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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

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!

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 / 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!

Visas, et al / Visa to Lao?
« on: September 19, 2019, 04:17:43 PM »

1. Any updates about getting a visa to Lao?

2. Where are they keeping the Lao Consulate these days?  It used to be on lower Sri Chan Road, but I think they moved it, didn't they?

3. The prices used to be something like $US30. What is it now?

4. If you get a 30 days visa, how soon do you have to use it?  In other words, how far in advance of your trip can you obtain it? I am trying to remember if they offered two-week visas?

Tks, lah!

Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Khon Kaen-Vientiane bus?
« on: September 19, 2019, 04:10:58 PM »
Many moons ago, there used to be a direct Khon Kaen-Lao bus that would take you all the way to Vientiane, presuming that you already had a Lao visa in hand.

Still running?  Any updates?  Anyone use it recently?

Baring that, the best way to get Khon Kaen-Vientiane?

Tks, lah!

Discuss Thai Culture / Top 10 hard truths of living as an expat in Thailand
« on: September 01, 2019, 12:16:02 PM »
Interesting article on The Thaiger about life for expats in Thailand.

THAI LIFETop 10 hard truths of living as an expat in Thailand

1. Visas can be a pain in the neck

You have plenty of options but the options never quite fit into your line of work or expectations. But between the Non-B visa, ‘Retirement’ visa, Education visa, Tourist visa, Elite visa and Smart visa, along with a few visa runs and trips to your local immigration office, you can usually fernangle a long-term stay in Thailand (yes, we know we used nick names for some of the visas).

Continue reading on The Thaiger =>

Visas, et al / Thailand bank letter confirming international deposits.
« on: August 29, 2019, 12:05:32 PM »
Is anyone clear about exactly what wording Imm would like in the bank letter?  Is the bank supposed to list the all foreign transfers over the previous year or what?

Anything else the letter is supposed to say?

Visas, et al / Agents who handle Imm problems?
« on: August 21, 2019, 10:10:36 AM »
I have heard that sometimes agents can be helpful in solving visa problems.   I used one once 20 years ago during a year when I was in between visas. But that was in Pattaya where you could spit out your window and hit an agent or two.

Anywho, if anyone has any personal experience (or very close second-hand experience) dealing with agents who solve immigration problems, I would be grateful if you send me the contact info via PM. Someone local would be idea, if such people exist.

Please do not post any of those details publicly.

Tks a million, lah!

Visas, et al / Gratuities to Imm?
« on: August 21, 2019, 10:03:45 AM »
Please choose your words carefully in replying to this post:

I have heard rumors that sometimes at some Imm offices, gratuities are accepted in lieu of being able to meet certain requirements. Of course that is improper. However, just out of curiosity, if anyone was ever in a position to need to be concerned with such matters, has anyone heard rumors about how those transactions are actually conducted?  At what point in the process does it come up?  Who suggests it?  Is it done in a back office or right at the desk, or what?

Tks, lah!

Visas, et al / Where is immigration located?
« on: August 20, 2019, 10:06:58 PM »
My 90 Day Report is coming up and I have never been to the new immigration office.  I understand it is in/at/near the new bus station.  Where is it exactly?  Is there a designated 90 Day Report Window or desk or something?

Thanks, lah!

It is now illegal to smoke within 5 meters of an entrance to a property

Quote from: Rex
I hate cigarettes and have not smoked for more than 30 years.  However, I hate the encroaching nanny state even more. Ridiculous!  Read the entire article on =>

Thailand's ban on smoking at home comes into law today. People can be prosecuted for domestic abuse by lighting up.

Women and children are said to be the recipients of most second hand smoke and from today onward can be considered victims in Thailand.

There is a hotline number in every province to call to report violations.

Speaking to Manager Dr Ronachai Khongsakon of a tobacco research group said that women were particularly vulnerable with 81% suffering second hand smoke at home.  Continue reading on =>

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”.

Read the full article and 35 (!!!) pages of comments on =>

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!

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