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  1. Wanted to have the built in GPS map on a Toyota Fortuner updated to latest maps, as it was missing a few waypoints, The local Toyota dealer just quoted me 34,000 Baht for a new, updated GPS map. Ouch! What's going on here? No upgrade path?
  2. CHANGING FACE OF TOURISM: Shunned by West, Arabs flock to Bangkok BANGKOK: -- Middle Eastern visitors, drawn by bargains and friendly atmosphere, prove a boon to the local industry Thailand has become an increasingly popular destination for Middle Eastern tourists, especially for those who like the country’s shopping centres, medical services, spas, golf courses and other leisure facilities. The peak season for these visitors runs from July to October. According to Bangkok’s JW Marriott Hotel, arrivals usually increase by 60 to 70 per cent during these summer months. “During this period we’ve an occupancy rate of almost 100 per cent,” says Anchalee Chamroontaneskul, the hotel’s director of marketing communications. At JW Marriott, the majority of Middle Eastern guests are from the United Arab Emirates, accounting for 60 per cent of the total, followed by Qatar and other places in the Middle East. “Most of these visitors holiday along with their extended families and usually have a long stay in the city to do shopping. With their high purchasing power, they have given a boost to city tourism businesses and shopping centres, especially brand-name retail stores on Sukhumvit Road,” she says. Ibrahim, an entrepreneur from Qatar who asked not to disclose his surname, says he usually visits Thailand with his wife and his extended family during the annual summer vacation. “It’s now my eighth visit. Usually we stay for two months in a five-star hotel on Sukhumvit Road. The 50-degree heat at home brings us here for a holiday. Goods are cheaper and more modern here,” he says, adding that his family prefers Thailand’s atmosphere. Fajer, a visitor from Kuwait who also asked not to reveal her surname, says shopping for brand-name goods in Sukhumvit’s shopping malls usually tops her list of things to do while visiting Thailand. “I shop for everything from clothes and bags to shoes and watches. Prices of brand-name goods here are close to those at home, but the experience is more entertaining here,” Fajer says. Salama, a teacher from Dubai, says he usually comes here with five other family members, also on a shopping spree. “Dubai is not very far from Thailand. With a direct flight from Dubai taking only seven hours, it is really convenient and easy to take the whole family with me,” Salama said. Another female visitor in her 20s who asked not to be named says that she and her extended family, including grandparents, like to holiday in Thailand because of good shopping and medical care. “Prices of goods here are reasonable. While we’re here, my grandfather also visits Bangkok’s Bamrungrad Hospital for medical treatment. Coming here is also convenient compared to other places such as Europe. If we wanted to go to Europe, it’d take months to get visas processed,” she says. In the wake of the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on US soil and the more recent terrorism in London, Middle Eastern tourists have found it more difficult to take holidays in the West. Apichart Sankary, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, says: “We all know that people from the Middle East haven’t been able to get into Western countries easily since 9/11. The situation has sort of encouraged the Arabs to go elsewhere, especially to Asian countries. “On average these people are spending more money and also staying longer in Thailand than tourists from other regions,” Apichart says. In 2004 arrivals from the Middle East jumped by 42.03 per cent to a total of 289,571, with the UAE and Kuwait the biggest sources of visitors. Since May this year there have been 84 weekly flights from the Middle East to Thailand, including 66 from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Bahrain. Among the major carriers are Thai Airways International, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air and Cathay Pacific. Shady Kamel, a front-office supervisor staying at the Bangkok Marriott hotel, says the recent terror attacks in an Egyptian resort town have led to increased safety concerns among Middle Eastern tourists so many have switched their choice of destinations. “Visitors have become more aware of political disturbances in once popular destinations following the June bombing of the Egyptian resort town and political riots in Lebanon. “Middle Eastern guests are also aware of changing attitudes towards them in the US and Europe. This is my first time here, and I feel that Thai people are kind and very helpful, while in European cities like Rome and Moscow you can find a different atmosphere: people do not treat you the same as their Thai counterparts,” Kamel says. Banlue Srihamart of the First Hotel in Bangkok’s Nana district, a popular area for Arab visitors, says the hotel has year-round visitors from the Middle East, most of which are from Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE and during the summer time there are more Iranian guests. The Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports also plans to promote Nana as the so-called “Arabian Street” since Gulf countries have become an important market for the tourism industry. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Juthamas Siriwan has said TAT would focus on spas, shopping, healthcare, golfing and other wellness facilities in marketing campaigns to attract more Arab visitors. Although Bangkok and the beaches of peninsular Thailand remain popular, efforts are also being made to entice visitors to other destinations like North and Northeast Thailand as well as the neighbouring countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion, she said. Because Middle Eastern visitors are heavy shoppers, they will be particularly interested in the discount campaigns that will be under way this summer. Given the rising number of Arab tourists, several Bangkok hotels have launched Arab food fairs. For instance, the Bangkok Marriott has imported a chef from Egypt for the summer months, while the First Hotel has opened a new restaurant called Halong to serve guests from the Middle East. Many Middle Eastern guests prefer Bangkok shopping and visiting nearby cities to visiting the countryside. They also like to visit Bangkok’s Safari world and Dream World, the Elephant farm in Pattaya and the crocodile farm in Nakhon Pathom. --The Nation 2005-08-28
  3. Please help me identify this snake, found it last night at my patio. Dangerous? Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  4. The importance of preparing a will in Thailand For many people, estate planning and the preparation of a last will and testament is a dreaded thought and something that is rather avoided. However, it is certainly advisable to settle such affairs and this holds true in particular if you have property in Thailand. If you do not prepare a will, the law decides how the estate is distributed. Succession in Thailand is governed by Sections 1599 ff. of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code (“CCC”). Rules related to international issues are governed by Sections 37 ff. of the Thai Act on Conflict of Laws. Statutory heirs are entitled to inherit according to the following order (Section 1629 CCC): Descendants Parents Brothers and sisters of full blood Brothers and sisters of half blood Grandfathers and grandmothers Uncles and aunts The surviving spouse is also a statutory heir. His/her share of the inheritance depends on how many and which type of statutory heirs there are altogether. Thai inheritance law does not recognise the idea of a statutory share. Any heir can be fully disinherited. If there are no living relatives and no will, the estate devolves to the state. Why a will is recommended It is highly recommended to have a last will and testament naming all your assets, such as property, bank accounts, vehicle, and personal items as well as naming your heirs. If there is no will, the statutory heirs have the burden of proof that they are next of kin. They will in practice have to hire a Thai lawyer to represent them during the court probate proceedings in Thailand and perhaps even have to travel to Thailand. This is avoidable by preparing a will. In a will, an administrator of the estate may also be appointed, such as a lawyer in Thailand. Thailand now has enacted laws that govern issues related to the so-called “living will”, which means your instructions as to what to do if you are seriously injured and left in a vegetative state. Such instructions may be included in your last will and testament. Also, funeral arrangements may be set forth in your will. If the deceased had a Thai spouse or partner who owns common assets in his/her own name, in particular if they have been paid for by the deceased, the spouse or partner also should have a will. Formalities of a Thai will In Thailand, the most common type of will is required to be in writing, dated at the time of making the will, and signed by the testator before at least two witnesses of the testator’s signature (Sections 1656 CCC). It does not have to be drafted in Thai language. The body text of the will may be printed or handwritten. In addition to this common type of will, there are certain other types with different formalities, such as a public will, which are less relevant in practice. We strongly recommend preparing a separate Thai will for assets in Thailand in addition to the will in your home country. This is necessary because different jurisdictions usually require different formalities for wills. Furthermore, having a will drafted in the home country to cover assets in Thailand may be problematic and burdensome to the family as documentation may need to be translated, notarised and approved by a government body. Conflict of law If assets include a house and/or a leasehold right in Thailand, Thai courts will be competent for the probate and Thai law will always govern the succession. If assets include movable property in Thailand, including shares in a Thai company, Thai courts will be competent as well, however according to Thai conflict law the law of the domicile of the deceased at the time of his death will be applied. A Thai will should be prepared and signed on Thai territory, as in this case it is ensured that the aforementioned Thai rules regarding the form of the will apply. Probate in Thailand In order to obtain a probate in Thailand, probate proceedings at the Thai courts will need to be initiated by the heirs. A probate will in most cases be required to administer the estate orderly, even if the deceased has provided for a last will. If the deceased himself named an administrator in his will, the probate court will appoint this person. One of the heirs, but also a third party, such as a lawyer, may act as administrator. Otherwise the court will seek to appoint one of the heirs as administrator of the estate. The administrator will be appointed by the court if none of the heirs object. The administrator is obligated to appear personally at the court hearing in Thailand. If heirs consent to the appointment of the administrator in writing, they will usually not be required to appear during the hearing of the probate court in Thailand. This means that in a normal probate procedure without complications, the heirs can avoid traveling to Thailand by using a professional administrator such as a lawyer. Inheritance of Thai property Please note that a leasehold right regarding property in principle ends upon the demise of the lessee. However, standard land lease agreements usually state that the leasehold right should be passed on to the heirs by way of inheritance. This issue needs to be dealt with at the time of preparing and entering into the land lease agreement, and it is advisable to have your legal adviser check any such agreements again as part of the inheritance arrangements. A building owned by a foreigner may be passed on to the heirs according to general rules. If shares in a Thai company are passed on by way of inheritance, e.g. in the case of shareholding in a Thai company that holds land, it should be noted that rather complicated legal issues with regards to corporate law may arise. A will provides for clarity here and avoids legal disputes between heirs and/or shareholders. Inheritance Tax It might be interesting to note that inheritance tax is not levied in Thailand. -- Fabian Doppler 2013-02-13 Fabian Doppler is a Senior Legal Advisor based in the Phuket Office of DFDL Legal & Tax Advisers. This article is intended for general guidance only. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. http://www.dfdl.com
  5. Great website, Mobi. I wish you a very happy 2018. Cheers
  6. How easy is it to open a bank account with ATM or Debit card in Cambodia as a non resident? Any bank that you would recommend? Do they offer internet banking for foreigners?
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  8. george

    testing

    Not on Mac using latest Chrome either.
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  10. george

    Times are A TOUGH.

    Topic closed.
  11. george

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    It sounds that you should scan your device for virus and malware.
  12. george

    What is going on with this forum?

    Have you checked your device for virus and malware, as this is not normal?
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    THAIVISA NOW PHISHING

    Just ignore the warning. Kapersky has a lot of false positives. Thaivisa servers are safe.
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    Newsletter Warning Gmail

    You can safely ignore these false positives. It happens from time to time with Gmail and is nothing to worry about,
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    ACCESS DENIED

    Kapersky's algorithms for detecting is not perfect. A false positive.
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    ACCESS DENIED

    You can ignore that false positive, it's safe to click on the link.
  17. Syria girls: Trio have crossed into Syria, Met Police say From left: Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum left the UK a week agThree missing teenagers believed to be heading to join Islamic State militants are thought to have crossed into Syria, UK police say. The London schoolgirls were smuggled into Syria from Turkey four or five days ago, the BBC understands. Sources said the girls had entered Syria near the Kilis border crossing. Bethnal Green Academy pupils Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, travelled to Istanbul on 17 February. They flew from Gatwick to Turkey after telling their parents they were going out for the day. The Metropolitan Police said it "now had reason to believe that they are no longer in Turkey and have crossed into Syria". "Officers continue to work closely with the Turkish authorities on this investigation," the force said in a statement. It comes after the girls' families made a number of emotional appeals for them to return. -- BBC 2015-02-25
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