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  1. Any tips for doing this in a fan room? My main heat generators are a slow cooker, air fryer (small convection oven basically), and a laptop. After that maybe a couple lights and fans. Some ideas and my thoughts: 1. Run a power strip to the balcony and keep the air fryer and slow cooker outside. Laptop will continue to spew heat but I think this will still help a good amount. Only concern is how to do this without drilling holes in the window frame or balcony door. The window is open air, no mesh. I'm thinking of cracking it open to run the power strip and its cord through, then sealing the opening with some sort of tape. 2. install a mesh door outside of the balcony door and then leave the wooden door open for airflow. I live in a rented apartment and would need permission. Other issue is the noise from Soi Buakao (party street in Pattaya) would flood in. The girls catcalling would keep my blood flowing in a good way, but not those revving engines 3. Install mesh over the windows. I don't like this option because my blackout drapes would block the airflow. I can't move the drapes as they are wrapped over a cheap thai drape hanger that has a bunch of blocking supports. Curious if anyone else has worked on keeping the heat down, and how you would do it.
  2. I recently found out that Vientiane's early morning session has much longer lines later in the week, compared to Monday/Tuesday. This makes me curious: If I have a visa stamp valid until June 1, but I go to Vientiane early and hope to receive a new visa that starts on May 29, for example, will this cause any problems? I assume not since the old stamp I think would be invalidated, but I wanted to ask you guys.
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    Does my school owe me a partial refund?

    Sounds high risk to do it in a forceful way like that. They do have heavy involvement in the visa process. Doesn't look like this has come up for anyone else. At this point I'm thinking about just mentioning it casually and not putting up a fight if they object.
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    Does my school owe me a partial refund?

    Hard for them to give back something that they have not yet received! As mentioned I am out about 4,000 baht and my balance to them is 6,000 baht.
  5. In Pattaya, immigration gives ED schools and students 2 options: Attend 4 days per week at regular cost, verified by police visits. Or pay 5,000 baht every 3 months to basically stay in Thailand without any attendance requirements. It has been this way for at least 3 years. I wrapped up advanced Thai and began Chinese lessons this year. However, Vientiane rejected my visa application. The cause was that the school put me down for advanced thai (again). Their excuse during an emergency call was "they used to allow this but The vientiane Thai consulate got stricter about that just yesterday." Hard for me to believe, I think the paperwork filler either filled the papers wrong, or they wanted to list more students taking Thai due to teacher credentialing (They have way more Thai class times, and I think only 1 Chinese class). Most likely the paperwork filer just mistakenly put advanced Thai since that seems to fit the facts the best. The current plan now is for me to come home on a tourist visa. The school will then reapply for a 1 year ED, this time actually Chinese. This paperwork error has cost me 2 extra days in Vientiane and another 4,000 baht (in missed and rush flight tickets, accommodation and food). I have an unpaid balance of 6,000 baht to the school for the 1 year ED Visa. Would you guys request that the school eat my costs, or is that considered out of line in a circumstance like this?
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    Vientiane ED Visa trip, what to take?

    Well I'm here. And I knew I left something off the list. The power strip. In my cheap 70,000 kip/night room (detached bath) there is only one outlet. So now I get to strategically charge my computer or phone.
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    Pattaya banks not stocking USD anymore

    thanks for the tip, do you remember the name of the place and/or roughly what gogos it was near?
  8. I am refering to the Vientiane > Udon Thani schedule (on the 1st picture's right side). One sign has the 3pm bus, other does not. Anyone know which one is current?
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    Pattaya banks not stocking USD anymore

    Based on what you and others say, maybe this is correct. I will say that when I had to get an auto-debit paper from True signed, only that branch could do it. PS: I find it hilarious that the business banking / home branch is right at the tip of the most dense red light area in the world
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    Vientiane ED Visa trip, what to take?

    The action did not seem too great years prior. There is that one upstairs bar, but otherwise Vientiane looks rather sleepy. I use the trip for rest and recharge before coming home for the real fun (Not many places where you can say that).
  11. I see the Thai Embassy in Vientiane has an application field asking for a guarantor in both Laos and Thailand. What do you guys put for that? Can you leave it blank?
  12. Heading from Pattaya. my checklist on my computer got deleted this year so I have to recreate it. So far: Passport, Money (THB and USD), ED Papers, Photos Clothes, Laptop, Phone, Both chargers. Do you guys take anything else? I feel like my list was longer but don't remember.
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    Pattaya banks not stocking USD anymore

    $35 for the visa to Laos and $1 for the "outside preferred work hours" fee I think they'll be able to break my $40 this year though.
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    Pattaya banks not stocking USD anymore

    Bangkok bank has their main pattaya branch in Central Festival. Not sure about the others. Anyways I'm content not knowing why things seemed to be different (from my perspective) this year. Seems to always be like that in Thailand. If TT exchange has the money then so be it
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    Pattaya banks not stocking USD anymore

    I have to get USD every time this year and this is the only year all the branches were like this.
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