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  1. IMO there's 0% risk if you're only in Thailand 180 days a year, so if you do 3 extended visa exemptions per year, 2 extended single entry tourist visas, or 6 unextended visa exemptions. There's no set limit in law but based on anecdotal reports. Preferrably one of the first two to reduce the number of entries you do. No set limits on what happens if you push it over 180 days, I'd estimate something like this though: If it's the first year you've ever been in Thailand, add 10% risk of being pulled aside for questioning for every extra month you're in Thailand on top of 180 days, so about 30% risk if you push it to 9 months, 60% if you're trying to stay close to 365 days, etc. So you stand a good chance of being fine in your first year. Then for following years, 15% risk per month. So now 60% risk if you push it to 9 months a year in Thailand, 90% if you're trying to stay close to 365 days. So you're starting to get quite a high chance of being questioned from year 2 onwards. Now, some of the time you're pulled aside for questioning, you do still get let in. Helps if you can show 20k baht, onward ticket out of Thailand, etc., and say you have a Thai girlfriend, that's a good response. Then they say ok well stop doing these visa runs and marry her to stay permanently, you say ok cool and get let in. Then you apply for a fresh passport and keep doing what you were doing, or go back to making it 180 days per year for a while, to be on the safe side. The above estimation is if you're white, if you're black / indian I'd double everything and start from 120 days. So OP had about 20% chance of being pulled aside, he'd been in Thailand 120 days in the last 365 (4 previous visa exempts). Quite unlucky to be pulled aside AND denied. Good to hear he was able to get in the next time short after.
  2. In your example a crime has already been committed. OP simply attempting to enter hasn't broken the law yet.
  3. I'm doing Ed visa again on a new passport, they were able to process my application. Then for the 3 month extensions, my school has a special contact at immigration, when I turn up I simply call her and get a guaranteed extension for a small extra fee. Seen lots of other thaivisa posts about extra fees for the extensions too. In the range of 3000-5000 instead of 1900. Mine is 3400. You could also do Japanese instead of Thai.
  4. Visa Saigon?

    Yes I found it easy, got an SETV in SGN even with a 2 yr overstay stamp and 7 visa exemptions in current passport, and I didn't get asked to show any proof of funds. Had a fake onward flight ticket from one of those online rental sites, handed that in with the application form and $40 (they only accept USD) and that was it. I handed it in just before they finished for the day (11:15, they stop taking applications at 11:30 and go on their lunch break). That may have helped. Also I didn't dress like a backpacker.
  5. OP won't have actually entered the country yet, only presented himself at the border. So the analogy would be a banned driver applying for a new license, not driving. If he sneaked over a land border to get in then yeah sure, harsh consequences if caught. But at the border I think all that's going to happen is he gets sent back if caught.
  6. It wouldn't surprise me if there are actually no serious consequences if you get caught. Just entry denied stamp and flown back to where you came from. It can't be proven that you were intending to enter illegally, you may have just been unaware of how long your overstay ban was, and have changed your name for other reasons. As someone suggested you could change your passport twice, as the second is still linked to your current one, but the third is linked to the second. And change your name too. So the first replacement is because you 'lost' it, the second because you changed your name. That's what I'd do. Or as someone suggested, buying citizenship in another country plus a name change. P.S. If you google 'laos airlines refused entry' you can find some thaivisa threads from while back, that say Laos has been refusing people on overstay from entry / boarding a flight there. Don't know if that's still happening, but something to bear in mind. No problem entering other countries in the region though after clearing overstay.
  7. You didnt mention how long you'd be ok with being outside Thailand between entries. I've had 10 entries in a row on current passport since clearing a long overstay, no issues but I was out almost as long as I was in. 2 months in, 2 months out, 2 months in, 1.5 months out, etc. extending every entry to the max. I made a thread if you search my profile, where I took pics of all the stamps, 7 visa exemptions in a row then an SETV, since that thread Ive had 2 more exemptions If youre trying to do as close as possible to 365 days a year in Thailand, do Ed visas, thats what Im doing now, as a break from all that travelling. Ive done a Thai language ed visa before but it was on my previous passport, so Ill do it again, then again with Japanese. 2 yrs. Then renew passport and do both again. So far I havent been denied, been living in Thailand nearly 10 years. 19 more until I turn 50 and am on easy street with retirement extensions
  8. 'Checked her screen' - avoid the female IOs I just got in with another visa exemption couple weeks ago, in my current passport is a 2yr overstay stamp, 9 exemptions and 1 tourist visa, and previous passport 7 years of visas including another 1.5yr overstay. I pick a queue with a male IO who is letting in people quickly
  9. Many grammatical errors in the note - 'Eveything' should be 'everything' - 'taken an' should be 'taken and' - 'now you have all' should be 'now you have' - 'exactily' should be 'exactly' - Too many words use capital letters - The question mark is messed up
  10. ICO's are selling snake oil?

    Up 16% in the past 24 hours that'd be good for an entire year on the stock market!
  11. ICO's are selling snake oil?

    With this kind of thing on CNBC I can understand why some people are skeptical :) Tittiecoin would've been the icing on the cake - https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/tittiecoin/
  12. ICO's are selling snake oil?

    I meant that the ICO ended in December. They take some time, you have a presale, crowdsale, and at presale it was worth 11 cents, yes. Yes it was worth $8.05 when you posted that, and now $8.50 today, and if you post again tomorrow I'm sure it will be worth something else.... prices fluctuate. Likely $20 a month from now. Point is he made a ton of money. I wasn't trolling I was just giving OP an example of a friend that made a boatload of money. I didn't participate personally, wish I did.
  13. ICO's are selling snake oil?

    11 cents coming out of the ICO, as per the website you linked yourself earlier - https://icobench.com/ico/icon Yeah $9 now, I said about $10. Ok so 90x returns. Pretty nice. He hasn't cashed out anything, Icon will easily hit $20 and beyond.
  14. ICO's are selling snake oil?

    Well my friend put $10k into Icon (ICX) in December, it was worth about 10 cents after ICO, now it's worth about $10, so he's up 100x, or a million dollars in a month...
  15. The uncensored post she made - https://instagram.com/p/BdymQXOhCLh/
  16. It's not required but some people submit verification anyway so their profile says 'verified' that helps if later they post an ad themselves to sell their bitcoin, when they want to convert it to fiat. So it's weird that the seller is asking you. Don't send it, just pick one of the other dozens of sellers.
  17. Err not a great idea to send some random seller your personal info, you should be submitting that to localbitcoins.com themselves, they'll then mark your profile as verified. That's what I did.
  18. No they don't only deal in whole coins. You can buy less. They write the price per whole coin and then set limits in the next column. You can buy 1000 baht worth if you want. Or you use coins.co.th or bx.in.th. At a quick glance right now BX is cheapest today, but it varies.
  19. The witness saw a speeding car and the Brit waiting to cross the road.
  20. While there aren't any limits for tourist visas defined in law, when people run into problems - questioning at border, denial of entry etc. - it's always been when they exceed 6 months per year in Thailand. One can confidently say spending under 6 months per year on tourist visas is 0% risk, you aren't even classed as a tax resident etc. Over 6 months no one really knows, it just becomes guesswork. But the 8-9 months per year that you plan doesn't push it too far, you plan long breaks in between each stay, and will return home each year, so I'd say it's very low risk. You don't fit the profile of someone working illegally in Thailand. To make it even lower risk you could enter by land border wherever possible (e.g. train from Malaysia) as they are less strict than airports, with the possible exception of the Poipet Cambodia border. Plus carry 20k baht cash as proof of funds whenever you enter. Or just study Thai and get an Ed visa, there are lots of language schools in Chiang Mai.
  21. Miserable Studying Thai in Bangkok

    Google utorrent and install that free software. Then Google piratebay (the domain keeps changing), on there search 'Thai learning pack', you'll see a 1GB one and an 8GB one, click the magnet by the name to start downloading in utorrent.
  22. Miserable Studying Thai in Bangkok

    You can torrent a huge 8 gigabyte 'thai language pack' on the thepiratebay, just saying... a dozen ebooks including 'teach yourself thai', entire audio courses, etc. I learnt Thai that way, never had a lesson. Had an Ed visa to avoid visa runs but didn't attend classes just taught myself.
  23. Nobody cares. I've been doing it since 2009 no issues.
  24. There is an exchange booth before immigration (but no ATMs). So even if it wasn't ok you could say ok I'll go exchange it then queue up again. But the 'official rule' is that it can be any other major currency that is generally accepted for conversion to Baht.