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Mon 14 May 2018, 10:43 am

Here is an interesting an honest post on by  spidermike007 discussing alternatives to Thailand for expats:

"That is exactly the topic that needs to be discussed. I cannot think of a viable alternative, within the restraints of my budget. I have considered spending at least a portion of the year in Spain. No other place in SE Asia is anything I find appealing . . . Read more at

Where would you go if Thailand went "pear shaped" for expats?

User Guide / Please use share buttons
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:36:30 AM »

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Wed 9 May 2018, 10:16 am


Penang consulate limits visa applications to 100 per day

PHUKET: The Royal Thai Consulate-General in Penang has announced that it will limit the number of visas issued to just 100 per day, starting from Monday, May 14.

Persons with incomplete documents will not be permitted to enter the building and those found to have had their visa application rejected must not apply until next day, the consulate said in a notice issued earlier today, May 8, marked “ANNOUNCEMENT (visa matters esp. tourists) starting from Monday, 14 May”

Overstays incur a high risk of visa refusal and submission of fake documents will automatically incur a one-year ban on applying for a visa to enter the country, the notice warned.

Visa applications must be filled and signed and photos already attached to the form, and applicants must have the basic required documents:

- copy of passport (+ page with Malaysian immigration stamp)

- evidence of accommodation (hotel booking / house rental agreement)

- travel information (booking of air ticket leaving Thailand)

Financial statements provided must be only in Thai baht, Malaysian Ringgit, US dollars or euros, and only documents in English and/or Thai will be accepted, the notice confirmed.

Visa application and collection times will remain the same, the notice added.

A reason for the new limit on the number of visas issued each day was not given.

For more information, visit the Royal Thai Consulate-General, Penang Facebook page


Sun 6 May 2018, 9:24 pm


Mobile 081-768-8080

I have nothing to do with this property and know nothing!    Call the number and speak with the owner for more information.

Hi ForumMates!

In conjunction with my consultation at BKK horsepital for hernia surgery, I have been seeing a doc for hypertension, which they naturally want to make sure is under control prior to surgery. My BP goes stratospheric when I visit hospitals/doctors, but is only moderately high other times. Naturally, everyone is concerned about the high "white coat" readings.  However,  this is the first doc I have seen in Thailand who is unhappy with my moderately-high at home readings and is treating the condition aggressively.  With moderately high BP the risk assessment is tricky factoring in obvious and not-so-obvious side effects of taking more than one medication for the rest of my life against the likelihood of cardiovascular or renal events. There is no uniformity of opinion about this either. Anyway, I am glad to find a doc who wants to deal with this aggressively, and fortunately so far, all the meds are generic and inexpensive. In any case, if I decide that a regime is "over-kill" I can always scale back.

HOWEVER, doc is also (appropriately) recommending other tests: Cholesterol, ECG, renal function. Consultations, meds and lab test at BKK Hosp are much more costly than at private labs and clinics, and I can't make BKK Hosp a regular thing, but do  agree overdue for the recommended tests     .....  SO, looking for internist, GP, Primary Care doc at private clinic to handle all this.  I would like a recommendation for those who have had very positive experiences with a private doc, especially with good "bedside manner" and acceptable English. Any personal experiences?

Tks, lah!  Sorry for the long-winded explanation.  Probably more than y'all wanted to know!

Wed 25 Apr 2018, 12:36 pm

Hi ForumMates,

Luck of the draw, I picked a great dentist, and had a great experience today. Many dentists work at the clinic, but I just happened to get Dr. Noppron, the owner and manager. Calm and reassuring in his manner.  His English is fine. He listens carefully and is concerned that communication is clear.  In your mouth, his  "attack" is not aggressive or upsetting. He takes his time.  I didn't need novocain and had three fillings, two of them quite complicated because at the top of and in between two front teeth. No pain, only the discomfort you would expect from a traumatic intrusion in your mouth! 

I have a "funny" problem when tilted back in a dentist chair.  At a certain point,  my soft palate blocks my airway and I cannot exhale, which is uncomfortable and anxiety provoking. I had very little of that today. More important,  Dr. Noppron is the ONLY dentist I have spoken to about it--either  in Thailand or America--who seemed even remotely interested or comprehending of the problem.

He also has a GIGANTIC aquarium in his treatment room. He explained that one of the fish, a big red one, had been with him since he opened the clinic six years ago.  Also, the bubbling of the filters make a nice, soothing  ambient sound.

The most painful part of the visit was the bill:  B4,000 which is high, but not exorbitant for the work done which took 90 minutes.

Dr. Noppron, owner/manager
Khonkaen Smile Dental Clinic
539 Klang Muang Rd
Tambon Nai Mueang,
Amphoe Mueang Khon Kaen
Chang Wat Khon Kaen 40000

It is on Na Muang Road, about midway between Lao Nadi Road and Fairy Plaza, on the left-hand side if you are heading toward Fairy.

043 224 893

BTW, there are several dental clinics in KKC with the word "smile" as part of the name.  Don't confuse this with that.

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Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals / KKU, Rajapruek, RAM
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:31:30 PM »
If money were not a consideration, which one would you go to for a hernia repair; KKU, Rajapruek or RAM?

I have already scoped out BKK Hosp Khon Kaen, and it is certainly cushy, well-appointed, and they pamper you ... but very expensive.  The horsepital are consulting with BOOPA at the moment to see how much the insurance will pick up. I expect, however, that they are going to want more out of pocket than I can afford right now.  We'll see in the next couple of days. So, thinking about what is "next best."  Mostly I am interested in comparison KKU and Rajapruek. I got "bad vibes" the couple of times I visited Rajapruek, but most people speak highly of the service there.

Tks, lah!

News and Announcements / Please use share butons
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:55:18 PM »

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Open discussion / Will HomePro cut PVC pipe
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:43:20 AM »
I have a project that is made from 1 inch PVC pipe using many pieces of specific lengths; a few inches to 1 or 2 feet.  Anyone know if the boys at HomePro (or another big box shop, or some other place) cut to specific lengths?

Tks, lah!

Open discussion / Dogeater at the pound???
« on: April 01, 2018, 06:16:03 PM »
Anyone hear from  John (Dogeater) who used to be active on the old forum and for a little while on this one? It must be a couple of years since we have heard anything.  Also, nothing from Phil (Babymaker).

Sun 18 Mar 2018, 10:46 am


More Wi-Fi hotspots for Phuket as plan to tag tourists mulled

Phuket will increase the number of hotspots for free Wi-Fi Internet connection to 1,000 around the island as part of its ambition to turn the island into a “smart city”, the digital economy minister said.

The province may also develop an electronic wristband system for foreign tourists so their identity and location would be known in case of untoward incidents, said Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj.

During the briefing, Thawornwat said the implementation had progressed greatly to achieve the measures of a smart economy, including tourism, health, education, safety and the environment in accordance with the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy. After the briefing, Pichet said smart-city developments included the installation of 1,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots, up from the current 200 hotspots. He said the province also has planned to develop the uses of wristbands to track tourists and to use Big Data to analyse information about tourists’ habits. He said the Phuket command centre would also link to all CCTVs on the island to work with face-recognition software to guard against crimes as well as to collect the data of tourists who use public boat services. This would be done for the sake of their safety. Pichet said the government would provide financial support to the Phuket Smart City project but the province must ensure that each project would be worth the investment. He said some work could be carried out with cooperation from private firms instead of sole investment by the government.

News and Announcements / Please use share buttons!
« on: March 15, 2018, 01:55:23 PM »
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Open discussion / Scott ???
« on: March 10, 2018, 07:26:49 PM »
Sat 10 Mar 2018, 7:24 pm

Is anyone in touch with Scott? He sent me a couple of e-mail, but I don't think he got my replies or text msg.  Don't know if the mobile I have for him is still correct.

Anywho, if anyone is in touch, please tell Scott that I tried to get back to him, and to check his spam or whatever.

Tks, lah!

Fri 9 Mar 2018, 9:50 am

Rabies warning nationwide as infection rates ‘much worse’ than before

March 09, 2018 01:00 By THE NATION

THE RABIES situation is still considered severe,
as 37 provinces have reported cases since the New Year, resulting in three human deaths.

As of yesterday, the situation in Thailand as reported by showed that at least 345 cases of animal infections had been confirmed this year, while Roi Et was found to have the highest number of confirmed cases, as there were already 69 reported.

According to the rabies infection database, the Northeastern region was still a hotspot for infections, as every province in the lower part of the region had confirmed rabies cases. Three provinces – Roi Et (69 cases), Surin (36) and Yasothon (22) – were the top three provinces for infections in the country.

The situation was also severe in other regions as well. In the South, Songkhla had 17 confirmed rabies cases, the fourth-highest confirmed number of cases. There has also been one death from rabies in Songkhla.

Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang in the South also are concerned about the situation, with one confirmed case of a human being infected with the virus in Trang. In the North, Chiang Rai had the highest number of cases in the region, with 10 confirmed. Almost every province in the East also showed animal infections. In that region, Chon Buri had the most cases with 14 cases reported. Only Sa Kaew and Trat were still rabies-free in the region. Bangkok was also found to have five confirmed cases of animal infections.

It was found that 91.3 per cent of infected animals were dogs and 2.03 per cent were cats. Also, 60.25 per cent of infected animals had owners and only 32.61 per cent were strays. The majority of the infected animals did not have vaccination records or only had vague records.Surge in cases The Livestock Development Department has urged pet owners to vaccinate their pets, while the department has already dispatched teams to vaccinate |dogs and cats in the provinces that were deemed especially at risk. According to statistics, the infection rate this year is much worse than in the previous years, as there have been 178 cases of rabies reported in February compared to only 79 cases in February 2017, 47 cases in February 2016 and 40 cases in February 2015.

Livestock Development Department director-general Apai Suttisunk said that even though there had been a rapid spread of the disease in many provinces, there were 22 provinces that still had not seen reports of infections for three years. Apai said the department was working with the Livestock Development Offices in those provinces to maintain their rabies-free status in line with the criteria of the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Wed 28 Feb 2018, 5:39 pm

Police launch major crackdown on foreigners on Soi Cowboy -
scores of English teachers and visa overstayers arrested

All 78 people arrested were dark in color, they said, as they printed pictures of deputy tourist police commissioner Surachet Hakpal in Bangkok's red light district of Soi Cowboy in the Asoke area at 1am this morning.

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