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Open discussion / Re: Hidden Processing Fees - Thai AirAsia
« on: June 17, 2019, 07:21:31 PM »
80 baht per "LEG."   Don't most passengers have two legs unless they are dogs?

I thought a Cameroonian was a girl scout cookie.

You are probably confusing it with Macaroon, a small country in Africa.

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

There are many expats in Khon Kaen Province. However, we are kind of spread out from each other, and there isn't much of a centralize area where expats go and hang out. Before the internet made life easier,  there was more of a need, I think, for centralized falang hangouts. Years ago, there was a lot of activity around the Tuckom area; several expat bars and restaurants. Sevens Corner wasn't far away and, of course, Number One Bar a bit further. Most of those places are no more.  Still some action around there I guess (can anyone confirm?), but not like the "old dys."

This from Peter who is getting really beat up when he tries to post on the forum

Quote from: Peter
I've had no luck in tracing any psychologists at Srinagarind, but I have found this on the internet and will post on the thread for 'Alligator' to follow up:

News and Announcements / Re: Health check
« on: June 12, 2019, 05:57:00 PM »
I have only been to Ratchaphruek one time, years ago before the rennovations/renewal. I was neither overly impressed nor turned off, "hasip-hasip." I do seem to recall it being dimly lit and kind of dingy. But maybe that was just my mood at the time?

However, I have heard that the new Ratchaphruek is completely different and 1000% better, both in terms of the physical facilities, the service and the attitude. In fact, I heard that it was so nice that people had to wait for non-urgent appointments.

Can anyone confirm or deny?

Tks, lah!

Are you looking for "talk therapy"?  In what language?  I seriously doubt you will find that, especially, in English in Khon Kaen.  There are psychiatrists at all the major hospitals who speak passable to fluent English. These are people you would primarily consult for medication of some kind.  Whether they are "good" or not, I am afraid I wouldn't know. As with other doctors who work out of hospitals, I imagine most or all of them also have private practices.

If this is about you or someone you love, good luck.  I hope you feel better.

Open discussion / Re: VIP bus to Korat
« on: June 09, 2019, 07:08:25 AM »
Bill, sorry you had a bad experience with NCA.  I have never been to Bangladesh, so I would not be able to compare the service. However, I have done the "red eye" KKC-BKK many times and it is very comfortable. You get a snack too. I wouldn't know about the dancing girls and all that as I catch the 11:30 pm, take half a xanax, lay back in the big, reclining seat, and wake up at 5:30 a.m. as the bus is pulling into Bangers. The little  Bangers NCA terminal is in a different location than the big bus station. Dozens of taxis appear outside, waiting to take you away. No traffic all the way to my hotel.

Hope you sort out your logistics.

Open discussion / Re: VIP bus to Korat
« on: June 08, 2019, 06:55:42 AM »
Bill, I hope Chan Tours has something for you or that you find an acceptable workaround. However, the scenario you described would hardly be a deal breaker in my mind. I am sure there are tuk-tuks near where you get off the bus. Maybe even taxis, but I have not been to Korat in probably a decade. As to the money, it certainly is annoying to pay the fare to Bangers and get off half-way there.  On the other hand, If a tix to Bangers is B500 and Korat is half-way, you are quote-unquote "over-paying" B250.  Annoying, but--unless you are really broke--hardly the end of the world. If you go to a buffet, you don't get annoyed because you pay the same money even though you might only eat half as much food as the other diners.

Oh, well.  Up to you, lah!

Open discussion / Re: VIP bus to Korat
« on: June 07, 2019, 08:01:13 PM »
Are you starting in Khon Kaen?  Is there no Nakonchai Air (NCA) or Chan Tours VIP bus to Korat???  NCA has it's own little station inside the station. At least it did in the old air con bus station.

Thanks Frank! The story on => not only is quite clear, but unambiguously states several different times that the mandatory insurance requirement is for O-A visa, and not O visa.  This is just small excerpt:

"Prachuap Khiri Khan Immigration told Thaivisa that the new requirements only affect people seeking Non-Immigrant Visa O-A.

The requirement for mandatory health insurance does not affect those people who stay in Thailand on a Non O extension of stay based on retirement."

Frank makes a good point about the announcement coming from a local office rather than the head of Imm, but that "could" just be the imponderables of Thai bureaucracy. Or not. We'll see. I guess.

There is also the curiosity I raised in an earlier post. If the intention is to protect Thailand health care providers from nasty, smelly foreigners who don't pay their medical bills, limiting the application to O-A visa holders makes no sense. What on earth is this all about anyway?  Probably we will never know.

Fakenews! >:(

We are in town, also using three-stage filter, and no salty taste in the water.

You dodged a bullet this time!  roll

Who the hell ever knows when they are going to decide to be sticklers on some trivial issue and when they are going to go by the "smell test" and approve when everything seems on the up-and-up.

I am going to hope (without expectation) that when the cabinet referred to type OA, that was not sloppy, and that they intended to make a distinction between OA and O. Why on earth they would make such a distinction is beyond me. However, if the meant it, as I have been saying, it saves me B48K which would essentially be an expense that provides NOTHING. I would rather give the money to charity than as a gratuity to BOOOOPA.

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