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  1. I'm thinking of exploring Southern Thailand.

    For all the mosques there seems to be as many Chinese temples competing to see who can make the most noise (I noticed this in Hat Yai). Don't know how far south you want to go but I liked Surat Thani a lot. The 20 somethings and their ATM size backpacks don't linger there - they treat it as a departure point only and shoot through to the islands, Samui et al. Which leaves the whole town to yourself - great street food and friendly locals - they almost look shocked that you choose to hang around there and not follow the sheep. Not sure about potential for other things as you put it, but I'd imagine anywhere near a border crossing would be a hotspot.
  2. How to travel to Hua Hin from Bangkok?

    ^ no, if you value your life don't take a mini van. Ever.
  3. Ummm, she ain't working so that would be you dude. /thread
  4. Since she's not working, it falls on you to pick up the cost for everything.... fixed costs like her phone, her internet, her life insurance, her health insurance etc etc... on top of the digs. And all the while you're doing that, there'll be no imperative for her to find work and contribute to the cost of living, to help offset these costs. But I'm sure you'e aware of that reality. Hence your problem of how much to give her. I would strongly advise to cover her for her fixed costs only. Never give pocket money. I've been down this road and from my experience any amount you come up with is never enough. Thais don't budget, or plan anything, so once they see some numbers in black in white it becomes like a bargaining game. "How can I get this amount higher" will be her MO. You can't change that, it's cultural.. And they are far more skilled at this than we are. Therfore do not discuss money at all. Cover her fixed costs but never reveal how much you have or what your upper limit is. Any amount you set will always be reached and usually exceeded. There will always be an attempt to get more and no attempt to save. Unless of course it's their own money that they have earned, and which you will never see or know about. You must control the purse strings OP and only pay for things as you see fit. Never the other way around. Even when you go to the supermarket, YOU choose what goes in the trolley, not her. You pay, you the boss. When she wants this and that... the usual crap they don't need... and she will try you on to see how far she can stretch you... say no. Only ever buy what YOU think is of value to you BOTH.
  5. How much of this is BS? (Thai Marriage Money)

    I'm still yet to see any Thai person starving, no matter how much they cry poor.
  6. How much of this is BS? (Thai Marriage Money)

    No one is begrudging the daughter taking care of her parents. Let her work as long as she wants to fulfil this obligation. But to expect the husband to chip in for that is a bit rich. What about the husband's parents if they are starving..? Is Thai wifey gonna help them?
  7. How much of this is BS? (Thai Marriage Money)

    So she's saying after they graduate and get a job they should pay and support their parents. Fine, that's very commendable. However, if you want to marry her you have to pay her parents? Sounds like the parents are double dipping. Based on that logic, is she gonna pay for your parents?
  8. Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies aged 68

    Wonder if they'll play "down down, deeper n down" at the burial?
  9. We talking mainland Chinese? Like sit still for 5 minutes peace and quiet chill out relax? It ain't gonna happen dude. Chinese love noise, and feel very nervous if things get too quiet. Or if there isn't a few dozen other Chinese in close proximity. Like joined at the hip close. And a flag bearing leader. Yelling at them. Through a megaphone. They aren't that sophisticated when it comes to venturing off into nature, getting away from it all and "relaxing". Something like Nong Nooch is right up their alley. But with more flashing lights. And more noise. The tackier the better. But don't have real animals in those places or they'll throw stuff at them and laugh lol.
  10. I believe these applications are outsourced to a Thai agency in Bangkok. Not staffed or managed by Australians as one would expect. When we applied we got the same as you, 3 months. After the application was approved a Thai man from their office called my wife on the phone and said, "You come back! You come back! You don't stay long time! You get on plane!" LOL
  11. Visa status upon Separation/Divorce

    Ok got it great to know, thank you very much.
  12. Hi guys, I'm wondering if someone can offer a definitive answer on this please. I want to know what the status of my 12 month, multi entry, non immigrant O visa (based on marriage) would be in the event of: (a) separation from my wife while living in Thailand; or ( divorce from my wife while living in Thailand. Either of these scenarios may occur when we return to Thailand next month (March 2016) after living together in Australia for 3 months. Upon return, this will be my second entry into Thailand under the terms of this visa... no extensions having ever been made or applied for. So my question is, would my visa be nullified in each of these scenarios (in which case I would be here illegally and have to exit the country immediately) or can I stay until the visa runs out? (my preference, which would be sometime in August 2016). We were married in August 2015, in Bangkok, but I'm thinking of pulling the pin. I've studied past threads here on separation and divorce but there seems to be conflicting information. Some say you can safely see out your visa expiry date; some say you are living here illegally immediately upon separation/divorce. Thanks so much.
  13. Your experiences with nationalities in conflict in Pattaya

    Not sure if this relates to the OP's question, but I notice in Pattaya when the morning busloads of tourists arrive to take the speed boats over to the islands they drop the Chinese off at one spot and drop the Indians off at a different spot about 500 metres away. It's like someone has already decided they don't want them on the same patch of beach. Looks kinda funny but maybe there's been altercations in the past?
  14. Most of the goofy sounds on Thai television have been ripped from old American Hanna Barbera cartoons from the 60's They are to be found on this site: http://www.soundboard.com/sb/hanna_barbera_sound_effec