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  1. This turned out to be a much better deal than what was available in Singapore and KL. I suspect it may have been a private side deal the bank manager facilitatied, but mostly because the rate was so much better. Light blue bank at Central.
  2. Update: nearby friend says the pickup truck smashed into a (big) concrete power pole at speed with no other car or police involvement. Farang driver. Must have kicked back into the road, was about 3 meters from the pole in the middle of the road. My wife and I both saw the bullet holes as we drove around it, looked real. Could be real holes and a strange sense of humor, or possibly just decals and we missed it. Lots of people around that 7, could have taken out a bunch of people.
  3. Anybody know the story on what happened yesterday at the intersection in Bang Kao? There was a smashed truck in the road with bullet holes in the passenger side door and lots of police. This was late afternoon, seemed like it was in between the event and the investigation, time wise, when I passed by.
  4. Anybody know if there is someone on Samui who can reformat a (Mac) hard drive?
  5. Bought today on Samui for 8.04. Squeaked by on availability. Thanks for thorough post, will be using it in the future.
  6. Tuesday I fly to Changi in Singapore and them on to Kuala Lumpur. It is not convenient to go to a bank once I get to KL, but I need to make a payment in ringgit the first morning. What is the best way to convert baht to ringgit in this situation? 1) Buy ringgit in Samui (not going by way of Bangkok, direct flight to Changi). The rate looked surprisingly good, but banks have limited amounts on hand 2) Sell baht and buy ringgit in Singapore. Usually fair to good rates, but commission will be taken twice (first sell baht, then buy ringgit). 3) Airport in KL (this is almost certainly worst option). Thanks for any suggestions by those who know the ins and out of this situation. The rest of you I hope will show more wit than inebriation 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
  7. Thanks Jimmy. I know the folks in Maenam, nice people and a lot of stringed instruments.
  8. Music shop at Samui Trader building in Mae Nam. Near Amari And Santiburi hotels.
  9. Looks like something was wedged into the bow doors which let water in when the bow cut into the next wave? Maybe one of those rope mates they use to make drinking over the hinge easier. Pretty scary, I would definitely be looking for a live vest.
  10. We know that there have been directives to local police and/or immigration offices to visit foreigners living in their districts, sometimes to confirm the details of their address as given to Immigration and sometimes just to check them out. As usual, compliance varies by office, but some of these directives have been issued nationwide in the last two years. Samui has so many foreigners living here that it would be a huge job to do this once a year for everybody in the system. My understanding is that once you have been in the system for a few years there is little chance on Samui that filing an extension of stay request with the same address will result in a visit to confirm your residency at that address. As I posted, my address was changed to a different one on the extension request I made this year. Since it it not always easy to be in compliance, it's nice to get a feel for what's going on currently. I am not making any complaint about the process, nor am I making any suggestions for what others should do, just sharing a recent experience that may help others get a feel for what is going on this year on Samui.
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  12. Yes, I saw that post then, and no other ones about this since then on Samui. The hand drawn map requirement was there in January 2016.
  13. Are you suggesting I not give my address? Or that I deny that I have a passport? What would you have done?
  14. Hi also took a photo of me.