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EricTh

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  1. G4T Promenade Chiang Mai

    Good job finally....
  2. 1 year Thai language visa -- Chiang Mai

    What's your ranking (from best to worst) on the various Thai language schools in Chiang Mai?
  3. G4T Promenade Chiang Mai

    Sorry. I meant 'richer'. There are still some who prefer to do it themselves and save some money.
  4. G4T Promenade Chiang Mai

    I thought it is 3800 baht from the board that I saw last week.
  5. G4T Promenade Chiang Mai

    It is a good place for rich customers but not average customers. All customers are expected to join the queue and not jump queue to be served first just because they have more money than the rest. It's alright if you pay someone to join the queue and do some paperwork for you but to jump queue is a no-no. There are many outside companies who can assist foreigners to queue up for you. Sometimes, I notice an immigration officer will disappear somewhere for quite sometime and take exceedingly long to serve one person. I mean it makes no sense to serve a maximum 25 customers per day for retirement queue or only serve out 30 queue numbers for residence cert. This month and this year I actually saw the retirement immigration officer working at the table whereas last year, I couldn't see him at all and I have to collect my passport after noon time when he return from somewhere to sign it. I could recognise the same signature on my visa. This year was when GT4 was closed albeit temporarily.
  6. 1 year Thai language visa -- Chiang Mai

    Actually, you can sit for one class for half an hour (with permission from school staff) and try to choose the school that you like. Usually, more serious students choose Payap university, Chiang Mai university program is rather relaxed at the beginning but they force you to learn their Thai alphabets. I assume that you come from European-centric languages country so Thai language is quite difficult to master because it has tones and Thai people do speak very fast in real life. Philippines or Malaysia would be an easier option if you can't pick up a difficult language.
  7. Not sure whether they will accept the condo's version but I got the original version from the immigration floor above.
  8. Last week, there were a few people on the retirement queue who didn't get their TM30 slips. They were directed to the floor upstairs to get their TM30... wasn't sure whether they were successful. The queue for TM30 is long and they might not have the right documents to get one. This is a new requirement for retirement visas.
  9. Malaysia's high score is due to the ethnic Chinese who speak much better English than the ethnic Malays. The average ethnic Malay can't string a proper English sentence. The same goes to Singapore but Singapore has a higher ethnic Chinese population.
  10. That's not true. On the contrary, most schools only want native English caucasian speakers or non-native caucasian faces to teach English. There are no lack of Europeans, American and Australian teachers who want to teach English so the schools have plenty of native English speakers to choose from. I have an Asian friend who tried to apply and they asked 'do you look like a farang'? Yes, I know there are Filipino English teachers but they are the minority rather than the majority.
  11. English proficiency ranking in mostly N and S East Asian countries 1. Singapore 2. Malaysia - 13 3. Philippines - 15 4. India - 27 5. Hong Kong - 29 6. South Korea - 30 7. Vietnam - 34 8. China - 36 9. Japan - 37 10. Indonesia - 39 11. Thailand - 53 12. Cambodia - ? 13. Laos - ?
  12. <<<< Link to Bangkok Post removed as per forum rules>>>> 1. Singapore 2. Malaysia - 13 3. Philippines - 15 4. India - 27 5. Hong Kong - 29 6. South Korea - 30 7. Vietnam - 34 8. China - 36 9. Japan - 37 10. Indonesia - 39 11. Thailand - 53 12. Cambodia - ? 13. Laos - ?
  13. Buying house and usufruct

    Now I am wondering whether this lawyer recommended to me is trying to rip me off after reading your answers. My lawyer told me that I have to pay annual fee to land office for the 30 years lease so he recommended usufruct. Now you're telling me that is no annual fees even for lease? What are the pros and cons of superficies versus usufruct?
  14. Buying house and usufruct

    I went to the land office last week and tried to talk to the head of the department, he wanted to talk to someone who is fluent in spoken and written Thai and I only know basic Thai. This lawyer was recommended by my Thai teacher.
  15. Buying house and usufruct

    No registration fee? Why did my lawyer said it is 1.5% of price of house and land? This is separate from the lawyer fees that I had to pay.
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