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  1. I think that depends on what is specified on the work permit. There is nothing to prevent the language school from declaring your home a "branch" for the purposes of your employment.
  2. Aerobic classes, suitable for most fitness levels, are easy to find in big towns in Thailand. They are a good way of retaining basic fitness, and a great way to meet new people. For those who find a competitive element helps to get them off the couch, golf in Thailand is good exercise (no golf buggy) and excellent fun for many.
  3. I would try explaining your intentions to language schools in Phisanolulok, and see if any are interested in helping you get legal for 25% of your earnings. Some might see you as unwelcome competition, but others might decide that money for doing virtually nothing is a good deal.
  4. There are plenty of reports that would suggest Phuket is far more risky than Bangkok. Flying direct to Phuket would be my last choice if I had any doubts about how immigration would react to my entry.
  5. Zzzzzz still playing the racism card are we? Have you read the other threads about white people being denied entry? I guess not FYI Thais struggle with names from every country in the world Your racism claim really is wrong and is getting boring, take that chip off your shoulder I feel motivated to respond to this to try to present a balanced perspective. Firstly, the existence of racism in the world is not a myth. It exists to a greater or lesser degree in every country in the world, and is, indeed, an inherited part of our genetic makeup as humans. It is possible, indeed likely, that this might sometimes be a contributing factor in the way some immigration officers treat travelers. If so, based on my experience, bias in Thailand against those with darker skins is more likely than against those with whiter skins (unlike in most black African countries where the reverse is true). Does this mean the poster was discriminated against based on his appearance and name? There is no way to tell. It may have contributed, but most likely did not, regardless of the fact (that I tend to believe) that the conversation between him and the immigration official was uncomfortable, possibly based on a natural antipathy. In cases such as this, I would urge people to keep an open mind. It is difficult to know what effect nationality, age, racial characteristics, dress and the like have on the actions of individual immigration officials. We would like to believe they act objectively in all situations, but the reality is that, some portion of the time, they almost certainly do not.
  6. Well that should certainly help convince them that you are just a tourist. A bit like speaking Thai to them. How many genuine tourists spend long enough in Thailand to learn to speak the language fluently enough to converse with immigration officials? But of course TIT so who knows! To the Western mind, this seems logical. However, the typical Thai immigration official (especially if older) cares little if you are a genuine tourist, as long as you are (according to his lights) a classy individual. In Thailand the law matters less than you might think.
  7. I concur that and in/out by land is safer. Since the changes at the beginning of the year, most land borders seem happy to mostly just enforce the maximum two visa exempts by land rule, and not bother too much about anything else.
  8. Health insurance is something that only became widely used in the second half of the 20th century. Like credit cards and ATM machines, immigration rules have yet to be updated to take account of such modern services. Apparently, though, the new 10-year retirement visa is, for the first time, going to incorporate health insurance as a requirement. Give it another 20 years, and immigration will probably be able to take credit cards and ATM machines into account in deciding whether people will be able to pay hotel bills.
  9. Yes, many use agents to get a visa. The main advantages of using an agent are (i) speed (for a price, they can get next day or 3-day service, while standard is 4 days); and (ii) for a price, they will fudge onward flight and hotel reservations. If you have many tourist visas in your passport, even if not from Phnom Penh, the agent will probably not be able to get you the visa. If you can meet the requirements, you actually have a better chance doing it yourself.
  10. Based on previous reports, Phuket is worse. Avoid flying into Phuket if they can find any reason to conclude you are not a "genuine" tourist.
  11. You will find it very difficult to acquire a US$ 1,000 note. They have not been issued for many years and, eevn in the US, would be difficult to use even should you wish to do so. It is my recollection that Singapore still issues a SGD 1,000 note and Switzerland a CHF 1,000 note. However, I know there is pressure to phase out high denomination notes to deter money smuggling.
  12. Personally, in such cases, I would say extra scrutiny is reasonable. However, after questioning, I think officials should be careful to be scrupulously fair in their eventual decision, and not allow racial profiling to dominate the decision making. Note that I am not claiming this applies to the OP or any other specific decision. That is unknowable. The criteria for denying entry are murky, and we do not know what is in the official's head at any particular point in time.
  13. The exchange rates on foreign currencies are those offered by the exchange booths airside, and only currencies they will accept are applicable. I would avoid other than major currencies. I doubt immigration are going to start playing games like saying US dollars and euros are not proof that you can support yourself on your visit.
  14. They always stamp the official-reason in the passport of the person rejected. Whether that reason has any relation to reality is a separate question. I would qualify this just a bit. According to procedure, they are supposed to provide the reason(s) for denial in writing, as well a stamp in your passport. However, invariably at land borders, and sometimes at airports, proper procedure is not followed (sometimes to the benefit of those denied, I might add).
  15. It is difficult to be sure, but up to six visa exempt entries that are not back-to-back are not a problem per se, I believe. A visa exempt entry tends to be an issue in combination with other factors. I think the most important is the length of time you have been in Thailand on tourist entries, and whether there are indications you could be working illegally. This latter factor is very subjective, and an immigration official could make an arbitrary wrong call. I think it very unlikely that, with less than 180 days in Thailand on tourist issues, you will have a problem, but treat any such opinions as just that.