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andreww

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  1. looks like, after recent crashes on Patong hill, now buses must use Cherngtalay-Thalang-Monument-Bypass route.. and it's already a traffic nightmare, i was getting "stuck" behind 3-5 buses all day today. And it's bottom of the low season. Wonder what's gonna happen during high season.
  2. Well, those sheets are compiled by volunteers at the immigration, and yes, sometimes they omit certain details.. it's a free job after all... that's why I compiled my own sheet (based on my experience and forum reading), and everyone is free to edit it. There's a number of other up-to-date sheets freely available on this forum, just takes some time to research. Yes, sometimes it gets illogical, and rules vary from office to office, but once again -- still easier and faster than in other countries. Haven't dealt with Malaysia, but heard how they treat certain groups of tourists (i.e. single young ladies), and let me tell you -- this is unheard in Thailand. non-o marriage-based extension requirements: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kiurO8B1MUB28hzPGfeO9I2hgrfvjh3tVYDageNE64U/edit
  3. I share your frustration, but doing some homework helps here (as everywhere else). I did my (marriage-based) extension for 4th time this year, and it just gets easier and faster, because rules stay 99% the same + I make notes during each visit.. then it's just rinse&repeat whatever been done previously. Now, to put things into perspective for you: try dealing with any other country immigration authorities and see how complex (and expensive) things get fast. I dunno which passport you hold, but I had a chance to deal with US, Japanese, Australian, Russian and many other visas and residency permits. From my experience -- Thai immi rules are some of the most laxed + the process is the cheapest and fastest (rivalled only maybe by Cambo, but I haven't had an experience) + Thai people in general are quite cooperative (as long as you stay calm and keep everyone's face straight). I had an Australian immi officer threatening to cancel my $5k application just because she made a mistake that cost me a pointless round trip to Australia and I called her on that blunder. So really, there is NOTHING to complain about here comparing to other countries.
  4. a bummer, but photos inside and outside of the house have been a requirement at least for 4 years now. I have an accurate representation of our aging family vs. forever young house )
  5. Did mine yesterday, couple new additions comparing to last year: -- now they require a copy of our farang landlord's passport. Funny enough, couple years ago when residency certificates were introduced, they explicitly rejected his passport, and asked for the certificate instead. Now certificate alone is not enough. Go figure. -- AFTER my child's birth I acquired another citizenship, and now (first time, even though I hold this citizenship for 4+ years now) immi officer asked a copy of my 2nd passport, as my application passport differs from passport in my kids birth certificate. It was totally unexpected, but as I keep all my documents in Dropbox, I could email him a copy within a minute. Not satisfied with this outcome (he was expecting me to run home and come back next day, or tip him a 1000 thb or smth), he started asking for a document that confirms my transition from one citizenship to another. Needless to say, such thing does not even exists anywhere apart from this officer's wild dreams. After my wife told him off (politely, not to lose too much of his face), this requirement was dropped, all papers were stamped and normal 1900 thb fee collected. Overall, quite smooth this year, in and out within 2 hrs after lunch time. Full updated list of documents required is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kiurO8B1MUB28hzPGfeO9I2hgrfvjh3tVYDageNE64U/edit
  6. Folks, While travelling overseas i've got my kiddo a bike and planning to bring it back to Thailand with us. I'd assume customs officers would want to charge me a duty upon entry, but the trick is -- the bike is made in Thailand and it is clearly stated on the box. Will it be a reason to waive the duty? I've read somewhere that items made in ASEAN can be imported tax free, but not sure about 1) bicycles 2) import via airport... Cheers p.s. yes, the bike is 10% more expensive to purchase in Thailand + they do not stock the model we're after... gotta love the globalisation and its mysterious ways.
  7. While travelling overseas i've got my kiddo a bike and planning to bring it back to Thailand with us. I'd assume customs officers would want to charge me a duty upon entry, but the trick is -- the bike is made in Thailand and it is clearly stated on the box. Will it be a reason to waive the duty? I've read somewhere that items made in ASEAN can be imported tax free, but not sure about 1) bicycles 2) import via airport... Cheers p.s. yes, the bike is 10% more expensive to purchase in Thailand + they do not stock the model we're after... gotta love the globalisation and it's mysterious ways.
  8. better ask in Russian groups on FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/110970745658472/
  9. The site is back up https://extranet.immigration.go.th/fn90online/online/tm47/TM47Action.do
  10. Used surfboards in Phuket?

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/PhuketSurfSale/
  11. Folks, On the video the Fortuner is trying to merge into turning lane, rudely cutting in line: the intersection just opened, cars started to move, there were a dozen cars behind me waiting to turn, and he bluntly inserted himself in front of me, even not bothering to signal in advance. Kudos to the policemen for recognizing his maneuver, but it made me wonder -- what's the official rule prohibiting such action?
  12. What everyone can do is take a photo of this toxic dump and post it on Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g293920-d1161253-Reviews-Surin_Beach-Phuket.html Once Surin's rating drops below 3*, local businesses will fix the problem themselves or will face very very quiet low season.
  13. Fellow owners of new PJS, do we have an HDMI or video AUX input in our cars? I cannot find any and no mention in the manual either (despite Aux selector on the remote control), but kids discovered rear DVD player on day one, and now i have to deal again with all that DVD-related nonsense that I personally had forgotten 15+ years ago (regions, commercials, scratches, idiotic menus etc). Very sick of all that already and just want to plug an iPod-video in there somewhere... I expected Thai models to be quite underpowered in interface department, as locals care only about rims and tint, but still.. On the same note, any reliable shops in Phuket that can install one? Must be cheaper than a new Android tablet Cheers.
  14. Still pay money in Phuket Immigration

    ok, since the immi 90 day report service has been down for a while now, I have to submit it in person in Patong. Do they try to extort any moneys for such service there? Anyone with recent experience? Cheers.
  15. would be interesting to see whether they finally can fix all those gaping exploits in 90 days reporting website they had before
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