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  1. Transferring from Thailand to your personal account at HSBC Hong Kong is also very fast. Through BKK Bank anyway. Sometimes in under 30 minutes. The HK account is great if you can get it. I have had mine for 15 years, but they still make me jump through a few hoops to keep it. Could be the Thai address I suppose.
  2. HSBC does exist in Bangkok. But only for corporate accounts. You can get docs notarized there. I did a signature verification there a couple of months back that I ended up not using. However, now that I think about it it could be that what I was told by HSBC customer service over the telephone does not actually match their rules. I seem to remember reading that they will actually only accept documents that have been notarized at a Hong Kong branch. I really can't remember, so you will have to check it out. Keep in mind that even though you are using a European address, you will still be subject to the same KYC (Know Your Customer) regulations as someone resident in Thailand. If you have had your account for less than a year, you may not have yet had the displeasure of dealing with this. If you are willing to fly to Hong Kong once or twice per year, then you shouldn't have any trouble. Good luck!
  3. I had a corporate account with HSBC for many years, up until earlier this year. My partner and I had an HK company and our residences were listed with HSBC as being in Thailand. We had no problems up until late last year. At that point, as a condition to keeping the account open, they began requiring bi-annual updates to their information regarding our personal status and our company's standing in Hong Kong. It involved a few documents and a couple of forms, nothing too invasive or difficult to obtain and supply to them. But they require all that documentation to be certified by a notary acceptable to HSBC. They have a list of countries whose CPA's can be used to notarize the required documents. Of course, Thailand is not on that list. To comply with their regulations we had to either fly to Hong Kong to hand in the documents in person, or go to HSBC in Bangkok to get the documents certified there (which they are supposed to do for free, but don't). Since we live in Chiang Mai, it wasn't worth it to us to comply so we closed the account after having it for 12 years. We were closing our company anyway so it didn't much matter. HSBC corporate accounts are a real pain these days compared to many years ago. Several people I know have closed theirs due to the onerous KYC compliance issues. If you live in Bangkok, then getting docs certified at HSBC there might be OK. As far as I know, that should be the only issue you face since it is not technically against their regulations for you to live somewhere other than Hong Kong. I understand also that HSBC Hong Kong is not opening corporate accounts for people resident in Thailand anymore, although there are probably special circumstances where they still would. They do seem to be biased against customers resident in Thailand for one reason or another. Even personal accounts there are getting to be a bit of a pain to keep open for residents in Thailand, but it is still doable. I have also heard that they will no longer open personal accounts for people living in Thailand, although I don't know if that is actually the case. Cheers
  4. Benefit of getting Thai credit card?

    I was just two weeks ago a victim of fraud. Someone somehow got a hold of my credit card details and went on an online shopping spree. I have a Thai Citibank Visa. Not sure about cards issued through BKK Bank or other Thai financial institutions, but Citibank didn't charge me a single Baht for the fraudulent charges and replaced my compromised card in less than 5 working days. I can highly recommend Citibank, Thailand. And as another poster pointed out, the air miles can accrue pretty quickly if you use your card a lot and smartly.
  5. Liquid sandwash mildew stain remover.

    Not very scientific I admit. Basically get enough baking soda to lightly dust the affected area. Then pour enough vinegar over the area to get it thoroughly wet and get a good foaming reaction going. I have never measured the amounts of each, so I used a suitable vague quantifier. How much is a bunch? Good question. Even I don't know and I am from the USA :-) I will guess that for mildew some of the other suggestions may work better though.
  6. Liquid sandwash mildew stain remover.

    We have lots of mango trees on our property. Every year when they flower we get lots of sticky sap coating everything. Besides collecting dirt the stuff stains our sandwash and ceramic tile a dark purple color. The stains are practically impervious to brushes, soap and elbow grease. I bought some expensive liquid tile cleaner that did a very good job getting all of the stains and dirt out. Still had to scrub a lot. But the thing I have found the works the best is to buy baking soda in bulk from the local market and a bunch of cheap white vinegar. Put the baking soda in a sifter or whatever and spread it dry all around the area you want to clean. The pour vinegar over it and let it foam and do its thing. After a few minutes take a scrub brush to it. Works great for my problem, not sure about mildew. But it's cheap and worth a try if you haven't already.
  7. Asking Salary...

    Probably depends on what you are bringing to the table that is in short supply in Thailand. What are the duties and required skill set?