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More than two thousand foreigners and Thais have been arrested as part of a two week crackdown by Immigration Police in Isaan. =>

Pol Maj Gen Natthawat Karndee, who heads Immigration Division 4 in northeast Thailand told reporters on Saturday that his officers had arrested a total of 2,274 people during the crackdown which took place between 1 June - 14 June.


Of those arrested 621 were found to have entered Thailand illegally, while 31 were on overstay. 73 were arrested for working illegally, 16 had outstanding warrants and 1,245 for other illegal activity while, 287 had been refused entry.


The arrests included 15 Cameroonians who were charged with chopping down protected trees in Korat, an Indian man who stayed in Thailand on a fake passport and four Vietnamese women who were working in a Thai massage shop.


Pol Maj Gen Natthawat also said that his men are monitoring criminal gangs from Cameroon and Colombia who are committing crime in Thailand.


He said some of the Cameroonian gang members are often armed, while the Colombian gangs are known to commit crimes such as burglary and bag snatches.


Separately, a Colombian man who stole 5 million baht of goods in Samut Prakan in May was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport earlier this week.


Also this week, head of the Thai Immigration Bureau - Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang urged anyone who knows of a foreigner involved in illegally activity in Thailand to report the matter by telephone to the Immigration hotline on 1178.   [Isn't that special?  Rex]

Source: Siamrath

Visas, et al / Health Insurance mandatory for long-stay foreigners
« on: May 14, 2019, 05:28:19 PM »
Tue 14 May 2019, 5:25 pm

Health Insurance now mandatory for long-stay foreigners

HEALTH insurance has been made mandatory for foreigners aged 50 years and above seeking long-term stay in Thailand.
The insurance policy must offer up to Bt40,000 coverage for outpatient treatment and up to Bt400,000 for inpatient treatment

Read the story on =>

Where to find . . . / Hairs Cut Near the Lake?
« on: May 07, 2019, 11:17:13 AM »
Apparently, there is no longer any place to get a haircut at Central. The two that used to be on the ground floor (Tops) are now closed.

I have gone to the place next to 7-11 opposite Pimanchon 2 a couple of times.  Unfortunately, most of the time they are closed or there is a clueless, sleeping girl on the sofa who prefers not to be woken up at 10:30 in the morning, and in any event knows nothing about nothing. 

Anyway, I am a pedestrian and have to rely on walking, bicycling or taxi to get around. Anyone know of a place around the lake to get a haircut that is actually open for business and ready to proceed when a customer stumbles in?

Tks, lah!


Fri 19 Apr 2019,, 11:05 am

I suspect most of the members here are already familiar with this info, but for the record, here it is from the U.S. Embassy.

Message for U.S. Federal Benefits Recipients:


The United States Department of the Treasury now offers direct deposit of federal benefit payments, including Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to banks in Thailand.  The payments are automatically converted to Thai Baht (THB) at the international exchange rate before they are deposited in the account.  U.S. dollar payments are not available.  The United States Department of the Treasury does not charge fees to make the deposits.  However, Thai banks may charge fees. 


Direct deposit is the safest, most convenient and reliable method of receiving your benefits.  The payment is electronically transmitted to your bank account and you have immediate access to your funds by the payment date.  There are no delays, including missing and stolen checks.


You do not have to do anything if you are currently enrolled in direct deposit.  Your payments will continue to be sent to your current bank.


If you wish to sign up for direct deposit or switch your direct deposit arrangement to another bank in Thailand, please contact the agency listed below.


Social Security Administration
U.S. Embassy Manila
1201 Roxas Boulevard
Ermita 0930
Manila, Philippines

Phone No.:      +63 2 301 2000 ext. 9 (from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Manila Time, Tuesdays and Thursdays except Philippine and U.S. Holidays)


Department of Veterans Affairs
Email:              DIRECTD.VBAMUS@VA.GOV
Phone:             +1 (918) 781-7550 (from 9:00am to 5:30pm, Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday)


Office of Personnel Management
Retirement Operations Center
PO Box 45
Boyers, PA 16017 U.S.A.
Phone:             +1-888-767-6738 (from 7:40 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)



BREAKING NEWS: Rumors abound!
Has Big Joke been transferred to RTP headquarters?

Thai media is in turmoil today as various outlets are apparently reporting that immigration chief and poster boy of the Thai police Lt -Gen Surachate "Big Joke" Hakparn as been transferred to RTP headquarters.

Read the full story on =>

User Guide / How to add an avatar to your profile
« on: April 02, 2019, 10:40:11 AM »
How to add an avatar to your profile:





News and Announcements / Ooops! I deleted your avatars
« on: April 01, 2019, 08:05:32 PM »
The attachments folder was reaching it's limit, so I deleted a bunch. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that avatar images ive in the attachments folder as well.  All or most of your avatars are gone!  Shit! I have restored a few, but will never be able to do it for everyone. So, if your avatar is missing, please choose a new one. I have all or most of them ones on my hard drive, so if you want your old one back or need help, just ask.


TNA reported that Thai Immigration are proposing much stiffer penalties for failing to report foreigners staying at addresses in Thailand.

Laws dating back to 1979 are not sufficient in the modern day especially when it comes to reporting the whereabouts of foreigners. They are considered to be too lenient . . .

Read the complete story on =>

User Guide / Any recent problems with Clean Talk error messages?
« on: March 10, 2019, 07:37:02 PM »
Sun 10 Mar 2019, 7:28 pm

I just heard from someone getting posts rejected by Clean Talk error messages like this one =>

"CleanTalk: *** Forbidden. Please enable JavaScript. ***

This is the first I have heard about  in awhile.  I don't know if that is become the incidents have stopped or members are just not talking about it.

In any case, if you are getting these messages, let me know.  However, the Clean Talk error message is very misleading. Some of the other guys have found that the solution is annoying-but-simple:

1. Log out of the forum.
2. Close your browser.
3. Open the browser and froum again.
4. Log in again.

Sorry for any inconvenience. But to be candid, Clean Talk is absolutely necessary to keep the forum from being overrun with spam and malicious content. It does that really well except for the problems with these error messages for a few of the members. Without it, would have to close the forum. 

I have been around-and-around about with Clean Talk. They are always very nice and placating, but never come up with a fix or any useful information, unfortunately.  Anyone would would like to try to get something intelligent out of them is welcome to do so =>


Open discussion / Don't forget to SPRING FORWARD!
« on: March 10, 2019, 01:53:58 PM »
Don't forget! Clocks in the U.S. will SPRING FORWARD one hour at 2:00 a.m., Sunday 10 March 2019. That means that Bangkok will be 11 hours later than New York.

4 Bedroom House for rent

At the Lake
Pimanchon Village #1 (the smaller of the 2 Pimanchon Villages)
B12K per month
Speak to the owner directly (in Thai) 081-768-8080

(Warning Will Robinson! The village is very quiet ... except that a open air bar has opened about 1/4 mile away across an open field.  They play loud music every night 9:00 pm - 12:30 am.  We are trying to do something about it).

Thailand passes internet security law decried as 'cyber martial law'

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military-appointed parliament on Thursday passed a controversial cybersecurity law that gives sweeping powers to state cyber agencies, despite concerns from businesses and activists over judicial oversight and potential abuse of power . . .

Continue reading on . . .
Fri 1 Mar 2019, 12:15 pm

What to do around KKC & Isaan? / Intro to IMPROV Class Wow!!!
« on: February 26, 2019, 04:09:38 PM »
Duncan asked me to post this. Please contact him at

I want to securely stick sheets of future board to sheets of styrofoam board. I saw on the internet a product "Glidden Glider." Although it is actually a primer paint, in comparison tests on Youtube, seems to be the very best/strongest adhesive for sticking sheets of styrofoam together.  Has anyone seen this in Thailand?  I can't find it online. Gorilla Glue came in a close second, which have in Thailand.  There is also hot glue. But I like the idea of Glidden Glider so as to completely cover the surfaces of the future board snd the styrofoam board.

I wonder if Glidden is something special or if other primers have this sticky property as well?

Any info?

Open discussion / Have you used DeeMoney? Know anyone who has?
« on: February 06, 2019, 04:19:44 PM »
Kowpot posted this on another thread.  I am giving it it's own space here because I would really like to hear from those who might know something about DeeMoney.  Tks, lah!


Send Money Out Of Thailand | Faster & Easier Than Moneygram?

Tel 02 821 5555

-DeeMoney is The Only Registered Service To Send Cash Out Of Thailand Via Your Phone.
-Never Visit A Branch Again,
-Better Rates Than All The Banks!
-Lowest Fees.
-IOS & Android. Fast Transfers.
-Services: Only 150 THB Fee, 17 Countries Supported,
-Best Exchange Rates.

-We Have 4 Locations Around Bangkok
-Contact Us To Find Out More
-About us =>
-Find Out More About DeeMoney
-Licensed by the Bank of Thailand


Tks Kowpot.  Do you have first-hand experience with using these guys? Do you know anyone who has had first-hand experience? Anybody use them?

Unfortunately, you have to open an account by being physically present at one of their Bangkok offices. That is not the end of the world, of course, IF they do what they claim. They have not been in business very long, about a year, I think.

I have to find out if they do business with my U.S. bank. I was rushed when I spoke with them awhile ago and they had never heard of my bank.

This is obviously an ideal solution if they are reliable.

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