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  1. Loud live music in Banrak

    Yes, temple market, will normally last for 9-10 days, i.e. nights...
  2. I have been calculatin'

    I know folk that have lost a lot more in LoS...
  3. Yes, it must be something like that – we also have it in Denmark, and it works very well, especially for Danes living abroad, and now not being dependent on snail-mail – it's mandatory for all Danes to have a digital mailbox, but elder and handicapped can apply for receiving paper-letters instead...
  4. Back in time when we had such an old-fashioned thing as printed weekly newspapers on the island, Samui Express had columnist, Des Gillette, who was – and probably still is, it's not that long ago I saw something posted about him – a well known walker on the island. He often invited for a group to walk "Around the Island on the Ring Road", or walk from here to there, and back again. I'm not sure if the walker groups are still active, there was an older ThaiVisa Forum post here, and they also have a blog, which unfortunately seem to be outdated. You cannot walk from Chaweng to Lamai on the beach, as part of the distance, if not most, is cliffs; like here at the bottom of the Chaweng Noi viewpoint... Same when heading north on Chaweng Beach, you'll be stopped by some restaurants (if they are still there, not been the a couple of years) build into the water (on cliffs?) right after "Olvia" Italian restaurant, and I think there cliffs at the other side. The northern peninsula's seafront consist of cliffs and small cozy sandy bays, only accessable from land or by boat. You can use Google Earth to investigate the beaches...
  5. I'm seriously afraid that I need to upgrade my view on motorbike safety at Koh Samui, after the incident yesterday. I luckily snapped this real hybrid invention with my dash cam, and if combined with a helmet, I believe this car tire solution, presume 4WD off road is best, will limit many a tilting Samui-tattoo, or the risk of being squeezed between two cars; and it's probably also more safe than riding pillion of a bird...
  6. Frenchman killed in motorcycle crash on Samui

    The road was however completely dry, and the is paving fine – fairly new tarmac, a few years old – I passed the spot both about an hour before the accident, and again after the accident at 6.45 pm, when the body was still at the middle of the road. It's just opposite the entrance to Grand Sea Discovery, between Soi 1 and Maenam Police Box (literally just in front); I pass that particular spot every day. As @PoorSucker mentioned, there has been many accidents at that part of the Ring Road – I instantly recall three, where I was there, I have even called for ambulance – also other fatal accidents happened at Soi 1 intersection plus/minus 100 meters.
  7. The small Suzuki Caribbean jeeps are great, also fun; however, if one is not native left-hand driver, one may change to a wrong gear in the beginning. I drove motorbike my first few days on Samui – not having a license, and not been driving motorbike for around 30-ears, but I had been driving the small bikes that I legally could drive without a license in my home country back in the happy hippie era, when I was young – however driving without a motorbike license may be extremely unwise, as an insurance probably don't cover, including one's own travel insurance. Furthermore I remembered that cool men don't use helmet, I neither did that... But at the end of the day I was not that cool, that I felt safe on a motorbike – image the traffic in 2001, and I was mainly driving in evenings, where it was the sleeping dogs on the roads, rather than cars and traffic, that was the dangerous part, not to forget the infamous "black holes" – so after two days I decided my life was worth more than the 350 baht a day I saved by renting a motorbike instead of a little jeep, when I found out I could rent one for 500 baht a day from God himself; well that was the name of the man renting out old worn out jeeps in Maenam, "God Maenam"... For many years I rented Caribbean jeeps, later slightly less worn out for same low price on a long term agreement, and that was really great; especially as the roads back then was not that good, and the small 4WD jeeps were also perfect up hills. I can warm recommend them. However, with the condition of Samui's roads today a small Toyota Vios, or the like, could be a more pleasant same-price alternative – more pleasant to drive than a Caribbean jeep – and it also use less fuel, and is easier to park; a 4WD needs more space to turn. I'm past jeep-era now – but did manage to experience the fun of a real Chrysler Jeep for little more than 8 years – and now I'm having a Toyota Avanza, which was almost paid for by the difference in fuel consumption.... It's a small and very practical car – not cool at all... – but a pleasure to drive and easy to park, and (very) affordable in fuel...
  8. In my modest opinion: Yes. And you can of course not dop a car, like some people drop their motorbikes everywhere, but it's not that difficult –I talk from Samui experience since 2001, so about 16½ year in parking cars on this island – and you may just get some healthy exercise from walking from the parking to where ever you're heading...
  9. Frenchman killed in motorcycle crash on Samui

    His helmet fell off, said the lady that came right after on motorbike (and stopped in the video, my daughter's school teacher) – which also seem like it, if one looks at the video. She said, that his head hit a metal bar (the pedal on the other bike) and he got an open skull fracture (brain and blood ran out). About 6 pm is rush hour at Samui, and often lots of traffic at the Ring Road between Maenam and Bo Phut with slow traffic, but some motorbikes still drives (too) fast. The video looks as the Frenchman sees the crossing motorbike late – it's already half crossed the road – the Frenchman seem to have space enough on the road, but probably brakes instead and the motorbike tilts. So based on the video I agree with those stating that the accident could have been avoided. The other day on the Ring Road in Bophut, a few kilometers further East, we saw a similar accident, where a motorbike with a foreign couple (turists probably) brakes, instead of using a gap, and they also tilted, so the motorbike behind hit them. Luckily not much damage, but the foreign lady driving pillion got a small "Samui-tattoo". However, it's always so easy in hindsight to say what others should have done – would I have panicked and hit the brake instead of using a gap, if I was the one driving a motorbike..? (My daughter and I passed later – in car – but a that time the body was already covered with cloth.)
  10. Do I have enough money?

    No, you cannot, at least at the Immigration that I use; only a Thai bank deposit, including fixed deposits (if the money can be withdrawn at any time). Some years back I could use a so-called Fund Book with a mutual fund in fairly safe bonds, but as that was "investment with a risk", the Immigration stopped accepting Fund Books; and stocks are higher risk, than fairly safe bonds.
  11. How much money to retire in Thailand.

    It's like a rubber band, it's really depending of one's life-style. 40,000 baht a month can be enough for some, and too little for others. I did my early retirement when I was 57 and could easily spend around 75,000 baht a month, of which only 6,500 baht was for renting a bungalow, and my car was fully paid, and I'm also not a big spender and hardly drink (alcohol). But it's also depending where one live; living in a major city, or a tourist area, seems like easily higher spending than living in a rural village. Yes, you can live for 40,000 baht a month – it's also depending if your GF supports a shared household or not – but it's more pleasant with little more money...
  12. Noisy Motorbike Exhausts

    Not so long time ago I read in the news-feed that noise motorbikes can be fined 1,000 baht. In the area where I live, the police could have a fine income from fines for noise motorbikes – some expats here calls the "wannabe bikes" – so seems like the problem is at least in two places. Looking at the bright side of life, it was great last night when noisy boom-speaker-cars made a coyote get together and played loud boom-music – cannot say "boom-boom" in Thailand – next to the local police box, because we couldn't hear the wannabe-bikes...
  13. Normally yes, but it depends of the Thai embassy or consulate in your home country, and for how long time you wish the Non-O visa to last. The Thai embassy in Denmark for example now issues a 1-year Non-O retirement visa, which is almost similar to applying for a one year extension based on retirement, and you will be allowed a one-year stay without leaving Thailand, but you need to report address to a local immigration office every 90-days. I don't know if all countries issue that kind of visa; however, you can read more here. Depending of you Non-O visa (see above for 1-year visa), but normally always 90-days. Normally it's said that one can apply for "extension of stay in the Kingdom based on retirement" (think that's what it's called) 30 days before one's visa, or previous extension of stay, expires. Some immigration offices may have their own rules, i.e. a shorter window to extend one's stay. It's at this point – if not using a 1-year "retirement visa" – you need to show proof of funds, the 800,000 baht either as a bank deposit (matured 2 month first time, 3 month following applications for extension), or proof of a monthly income equivalent to 65,000 baht, or a combination of both.
  14. It's depending where you come from, and how late you want to be in the area – I presume song thaews (Samui-busses) normally stops at 6 pm, and after that time run as taxis without meter (negotiate price, often not cheaper than a taxi). The night-life action area around Soi Green Mango is not bigger, than you can walk; however little exercise if you also wish the check the Soi Raggae (Pub) area. Looking only for restaurants there are multiple choices all along the Chaweng Beach Road from north to south, and also plenty of pubs; whilst bars, if you're thinking of so-called "beer bars", are mainly (a few only) in Soi Sound, next to Soi Green Mango, and soi Raggae (little more).
  15. I would presume the British consul or embassy would take care of the lost passport situation, whilst their travel insurances would take care of the remaining issues.