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  1. Earthquake CM

    On the 12th floor and definitely noticeable here. David
  2. Coloured Songteow Routes

    @Konini This is not a map but it does list the songtaeow routes. Might be of some help. David Songthaew routes in Chiang Mai.rtf
  3. This is what happens when you think with your little head instead of your big head. David
  4. Eye Exam

    Rutnin runs at such a high standard I don't think you will go wrong no matter who you get. I had gone to one of the most recommended ophthalmologist herein Chiang Mai. The prescription just didn't seem right. Went to Rutnin and got it redone. It was dead on accurate. Ordered the glasses Zenni and have been very pleased. And Zenni is definitely cheaper than anywhere I have found in Thailand. David Sent from my SM-T719Y using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  5. New Visa Agency at Promenada Mall

    At least in terms of extending a retirement visa yes, I know it is really extending my permission to stay), it requires an in-person visit to immigration - with the limited exception of handicapped patients or persons with disabilities (see the note on the new TM 7 form). How you get to the proper desk is limited. You can do it using an agent or you can stand in line, take a number, etc. If there is another way, I have yet to see it in action or hear about it. If you know a legal way to do it, please share. You would make many of the TV readers very happy. As for the alternatives you mentioned being "reasonably effective," I'm curious to know what you mean. When it comes to my legal status in the Kingdom, I prefer effective, i.e. properly and formally done, as opposed to reasonably effective. David
  6. New Visa Agency at Promenada Mall

    And can those full-service agents have me walk in cold and walk out in under an hour with a retirement extension? i won't hold my breath. All those other services you mention may be nice for folks that want/need them but when I want to buy a Toyota, I don't go to the Mercedes shop. As for calling you back, in all honesty, I am surprised they would talk to you at all. Looking back at your - shall we say, less than kind - comments about its predecessor, G4T, maybe they expect the same from you. Just my $0.02 on it. David
  7. New Visa Agency at Promenada Mall

    Just a quick report on the new agency that replaced G4T. Was time for me to do my retirement extension and multi-entry permit. Stopped by today to check their prices. All their listed prices are inclusive of the immigration office fees. The retirement extension was 6,900 baht which was a 2,000 baht increase over what G4T charged if I remember correctly. The fee also includes 4 90-day reports as well. Useless for me since I am in and out of the country often but might be useful for others. I asked about the increase and the staff person said that the new owner had raised the fee. The fee for the multi-entry permit was 4,300 baht which, from what I remember from last year, was the same. I decided to do the multi-entry permit on my own. The retirement extension went smoothly. I arrived about 2:30 p.m. I had filled in and printed out the TM 7 that I had used last year. In their review, they noticed that it was the prior version of the form and filled out the current version for me. The took my passport, all the documents, and money and went around the corner on the second floor to where you file your TM 30 forms. I waited about 20 minutes and then they came and asked me to follow them. Went around the corner. They took my picture and handed me my passport with the extension. All told, in and out in less than an hour. Was it worth the fee? For me it was. I would have been happier with last years fee but the convenience of not having to come back, not having to queue up to get a number, and not having to wait in line it was worth it. So, I took the new extension, went down stairs and got copies to add to the TM 8, had a brief wait, and was out with the multi-entry permit in about 10 minutes. Overall, it was less than 2 hours for my once a year visit to immigration. Miss the lower fees from G4T but hard to beat the service. David p.s. I have attached a PDF file of the new TM 7. form_tm7_2017.pdf
  8. Yep. Needed it for my retirement extension last year. David
  9. Do you happen to know if you need the actual slip in the passport or is the printout from my condo's TM30 report sufficient? It was just fine for my recent residency cert as a proof of address. David
  10. G4T Promenade Chiang Mai

    I was comfortable with 3000 baht as well but if 6900 + the cost of the multiple re-entry permit is the new price, Guess I'll go back to doing it myself. The service was convenient but I am more than capable of doing it on my own. I only have to go to immigration once a year. Luckily, I am in and out of the country so often I haven't had to do a 90-day report in almost 4 years and my condo does the TM30 online for me. David
  11. G4T Promenade Chiang Mai

    Looks like the do gooders and busy bodies may have succeeded. I hope it is only for a little while. David
  12. Hi all. I had thought about putting this in the motorcycle forum but it really local to CM. I have someone arriving tomorrow who wants to buy one of my bikes. I am advising him that getting a Thai driving license will save him a good bit of aggravation. When I arrived here about 7 years ago, I came with my US driver's license with motorcycle endorsement plus an International Driving Permit (IDP). I got both my car and motorcycle license at the same time. I still have the original IDP so if they asked for it, they did not keep the original and in all honesty, I don['t remember them asking for it. So the question is, if you have a driver's license that is in English (US, GB, etc,) do you need an IDP to apply for your initial license? Comments from someone with recent experience would be appreciated. David
  13. Gluten free oats? Were can i buy these?

    Rimping by the river. By the way, all oats are gluten free. David
  14. Driver's License Procedures Chiang Mai

    Just returned from the Hang Dong Road driver's license office with brand new 6-year car and motorcycle licenses. Easy as anything. Showed up with the proper paperwork (Cert of residence, medical cert. passport, old expired licenses) at about 1:30 p.m. Because I got there after it had started, I missed about 20 minutes of the very educational video - LOL. Took my number to wait to pay. I was number 417 and they were serving number 302. The numbers changed slowly until about 4:15 when they really started to roll. Mine came up. Paid my money and was out by 4:30 with 2 brand new licenses. Since my licenses had expired last Sunday (22 Oct), the 5 years doesn't start until my birthday next year. :) All in all a very easy and pleasant experience. David