soisanuk

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  1. For IT items, I have used InvadeIT located in Hua Hin - good easy to navigate website - often with a link to the manufacturer's website specifications. Ordering is a breeze - I use bank to bank transfer for payment or credit card or, I think paypal - you can choose shipping method - Thai post EMS is as I recall lowest with Kerry Express being the fastest, which I usually choose - it may take 2 or 3 days for it to be shipped (you receive email with tracking number), but it has always arrived the next day. If you communicate with them, no problem with their English.
  2. I live in Pattaya's Jomtien area - I use Sophon Cable (300 baht per month) which has numerous channels in Thai, English, French, German, and other languages. I also have True Vision satellite which has channels in English and Thai -more expensive and prices vary depending on package - you can check out their different "plans" by visiting their website (just search for True Visions Thailand). As to Internet, there are several ISPs to choose from, many now have fiber optic connections in many areas - I have CAT fiber optic and usually have no problem streaming video.
  3. I have had no problem with Pattaya Immigration in reporting 2 or 3 days late - no comment - no fine.
  4. Several times, when we are not home, the Thai postman leaves the EMS letter/package at our Thai housing village security gate. So, if using the tracking system and it shows delivered, but does not show who signed for it. We check with security and they have it. It has been a few years, but one time, an important document had not arrived - we contacted the sender and they said it was mailed several days before by EMS and gave us the tracking number - they said they could send again if need be. The online tracking system showed it was delivered but no name for who signed it. We went to post office (far North Pattaya, before they opened the new facility on Sukhumvit which now handles our EMS mail). The post office said it was delivered, but could not say who signed for it. So, we decided we would need to notify sender to send again. As we returned home (Jomtien area) and were pulling up to our drive, here comes a motorcycle rider (postman) and he has the letter in hand for us to sign for it -- so fairly obvious it wasn't previously delivered. However, that was the only experience with it not being delivered - all other times, it comes to house or is left with Security.
  5. I went into Soi 5 Immigration Office on Wednesday last week at 8:20am, number 3 in the queue, they started processing as usual at 8:30am, I was finished and going out the door at 8:36am - very quick when you have all your documents ready. I picked up passport following day, no waiting. I then did my 90 day report, no one else waiting, took about one minute to do report (passport and bar coded previous report is all that is needed). This was same experience I had last year, but it took a few minutes longer because I was number 6 in the queue - finished and out at 8:40am. Of course, this is low season and they are not as busy as they are during high season - wait time is longer because they are usually crowded and very busy.
  6. Agree. Thailand used to require 6 month validity for entry (Thai Embassies still do I believe when applying for a Thai Visa other than O-A, which is longer because it allows a one year permission to stay on arrival), but now when entering, Immigration only requires the passport be valid for the period of stay.
  7. Prior to expiration of the 2 year "temporary" license, you can apply for the 5 year license. - how long before? As with immigration offices, the different Land Transport Offices (DLTO) seem to each have their own rules for when you can renew. So, it is best to check with your local DLTO Transport Office to see when they will do the renewal. If I recall correctly, the main DLTO website indicated 2 months before, but as mentioned, each DLTO has their own requirements.
  8. First, it appears OP is speaking on two issues. One is Extradition and the other is Statute of Limitations. The first depends on the terms of an Extradition Treaty between Thailand and other countries (where the individual is located). It is possible the terms may have a time limit from when the crime was committed until the person is found, but it would depend on the specific treaty with the country where the person was found. As mentioned, many countries will bar extradition of an individual if the penalty for the crime is death - The US or US State Governments, in order to extradite someone where the extradition would be barred because of the death penalty, often agree to waive the death penalty as being a consequence if they are found guilty. The statute of limitation is based on the law where the crime was committed. It relates to the time from when the crime was committed to the time the person is formally charged with the crime. This often can vary depending on the nature of the crime, e.g., in many countries, there is no statute of limitation on murder, but for other less serious crimes there may be a such a limit. In the USA, leaving the jurisdiction of the State in which the crime was committed usually "tolls the statute," meaning any time outside the State's jurisdiction is not counted against the time limit for filing charges. Once formal charges are filed, the statute of limitation no longer applies. Likewise, if it is a Federal crime, it tolls the statute for anytime the perpetrator leaves USA territory. This may or may not be the case under Thai law.
  9. I agree and not burdening my partner or friends with making such arrangements was my main consideration in prepaying for funeral service with the Bangkok office of a well established Australian Funeral company. My request was for a simple Buddhist ceremony (more to please my Thai partner as well as not subjecting friends to the more typical lengthy Thai funeral). Included in the plan is for the Funeral Directors to claim my body and and transport it to Pattaya (even if it is at the Police Hospital for autopsy in Bangkok - they do not include autopsy cost in the plan), make arrangements with Wat and pay for the ceremony and cremation with the provision that they give my ashes to my Partner. They also arrange for and pick up my Embassy's certification of death abroad - US Embassy. This company has handled several funerals/cremations here in Pattaya of Expats and came highly recommended.
  10. Did OP mean UPS (United Parcel Service) or USPS (United States Postal Service)? The $61 fee appears to be a charge that UPS would make - I have used Fed Ex to send important documents and credit cards to me and as I recall, the fee was around $60.
  11. As I understand it, the reason is to keep those with the personal lower cost plans from using the connection for a website - thus the periodic change. With a static IP address, it doesn't change and can be used for a website, e.g. for a business or organization. If you want the connection for that purpose, you pay more to get the static IP address. I use CAT as my provider and they, like the others, periodically change the IP address.
  12. Jomtien Immigration has posted this sign:
  13. Correct - the sign does relate to the reporting of a change in address (TM.28) . The person who sent it to me was shown that sign by the Immigration Officer when they were told they needed to report their address within 24 hours -- when they later sent me, at my request, their receipt for the report, it was a TM.30 - they owned their condo through a Thai company and were in process of applying for a Non-Immigrant "O" since they entered on Visa Exempt and will be obtaining a one year retirement extension after they receive the "O" visa. In the person's case, as MD of the Company Ltd, they were told they were late (about 3 or 4 days) in filing the report, but they were not fined.
  14. Correct - the sign does relate to the reporting of a change in address (TM.28) . The person who sent it to me was shown that sign by the Immigration Officer when they were told they needed to report their address within 24 hours -- when they later sent, at my request, a copy of their receipt for the report, it was a TM.30 they had filed - they owned their condo through a Thai company and were in process of applying for a Non-Immigrant "O" since they entered on Visa Exempt and will be obtaining a one year retirement extension after they receive the "O" visa. In the person's case, as MD of the Company Ltd, they were told they were late (about 3 or 4 days) in filing the report, but they were not fined.