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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

I normall leave the tabloid stuff to others, but this is TOO good!

Back to jail : Pattaya "sex" teachers ordered held as they continue fight

The Russians at the center of a course that taught sex techniques have been ordered held by the Pattaya court.

Eight of the ten involved in offering the course back in February appeared in court at the end of last week.

Asked if they admitted their crimes they all denied it. And said they had instructed lawyers to fight their cases.

They were then taken back to jail to await their day in court.

One person is charged with overstay, three with illegal entry and all with working without a work permit.

They were arrested on February 26th in a Pattaya Sai 2 Road hotel where they were allegedly offering a course on sex techniques to 43 Russians who had paid 20,000 baht a head.

 The group were led by "Alex Leslie", 35, and "Nastya Rubka". The latter tried to trade her freedom for inf?ormation about meddling in the US elections claiming she had connections with Russian oligarchs.

The location of the ringleader?s was not mentioned in the TNA story from Thursday.

Source: Thai News Agency

Where to find . . . / Avocados: Where to buy in Khon Kaen ???
« on: July 13, 2018, 03:31:23 PM »
Fri 13 Jul 2018, 3:30 pm

Where are the best places to buy avocados in Khon Kaen ??

Tks, lah!

Rotary Club of Nakhon Khon Kaen International

On Saturday we held our Club Assembly to continue our friendship and community focus. Thank you to Vacca Restaurant for another amazing food experience. Our meeting including Celebrity Heads, Tony the Magician and some productive planning for the new Rotary Year.

Facebook =>

Discuss Health & Wellness / Where can I score some Aspirin?
« on: June 27, 2018, 09:08:13 AM »
For some reason, the gov is concerned about people using Aspirin. It has been increasingly more difficult to find, but Mr. Tun has always had it ... until now.  They still have 81 mg "baby aspirin," but not regular, 100% aspirin 300 mg.  You used to be able to get Bayer aspirin 500 mg at Boots, Watsons, PF, everywhere.  No more.

I have always used 100% aspirin for pain and fever. Tylenol and the other non-aspirin stuff doesn't do anything for me.  I wonder why Thailand considers it a problem? Tylenol and the other non-steroidal drugs are not exactly ideal either.

Anyway, if anyone knows where it is available, pls. lemme know.

Tks, lah!


This is about the outreach to PHUKET just in case y'all have an uncontrollable urge to do a little snorkeling and embassy business at the same time!  roll   Or perhaps you know someone near Phuket who might need an outreach but does not receive these ACS messages.

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

Date: 5 July 2018
Time:  12:00pm–3:00pm
Venue: Millennium Resort Patong Phuket
Address: 199 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150

Hotel phone:   (66) 7 660 1999

  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.


·     3,630 THB- Renewal of adult passports

·     3,795 THB- Renewal of minor (under age 16) passports

·     4,785 THB- Renewal of first adult passports

·     4,785 THB- Replacement of adult lost/stolen passports

·     3,795 THB- Replacement of minor (under age 16) lost/stolen passports

·     990 THB- Adult passport card

·     495 THB- Minor passport card

·     1,650 THB (per notary stamp)  – Notary– including Income Affidavits

Above fees are based on an exchange rate of 33 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 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 Events 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 servies.


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

Follow us on Twitter by searching our username @ACSBKK.

User Guide / MOVED: I don't like KK Forum
« on: June 03, 2018, 07:23:32 AM »

User Guide / How to add images to your posts
« on: June 02, 2018, 10:28:16 AM »
How to add images to your posts.

Sat 2 Jun 2018, 10:15 am

Aspro sent me a PM about this, but I am posting it publicly because others may have the same questions.

Quote from: Aspro
have been trying to download a house for sale on your site and every time I try to post I keep getting the message site can not be reached.  Is there a problem or am I doing it all wrong.

Kind regards

James Sloan (Aspro)

Hi James.  Sorry you are having problems with images. I think I know what you mean, but technically you cannot "download" images to the site.  You either have to embed them which is not too difficult but it takes a couple of steps.  Or you can add them as attachments (max size 128 kb).

Here are instructions on how to embed images =>

Or you can attach them as per the instructions in the attachment to this post.

Also, the forum has a user guid with instructions and tutorials which might be helpful.

One final word, unlike many or most forums, we are fine with commercial messages, however we expect them to be from participating members of our community, not just "drive-by postings"  If you are not interested in playing with us, please find another place to sell your stuff.



Khon Kaen in the News / Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:35:21 PM »
Wed 30 May 2018, 12:31 pm

"Guesthouses," usually small family-run hotels have been a cottage industry in Thailand for decades serving budget travelers and lending charm and character to tourist areas. Many travelers prefer the small-scale intimacy, charm and personal service to the more sterile and cold-blooded commercial hotels. To each their own, of course. However, this industry, the livelihoods of generations of guesthouse owners and operators are at risk as the gov moves to make it difficult or impossible for such places to continue to operate in Thailand. Not only does this effect the guesthouse operators but also budget travelers who will have fewer options and my be entirely priced-out of visiting Thailand.  Of course, in our opinion, it would be better for the big hotel operators/owners (many of whom are members of the government) to work hard to provide better service and lower prices rather than colluding to squash an entire industry comprised mostly of innocents with little or no defense against the gov and big business. While undoubtedly there are many levels to this story, I rarely ask my facebook friends to share posts, but I make an exception this time. If you love these little guesthouse facilities or are just opposed to abuse of power from gov and big business PLEASE SHARE this with friends and colleagues. Thanks!  -Rex[/size

THE NATION- Facing a crackdown on unregistered accommodations, the operators of 200 small hotels and guesthouses in Chiang Mai’s Muang district on Friday jointly hired a team of experienced lawyers to petition the court to legalise their businesses, as well as asking for help from related agencies . . .  Read more =>

Thu 17 May 2018, 12:06 pm

Court decides:
AirBnB illegal in Thailand for daily and weekly rental

A court in Hua Hin has effectively decided that people who rent out their rooms via AirBnB on a daily and weekly basis are acting illegally . . .

. . . The court ruled that people renting out their rooms on a daily and weekly basis contravened regulations surrounding hotels.

Rentals of 30 days and more would be legal.

Read more on ThaiVisa =>

Mon 14 May 2018, 10:43 am

Here is an interesting an honest post on by  spidermike007 discussing alternatives to Thailand for expats:

"That is exactly the topic that needs to be discussed. I cannot think of a viable alternative, within the restraints of my budget. I have considered spending at least a portion of the year in Spain. No other place in SE Asia is anything I find appealing . . . Read more at

Where would you go if Thailand went "pear shaped" for expats?

User Guide / Please use share buttons
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:36:30 AM »

At the bottom of every post, you will see links to share the post on your facebook timeline/page, Twitter, as well as most other social media sites. If you see something you think is interesting, please share it with you friends and a wider audience.

Thanks for your support!  smiley32


Wed 9 May 2018, 10:16 am


Penang consulate limits visa applications to 100 per day

PHUKET: The Royal Thai Consulate-General in Penang has announced that it will limit the number of visas issued to just 100 per day, starting from Monday, May 14.

Persons with incomplete documents will not be permitted to enter the building and those found to have had their visa application rejected must not apply until next day, the consulate said in a notice issued earlier today, May 8, marked “ANNOUNCEMENT (visa matters esp. tourists) starting from Monday, 14 May”

Overstays incur a high risk of visa refusal and submission of fake documents will automatically incur a one-year ban on applying for a visa to enter the country, the notice warned.

Visa applications must be filled and signed and photos already attached to the form, and applicants must have the basic required documents:

- copy of passport (+ page with Malaysian immigration stamp)

- evidence of accommodation (hotel booking / house rental agreement)

- travel information (booking of air ticket leaving Thailand)

Financial statements provided must be only in Thai baht, Malaysian Ringgit, US dollars or euros, and only documents in English and/or Thai will be accepted, the notice confirmed.

Visa application and collection times will remain the same, the notice added.

A reason for the new limit on the number of visas issued each day was not given.

For more information, visit the Royal Thai Consulate-General, Penang Facebook page


Sun 6 May 2018, 9:24 pm


Mobile 081-768-8080

I have nothing to do with this property and know nothing!    Call the number and speak with the owner for more information.

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