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News and Announcements / Re: Canon eos M10 near new - Reduced to B8,500
« on: February 18, 2018, 10:48:08 AM »
REDUCED from B9,000 to B8,500

FREE SanDisk Ultra 16 GB SD Card

FREE shoulder bag

Open discussion / Nok Air B388 sale
« on: February 10, 2018, 11:24:55 AM »
Sat 10 Feb 2018, 11:23 am

I am not sure about the details, but Nok Air seems to be having a B388 sale to some locations.. It would be great if someone can check it out and fill us in with the details.!!!_FinalCall_TH

Stuff For Sale / S O L D Canon eos M10 near new - Reduced to B8,000 !!!
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:44:27 PM »
 S O L D   A L R E A D Y ,   L A H !

Reduced to B8,000 firm

Thu 8 Mar 2018, 6:59 pm

Canon eos M10 "mirrorless" camera, near new, complete kit

Cheapest new kit on Lazada is B14,000. 

Take this one for B9,000. B8,500. OMG!  Reduced to B8,000

Reduced to B8,000 firm

ScanDisk Ultra 16 GB SD Card

shoulder bag

See the full details in my ad on BahtSold =>

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Visas, et al / Forgot to do my 90 Day Report
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:00:07 AM »

Never done that before!  You would think that with all the recent discussions here about this topic that it couldn't slip my mind. Possibly I was thinking that since I did my extension in December, the 90 Day was not coming up until March.  Just looked at the receipt in my passport, and I was due on 21 Jan. Damn!

In any event, what is the correct or best way to deal with this? Does it make any difference at this point whether I  do my report immediately or just wait until the next 90 days comes round in  20 April? Are they going to want to speak with me and ask for an explanation, or do I just smile and pay the fine and be on my way?

Tks, lah!

Open discussion / Hard truths living as an expat in Thailand
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:49:10 AM »
Top Ten hard truths of living as an expat in Thailand

"...The down-side is that your perception of western efficiencies and customs are going to be challenged."

Read the full story at Phuket Gazette, then come back here and comment.

Open discussion / "Affordable" shipping container apartments
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:41:15 AM »

Saw a story on Fox Nooze about shipping container apartments, not the same, but something like the one in the photo. Like the one in the photo, they intentionally kept the original exterior for some reason, but the inside was really pleasant and modern with all the usual conveniences.  At 70 M2 not exactly spacious, but adequate, double the size of a small studio in Thailand.

I support this concept. It is elegant, recycles, promotes conservation, and provides housing for people who don't have much money.

At least that is what I thought until the end of the story and learned that they rent for $1,000/month!!!  I guess that is "affordable" for someone earning $42K per year using 30% of monthly income to define "affordable."  20% at $60K was the usual advice when I was younger.   What on earth do the millions earning a lot less than $40K do? 

Whenever I get a little frustrated about my situation in Thailand, this kind of story helps me to feel more grateful than frustrated.


Sat 27 Jan 2018, 2:05 pm

Phuket Immigration chief urges foreigners to re-register addresses, even if staying off-island just one night

Chief of the Phuket Immigration Offce, Col Kathathorn Kumthieng,
urges foreigners to re-register their addresses, just in case. Photo: Shela Riva

The confirmation follows complaints from long-term expats that they were fined B2,000 for not re-registering their home addresses after travelling within the country.

“By law, it is a requirement to register your address within 24 hours after being registered elsewhere, such as at a hotel or a guesthouse,” Col Kathathorn told The Phuket News this week.

“This is because the hotel or guest house will have to register you, also by law, as residing somewhere other than your residence. So when you return to your residence, you must inform immigration,” he explained.

The same also applies for foreigners living in Phuket who leave the country and return, say for a weekend trip to Singapore.

Col Kathathorn played down concerns for honest, law-abiding expats.

“Although it is the law, if it’s a short stay, for example a day or two, and nothing happens to prompt officials to check then there usually won’t be a problem,” he said, for stays away from home within the country.

“However, if you become involved in an incident and become a suspect in a case for example, not re-registering your address will be a big problem. So it’s better if you do.”

Regardless, although the overall effect for most foreigners caught not re-registering their address each time on returning home to Phuket might be deemed negligible, foreigners will be liable to a B2,000 fine for each infringement and the incident will remain on their immigration record.

Col Kathathorn explained that the requirement for foreigners to re-register their address in Thailand, even if they have lived at the same address for many years, derives from an archaic immigration law, specifically Section 37 (2) of the Thailand Immigration Act of 1979.

Likewise, under Section 38 of the same act, the “master, the owner or the possessor of the residence, or the hotel manager where the alien, receiving permission to stay temporary in the Kingdom has stayed, must notify the competent official of the Immigration Office located in the same area with that hours, dwelling place or hotel, within 24 hours from the time of arrival of the alien concerned. If there is no Immigration Office located in that area, the local police official for that area must be notified.”

“It must be done because it’s the law. It’s the law in many countries,” Col Kathathorn said.

Col Kathathorn explained that in order to re-report an address, the foreigner must come to Phuket immigration offices, in Phuket Town or in Patong, in person and provide their passport, a filled-in TM30 form and a letter of authorisation – or literally a power of attorney empowering the foreigner to register details on the landlord’s behalf – if the landlord is not present.

“If it’s the same address as they were previously staying, the foreigner does not need to bring the rental contract proving their rental of the residence. We will have that information in the system,” Col Kathathorn noted.

“If you have this letter (of authorisation from the landlord), the landlord does not need to come to immigration,” he added.

User Guide / Adding material from outside sources to your posts
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:05:18 PM »
Fri 26 Jan 2018, 8:45 pm

Adding material from outside sources to your posts

Hi ForumMates!

New guy, Russell, was courteous enough to check with me about an article he wanted to share on the forum.  Tks, Russell!

You might have noticed that I sometimes take liberties and add the full text from articles and such from outside sources. As Admin, I make the decision to do that for myself, and will take the flak if there is a problem.  You guys, feel free to share outside material, however, please follow easy (safe and legal guidelines):

1. Copy and paste the first paragraph of the article. If the paragraph is really enormous, just copy 250 words or 5-10 lines, and paste it into the body of your post.

2. Name the source that it came from (e.g., New York Times)

3. Paste the link to the article.

If it is a really big, ugly link, please use bitly  or Tiny URL or one of the other URL shorteners to make it more tidy and ensure that it will actually work.  You can add bitly  as a Chrome plugin, so all you need to do to capture a short link of the page you are viewing is to click on the bitly button.

Nothing to it!  Thanks, lah!

Have a looksee at the Users Guide for tutorials and instructions on how to do things on the forum.

User Guide / How to post a new topic (really basic)
« on: January 02, 2018, 12:04:34 PM »
Tue 2 Jan 2018, 11:49 am

Hi ForumMates,

This one is a part of our "User Guide" which contains many explanations and tutorials about how to use and get around the forum


Let me know if you have any questions or need help.

News and Announcements / Happy Holidays!
« on: December 22, 2017, 01:51:05 PM »

User Guide / New popup notifications when you get a new PM
« on: December 20, 2017, 01:02:46 PM »
Wed 20 Dec 2017, 12:35 pm


ForumMates, I have been frustrated by the anemic new PM (private message) notifications that that simply show a little number in parenthesis next to your little "my messages" link in the horizontal menu at the top. So far, no one has developed a mod that will do a better job.  However, I just discovered that the basic forum DOES have the facility to show you a popup box whenever you have a new PM.  Unfortunately, I cannot turn it on globally. Each user has to select it if they want it.

Here is how to activate it:

1. Click on the "profile" link toward the right on the horizontal menu at the top to take you to your profile page.

2. Click the "modify profile" menu item, and select "personal messaging."

3. Look for show popup when I receive personal messages and tic the box on the right.

You can also elect to receive an e-mail every time you get a PM by selecting "always" from the dropdown menu.

4. Click the "change profile" button at the bottom right.


Mon 18 Dec 2017, 9:09 pm

Rex:  I don't drink and I don't like booze . . . but man, this nanny state business is concerning!  Big time!

By Teeranai Charuvastra, Staff Reporter - December 18, 2017 12:33 pm

BANGKOK — A top alcohol regulator said Monday his agency is suing the popular open-air beer gardens at CentralWorld Plaza for violating advertising laws.

The legal action won’t stop there, said Alcohol Control Board director Nipon Chinanonwait, who threatened to crack down on similar events nationwide on the grounds that they entice the public to drink. A trade guild denied Nipon’s allegation.

“Beer gardens themselves are against the law. We have to take action,” Nipon said in an interview. “This is because the form of beer gardens is event marketing. Because, let me ask you, who would open beer gardens without a purpose?”

Nipon’s comment came after he took officials and police to inspect the beer gardens Thursday night at the downtown shopping mall. They are set up annually by major brewers of brands such as Chang, Leo and Singha, and usually feature live music in a festive atmosphere.

Following the raid, Nipon pressed charges against the beer garden organizers for violating Section 32 of a 2008 law that bans attempts to “encourage” drinking. If found guilty, violators face a maximum fine of 500,000 baht.

But Thanakorn Kuptajit, president of the Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association, said beer gardens do not fall under Section 32 because they sell drinks, but don’t advertise them.

“We believe it’s not illegal,” he said. “Do these beer gardens have a license to sell [alcohol]? As far as I know, they do. Since they have licenses, their actions are lawful.”

Nipon also said he plans to take similar action against other beer gardens.

“We already held a meeting with police. They were told that we will do the same all across the country,” the official said. “Police said we can alert any local unit if we see an infraction anywhere.”

Back in 2015, beer gardens were the targets of prosecution under Nipon’s predecessor, Samarn Futrakul, who threatened legal action against the same beer conglomerates, ThaiBev and Boonrawd. Samarn eventually backed off after junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha joined in the backlash, publicly chiding him for going after the multi-billion baht industry.

It is unclear whether the military regime will support or discourage Nipon’s campaign. For the time being, the charges have only been filed against the beer garden organizers instead of the two big brewers.

“We have to take it step by step,” he said.

Where to find . . . / [Looing for] Sprinkler Hose
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:36:31 PM »
Anyone seen sprinkler hoses [they are usually flat] in the big box stores or anywhere else around town?

Tks, lah!


Wed 13 Dec 2017, 5:41 pm

Dear American Citizens,

The American Citizen Services sections of Embassy Bangkok and Consulate Chiang Mai are pleased to inform you of upcoming Consular Outreach visits to several locations across Thailand on the following dates:


UDON THANI: 7 March 2018
PHUKET: 14 March 2018
PATTAYA: June 2018
KHON KAEN: July 2018
PHUKET: July 2018
UDON THANI: November 2018
PHUKET: November 2018

Visas, et al / Annual Extension Update and WARNING !!! (Maybe)
« on: December 13, 2017, 10:52:03 AM »
Wed 13 Dec 2017, 10:27 am

Hi ForumMates,

Arrived at Imm office at exactly 8:30 am. Only a couple of customers ahead of us with brief issues. Everything went smoothly EXCEPT  what I will describe in the next paragraph.  Left the office with extension in hand at 9:33 am.

The reason for the delay is that the officer objected to my income affidavit letter because the date was 17 Mar 2017, more than 6 month prior to my extension renewal.  For a minute it looked like they were going to reject my application forcing me to travel to US Embassy in Bangers or Chiang Mai to get a new letter, but they took pity on me, I guess, and let me slide with a warning not to do it again, adding that now that I was duly informed of the 6 month rule, I would not have an excuse next time.  I am grateful for that.  Those emergency trips to Bangers are costly, time consuming and unpleasant. And unless the Embassy was willing to make some accommodation,  which I seriously doubt, another $50 bucks for a new letter!

For the past 12 extensions, I have been under the impression that the rule was that the letter was an annual deal.  As my expiry is December, I have been getting my letters sometime in the 11 months prior to the expiry.  I have gone to Bangers a couple of times when I missed the Embassy visit in KKC.  I "think" I have always tried to take care of it earlier rather than later unless something prevented it.  However, surely in the past 12 years many of my letters have been more than 6 months prior.  They are always very interested in the letter and make a big deal about converting US$ into baht to make sure the money was sufficient.  But never a peep about the date. Surely, they at least look at that?

Anyway, Americans, if this is news to you, take care about your next extension.

Anyone else had an issues with this?  Did you know the rule was 6 months?

Another minor surprise.  I usually bring a photo of my house and map.  They never want it.  Except this time!

Go figure!  And always over-prepare, but be ready for surprises so as not to over-react which will make it worse!

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