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Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Re: Khon Kaen to Buriram?
« on: January 18, 2020, 05:13:20 PM »
I think there are two scheduled buses, takes 4 hours.  Have to check at Terminal 3 for times, and the type of service.

When my wife gets home, I'll ask her if there are tour-bus operators too.

Visas, et al / Re: Official Dress Code Coming to KK Immigration?
« on: January 12, 2020, 05:19:44 PM »
Went to Immigration to submit the 90-Day Report and get a Re-entry permit.  Did it just after 3:30.  There was no one in Immigration waiting, but the number on the board identifying the customer being served was 60.  My number was 77!  Where were the 16 people ahead of me?  It took me 15 minutes to finally get Desk #1 I/O to recognize that no one else was there (yes, three people walked in after me.)

Saw that we have a new supervisor sitting in the office, a younger officer replaced the woman officer.  No one in the office went into his office and no paperwork was provided to him to review and approve.  He was just sitting there with ear plugs in listening to music?!  So, now I would expect a whole new process for getting your Extensions.

Visas, et al / Re: Police Security Check
« on: January 12, 2020, 05:12:10 PM »
I doubt if Thailand has a Privacy Act so they can ask almost any type of question.  Even if they did have one, the police could circumvent it.

When you go to Immigration, what do you see?  Many administrative assistants and tons of paper being filed.  If you don't like to use their online services, which doesn't work all the time, why can't you just go in with your passport and proof of where you live to do the 90-Day report or the Form TM 28 or the Form TM 30?  They already have all the information at their fingertips, their computer system.  It really is a make-work operation.

What about when there is money exchanged (not the tea type), like a Re-entry permit?  Paper application with a pasted on passport sized picture.  All the information is on the computer system, AND they take your picture electronically.  So, why do they have to use a manual ledger to allocate a visa number plus preparing a written receipt?  Getting the stamp in your passport and going on the computer system to allocate the visa number, should be sufficient.  But it seems they need more paper to file.

Funny, if you get a ticket, you go to the police station, bring the ticket and your driver's license, pay the fine, get a receipt, and be on your way, pretty efficient.  Even better when renewing your vehicle registration, the drive-up window, no paper application.  Your receipt is your new sticker.

Immigration police just haven't figured it out.

Visas, et al / Re: Police Security Check
« on: January 08, 2020, 05:10:48 PM »
Savannah, maybe they will send a copy of the photo back to the US Embassy assuring them that you are safe!  555

Wonder when they will come down to my area, Lao Nadi Road west.

Visas, et al / Re: Official Dress Code Coming to KK Immigration?
« on: December 28, 2019, 05:18:56 PM »
Russell, not sure why the argument, I was a business professional for about 40 years and worked with civilian and government personnel/customers both in the US and many foreign countries.  So, if that is what you call a "know it all", I guess that is your opinion.

The point of this thread is the possible dress code for foreign visitors in Thailand, not how you dressed in your country.

Visas, et al / Re: Official Dress Code Coming to KK Immigration?
« on: December 28, 2019, 12:55:03 PM »
Here are the results from a survey done in Australia on work place dress codes.  (I realize this is domestic types of activities not going to a foreign country.)

Dress codes were defined as:
  • Formal business (e.g. business suit and tie for men; business suit or business style dress for women)
  • Smart casual (e.g. sports jacket with chinos or nice jeans for men; nice slacks, skirt or dark jeans with a collared or dressy top for women)
  • Business casual (e.g. pressed khakis or chinos with a polo or collared shirt for men; dress pants with a fashionable top for women)
  • Casual / Informal (e.g. t-shirt and jeans)
  • Uniform
  • Other
In Australia, the most common workplace dress code is the uniform. This isnít entirely surprising given that the industries where uniforms are most commonly worn, trades and services, retail, hospitality, healthcare and medical and sales, account for the largest proportion of Australiaís work force.
 Smart casual attire was the second most common, smart and business casual third, casual / informal clothing was fourth and formal business attire last.

No where did I see dress shorts in any of the categories of work place attire unless it is part of a uniform like the military.  So, I guess nattily dressed in dress shorts, long socks, and a polo shirt must be acceptable.

For me, I'll still wear nice slacks, collared and buttoned shirt, real socks and shoes, and now maybe I might wear a sports coat!  Just joking!  Or maybe I am not, time will only tell.

News and Announcements / Re: Official Dress Code Coming to KK Immigration?
« on: December 28, 2019, 09:07:12 AM »
OK, but we are not discussing how we would dress in our own country. 

This is not a domestic consideration of each of our homelands.  It is discussing how one dresses in a foreign country when visiting that country's governmental agencies, specifically Thailand.  Yes, I doubt if Immigration would take an issue on the dress you described, Russell. 

There is an old saying that is very appropriate here, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do".  What is expected?  If Immigration defines an appropriate dress code for those visiting their offices, then any foreigner should abide by those rules, including their Thai spouses or gf.  Whether you are a visiting dignitary or just an ordinary Joe, you are representing your country in a foreign land.

Visas, et al / Re: Official Dress Code Coming to KK Immigration?
« on: December 27, 2019, 08:10:31 PM »
So, if a Thai applies for a visa, for example, to the US or Australia, or other Western country, and that Thai (usually a woman) comes to the interview portion of the application process dressed in flip flops, shorts, and a tank top, or similar dress, what are his/her chances of getting a visa?  I would bet, NONE!

Russell, it sounds like you thought I was degrading you.  I wasn't.  From your Australian culture, you were 'formally dressed' when you wore tailored shorts with long socks, and a polo shirt.  So, what you are saying, if a senior representative from Australian military or a senior official from a government office came to visit Thailand in the heat of the summer, that is how they would dress, no business suits or dress uniforms with slacks, but tailored shorts, long socks and a polo shirt.  Would never happen with anyone coming from the US, and I doubt even from a European country or the UK.

So, the next time I visit Khon Kaen Immigration and wear slacks, a collared shirt, socks and shoes, I'll be overdressed?  Could care less.

Visas, et al / Re: Official Dress Code Coming to KK Immigration?
« on: December 26, 2019, 08:18:43 PM »
If he is not playing devil's advocate, I sure have to scratch my head, as they say, trying to figure out from where he is coming.

When I was employed in the aerospace/defense business or when I worked for IBM, YOU NEVER WENT TO SEE A CUSTOMER IN CASUAL CLOTHES LET ALONE SHORTS/FLIP-FLOPS/T-SHIRT or even dungarees and a sports shirt with tennis shoes.  YOU NEVER WENT TO THE OFFICE WHEN THERE WERE NO APPOINTMENTS IN CASUAL CLOTHES.  I can almost guarantee that business attire is still the norm.  Business attire was required if you went on a military base or to the Pentagon (they all wore business suits or military uniforms unless they were in a 'bag' ready to fly an exercise.)

I also remember when USAir did not allow passengers (especially women) wearing short shorts to board an aircraft.  They were stopped at the check-in counter and told to go change and dress appropriately.

I think it is very degrading for a citizen of a foreign country going to any government office in a country where he/she is a visitor.  AND WE ARE VISITORS HERE.  Like they say, if you don't like it, leave.  No one is holding you back.  (I'll bet when Russell went to the Thai Consulate in Savannakhet to get his Non-Imm Type "O", he was dressed appropriately.)

Another example, look at all the Temples here in Thailand, a majority of them require women to wear long skirts and sedate tops and men to wear slacks.

But each to his own, so don't get in a tizzy if the Immigration asks you to leave and get dressed appropriately, which we are starting to see throughout Thailand.

To me, all the above is to show respect.  It is like when people come to visit you in your home, they take off their shoes at the door and vice versa.  That is unless you are low class.

Visas, et al / Re: Official Dress Code Coming to KK Immigration?
« on: December 26, 2019, 11:03:25 AM »
I hope so!  I

Open discussion / Re: Wine22 - Khon Kaen
« on: December 26, 2019, 07:33:58 AM »
Yes, I think you are right.  The group that bought Wine22 retained the whole staff.  They are doing a "piece-meal" refurbishment so as not to close the restaurant.

Compared to Smile or The Pavilion restaurants, my opinion, the food is 100% better.  It is like the Isan Beef Sirloin, it is very tender, excellent flavoring, and grilled to perfection.  Have never found beef (don't eat much of it anyway) of that excellence anywhere else in Khon Kaen.  The pizza was very thin crust and the ingredients had to be very high quality.  I don't think you can find Lasagna with that excellent taste anywhere here in KKC.  ETC, ETC.

Open discussion / Wine22 - Khon Kaen
« on: December 25, 2019, 08:31:05 PM »
If you haven't been, need to go and you might want to go again and again.  Food prices are reasonable and on certain nights, live music.  A sampling of the food, some of its sort of western style with a touch of Thai.  The Isan beef Sirloin cut is excellent, the pork ribs very good, the lasagna excellent, the pizza (many varieties (I had cheese and spinach-perfect)).  The menu is extensive, we also had fried fish, sliced pork steak, soft shell crab (very fresh), etc.  It is located on Ruen Rom Road, ala the road from the traffic circle at the train station, less than 200 meters from the circle.  You will see the sign for parking where there is a large lot in the back.  I highly recommend it.

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Their Facebook page:

Open discussion / Christmas Dinner
« on: December 24, 2019, 03:37:41 PM »
Kosa Steak House has turkey and all the fixin's on their menu each day for the period of Christmas Eve through New Years and beyond.  Not sure what "all the fixin's" means or the price for each individual.  But it is another alternative.

Where to find . . . / Re: Tyres and Rims
« on: December 21, 2019, 07:50:49 AM »
Big Pro is a good place.  They carry Goodyear Tires which I swear by and they usually have a promotion Buy 3 and get 1 free.  Same quality as Bridgestone and Michelin, but more reasonably priced.  It is across the street from Index Living Mall and just north of the Mitsubishi Dealer on Mittraphap Road South (and just north of the Ring Road.)  (I used to work for (and retired) from the Aerospace Defense Subsidiary of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co in Akron, Ohio.)

Another reliable one but a bit more pricey (but carries the off brand named tires) is Cockpit, many rims.  It also is on Mittraphap just south of Central Plaza on the east side of the road.  It is across the street from the Toyota Dealer.

Discuss Shopping / Re: USB's
« on: December 19, 2019, 07:32:58 PM »
For a few baht more, maybe you should consider an external solid state disk drive if you are backing up you internal disk drive data files.

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