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  1. In the UK, you cannot fly closer than 500 feet to any vehicle, vessel, person or structure unless taking off or landing. However, the response from the US ship if you flew towards it would depend on their perceived threat, so a definitive answer is impossible.
  2. Krungthai bank - Beware!!!

    It would have been the same with any bank, they offer DCC at a rate which is very favourable to them. Always say "NO" and let your home bank do the conversion. Any easy and costly mistake to make.
  3. Transferring money back to UK

    Are you sure your Thai bank account is still active ? Some banks make then dormant after inactivity. Think you need to be in Thailand to get it all sorted.
  4. Visa stamp expires on weekend. Overstay?

    The original thread is 2.75 years old ! Be careful folks, tourist visas have changed a lot since then !
  5. Newsletter; lost in space to AOL.COM address

    Mine is back ! I added newsletter@thaivisa.com to my address book as advised by forum staff and they also knew of a potential issue which required a "tweak" on their side.
  6. I am subscribed to the newsletter using my AOL.COM address, but for a month or so it has never arrived and, yes, I have checked the spam folder. I had to add a gmail address in order to get it. It appears to be lost in cyberspace, wonder if any of the forum staff can see if they are being refused by the AOL mail system.
  7. Giving back the wedding ring Thai American

    During my many bored winter days back in the UK last winter watching Judge Judy (don't laugh), it seems that the engagement ring is ALWAYS awarded to the man when it goes to court if the wedding has not taken place.
  8. Non Immigrant O Visa Renewal

    You need a new visa, obtained from somewhere outside of Thailand.
  9. Benefits marrying a Public Servant in Thailand

    My wife (45) was a former public servant and there are legacy rules regarding spouses being covered for government health insurance. I am now registered and have a 13 digit number on the national database, the process took about 4 months. I am required to register at the hospital I wish to attend, however mutiple registrations are permitted, so I am now on the books at Siriraj in Bangkok, the public hospital on Soi Buakhow in Pattaya and 3 hospitals in Ubon where we live most of the time, hopefully that'll cover most of the bases !
  10. SETV Vientiane - 2 quick questions

    @paul18620 , could you kindly explain why cash is no good ? A "tourist" could easily be travelling without access to a bank account and after all, the OP is applying for a SETV ! If somebody showed a THAI bank account then surely that would be even more suspicious.
  11. Water pump problems

    We had the same nightmare ! If the pump bladder is holding pressure, then you probably have a leak. Are you on a government water supply and if so, do you have a supply line that completely bypasses the tank and pump ? I only "proved" my leak by making sure the house was only connected to the government water supply by shutting off the tank inlet and pump outlet valves and seeing the meter still going round. That was the easy part, breaking through reinforced concrete and digging to find the 3 branches into the house, then cutting and capping them to find which area the leak was in was no fun at all.
  12. Visa exempt questions

    You have to leave Thailand by the "admitted until" date of the extension. You cannot have a second 30 day extension. Doing a same day "out-in" border bounce is possible if you have the required proof of funds and a ticket out of Thailand within the 30 allowed on a visa exempt entry, however if you have done a foot crossing before you may get questioned. Mentioning you have a Thai wife may get a "get the proper visa for marriage" response from the immigration officer.
  13. northern irish bank notes thailand

    Where are you now? Never seen any booths in Pattaya or Bangkok offering NI note rates, very few do Scottish and those that do offer a lower rate. Best bet would be a specialist money exchange, not a Thai bank. Alternatively, find someone who is about to go home and see if they have any Bank of England notes they are prepared to swap.
  14. Tourist cash requirement

    The fees for cashing TC's are pretty steep, I think it is 153 Baht per cheque, so if you do bring them get them in the largest denomination possible.
  15. Overstaying UK visit visa

    That's a whole different discussion. It certainly will have to be explained on subsequent applications if there is a large discrepancy in the time requested as against the actual stay.