cats in Thailand.
2. Once symptoms emerge in humans, the disease is virtually always fatal.
3. The incubation period--usually a couple of weeks--may in fact vary from a few days to several years!

So that means even if you have no symptoms, you could be walking around for years with a time-bomb inside you waiting to go off.

I knew most of that stuff already and went through this with a serious cat bite six years ago.  Anyway, came to my senses and went to RAM and got tetanus and rabies injections, and returned today for one final rabies shot.  I understand that is is not costly of you go to gov hospital.  This course of treatment for me at RAM was a little less than B4,000.

A final bit of irony. I was under the impression that my BOOPA (not Aetna) coverage only applied if I am checked into a hospital.  I discovered too late that I also have accident coverage which includes animal bites .... BUT you have to present your sorry ass for treatment within 24 hours of the incident.  So, if I had attended to this right away, it would have been a freebie.  Been paying BOOPA for 8 years and never taken a setang back from them.  Oh, well! 


In case anyone is interested:

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to provide services in Phuket.


Date: November 29, 2018
Time:  12:00pm–3:00pm
Venue: Novotel Phuket Vintage Park, Novotel Phuket Resort
Address: 89 Rat-Uthid 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, 83150 PHUKET THAILAND

Hotel phone:   +66 (0) 76 380 555   




No appointment necessary, services are provided on a first come – first serve basis.


To expedite your service, please arrive with your documents filled-out completely, correctly, and NOT signed. Documents, forms and applications can be accessed by clicking on any of the below listed links.



         3,740 THB- Renewal of adult passports
         3,910 THB- Renewal of minor (under age 16) passports
         4,930 THB- Renewal of first adult passports
         4,930 THB- Replacement of adult lost/stolen passports
         3,910 THB- Replacement of minor (under age 16) lost/stolen passports
         1020 THB- Adult passport card
         510 THB- Minor passport card
         1,700 THB (per notary stamp) – Notary– including Income Affidavits

Above fees are based on an exchange rate of 34 THB to 1 USD

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring copies of your passport bio-data page and each supplementary document required with a passport application per the online instructions. Please follow all relevant passport renewal instructions according to above links. Original documents will be returned to the applicant, however, the copies will not.

IMPORTANT: For applications on behalf of minors, the child and both parents must appear in person.


Please be advised the U.S. embassy does not accept credit cards and will no longer accept cash (U.S. Dollars and Thai Baht) at outreach events for American Citizen Services. This is a worldwide policy, and no exceptions can be considered, please see the No Cash Announcement.

All payments at U.S. Embassy outreach event must be made in the form of a BANK DRAFT.

All Bank Drafts must be:

     Purchased from Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, or Siam Commercial Bank (SCB).   (There is no need to have an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft) (Kasikorn Bank calls a “Bank Draft” a “Bill of Exchange”).
     Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok.” (No variations, errors, or typos are permitted. Do not write on or make any markings on the bank draft.)
     In the exact amount of Thai Baht (THB) for your total service.
     At the official embassy exchange rate at the time of the outreach.
     Fees and exchange rates are included in individual outreach announcements and posted on our website.
     Submitted at the time of service.
     Issued within the last six months.
     You can show below information to the bank:

และระบุสั่งจ่ายถึง “American Embassy Bangkok”

Delivery Service: You must purchase and submit a separate 100 THB bank draft. Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for services.

 Please note:


     Cashiers’ checks, personal checks, cash, credit or any other form of payment will not be accepted.
     Bank Draft requirement only applies to Consular Outreach Events. Services rendered during normal business hours at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or the Consulate in Chiang Mai will continue to accept payments made by credit card or cash (THB or USD).


The Passport Retrieval Process Has Changed! – Beginning 1 July 2018:


Passport Return by Thai Post Registered Mail:
Your new passport will be sent to your mailing address in Thailand through registered mail. ACS will cancel your current passport at the time of application and return it to you.


Purchase a prepaid Thai Post envelope at the outreach event for 100 THB (SEPARATE BANK DRAFT IS REQUIRED).


Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for services.




Bangkok Bank

147 Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd

Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu

Chang Wat, Phuket 83150


Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)

Jungceylon Shopping Center

Patong Beach, Phuket 83150


Kasikorn Bank

Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd

Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu

Chang Wat, Phuket 83150


You may use any branch of the three participating banks. The above branches are suggested since they are near the venue.





Starting on October 1, 2017, all beneficiaries and applicants living in Thailand must direct all questions regarding Social Security to SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines at Please visit for more Social Security information.

For other outreach dates and locations please see

For information on US Citizen Services please see

For questions please email

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Bangkok Field Office is pleased to join our Embassy colleagues at November’s Consular Outreach event in Phuket.

The following USCIS services will be available:

·         Review and accept I-130 relative petitions

·         Respond to case-specific inquiries for applications pending with the USCIS Bangkok office

·         Accept I-407 to record abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR: green card holder) status

·         Answer general USCIS-related questions: petitioning for family members; the impact of international travel on LPR status, etc.

·         Provide information about the international adoptions process

·         Provide information about expedited naturalization for spouses of US citizens with qualifying employment

·         Taking fingerprints related to an application or petition that is pending with USCIS


To expedite your service, please arrive with your documents filled-out completely and correctly.  Forms, filing instructions and other USCIS-specific information can be found on the USCIS Bangkok website.

Please note that fee payment must be transacted in accordance with U.S. Embassy outreach event procedures.

For questions please email

Where to find . . . / polybard ?
« on: November 09, 2018, 09:56:22 PM »
Do HomePro or the other big box stores have polyboard (poly board), also called polyester board or EPS foam board. Is it called something else in Thailand?

Tks, lah!

News and Announcements / Khon Kaen Forum Outages
« on: October 27, 2018, 05:45:27 PM »
For the past couple of weeks, Khon Kaen Forum has been experiencing intermittent outages where users are unable to access the website. This is some kind of database/resources problem and we are working on it.  Fortunately, so far, the outages have been intermittent and short-lived.  So, for now, if you are unable to access the forum, please try again in an hour or two.

Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we sort it out.

Fri 26 Oct 2018, 11:51 am

From : American Citizens Services Bangkok <>
Subject :  Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Mission in Thailand to Cease Providing Income Affidavit

U.S. Mission in Thailand to Cease Providing Income Affidavit
October 26, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai will cease to provide the income affidavit for the purpose of applying for Thai retirement and family visas and will not notarize previous versions of the income affidavit.  The Royal Thai Government requires actual verification of income to certify visa applicants meet financial requirements for long-stay visas.  The U.S. government cannot provide this verification and will no longer issue the affidavits.

Please consult the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. and Royal Thai Immigration Bureau websites for information on how to meet the requirements for a Thai retirement visa or extension. 

Where to find . . . / Yellow 1/2 inch PVC pipe
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:33:01 AM »
Anyone happen to know if yellow, 1/2 inch PVC pipe is readily available around town?  Actually, I don't care about the color, but it is usually yellow for some reason.

Tks, lah!

News and Announcements / CleanTalk causing posting problems?
« on: October 12, 2018, 10:43:47 AM »
Fri 12 Oct 2018, 10:35 am

Hello all,

Stevve has reported he gets this error message when trying to post to the forum:

*** Forbidden. Please enable JavaScript. E-mail seems to be spammer. ***

Realist also was having this problem and in addition a warning that his IP address was suspected of spamming.

Unfortunately, this is outside of my skill set.   When I contact CleanTalk support, they always seem eager to be helpful, but in the end they are not.  Here is what they said last time regarding Realist's IP addy suspected of spamming

"We don't see any requests in your logs with this IP 180.XXX.XX.XXX. Also, it's not in our blacklists"

Is anyone else having difficulty logging in, creating new posts or replying to posts?

Please let us know and describe the problem as best as you can.


Open discussion / Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved
« on: August 27, 2018, 07:25:52 AM »
Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved. In the past, some of you, like me, have experienced frustration sending registered mail to the U.S. Mail seemed to take an inordinate period of time,  the tracking was not very satisfying, and often the final tracking update was that mail had left a certain USPS facility for delivery ...  But no update that the mail was ever delivered.  Very frustrating!  Especially so as registered mail was (traditionally) supposed to be the most secure. In another lifetime, I worked for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, and we used to send thousands of dollars of gold coins to branches throughout California via registered mail.

Happily, I just had an entirely different experience. USPS seems to have revamped their tracking system and it actually seems to work. Tracking updates at every single hop along the delivery route, e-mail updates,  and successful delivery notification.  I sent a package on 15 August, just delivered today, 27 Aug, 12 days, not exactly speedy, but quite acceptable.

I hope this is not just a one-off because registered is a lot cheaper than the EMS.

If you use registered mail to the States, please share your experience with it.

Thu 23 Aug 2018, 7:04 pm

By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich, Staff Reporter - August 23, 2018 12:29 pm

Gen. Anantaporn Kanchanarat, minister of Social Development and Human Security, left, greets Farang and Thai attendees
at the opening of the Thai Daughter-in-Law, Farang Son-in-Law Clinic Wednesday in Khon Kaen.

KHON KAEN — The first training center to advise and help Thai wives with farang husbands opened Wednesday in Isaan.

The Thai Daughter-in-Law, Farang Son-in-Law Clinic began operating Wednesday afternoon at the Rattanapa Center for Women’s and Family Development in Khon Kaen city, a pilot learning center set up by government social development ministries.

“There are more Thai women with foreign husbands in Isaan region than in other regions. Misunderstandings about language and culture result in divorce,” said Gen. Anantaporn Kanchanarat, minister of Social Development and Human Security, who spoke at the opening. “This clinic is the beginning of a change in attitude about family.”

Many Thai wives attended with their farang husbands.The training center will be run by the human security ministry and advised by experts from the ministries of foreign affairs, health and justice, as well as Khon Kaen University.

Anantaporn said they aimed to help Thai women’s marriages to foreigners that sometimes result in scams, physical abuse and other marital problems. He said various women overseas have reported being abused or at risk: 7,457 in Asia, 495 in Europe, 210 in North America, 172 in Oceania, 58 in Africa and 12 in South America.

Officials at the seminar gave examples of the mistreatment, saying abusive husbands tell the women not to leave the house and that the surrounding community only becomes aware of marital problems when children tell their school teachers.

Leartpanya Buranabandit, director general of Women’s Affairs, said there are more Thai women married to foreigners in Isaan because they’re encouraged by relatives.

“Families that encourage their daughters to marry foreigners hope their family’s status will improve,” Leartpanya said. “But many women are scammed; they don’t get the comfortable life they hoped for. Some are abused, prostituted or trafficked.”

Thais experiencing abuse or marital problems with their farang partners can contact the training center through the 1300 hotline or by calling +66 991 301 300 from overseas.

Open discussion / EMS guy sucks!
« on: August 10, 2018, 12:48:21 PM »
Fri 10 Aug 2018, 12:38 pm

The regular and registered mail postman (same guy) always beeps his horn and gives me a minute to get downstairs to collect my mail.

The EMS guy DOES NOT! He just leaves a notice in my mailbox and then escapes.  I don't recall ever seeing the guy around here.  I wonder if he even bothers to bring the packages with him or just a stack of notices. I don't think I have ever  gotten an EMS package delivered in the 15 years I have lived in this house.  The inconvenience of going to the post office and waiting on line to collect mail is annoying ... but in context, it is especially annoying as you pay a premium price for EMS to supposedly insure faster and more reliable delivery. 

Pain in the ass!

Well, maybe I should stop complaining and be grateful that the mail arrives at all.


Expat volunteers in Chiang Mai denied visas in work permit standoff


Thu 2 Aug 2018, 10:24 am

The head of two foundations in Chiang Mai has revealed to Thaivisa that a standoff between the new head of the Chiang Mai labor office and the city's immigration department is causing trouble for up to a thousand foreigners who are volunteering at charities in the province.

Our source - who has asked not to be named - said that visas were not being issued because volunteers were being denied work permits.

He called it a standoff between the new head of the labor department and Chiang Mai immigration.

Thaivisa understands the labor department in Chiang Mai has not been issuing work permits for foreign volunteers, with immigration then saying "sorry, we can't issue you visas as you don't have a work permit", said the source.

He said this was causing serious problems for long term non-immigrant "O" volunteers and charitable foundations and that as many as 1000 foreigners are affected.?


-- © Copyrigh?t Thai Visa News 2018-8-1

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