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    The best place to visit Thailand?

    Actually, now classed as a known human carcinogen. National Toxicology Program (June 2011). Report on Carcinogens, Twelfth Edition. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Toxicology Program.
  2. There are far more debit cards issued in Thailand than credit cards. From the Bank of Thailand: Credit card - 20,334,780 Debit card - 53,071,782 ATM card - 8,758,043 Source: http://www2.bot.or.th/statistics/BOTWEBSTAT.aspx?reportID=685&language=ENG
  3. From Bangkok Bank I really can't understand why Bangkok Bank has made such a seemingly moronic move. Once my current card expires I'll just switch to using a bank that does issue Visa or Mastercard cards.
  4. Or is it more like "acorn" - a small thing from which something mighty grows?
  5. PicaPet4Home does sterling work. It shows their cutest dogs on the website, but there are many, many more available for adoption. It's run by Khun Tharinee and is based off Lat Phrao Road. http://www.picapet4home.com/pick-a-dog.html
  6. I believe this is misinformation. Whilst they are pushing the Union Pay cards very heavily, a Be1st Visa debit card is still available if you ask.
  7. Oxx

    Sample Sentences

    This dictionary gives sample sentences: http://thai-notes.com/dictionaries/predictionary.shtml For ห่าง it gives: เกาะลาบวนตั้งอยู่ทางตอนเหนือของเกาะบอร์เนียว และอยู่ห่างจากรัฐซาบาร์เป็นระยะทาง 10 กิโล ราคาสินค้าอุปโภคและบริโภคของแต่ละบริษัทห่างกันมาก and คนที่มีอุดมการณ์ทางการเมือง ถ้าเป็นคนดีต้องห่างคนชั่วเข้าไว้ For ไกล it gives: เจ้าเหมียววิ่งหนีเจ้าด่างไปไกล
  8. I remain mystified as to why this restaurant continues to attract accolades. Many of the dishes are poorly thought out (e.g. putting uni with a granita which totally kills the taste of the uni), poorly executed ("sushi" with fish full of chewy bits and inexpertly cut), and plain difficult to eat (things that collapse whilst you pick them from plate to mouth, or are two large to eat in one bite, and then collapse as one takes a bite). Gaggan himself also ruins some of the surprises by, for example, telling you what's in the mysterious black sphere before you eat it. A number of the dishes are unpalatable for Asians (e.g. watermelon with blue cheese, and my partner was only able to eat a couple of spoonfuls of the chawanmushi/crab curry/rice monstrosity before rushing to the toilet). I could write about the poor hygiene, the run down infrastructure, the snooty sommelier, the arrogant and offensive Gaggan, or how queasy I felt after finishing the meal, but that's enough for now. When it comes to Michelin star restaurants in Bangkok, I'd be very happy to go back to Upstairs Restaurant, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Savelberg, Nahm, Sra Bua or Le Normandie. Gaggan - never.
  9. Oxx

    The best place to visit Thailand?

    They didn't build "that bridge". What you now see is a reconstruction. To see what they really did, with original track, you need to go to the Hellfire Pass Museum which is a truly sobering experience.
  10. It has worked very well for me. However, be aware that you won't have the necessary paperwork to be able transfer the money back out of Thailand should you wish to do so.
  11. That's not an excuse. They should have a lot more immigration staff in Chaengwattana to service the greater number of people so the levels of inconvenience are consistent across the country.
  12. That's a tad negative. Certainly not reason for the OP to suffer the 3rd circle of hell that is Chaengwattana. The OP is doing his/her first 90 day report, so will have entered the country recently, and the details from that entry will be in the Immigration system. Even if in the highly unlikely event mail goes amiss, one will have sent by registered mail, so will have the receipt, so that's still only single trip to Chaengwattana to sort things out.
  13. Why do you have to do it in person? Why not do it online, or by mail. Plenty of info. on both methods on this forum if you search.