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  1. First of all, my phone is a Huawei GR5 2017 (Honor 6x) running Android 7.0. I just switched from using a TrueMove H prepaid SIM-card to using a LineMobile SIM-card yesterday. Today I noticed that sometimes Line messages are delayed a few minutes, or don't arrive until I turn my display on. For example, I just received a message notification at 10.58pm, exactly the same time I turned on the display on the phone, but the message time in the chat says the message was sent (or arrived?) at 10.56pm. I haven't touched any settings, and Line has been working fine without any delays for the past 5 months on this phone. It was notoriously hard to set up correctly at first because of Huawei's aggressive battery optimizations, but I have had Line, Messenger and other messaging apps working perfectly for 5 months, and I just noticed this today which tells me it might have something to do with the carrier. The LineMobile app (the app for the SIM card, not Line Messenger) has a toggle for using unlimited free 256kbps data or limited 4G data, and I currently have it set to 256kbps. The funny thing is that Line messages are supposed to be free anyway, i.e. they don't use any of the limited full speed 4G quota. LineMobile uses DTAC's network, my APN settings (which are the default settings) are Name: dtac internet APN: www.dtac.co.th MMSC: http://m.dtacplay.com MCC: 520 MNC: 05 APN type: default,supl APN protocol: IPv4 APN roaming protocol: IPv4 Bearer: Unspecified MVNO type: None All others are "Not set". Has anyone else experienced this? Could it be some setting that needs tweaking somewhere? Or could it be some type of limitation when using the unlimited 256kbps connection?
  2. Are there any dinner river cruises that go outside the typical area around Saphan Taksin - Phra Arthit (i.e. the area around Grand Palace/Wat Arun/etc)? Have been up and down that stretch of Chao Praya many times, would be nice with a change of scenery if I'm going to spend 1500 baht on a river cruise... are there any dinner cruises further south (preferrably) or north? Or is this the only stretch on the river that has anything remotely interesting to see?
  3. Great, I feel reassured about getting tickets now :D Does anyone by any chance know of a convenient scooter rental near the Nong Mon Market (which seems to be the general place to get off the bus/minivan)? Would be nice to rent nearby to make the bus/scooter transition quicker and easier... As for the Bangok vs. Pattaya forum, I wasn't sure which one to choose but it does say "including Bang Saen" in the Pattaya section description...
  4. Planning on going to Bang Saen for Loy Krathong (from Bangkok), but a bit unsure about the best way to get there. Seems that there are both minivans and buses from Ekkamai, but is it possible to buy tickets in advance for any of these? Or do I show up in the morning and hope that there are still tickets available despite the holiday? Was thinking about going on saturday morning, but also considered going on friday evening to "beat the traffic" - not sure if it's worth it when factoring in the extra hotel night? Also, from what I've found online it seems that scooter rentals might be few and far between in Bang Saen. Any tips on where to find one?
  5. I'm planning on going to Thailand in October and back home for christmas. For various practical reasons, the most convenient dates for travelling mean that I would spend about 70 days in Thailand. The thought of standing in line at immigration and paying 2000 baht for an extension which I will only use 1/3 of doesn't seem that appealing... are there any better/cheaper alternatives when only staying slightly more than 60 days? Thought I've seen something about a 7 day extension somewhere?
  6. My phone has broken down completely, I doubt it will be worth the money to have it fixed (it doesn't recognize the SIM card and keeps rebooting even after factory reset). I'm going back to my home country in two weeks and had already planned on buying a phone there (no fakes, easier to find the best deal, better warranty, etc, etc.). So now I just need a phone so I can use Google Maps, Facebook Messenger and Line for two weeks, and preferably one that will work on the mobile network in Sweden. The cheaper, the better. Where would be the best place to look for one? Someone suggested that True shops have cheap deals, but then the phone would be locked to True, right? Is MBK worth looking in, or are they all dodgy? I think I might have seen some cheap Huawei's in a small stall in Tesco - are those stalls any better/worse than MBK? I've had a quick look at classifieds, but found no good deals really... I will of course check what it would cost to fix my existing phone first anyway - where would be the best place to do so? Is it MBK or Phantip, or are there other (better? cheaper?) places to go for that?
  7. I have been looking at a few condos, and some of them have had the plastic cover still on the box spring mattress, even though people have been living there before! To me this is very odd, I've never ever heard of this before. The one thing I have heard about beds and mattresses are that it's crucial that there is good air circulation to prevent fungus and other nasty stuff building up in there... seems the plastic would sort of defeat that? Albeit, it might not let much moisture in either. Can someone explain the reasons for this, to me very unusual, behaviour? Maybe it's just me who has never encountered it before during my 35 years... perhaps it's a common thing to do? I did have a girlfriend a long time ago whose parents kept a plastic cover on their sofa... to me it just looks ridiculous, but at least there I can understand that they don't want it to get stained or damaged... but a mattress? It's not like you can see it anyway. Plus the springs will be worn out after X years (especially on the cheap Thai ones!), no matter how much plastic you covered it with...
  8. Guitar rooms?

    The same way that people don't carry their own gear to a karaoke room, my thought was that the place would provide everything needed...
  9. Guitar rooms?

    Are there any places that have rooms where you can go to play/practice guitar playing? I'm thinking like those karaoke rooms you see in the malls, but for playing guitar (not necessarily to any background song) instead of singing... I know one place in on nut, but it's kinda small and not exactly what I'm thinking of.
  10. Motocycles can't drive in Bangkok in fastest lines?

    So, does this apply to scooters and motorbikes? Another poster posted about Section 35, which seems to say that certain vehicle types should (always??) drive in the left hand lane... not sure how those two sections might affect each other?
  11. Putt putt miniature golf?

    Can't find anything in BKK, very odd. I know of a few places in random locations such as Koh Phangan and Ao Nang, so it seems strange a big city like Bangkok would have none, especially since it could work just as well indoors in a mall or something... Anybody know any places? Just so no one mistakes the question for real full size golf courses, here's what I'm talking about.
  12. Ah... I thought it was already a complicated mess, and now you're telling me it depends on where in Thailand? Wow... lol :D Yes, the AirBnb place I'm renting is in Bangkok. Yes, I've done two extensions, one of a TR Visa and one of a 30 day exemption. No problems at all, and I gave the full address including room number both times.
  13. I was totally unaware of the TM30 address reporting thing, thinking it was just something that applied to people who own their places or have some more long term type of Visa or something. But now I came across https://perfecthomes.co.th/tm030-registration-thailand/ and it does sound like it applies to everyone who is not a Thai national. I'm staying at a condo that I rent on AirBnb, and have been for a couple of months. I've been on normal tourist visas and exemptions the entire time, since I'm studying in an online university. I have no idea if the guy I'm renting from on AirBnb (a Thai who is a bit "difficult to communicate with" sometimes), or the condo building, have made any registrations. Also, I've been travelling both outside and inside Thailand, staying at hotels a few nights here and there. Never had any problems about the address at Immigration Complex or border immigrations though... So, what do I need to do? Check with my AirBnb "landlord" if he has registered me? Tell him every time I'm coming back from staying at a hotel? Or can I report it myself?
  14. This seems like the most reasonable solution. Only problem would be if the weather is so bad (so far the weather warning seems ridiculously overblown!) that they cancel or delay the check in entirely. Extremely unlikely in this case since the flight is scheduled at noon, with plenty of room for delay until midnight. But using online or smartphone app check in to obtain a boarding pass, one should be able to pass immigration without waiting for the check in counter anyway.
  15. After lasts nights "storm" it does seem that the weather warning might be exaggerated I'm not worried about the overstay itself, but since they let me off with a warning last time I arrived in Suvarnabhumi, adding an overstay to the computer records - no matter what the reason - seems like pushing my luck. But as you say, there is plenty of room for the flight to be delayed since it's scheduled early in the day. My concern was that if this supposed "storm" will affect earlier flights as well, they simply might be backlogged with insufficient planes at DMK. Small risk, but I'm still interested in having a backup plan, just in case.
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