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  1. Yee Peng Lantern Festival

    Your logic is a venture in itself. But tell us, why do the authorities limit the times that lanterns can be released and why do the airlines discontinue their flights during those release times? Just for the heck of it? And perhaps you might comment on what would happen if one of the lanterns (with their metal/wire rings) ever gets sucked into an airplane engine.
  2. Have you eaten yet?

    This question....have you eaten yet?....confused me during my first year or two in Thailand....and it took me a while to understand it was just a way to ask "how are you doing" or "what's up" or something similar. But I still have not fully learned what the correct reply to this should be. I'd appreciate it if anyone (Mole or others) would suggest a proper (as in appropriate, not formal) reply would be (presuming the responder is "fine" or "okay").
  3. Copy of TM30 required for 90 Day reporting ?

    Maybe, maybe not. They also write in the date of your entry into the country near the "red meatball." One doesn't always get the circular red stamp (when I re-entered a few weeks ago, all I got was a blue date stamp on the TM30 Receipt of Notification).
  4. filling new tm8 form - reentry permit

    Just looked at my copies of re-entry permits issued in 2017, 2016, and 2015 and each form has had the requirement to list "previous" visa (so I don't think that's new at all). I've always marked the Non-O box and put in the dates for my latest extension. Re-entry permits (both at the airport desk and at the Immigration office) were issued without any comment about that information. As to whether it's technically correct, heck if I know. I actually first entered on a Tourist Visa and Hua Hin Immigration, while cancelling the Tourist Visa, issued me a Non-O Immigration Visa (yes, a that's what it reads) and my first retirement extension at the same time many years ago.
  5. Transfer Stamps to New Passport

    I got the new passport in my home country (USA) this summer when I visited there. So, yes, showed the old passport and new passport to the Immigration Officer at the airport when I flew into Chiangmai from Korea...and made sure that I pointed out to him that I have an annual extension (retirement) which expires next May and the necessary re-entry stamp. So I ended up with an entry stamp in the new passport allowing me to remain until my extension expires. If I wouldn't have shown my old passport with the referenced stamps, I suppose all I would have received would have been the visa-exempt entry of 30 days. After a few days back here in CM, I went out and got the stamp transfers done as mentioned above. Now, if you got your new US (or other country) passport while you're still in Thailand, you'd still need to transfer any visa/extension and re-entry stamp to your new passport (and it would involve the same documents I mentioned above except the copy of the entry stamp and departure card would be from your old passport). Edit: I would note that the cost of an adult renewal of a US passport is the same in the US as it is here in Thailand ($110.00) (i.e., it isn't any cheaper to do it in the US).
  6. I've been told 5 to 6 months but that's the way it works if there are no snags or complications. Presuming your spouse/partner is the named executor in your Thai will and is the heir to your estate, then your spouse/partner ought to be able to access your funds (using her letters of authority) within a month or so of your death; however, presuming all funds are in your name, it seems to me that it's your responsibility to make sure that your spouse/partner has adequate funds for expenses (including funeral/cremation expenses) for at least some reasonable period of time following your death. I suppose cash in a safe and/or a separate account in your spouse's/partner's name could help solve any shortfall problem.
  7. I agree with that result - provided the person who has done the post-death withdrawals is the sole heir (either by Thai law or via the Will); otherwise, the legitimate heir(s) could have a problem with it. Nancy, I suspect what you mean by "down the road" is after the widow's letters of authority expired. If her letters were still valid (i.e., she was the legitimate executor with full powers from the Court at the time), I would have been rather hostile with the bank (and/or asked the Court to find the bank in contempt).
  8. You're correct....if and when the Thai bank is informed of the death; until that time, you're wrong. And, although I know you disagree with me, if the person taking out the funds (whether a partner with an ATM number or a joint holder of the account) is the sole heir to those funds (either by operation of Thai law or as named in a Thai Will), then I wouldn't worry about it at all that the post-death withdrawals might be technically "illegal" as that sole heir is the only person who can complain about it.
  9. post office open october 13

    Although a bit late in the day perhaps for some, the Post Office at Kad Suan Kaew (well, actually in the north end of the Lotus Hotel building) is actually open today. Just posted a letter there an hour ago.
  10. TM30 Experience

    I don't update my TM30 for any trip within Thailand, regardless if I'm gone a couple of days or a week or two. I do update when re-entering the country and they've never said anything about the domestic trips I've taken (even though I presume they can see on their computer the multiple TM30's that domestic hotels have filed for me in the interim). As for the airline tickets, I've never gotten a ticket for a domestic trip within Thailand without having to provide my nationality, passport number, etc., and I'm doubtful you have either (I've had to do that for 17+ years). Just got another ticket on AA to Bangkok and had to provide the same information on their website and the last ticket I bought at CM's Bangkok Airways office required me to provide my passport so they could insert that information in their computer generating the ticket.
  11. No problem.....my comments relate to whether you are or are not married (legally or otherwise) to your Thai partner. The Consulate assured me that my named Thai executor would have the power to sign everything they need to get signed and they would issue the form to release my body.
  12. Would add that the US Consulate here in CM assured me a few years back that a valid Thai Will (naming a Thai partner as executor and having other relevant instructions) will be honored by the Consulate (i.e., it'll stop the hassle and delay of the Consulate finding their defined "next of kin" and having to get signed documents from that next of kin).
  13. TM 7 Form Change

    The Chiangmai Immigration office at times has been a stickler about the photo being 4 x 6 cm. Obviously it would help if the form's box was 4 x 6 but it isn't and the smaller size of that box is what causes an occasional problem. Safest bet - get your photos 4 x 6 CM and they'll be accepted everywhere all the time. Edit: As for color, sometimes (not all that often, I'm told) an Immigration Officer up here will require the blue background. Probably safest way to go.
  14. post office open october 13

    The government declared October 13th (the one-year anniversary of the death of Rama IX) a national holiday long ago and it was all over the news and in the newspapers (both Thai and English). I would suggest you not offer any comment about it.
  15. Bad Experience With Uber

    Well, I simply disagree with you and you're wrong about the insurance anyway. I'd note: (1) People use UBER here in CM because it's faster (they arrive a lot quicker than a when you telephone for a taxi) and cheaper (less than half of what a taxi charges for most rides although I'd note that it seems that a ride to the airport here is about the same as what a taxi charges). (2) Secondly, you might want to check Uber's insurance policy. Once a driver accepts a ride, the passenger(s) is/are covered (by Uber's policy) up to $1,000,000 (US dollars) per incident. I suggest that's a bit better coverage than any taxi or tuk tuk you've ever used (presuming there's any insurance coverage for you in the first place).