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Open discussion / Hidden Processing Fees - Thai AirAsia
« on: June 17, 2019, 06:43:06 PM »
My wife just made reservations today.  As she was falling through the menus and clicking on what she wanted, she knew that you had to click "NO" on the Travel Insurance, since they begin with "YES" even though you may not want it.  Then she knows that if you charge the itinerary to a credit card, there is a charge which they enumerate so you know how much it is.


BUT NOW WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, AND NO INDICATION UNTIL YOU COMPLETE THE TRANSACTION AND FINISH THE CHARGE (IF YOU CHARGE IT), AN AMOUNT OF ABOUT 80 BAHT PER LEG PER PASSENGER IS ADDED AUTOMATICALLY.  YOU DO NOT SEE THAT CHARGE UNTIL THE ITINERARY IS COMPLETED AND PAID FOR.


SO BUYER BEWARE.  IT IS FRUSTRATING THAT YOU BUY THE DIsCOUNTED TICKETS AND THEY ADD AN ADDITIONAL AMOUNT THAT TAKE AWAY A GOOD PORTION OF THE DISCOUNT YOU RECEIVED.


She talked to an agent at AirAsia but to no avail.

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Dropped my wife off this morning.  They have completely re-routed you to the Departure Area, need to follow the signs.  The same with using the parking garage.  Because of the smallness of this temporary area and a very sharp U-turn to get to it, things get very crowded very fast.  AND of course, so many Thais want to loiter with their cars/pickups that moving to the drop off area is jammed.


The Arrivals Entrance stayed the same.  Did not see any issues.

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Discuss Shopping / Sharp Replacement Parts
« on: May 16, 2019, 02:58:36 PM »
We have several Sharp Air Purifiers and for a very long time have needed filters and mosquito Glue Sheets for one of them.  We went back to Power Buy and  they could not service our request for the replacement parts.  We also went to Khon Kaen Thailand where they told us they were back ordered from Sharp and it would be several months before they could even place an order.  Over the last year, off and on, we had tried to find a Sharp Service Center in Thailand but to no avail, even by going on the internet and doing a search.  Always came up with disconnected telephone numbers.  Finally, am not sure how my wife found the correct service center, maybe it was finally getting a hold of the Sharp Business Office in Bangkok, but she contacted them placed the order and three days later, we had the replacement parts.


I would imagine for any Sharp Product this would be the location to contact to get replacement parts or any other service request.  I have attached a copy of our receipt with the name and address of the company providing the service.

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Open discussion / Bangkok Bank's "NEW" ATM Card(s)
« on: April 18, 2019, 03:19:16 PM »
Since we were in Central today, thought we'd go ahead and exchange ATM Cards since they said it was so simple.  WRONG!


With mine, since the account is not in the Region of Khon Kaen, I would have had to go to Bangkok to get it done.  Why?  That is where my account was opened.  So we declined (never use it anyway, since it is not from this area and would have cost a fee to withdraw funds every time.)  I will continue to use the account to transfer money from abroad until I am done with this year's Retirement extension.  I will then open an account in Khon Kaen and use it exclusively.


On the other hand, we did get to change my wife's card since her account is in the Khon Kaen Region.  Yes, there is some paperwork that has to be done.  AND there are 2 options, both of which are really Debit Cards.  The first is handled through Mastercard so one can withdraw money from any place in the world that recognizes Mastercard.  Cost - 300 baht/year.  The other one is the Union Pay, only withdrawals in Thailand - 200 baht/year.


No charge to exchange.


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Open discussion / Dental Implants
« on: February 09, 2019, 10:52:56 AM »
Most of you know Dr. Ken.  Saw him at the golf course on Friday where we talked about his wife the dentist and if she were taking any new patients.  Said she was.  Then he added to the discussion about dental implants and how the dental community is finding out more about their destructive actions on the patient's bone structure when the implant is inserted into the jawbone.  It seems the dental community is questioning the use of dental implants now.   

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Visas, et al / Unwritten Rule for Marriage Extensions
« on: December 29, 2018, 05:01:19 PM »
Just saw this on the Expats in Khon Kaen Facebook site.  Yes, this is the requirement in Bangkok.  Not sure if it will carry over to Khon Kaen and other outlying provinces.


POLICY CHANGE; BANGKOK Anyone getting a yearly extension of stay based on marriage to a Thai using banked money (400K baht banked for 2 months prior to your application) be advised:

They now require the money to still be in the account and above the 400K baht threshold when you go back after the 30 days.
When you apply for the year extension and get the 30 day under consideration stamp they tell you to leave the 400K baht in the account UNTIL you go back for the extension. On that day you bring your bank book back with you AND to update your bankbook on that day too.  Once they see the funds are still there they'll ink the new year extension into your passport.

 This is NOT written down anywhere in an official policy BUT I saw several people asked for their bank books and people being told to go update their bank books and make a copy BEFORE they could get the year extension.
 This is ONLY for extensions based on marriage to a thai where people use the 400K baht banked money method of proving funds. 

Just thought you people should know (especially you Bangkok-ianz married to Thais)

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Open discussion / US Bank (PNC) New Online Security
« on: December 28, 2018, 05:15:57 PM »

Well, it finally happened.  I am surprised it lasted this long.  Went to access my account at PNC Bank in the USA and access was denied.  Said access not allowed from my Thai Server, 3BB!  Am happy that I have a VPN so I can get to my bank accounts using a 'location' in the US.


I wonder how many other sites are going to do the same.  I know the US Social Security Administration will not allow access thru 3BB, have to use my VPN.

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Where to find . . . / Computer Printer Repair
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:46:17 PM »

Had an issue with my Brother MFC-J430W Printer.  I was planning on going to Tukcom to see if I could find someone to fix my minor problem.  My wife suggested a repair shop on the street where JNet Computer Service was located.  In about 5-10 minutes he had up and operating again.  Cost - too embarrassed to tell you but ridiculously inexpensive.  Seems like he repairs all make and models.  Phone: 087 2342638.  (I'll try and post his business cared


Direction: (by the way a Thai name), but if you know where JNet Computer Service Store is located, he is a few doors to the right of JNet., same side of the street.  It is the street that runs between Kosa Steak House and the Parking Garage near the underground parking entrance to Tukcom.

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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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