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Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Re: Booking flight tickets Air Asia
« on: August 22, 2015, 07:18:58 PM »
We finally booked to go by Thai Smile, slightly cheaper, more convenient flight times and we know our seat numbers already.  And no identification necessary. 

Getting to and from Khon Kaen / Booking flight tickets Air Asia
« on: August 21, 2015, 03:57:11 PM »
We are off on holiday for a few days in October, and as it's school holiday time and a Buddha holiday too we thought we'd book the flight tickets to Bankok and back now.  As we wanted Don Muang in Bangkok we went to Air Asia with money in hand and names of travellers written out exactly as in passports.  First it was no real surprise that the 690 baht advertised price ended up very nearly double that with all the extras.  Then the bored lad, who clearly wanted to get back to texting on his phone when we had rudely interrpted him to get him to do his job, asked for copies of passport for the farang and ID cards for the Thai people.  Of course we had only ours with us, not the rest of the family.  So he gleefully told us to come back with ID cards and went back to his texting.

So be warned: when you book your tickets you will need ID for all travellers.

Services for the home / Re: KTV & Digital Boxes
« on: July 25, 2015, 07:52:19 PM »
Thanks for the answer, Rex.  I'll be doing nothing for the moment.

Services for the home / Re: KTV & Digital Boxes
« on: July 24, 2015, 08:19:23 PM »
Am I right in assuming that if I carry  on and do nothing, I will continue to receive the analogue transmissions, for as long as the provider deems fit? ( And I continue to pay)

But if I choose to go digital then  all I have to do is buy a box and  put it inbetween the providers co-ax cable and my TV.  Is that it?   So both digital and analogue signals are coming down the same cable at the same time but the digital ones need a decoder (the box) to interpret the signal.  Do I have to inform the provider?

It might be worthwhile drawing a line across the reverse side of any future copies to stop them being used again.  When I sign and date a copy of my passport I always write what it's being done for, ie "visa renewal"  or "90 day".

Open discussion / Thai considerate driver....not
« on: July 06, 2015, 08:21:25 PM »
Yesterday we went to Central for a celebratory meal as our eldest daughter has just been accepted  for Khon Kaen university.

Going at the weeknd just after the hoi polloi have been paid was, in hindsight,  a big mistake.  There were long queues to get into the place and  people were parking everywhere.  They'd park inside Central if they could.   After we had finished the meal, and a bit of female shopping therapy, we went back to the car and found it blocked in by a new, white, Honda City parked carefully across  the exit way of my car and the ones either side of me.  It was so new it had no number plates. And the moron had locked it in gear so we couldn't push it out of the way.  Security came, were very sympathetic and called the details over the tannoy half a dozen times, but nobody came.  Understandable, given the car driver's mentality.  After waiting nearly an hour, security came with a lad with a big trolley jack who lifted up the car and pulled it out of the way.  We showed our gratitude.  My wife wrote a note and left it on the windscreen of the car, but it's a good job she wouldn't let me write it. 

Open discussion / Deaths at Khon Kaen Zoo?
« on: July 06, 2015, 08:07:02 PM »
My wife tells me that an accident has occured at or near Khon Kaen Zoo (Kao Suang Kwang  way) and 5 people are dead.  Has anybody heard anything about this?

Open discussion / Re: Ginger Ale
« on: July 03, 2015, 03:48:33 PM »
If you ask them they'll tell you there's no demand, even though they sell out quickly when they're in stock.

Open discussion / Re: Thai Postal Service
« on: June 26, 2015, 05:52:30 PM »
 I joined an international  scheme (mentioned on the old board)  that checks postal  service.  I am supposed to receive letters and log the date of arrival on a website using my password and a code from the received letter to authenticate receipt.

 Six letters have been sent to me on six separate days but I received them two weeks later in two lots of three.  They are only coming from Malaysia.  There are  more  expected but have not arrived yet.  Thailand Post is getting worse.

News and Announcements / Re: PHOTO GALLERY INSTALLED!
« on: June 06, 2015, 08:25:14 PM »
Rex,  perhaps you could create an ordinary logon so you can see what the rest of us see rather than from the lofty heights of Admin.

Open discussion / Re: New Kosa Hotel Status
« on: June 06, 2015, 08:23:15 PM »
Surely after all this time  it has been so exposed to the elements as to make the structure unsound.

Why did you choose Khon Kaen / Isaan??? / Originally, for the silk.
« on: May 30, 2015, 10:21:07 PM »
I had been holidaying in Thailand for years, always at the beach resorts.  Finally I went to a Tourist Authority of Thailand kiosk and asked them where else I could go.  They said there was the elephant roundup at Surin, and the Silk Fair in Khon Kaen.  So the next year I came here with the idea of buying cheap silk, taking it back, and selling it for a fortune, or at least enough to fund my next visit. 

Of course I knew (and still don't know) the first thing about silk.  So many patterns, colours, styles, and qualities so I gave up on that and enjoyed Khon Kaen.  I was staying in the Khon Kaen Hotel and across from the carpark was an upstairs office when dozens of people were working taking the census of Khon Kaen.  They lunched at food stalls downstairs on the little soi and I sometimes went there.  I ate there to improve my Thai and the  office workers spoke to me to improve their English.  This was in the days when if you walked through the market you could hear 'farang...farang'   said behind you as we were scarcer then. At the food stalls I was attracted to a girl, much to the amusement of her sisters and friends and we finally swapped addresses and corresponded throughout the next year.  I went back, met her family and proposed to her.  Her father, an old fashioned Thai man, was not best pleased, but came round and we are now firm friends.

If a fortune-teller had prophesised this part of my life I would have laughed at the impossibility of it.  But here I am.

Humor - Heard any good jokes lately? / David Beckham goes shopping
« on: May 30, 2015, 10:07:37 PM »
David Beckham goes shopping, and sees something interesting in the kitchen department of a large department store. "What's that?" he asks.

"A Thermos flask" replies the assistant.

"What does it do?" asks Becks

The assistant tells him it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. Really impressed, Beckham buys one and takes it along to the next training session. "Here boys, look at this" Beckham says proudly. "It's a Thermos flask" The lads are impressed. "What does it do?" they ask.

"It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold" says David.

'And what have you got in it?" asks the lads.

"Two cups of coffee and a choc ice" replies David.

New Member Introductions / Old new member
« on: May 30, 2015, 10:03:43 PM »

I've just joined after reading about the demise of

I have lived in Khon Kaen 14 years now, happily married for nearly 15 years and have two step-daughters.

I love it here, despite the little niggles, the main one being the 'little man syndrome'  observed when Thai men get behind the wheel of their cars.

I'm from the midlands of England and since the death of my father  three years ago  I can't see myself going back there for years now, if ever.

Over the years I have seen Khon Kaen grow and grow and where there were literally rice paddies three hundred yards away are now concrete shop houses, not one of them occupied.

But the shopping has improved so I want for nothing from the old country.

I rarely, if ever, go to the bars so I'm just a man, retired, getting older and enjoying family life again.

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