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Where to find . . . / Re: good massage
« on: August 31, 2019, 01:57:55 PM »
I don't know anything about the place or even if it is still open, but people used to talk about Caesar's providing "non-traditional" massage => There is probably a better selection in Pattaya.

TM30: The form getting expats in Thailand into a bureaucratic tangle =>

Thailand has long been an attractive destination for Western expats - where money goes further and can buy a good quality of life. But the revival of an arcane immigration law has angered the expat community and got them questioning their freedoms in Thailand, as George Styllis reports from Bangkok.

"I've been made to feel as if I'm not welcome here," says Zareeka Gardner, a 25-year-old English teacher from the US.

Since arriving in Thailand in April, she has racked up immigration fines totalling 12,400 baht (330). A large part of that is because her apartment manager failed to promptly file a form saying where she was staying.

Visas, et al / Re: Renewal of Retirement extension / 90 day Report
« on: August 29, 2019, 04:23:32 PM »
Frank, letter from you "employer"?  You man an employer who is paying retirement benefits?

Thanks again for your time and careful reporting.  Very helpful.

Thanks, Frank.  I have this idea of a letter from the bank rattling around in my head. It indeed may not be required, which is a relief, but I am sure I didn't imagine it.

Does anybody else now what I am referring to?

Visas, et al / Thailand bank letter confirming international deposits.
« on: August 29, 2019, 12:05:32 PM »
Is anyone clear about exactly what wording Imm would like in the bank letter?  Is the bank supposed to list the all foreign transfers over the previous year or what?

Anything else the letter is supposed to say?

Visas, et al / Re: Renewal of Retirement extension / 90 day Report
« on: August 29, 2019, 12:01:38 PM »
Frank should answer, but it "must" be income and not transfers because the transfers are appear on the bank statement, in the bank book  and as affirmed by the bank letter.   OTOH, this would not be the first bit of useless paper they have demanded.

This new requirement of wanting the source of the income is annoying. The income affidavit letter they accepted for decades says quote-unquote "I also affirm that I receive a monthly income of $____________ from sources in the United States."

It does not specific the nature and sources of this income. 

Visas, et al / Re: Bangkok Immigration Office on Submitting Form TM30
« on: August 28, 2019, 04:50:04 PM »
Frank, I have mixed feelings about making things like the TM30 easier.  And let's face it, for some it's not a problem.  In my case, I don't travel much, and when I do, I have someone deal with the TM30 for me.  Even if I didn't, a ten minute taxi ride to Imm is not much of a burden. However, I have heard several reports of people who have to travel a lot, and have a two hour drive to their particular Imm office. That really sucks for them.

In any event, I have mixed feelings about making it "easier." The easier it is, the more people will be inclined to overlook the civil liberties transgression it represents. 


New Member Introductions / Re: Hi KK forum members
« on: August 28, 2019, 11:22:46 AM »
Welcome Dave!

Visas, et al / Re: Bangkok Immigration Office on Submitting Form TM30
« on: August 28, 2019, 08:25:23 AM »
Maybe Frank, if they had of enforced the laws properly 15, 20 years ago there may not have been any need for the TM30. You mentioned "Big Joke" the wife saw something on the Thai news and she tried to show me but I do not know exactly what it was about but it appears that "Big Joke" was offered another position By Puyat but he turned it down, but the interesting thing was that he was still wearing his police uniform after everyone saying he was sacked from the police and that he had to turn his uniform in. Very interesting. But like you say, we just have to live with it.

Need-shmeed! There are many practices that would make law enforcement's life easier.  But if you claim to be a civilized society, an equal participant in the global community of modern nations, there are certain things you don't do just because you think you "need" to.  Why not allow coerced confessions and torture? Gawd knows we need that; why go to the expense and bother of a trial in a court of law when we know the guy is guilty?  Search warrants?  What an awful  bother! Everyone knows that just gives the bad guys the chance to get rid of evidence before the cops arrive! "Reasonable cause" is such a nuisance! If the police have a "gut feeling" that Joe Sixpack is up to some hanky-panky, why not just follow him around and all the time and put bugs in his house and car and on his phone and see if you can catch him doing something naughty? In more practical, loess sentimental countries to, it is quite efficient and effective to punish groups of people in order to "smoke out" the one bad guy.Let's bring that back!  Oh, yeah, if a guy has a certain colored skin or ethnicity, let's just round them all up for questioning because we know they are all a bunch of greasy, nasty law breakers!  Finally, is is sooooo inconvenient to have to look for a bad guy after he has done some evil deed.  Let's just have everyone report to the police every time they leave their homes so we know where they are "just in case."

Foreign house owner and guest house manager fined for not reporting foreigners within 24 hours

Naew Na reported the continued actions of Thai immigration - this time in Koh Samui and Pattaya - in cracking down on home owners and hotels not reporting foreigners at their addresses within 24 hours of their arrivals.

Read on =>

Discuss Shopping / Re: Villa Market Selling on Lazada
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:42:07 PM »
Lazada really has their act together in terms of processing orders and getting them delivered promptly. However, be mindful of the "Shipped from Overseas" warnings as that takes longer; 10 days to three weeks.  Aside from the delay, however, I have never had a problem with anything shipped from overseas.  Tic the box "Fulfilled by Lazada" and those items seem to have the fastest turnaround, just a day or two.  Between Lazada and Food Panda, I don't ever intend to leave my house again (unless immigration tells me to!)

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello!
« on: August 21, 2019, 06:46:06 PM »
Hi!  BIG welcome.  Thanks for joining us and the introduction.

Visas, et al / Agents who handle Imm problems?
« on: August 21, 2019, 10:10:36 AM »
I have heard that sometimes agents can be helpful in solving visa problems.   I used one once 20 years ago during a year when I was in between visas. But that was in Pattaya where you could spit out your window and hit an agent or two.

Anywho, if anyone has any personal experience (or very close second-hand experience) dealing with agents who solve immigration problems, I would be grateful if you send me the contact info via PM. Someone local would be idea, if such people exist.

Please do not post any of those details publicly.

Tks a million, lah!

Visas, et al / Gratuities to Imm?
« on: August 21, 2019, 10:03:45 AM »
Please choose your words carefully in replying to this post:

I have heard rumors that sometimes at some Imm offices, gratuities are accepted in lieu of being able to meet certain requirements. Of course that is improper. However, just out of curiosity, if anyone was ever in a position to need to be concerned with such matters, has anyone heard rumors about how those transactions are actually conducted?  At what point in the process does it come up?  Who suggests it?  Is it done in a back office or right at the desk, or what?

Tks, lah!

Visas, et al / Re: Where is immigration located?
« on: August 21, 2019, 09:58:59 AM »
Tks, Frank!

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