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  1. Well, this has been predicted by several members of this forum, so no surprise really. This doesn't mean the elections will be delayed for sure, but the continuing obfuscation by Prayuth on the timing of the elections and continuous shifting of goalposts, makes it more than likely.
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    Riding madness: a true story

    I have the exact opposite experience around Chiang Mai. Whenever there is a reasonable amount of rain people start slowing down and are hesitant to overtake, very sensible driving. They often don't turn on their lights though, even if it gets really dark during a thunderstorm.
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    Gazebo tent to protect my car ?

    HomePro has 3x3 meter tents which are around 1000 Baht (or the same size as foldable tents that are about 4000 Baht), these you can probably order and delivered to your home. These are a bit flimsy and may last a year if you're lucky. Anything from Aliexpress (or Lazada) is probably as bad. Makro sometimes has similar tents in stock. The alternative is party tents which have much thicker plastic and can be had in almost any size. I bought a 3x5 tent last year for around 5000 baht, still in good shape and sturdy. Never saw these offered on-line and probably wouldn't trust judging quality from a web-site anyway. I reckon there must be shops in Surat Thani that sell these.
  4. You should be able to get a verified copy for a Thai passport for around 200 baht at the place where they issue passports, provided it is a valid passport. I got one a few years back for my wife, to open a shared foreign bank account in the name of my wife and that was accepted by the (Dutch) bank. If it needs to be a verified copy of a ID card I think you need to go to a attorney.
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    Any one still using a Windows mobile phone

    Still using a Nokia 630 dual sim. Probably will replace it with an Android phone when it (finally) breaks down. Mightily tempted by one of these retro Nokia phones, especially the banana phone that was recently announced.
  6. You and others don't seem to understand that not the Swede, but someone else setup internet banking. The Swede, according to the story didn't have internet banking, or was not aware of it. The real question is how someone else can setup internet banking as others have pointed out this is a rather involved process.
  7. I just went to my bank last week (Bangkok Bank) to transfer some money from my personal savings account and my wife asked me to check on an old joint account we have. Because there will be a law soon (I heard April) that allows the government to close dormant accounts and confiscate the deposits. We hadn't looked at that account since 2011, no transactions at all. There was no issue whatsoever, it just took a while to print all the backlog information on interest payments. So, I guess it depends on the bank and possibly the branch. I asked if there was any policy to close dormant accounts and they said that was only for accounts with low balance. Our dormant account has around 80,000 Baht in it, so perhaps that was what saved it. It is probably best to check with whatever bank you're with.
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    Indefinite poll delay possible

    Agree with that in principle, except there hasn't been an official coronation yet. Perhaps another reason to claim a delay of the election is necessary?
  9. Wow, having fun living here, are we? The reason for extension based on marriage is that you support your Thai spouse, that is no longer a requirement for extension based on retirement. So at least it seems to be common sense, if not the decent thing to do, for immigration to make sure that the spouse is aware that officially you are no longer supporting him/her. Yes, I think that without my wife signing an agreement, I would have been refused my first extension based on retirement. So this 'rule' (I don't think it is an official requirement, just what I experienced), is not exactly non-sensical, nor stupid. I don't know about sexist or racist, or at least not more than anywhere else.
  10. You also have to bring your wife, as (depending on where you live) she may be asked to sign a form that she is aware and agrees with you changing to an extension based on retirement. For subsequent retirement extensions that is no longer required, just the first time.
  11. I went in last Friday (24 November) for extension based on retirement en walked in at 7:20 and was #7 in the queue. Done by 12:00 including re-entry permit. The guy in front of me was there 6:30 and as usual the first place was a professional bench sitter for an agency (keeping a seat warm since midnight). Apparently the day before (Thursday) it was very busy according to 2 people I spoke to who had been turned away that day when arriving after 8:00. So perhaps people were scared away for trying it on a Friday. Around 9:30 a guy walked in and he got #10 and he was also done before 12:00, so it was relatively quiet that day, not just for retirement extensions but for everything. When I left, two people just arrived for visa extension (by the looks of it based on retirement) and got their paperwork checked and received queue numbers for after lunch. If I had been unlucky, I probably would have tried coming extremely early another day. That is what I have been doing for years now. It looks as if there is some luck involved, but that coming extremely early is no longer necessary.
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    Netherlands grants $2.17m to MRC

    It simply means they expect the initial study to reveal which approaches are best suited for further studies into managing flood risks. That is as tangible as it gets with MRC, they only develop approaches and advise governments. This is normal project cycle funding. The initial funds are used to assess if further work is required. This may again be funded by the Dutch government, as funding like this is often used to hire Western experts, as well as locals, not just Thais, most of the flood risks in the Lower Mekong basin is in Cambodia and Viet Nam.
  13. I saw on the Thai news this morning (Channel 3) he already was caught and he was really, really sorry (for getting caught me thinks).
  14. Lived in Chiang Mai for around 15 years, the smog started appearing 10-12 years ago, before that not that much of a problem. Smog season normally starts in Feb, just after the cool season, normally lasts 2-3 months (it comes and goes when there is some wind or rain), it can be really bad for a couple of weeks. The level of smog also depends where you stay, outside of the city it never gets that bad (I live 40 km North of the city), in the city the heat and smoke is a lousy combination. Temperatures get really hot from March to April-May, until the rains come in and the temperatures get fine and the smog is gone. Any alternatives depends on what you are looking for, I heard good things about Loei. As mentioned smog is a problem in the entire Northern part of Thailand. I have been also travelling in Laos and it is as bad there during the same period. The main source is burning of fields across the whole region (Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and even China). So any place with a cool season will occasionally have the same problem in Thailand. It hasn't been improving in recent years, despite efforts by local authorities, because it seems to be a regional issue, with smoke coming from outside of Thailand. Never saw any scientific proof where the smoke comes from though. Settling down near the sea is a good option, but it tends to be more crowded and possibly more expensive. Besides if you go down to far south you may get issues with the smoke that seasonally comes up from Indonesia.
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    TM30 Experience

    I went to Promenade yesterday to extend my permission to stay (retirement) and the officer just asked me if I ever had registered my address. I replied that I did, because I have used the same address (where I actually live) for at least 20 years after moving from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. However after checking in the computer there was no record. He explained that this is perhaps because I only registered it for marriage extensions in the past (I am only on my second retirement extension). My address is a house I built myself on land that only recently got a Chanot. It is not rented, I live there with my (Thai) wife and kids. I have until recently never heard of this TM 30 form and the officer at Promenada just asked me for a copy of the house registration with the page for my wife and that was all. No fine, no request for TM30, that 'requirement' was even not mentioned. I got my extension without a problem. So at least for Promenada they also don't care for the TM 30 for extensions, perhaps only if you stay at a private residence. Another applicant I spoke to did have to show his TM 30, supposedly because he was staying at a condo. I didn't ask for any further information from the officer, lest I can't feign ignorance in the future. Obviously, this TM 30 doesn't make much sense for most people who have been here for a long time legally. Trying to actually follow all this and other obscure rules is a fools errand, with requirements changing based on who you talk to and perhaps the stress levels they had to endure that day. I am not planning to start reporting my coming and going outside of filling in my arrival and departure cards, unless I am specifically told that I should by immigration. It seems to be a lot of hassle and not a priority, not even for immigration.
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