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  1. 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)!
  2. 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?
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Sounds good alright. For sure worth a try for around 500b instead of the yearly WiFi.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. I didn't read all the answers so not sure if this was suggested already. I live here with exactly the same circumstance as you and I never go for many consecutive SETV's. I always alternate between SETV (also from different consulates) and exempt. So lets say I get a SETV from Vientiane and after 90 days I'll just fly somewhere for a little holiday and come back with exempt (30+30 days). Also I spend one month a year back in my own country. I've been doing this for years and never been questioned, so I'm assuming it helps. The only time I was questioned was when I had a ED visa to a language school. Other than that nothing in 10 years. I think the most consecutive SETVs I've had was 2 or 3.
  11. Yes totally agree. The 4G isn't always that reliable here, but I might tell them to give it a try first if it's just a bit over 500b per month instead of 2,000-3,000b per month (if they take the TOT WiFi for a year but use it only 2-3 months). I wonder how come Dtac can have unlimited 4G for just 500b when I saw that other providers (actually Dtac also) has some 4G packages with like 30-80GB 4G data limit for as much as 2,000b per month. Of course those packages include lots of free calling time. Yesterday I picked up a Dtac brochure and it had about 10 different packages but not this one. Great to know now that an unlimited 4G data package does exist and for a much cheaper price than all those other packages!
  12. I was checking the 3BB already but would have to call them to get more info. That sounds good if they offer monthly WiFi contracts. Yes there is a phone line and currently the TOT router is still there. I had yearly contract with TOT (about 450b/month) for a couple of years but just cancelled it last year. So if I want to use that again it would be about 5400b per year.
  13. I guess I missed the point at first, and I couldn't find any such totally unlimited packages when I searched for them. Anyway that deal sounds good. I'll suggest it to them. At least they could try if it's good for them first. They do have a router from their country that has a sim slot and it should work fine here. If the router can not be used then they would just have to have it in their phone and share the connection as hotspot, right?
  14. Thanks for the info. I've been checking out all the packages again, but it might still just be better for them to take the cheapest TOT WiFi for a year (they stay at their BKK apartment 2-3 months a year). The problem is mainly the limited data in all the Thai so called "unlimited" mobile data packages. I don't think they would mind paying 2000b per month for 2 months if the 4G really was unlimited. I mean even the better ones are limited to some 15-20 GB of 3G/4G data. If they go over that limit then the speed would be reduced to the very low one that I usually have to use when my 3G/4G data limit is used up. Like you said, I did notice some data packages for 2000B/month, but the 3G/4G data still has some limit, so for that price maybe I would still choose the WiFi option (probably faster and more stable connection and no limits at least).
  15. Is there any really fast monthly package with unlimited data? I would need one for my parents when they visit for 2 months. They watch internet TV and Youtube all the time so it would need to be something as good as WiFi with modem. I had a yearly package from TOT (WiFi/router) in their apartment before but it was't worth it to pay 12 months for that as they stay here only for 2 months.
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