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  1. Folks The Non-O application form I have seen for visas applied from Laos asks for a guarantor in Laos. Surely that can't be a mandatory part of the form as almost nobody would have contacts in Laos. Do people just leave it blank?
  2. I am finishing employment and my Type B visa and WP will end on 31 May. I was under the impression you are given 7 days to leave the country and will not be penalised if you do so. However, my company's legal/visa agency - Deloitte no less - tell me I MUST leave before the date of my cancellation. There is no 7 days period post cancellation. This causes a huge disruption as I am still working up to my last day. Can anyone tell me if Deloitte's advice is totally wrong? Is there a "leave within 7 days" policy still? Regards Paul
  3. Thanks @Ubonjoe Actually I do not intend to retire just yet. I will be lining up new employment, but not for some time (maybe a year out). 1. Upon what basis would you be applying for the non-o visa. On the basis of marriage (supporting family). I meet the necessary requirements. 2. A OA visa can only be applied for in your home country or country of legal residence. OK noted. So to be sure I understand correctly: I can apply for a non-O (basis of marriage) outside of Thailand - say in Singapore, KL, - correct? and do all SE Asia embassies offer non-O? and then: I extend the 90 day to a 1 year in Thailand at an immigration office (like CW). Would that be multiple entry? It would need to be for me. Thanks,
  4. Hi Tonray Yes, marriage. I am legally married, with child and properties in Thailand. I must admit to being a bit confused, as this is what I read on one site You must obtain a 90-day visa or a 1-Year Non-Immigrant O visa from your home country or country of residence prior to your application for the Thai marriage visa. (The 90-day Non-Immigrant visa may be obtained from nearby countries in Thailand.) Once the non-immigrant visa is obtained, you must travel to Thailand to activate the visa. You must prepare all needed documents for the conversion of your non-immigrant O visa to marriage visa.
  5. Hi Folks I am leaving my current employment and therefore type B visa will be cancelled. I am told I need to leave the country within 7 days and to return on a type O visa would need to apply outside Thailand. 1) is that still true and where in the SE Asia region is the best embassy for applying for a Type O 2) I need multiple entry - so is that a type O-A and where are the requirements for getting that?
  6. Hi, I want to get my first Thai motorcycle licence, and already have a 5yr Thai car licence, and a work permit (based out of office in BKK). However my motorcycle is in Chonburi province (I live in Bang Saray on occasions) The DLT site is not very clear on requirements for a first (temp 1 year) licence for my situation. Questions: My work permit based address is in BKK but I would be applying for licence in Chonburi. Is that ok? Or can you only apply in your "home" province? If that is so and I have to do a riding test, my bike is not in BKK. I have a UK driving licence for motorcycles - will they accept that as evidence and not need to take the written and practical (riding) test? If yes, does it have to be translated? Does having a Thai 5 year car licence mean I do not have to do theory or practical tests for MC? Regards
  7. Hi, I want to get my first Thai motorcycle licence, and already have a 5yr Thai car licence, and a work permit (based out of office in BKK). However my motorcycle is in Chonburi province (I live in Bang Saray on occasions) The DLT site is not very clear on requirements for a first (temp 1 year) licence for my situation. Questions: My work permit based address is in BKK but I would be applying for licence in Chonburi. Is that ok? Or can you only apply in your "home" province? If that is so and I have to do a riding test, my bike is not in BKK. I have a UK driving licence for motorcycles - will they accept that as evidence and not need to take the written and practical (riding) test? If yes, does it have to be translated? Does having a Thai 5 year car licence mean I do not have to do theory or practical tests for MC? Regards
  8. OK let's get it straight. GrabCAR is rather like Uber i.e. private citizens and their own cars for hire. GrabTAXI is regular taxis hailed by the Grab app, which has a number of advantages. Why would people use GrabCar over taxis on the street? Hmmm, let me list a few reasons. The regular taxi drivers in most cases just rent their cars for a day, which are often in terrible condition, have NO seat belts, some drive really dangerously, run red lights, sometimes I smell alcohol on their breath, or they may be on yaa baa to work long hours, are rude, cases of sexual abuse of women passengers, have meters that are rigged, refuse to take passengers (illegal), refuse to turn meter on (illegal). Need I go on??? With GrabCar (or indeed Uber) as they are privately owned vehicles: they have seat belts, they tend to look after their own car, they tend to drive safely, the whole trip and transaction is tracked and recorded, the quality of the driver is rated, you get a receipt, you have a reliable complaint path and call centre. Need I go on??? Thai citizens and foreigners are so fed up of the sh*tty service of regular taxis that they have flocked to the business models and advantages offered by Grab and Uber.
  9. The bus brand is Sunlong. A Chinese bus manufacturer in Shenzen. The yellow buses on BKK's streets are the same brand, as are many of the tour coaches seen across Thailand these days. The 40% of parts and assembly being from Malaysia therefore sounds very dubious. So after all the fanfare of "new clean buses as Happy New Year Gift" to the capital - looks like they will be parked up pending dispute & legal resolution for who knows how long...!
  10. UPDATE: I have the answer after speaking to M-Pass Call Centre. Sadly, there is no real integration process for those with 2 types of tags. You have to remove the "foreign" tag to prevent being charged twice, and manage your account balances until one or other reaches zero i.e. If going through an M-Pass gate, remove the EasyPass tag. If going through an EasyPass gate, remove the M-Pass tag. When one of the tags has zero (or less than one trip) balance you can just leave whichever tag has balance on your windscreen and use that one all the time. In my case I will prefer to use EasyPass because I can top up via ATM. (The M-Pass is convenient to top up only if you have a KrungThai bank account which I do not)
  11. The issue is, I have about 2000Bt balance on both tags. I don't want to remove one tag for one gate, and another tag for another. Trying to establish if they have worked out whther M-Pass on Mpass gate will debit only the mPass balance, and on the EasyPass Gate will only debit the EasyPass tag UNTIL the balance is zero. Nobody so far has an answer
  12. Now EasyPass and M-Pass tags can now be used at either expressway (from 1 Nov), I have not seen any information from either company about what is the situation if you have both tags in your car, and both with balance. If integrated correctly, the tag for that expressway should be debited (if balance is available), if not the 'foreign' tag is debited. However, being Thailand, there is always a worry that both could get debited! Does anyone have any definitive info or news on this?
  13. The abbot already stated it was red shirts who stored them there. One thing is clear - red shirts and violence go hand in hand, always have.
  14. I don't mind paying 20K for having a new contract drawn up because the condo has increased in value in the 3 years since the original contract (and sales price) was drawn up. The original sellers contract says buyer should pay the transfer fee. This normally means 1% of assessed value (by law) but I hear some developers try to make the buyer pay the full 2%. Even then it doesn't add up to 4.2% they quoted. I have asked the condo to explain how they came up with that figure, and have been greeted with a week of silence. In the meantime I'm reaching out to you guys in this forum to see where I stand. (Note: I have not signed the contract until this is resolved)
  15. Absolutely.. it was on a quote I asked for from the developer. Yes, agree the transfer tax is land office, not levied on me by developer Hence asking out to you experts to see if I am missing something...