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  1. The Brits previously set a world record for the deepest cave dive, 9000 metres - https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/event/longest-cave-dive-world-record-123382933#the-triumphant-trio-rene-houben-rick-stanton-and-john-volanthen-the-picture-id123112391
  2. "British divers John Volanthen and Rick Stanton first people to meet missing boys and coach" https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/thailand-cave-search-missing-boys-divers-supplies-advance-soccer-chiang-rai-a8426601.html And the 3rd team member Robert Charles Harper
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    Thai vs Filipina

    Any progress on the conversation and sex front?
  4. Probably easier to overstay in the big cities actually as we blend in more and landlords don't usually bother filling in the forms. I did 4 years overstay on Bangkok.
  5. You can renew your passport by mail from Bangkok, while you're on overstay, I've done the same thing. At the UK passport building (Trendy on soi 13) they didn't care what my overstay status was. Then I picked up my new passport, the old one had the corner cut off, and when I finally left the country (after saving tons of money and hassle) I showed them the old one, overstay stamp was put in the new one, and off I went, with the officers all smiles and giggles.
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    KL, Penang, or exempt?

    Visa exempt. Never heard of anyone being denied entry with <90 days stay per year This is how Thailand shoots itself in the foot, making people overcautious. Can only imagine how many people just decided to spend their cash elsewhere
  7. Figure of speech, he was denied entry and flown back to where he flown from. Yes technically it isn't called a deportation. It isn't voluntary either way though. And it had nothing to do with anything he said, he was already going to be flown back. Then, again, what immigration at the next airport did with him (decided to fly him back to his home country) is nothing to do with whatever he said to the Thailand IOs either, as you posted.
  8. I know, he knows too, but there's a much lower risk if you don't do a 24 hour 'in/out'.
  9. No, he was already going to be denied entry before he started asking what the reason for refusal was, it made no difference. And as he said, he was deported back to his previous departure point. Then the immigration there decided to deport him back to home country, which is unusual, but nothing to do with anything he said to the IOs in Thailand.
  10. How long are you spending out of the country on average when you leave? They said 'too many in/outs' and you say indeed you do have a lot. An in/out is flying back within 1-2 days. You can probably get away with 270 days a year as lkv said, I've done that before too. Just don't push it close to 365
  11. I'm reliably informed they don't care if you don't attend either
  12. Nah it's because Africans sell drugs while on Ed visa and that's a profession reserved for the police ^^
  13. They still work, I'm on ED visa right now and don't attend, my school is happy about it, gave me a 33% discount in fact. Granted I'm not African, the recent 'crackdowns' pretty much exclusively targeted them.
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    Khao Soi and khanom jeen meaning?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khao_soi Apparently khao something or other is Burmese for noodles and the dish is originally from Burma. Lots of it in Chiang Mai which is close to Burma. Bread is khanom bang, bread isn't a dessert either. Khanom can also mean 'snack'.
  15. That stance never involves harming others though. E.g. 'If you don't like the country, you can leave' (because liberals love to complain how much their first world country sucks) 'If you don't like that Christian bakers won't make a cake for your gay wedding, shop elsewhere' And so on. It doesn't quite work with 'If you don't agree with killing a viable life with a beating heart as early as 21 days, don't do so yourself'.
  16. I entered recently at DMK with a way worse looking passport, had no issues, I think these 'crackdowns' come and go and lately things have cooled down. I'd say if you take the precautions in post #3, there's very little chance of being denied entry. Maybe 10% chance of being pulled aside for questioning, 5% of being questioned and not let through.
  17. You can still use Airbnb, all condos do is put up some signs at most, there's no enforcement, it's Thailand If questioned just say you're a friend of the owner / staying 30+ days etc. Stay in a condo in an area with lots of foreign faces, e.g. Sukhumvit I'm typing this from an Airbnb condo #thuglife
  18. If it was a hot young chick staying short term on Airbnb and you met her by the pool and ending up banging her, you'd love Airbnb Why live 1km from Nana a huge beer bar & sex tourism area if you don't like drunk men coming home at bar closing time, 3am
  19. I'm seeing plenty of comments in Thai on the side of the German, on Facebook
  20. I see what looks like some Arab tourists, not Thai, trying to help the German lift his bike up, to which a Thai guy pushes them away. Then Thai guys pull the German away from the Thai that kicked him in the face - not really helping, they still need to get his money for taking him to the police station. Can't do that if he gets beaten to death. One jokes in a sarcastic voice about respecting tourists... another sniggers.
  21. It uses the word 'dek' and uses the same word 'dek' to describe the 2 women that were there at the time of the arrest, who weren't minors - they were 18 and 25. 'Dek' in thai is flexible, like 'girls' in English. 'I like Thai girls' doesn't necessarily mean 'I like Thai children.' The word dek is used in many non-pedophilia contexts, you can say someone is 'naa dek', they look young. If there were minors involved I'm sure the original Thai article would have spelt it out much clearer.
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    No injuries as Bangkok bus engulfed in flames

    Should be common sense but it's the frequency that matters, not whether it happens at all. It happens more in Thailand as do all kinds of road safety related issues. Recently voted amongst the most dangerous roads in the world - https://coconuts.co/bangkok/news/thai-roads-deadliest-planet-world-atlas/ The exact same no. 40 yellow bus burst into flames in 2016 - https://coconuts.co/bangkok/news/bus-bursts-flames-ekkamai/
  23. Doesn't matter if they go to lessons or not, maybe they prefer to self-study. Personally I read and write Thai but I didn't go to the lessons, I just learn better on my own. What matters is if they are commit crimes, usually that's the non western ones, hence you don't see westerners arrested as part of ed visa crackdowns. Those French guys were probably honest non-criminals just like yourself. Perhaps making a larger economic contribution to the country because of all the extra time they spent working on some online business at home, not commuting to a school and sitting in class.
  24. Dream on they've never been a target, Chiang Mai has held a huge digital nomad summit 4 years running now, co-working spaces are packed with young online workers. Thailand loves affluent westerners making offshore income and spending it here
  25. Well we spend more cash and dont deal crack on Sukhumvit Soi 13... (I've been a fake student in the past, and am one again right now. Shhh. No problems so far, my school seems pretty connected and most students are white)