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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.

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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.

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!

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