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  1. If one wants to get ripped off by a songteaw driver, there are two ways to cause this to happen: (1) Ask them how much or (2) Show up at their window pointing at a map. Both of those actions indicate to the driver that the person has no clue how things work and invites some (most?) drivers to charge a much higher price than the standard rate of 20 baht. If the driver shakes his head "yes" as to your proposed destination, just get in and the fare is 20 baht (unless you grab one of the few songteaws which are now labeled 30 baht or unless the driver himself/herself tells you a different price up front).
  2. A slight correction....none of the roaming (red) songteaws are on fixed routes...which is why you ask them if they'll take you to a given place.
  3. I doubt it. While somebody posted about January that they went there and got their TM30 updated and while I did see some cars parked in front of that building (whether that means officer or customer or construction worker vehicles, I'm not sure), I didn't see any obvious activity. But there is a rather large sign in red at the entry to the complex in Thai which reads in English: "Construction Area - No Admittance." (yea, I violated that when going in to take some photos)
  4. Checked out the old Immigration office site for progress today. So far, while a large multistory (it appears) building is going up, only the foundation is pretty much in place. The old blue Immigration office (Building 2) remains as does Building 3 in the back right corner but, other than those two structures, everything else has been razed on the site. And it would appear that the open space could provide a whole lot more parking place. Time of completion? I'd guess at least 1-1&1/2 years from now.
  5. Oh, come on, what level of medical care (appropriate or inappropriate) is given to an average citizen here is irrelevant to the issue (but, on the other hand, I've seen action at Thai government hospitals here and it all seemed appropriate and thorough enough to me). If the OP had been presented with the same condition to any hospital in London, Los Angeles, Chiangmai, Moscow or wherever, what the hospital doctors did to try to determine the extent of injuries to an unconscious man involved in a bike/car accident was merited. If for some reason you're aware a different protocol is merited under these circumstances, let's hear about it.
  6. You simply don't get it and it's absolutely irrelevant what you believed (once, of course, you were conscious enough to think in the first place). The doctors at the hospital were presented with an unconscious person that was involved in a traffic accident while riding a bike. What you simply don't get is the doctors were required by any fathomable medical protocol to presume your life may very well be in danger; hence, the tests they did to find out what level of injury/danger was involved. The fact the tests came out negative in no manner suggests they weren't reasonably required. Actually, a negative outcome for those tests only proves you were lucky.
  7. First, as a matter of background, the OP appears to be a foreigner living in Thailand with no kind of health insurance and no apparent monetary means to pay for possible health expenses. That alone tells you something about the judgment exercised by the OP. Secondly, the OP is brought in an ambulance to a hospital unconscious and he's bitching about the tests the doctors were doing to figure out his injuries (which presumably means he was unconscious for an hour+). I see nothing this hospital did that would have been any different than what any other (including western) hospital would do. And the OP asks "what's the best thing to do here?" My answer is pay the hospital bill. Had they not done the tests and the OP ended up substantially or permanently injured/damaged because no action was taken, no doubt the OP would be posting a question here about how to sue a Thai hospital for medical malpractice (and, of course, asking for donations to engage a lawyer to do so).....
  8. But obviously not clever enough to prevent some people from attempting to make it into a major issue and repeating the claims ad nauseum.
  9. Appears to be working although my Google Chrome browser won't let me open that site (some type of safety issue) and my IE browser gives the same security warning that it used to issue when visiting that site in the past (but, with IE, I can at least choose to proceed to the site). In any event, it appears that the online reporting is back in business. Good.
  10. I guess it's the flag or bamboo part (which wasn't in the newspaper photo) is what is deemed the "pagoda." Arguable, I suppose. Here's the bamboo "pagoda" there a year or two ago:
  11. I actually like Wat Jet Lin, an interesting temple in the southwest quadrant of the old city; however, I am a bit puzzled why this particular pile of sand supposedly represents a pagoda/stupa/chedi. Doesn't look like any of the hundreds I've seen before. (Photo is from the newspaper article)
  12. I presumed (incorrectly, perhaps) that Suvarnabhumi, like the international airport in Chiangmai, had a government desk to purchase a re-entry permit. Is that true or not (or, as this story suggests, there is only one option and that's to use this private service for an extra 200 baht)? At CNX, one can easily and quickly get a re-entry permit at the large counter immediately to the left of where ticketed passengers (only) go through the last security line upstairs....and just before hitting the exit Immigration booths. The service is open any time (including midnight) that an international flight is departing.
  13. It's not on the corner....probably 300 yards east of Hua Lin corner and just east of Computer City. Just google "Amorn Chiang Mai" and a map will pop up.
  14. Perhaps so, god/Buddha only knows. I recently returned from a few-day trip to Hua Hin and I'm sure the hotel there filed their obligatory TM30 for me....but I didn't bother to update my TM30 receipt upon return to CM. I have to extend my annual deal in a couple of weeks and, should they give me any hassle about the TM30 (meaning my failure to update), I will stand my ground as to what some officers have told me before (somewhat politely, of course) and then see what happens. I'll report back here only if it's even mentioned and if they give me any guff about it.
  15. I suppose it's possible one or another officer might enforce the 24-hour rule; however, two different officers here in CM have told me a week is fine and I've relied on that info without problem. The last three times I updated were between 2 and 5 days after I re-entered the country and nobody said a thing about the timing (i.e., no problem and no fine). I'd note that I'm not updating after spending time elsewhere within Thailand and hope that doesn't present a future problem. As I've mentioned before, I asked an Immigration officer what the rule was on that issue.....mentioning that some officers are saying you must update if gone 24 hours even in country whereas other officers are saying you only need to update upon re-entering the country (in both cases returning to the same address). The officer just smiled at me in response and, as that left me rather puzzled (read: irritated), I added "well, should I only update upon returning to the country or should I update if I'm gone for a few days on a trip within Thailand?" The exact response with a smile: "Up to you."