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Open discussion / UPDATE: Registered Letter Arrived!
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:09:48 PM »
UPDATE:  Registered Letter Arrived!

I sent a form via Registered Mail  to Social Security in the U.S. on 29 Aug and tracking confirms it was delivered on 18 Sep. Unlike the past, the delivery was confirmed on both

Thailand Post tracking =>

as well as

U.S. Post Office tracking =>

Not exactly speedy, but proof of delivery in this case was more important than speed, and a bargain at 104 bahtski!

This is good news because my guess is that it was letters to big government agencies such as Social Security were the ones most likely to disappear on their way to delivery or at least not get signed for and recorded in the system as delivered.

Where to find . . . / Re: FedEx
« on: September 18, 2018, 08:39:03 AM »
FedEx uses agents upcountry.  I don't know if the Khon Kaen agent for FedEx is still TNT on the other side of the parking lot from TESCO.  They change agents from time-to-time. 

The call center => 1782 will tell you who the current agent is. They will also give you the rate over the phone if you have the weight and dimensions.  If it is longer than 36 inches and/or over some particular weight, custom charges apply, and they ain't cheap.

Also, if you are sending something valuable, keep in mind that FedEx, DHL, et al are BRUTAL about charging duty and a lot of other inscrutable little  service charges which add up. EMS has always been much more reasonable in our experience, often not charging duty or only some minimal amount. The service is nearly as good and reliable as FedEx and much cheaper.  Go to the P.O. and they will give you the rate for your item.

Open discussion / Re: hotel
« on: September 15, 2018, 08:45:40 PM »
The Pulliman is right down the street from Kosa, and there are many restaurants with good Western food in short walking distance from Kosa.  Tuckom shopping center is across the street with several fast food and other restaurants and a min-Tops supermarket. Also, Watsons and Boots drug stores. A few falang bars, places to rent cars and motorbikes.  That area is very convenient for amenities.

Visas, et al / Re: Extension renewal
« on: September 05, 2018, 06:27:24 PM »
If I were married, I would avoid getting involved the the TM30 transaction except "behind the scenes" as needed. I would not talk to Imm or the police about it,  and would not allow them to try to impose it as my responsibility.  I would of course provide all the support and assistance wifey needed, whatever that might be, but finally wifey would do the deed of handing the form to cops or Imm, not me.

Visas, et al / Re: Extension renewal
« on: September 05, 2018, 05:23:42 PM »
Wrong form number Rex.  TM30 is the form confirming your address which up to very recently has not been enforced in Khon Kaen.  The 90 day form is TM47.

My bad!  Thanks for correcting that LungBing!  I think the reason I made the mistake is that it still confuses me that some  falang seem intent on training Imm to regard us falang as responsible for the TM30 when it is the owner of the place we reside who is responsible.  Even if we are married to the owner of the place we reside, it is still the owners responsibility. Although understandably we might want to manage that from behind the scenes, in my opinion, it does no one any good to directly participate in the process and insert ourselves in between wifey and Imm. Why would we want to take on another obligation, particularly for something as insane as the TM30?

Visas, et al / Re: Extension renewal
« on: September 05, 2018, 10:08:03 AM »
You file a 90 Day Report 90 days after your last one, or 90 days after your most recent entry into Thailand.  Which port you enter from or how long you were out of the country is not relevant.

Visas, et al / Re: Extension renewal
« on: August 30, 2018, 07:39:01 AM »
Thanks Savannah!  Posts like this are really important. Now married guys are informed that they may they may need Wifey's Thai ID and can prepare.  Of course, as you discovered, no matter how well-prepared you are, Imm can always throw you a curve that will cost you some time and running around.  But at least we can try to stay ahead of the process.

Open discussion / Re: Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved
« on: August 29, 2018, 06:32:40 PM »
Today I sent my social security form via registered mail,  104 bahtski.  I'll update again when delivery is confirmed or doesn't happen. Hope the results will be as positive as as it was for the package I described earlier.

Open discussion / Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved
« on: August 27, 2018, 07:25:52 AM »
Registered Mail to U.S. seems improved. In the past, some of you, like me, have experienced frustration sending registered mail to the U.S. Mail seemed to take an inordinate period of time,  the tracking was not very satisfying, and often the final tracking update was that mail had left a certain USPS facility for delivery ...  But no update that the mail was ever delivered.  Very frustrating!  Especially so as registered mail was (traditionally) supposed to be the most secure. In another lifetime, I worked for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, and we used to send thousands of dollars of gold coins to branches throughout California via registered mail.

Happily, I just had an entirely different experience. USPS seems to have revamped their tracking system and it actually seems to work. Tracking updates at every single hop along the delivery route, e-mail updates,  and successful delivery notification.  I sent a package on 15 August, just delivered today, 27 Aug, 12 days, not exactly speedy, but quite acceptable.

I hope this is not just a one-off because registered is a lot cheaper than the EMS.

If you use registered mail to the States, please share your experience with it.

Everybodies:  Kindly focus your comments on issues not  attack on or evaluations of persons.

Thank you.

Thu 23 Aug 2018, 7:04 pm

By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich, Staff Reporter - August 23, 2018 12:29 pm

Gen. Anantaporn Kanchanarat, minister of Social Development and Human Security, left, greets Farang and Thai attendees
at the opening of the Thai Daughter-in-Law, Farang Son-in-Law Clinic Wednesday in Khon Kaen.

KHON KAEN — The first training center to advise and help Thai wives with farang husbands opened Wednesday in Isaan.

The Thai Daughter-in-Law, Farang Son-in-Law Clinic began operating Wednesday afternoon at the Rattanapa Center for Women’s and Family Development in Khon Kaen city, a pilot learning center set up by government social development ministries.

“There are more Thai women with foreign husbands in Isaan region than in other regions. Misunderstandings about language and culture result in divorce,” said Gen. Anantaporn Kanchanarat, minister of Social Development and Human Security, who spoke at the opening. “This clinic is the beginning of a change in attitude about family.”

Many Thai wives attended with their farang husbands.The training center will be run by the human security ministry and advised by experts from the ministries of foreign affairs, health and justice, as well as Khon Kaen University.

Anantaporn said they aimed to help Thai women’s marriages to foreigners that sometimes result in scams, physical abuse and other marital problems. He said various women overseas have reported being abused or at risk: 7,457 in Asia, 495 in Europe, 210 in North America, 172 in Oceania, 58 in Africa and 12 in South America.

Officials at the seminar gave examples of the mistreatment, saying abusive husbands tell the women not to leave the house and that the surrounding community only becomes aware of marital problems when children tell their school teachers.

Leartpanya Buranabandit, director general of Women’s Affairs, said there are more Thai women married to foreigners in Isaan because they’re encouraged by relatives.

“Families that encourage their daughters to marry foreigners hope their family’s status will improve,” Leartpanya said. “But many women are scammed; they don’t get the comfortable life they hoped for. Some are abused, prostituted or trafficked.”

Thais experiencing abuse or marital problems with their farang partners can contact the training center through the 1300 hotline or by calling +66 991 301 300 from overseas.

Open discussion / Re: 3BB plastic payment card
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:06:36 AM »
A couple of months ago we received a card  from 3BB that could be used to pay  our monthly internet bill.  It worked no problem, so last month and this month I paid the bill on the 11th, as stated on the card.But this month, 10 days after paying, we received a bill, as we used to. We happened to be going to Central yesterday so we popped into their office there and asked what did they want us to do, pay on the 11th with the card, or wait for the bill.  Wait for the bill they said. 
So what was the point of sending out all those cards?

I am not familiar with the plastic card you are describing. However, I sometimes run into difficulty getting a reliable answer to questions along the lines of  "What should I do?",  or "What is the policy?"  Sometimes they don't know and will just say anything to avoid losing face. Sometimes they will try to be accommodating and "read between the lines" of my question and tell me what they think I want to hear. Sometimes they answer with "can" as "You can wait for the bill."  Maybe in their mind, "can" is a non-pushy way of expressing "should," but it never leaves me feeling secure that I am clear on what the policy is.

My main mobile number is a pre-paid SIM that I got 15 years ago. In the beginning,  I used to load it by buying those cards from 7-11 that gave you an activation code. No bills involved.  But as soon as I got squared away with online banking at Kasikorn, I have loaded it online every time.  However, be careful.  I did have an emergency SIM card with a substantial balance that I never used.  Occasionally, I would skip a month assumingly (stupidly!) that AIS would just use my balance to keep the card active!  Wrong! Your balance and keeping the card active are separate things.  Apparently, they had deactivated my number and I have been paying money into an account that didn't exist for several months before I found out! They were pretty clear about the policy when i tried to get some relief.  No way, Clarence!

Discuss Travel / Re: So You Want To Go To Poi Pet, Cambodia to Gamble
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:24:21 PM »
Charming, ain't it?

Food, Dining, Restaurants / Re: Pizza & Bake
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:57:32 PM »
There term is dated is all I meant.

"The term “yuppie” now feels so dated that it occasionally seems an entire social class has vanished. If the suit-wearing Patrick Batemans of the 1980s no longer embody affluence, what has come to replace them? ...

FAQ, TOS, SPAM Policy / Re: CleanTalk spam protection
« on: August 12, 2018, 06:49:47 AM »
Thanks for the report, ParryHandy.  Once you have logged in and gotten past the first Cleantalk message, does it continue to happen during your session, or do you only get the message one time during a session?  Thanks.

Anybody else?

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