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Visas, et al / Isaan expat group launches petition to scrap TM30
« on: July 30, 2019, 10:41:18 AM »
Expat group launches online petition calling for TM.30 to be scrapped

A group of expats based in Isaan have launched a petition lobbying for reform of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau and also for the abolition of the TM.30 form.

The group describe themselves as a “collective of foreigners and Thai people wishing to reform Thai immigration”.

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Where to find . . . / Any veggie restaurants near the lake?
« on: July 25, 2019, 04:54:11 PM »
Anyone happen to know of any veggie restaurants or the like somewhere in the vicinity of or not too far from  Bueng Kaen Nakhon (the lake near Pimanchon 2)?

Tks, lah!

Sun 21 Jul 2019, 12:13 pm

TM.30: Immigration chief tells foreigners: Report where you are and who is staying with you

The acting head of Thai Immigration Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang appears to be stepping up his policy of making sure that all house owners and hoteliers report the whereabouts of foreigners within 24 hours or face fines.

Exhausting!  The ThaiVisa thread is already more than 20 pages comments already =>

Open discussion / Faded ATM receipts !!!
« on: July 18, 2019, 08:24:30 PM »
I will scan or photo all of my important ATM receipts going forward, but that may not be acceptable if the original receipt is required.  I just discovered a couple that I needed from February had completely faded.  I realized that these tings fade, but I am talking about the printing completely disappearing and leaving a blank slip! I kept them in a place away from light and moisture.  Shit!

Anyone know of a way to preserve these damn things?

Tks, lah!

I think I posted some of this previously, but here is a little update:

1. It's true! You can make intl wire transfers out of Thailand using the Kasikorn mobile app. Quite high limites and (relatively) cheap at around B400.

2. They were offering free transfers up until the 15 July. Unfortunately, due to a stupid goof on my part, I only got to take advantage of this one time this month.

3. CAUTION if you are wiring money to Bank of America. Bank of America has a special wire transfer routing number they suggest you use in sending them money.  The Kasikorn mobile app only asks for two numbers in making the wire transfer; your recipient bank account number and the "ACH" number.  For the ACH number, I assumed I should use the special wire transfer routing number suggested by BofA.  WRONG!  The money didn't arrive, and it took about ten days for it to be returned to my Kasikorn account.  Shit!

Anyway, it took me 30 minutes on the BofA website and two long calls to customer service to sort it out. The ACH number Kasikorn is asking for  is your regular, nine digit routing number attached to your checking account. When I used that, the wire was completed in 1 day!

Through all this, I called Kasikorn for help.  They told me they would research and get back to me no later than 18 July.  That was ten days ago!  Anyway, as it happened, they got back to me sooner than that with completely unhelpful information. The result of their deep research was that I had provided them with the wrong information. "OK" says I innocently "What information was wrong?"   "I don't know" replies charming customer service lady!

Anyway, this works for anyone who is interested.

I hope DeeMoney starts providing service to the U.S. again soon.  The service is pretty good and you can't beat the price at B160.

« on: July 03, 2019, 08:26:12 PM »
Wed 3 Jul 2019, 8:11 pm

Kasikorn has recently started allowing nasty, greasy falang to make international transfers from it's mobile app. No work permit is required.  I think the fees are around B400, but transfers are free until 15 July.

Non O (Multi Entry) no longer issued at Royal Thai Embassy in London - new financial requirements for Single Entry Tourist Visas (SETV) =>

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

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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.

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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 . . .

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