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  1. Young guy... works online... speaks Thai... work permit... boy Thaivisa will get their panties in a twist over this. While the animal abuse is reprehensible, he will still have been a net positive for the image of foreigners over the course of his 550 million video views and those to come. You can see the like to dislike ratio on the videos too. Chances are his detractors are substantially more deranged than him.
  2. It not being 'legalized' (as in officially recognised, taxed, with it's own visa status like online freelancer visas in Estonia, Germany etc. does not necessarily make it 'illegal'. A more realistic view is that it exists in a grey area. No armchair lawyer on an expat forum should explicitly label it either legal or illegal. It just has not been classified as work yet, it isn't on the list of jobs that Thailand says require a work permit. No one's ever been convicted of a crime for simply running a blog or Youtube channel the notion is ridiculous. Unless it encompasses another crime like producing porn, gambling, etc. I think you know no one would ever be deported or see the inside of a court it would simply be a small 'fine' because the low level officer decides to consider it work and the online worker wouldn't want to wait for a court date and official ruling. Or one would simply be told ok you need to change visa status now. Look at expat of many years Richard Barrow he's an extremely prominent blogger. Or the learn Thai from a white guy dude, the list goes on.
  3. If you actually read the article it was just an automated price increase, totally out of the company's control on short notice. Non-issue. Meanwhile taxis are refusing meter (also illegal), raping passengers, cutting off tourists' heads with samurai sword etc.
  4. Uber.... will come to your hotel and be a nicer vehicle. About the same price as a metered cab, sometimes around 10% cheaper.
  5. Ironically Thailand Elite is essentially a bribe, 500k to a private company. Does nothing for the country. Functionally no different to overstaying five years then paying that amount in tea money to clear the blacklist and get back in. Much more ethical to spend that money supporting the locals. Of course he will claim it's a drop in the bucket compared to how much he spends in daily life... but his posting manner does not exactly suggest that. Angry expats are usually poor.
  6. They'd have to check. Quite often they're in a hurry and just have a cursory flip through of your passport pages looking for your visa sticker or first empty page to stamp. And don't check your old history on the computer unless your passport is full of visas. So it definitely helps to some extent to have a fresh passport. Pick a fast moving queue at passport control.
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    if refused entry

    See this post: And And this thread Try PM'ing the OP of that last link first. He said he had a contact in BKK who works with immigration police on the Malay border. Can't be 100% sure though as I haven't used it but perhaps someone who has will PM you, or try PMing guys in the first 2 links
  8. You seem awfully emotionally invested in the visa status of others. I won't get into a back and forth let's not derail the thread. I suspect a previously banned member on a new handle. It was harder under a previous military government though, and there's no evidence of a systemic crackdown now. Upticks in denials are commonplace. Just carry 20k, use the fast lane service or car lane at Nong Khai. And see the many tips dotted around Thaivisa by those members that want to help others.
  9. An uptick in reports doesn't indicate any systemic crackdown. This has happened many times in recent decades, an uptick of denials, then a drop, it correlates to the military government. It was actually even harder than today under a military government many years ago. So explain that. People have been telling me I can't keep doing what I'm doing, since I joined the forum in 2010... I didn't listen and enjoyed living out my 20s in Bangkok, living the dream.
  10. That press cutting was debunked several times. It referred to the Aug 2014 order on back to back visa exempts.
  11. I've been here almost 8 years on TR visas. Post #7 by Gilo is solid advice, driving through Nong Khai via the private car lane. With a Laos person. Very effective. Other hacks - in the queue at passport control look to see if the IO is letting through others that look like long stayers, and how fast that IOs queue is moving. Switch queues if something's amiss. Google 'Bangkok airport VIP arrival service'. Only 1200 baht for exclusive fast track service, a rep meets you as you step off the plane and 'assists with immigration documents details to ensure that your official entry into Thailand occurs without any delays'. I love (imitating) Thailand Elite! I spent all of 2016 on visa exemptions after 2 years on overstay, so it can be done. Currently on another TR visa from Vietnam.
  12. Yes I agree. But that's not a very popular opinion on thaivisa because they're not too fond of under 50s like myself living in thailand on tourist visas supporting themselves working remotely for overseas companies :) Certainly there's never been any record of a 'digital nomad' being convicted of any crime what you describe so that speaks for itself.
  13. Have a browse of the visa forum https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/forum/1-thai-visas-residency-and-work-permits/ And / or join the thaivisa newsletter, any important threads will get sent to your email.
  14. I got away with doing it for a combined 9 months in 2016 and took pics of the stamps -
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    Man arrested for growing organic marijuana

    Well the first two link to the studies. If you have an issue with 'new scientist' the article links to the source - http://www.jci.org/articles/view/25509 If you have an issue with 'wired' it links to https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-11/osu-sah111408.php Then the healthland ones mentions the institutions or universities that conducted the studies. Then the NCBI links, doesn't get more scientific than that. Go on then, link some studies :) This post wasn't all too scientific was it? I used plenty of 'may' and 'at least' and 'might' and other qualifiers, I wasn't stating beliefs or asserting facts, you still got butthurt though.
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    Man arrested for growing organic marijuana

    Studies suggesting it 'might' increases brain cells. https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8155-marijuana-might-cause-new-cell-growth-in-the-brain Or, at least, a bit of it in low doses, not in excess: https://www.wired.com/2008/11/marijuana-could/ 'May' slow brain aging, alzheimer's, dementia etc.: http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/29/how-cannabinoids-may-slow-brain-aging/ Or at least, studies into long term effects on the brain are 'inconclusive' and paint an 'inconsistent picture' https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4104335/ 'May' increase the number of neurons and has been show to do so in rat studies, and lowers instances of depression https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1253627/
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    Man arrested for growing organic marijuana

    If he'd said lager, that's manufactured beer, full of additives and chemicals hence the awful hangover you don't get with natural beer (or weed). But most people aren't ordering fine Trappist ales every time they get drunk, they're expensive especially imported in Thailand
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    Facebook translation.

    Yes it's common, Thais shorten things as much as possible. Think of ถ่าย as photograph (verb) and รูป as pic, so you don't need both. 'Photographing it to keep as a memory' เก็บไว้ could be used for money as well, it's to save as Eric said, or keep / hold in reserve เก็บ is used in 'gep dang' - when you ask a waitress to 'collect money'. So เก็บ is 'get', ไว้ is like 'hold in place', together เก็บไว้ becomes save เฟส as 'phase' no it means facebook. It's 'face' spelt in thai letters, hence no translation. Again they shorten things as much as possible. No need to add the 'book' when it's clear from context, it's a Facebook status saying 'I'm about to delete inactive friends, those who are active click Like so that I won't delete you, thanks' จะได้ไม่ลบ - literally 'so i will be able to not delete', in future tense เคลื่อนไหว means to move / stir / get about, the negative form can mean motionless / stagnant / dead / still / inactive In this context the closest English equivalent could be 'active', he only wants active friends who interact on Facebook (like his or her posts, comment, etc.) and is cutting the wheat from the chaff. English Facebook users call it a 'cull' when they mass delete facebook friends they rarely talk to, there'd be no way to translate that into Thai directly either, but it has similar meaning If you can't find the post anymore you may have been unfriended :)
  19. Anyone that does business with Thais has my sympathy.
  20. Pro language Asoke has gone back to not requiring attendance. I have some friends studying there, 20k baht for a year and they were told no need to come to class. In fact they prefer it and that price is a slight discount for not attending.
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    Urgent... 24 hour passport photo place?

    I live on Soi 13, don't think I've ever seen one here If I were you I'd just go without and pay the extra $1-2 they charge at the border for not having a photo
  22. jspill

    Get a life

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    Get a life

    I'd say one or three of these: reuang kong guu mai chai reuang kong meung = It's my business, it's none of your fck*ng business = เรืองของกูไม่ใช่เรืองของมึงไม่ใช่เรืองของมึง ban yaa oon rue baow = are you retarded or what = ปัญญาอ่อนหรือป่าว tammai ben kon bep nee = why are you this kind of person = ทำไมเป็นคนแบบนี้ bai haa reaung kong mung mai dong maa haa reuang kong gu = go mind your own business, no need to poke your nose into my affairs = ไปหาเรืองของมึง ไม่ต้องมาหาเรืองของกู por leaw na mai dong maa taam = enough already, yeah, no need to come with these questions = พอแล้วน่ะ ไม่ต้องมาถาม taam hia arai = <deleted> are you asking = ถามเหียอะไร puud hia arai ai sat = <deleted> are you talking about you animal = พูดเหียอะไรไอสัส
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    Do Thai people hate Indian food?

    I'm pretty sure 'khaek' just has two meanings, by coincidence it means both guest and an Indian / middle Eastern appearing person. It isn't meant to imply that they're guests that overstayed their welcome or that they should leave. In the same way that farang just happens to mean both Caucasian / white appearing person, and guava fruit. You're correct many look down on Indians though. When I asked a Thai girl why, she replied that Indians 'smell bad'. Which has some truth to it, and is linked to the cuisine - the ingredients in Indian food seep out of the pores and give a person a distinctive odor.
  25. Until they change the definition of what's legal and what isn't.