JimmyJ

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  1. I read years ago about this going on at outdoor cafes with tourists, I believe in Italy. One or two young guys would approach a table of tourists. I don't recall the ruse - perhaps just to ask them some questions. Meanwhile they would have a newspaper in hand, and lean on the table and cover a cell phone with the paper. Then say "Bye" and take off before anyone noticed that the phone was gone.
  2. "I carry... proof my money comes from overseas..." What do you use for that? (A withdrawal slip from your foreign (non-Thai) bank for the cash? A copy of your foreign bank account monthly statement?)
  3. Passport is easy. Most of the options for supporting documents won't be options for most people - Educational institution; customer waiting for work permit; etc. I believe I read in one of these threads that someone went to their embassy and just got a letter verifying that the person indeed is the person in the passport picture and a citizen of that country (or something basic like that) and this letter was acceptable.
  4. I'm planning to have it deposited from my bank in the US to a Thai bank account which I will open. There will be an online record of the transaction from my US bank. So there shouldn't be a problem in that case when/if I want to withdraw and have it sent back to my US bank?
  5. It's taken till July before I've seen mostly or all green in CM and CR for 2.5's. I'm curious how long it will last. I saw a figure of under 35 as being safe, I know another poster reported that WHO considers under 10 safe. Green is 0 - 50 but the specific hourly readings were almost all or all under 35 on a few days that I checked.
  6. I guess I'm wrong since he never responded to it. When I saw "Arkady" I immediately thought of Inspector Arkady Renko and was sure that's where Arkady came up with his handle.
  7. Very interesting. People have been posting that it's almost impossible. Did he simply go to the local police station and apply?
  8. Hopefully no news is good news and indicates that this is not a common problem. If the poster I refer to above who was denied sending funds home but his wife was permitted from their joint account is reading this - What reason did they give for not allowing you to withdraw a large amount to be sent back to your own country?
  9. I posted this previously in its own thread - "BANGKOK — Thousands flocked to a computer expo over the weekend to snatch up components to mine online money. The craze, which led to a nationwide shortage of key computer hardware followed a spike of interest in cryptocurrency – digital money unregulated by any central bank or federal reserve. The most famous among them is Bitcoin, which currently trades at about 92,000 baht per unit, nearly three times its value just three months ago." http://www.khaosodenglish.com/culture/net/2017/06/26/bangkok-computer-expo-swept-digital-gold-rush/
  10. I read of a large mining operation in Thailand and the reason that was given for it being located there was "cheap electricity". It burned down - perhaps 1 - 2 years ago.
  11. I've felt OK about depositing the 800k baht for the annual retirement visa (extension?) - not great, but willing to accept it- and felt even better when I learned there is a bank insurance for accounts in Thai baht currency. I was originally planning to bring some cash on my initial trip and my trip to move there, but thought that could be a problem when withdrawing. I then felt that I would have it all sent via US bank ACH to Bangkok Bank NYC - the procedure that the helpful posters here have detailed - and have that sent on to BB Thailand - by doing so the bank would have a record of the transfer and I would keep copies or have documentation online. But I have seen several posts alluding to difficulties in withdrawing (but not depositing) large amounts - to send back to one's country of citizenship (or elsewhere out of Thailand). None of the posts I've read stated specific details. The most recent I've read did have details - the poster stated that he moved 400k GBP to Thailand, then wanted to send 97k back to England (IIRC), but the bank wouldn't let him. He had set it up as a joint account with his Thai wife, and they let her make the transfer to get the funds out of the country, after refusing him. (I wanted to ask him for more details about the bank's argument, but lost track of the post). This is concerning. It's possible that some day assuming I move to Thailand, that I will want to move elsewhere. It could end up feeling like the wrong fit and happen sooner or it could be a long time. But either way, I would not want to then have to deal with a fight - perhaps unsuccessful? - to move the money out, and even if successful have the stress and delay of such a situation. Is it extremely unlikely that this withdrawal would actually be a problem and the person whose story I referred to is a one off? What have you people experienced?
  12. Thank you Inspector Renko.
  13. "BANGKOK — Thousands flocked to a computer expo over the weekend to snatch up components to mine online money. The craze, which led to a nationwide shortage of key computer hardware followed a spike of interest in cryptocurrency – digital money unregulated by any central bank or federal reserve. The most famous among them is Bitcoin, which currently trades at about 92,000 baht per unit, nearly three times its value just three months ago." http://www.khaosodenglish.com/culture/net/2017/06/26/bangkok-computer-expo-swept-digital-gold-rush/
  14. How long before you saw a doctor after getting sick? How was it treated?
  15. I'll visit his cafe when I make it over there. I wish the article had better pictures of his work.