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Newbie Q & A Getting settled in KKC / Re: TransferWise
« on: January 18, 2019, 10:11:22 AM »
Actually, what I was wondering--and I think I found the answer on ThaiVisa--is the money deposited into a Thai bank coded as a domestic or international transaction?

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Newbie Q & A Getting settled in KKC / Re: TransferWise
« on: January 16, 2019, 08:39:54 PM »
Tks, Kowpot!

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News and Announcements / Re: We're back!
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:38:25 PM »
It was happily retired until you brought it back to the top of the latest posts list.

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Read any good books lately? / Expat Activity Book
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:01:21 AM »

The Expat Activity Book: 20 Personal Development Exercises for Gaining Insight and Maximizing Your Potential Wherever You Are






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Newbie Q & A Getting settled in KKC / TransferWise
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:33:32 AM »
I was looking at TransferWise and I remember that some of you have discussed it here. I couldn't quite follow the process on their website.


I want to transfer money from my Thai savings account to my U.S. checking account.  Can do?  So, how about if I want to send the funds back to my Thai savings from my U.S. checking.  Can do?  Is it just one account that I need to set up with TransferWise or what?


Thanks, lah!

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Newbie Q & A Getting settled in KKC / Re: Bank Account
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:30:12 AM »
Tks for the update, Frank.  A "commission" makes no sense.  But then banking is like that. Charges do not reflect real costs to the bank; rather just some place they feel they can install a "toll gate" and get away with it.

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Newbie Q & A Getting settled in KKC / Re: Bank Account
« on: January 15, 2019, 06:08:35 PM »
Which BBK, Na Muang, or Sri Chan, or another branch?

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If it is any consolation,  you should be able to get a medical form for a few baht without  muss-and -fuss from from most any doc-in-the-box on Klang Muang.

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Read any good books lately? / Bitcoin for Dummies
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:35:08 AM »





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Read any good books lately? / Re: Culture Shock! Thailand
« on: January 14, 2019, 10:04:48 PM »
Thanks, LungBing.  Yes, Calibre is indispensable if you have a lot of ebooks.  And it's free!

https://calibre-ebook.com/download

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Newbie Q & A Getting settled in KKC / Re: Bank Account
« on: January 14, 2019, 02:34:39 PM »
I have had an account with BBK on Na Muang for nearly 15 years.  But there is never any more than B1,000 in it because  they are assholes! I have ranted about them more than once here and elsewhere. My first gripe is that they refuse to allow me online banking even though I have applied three times.  More relevant to your post, Kajo, is that years ago, for some reason, I thought I needed a letter from the bank confirming my bank balance for my annual visa extensions. I think the first time, I had to wait around for nearly an hour and talk to three people before they understood what I wanted. Then, I had to come back the next day to collect the letter. More waiting before they finally produced it; a letter with two simple sentences! 

The following year, I thought I was oh-so-fucking-clever.  I arrived with a xerox copy of the letter they had produced for me the year prior. How much money would you like to be that cured them of the stupids?  Not a chance.  Same waiting, getting sent to multiple people, then come back tomorrow.  Someday, if I have nothing better to do, I may move the account to Sri Chan as others have reported better treatment there. Meanwhile, Kasikorn has always treated me well.

As contrast, Kasikorn down the street gets the letter done in 10 minutes while I am sitting as the desk.

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Read any good books lately? / Grab yourself a Kindle!
« on: January 13, 2019, 06:54:37 PM »
I was sort of "forced" to go digital because low vision made reading paper books difficult. But now I am a true believer! Not only can I adjust the font size to a comfortable level, but I use text-to-speech to listen to books on my bicycle rides nearly every day. That is 45 minutes or so of "reading" that I would not get in otherwise.

For expats, digital is the only way to go because

1. Kindle books are (usually) less expensive than paper books.
2. Even less than that because there are no shipping charges.
3. Books are delivered instantly over the internet.
4. You can store approximately 5,000 average-sized books
5. Literally MILLIONS of titles available in the Kindle Store.

These days there are various Kindle devices to choose from and they are all very affordable compared to when they first came out 10 years ago.  Have a looksee.






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Open discussion / Re: Who woulda thunk it?
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:24:58 AM »
$1,000 per month pension gets you a retirement visa (at any age as long as you can demonstrate guaranteed income-for-life), but if  you buy a house (that is buy a house as in buy a house), you only need $750.  All kinds of other incentives and benefits from what I have read. I have also read that it is not cost of living is not quite the bargain it was 10 or 20 years ago.  Better infrastructure and modern amenities than Costa Rica. Thye use the US$ and the level of English is better than other countries in the region due to the  U.S. operation of the Panama Canal Zone for decades until Jimmy C. gave it back because he was such a swell guy!

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Open discussion / Who woulda thunk it?
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:09:17 PM »
Panama City, Panama
Who woulda thunk it?




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Read any good books lately? / Retirement Without Borders
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:48:24 PM »
Retirement Without Borders: How to Retire Abroad--
in Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Panama,
and Other Sunny, Foreign Places
(And the Secret to Making It Happen Without Stress)






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