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About jimster

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  1. That's true but they are going to have to round up a lot of foreigners because there are tons of foreigners selling things on the streets in Thailand just that the vast majority are not white westerners - they tend to be Indians, Nepalese, Bengalis, Burmese, Cambodians, Lao and even Chinese in some cases. The Nana market is an interesting example - very few Thais selling anything, most sellers tend to be from the sub-continent.
  2. A work permit is needed yes, but since when is selling photographs "begging"? Are Bengali roti sellers also begging? How about clothes sellers at Nana? Beggars ask for money without offering anything, buskers play music for money these people are simply illegal workers selling goods on the streets.
  3. That's what I was thinking. A bit of an idiot bored out of his mind hence why he finds stupid "projects" like killing animals and smashing coins on train tracks. Interesting that the only thing Thais are asking for is to have him booted out of the country while expats as usual waste time by discussing whether his YouTube videos require a work permit (they don't - receiving advertising revenue from YouTube has got nothing to do with working in Thailand), completely missing the point. If he actually made positive YouTube videos about everyday life in Thailand like this other middle aged American expat living in Thailand does, nobody outside the sphere of YouTube would know him. He broke the law by performing a stupid prank, much like this 30-something Swiss expat in Singapore did a few years ago who vandalised some trains belonging to the mrt and received a number of lashes of the cane, followed by imprisonment and deportation as a result. The Thai authorities are letting him off the hook lightly in this case - at least a stern warning and a fine would have been more appropriate I think.
  4. The treaty if anything benefits large US and Thai multinationals. As usual, your average Joe mistakenly thinks these sorts of high level agreements will offer ordinary folk some special benefits. This is nonsense. Unless you are the likes of CP, General Electric, Boeing etc. forget it. No special privileges for ordinary US/Thai citizens whatsoever.
  5. Vientiane is nice - doesn't really have any gated communities as such, only houses surrounded by high walls and gates. But yeah, not sure that Laos won't follow Thailand's lead sometime in the future in terms of getting rid of undesirable foreigners, in fact, to some extent they've already begun by regulating illegal Vietnamese garbage collectors and labourers. I hardly think that Thais regard all expats and foreigners as scum and all Lao love expats. Take off your rose colored glasses, plenty of Lao are fed up with the antics of western (and non-western) expats the only reason you seem to think otherwise is because you're in Thailand and haven't lived in Laos.
  6. Highly doubt that. Does King Power Duty Free sell Australian wine for 169 Baht like Tesco Lotus does? Nope. And for Aussies heading home, it's way cheaper to purchase liquor duty free on arrival than at Suvarnabhumi.
  7. Minimum wage? You're dreaming. No Thai in their right mind would work for King Power for 300 Baht a day and btw working any job inside an airport is considered "prestigious" by many Thais, even if it's just being a sales clerk. I don't know what they're paying but it's certainly at least 500-600 a day, probably more. Even day labourers are demanding in excess of 300 a day nowadays. Also, yes I have been to many airports where the duty free shop has a laminated board with all the policies of different countries listed on there - I recall Singapore, Zurich, Sydney and others as having this information and this is dating back 10 years or more. If King Power doesn't have this information, then they are idiots - but probably they do just that you haven't checked (and I haven't either because I would never buy anything duty free at a Thai airport - it's too expensive and with all the crowds at security I never have time to idle at duty free anyway, I have to run to catch my plane).
  8. King Power is a rip off and these days it's cheaper to buy these goods duty free upon arrival in Australia (they actually force you to walk through the duty free shop upon arrival in SYD and other Aussie airports are similar) than at the airport in Bangkok. Why do people still fall for this BKK duty free scam. It isn't 1999 anymore when it actually was cheaper to purchase electronics and all sorts of things at much lower cost in Singapore, Bangkok and other places than in Australia. Now it's either the exact opposite or prices are largely similar.
  9. Nope, but Vietnam airlines now flies directly from Hanoi to Australia. Might be a better option than what the OP did because he probably switched to THAI Airways in BKK in order to fly to MEL overall a much greater hassle (and completely unnecessary) than flying directly to MEL from Vietnam. Previously, the most direct option from Hanoi was to catch a connecting Vietnam Airlines flight to Ho Chi Minh, from where you would fly to MEL. Also, even though THAI is quite a good airline, any way of avoiding BKK Suvarnabhumi would be highly encouraged, Suvarnabhumi is a terrible airport and with more and more direct flights from regional countries, the old "hub" airport model of using BKK is starting to fade. This isn't 1980 anymore - Thailand isn't the center of Asia like it used to be back then when Myanmar/Laos/Cambodia/Vietnam were closed off to nearly everyone.
  10. Nope. Cheapest is to book a Thai Airways ticket, making sure the planned date of entry is at least 7 days after you book (if sooner than this you will need to make payment immediately) and check the "pay later" option. You won't be asked to make any payment and the system will automatically cancel the booking within 72 hours if payment is not received by then. This is a good option if you plan to leave by land but need a flight ticket to get the visa. Thai Airways is one of the few airlines that allows this. Many others charge US$25 or Euro or similar to "hold" your booking.
  11. All correct but 4. is only for Thai and Burmese nationals. As the article states and adding a little extra info - Burmese can visit Mae Sot, Mae Ramad and Phob Phra for up to 7 days. Cars can only travel within Mae Sot but only during the day. Cars from Myanmar can't stay in Thailand overnight. For Thais - can only stay within the greater Myawady area for up to 7 days (not sure why they can't visit Hpa-an like at say Phu Nam Ron where border pass holders can travel to Dawei and at Dan Singkorn where Thais can travel as far as Myeik but Burmese only to Prachuab) Thai cars can't travel further than the trade zone 12km from the border and again, don't have permission to stay in Myawady overnight even if not planning on leaving the city. Therefore, Thai and Burmese visitors wishing to stay overnight in each other's respective border city need to travel by public transport. Strange rule, but it's always been this way - the Burmese came up with it decades ago and Thailand simply reciprocates, as it wouldn't be fair to be discriminated against by the Burmese while allowing them access. Makes sense if you ask me but is also typical of diplomacy - reciprocity is often demanded on such issues. With a Myanmar visa, can go anywhere you want in Myanmar (might be worth checking out Mawlamyine or Hpa-an, just 4 and 2.5-3 hours respectively from the border crossing by car or minivan). Myanmar now offers an e-visa service, costs US$50 for a tourist visa, they send you the visa approval letter to your email usually within a couple of hours after you apply, provided it's a weekday. No need to visit the consulate all you need to do is print out the letter (easily done in Mae Sot). However, if you don't care about all of this and just want to do an in-out, pay the US$10 (much cheaper than paying in Baht just make sure your US$ notes are in pristine condition otherwise you'll be prompted to switch to Baht) if you can't get a hold of any US$ before arriving at the border, the Krung Thai bank money changer right next to the border crossing can sell you some US$ as can a number of money changers in Mae Sot town, including a brand new one opposite the mosque on the same street as Krua Canadian.
  12. I'm aware of this but what I am suggesting is that some Thai immigration officers seem to be making a mockery of the visa application process. Why not let the embassies and consulates handle all the vetting and then immigration only needs to suspect something is up if they have a good reason to believe (or proof) that the applicant submitted a fraudulent application to receive a visa? Other countries vet quite considerably at the visa application stage and thus have little reason to waste time and resources at airport immigration - it's mainly when tourist visa holders are found to be coming for work that they get caught at immigration, which rarely seems to be the case in Thailand.
  13. Depends on the embassy. I showed up in the afternoon once in Yangon, had one document missing (I think it was the WP3) but my ability to speak Thai, charming the officers and explaining that I needed the visa the next day (because 2 days later the embassy would be closed for a holiday) got me the visa even though technically they didn't even need to accept my application in the first place seeing I only arrived in the afternoon when applications are normally closed (afternoons are for pick up only). The much more popular Lao and Cambodian consulates/embassies are not likely to be this lenient and if the OP is a Cambodian national won't be able to apply anywhere outside Cambodia.
  14. Yep. Still, I think if you have to cross every 90 days why not make a trip out of it? Cross to Laos, stay a night or two, then return (perhaps even through a different border crossing if that suits). Most reports of problems (though they are rare) are from same day returns. Anyone who spends at least a night in the neighboring country (or another country) is unlikely to be hassled.
  15. I can't say for sure because I've only crossed there once and that was years ago (on a non-B multi entry if it matters), but my advice would be - get a Myanmar visa, stay a night or two on the Myanmar side and then cross back to Ranong and you should be OK. Same day in/outs could be a problem, part of the issue is with Myanmar not allowing further travel except with a visa. Time and time again foreigners in this situation either don't know this, refuse to get a Myanmar visa (perhaps because they want to save a few bucks but this is a bad strategy) or don't go to another crossing.