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Paul Catton

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  1. Zoe Complex.

    100 million baht is only 4 x median average new home central to Auckland. Honestly the world is changing faster than we know, or can plan for. Shame I don't own four houses to liquidate ( many do) mighht be a prudent investment or lifestyle choice.
  2. Ben, less Jim Beam and Coke. The Riverside Bar & Restaurant
  3. Zoe Complex.

    As usual WTK has better perspective than most and not knee jerk reaction. Might have even crossed paths at Nang Nuan (could well have been the origin of food courts) maybe 30 years ago.
  4. Doubt it, straight cut fries at the Good View. http://www.goodview.co.th/2010/thegoodviewmenu.php Feeling hungry now
  5. Don't you like a challenge?
  6. The pictures don't really give too much to go on. My bet is the Riverside http://www.theriversidechiangmai.com/index_in.php The Burger served in that style with potato chips (crisps) and then the fries do appear to be similar (chunky crinkle cut) to their "international" offerings.
  7. Mae Sai Boarder Crossing

    That first visit to Mae Sai (quite a few years ago now) with the extended family, I thought we were only nipping up the road to a market and afterwards having a family lunch. (Not even a quick sidetrack to the Golden Triangle, by far not my best ever day trip!). As we are both visa exempt tourists (Opal uses her NZ passport for travel) a couple of times a year for 2-3 week durations, I wouldn't consider carrying around the passports 24/7 as the risk for loss, theft or accidental damage paranoia outweigh the possibility of random ID check paranoia. We have only ever been stopped once and asked for ID, which was on a "public bus" between Sukhothai and Chiang Mai whilst transiting overland between destinations, so likewise with you, passports were at hand. When checkpoints are routinely established and carried out at places such as the Airport Plaza, Maya Mall and likewise, also "liceneced tour operator day trip" minibuses come under scrutiny, I may reconsider. If I were to be there as an expat of the future, circumstances would be totally different and another approach likely taken, after all the Father-In-Law trick isn't going to last forever.
  8. Mae Sai Boarder Crossing

    https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/thailand (Extract) General travel advice It is a requirement under Thai law to carry photo identification at all times. A New Zealand driver’s licence or a photocopy of the biodata page from a passport would be adequate identification in the first instance. Follow up identification in the second instance is speak with Father-In-Law, here I'll dial for you.
  9. Another topic altogether, but depending on budget, my choice of base would be a good 4 star around the Night Bazaar or close to the moat on the eastern side of the old city. Hope you have a wonderful trip.
  10. We almost always book a Chiang Mai to Bangkok flight with an airline that services Suvarnabhumi directly when neeeding to meet our International connection, Sometimes we will travel down the night before and get a hotel near the Airport and enjoy a relaxed last evening in Bangkok. The free shuttle bus between the airports http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/en/122-suvarnabhumi-airport-free-shuttle-bus Normally takes about an hour or so, but what if ____(enter possible scenario)_______? It is certainly do-able but could be a little too rushed for my liking.
  11. Not a random stop and search then and 5 yaa baa pills located in the closed boot. A certain "someone" whom is the police informant has to top the list of being the suspect plant. Would suggest you save money on the lawyer and direct it to BIB to pursue that line of enquiry, if possible. This "someone" being friend, neighbour or family member who had access to the boot really needs to unearthed.
  12. A reasonable summary from A Voice for Men, https://www.avoiceformen.com/a-voice-for-men/18-truths-about-charlottesville/
  13. New To Chiang Mai

    Usually non-compliant as reported Motorbike umbrellas can pose a danger, says official And replicated with usual commentary https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/994683-motorbike-umbrellas-can-pose-a-danger-says-thai-official/
  14. my mother can pay my plane ticket for me ?

    Not a problem, follow the instructions from Etihad website