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  1. Ok that's good to know. I'll do the application there then and enter with my other passport to avoid any extra questioning at the Thai Embassy.
  2. Thanks for that. I was going to ask what is the official site for getting the eVisa? When I google eVisa all kinds of sites come up that offer the eVisa service. So by using the above mentioned website you pay only the stamping fee of USD 25 and not the extra USD 12?
  3. That's true. Maybe I better do so to avoid any extra questioning.
  4. I have quite an uncommon question. Not sure if anyone might have done this or know how it might work. So I have two passports from 2 different EU countries. I'm traveling to Hanoi for my new Tourist Visa and the thing is my other passport allows visa free entry to Vietnam and the other one requires an eVisa (37 USD). The thing is I want to apply for the visa with the passport that requires the visa to enter Vietnam. So in other words I would be entering Vietnam with the passport that doesn't require a visa but applying for the Thai Visa at the embassy in Hanoi with the other passport (just because that passport doesn't have any Thai visas yet and the other passport is full of Thai visas and exempt stamps). I'm just wondering would this be a problem at the Thai embassy, since that passport I'd use for applying would not have any stamp of entering Vietnam. They would probably wonder where that is and ask me to explain. If that's the case I would have to show them my other passport and not sure would that be a bad thing since it's pretty full of Thai visas and entries to Thailand during the past 5 years. Of course I do have a right to switch passports since I have dual citizenship and I can of course apply for a TR in which ever passport I want. Just haven't done it this way before so would like to know if there could be any trouble doing so? Thanks!
  5. Sounded great until I read that you must be able to show a constant monthly income of over 200,000b. Is this info correct??
  6. I fly in to BKK with exempt at least 3-4 times a year and never have an onward ticket out of Thailand. Most times they question me at the check-in counter at the departure airport and usually the airline officers are very confused about this rule. I always tell them that I' never have a ticket out of Thailand and I've never had any issues about it. Usually that explanation has been enough, but last month I departed back to BKK from Osaka Kansai airport and they did not let it go that easy. The check in officer had to call a supervisor and finally I had to sign a paper stating that I'm personally responsible for any possible trouble at Bangkok airport. I signed the paper and had no troubles after that. I told them I was taking a bus to Laos to exit Thailand and of course I couldn't have a ticket for that. Of course to avoid any hassle it's good to buy an exit ticket from Thailand. I personally just don't want to waste money on a plain ticket that I'm probably not going to use anyway.
  7. I've crossed at Nong Khai many times on my visa trips and at Savannkhet once. In my experience the biggest difference is that Nong Khai is a very busy crossing and it can take a long time to cross if you get there at the same time with all the visa run groups. I suggest avoiding the busy times. I crossed there a few times with a visarun group and it took forever (entering at 6am and returning around 2pm). When I did it on my own (entering in the afternoon and returning in the morning) there was no hassle and I crossed the checkpoints in no time. I crossed at Savannakhet only once but that was really nice and quiet compared to Nongkhai. Hardly any people both ways. There I entered from Mukdahan to Laos right at the opening time of the border crossing and came back in the afternoon. Hardly any people around. Both seemed friendly to me as I've been avoiding consecutive SETVs (as I explained earlier in the thread), so I can't say which one would be an easier one for you. Also just to mention about the difference between the two consulates. Vientiane is the busiest one I've been to and Savannakhet is the total opposite, very quiet and nice service (at least in my experience)!
  8. ChomDo

    Evaporation or leak?

    Everything seems to be working fine with the skimmer and no air in the pump basket. Of course I do have a next issue and I'll post it here rather than start a new thread. Now the return is shooting sand out. After I took the eyeball out last week, I thought I would really clear the pipes and vacuum after I see that nothing is coming out anymore. For a few days now it seemed like the amount of sand under the return (on the pool floor) was not increasing. Today I vacuumed the pool and as soon as I had finished and cleaned the pump basket and turned on the pump again, the return shot out a handful of sand again. What could be causing this to happen all the time? Also, what I don't get is that why does it happen after I've stopped vacuuming and cleaned the pump basket. I mean while I was vacuuming no sand was coming into the pool, so how come right after I finish and turn the pump on again?
  9. That's what I've been doing and haven't had any troubles for the past 5 years (and before that I had long term ED visa for a university). The trips I make in between SETV's are not quick 1-2 runs to the closest South-East Asian cities. Like now I'm on a SETV that I obtained in Europe this summer. It expires next week and I'll be going to Japan for 10 days. Last time I went to Taipei and sometimes it could be a 2 week holiday in Australia. I try to make most of the times that I'm forced to leave the country, so it doesn't always feel like just a meaningless visa run trip. I'm just guessing that the way I do it, can perhaps prove to the immigration officers that I'm not working in a company here (if that's the thing they care about the most, not sure about that).
  10. Great point! Totally agree. Until they can come up with smarter visa types to suit a wider range of people, we will continue living here on SETV's and exempts or dodgy ED visas if that's what it takes.
  11. I got the Dtac package yesterday. Just bought a Dtac sim and topped it up 540b to cover the first month of the data package. When my parents come I can activate the package and then they can get it for the second month also if it works well enough.
  12. That sounds like a great deal for a year alright. I guess for someone who spends around 2 months in the country, the unlimited 4G (upgraded to 8Mbps until Dec 23) from Dtac would probably be the best option at the moment.
  13. Sounds good alright. For sure worth a try for around 500b instead of the yearly WiFi.
  14. You mean unlimited 4G data for 60€? In my country I always get a sim card with unlimited 4G data and unlimited calls for about 15€ per month. That's why these deals in Thailand feel very expensive and often very limited (and of course slower).
  15. For sure. I mean some years ago when I was kind of out of options after my ED Visa for an MBA degree, I did a 2 year language school visa (just to get a visa as so many have to, because there aren't any smart enough visa solutions in this country). After that was done I've been flipping between SETV and exempt for many years now and no problem. Of course it's silly that we have to do this instead of having a proper visa, but they still don't have anything available for digital nomads.