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Holidays & Festivals / Makha Bucha Day - Ntl Holiday - Thu 1 March 2018
« on: February 26, 2018, 08:10:33 PM »
Makha Bucha Day – Thai National Public Holiday

Thursday, 1 March  2018

From last year

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Where to find . . . / Ring Roads, Bypasses, and Bicycling
« on: February 23, 2018, 12:34:32 PM »


I bought our ceiling LED lights at SCG on the ByPass.  The quality seems to be better than what I saw at Home Pro and Home Hub.

Tks for the update and review, Frank. There is a big, new SCG not far from my house.  Ae & I will have a looksee on Monday.  But I see you are on again about this mysterious ByPass which we never saw.  It must be in the Twilight Zone !  roll   smiley32

Where to find . . . / dimmer switch & CFL (compact florescent) bulbs ???
« on: February 22, 2018, 05:39:46 PM »
Hiya FormMates,

These kinds of issues are usually outside of my experience and skill set, putting it mildly!

I am chasing my tail googling around trying to find information that is consistent and not so old that it no longer applies. Not as easy as you might think! Anyone out there wise to the ways of electric stuffs?

1. Can you use CFLs with a dimmer switch  (yes, apparently)

2. Internet says there are such things as dimmable CFLs as well as  dimmer switches made specifically to use with CFLs. Is that still true?  Do you have to use both or just one?  If you only need one, which one is better?

3. What are the chances of obtaining them at HomePro or one of the other big box stores?  Or anywhere else for that matter?

In the off-chance that anyone is interested, here is "The Rest of the Story!" What I want to do is use hanging sockets like the one in the photo with japanese paper or silk lanterns for a home photography/video studio. A lot of Youtube video makers seem to be opting for this as a good and inexpensive solution to home studio lighting. I want to use fairly high intensity CFLs. I assume there is no problem using them with the socket in the photo (?) I want a dimmer switch that I can either add to the  middle of the cord or that the cord will simply plug into.

I am counting one someone to know what the hell I am talking about!    Thanks, lah! 

Wed 21 Feb 2018, 5:31 pm

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

Date: Wed 7 March 2018
Time:  12:00pm – 3:00pm *Please note the new time*
Venue:  Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Udon Thani
Address: 277/1 Prajaksillapakhom Road, Amphur Muang, Udon Thani 41000, Thailand
Hotel phone: +66 (0) 4234 3555


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

To expedite your service, please consider arriving 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.


  • 3,740 THB- Renewal of adult passports
  • 3,570 THB- Renewal of minor (under age 16) passports
  • 4,590 THB- Renewal of first adult passports
  • 4,590 THB- Replacement of adult lost/stolen passports
  • 3,570 THB- Replacement of minor (under age 16) lost/stolen passports
  • 1,020 THB- Adult passport card
  • 510 THB- Minor passport card
  • 1,700 THB (per notary stamp)  – Notary– including Income Affidavits

Above fees are based on an exchange rate of 34 THB to 1 USD

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring copies of your passport bio data page and supplementary documents requested with the application per the online instructions. These copies will not be returned to you.

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).
  • You do not need an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft.
  • Kasikorn Bank calls a “bank draft” a “Bill of Exchange.”
  • Drafts from banks other than those listed above cannot be accepted
  • Purchased in advance.
  • Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok” (Incorrect or misspelled bank drafts cannot be accepted)
  • 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.
You can show below information to the bank:

ลูกค้าท่านนี้ต้องการซื้อแบงค์ดร๊าฟ (สกุลเงินบาทเท่านั้น)
“American Embassy Bangkok”

Delivery Service: Thai Post can mail back passports for applicants. If you require this 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).


There are two ways to receive your new passport:

1.) IN PERSON: Come to our office in Bangkok (or send a representative with a signed letter to pick-up your passport on your behalf) during our appointment hours (M-F from 7:30-11 AM, except holidays and the last Wednesday of each month), but no appointment is necessary. Present your old passport for cancellation and collect your new passport. If you select this option, please submit a copy of your current passport when you apply.

2.) BY MAIL: 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 services.

If you select this option, our staff will RETAIN your current passport in Bangkok, cancel it when the new passport arrives, and mail both passports to you at the same time.



Bangkok Bank
154 Prachak Rd, Markkaeng,
Muang, Udon Thani 41000
Tel: 042-221-505 or 042-221-556


Bangkok Bank
227 Pho Sri Rd, Markkaeng,
Muang, Udon Thani 41000
Tel: 042-221-777 or 042-221-222

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
184 Prachak Rd, Markkaeng,
Muang, Udon Thani 41000
Tel: 042-247-720 or 042-247-725

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[/color][/size]

For information on US Citizen Services please see

For questions please email

Follow us on Twitter by searching our username @ACSBKK.

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

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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 !

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Thu 8 Mar 2018, 6:59 pm

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Cheapest new kit on Lazada is B14,000. 

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

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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.

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