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News and Announcements / Khon Kaen Forum will be retired 1 March 2021
« on: January 21, 2021, 06:43:52 PM »
After nearly 20 years of service--initially by the founder, Doug and then by Rex--the Khon Kaen Forum will be retired due to lack of participation and having outlived it's usefulness.

You may continue to stay in touch with us at the Khon Kaen Forum Group on Facebook, 400 members strong now =>

https://www.facebook.com/groups/KhonKaenForum

If there is any content you would like to save, please remember to do it prior to the deadline. 

Thank your for your participation and loyalty these many years.

Cheers,

Rex

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (January 15, 2021)

Location: Thailand

Event:  COVID-19 Test Requirement for Travel to the United States and Domestic Travel Restrictions in Thailand

 

Effective January 26, 2021, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the three calendar days before their flight to the United States departs and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.  This applies to all air passengers, two years of age or older, traveling into the United States, including U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.  For further information, please refer to the CDC’s website for frequently asked questions regarding the order.

 

CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19.  If you have had a positive viral test in the past three months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel.  The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

 

Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board.  If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.  For more information on test results, please refer to the CDC’s guide on Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States.

 

COVID-19 tests are available at many public and private hospitals throughout Thailand.  The Ministry of Public Health has provided a list of 44 laboratories that conduct COVID-19 testing.  U.S. citizens can contact the Thai Department of Disease Control hotline for information on COVID-19 testing facilities by dialing 1422 from within Thailand.  A list of medical establishments, laboratories, and professionals in Bangkok, central Thailand, southern Thailand, and northeastern Thailand can be found here.  You can find a list for Chiang Mai and northern Thailand here.  The U.S. Embassy cannot provide this testing.

 

U.S. citizens will be required to pay for COVID-19 testing and any COVID-19 care.  The COVID-19 test can cost between 2,500 and 10,000 Thai baht.  It is often more expensive to be tested at a private hospital.  In the event of a positive COVID-19 test result, there are reports of treatment costing over 100,000 Thai baht.  The Thai government requires individuals who test positive for COVID-19 in Thailand to be quarantined at specific hospitals and patients will be responsible for related expenses.

 

Domestic Travel Restrictions in Thailand

 

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the Thai government and provincial governments have enacted a variety of emergency disease control measures.  The Thai government has extended its emergency decree until February 28, 2021.  A growing number of provinces are categorized by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) as “red zones” and subject to disease control prevention measures, including the closure of some businesses.  Many provinces have begun to tighten entry requirements for people traveling between provinces in Thailand and there are reports of health checkpoints being established at some provincial border crossings.

 

The Thai government has discouraged interprovincial travel.  Travel out of some provinces requires special documentation, including Chantaburi, Chonburi, Trat, Rayong, and Samut Sakhon.  Other provinces are requiring arriving travelers from other provinces to quarantine for 14 days.  Some airlines and bus lines have announced reductions in service.

 

Restrictions may be implemented with little or no advance notice and can include a thorough inspection of travelers, mandatory quarantines, or an outright prohibition on entry for non-residents.  These restrictions will make domestic travel between provinces increasingly difficult.

 

U.S. citizens are advised to consult relevant Thai government resources and media outlets to understand fully the requirements for entering the province(s) on a travel itinerary.   Local restrictions related to COVID-19 are changing quickly, so proactive planning is imperative.

 

Resources for information on local COVID-19 restrictions include:

·      Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT):  Updates available on their website (https://www.tatnews.org/category/thailand-tourism-updates/) or by calling the TAT Call Center at +66 2 250 5500 or 1672 from within Thailand.

·      Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs:  Updates in English available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/mfathailand).

·      Thai Government Public Relations Department:  Updates on their website (https://thailand.prd.go.th/main.php?filename=index) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd/).

·      Chiang Mai Province COVID-19 updates: https://www.facebook.com/Chiangmaidatacenter

·      Local media.

 

Actions to Take:

·      Research relevant travel restrictions and requirements before embarking on any domestic and international travel;

·      Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates;

·      Check your email regularly for further alerts;

·      Continue COVID-19 precautions, including mask use and social distancing;

·      Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information; and,

·      Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.

 

Assistance: 

·    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
American Citizens Services
Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
Email: acsbkk@state.gov
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

·    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)
Telephone: +66 053 107 700
+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
Email: acschn@state.gov

·    State Department – Consular Affairs
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DATE:  December 28, 2020
FROM:  American Citizens Services <alertsbkk@state.gov>
SUBJECT:  Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand 

Location: Affected areas in Thailand including:

    Samut Sakhon
    Rayong
    Bangkok
    Nonthaburi

Event: Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health continues to report a rise in new cases of locally-transmitted Covid-19, most of which are related to the outbreak at a seafood market at Samut Sakhon and a smaller cluster associated with a social gathering in Rayong.  On December 27, 121 new cases were reported, of which 94 were locally-transmitted.   

U.S. citizens traveling over the holidays should monitor the news to stay abreast of the latest reports on Covid-19 cases and any changes to provincial transportation and business operating status that could impact their travel plans.

The Thai Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control posts daily Covid-19 case updates in English at https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.   News on COVID-19 mitigation measures in various provinces in English may be found at the Government of Thailand’s Public Relation Department homepage at https://thailand.prd.go.th/main.php?filename=index.

Other sources for updates on the Covid-19 situation in Thailand include:

https://www.facebook.com/thailandprd - ENGLISH LANGUAGE DAILY COVID BRIEFING – ARCHIVED.

The Government of Thailand’s Public Relations Department Facebook page provides COVID-19 situation updates.  Click on the video link in the left column for the most recent archived English-language summary of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) daily briefing.  Other English language data can be found in the newsfeed.

https://www.facebook.com/informationcovid19 - THAI AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE DAILY COVID BRIEFING – LIVE.

The Facebook Page of Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).  CCSA currently conducts a live daily Thai-language briefing at 11:30 am, which can be accessed on this FB page.  It is followed immediately by an English language briefing conducted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun.

https://covid19.ddc.moph.go.th/en - The Department of Disease Control homepage provides a daily situation report in English with detailed statistics, including an interactive map with data on each province.

Actions to Take:

·  Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates;

·  Check your email regularly for further alerts;

·  Use alternate routes if traveling between provinces around Samut Sakhon;

·  Continue COVID-19 precautions, including mask use and social distancing. 

·  Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.


Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

    American Citizens Services
    Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
    +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
    Email: acsbkk@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

    Telephone: +66 053 107 700
    +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
    Email: acschn@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs

    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
    Thailand Country Information
    Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Sun 20 Dec 2020, 3:45 pm

FROM: American Citizens Services <alertsbkk@state.gov>

SUBJECT: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (December 20, 2020)

Location: Samut Sakhon and Bangkok, Thailand 

Event:  COVID-19 outbreak in Samut Sakhon.  Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has announced an outbreak of COVID-19 cases originating in Samut Sakhon province.  As of December 19, the number of confirmed cases was 538.  Isolated cases related to the outbreak have been reported in Bangkok.  Police checkpoints have been set up in Samut Sakhon to monitor and control vehicle traffic to and from the province, and a daily curfew from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am has been announced.  U.S. citizens should avoid travel to Samut Sakhon until the scope of the outbreak can be determined.  Travelers should consider alternate routes if traveling between Bangkok and destinations south of Samut Sakhon, such as Hua Hin.  Travelers who have visited Samut Sakhon since December 6, particularly the local seafood markets, are encouraged to monitor their health and seek medical assistance if symptoms are observed.  All U.S. citizens are urged to continue COVID-19 precautions including the use of masks and social distancing.


Actions to Take:

    Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates;
    Check your email regularly for further alerts;
    Avoid travel to Samut Sakhon province;
    Use alternate routes if traveling between provinces around Samut Sakhon;
    Continue COVID-19 precautions, including mask use and social distancing. 

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

    American Citizens Services
    Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
    +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
    Email: acsbkk@state.gov


U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

    Telephone: +66 053 107 700
    +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
    Email: acschn@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs

    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

    Thailand Country Information

    Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter


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Where to find . . . / Where can donate old eyeglasses?
« on: December 16, 2020, 04:45:52 PM »
Gents, Just got new specs.  Discovered that I have quote a collection of old glasses acquired over the years.  Anybody know of someplace in Thailand that accepts old eyeglasses?  Found one charity that apparently no longer exists and another one that isn't accepting donatons until April.

Tks for any info.

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Visas, et al / Retirement extension 25 Nov 20
« on: November 25, 2020, 12:32:11 PM »
Hi All,
Retirement extension this morning. Arrived 10:12. Left 11:50 =  1h 38 min.  Aside form the long wait--many people ahead of us--processing of the extension was routine, efficient, quick and easy, maybe 15 minutes. The only documents that the agent paid any attention to at all  were the bank documents and records of deposits. 

It was a little frustrating as the Bangkok Bank printout of statements was stapled together in a strange way rather than burst and pages ordered chronologically. Also, the dates for each entry did not included the year, which was momentarily confusing. Add to that, update machine and printed new records over the previous entries so (just in case) asked the bank for another recod showing today's B1,000 deposit.   But no big deal. Perhaps the agent I dealt with had some higher authority, or maybe there is a new system/policy.  However, she did the whole process herself while we sat there. Showed the enormous stack of completed paperwork to the boss only briefly, and that was it.

Most of the problems I anticipate or try to anticipate never occur. Good for another year.

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Visas, et al / Documents for retirement extension
« on: November 13, 2020, 12:36:54 PM »
I know we have been over this, but the info doesn't seem to stay glued to my brain   ::) If I got this right, I need:

1. Copies of bank statement for 12 months (incl this month) showing B65K monthly deposits.
    1.1  How many days does it take Bangkok Bank to generate the statements?

2.  Dated the same day I apply to Imm, letter from bank stating my account number and balance.

3.  Copy of bank book pages previous 12 months showing on deposit dated same day I apply to Imm.

4.  Proof of retirement benefits.  Has everyone been asked for this?

5.  I know about the other stuffs required.

Tks. lah!





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Open discussion / AIRCON WOES
« on: October 03, 2020, 11:20:21 AM »
My aircon is a mid-range Samsung that has been fine for years, but it is getting old and is making unpleasant noises.  The noise is coming form the unit on the wall, not from the compressor outside the house.  It hangs directly above my bed over my head and is making it difficult to sleep.

Called my aircon guy who is very good and has been very helpful.  Not this time, unfortunately.  "It's getting old.  There is nothing I can do.  Replacing the motor would not help because the same thing would happen in a year." 

Wouldn't even hazard a guess about how much a new motor might cost or even if one is available for my model.

Does that sound right?  When they start making noise, it is just a lost cause? 

Can you replace the unit that hangs on the wall without having to replace the compressor? 












Thanks, lah!

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (September 19, 2020 and September 20, 2020)
[/size]Location: Bangkok, Thailand – Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus
[/size]Event: Planned political gathering centered around Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus, which is located in the Phra Nakhon District near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 8:00 a.m..
[/size]Media reports indicate the gathering could involve a large crowd of participants.  The Royal Thai Police plan to be present and will likely set up check points in and around the area in connection with the event.  Plan ahead for the possibility of traffic and other potential disruptions in downtown Bangkok.
[/size]Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  U.S. citizens should monitor local news and social media reports before traveling to downtown Bangkok this weekend.
[/size]Actions to Take:
 
  • [/size]        Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates, and check your email for further alerts;
  • [/size]        Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings;
  • [/size]        Review personal security plans;
  • [/size]        Remain aware of surroundings;
  • [/size]        Follow the instructions of local authorities.
[/size]Assistance:
[/size]
[/size]·    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
[/size]Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
[/size]+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
[/size]Email: acsbkk@state.gov
[/size]American Citizens Services
[/size]
[/size]·    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)
[/size]Telephone: +66 053 107 700
[/size]+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
[/size]Email: acschn@state.gov
[/size]
[/size]·    State Department – Consular Affairs
[/size]888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
[/size]·         Thailand Country Information
[/size]·         Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
[/size]·         Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
[/size]
[/size]
 
 [/size]
 










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Event:  U.S. Embassy Bangkok informs U.S. citizens of a planned political gathering at the BTS Skywalk near the MBK Shopping Center in Bangkok today, Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. 

 Location: Bangkok, Thailand – MBK BTS Station Skywalk

Reports indicate the gathering could involve a sizable crowd of participants.  The Royal Thai Police plan to deploy officers in connection with the event.  Plan ahead for the possibility of traffic and other potential disruptions in downtown Bangkok. 

 

Although violence is not expected, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

 

Actions to Take:

 

    Monitor local media and our Embassy website for updates, and check your email for further alerts;
    Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings;
    Review personal security plans;
    Remain aware of surroundings;
    Follow the instructions of local authorities.

 

Assistance:

    U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

            Telephone: +66 2 205 4049

            +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

            Email: acsbkk@state.gov

            American Citizens Services

 

    U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai, Thailand (serving U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces)

            Telephone: +66 053 107 700

            +66 2 205 4000 (after hours)

            Email: acschn@state.gov

 

    State Department – Consular Affairs

            Telephone: +1 888 407 4747 or 202-501-4444

    Thailand Country Information
    Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Stuff For Sale / SLMRO FOLDING ELECTRIC BICYCLE
« on: August 21, 2020, 07:20:15 PM »
smiley32 smiley32 BRIGHT SHINEY NEW E-BIKE FOR CHRISTMAS!  smiley32 smiley32

FOR SALE
SLMRO FOLDING  ELECTRIC BICYCLE


BRAND NEW
Paid B14K
After assembly, testing and  many enhancements (see below) letting it go for B20K


Electric bicycles (eBikes) are the hottest item in the U.S. and EU these days.  The best of both worlds; an electric scooter and a standard bicycle. More fun than a barrell of monkeys.  You can't help smiling the first time you try one.

ENHANCEMENTS:

+Professionally assembled at Ban Nai Chan shop in Khon Kaen
+Repalced crappy pedals & kickstand
+Added basket
+Added rear rack
+Modified handle bars for more upright rather than hunched over riding position

The first link is to the listing on Lazada  => https://bit.ly/2YmWTXR

The next link is an interesting Youtube video by a guy in the U.S. who bought one of these on Amazon.com, unboxes, assembles and reviews =>

The the video here is Rex tearing it up. Video produced, directed and filmed by Ruby Productions

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Jobs Offered / HOUSEKEEPER / ASSISTANT WANTED, PART TIME
« on: August 21, 2020, 04:43:34 PM »
HOUSEKEEPER / ASSISTANT WANTED
PART TIME


Just lost my housekeeper   cry2

Single falang guy.
Two story house in Bueng Kaen Nakho
n

Sorry to be vague about the details, but we are quite flexible, and the pay and the hours will depend on what she needs and what she can offer.

We may need two different people who attend to different things; one for cleaning, the other with good English skills for communicating to the outside world for me; finding out where to get things, finding changs to come and make repairs, making appointments, ordering things, etc.  Also, a good motorbike would be helpful to occasionally take me places (usually I take a taxi) or to go shopping and run errands. If one person can do this, great. If not maybe two people with shorter hours. 

Usually this has been 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Ideal for a single mom who has to pick up her kid at school in the afternoon.

We have been getting by for some time with someone just two days a week, but what she was able to do for us was quite limited.

MUST LIKE CATS!

Suggestions, referrals appreciated.

Rex
081-016-1850



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Where to find . . . / [WHERE?] Walking shorts, large size ? Pratunam?
« on: August 12, 2020, 08:48:23 AM »
Best place to find large size, cheap walking shorts?  Pratunam market used to have them, but I haven't been there for awhile. Is Pratunam still a going concern?

Tks, lah!


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GO APE Thousands of sex-mad monkeys overrun city and eat themselves to death as cops admit they are powerless to control them


Watch the video and read the full story  =>  https://bit.ly/3godEZU



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Visas, et al / 90 Day Report Fri 24 July 20
« on: July 31, 2020, 05:10:56 PM »
Unfortunately, I can't file my 90 Day Report online and I no longer have an assistant who can do chores like this for me. So, did it myself again.  I usually prefer to arrive at opening time, but got there around 10:30 because I wanted to go to Central after. Very few people there.  Immigrants wearing masks, but not staff, for whatever that is worth.  The woman at the 90 Day Report desk was away, but she arrived within 10 minutes.  Everything routine. No surpirses. In and out in less than 20 minutes.

For me personally, the new bus station location is ideal. I can take a taxi, only 10 minutes from my house. Of course, I did that at the old Imm location as well. However, many taxis at the bus station, so it makes it super-easy to go home or wherever.

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