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Thanks for posting this, Frank. It is very disappointing that KK IMM chooses to be so strict about this (at least as it pertained to your friend). Especially disappointing as this is the first year people have had to demonstrate these deposits and an Imm Official said that they would show leniency the first year as people might have a problem getting the transfers set up and working properly.

I have read on another forum that agents are providing the service you describe for between B12K-14K. However, in those cases, the renewal is filed in Jomtien or in another Imm office which, of course, creates it's own set of complications and risks. With one, you can do it by mail.  With the one who reports in Jomtien, you have to be in Pattaya for a few days to file and then personally collect the visa.  The is one person who will apply locally which solves the above problems, but the fee is much higher, B20K.  Still, might come out the same considering a trip to Pattaya.  I posted this info a couple of weeks ago. If anyone has any questions, don't ask me about it. Contact the e-mail addy and get a call back. There are several lengthy threads about it on

My Thai Visa
Khon Kaen

It really is like living in a real-life version of the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice in Wonderland. 

First they decide that the greasy, nasty foreigner must have health insurance.  Fair enough. Then the raise the price of delivering medical services!

I say "fair enough," but what I mean is provisionally fair enough. As long as access to health insurance remains difficult, conditional and expensive, it is not really addressing the problem they claim they are trying to solve; the greasy, nasty foreigner skipping out on hospital bills (if that were even possible n most cases). But if the insurers will not cover pre-existing conditions and routinely exclude common issues for older people such as hypertension, it has made money for the insurance companies, but has done nothing to solve the problem. You can have insurance up the wazoo, end up in the hospital, and have treatment for anything renal, or cardio vascular rejected because they claim it was the result of  hypertension. You are still stuck and unable to pay the bill. If you have hypertension, as many of us do, you had better pray for cancer or getting hit by a bus, and not heart or renal disease!


A friend of Rex has a house for rent out toward the airport.
5,500 baht a month
2 bed 1 bathroom
Address 10/47 Siri Garden Village, 2 Moo 17 The Duck House.
Mueang khon Googley map

Contact Wassana 098-596-6355  (Speak Thai only)

Stuff For Sale / CANON PowerShot SX730HX New
« on: October 11, 2019, 06:05:37 PM »
For Sale CANON PowerShot SX730HX New

Brand New, Unused.  All the usual accessories, plus FREE shoulder bag/case.

Asking B10,000.  Compare to Lazada at B13,090

Visas, et al / Re: Agents who handle Imm problems?
« on: October 05, 2019, 08:19:29 AM »
My Thai Visa
Khon Kaen

Where to find . . . / Seeking Air Con Repair (2019)
« on: September 30, 2019, 04:26:22 PM »
The aircon in my bedroom is not blowing cold air.   My aricon service contacts are all stale now.  A referral would be appreciated.  However, unfortunately, I no longer have my English speaking assistant, so the guy has to have enough English just to get through a basic transaction.

Referrals much appreciated.

Tks, lah!

So what kind of docs. do I need from the bank? Is a 1 year statement enough, or do I need some kind of letter?
Haven't had a bank book for years, do they ask for that? My bank is Krung Thai.

Dude!  You must have a bankbook! In Thailand it is a serious document.  Or at least it was a few years ago when I lost mine. I had to go the police shop and sign papers and get a document form them before the bank would replace it.  It probably would have been easier just to close the account and open a new one.

As to whether Imm will want to see you bankbook, don't know.  I have heard that Imm wants to see a transaction made on the same day you apply [you would think that the previous day would be adequate], and the only way you could pull that off conveniently would be to make an online transaction, and then update your bankbook via one of the machines they have at major branches and at Central Plaza branches.  Or use a machine to make a small deposit and then update your book at the same time.

Can anyone confirm or add to this?

Visas, et al / Re: Yellow Residence Book? Permanent Residence?
« on: September 26, 2019, 10:05:35 PM »
Very interesting.  Thanks for that.  Good luck with the finalizing. I wonder how many naturalized citizens there are in LOS?

What if you are married and employed and earning money in Thailand.  Do they still want an additional B40K monthly deposit from offshore?

Discuss Shopping / New Big C SuperCenter on the Bypass is OPEN already, lah!
« on: September 22, 2019, 08:42:57 AM »
Apparently it is open already, lah! This late-breaking from Ian on Khon Kaen Forum Facebook group.  Tks, Ian!

Quote from: Ian on Khon Kaen Forum facebook group
only took about 8 months to build from scratch & opened last weekend. Not been in so IMO it was a fairly quick build for a brand new development.

Discuss Shopping / New Big C SuperCenter on the Bypass
« on: September 22, 2019, 07:18:29 AM »
On my bicycle ride last week, I passed by a  site that has been under construction for a long time. Now it is recognizable as a new Big C Super Center. It looks like it is nearing completion but I guess there is no way to tell exactly when that will be.  It is on the (wink-wink) Bypass, approximately opposite SC Global.

Aren't you just too excited?

Visas, et al / Re: Visa to Lao?
« on: September 19, 2019, 08:42:45 PM »
Tks Frank, Russell, Terry.  BTW, this is just a fall-back position for me.  I am going to assume everything will go smoothly on my extension renewal in Nov or Dec. However, if there is a problem, I want to have a Plan B in place rather than trying to play catch-up at the last minute.

Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Re: Khon Kaen-Vientiane bus?
« on: September 19, 2019, 08:39:36 PM »
Tks Russell.  Very helpful.

Visas, et al / Re: Visa to Lao?
« on: September 19, 2019, 06:40:32 PM »
Frank Sez:  "Remember, isn't there a money issue coming back into Thailand?"

Rex sez:    Say what? 

Visas, et al / Best regional Consulate to Apply for O Retirement visa?
« on: September 19, 2019, 04:24:28 PM »

I folded this question into another thread, but I thought it deserved its own topic and others may be interested as well.

Russell says that it visa applications in Vientiane are now by appointment, and it can takes "months" to get an appointment. Anyone have experience with the next closest consulate that can deal with an application for an O Retirement visa efficiently and a minimum of trauma?  I don't drive, so it would have to be someplace accessible by public transport.

Tks, lah!

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