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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.

Hi ForumMates!

In conjunction with my consultation at BKK horsepital for hernia surgery, I have been seeing a doc for hypertension, which they naturally want to make sure is under control prior to surgery. My BP goes stratospheric when I visit hospitals/doctors, but is only moderately high other times. Naturally, everyone is concerned about the high "white coat" readings.  However,  this is the first doc I have seen in Thailand who is unhappy with my moderately-high at home readings and is treating the condition aggressively.  With moderately high BP the risk assessment is tricky factoring in obvious and not-so-obvious side effects of taking more than one medication for the rest of my life against the likelihood of cardiovascular or renal events. There is no uniformity of opinion about this either. Anyway, I am glad to find a doc who wants to deal with this aggressively, and fortunately so far, all the meds are generic and inexpensive. In any case, if I decide that a regime is "over-kill" I can always scale back.

HOWEVER, doc is also (appropriately) recommending other tests: Cholesterol, ECG, renal function. Consultations, meds and lab test at BKK Hosp are much more costly than at private labs and clinics, and I can't make BKK Hosp a regular thing, but do  agree overdue for the recommended tests     .....  SO, looking for internist, GP, Primary Care doc at private clinic to handle all this.  I would like a recommendation for those who have had very positive experiences with a private doc, especially with good "bedside manner" and acceptable English. Any personal experiences?

Tks, lah!  Sorry for the long-winded explanation.  Probably more than y'all wanted to know!

Wed 25 Apr 2018, 12:36 pm

Hi ForumMates,

Luck of the draw, I picked a great dentist, and had a great experience today. Many dentists work at the clinic, but I just happened to get Dr. Noppron, the owner and manager. Calm and reassuring in his manner.  His English is fine. He listens carefully and is concerned that communication is clear.  In your mouth, his  "attack" is not aggressive or upsetting. He takes his time.  I didn't need novocain and had three fillings, two of them quite complicated because at the top of and in between two front teeth. No pain, only the discomfort you would expect from a traumatic intrusion in your mouth! 

I have a "funny" problem when tilted back in a dentist chair.  At a certain point,  my soft palate blocks my airway and I cannot exhale, which is uncomfortable and anxiety provoking. I had very little of that today. More important,  Dr. Noppron is the ONLY dentist I have spoken to about it--either  in Thailand or America--who seemed even remotely interested or comprehending of the problem.

He also has a GIGANTIC aquarium in his treatment room. He explained that one of the fish, a big red one, had been with him since he opened the clinic six years ago.  Also, the bubbling of the filters make a nice, soothing  ambient sound.

The most painful part of the visit was the bill:  B4,000 which is high, but not exorbitant for the work done which took 90 minutes.

Dr. Noppron, owner/manager
Khonkaen Smile Dental Clinic
539 Klang Muang Rd
Tambon Nai Mueang,
Amphoe Mueang Khon Kaen
Chang Wat Khon Kaen 40000

It is on Na Muang Road, about midway between Lao Nadi Road and Fairy Plaza, on the left-hand side if you are heading toward Fairy.

043 224 893

BTW, there are several dental clinics in KKC with the word "smile" as part of the name.  Don't confuse this with that.

website =>

Googoo map =>

Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / KKU, Rajapruek, RAM
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:31:30 PM »
If money were not a consideration, which one would you go to for a hernia repair; KKU, Rajapruek or RAM?

I have already scoped out BKK Hosp Khon Kaen, and it is certainly cushy, well-appointed, and they pamper you ... but very expensive.  The horsepital are consulting with BOOPA at the moment to see how much the insurance will pick up. I expect, however, that they are going to want more out of pocket than I can afford right now.  We'll see in the next couple of days. So, thinking about what is "next best."  Mostly I am interested in comparison KKU and Rajapruek. I got "bad vibes" the couple of times I visited Rajapruek, but most people speak highly of the service there.

Tks, lah!

News and Announcements / Please use share butons
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:55:18 PM »

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



Open discussion / Will HomePro cut PVC pipe
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:43:20 AM »
I have a project that is made from 1 inch PVC pipe using many pieces of specific lengths; a few inches to 1 or 2 feet.  Anyone know if the boys at HomePro (or another big box shop, or some other place) cut to specific lengths?

Tks, lah!

Open discussion / Dogeater at the pound???
« on: April 01, 2018, 06:16:03 PM »
Anyone hear from  John (Dogeater) who used to be active on the old forum and for a little while on this one? It must be a couple of years since we have heard anything.  Also, nothing from Phil (Babymaker).

Sun 18 Mar 2018, 10:46 am


More Wi-Fi hotspots for Phuket as plan to tag tourists mulled

Phuket will increase the number of hotspots for free Wi-Fi Internet connection to 1,000 around the island as part of its ambition to turn the island into a “smart city”, the digital economy minister said.

The province may also develop an electronic wristband system for foreign tourists so their identity and location would be known in case of untoward incidents, said Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj.

During the briefing, Thawornwat said the implementation had progressed greatly to achieve the measures of a smart economy, including tourism, health, education, safety and the environment in accordance with the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy. After the briefing, Pichet said smart-city developments included the installation of 1,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots, up from the current 200 hotspots. He said the province also has planned to develop the uses of wristbands to track tourists and to use Big Data to analyse information about tourists’ habits. He said the Phuket command centre would also link to all CCTVs on the island to work with face-recognition software to guard against crimes as well as to collect the data of tourists who use public boat services. This would be done for the sake of their safety. Pichet said the government would provide financial support to the Phuket Smart City project but the province must ensure that each project would be worth the investment. He said some work could be carried out with cooperation from private firms instead of sole investment by the government.

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