RandG

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  1. Interesting that in TV forums, it is always the fault of the Thais, lack of enforcement, van drivers etc. A great deal of this is very true, but see plenty of "westerners" riding on the wrong side of the road, drunk, no helmets, no lights, riding around with whole family on bike, despite never having been on a bike in their life, no insurance, etc., etc. What's their excuse? In their own countries would in general not do it, so cannot blame lack of awareness. Only other "excuse" is lack of enforcement, which is zero excuse.
  2. Our daughter has has the right to German nationality (through her mum) since birth (now 22), but since the referendum, we have done the paperwork and got her German passport. No major problem; just a visit to our nearest consulate in UK with relevant documents, and 4 weeks later had her passport. Also went along to Canadian High Commission and sorted out her Canadian citizenship (through my birth). 2 stage process; 5 weeks to get certificate of citizenship and one week for passport. Gives her plenty of flexibility in her future life.
  3. How many "western countries" have 100% 4G? None I have ever visited.
  4. From yr home country. In the UK, either from a main Post Office, or by post from the AA. Do not know about other countries.
  5. This week, my wife (German passport / UK driving license) and I (British Passport / UK Driving license) went along to the Phuket Land Transport Office to get Thai driving licenses for cars (no motorbike). We arrived about 07:30 and found about 15 Thais in front of us. Doors opened a few minutes after we arrived. There is a bit of too'ing and fro'ing required between the first "Information Desk" and Desk 6, but basically they took the following from us: Copy of Passport page, copy of our O-A retirement visas issued in London, residence certificate from immigration, medical certificate we had obtained a few days before (THB 100 from a doctor in Chalong) and a copy of our UK international licenses obtained from a UK Post Office (£ 5.50)when we last in the UK (no interest in actual UK license). We had to fill in one form while we were there (just full name and phone number). Next step was to queue up in one of the downstairs rooms where we had the test for reaction time (basically foot on an accelerator pedal and then brake when a green light changes to red. In the same room, there is a test where miniature traffic lights change at random intervals between Green / Amber (Yellow) / Red, which you just need to call out. While this is happening, other applicants are crowding around watching. When you enter this room, put your bundle of papers from Desk 6 into the blue tray in the middle of room. This is used to control the "queue" and your name is called out when it is your turn. After this, we went back to desk 6 where we paid THB 205 and given a queue number. 10 minutes later we were called to desk 5 where they took our photographs, paid a further THB 110 and a few minutes after that, our driving licenses popped out of a printer. Again, put your bundle of papers into the plastic tray to fix your place in the queue. By 08:45, we were out of the Land Transport Office, with our licenses. All very painless. These "temporary licenses" are valid for 2 years, after which we can apply for 5 year licenses. All the staff spoke sufficient English for us to communicate with no problems and were very helpful. Although we did not want motorbike licenses, we understand that to apply for both a car and motorbike license, you need to take 2 original residence certificates, 2 original doctors certificates, and then 2 copies of passport / visa / international license. Good luck to other applicants.
  6. May have the same label; does not mean it wasn't made in a garage in China.
  7. Why on earth would Thailand have trained Urghur translators, and exactly who would have trained them??
  8. but a German comedian says something negative about that nice man Mr Erdogan, and he is prosecuted, with the support of Mrs Merkel's government.
  9. Amex Platinum still offers Priority Pass; in fact these days they give the primary card holder one, and a secondary cardholder, in my case the wife. She uses hers a lot when flying between UK and Germany to visit her mum with Easyjet umpteen times a year. Between Thailand and UK, we primarily use the airlines own FF lounges, but use PP a reasonable amount when flying around the region with Air Asia. The time limit, if any, is set by the lounge, not Priority Pass. In Swampy, there are numerous lounges accessible with PP, although we have found Oman's to be the best. Small, but excellent.
  10. Perhaps the OP should write to his own country's ambassadors in both Bangkok and Phnom Penh and ask them to raise the matter with the Thai Ambassador in Phnom Penh and the relevant ministry in Thailand. Certainly has more chance of being listened to than emails to random mailboxes.
  11. Ludicrous more taxpayers money down the drain in the name of PC.
  12. The embassy is not there to help British citizens at all; that is what a consulate is for. They happen to be co-located.The embassy is there to act as the British government's representative to Thailand; political, trade, military, law enforcement etc., etc. Reading some of the info the FCO put out each year on calls made to British consulates, it is amazing what some people expect of consulates. For many travellers, common sense seems to be in short supply.
  13. My (German) wife obtained a new passport at her Embassy in London at Christmas. Her old passport was only 4 years old, but full. We happened to be taken to a desk with what presumably was a trainee, with a more senior officer looking over his shoulder. She presented both her old passport (with her 9 month old retirement visa from Thai Consulate, London) and her new passport. It was all beyond the trainee, so the more experienced officer took her to an empty desk, logged in, and processed her entry. Took about 15 minutes, during which time I went downstairs and collected the luggage from the belt. End result is an entry in the new passport with a one year stamp, a reference to the visa in the old passport and a smile and "Welcome back to Thailand". All very efficient and professional.
  14. Thanks for the detailed report. My wife and I need to do our first ever extension in the next couple of months, and as it will be our first ever contact with Thai immigration, other than at border crossings / airports, this information is very useful.
  15. Hopeful you mean by "home country"; outside of Thailand, as my wife has renewed her German Passport in London. Thanks