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  1. Confused over Thai girlfriend

    Congratulations OP, you got 80 posts so far for your creative writing! If that's not what it was, you need to grow up!
  2. Disrespecting Crown Property

    Thanks for the support and suggestion, but I'm a bit camera shy. Also might get done for working....555
  3. It has occurred to me that the public spaces, roads and verges, coastlines, territorial waters, etc. are (I assume) considered Crown property, and as such the people littering these areas are, in fact, disrespecting Crown property and, by association, disrespecting the Royal Family. I was under the impression disrespecting the King was the worst offence possible in this country. Obviously the Thais are well aware of the problem as we see droves of local people crawling around on their hands and knees cleaning up the rubbish discarded along the roadsides whenever a member of the Royal family are visiting the area. Is there no way the authorities can get this across to the general populace and some elements of tourists? A simple signage and TV campaign would, IMO, perhaps make a considerable difference, if it were impressed upon people that littering is disrespecting the King, or do you consider that a stretch too far. Plus a system of fines and rewards for evidence against offenders, providing of course that suitable receptacles are provided and adequate refuse disposal facilities are established. Perhaps the schools should introduce a monthly clean up campaign, and get the children out once a month to pick up the rubbish around their area. After all they already do it within school grounds, but this is probably a cheap labour solution as opposed to an educational exercise, pardon my cynicism. They are killing the goose that lays the golden egg - 'tourism', slowly but surely! I frequently hear tourists remarking on the rubbish spoiling a beautiful country. In our area, Krabi, there are many millions of baht being spent on roads, bridges, airports etc. to improve infrastructure and access to the area for visitors. Is it beyond their comprehension that people do not want to visit an unkempt area?, however much easier it is to get there. Wouldn't a campaign to clean up the rubbish and provide suitable refuse receptacles and refuse disposal facilities be a worthy cause in the name of the King? It certainly appears nothing else is going to educate or shame them into action. I appreciate it is not the only place in the world with this problem, but quite a few countries have made serious inroads into solving it. Thailand appears to be doing nothing on a major scale. Please no replies from members who consider this to be Thai bashing, it's not, I only hope that someone will read this post who has the connections to actually start a campaign / make a difference, for the benefit of all residents / visitors both Thai and foreign. To those critics who may think I'm just a complainer, I'm not, I regularly clean the beach and the roadside in front of our property, filling bin bags on each occasion, quite disgusting actually, especially when I often pick up used / disposable nappies which have floated down the coastline from the residents in the stilt houses on the sea front. It is quite ironic that the builders who are constructing a resort nearby to us are the worst offenders, when they go to the shop past our property and return discarding their bags, wrappers and drinks cans/bottles along the way, I only hope that the owners are as concerned as we are and clean up their beachfront and roadside. Also the amount of rubbish that gets flung out of passing car windows is quite disturbing. Pray let there be Thai members on this site who have a voice and can spread the word.
  4. Disrespecting Crown Property

    Indeed, it probably will be a very slow process. Sadly it's likely I will be a forgotten memory by then!
  5. Sorry, but I think you have a biased view of cats habits. I'm with Thian on this one. They may be fastidious inside your property, but outside they don't give a s..t (pardon the pun) and will s..t anywhere. I had a major problem with cats in UK, and our lawn was a major attraction to them. Not very nice when our young nephews turn up to play and roll around in the stuff, which is in fact a health hazard also. But those lovely animal apologists, the RSPCA, insisted I could not even trap them to get rid of the problem.
  6. You should meet the dogs in our area, they have taken over the roads. They lay down in the middle of the road and steadfastly refuse to budge for any vehicle. If you do bear down on them and they have to shuffle out of the way, they then chase after you down the street, into our driveway and stand there barking and staring us down. More often than not I have to negotiate free roaming goats and geese in the road. But more annoying than any of this is the rampant littering that Thais seem to think is acceptable.
  7. As you are travelling so far South you may want to consider Kao Sok national park. A friend of mine developed a unique resort in its midst. Look up Elephant Hills on the web. I'm sure the children would love it.
  8. Likewise, I did exactly the same, and totally agree with your sentiments. But then I'm a doddering old techno phobe...
  9. Chiang Rai, hill tribe trekking, the best trip I ever made, but that was 35 years ago, a private 3 day tour arranged from Chiang Mai with only one other couple and a guide, and well off the beaten track, fantastic experience. This maybe a bit taxing with the young children though. Another exceptional trip, albeit rather expensive, is a cruise down the Mehkong river from Chang Kong / Huay Sai for 2 days arriving in Luang Prabang. The overnight in the tour operators bungalows was superb also. Look up Luang Sai cruises. Probably more suited to a family with young children than the trekking. If you prefer to drive around then still the Chiang Rai region is well worth exploring.
  10. I bow to yours and 007Reds' superior knowledge of the machinations of Immigration however, I was simply reacting to the OP's requirement (post #3) for "supporting paperwork from IO Sisaket" to prove he's left, and wanting "something to show at BKK on return". Rather than having 3rd parties running around Sisaket, I thought he would be better disposed to turn up in person with his supporting documentation at a local embassy / consulate for such proof, particularly when all he's getting is a "Mai pen rai" from the Thai end officialdom.
  11. I think they will be able to verify his situation if he 'visits' the embassy / consulate, and presents himself, his passport with exit stamp and his airline travel ticket / boarding card / itinerary. This is what I understood he was looking to prove, that he had actually left the country on the said date.
  12. Wouldn't the simplist solution be to visit your local Thai Embassy and get them to sort it out, as they would be the ones issuing your next visa, unless you plan anther VOA. They can check your passport, travel history and verify you are there and, presumably, provide written verification.
  13. Koh Lanta. Yes definitely a rip off and cheeky with it in the case of my Thai acquaintance. It's unfortunately the norm here, as I know quite a few farang and Thai that have paid big "fees".... Our Thai neighbour agreed a deal with the OBT and didn't pay up the final installment, so didn't get the permit issued. Aside from the extortionate original fee, we also have to pay 20k for the annual 20 baht renewal stamp for the 4 year duration of the permit, or until the building is finished, on the grounds that the senior Eng. who has to sign this has 'expenses', insurance, blah blah.... Each time we visit his office I leave with deep teeth marks in my tongue! As an architect it really rubs me up, particularly as I produced my own plans and have more sophisticated knowledge of engineering solutions than they have. My fees for this and a structural engineers' fees to check the structural details would have cost less than here, even in the UK.
  14. Miffed at 2k, count your blessings, our house plans and permit cost 122k.... Pool villas X 2 another 178k, total 300k... Miffed does not come near to how I felt!
  15. Wish I lived in your area, our OrBorTor's insist plans are produced by their Engineers / Architects at a cost of 4% of the estimated building costs at an average 15,000 THB / m2. And that's not just for farang, some Thai friends produced a set of professional plans only to be told they would have to be redone by the OBT who then asked for the original plans on disc to be provided which they copied with a different title block.
  16. But he's his friend...555 One heck of a good friend to lend this sum without, I presume, any interest paid, as there was no mention of that. Surely this should be considered by the counter corruption squad!
  17. OK, as you seem more interested in arguing semantics than justifying your position on the subject, kindly elaborate where your presumption came from?? Please also feel free to explain your opinion in respect of my post 143.
  18. "understandable to a degree, indeed it is". What at planet are you living on? We're taking about tourists here, not experienced / resident expats. As has been rightly pointed out, Thailand promotes itself in the international tourists market as a 'land of smiles'. If the Thai tourist industry was an accountable business it would be bankrupt by now.
  19. What a load of crap!! Show me a passport application that indicates such? Common sense should prevail of course, but Thailand promotes itself in the international market place and should therefore provide adequate security to foreign visitors. However, we experienced travellers know different... And maybe the travelers / tourists should consult the foreign office for advice, although I doubt they will be warned against travelling here on the grounds that Thai's can be totally irrational, immature and excessively aggressive. I never forget being told that farang are uncivilised because we are confrontational, ha ha......
  20. To Simoh 1490 Assault with a deadly weapon is, IMHO, attempted murder and should be dealt with accordingly. Or do you believe this is acceptable and should be expected when you travel overseas?
  21. They can put it anywhere, and still it will be no more use than ornament.
  22. Correct, an absolutely primitive design. Always introduce an inline trap below this.
  23. Drains need traps to prevent smells entering your property from the drains. In hot countries, e.g. Thailand, it is advisable to locate your inline traps where the whb waste water can flow into it as this is the most frequently used appliance. So if you have a shower and/or a floor drain, make sure they are up wind / flow, so to speak, of an inline trap which is also downline of a whb. If you have a little used bathroom run water down the shower / whb / floor drain to keep the traps full. If you know a bathroom may get little use, construct your own very deep seal 'U' / 'P' trap inline with bends (if possible) to hold the maximum amount of water, don't rely on the proprietary traps sold in the builders merchants. Drains need vents to prevent negative pressure in the drainage system and the gurgling effect (mentioned earlier) and the suction of trap water, especially relevant if you are building multi storey. Vents should be located at the highest point of the drain run, NOT at the lowest (septic tank) end. I recently tried to buy a vent pipe cowl without success, so drilled a series of holes in a pipe blanking cap instead. It never ceases to amaze me how ill conceived the drainage systems in Thailand are, and that they appear to have adopted an American system is worrying. I would also appreciate anybodies opinion of why the Thais separate the waste from whb's/showers/floor drains from the waste out of the wc. Complete nonsense in my opinion, as the water from those appliances help flush out the main drain carrying solids from the wc.
  24. I pity the clients that use this architect! He hasn't got a clue. You ventilate the drain, not the room, to prevent the odours getting into the room. Yes, you ventilate the room via an opening window or extract fan for the smells generated from the occupant, but this has nothing to do with the smells from drains.