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Open discussion / Bowling Lanes in Udorn to Close 1 January
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:38:29 AM »

Udorn's Central Plaza' Major Bowl announced that effective 1 January, it will be closing the alleys for good.  Unless someone knows of another place in the Northeast, other than Ubon Ratchatani, bowling is no more.  Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima closed quite a while ago.




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Open discussion / Thais Not Notifying of Foreigner Residing in Residence
« on: November 03, 2018, 07:51:08 AM »

Another example of ignoring Form TM30, which too many scoff at the need.  Click on the news article.


https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1569326/four-koreans-held-in-pattaya-online-gambling-raid


This is much more than what a simple issue with no Form TM30 but it identifies how the Immigration Police are requiring the executed form.


Yes, this is about a Korean Online Gambling Den being raided, but what I want you to see and read, it is about the Thai woman.


The men were arrested and will be deported but the Thai woman was arrested for what you may ask.


SHE DID NOT REPORT OF FOREIGNERS LIVING IN HER RESIDENCE BY SUBMITTING A FORM TM30 TO THE IMMIGRATION POLICE.


This may be one of the major reasons that Immigration is serious about requiring the form being submitted, criminal activity.

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Saw this article on the Thaivisa newsletter.  I know they have been in Khon Kaen several times.  I wonder what they found here.
"730 more foreigners rounded up in nationwide crackdowns.
Immigration police carried out their 38th nationwide search for foreigners living illegally in Thailand and made several hundred more arrests on Thursday.
This operation focused on 238 areas around the country and resulted in the arrest of 730 foreigners.
42 of them were arrested for overstaying their visas, 277 for sneaking into the country without a visa, 83 for not doing their 90-day residential reports to immigration officials, 62 for staying in places other than the one reported to the immigration officials, 69 for working in professions reserved for Thais, and 76 for various offenses.
The 38 operations executed so had far resulted in the arrest of 4,231 foreigners."
SOURCE: 
www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30357736




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Open discussion / US Social Security Changes in 2019
« on: October 27, 2018, 05:14:19 PM »
AARP identified 6 changes but the only one that would seem important to us retirees is:


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Benefits increase

Social Security recipients will get a 2.8 percent  (COLA) in monthly benefits beginning in January. The average individual retired Social Security beneficiary is expected to see a monthly benefit jump from $1,422 to $1,461. The estimated monthly increase is $39, or $468 a year.

If you want to see the rest of the changes:    http://bit.ly/2PoA4Qj

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If it is not one thing, it is another.  This time it has to do with US International Mail/Package Delivery.  Too hard to explain, you need to read this following article.

http://bit.ly/2q995tN

Here is the first sentence of the article : No international letters, no international packages: A top official with a 192-country postal union says that’s what Americans can expect if the Trump administration goes through with over concerns about China ...  http://bit.ly/2q995tN

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Our village owner has requested the minibus company (whom ever that is), if they would consider a route from the Airport Via Route 12 (Maliwan Road) to Rt 2 (Mittraphap Road), south to Lao Nadi Road, then west on Lao Nadi to the Bypass (Ring Road) and on to Bus Station 3.  I would imagine it would also have a similar routing but un reverse on the return to the Airport.  Should know soon if it gets approved.

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A little over 2 years ago, we bought into True's fiber promotion.  The promotion included 50Mbps internet, a free SIM card, a Landline with 100 baht of free calls, and a basic cable.  All for one Price.  Their sales(wo)man said the package was forever, never an increase.  They had come back several times for added services which my wife declined.  This month, they sent her a notification that this promotion package has now expired and the package would revert back to 30Mbps, no phone and loss of the SIM Card.


Well, after 5 or 6 phone calls back and forth and my wife telling them if this was the case, we would cancel and find another service provider, they have come back and have committed to carrying this promotion forward.  I guess they do not want to lose a valued customer to another competing service.  Since we already have 3BB fiber, we would have to go to someone like AIS (IT'S SAD REX!)

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 From: acsbkk@state.gov <acsbkk@state.gov>
 Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:25 PM
 Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

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 Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.[/font]
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News and Announcements / 2018 Absentee Ballet Request - USA
« on: August 16, 2018, 03:56:08 PM »

Just received notification from the US Embassy reminding US citizens who care to vote in the November 2018 General Election need to submit the FPCA request as soon as possible.



Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections
 
 
 
 
VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS[/size]
 
 Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.
[/size]
 [/size]Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2018 U.S. elections:
 [/size]
 [/size]1.     Request Your Ballot:  [/size]Complete a new [font=&amp][/size]Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)[/font][/size]You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2018 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2018 elections.  The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted.  The [font=&amp][/size]FPCA[/font][/size] is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.
 [/size]
 [/size]You can complete the FPCA online at [font=&amp][/size]www.FVAP.gov[/font][/size].  The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.  We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website.  FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the [font=&amp][/size]FPCA[/font][/size] to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.  If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.
 [/size]
 [/size]2.     Receive and Complete Your Ballot:[/size]  States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  For most states, you can confirm your [font=&amp][/size]registration and ballot delivery online[/font][/size].
 [/size]
 [/size]3.     Return Your Completed Ballot:  [/size]Some states allow you to return your completed ballot by email or fax.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can use international mail, a courier service such as FedEx or DHL, or you may also drop off completed voting materials at U.S. Embassy Bangkok or U.S. Consulate Chiang Mai during business hours.  Place your materials in a postage paid return envelope (available under “Downloadable Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials.
 [/size]
 [/size]4.[/size]  New this year – email to fax service by FVAP! - the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will provide an email-to-fax conversion service for voters who have difficulty sending election materials to States that do not accept emailed documents.  Get more information [font=&amp][/size]here[/font][/size].
 [/size]
 [/size]Researching the Candidates and Issues:  Online Resources[/size].  Check out the [font=&amp][/size]FVAP links page[/font][/size] for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues.  Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online.  You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the internet to locate articles and information.  For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts ([/size]).  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and [font=&amp][/size]Twitter[/font][/size].
 [/size]
 [/size]Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website, [font=&amp][/size]FVAP.gov[/font][/size][/size]If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the Voting Assistance Officer in Bangkok at [/size] or Chiang Mai at [/size].
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 [/size]Remember, your vote counts!       
[/size]Be absent but accounted for![/b]

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Discuss Travel / So You Want To Go To Poi Pet, Cambodia to Gamble
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:12:04 PM »
 Background:  Cambodia is an oppression constitutional monarchy, but the Prime Minister is essentially a dictator.  When the elections are about to happen, the political opponents seem to be ‘removed’ or disappear, so no competition.
The casinos along the border of Thailand cater to Thais and their type of gambling since very few Cambodians do gamble or are too poor to gamble.  A majority of those casinos (or most likely all of them) are owned or shared between the mafia and Thai politicians.  Note:  At all the casinos, only Thai bahts are allowed.  There are some tables that let you bet with bahts directly but most require you to go and buy chips.
Poi Pet, a dirty city.  The closest nice shopping area is in Thailand and it is just enough so you can even sit and relax at KFC.  BUT once in Cambodia, cannot go back and forth (unless you are Thai.)  We did not see any nice place to eat in the local casino area other than in the casinos, which was fair casino food and no buffets.
Note:  Once in the country, since we were driving, we were not allowed to leave the casino area without much more paperwork (more later.)
Taking a Car Across the Border:  We decided to drive our personal car so first, my wife got her International Driver’s License-a requirement-and then had to go to the Land Transport Office designated to issue car passports which you need to take a car over the border.  (As far as I know, car rental companies will not allow you to take a car across the border.)   Since I had to go through the border crossing via Thai Immigration, my wife had to go it alone.  From her opinion, a pain in the ass.  There are NO statements that say you have to have three copies plus the original of all pertinent documents, so she had to go find a copy service (about a kilometer away) to get several done.  Then there was the additional paperwork that had to be done on site.  All in all, it took her an hour to do it.  Now once you go under the Cambodian arch (the border), you have to change from the left-hand lane to the right-hand lane.  When we finally got back together, she said never again!  Said she should have parked in a secure parking lot (150 baht/night) on the Thai side about 200 meters from the border and walk.
Me Getting Across the Border:  Read all kinds of documents on the internet from other travelers, which lacked some of the critical details.  Even with that, I was snookered.  So to start, a few weeks ago, I went online to the Cambodian Immigration website and completed an eVisa.  This would allow me to bypass the Visa On Arrival building and go directly to the ‘Arrivals Hall’, which really is a open air structure with a canopy roof and 4 booths.  Cost 36$.
So, when my wife drove the car as far as she could, she parked in a busy intersection to go do her paperwork, I had to get out and walk to/through Thai Immigration.  The sign said ‘Foreign Travelers’, and you could see the building from where she parked.  Up the steps, and through Immigration.  Easy as pie, looked at your passport and put in the hand stamp.  Once through and down the steps on the opposite side of the building but on the left side of the road, I essentially was met by this young guy who became my magnet, couldn’t get loose from him.  I read that you had to cross the street to complete your entry into Cambodia-nothing marked but to a fence for about 100-150 yards kept you from crossing.  Then of course I started looking for the Immigration Office (but it is not called ‘Immigration’) and saw nothing, and I could not shake him.  Then his veiled threat of Cambodian Police will stop me unless I get the Visa stamp, which of course I need.  Cost me $18.  It should have been free at the right office.  And this took an hour.  (Later, I found the
‘Arrivals’ Office which every foreigner “HAS TO GO TO” to get the entry stamp (unless like me, I did get the stamp in another small building for $18-one marked with an “X” below.)  The real ‘Arrivals Office’ is just past the Grand Diamond City Hotel and Casino.  So, you actually traverse a part of Cambodia before you go through Immigration.
Grand Diamond Check-in:  This was our hotel.  Lobby?  Only functional.  While I checked in, my wife took the car and parked it in a dust laden ‘parking’ area.  Doubt if many drive and park there.  Just a dust bowl, but secure!  They put us on the 10th floor, had to walk through the gaming room to get to an elevator (other a freight elevator only one was working.)  We had reserved a Premier Deluxe Room with certain amenities.  No amenities.  When Tukta called down about nothing in the room, she also told the desk, it smelled of strong cigarette smoke.  They agreed and moved us to the 15th floor, nonsmoking.  The hotel décor, including the rooms, was at least 20 years old, maybe 25 or 30 or older!  I can see why the Bookings.com rating was less than 6 out of 10.  If there any really good ones, one has to be booked directly, to see IF they are available.
Gaming Area:  If you are Thai, you will love it.  They have many, many tables operating for Thai style gambling games.  There were 2 roulette wheels, only one operating, several pokers tables, 1 Caribbean (not working), 1 3-card, and 1 5-card with a few people there, 2 blackjack tables neither working (not even a dealer with spread cards in front of her), and 1 baccarat table slightly busy, but at least 50 tables playing Thai games of chance.  Yes, they had a huge number of slot machines, with very few people.  Went online to check and saw that the gaming area was busy from about 9AM to 2PM.  We noticed that very few Thais were in the gaming area during the other times.
Other Casinos:  We found out by accident, every casino has mini-shuttles to pick up gamblers and transport them to/from their respective casinos.  We went to the Holiday Palace, the Poipet Casino and the DNA Star Vegas.  The only place we saw Blackjack being play was the Holiday Palace and only 2 gamblers.  I would have played but there would have been nothing for my wife to do.  She likes the money wheel game.  Note:  From what I could gather, the Poipet and Star Vegas casinos do not have Blackjack tables.
All of them have ‘high roller’ areas but we did not check them out.  None of them looked that busy anyway.
Conclusions:   Poi Pet is not a good place to go, especially for Western style gambling.  It is a dirty, ugly city, as is the adjoining Thai border town, Aranyarathet.  One really doesn’t want to go far off down the main road, at least only to the Arrivals building.  After that, one needs to use the mini-shuttle services to get to your reserved hotel.  DO NOT USE MOTORCYCLE TAXIS, RIP OFF.  I did not see any normal Songthaews or tuk tuks.
If you have a crying need for gambling, we just found out the place to go to Savan Resorts in Savannakhet, Laos.  Will be checking it out over the next several months.

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News and Announcements / Re: Roiyim Steak Buffet
« on: July 30, 2018, 02:17:23 PM »
We've eaten there q

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Discuss Travel / Planning Trip to Cambodia
« on: July 11, 2018, 11:02:27 AM »

We are planning a short trip to Cambodia to check things out for when my cousin comes in December.  He wants to go to the casino so that he has something to talk about with his gambling buddies when back in the States.


We are planning on Driving.  So the first thing we did was to get our SUV a Thai Passport, yes a Passport.  You need one to cross any international border around Thailand if you plan on driving your vehicle.


So, today I applied for a Cambodian Visa for myself.  Did it online using their eVISA website.  I filled in the appropriate information, attached a current passport sized photo, a copy of the front pages of my passport and sent them $36USD by my Visa Card.  Received a message back saying everything was acceptable and it would be about 3 days before my Visa would be approved and sent back to me by email.  I submitted it at 10:10AM and thought nothing of it since it would be about 3 days before I heard back from them.


AT 10:36am, SAME DAY, IT WAS APPROVED!  They seem to be way ahead of our buddies here in Thailand in using an online system to process requirements.

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I was told by one of the wardens, the US Embassy is looking for additional wardens.  If any American is interested, they should contact the US Embassy Consular Section and discuss.  Then fill out an application, etc, and become one.  That is, if one is interested in becoming one.

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Visas, et al / Personal Vehicle Visa
« on: June 01, 2018, 03:46:19 PM »

As you know, one requires a "vehicle visa" to ones car, truck, SUV, etc., to drive across an international border from Thailand and return.  We are planning to do so.  So my wife went to the Land Transport location North of Khon Kaen, as required, with the proper paperwork and 55 baht and got the "visa".


They give you two (2) stickers to be placed on your vehicle, a Large "T" in an ellipsoid.  (I have seen them on a few cars/trucks/SUVs around Khon Kaen.  But my wife did not ask them where to place the stickers.  I have to assume one on the front and one on the rear.  One looks like a decal that should be place on a window like the rear window and one on the exterior of the vehicle like a front bumper.  But I want to make sure since there are no directions with the package.


Has anyone else ever taken a vehicle out of the country?  If so, a little assistance would be surely appreciated.  If not, I will have to have her drive up to that Land Transport Office again, just a little out of the way, to find out the correct placement.

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