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About laochef

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    Nam Ngum River, Lao

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  1. No limit on bringing THB into TH. Leaving TH max 50,000, unless going to a neighbouring country, then max 500,000. No limit bringing foreign currency into TH. If more than the equivivalent of US$ 20,000, you must declare, that's all.
  2. Thanks, just checked with Lao customs. A bit schocked... You can take out max 2,000 US$ or equivalent... Have worked now in Laos for 7 years, and a LOT of things we buy in TH. Never anyone stopping or asking...
  3. Hi ! According to both Suvanabhumi and Don Muang airport websites, they state that there is NO LIMIT on how much THB you can bring in to TH. Is this true ?
  4. Before moving to Laos, 7 years ago, I worked in TH for 28 years, Although I have an MBA, i NEVER had to submit a the employer did not request it.
  5. I have never had any problem with AirAsia TH. As I work in Laos and family stays in BKK, I fly at least 20 times R/T a year, I think they are very OK.
  6. When I lived in TH, 7-8 years ago, I used to buy from a Swiss/German importer. Raw, grated, frozen Horseradish in 1 kg tubs. He was located near Bang Na, but now I don't remember the name. or excactly where. Best option would be to talk to a Scandinavian or German Chef. It used a lot in Northern Europe...
  7. Larger bikes - 400 ++ cc, no problem anywhere (with the 'vehicle passport'). Smaller 125 cc etc, see previous poster. Also you need extra insurance for Laos, can be bought at the border, Lao side, plenty of Insurance companies with offices...
  8. In another thread the "Investment Visas" are discussed:
  9. Yes, you can legally own the house, but not the land.
  10. Nope, it was the Chanote, aka Titledeed.
  11. Back in the '80s, I knew a guy from the UK. What he said, was that over 2 years he bought 2 houses, with land, neighbouring, i.e. 2 Chanotes. Both in the name of his FUTURE Father in Law (He was not officially married to his GF). Then he did get married, and his Father in Law gave him 1 House as a dowry. This was accepted at the Land Department and his name was put in the Chanote as the owner. The Father in Law was deemed wealthy enough, with 2 houses, 2 cars and a healthy bank account, that he could give away 1 house to his Son in Law. Notable is also that he (the farang) was the ONLY owner of the house, his, now, wife was not in the Chanote. (I did see his Chanote at that time) Has anyone else heard, or know, if this is really do-able ?
  12. I don't know how much you know about TH, or how long you'vr been there. Having said that I would spend 1-2 years first, doing nothing, except looking around and get a feel for the suroundings, so to speak... And don't jump straight into investments, such as buying a house etc. Condos are much more expensive than houses, both to buy and rent. As for securing land, think to lease, from your wife, can be done for up to 30 years (today), and secured with the Land Department. You can also take out an "usurfruct". Google the meaning, way to much to post here... BTW, Lars, Scandinavian ?
  13. I would not overstay in Laos... The Police is not a problem, but Immigration, when leaving, is a Huge problem... You can always get a 1-year business visa, with a work-permit - there are a lot of companies offering this service - all legal - except you don't really work, anywhere... Cost is from $ 400 - $600.- per year. You can not get an MRTV, unless you have a Lao 1-year visa and workpermit + can show THB 200,000 in a bank account (can be Lao, Thai etc.)
  14. Did an extension on a visa excempt, 10 days ago, at Chiangwattana. Total time: 23 minutes, including ques before opening... 0 questions, very friendly officers.
  15. A LOT of items, Amazon USA, won't ship to TH. Books and the like, no problem, and the pre-paid, Customs, estimate has always been refunded promptly.