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Holidays & Festivals / And so the madness begins . . .
« Last post by admin on April 11, 2019, 09:50:04 AM »
And so the madness begins . . . again!

Yesterday, went to Central Plaza to stock up for the siege. Chockablock traffic to and from, but manageable, and not nearly as bad as it is going to be today and the next several days.

I figured out how to pay my water bill via QR code using my mobile. That eliminates the mildly annoying visit to 7-11 and B20 surcharge to pay the bill. That was cool! The bill came at a bad time this month, and I didn't want to get cut off or brave a visit to 7-11 during the water madness.

Stay safe everybody. If Songkran is your thing, have fun.  If not, stay dry. In any case, avoid cars and booze and people carrying AK747s.
CONFIRMED: Police chief orders Big Joke transferred to inactive post

The order - numbered 232/2562 - was made by the chief of the Royal Thai Police General Chakthip Chaijinda on Friday.

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 BREAKING NEWS: Rumors abound!
Has Big Joke been transferred to RTP headquarters?

Thai media is in turmoil today as various outlets are apparently reporting that immigration chief and poster boy of the Thai police Lt -Gen Surachate "Big Joke" Hakparn as been transferred to RTP headquarters.

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Open discussion / Re: NO MORE 3rd PARTY APPS on AIS PLAYBOX! :O{
« Last post by Jensenlo on March 20, 2019, 12:21:27 PM »
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Visas, et al / Re: Thailand to launch 10 year visa for over 50s
« Last post by Jensenlo on March 20, 2019, 12:19:08 PM »
It's very good with what you are doing right now.
Thailand passes internet security law decried as 'cyber martial law'

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military-appointed parliament on Thursday passed a controversial cybersecurity law that gives sweeping powers to state cyber agencies, despite concerns from businesses and activists over judicial oversight and potential abuse of power . . .

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Read any good books lately? / Lonely Planet Thailand
« Last post by admin on February 21, 2019, 07:56:47 PM »

Lonely Planet Thailand (Travel Guide)

When I (Rex) first started living and working in Asia, Japan 1989, there was no internet. There was no e-mail. There was no Skype. All we had were very expensive long-distance telephone calls and little shops where you could go to send a fax, and it wasn't cheap!  All we had at the time was the Lonely Planet and it was a lifesaver! My suitcase was always weighed down with several LP guides to the different countries I wanted to visit or settle in.  Now, LP is more modern with Kindle editions and lots of online resources, and most important can update changing conditions very quickly compared to the days when there was only hard copy. It's a classic and still the best! 


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Read any good books lately? / Learn Thai - Level 1: Introduction to Thai Volume 1
« Last post by admin on February 17, 2019, 06:29:28 PM »
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Visas, et al / New Requirements for Retirement Extensions
« Last post by admin on February 11, 2019, 05:10:30 PM »
Retirement extensions may now be a 2-step process

Mon 11 Feb 2019, 5:00 pm

I heard this from a reliable source, but please treat is as rumor until there is more confirmation.

This is perfectly logical, but it never got mentioned in the original discussions that I know of.

Obtaining an retirement extension using the bank deposit method may now require two visits to Imm. The first to confirm that 800K has been on deposit for two months prior to the application for the extension. Then, a second visit three months later to confirm that the 800K has remained on deposit for three months. At that time, final approval for the annual extension will be granted.

Has anyone else heard about this?
Read any good books lately? / Transferwise: Get a free transfer
« Last post by admin on February 10, 2019, 10:15:55 PM »
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