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The following interesting article was published in the Bangkok Post, 11 July.  I did not realize how many countries are trying to control the use of Airbnb rentals from safety regulation requirements to taxing the rental income of the owners. 


I sure wouldn't want to be a condo owner and have one of my neighbors renting out their property to unscrupulous guests.  In Thailand, if a foreigner rents out the property, how does the owner meet Immigration's requirements of Form TM30?  Or is it Aribnb's responsibility?


https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1501498/how-countries-are-handling-airbnbs-disruption#cxrecs_s

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Hotels, Motels, Resorts / Re: Pullman
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:40:47 AM »
I don't know your potential reservation date, but on 25/26 July, a Superior King including breakfast is 2,303++ baht a night.  A Deluxe King plus breakfast is 2,573++ a night.  Both are nonrefundable rooms.

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Discuss Travel / Planning Trip to Cambodia
« on: July 11, 2018, 11:02:27 AM »

We are planning a short trip to Cambodia to check things out for when my cousin comes in December.  He wants to go to the casino so that he has something to talk about with his gambling buddies when back in the States.


We are planning on Driving.  So the first thing we did was to get our SUV a Thai Passport, yes a Passport.  You need one to cross any international border around Thailand if you plan on driving your vehicle.


So, today I applied for a Cambodian Visa for myself.  Did it online using their eVISA website.  I filled in the appropriate information, attached a current passport sized photo, a copy of the front pages of my passport and sent them $36USD by my Visa Card.  Received a message back saying everything was acceptable and it would be about 3 days before my Visa would be approved and sent back to me by email.  I submitted it at 10:10AM and thought nothing of it since it would be about 3 days before I heard back from them.


AT 10:36am, SAME DAY, IT WAS APPROVED!  They seem to be way ahead of our buddies here in Thailand in using an online system to process requirements.

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I was told by one of the wardens, the US Embassy is looking for additional wardens.  If any American is interested, they should contact the US Embassy Consular Section and discuss.  Then fill out an application, etc, and become one.  That is, if one is interested in becoming one.

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Mac, I was there, no problem with the right amount, etc.  But as you sit there and you start thinking, especially once someone gets to the desk and they are told they have the wrong amount, or the incorrect "Pay to the Order of" name, do you have the correct amount,  etc.


It seems the Embassy should have a big sign stating the various amounts in baht for services rendered right at the registration desk.  Instead, they wait to tell the individual of the mistake once they have gotten into the line and cause other people's delays since  usually there is a long discussion that takes place at the desk.  Not too efficient.


Maybe one of the wardens should be at the registration desk, asking the question for which you are there and checking to make sure the correct amount, "Pay to the Order of" is correct, etc.  This would be much like what immigration used to do in their office with the receptionist.


Before this forcing function of having a Bank Draft was instituted, one went up for the service and were told the amount to be paid.  You used to pull out your bahts and paid, got a receipt, had the services handled, and be gone!

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Visas, et al / Re: TM 30
« on: June 17, 2018, 06:05:57 PM »

I guess I am just naïve on this subject too; RE, loans.


All I know when we had an early discussion about financing the house we were having built, the loan officer strongly suggested that no where in my wife's several bank accounts did they want to see ANY international transfers.  If there were, the loan application would most likely be turned down.

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Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: June 17, 2018, 05:57:37 PM »

Kajornsak, and why should I read a Facebook site of negatives?  I really don't care what other's opinions are of the Immigration Office here in Khon Kaen as long as they treat me as a person and I do them likewise.  In all my dealings with them, I have never had any problem or issue.  I guess I will stay naïve, as you say, and continue as I have.


It amazes me that others get themselves into some sort of situation that is unacceptable to them when my experiences with the Immigration Office have always been very positive.


I look at it from the perspective that we are guests in their country and should act like guests and follow the rules and regulations as presented to us.

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Visas, et al / Re: 90 Day Report
« on: June 14, 2018, 04:33:59 PM »

I agree with Russell and Red Parrot.  Not only that, but once they get to know you and you have a good attitude when you come in to complete any of the required paperwork, 90 Day Report, Retirement Extension, Marriage Extension, Re-entry Permit, etc., they help you when there are even slight problems without making any fuss.


Once they know you,, and not your representative, you know it is a real commitment when a senior Immigration Officer says to you, "Come see me, if you have any type of problem.  I will assist you."  AND he doesn't ask for any tip!


Why make it a neuter exchange by doing it by internet, or even sending a representative. 


Why is there any great inconvenience for the less then an hour out of your life here in Thailand?

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Khon Kaen in the News / Re: Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: June 09, 2018, 06:33:56 PM »

This is what is happening in Japan.  I would imagine the Thai Government has been watching this closely.


https://www.yahoo.com/news/rental-law-forces-airbnb-cancel-160237033.html




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Jobs Offered / Re: Teacher Required at Mahathai Boys' School.
« on: June 09, 2018, 07:14:06 AM »

That is really wild!  Never had heard of that.


I know my wife and many of the Thais who know at least a bit of English, say Americans speak too fast.

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Jobs Offered / Re: Teacher Required at Mahathai Boys' School.
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:27:02 PM »

Screamer, here is the sample test that I have used in support of the student getting prepared for the English exam.  Your English comprehension and listening ability seems to have to be at the university level before you even go to the university.  I doubt if many Thai students have even seen many of the words used let alone how to use them to complete the thought process.





 

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Jobs Offered / Re: Teacher Required at Mahathai Boys' School.
« on: June 08, 2018, 03:33:03 PM »

Screamer, you were lucky then.  Back in '60-'62, in America it was required to get all that crap then you had to conjugate the sentences too.  When I look back, I am not sure that it was of any real help, that is, unless your were to become an English teacher or a writer. I sure didn't want to become one.


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I give up!  Rex, need your assistance!

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US Embassy Consular Outreach in Khon Kaen - Wednesday, 20 June 2018


Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 12:00PM to 2:00PM
Venue: Pullman Hotel
Address:
9-9 Prachasumran Road,
Nai Muang,
Muang 40000 KHON KAEN

Hotel phone: Telephone: (+66)43/913333
Fax: (+66)43/913334
Email: pullman@pullmankhonkaen.com
http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-1877-pullman-khon-kaen-raja-orchid/index.shtml 
 
No appointment necessary, services are provided on a first come – first serve basis.
To expedite your service, please consider arriving 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.
 
SERVICES OFFERED AND OFFICIAL EXCHANGE RATES ON 20 JUNE 2018

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.

PAYMENT METHOD

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 (PDF 345KB) 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.
    Submitted at the time of service.
    Issued within the last six months. You can show this to the bank:



ลูกค้าท่านนี้ต้องการซื้อแบงค์ดร๊าฟ(สกุลเงินบาทเท่านั้น)
โดยจำนวนเงินอ้างอิงตามอัตราแลกเปลี่ยนของสถานทูต
และระบุสั่งจ่ายถึง “American Embassy Bangkok”
รบกวนช่วยอำนวยความสะดวกให้ด้วยค่ะ



Fees and exchange rates are included in individual outreach announcements and posted on our website.

Delivery Service: Thai Post can mail back passports for applicants. If you require this service, you must purchase and submit a separate 100THB 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 cards, bank drafts from any bank other than Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, SCB or any other form of payment will not be accepted.

    The Bank Draft requirement only applies to Consular Outreach Events and mail-in passport renewal services. U.S. Embassy Bangkok and Consulate Chiang Mai will continue to accept payments made by credit card or cash (THB or USD) for services rendered on-site during normal business hours.

 
HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY NEW PASSPORT?

There are two ways to receive your new passport:
 
1.) IN PERSON: Come to our office in Bangkok (or send a representative with a signed letter to pick-up your passport on your behalf) during our appointment hours (M-F from 7:30-11:00 AM, except holidays and the last Wednesday of each month), but no appointment is necessary. Present your old passport for cancellation and collect your new passport. If you select this option, you must submit a copy of your current passport when you apply.

 2.) BY MAIL: 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.

If you select this option, our staff will RETAIN your current passport in Bangkok, cancel it when the new passport arrives, and mail both passports to you at the same time along with a letter for Thai Immigration to transfer your current visa.


NEARBY PARTICIPATING BANKS

Bangkok Bank
Khon Kaen Branch
254 Srichan Rd,
Nai Muang, Muang,
Khon Kaen 40000
043 225142-6

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
Com building Branch
250/1 ComKosa building, Srichan Rd,
Nai Muang,
Muang, Khon Kaen 40000
043 226331/
043 226371

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
Khon Kaen Branch (Sri Chan Rd.)
491 Srichan Rd,
Nai Muang,
Muang, Khon Kaen 40000
043 333820-4

Kasikorn Bank
Na Muang Khon Kaen Road Branch
318/1 Namuangkhonkaen Rd,
Nai Muang,
Muang, Khon Kaen 40000
043 225131-3/
043 225771

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

SPECIAL NOTES:

 
CONSULAR REPORTS OF BIRTH ABROAD AND AUTHENTICATION OF SIGNATURE SERVICES CANNOT BE PROCESSED AT CONSULAR OUTREACH EVENTS.

We are no longer able to assist with Social Security inquiries, applications and/or claims. As of 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 FBU.manila@ssa.gov. Please visit http://www.ssa.gov for more Social Security information.

For other outreach dates and locations please see http://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/consular-outreach/

For information on U.S. Citizen Services please see http://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

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