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Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Re: Khon Kaen to Pattaya by bus
« on: July 14, 2018, 11:01:18 AM »
There is no NCA route listed from KKC-Pattaya, only KKC-BKK.  I have never taken Chan Tour, but I hear it is very good. From the website JustinTime posted, it looks like they go all the way to Pattaya.  With the CT route, do you have to change in BKK or someplace?

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Where to find . . . / Re: Avocados: Where to buy in Khon Kaen ???
« on: July 13, 2018, 08:12:10 PM »
Having a Villa in KKC would be whey kewl!  However, Villa is nature's way of letting you know that you have too much money!

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Where to find . . . / Avocados: Where to buy in Khon Kaen ???
« on: July 13, 2018, 03:31:23 PM »
Fri 13 Jul 2018, 3:30 pm

Where are the best places to buy avocados in Khon Kaen ??

Tks, lah!

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New Member Introductions / Re: Hi all, Thanks for allowing us to join
« on: July 04, 2018, 05:02:14 PM »
Hi Ernie,

Welcome and thanks for the intro.  Glad to have you with us.

As long as you are a participating, contributing member of the community, feel free to post properties, job notices or whatever, within reason. 

Cheers,

Rex

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Rotary Club of Nakhon Khon Kaen International

On Saturday we held our Club Assembly to continue our friendship and community focus. Thank you to Vacca Restaurant for another amazing food experience. Our meeting including Celebrity Heads, Tony the Magician and some productive planning for the new Rotary Year.

Facebook =>

https://www.facebook.com/rcnakhonkk/photos/pcb.1555700271201663/1555700064535017/?type=3&theater



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Discuss Health & Wellness / Re: Where can I score some Aspirin?
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:43:34 PM »
Fri 29 Jun 2018, 2:39 pm

See attached photo of the pharmacy where Fon bought Aspirin.  It is on Na Muang Road, opposite (across the street) from Number 1 Bar. If anyone goes there, you might ask is they have aspirin  available on a regular basis.







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Discuss Health & Wellness / Re: Where can I score some Aspirin?
« on: June 27, 2018, 03:47:57 PM »
Actually, Fon just found some   smiley32    at what she describes as the biggest pharmacy in KKC.  Don't know if they plan on always having it in stock.  If you are interested, I'll get more details on Friday. I thought that Mr. Tun no longer carrying it, we would be shit out of luck.

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Discuss Health & Wellness / Where can I score some Aspirin?
« on: June 27, 2018, 09:08:13 AM »
For some reason, the gov is concerned about people using Aspirin. It has been increasingly more difficult to find, but Mr. Tun has always had it ... until now.  They still have 81 mg "baby aspirin," but not regular, 100% aspirin 300 mg.  You used to be able to get Bayer aspirin 500 mg at Boots, Watsons, PF, everywhere.  No more.


I have always used 100% aspirin for pain and fever. Tylenol and the other non-aspirin stuff doesn't do anything for me.  I wonder why Thailand considers it a problem? Tylenol and the other non-steroidal drugs are not exactly ideal either.

Anyway, if anyone knows where it is available, pls. lemme know.

Tks, lah!




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This is about the outreach to PHUKET just in case y'all have an uncontrollable urge to do a little snorkeling and embassy business at the same time!  roll   Or perhaps you know someone near Phuket who might need an outreach but does not receive these ACS messages.



The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to provide services in Phuket.

Date: 5 July 2018
Time:  12:00pm–3:00pm
Venue: Millennium Resort Patong Phuket
Address: 199 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150

Hotel phone:   (66) 7 660 1999

  No appointment necessary, services are provided on a first come – first serve basis.

To expedite your service, please arrive with your documents filled-out completely, correctly, and NOT signed. Documents, forms and applications can be accessed by clicking on any of the below listed links.

SERVICES OFFERED AND OFFICIAL EXCHANGE RATES ON 5 July 2018

·     3,630 THB- Renewal of adult passports

·     3,795 THB- Renewal of minor (under age 16) passports

·     4,785 THB- Renewal of first adult passports

·     4,785 THB- Replacement of adult lost/stolen passports

·     3,795 THB- Replacement of minor (under age 16) lost/stolen passports

·     990 THB- Adult passport card

·     495 THB- Minor passport card

·     1,650 THB (per notary stamp)  – Notary– including Income Affidavits

Above fees are based on an exchange rate of 33 THB to 1 USD

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring copies of your passport bio-data page and each supplementary document required with a passport application per the online instructions. Please follow all relevant passport renewal instructions according to above links. Original documents will be returned to the applicant, however, the copies will not.

IMPORTANT: For applications on behalf of minors, the child and both parents must appear in person.

PAYMENT METHOD

Please be advised the U.S. embassy will no longer accept cash (U.S. Dollars and Thai Baht) at Outreach Events for American Citizen Services. This is a worldwide policy, and no exceptions can be considered, please see the No Cash Announcement.

All payments at U.S. Embassy Outreach Events must be made in the form of a BANK DRAFT.

All Bank Drafts must be:

Purchased from Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, or Siam Commercial Bank (SCB).   (There is no need to have an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft) (Kasikorn Bank calls a “Bank Draft” a “Bill of Exchange”). 

Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok.” (No variations, errors, or typos are permitted. Do not write on or make any markings on the bank draft.)

In the exact amount of Thai Baht (THB) for your total service.

At the official embassy exchange rate at the time of the outreach.

Fees and exchange rates are included in individual outreach announcements and posted on our website.

Submitted at the time of service.

Issued within the last six months.

You can show below information to the bank:

ลูกค้าท่านนี้ต้องการซื้อแบงค์ดร๊าฟ(สกุลเงินบาทเท่านั้น)
โดยจำนวนเงินอ้างอิงตามอัตราแลกเปลี่ยนของสถานทูต
และระบุสั่งจ่ายถึง “American Embassy Bangkok”
รบกวนช่วยอำนวยความสะดวกให้ด้วยค่ะ

Delivery Service: You must purchase and submit a separate 100 THB bank draft. Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for services.

Please note:


Cashiers’ checks, personal checks, cash, credit or any other form of payment will not be accepted.

Bank Draft requirement only applies to Consular Outreach Events. Services rendered during normal business hours at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or the Consulate in Chiang Mai will continue to accept payments made by credit card or cash (THB or USD).

RETURN OF PASSPORT

The Passport Retrieval Process Has Changed! – Beginning 1 July 2018:


Passport Return by Thai Post Registered Mail:
Your new passport will be sent to your mailing address in Thailand through registered mail. ACS will cancel your current passport at the time of application and return it to you.


Purchase a prepaid Thai Post envelope at the outreach event for 100 THB (SEPARATE BANK DRAFT IS REQUIRED). Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for servies.

NEARBY PARTICIPATING BANKS:



Bangkok Bank
147 Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd
Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu
Chang Wat, Phuket 83150



Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
Jungceylon Shopping Center
Patong Beach, Phuket 83150



Kasikorn Bank
Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd
Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu
Chang Wat, Phuket 83150



You may use any branch of the three participating banks. The above branches are suggested since they are near the venue.



SPECIAL NOTES

CONSULAR REPORTS OF BIRTH ABROAD AND AUTHENTICATION OF SIGNATURE SERVICES CANNOT BE PROCESSED AT CONSULAR OUTREACH EVENTS.

Starting on October 1, 2017, all beneficiaries and applicants living in Thailand must direct all questions regarding Social Security to SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines at FBU.manila@ssa.gov. Please visit http://www.ssa.gov for more Social Security information.

For other outreach dates and locations please see http://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/consular-outreach/

For information on US Citizen Services please see http://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

For questions please email acsbkk@state.gov

Follow us on Twitter by searching our username @ACSBKK.

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You are quite right, Mac.  The fees on the ACS website are in dollars.  I know I got the (incorrect) amount from "somewhere," I didn't just make it it--but referring back to the e-mail notification, the correct fees in THB are difficult to miss.  Don't know how I made that goof, but "my bad."

I think I see a trip to Kasikorn Bank tomorrow the cancel the first draft. Such joy!

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I got there at 11:30, was #73 in the queue!!!  Waited  90 minutes for my turn. But had made the bank draft for the wrong amount.  I thought I had taken the correct amount off the website.  But either I goofed or there is a mistake on the website. In any event, mad dash to Bangkok Bank to buy a new draft which I fortunately had the cash for.  Tomorrow, to my Kasikorn bank to cancel the first draft.

This bank draft business is really annoying.  I am sure the Embassy staff isn't exactly thrilled with it either.

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Where to find . . . / Re: onion powder and celery seeds
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:32:38 AM »
Even Lazada doesn't have onion powder.   :o{  They do have garlic powder, but I didn't even bother to search for celery seeds.

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Open discussion / Re: Snake
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:43:42 AM »
We saw a golden tree snake on our balcony eating a little bird whole.  Amazing! Just like one of those Nat Geo videos about the anaconda eating the pig, only on a much smaller scale!

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Open discussion / Re: Snake
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:39:05 AM »

Did he look like this?  If so, golden tree snake, slightly venomus, but not dangerous to humans.  Eats bird and can "fly."  If not, the deadly green mamba.  One bite, instant paralysis and a slow, agonizing death over the next few hours!  roll


http://bit.ly/2MAFuUc





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Khon Kaen in the News / Re: Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: June 16, 2018, 07:53:08 AM »
What a tragedy!  And what a terrible experience it must have been for you, Russell, not to mention the loved ones of those who died in the fire. Sorry you had to go through that.


However, your conclusions are like listening to a stereo broadcast through only one channel.  No one would argue the tragedy of lost lives due to absence of safety equipment, whether at a hotel or any other public venue. And no one would argue the noble intention and (possibly) positive result of gov mandated safety measures.  The problem is that once you give the gov the power to behave "nobly," what is to keep them from behaving crassly, stupidly, blindly, corruptly?  The answer is, nothing! will prevent that.


This is particularly obvious and evident regarding the current guesthouse crackdown. This is not about smoke alarms and fire extinguishers! If it was, all but the most destitute fly-by-night operators would simply comply. Even if cash flow was scarce and buying smoke detectors and smoke alarms would represent a financial setback, the operators would simply get the equipment by-hook-or-by-crook rather than be shut down.


I am no expert on this, but as it was explained to me by one guesthouse owner, the problem is that  the regulations are endless and ultimately impossible for small operators to comply with. One example she gave me, as best as I can recall it, was a requirement for 30% openspace in the front of the guesthouse or something like that; something easy for those with a lot of real estate to comply with, but virtually impossible for the little guys. The only ones who benefit from this are big business and members of the government who have vested interest in seeing the larger operators prosper and the little ones fail.


If your sense of "good" is causing and industry and entire sections of cities fail and decay so that property values drop, and Chinese and Thai "investors" buy up the land, bulldoze it, and rebuild shiny, sterile, upscale crap for Chinese tourists, then I guess it is all good!

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