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  1. I became unfortunately quite involved in a friend of mine, who started a restaurant. There might be other ways to do it – we had a law-firm to help with the set-up – and it was fairly easy to get done with (little extra in a white envelope for the kind officer grating permission for selling alcohol). As foreigner you will need to establish a Thai company limited, which in itself can be little challenging, as you need at least one Thai partner owing minimum 51 percent of the business. There are various ways to limit the risk, but you need a lawyer help you with the best solution at present. If you wish to work yourself in the restaurant business – which I will advise to do, if it's your money – you need a minimum of 2 million baht nominal shareholder capital in the company limited, and a Work Permit for the alien worker (yourself), and a minimum of 4 Thai employees. The work a foreigner can do is limited to management, or other position that cannot be performed by Thais. To obtain an extension of stay in the Kingdom based on work, you'll need to be paid a minimum salary of around 40,000 to 50,000 baht a month (depending of from where you originates, and the actual salary level). You'll need a permission to sell alcohol, and you may need other registrations by local authorities. Your lawyer, or accountant – you'll need an accountant for the company, and an accountant will often be able to help with registration work, and the often needed "meeting reports" in Thai for various applications, such as opening bank account and applying for permissions – should be able to advise about what's needed in your area. If you are married to a Thai, you can make a partnership with your wife (I don't know enough to give advises), which is a more easy business construction than company limited, and I think only require 2 Thai employees, of which the wife can be one, for your Work Permit. If a Thai open the business alone, it can be just a personal business. Based of my experience with my friend, don't expect it to be an easy task; it requires a lot of Work – and a (relative) lot money, depending of where you are located, and the concept of the restaurant – my friend unfortunately did not do that well. Even he had many really good ideas and the intention of creating something little special, he did not work hard enough for the project, and spend to much time holidaying on the beach. I know a number of foreigners that have been doing restaurant business, some (few) has been extremely successful; some has survived for a while (often a few years), before giving up; and some lasted only six month, or less, before more-or-less loosing their investment. So just to add a personal advise: Think well, before you head into restaurant business – especially if you have no prior restaurant management experience – I wish you good luck with your project...
  2. I've been thinking about same as OP. Where it might be possible other places in the World, within environment with firm rules and reliable traffic – however, I recall some of the tests in USA did not perform that convincing – it's hard to imagine how to cope with the Thai-way-of-driving, not to forget the Thai-way-of-thinking. Well, I'm living at Koh Samui, famous, or infamous, for it's driving culture – said to be the most dangerous traffic in the World (only quoting what have been said public) – so perhaps other areas in Thailand are not similar difficult. But I could however see quite some benefits with driverless taxi-cabs, always accepting the required trip and drive direct from A-to-B, and where the meter is also fully automatic switched on... By the way, what about driverless motorbikes..?
  3. I suddenly realize that I'm "low life"...
  4. The P.O.Box'es all have a private key (can not even easily duplicate the key-profile in the new locks), they are accessable at the side of the post office – I've been having once since 2004 – free in the beginning, but now reasonable 500 baht a year...
  5. Yes, Thai people are always listed in the Blue House Book, but alien name shall be listed in a Yellow House Book – so you cam have a Blue House Book with company name only, and no persons listed, plus a Yellow House Book with names of foreigner(s) living in the house.
  6. To my knowledge: The company (owner) shall have a Blue House Book – all houses shall have a Blue House Book, which is proof of house number and thereby address – but the book can contain no names, if nobody live in the house. If a foreigner rent the house and live there, he can apply for a Yellow House Book, but the company (owner or master-of-household) shall give permission.
  7. The Yellow House Book (for aliens) is good to have as proof of address, and name transliterated to Thai; and furthermore as base for pink ID-card. The landtransport Office will for example accept the Yellow House Book for Drivers License and if you register a vehicle, otherwise a proof-of-address letter from Immigration is needed in every case. According to forum-posts it is with difference from province to province how easy the process for obtaining a Yellow House Book is; in some places it's almost handed over to you with a big smile; in other places – like when I had mine – it can be a fairly complicated process, almost like applying for permanent residence, apart from there was no Thai language test. As UbonJoe said above, the "Maste of Household" – in the Blue House Book in this case – shall give permission; however I'm the master of my house, even my name is in a Yellow House Book, so any Thai in my Blue House Book need my permission...
  8. Don't worry, Thailand has some very efficient bomb-detectors, just as efficient a pair of cut wire-hangers used as divining rods, which actually can be very efficient for a lot in the right pair of hands... Pressure mounts on Thai junta over fake bomb detectors (The National, June 27th, 2016) A Thai soldier using a GT200 detector as he patrols the streets of Yala, in Thailand's restive south on March 2, 2010. Activists on June 27, 2016 urged Britain to hand over details of the multimillion-dollar sale to Thailand of fake bomb detectors that led to the detention of scores of innocent people. AFP GT200 (Wikipedia)
  9. FYI: Sheryl is just such a both experienced and trustworthy medical adviser – you know, ThaiVisa do in between also have some experts, you can rely on...
  10. Yeah, I know (temporary marriages), also in other Islamic countries – it was part of the joke – presume a temporary Imam at the entrance to Walking Street should be mandatory during muslim visitor's visits, just to make everything legitimate...
  11. Wow, you are hanging out at more dangerous shooting events, than I imagined. I've been at Camp Beer once only; extremely boring – for me, but could be caused by I never drink beer – and the band played fairly bad through a way to loud and utterly distorted PA. Never know at such places, if the attractive cute girls dancing – Thai men don't seem to dance at that kind of venues – are alone, or wife, or small mia, or gik of one Thai fellows that immediately will protect his property if a farang (and presumable anybody else) get too close. But perhaps I just mingle with "the wrong Thai crew"..? However my girlfriend and her girly friends, and that friends on their own, seem to love outings to there – but they also enjoy the spicy food served – and then continue later at scary Green Mango Club...
  12. Thanks for your reply – sure it must have been an extremely temporary one performed while jumping on to the bike – my comment was however merely ment as satire...
  13. Get hand on the book "Thailand Fever" by Chris Pirazzi and Vitada Vasant – you can find it in most Thai book stores selling English language book – see more at That book will answer your questions, and much more, and prevent you from a lot of mistakes. Wish you good luck...
  14. I thought Iranian men (by Law) had to be married before (sex), but maybe it's something I misunderstood...