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  1. Hi Dejan - how was Penang? Much to do there?
  2. Border Run Alternatives

    Thank you very much
  3. Border Run Alternatives

    Thanks, I will read about those options. Don't fancy Vientiane again much, horrible place lol! - although it's a bit further, do you happen to know if Manila in the Philippines is an ok place to get Thai visa from? Thanks.
  4. Border Run Alternatives

    Hi folks, OK, so... I have been here on SETV - 2 months plus 30 day extension. Will all expire end of this month approx. Need to leave Kingdom and go to another country and apply for a whole new visa. Not same as old days with triple entry and border crossing. So........... quick Q - best, nearest country to do that? British, 40. Passport does have a years worth of border crossing but from 2 or 3 years ago. Only planned to be here 6 months in total but it might be longer due to year contract on condo so might have to do the SETV again and again. What's the latest? Thanks.
  5. Australian DJ jailed for life in Thailand

    So this other Thai guy that tried to rape a foreign girl, causing her to jump off a 45 meter cliff to escape, breaking her back, then having him slide down the rock-face after her so he could finish his two hour rape scenario, leaving her to die there, with snakes crawling on her in the dark.... he gets 10 years. But our Aussie boy DJ here who had a few farging Es for sale to clubbers (who ** newsflash! ** like Es! ) gets two life sentences? Nice one Thailand justice system - really got your farging head screwed on properly there. Es ARE farging HARMLESS - forget about it!
  6. Buying Gold Jewelry in Thailand

    Some of the older Chinese gold shops in Chinatown have been there since 1880 - I doubt they would have lasted that long selling fake gold nor would they risk their reputation and success by beginning now!
  7. Buying Gold Jewelry in Thailand

    Obviously buying gold from MBK would be a mistake, it is a tourist trap.
  8. If Penang is OK, is it safe to assume that Kuala Lumpur is fine too? As I will be flying and making a week trip of it, I might as well try and visit somewhere I want to see and haven't been yet. I'd actually really like to visit Manila - has anyone had 60-Day SETV success from Manila? Thanks.
  9. Buying Gold Jewelry in Thailand

    OK thanks guys - I will do as suggested and print out the photo - it does look like very fine work indeed - I fancy a dragon (my Chinese year) so this piece is appealing. I also need some 1mm thick gold snake chain - in the UK I was looking at paying £415 per inch (approx 10 grams per inch) including the 20% VAT but it would also mean a further 10% commission to the jewelers at the end. And that is for 18K gold, aka, only 75% pure! So Thailand seems far more appealing with 23K gold. And I bet the commission is lower - and they probably don't have VAT on gold (but I could be wrong there) I shall try Hua Seng Heng and Tang To Kang in Chinatown. See what that turns up.... Thanks.
  10. Hi Is there a definitive list yet of 60-Day SETV friendly countries and embassies/consulates in surrounding countries? Thanks.
  11. Did you say how long you plan to stay in Thailand? If it is for 6 months and you´re happy to apply for a second SETV in the area than I´d say that this is probably the easiest way of staying 6 months in the country. The advantage of the METV is that, if timed perfectly,you could almost stay for 9 months and whilst you still have to do the border runs with the METV it saves you time (if that is an issue) by not having to stay in another country whilst you apply and wait for another SETV to be issued. But reading how "painful" the Embassy in London makes the process of applying for the METV I personally wouldn´t bother either and go for an SETV instead. Right - have been granted the SETV from London which was so much easier than the METV - just fill in the form and they give it you the next day. No proof of anything else needed. This gives me two months on arrival, then a month extension. At that point I can fly to Manila for example and have a look around, then apply there for another 60 day SETV and rinse and repeat. Even with a METV, I would still have had to leave the country anyway, only difference is I could have come back without getting a new visa. Big deal. I'll just have a week long holiday somewhere. Sorted! Just do your research before again, some places in the region don't give SETV's as easy as you got yours, requirements differ. Not sure Manila is on the friendly list. Ah OK - good point. Thanks.
  12. Buying Gold Jewelry in Thailand

    Thanks - do you think they might have stuff of that quality? Of course, I can also try River City antiques - they may have some gold sellers there too. Any other markets or regions of Thailand I am missing? Thanks.
  13. Buying Gold Jewelry in Thailand

    Hey So I've been reading about gold jewelry in Thailand and it seems a great place to buy due to the purity of gold and the small commission. I've heard Chinatown is the best place - but I'm wondering - is it just plain chains and rings down there or do they carry very fine, artistic works in gold? I found this bracelet searching around Google - I would love to buy something as intricate and fine as this - does anyone know where I should begin my search? Thanks. (image attached)
  14. Did you say how long you plan to stay in Thailand? If it is for 6 months and you´re happy to apply for a second SETV in the area than I´d say that this is probably the easiest way of staying 6 months in the country. The advantage of the METV is that, if timed perfectly,you could almost stay for 9 months and whilst you still have to do the border runs with the METV it saves you time (if that is an issue) by not having to stay in another country whilst you apply and wait for another SETV to be issued. But reading how "painful" the Embassy in London makes the process of applying for the METV I personally wouldn´t bother either and go for an SETV instead. Right - have been granted the SETV from London which was so much easier than the METV - just fill in the form and they give it you the next day. No proof of anything else needed. This gives me two months on arrival, then a month extension. At that point I can fly to Manila for example and have a look around, then apply there for another 60 day SETV and rinse and repeat. Even with a METV, I would still have had to leave the country anyway, only difference is I could have come back without getting a new visa. Big deal. I'll just have a week long holiday somewhere. Sorted!
  15. Just dumb and superstitious - despite the overwhelming proof of Western medicine some still don't "believe" in it. But Westerners can be just as dumb - the tiger sanctuary in point, not to mention idiot women going off to Indian ashrams to receive "healing full body massages" from "gurus"... yeah right! Paying some horny man to touch them up and call it a spiritual experience... call it what it is.
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