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About Geordie59

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  1. The only time you see a Thai is a hurry is when they behind the steering wheel or on their bikes. It takes way more than 15 hours to train the culture out of them.
  2. My daughter did the same thing last year. When she returned to Thailand she just showed the immigration officer both passports and asked what she should do. He just stamped her in as a Thai in her Thai passport. I guess it depends on who is on duty the day you come in, or leave.
  3. My wife did a 10 hour course in The Philippines. The first 4 one hour lessens were OK. Then the instructor was due to go on holiday so he got her 1 1/2 hours north of where we lived and 1 1/2 hours back and logged it as the full 10 hours. That drive north was on a relatively quiet road with no passing through towns, no traffic lights, very few junctions and almost no need to ever change gear. It is not the number of hours spent behind the wheel but what is learned that is important. How about introducing a proper testing system that needs to passed with honesty and bribes are not accepted. That is how other countries get decent drivers. And once the test is passed penalise bad driving by taking away their licence and locking them up if they drive without a licence.
  4. The coming together of 2 HiSo connected people who think they are untouchable.
  5. The Chinese will put in whatever infrastructure they need. They can use some of the excess already here from the dwindling numbers of other tourists, although at Chinese prices and conditions.
  6. I was in London for medical treatment that is ongoing. What will be his excuse this time?
  7. Losing the plate will cost them far more than the fine.
  8. Police who were here at the start disappeared. The fighting seems to be more between Thai girls and Arab men. Amazed some Thai men / bouncers / taxi drivers didn't wade into the Arabs. Happy / safe zone my arse!
  9. Thanks for the info guys. Just back from immigration on another matter. My Non Imm Visa based on retirement and issued at Jomtien expires 5th June. Last 90 day report was done 10th April. I plan to leave Thailand 23rd May and return early July. They told me I need to extend my Non Imm Visa within 30 days of it expiring i.e. on or after 6th May. This should only take 1-2 days with a further 1-2 days to make it Multi Entry. It means a few trips to Jomtien but looks like I am sorted.
  10. Visa runs up to 5 June 2017. Last 90 day report was made on 10th April. The paper they put in my passport states visa expires 5 June 2017 in written hand and a stamp stating "This is not an extension of stay. Please notify your address again on 8 July 2017". From the answers above I can stay for the full 90 days and then leave before 8th July. If I stay in Thailand the full 90 days up to 8th July I can still extend my existing Non Imm Visa for another year. I assume if I do not extend my visa before 5th June and leave the country after that date it will expire and I will have to apply for a new Non Imm Visa. This is what I will be doing and in my experience applying for a new visa is a lot more hassle than extending an existing one. I will also be leaving at the end of May which is not within the last 30 days of my latest of my latest 90 day extension. I hope to extend the Visa for another year before I leave. Will let you know how I get on.
  11. Thanks for that. Looking at my last 90 day report receipt I see what you are saying. I assume if I want to extend my Non Imm visa I would still need to do that before it expired even though I would still be in the country legally based on the 90 day entry. Can you comment on that please?
  12. There are many reasons a person can simply pass on at that age. That said I wonder if it was one of those local Thai whiskeys that are sometimes loaded with ethanol?
  13. I thought you would only get 6 days when you arrive on July 20th as your visa expires on July 26th. That would give you 6 days to get the renewal and another 90 days. Can anyone confirm this as my situation is similar.
  14. The legal age of consent in Thailand is 15 (although that would not apply to a farang). Depending on the circumstances around his marriage, whether money changed hands etc he could still be prosecuted under Thai law. As we will never know the full circumstances and also given that the law is pretty grey in this area we will never know the true legal position. I somehow doubt that a 15 year old girl married a 39 year old man for love though.