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Where to find . . . / Yellow 1/2 inch PVC pipe
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:33:01 AM »
Anyone happen to know if yellow, 1/2 inch PVC pipe is readily available around town?  Actually, I don't care about the color, but it is usually yellow for some reason.

Tks, lah!

News and Announcements / CleanTalk causing posting problems?
« on: October 12, 2018, 10:43:47 AM »
Fri 12 Oct 2018, 10:35 am

Hello all,

Stevve has reported he gets this error message when trying to post to the forum:

*** Forbidden. Please enable JavaScript. E-mail seems to be spammer. ***

Realist also was having this problem and in addition a warning that his IP address was suspected of spamming.

Unfortunately, this is outside of my skill set.   When I contact CleanTalk support, they always seem eager to be helpful, but in the end they are not.  Here is what they said last time regarding Realist's IP addy suspected of spamming

"We don't see any requests in your logs with this IP 180.XXX.XX.XXX. Also, it's not in our blacklists"

Is anyone else having difficulty logging in, creating new posts or replying to posts?

Please let us know and describe the problem as best as you can.


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.

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 / EMS guy sucks!
« on: August 10, 2018, 12:48:21 PM »
Fri 10 Aug 2018, 12:38 pm

The regular and registered mail postman (same guy) always beeps his horn and gives me a minute to get downstairs to collect my mail.

The EMS guy DOES NOT! He just leaves a notice in my mailbox and then escapes.  I don't recall ever seeing the guy around here.  I wonder if he even bothers to bring the packages with him or just a stack of notices. I don't think I have ever  gotten an EMS package delivered in the 15 years I have lived in this house.  The inconvenience of going to the post office and waiting on line to collect mail is annoying ... but in context, it is especially annoying as you pay a premium price for EMS to supposedly insure faster and more reliable delivery. 

Pain in the ass!

Well, maybe I should stop complaining and be grateful that the mail arrives at all.


Expat volunteers in Chiang Mai denied visas in work permit standoff


Thu 2 Aug 2018, 10:24 am

The head of two foundations in Chiang Mai has revealed to Thaivisa that a standoff between the new head of the Chiang Mai labor office and the city's immigration department is causing trouble for up to a thousand foreigners who are volunteering at charities in the province.

Our source - who has asked not to be named - said that visas were not being issued because volunteers were being denied work permits.

He called it a standoff between the new head of the labor department and Chiang Mai immigration.

Thaivisa understands the labor department in Chiang Mai has not been issuing work permits for foreign volunteers, with immigration then saying "sorry, we can't issue you visas as you don't have a work permit", said the source.

He said this was causing serious problems for long term non-immigrant "O" volunteers and charitable foundations and that as many as 1000 foreigners are affected.?


-- © Copyrigh?t Thai Visa News 2018-8-1

I normall leave the tabloid stuff to others, but this is TOO good!

Back to jail : Pattaya "sex" teachers ordered held as they continue fight

The Russians at the center of a course that taught sex techniques have been ordered held by the Pattaya court.

Eight of the ten involved in offering the course back in February appeared in court at the end of last week.

Asked if they admitted their crimes they all denied it. And said they had instructed lawyers to fight their cases.

They were then taken back to jail to await their day in court.

One person is charged with overstay, three with illegal entry and all with working without a work permit.

They were arrested on February 26th in a Pattaya Sai 2 Road hotel where they were allegedly offering a course on sex techniques to 43 Russians who had paid 20,000 baht a head.

 The group were led by "Alex Leslie", 35, and "Nastya Rubka". The latter tried to trade her freedom for inf?ormation about meddling in the US elections claiming she had connections with Russian oligarchs.

The location of the ringleader?s was not mentioned in the TNA story from Thursday.

Source: Thai News Agency

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!

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 =>

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!


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.


·     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.


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:

และระบุสั่งจ่ายถึง “American Embassy Bangkok”

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).


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.


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.



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 Please visit for more Social Security information.

For other outreach dates and locations please see

For information on US Citizen Services please see

For questions please email

Follow us on Twitter by searching our username @ACSBKK.

User Guide / MOVED: I don't like KK Forum
« on: June 03, 2018, 07:23:32 AM »

User Guide / How to add images to your posts
« on: June 02, 2018, 10:28:16 AM »
How to add images to your posts.

Sat 2 Jun 2018, 10:15 am

Aspro sent me a PM about this, but I am posting it publicly because others may have the same questions.

Quote from: Aspro
have been trying to download a house for sale on your site and every time I try to post I keep getting the message site can not be reached.  Is there a problem or am I doing it all wrong.

Kind regards

James Sloan (Aspro)

Hi James.  Sorry you are having problems with images. I think I know what you mean, but technically you cannot "download" images to the site.  You either have to embed them which is not too difficult but it takes a couple of steps.  Or you can add them as attachments (max size 128 kb).

Here are instructions on how to embed images =>

Or you can attach them as per the instructions in the attachment to this post.

Also, the forum has a user guid with instructions and tutorials which might be helpful.

One final word, unlike many or most forums, we are fine with commercial messages, however we expect them to be from participating members of our community, not just "drive-by postings"  If you are not interested in playing with us, please find another place to sell your stuff.



Khon Kaen in the News / Guesthouses threatened by gov closure
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:35:21 PM »
Wed 30 May 2018, 12:31 pm

"Guesthouses," usually small family-run hotels have been a cottage industry in Thailand for decades serving budget travelers and lending charm and character to tourist areas. Many travelers prefer the small-scale intimacy, charm and personal service to the more sterile and cold-blooded commercial hotels. To each their own, of course. However, this industry, the livelihoods of generations of guesthouse owners and operators are at risk as the gov moves to make it difficult or impossible for such places to continue to operate in Thailand. Not only does this effect the guesthouse operators but also budget travelers who will have fewer options and my be entirely priced-out of visiting Thailand.  Of course, in our opinion, it would be better for the big hotel operators/owners (many of whom are members of the government) to work hard to provide better service and lower prices rather than colluding to squash an entire industry comprised mostly of innocents with little or no defense against the gov and big business. While undoubtedly there are many levels to this story, I rarely ask my facebook friends to share posts, but I make an exception this time. If you love these little guesthouse facilities or are just opposed to abuse of power from gov and big business PLEASE SHARE this with friends and colleagues. Thanks!  -Rex[/size

THE NATION- Facing a crackdown on unregistered accommodations, the operators of 200 small hotels and guesthouses in Chiang Mai’s Muang district on Friday jointly hired a team of experienced lawyers to petition the court to legalise their businesses, as well as asking for help from related agencies . . .  Read more =>

Thu 17 May 2018, 12:06 pm

Court decides:
AirBnB illegal in Thailand for daily and weekly rental

A court in Hua Hin has effectively decided that people who rent out their rooms via AirBnB on a daily and weekly basis are acting illegally . . .

. . . The court ruled that people renting out their rooms on a daily and weekly basis contravened regulations surrounding hotels.

Rentals of 30 days and more would be legal.

Read more on ThaiVisa =>

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