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  1. Have you left Thailand ?

    I think the law-makers are still arguing over the condo ownership laws for foreigners who don't have PR, (which will be almost 100% of them, since the PR rules were only introduced last year AFAIK). But I'm sure that condo building will go crazy when/if there is easy access for foreigners to legally buy condos. It can only go 'downhill' from here...
  2. Have you left Thailand ?

    This thread has turned into 'ping-pong'. Can we get back on-topic. Concerning Myanmar, (where I now live and work), some have commented that the place is a sh*thole. Actually, if you stay in a typical Burmese city, then I tend to agree, often overcrowded, unmade roads, too much traffic etc. Yangon is hugely overcrowded with cars and lorries, and with no underground system, no overhead motorways, no Skytrain etc. Some new flyovers have been constructed, but it is much busier than when I lived there 5 years ago. The city does have many more foreigners living there now, and as a result, there is a good choice of restaurants to cater for all tastebuds. But I wouldn't want to go and live in Yangon again. The second city of Mandalay is pretty soulless. After being virtually destroyed in WW2, it was rebuilt on a grid system, but the planners forgot to include green areas within the city boundary. Outside the city there are some very pleasant areas. I worked in Mandalay about 2 years ago, but left because of the lack of green parks and safe cycling. That brings me to the city of Naypyidaw, where I have been working since 2016. The city is often described as a bizarre place, with 20-lane highways and no people. The last 2 adjectives are correct, but 'bizarre' is a tad of an exaggeration. I like living in Naypyidaw for a few reasons: - Lack of traffic - Legal to ride my motorbike (motorbikes are not allowed in central Yangon) - Very safe to ride my bike (lots of cycle paths) - Many green areas and lakes - Air quality is very good (few cars and few factories) - Not overcrowded (there is no designated 'centre' of the city) Of course, there are disadvantages: - Few foreigners (hang on, shouldn't that be listed under advantages? :) - Few facilities for foreigners (have to search for shops to buy common items, uncommon things needs a trip to BKK) - Only 1 flight to/from BKK each day (Bangkok Airways) - Small choice of restaurants (but there are Shan, Thai, Chinese, Italian, French etc restaurants) Living in Myanmar is definitely not for the sexpats and not for those in bad health (need to fly to BKK to visit a decent hospital). Since there currently no retirement visa, I will probably return to live in Thailand or Laos when I retire. OTOH, there is a 5-year Permanent Resident visa which one can apply for (and be granted), after living here for 3 years. Unless you have committed mass-murder in the country, almost any foreigner will be granted PR if they apply after 5 years. (PR allows one to purchase a condo, but no other important benefits right now).
  3. Suppose another country accepts him as a diplomat? Suppose (for example), Burundi accepts him as the Ecuadorian Ambassador to the country of Burundi? Is Britain allowed to arrest the fully-accredited Ambassador to Burundi?
  4. Need a good neurologist in BKK

    Is that a feeling such as if stabbed by a knife? Or is it a feeling that you want to stab someone with a knife?
  5. I think this question got buried in my previous post. My cheeks have developed a reddish colour. The skin was previously irritated by moisturising lotion, but has now recovered. Now I only use baby oil on my face, but the reddish tinge is still there. I will visit a skin specialist next week when I'm in Bangkok. If this is 'early-stage' Rosacea, a topical gel called Mirvaso seems to reduce the red colour for a limited time after application. Is Mirvaso (or a local/generic brand) available OTC in Thailand? Expensive?
  6. Have you left Thailand ?

    This thread seems to have gone totally off-topic. Mods, please put this thread out of its misery, or move it to Farang Pub - it's like reading idiot teens arguing back and forth about 'my dick is bigger and better than your dick'.
  7. Is there a plumbing shop in central BKK (address please), that sells copper water pipe and fittings? I typically only see blue plastic water pipe for sale. I'm not doing any plumbing! I want to buy some 1 metre lengths of copper water pipe to construct a special antenna for some tests that I need to perform in Myanmar using my short-wave transmitter (I'm a radio ham). I'll visit BKK next week and hope to buy these items and take them back to Myanmar, (I haven't found a shop in Naypyidaw that sells these items).
  8. For the Phuket knockers

    I've mentioned before about my ex-wife's small hotel at the airport. She has a good little business, with many customers each day. But looking into the booking 'stats' over the last 3 or 4 years tells a different story. Although the occupancy rate remains steady (at a high % throughout the year), the average annual profit has decreased by about 10% each year. The reason is clear from the stats - the average room rate that the guest pays has decreased by 10% for the same month in each year, partly due to the increase in competition from new hotels in the same locality, and party because the type of tourist that visits Phuket nowadays (mainland Chinese) is not prepared to pay the level of room rate that a guest from the 'West' is happy to pay. I told my ex that based on these stats, SHE would be paying guests to stay at her hotel in about 10 years from now :)
  9. If this is 'early-stage' Rosacea, a topical gel called Mirvaso seems to reduce the red colour for a limited time after application. Is Mirvaso (or a local/generic brand) available OTC in Thailand? Expensive?
  10. Certainly, it's not the best option to medicate without a medical opinion, especially as some of the drugs, such as Lithium, can be dangerous without medical observation/management. My Thai ex was diagnosed as bipolar, but refused to take the medication (valproic acid, also known as Depakote, that was prescribed by the doctor. I was able to buy Depakote over the counter in Phuket, and would grind and hide the tablets in her food. When she took the drug, she was 'managable'. When she didn't take it, she could go 'higher than a kite'. Water under the bridge now - good luck. PS - Cheap drug, never broke the bank
  11. Cheap cancer cover insurance?

    I seem to remember that Bangkok Bank has an insurance policy that only covers cancer treatment.
  12. Have you left Thailand ?

    Currently, there is no retirement visa in Myanmar. The main visa types are a marriage visa, a tourist visa and a business visa. I had businesses in Phuket for many years. Some of them had 'problems' caused by the Thai woman that I was married to at the time. Some of them had 'problems' caused by the corruption and lack of rule of Law on the island. I worked in Myanmar in 2012/13 and returned in 2016 for my current job. I have never had problems with Myanmar women (because I avoid getting a GF perhaps). I have never had problems with corruption or problems with the police (again, maybe because I don't run a business).
  13. Maybe it's all part of a cunning plan to drop it on Kim Jong-Un's bedroom while he's sleeping, and then claim it was an accident...
  14. Just bought two ultrasound dog repellers....

    This.. If you have the 'balls' to do this, I find it works every time. I used to do this when cycling or jogging in Phuket. If a dog even 'thought' of giving me an aggressive look, I'd give them a 'Hey you! YES YOU!! Are you looking at me Jimmy??' and go after them at full pace. I once chased a petrified dog right into some Thai's house..... Suffice to say, all the local dogs AND all the local Thais decided that I was completely mad, and steered well clear of me. I was able to cycle and jog in peace, (with the exception of my mad ex-wife who didn't understand Billy Connelly slang and empathised with my mad outbursts). And why is it that all the street dogs in Myanmar are scared of people? They run away when they see me. Did some Thai warn them?
  15. Have you left Thailand ?

    I'm sure there are some posters who used to live in Thailand (like me), then moved to another country, but still keep in touch with friends and family back in Thailand. To the OP, I made some rudimentary investigations about long-term retirement visas for India, but it seemed impracticable. But Sri Lanka was much easier for long-term visas, and I seriously considered moving there after Thailand. (Good coffee, nice beaches, unspoilt rural areas and hills, friendly people, English spoken etc). I stay in Myanmar because I have an enjoyable and reasonably well-paid job, and it's difficult to find new employment in many countries at my age (58 years). Maybe I'll move to Sri Lanka when I retire.