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  1. If a foreigner is arrested or surrenders themselves to Immigration on an overstay charge, as long as it is before 8:30 am they will go to court that day and a judge will give decision that day. A denied entry is a bit different! You are not at the IDC you are at the airport. The system is stacked against you, so unless you are on good terms with a lawyer and he is willing to act for you, you are dead meat! Yes immigration seems to be clamping down on things at the moment.
  2. Good news! She has been found alive and well living in Australia. She has re-married. Her contact details have been passed on to the relevant authorities and newspaper to follow up. Cheers BB
  3. You are legally allowed to bring into and out of Thailand an amount of up to USD 10,000 without restrictions. You may be asked to show where the money comes from!
  4. The reason we have a bit draconian overstay punishment is that many people overstayed and broke the law and complained about being punished for it! The reason people are not just sent to Singapore or Hong Kong anymore is, because of one British gentleman who was being deported back to the UK but not under guard to serve jail time for human trafficking, but decided he would jump ship at a transit point and fly back to Cambodia where he still lives. This upset Thai Immigration and since then it has been flag carrier only to country of origin, with passport in hand of captain! Some people were deported on reasonable grounds but did it again and again. One Swedish man was deported after 3 months overstay, 10 years in row! Immigration looked at other Western countries laws and modeled this new regulation after them!
  5. Sadly I do at times during some days! Not from choice but rather necessity! Have a look at my posting history you will see I have addressed this issue many times over the past 10 years or more? Don't make any money from it but I do help things get moved along quickly.
  6. Problem is I see people in recent times being arrested and sent back to Suan Plu with a dead ticket and a "check this guy out for any outstanding legal issues call" ! You may be lucky but then again you may not! If you can afford the potential wasted ticket that is fine!
  7. Seeing as I live at the IDC and court I thought I should weigh in on the OPs post and dispel some rumor and misinformation. I have helped dozens of people through this process! 9 years is a long time to overstay and the courts are taking a dim view of this since the new laws regarding overstaying came into being. There is but one legal option and it does not involve going to the airport with 20k and ticket in hand as that would waste the ticket and your time. Ask your embassy? Get a new valid passport and then surrender yourself to Immigration Head Office at Soi Suan Plu in Bangkok, with your old and new passport. If you surrender at 8am, you will go to court within 2-4 hours and be fined under the 20 limit. You have the option to pay the fine in cash or serve the fine at 500 baht per day (not been 200 baht for 2 years) at Pathumthani jail! You will then be returned to Immigration, who will want to keep you 24-48 hours to check if there are any outstanding warrants for your arrest. Once this is cleared, you can only buy a ticket on the flag carrier of your country of birth and go home. Most airlines will not carry deportees but a flag carrier has the legal duty to do this. Doesn't matter if it is surrender or arrest, if you go through the IDC now, you go to your country of birth, unless you have legal residence in another country! There is also a transportation charge from immigration to Suwarnapum Airport on the day you are to leave. At the airport immigration will check you in and your friends and family can give you your belongings to check in. They will then take you into the immigration holding area till an hour before you are to leave. You are then escorted onto the plane and in most cases your passport is given to the captain of the aircraft who will return it to you on arrival in your country.
  8. The process to retrieve your Thai nationality is a bit more complicated, because of the outdated nature of your documentation, but not impossible! I have helped people resolve their Thai nationality on 2 previous occasions with similar circumstances. It is best to start with visiting the District office where your mother's last ID card was issued. PM me if you want some assistance?
  9. Point is to get it on the downhill after TDC and then let the flywheel get enough momentum that it has got enough speed to get over the next TDC and get a start!
  10. I have been kick starting big singles for 40 years and frankly you do need to treat it seriously and have some weight to do it! This is not something you should attempt in a half hearted manner! In any big single bike, it is necessary to turn the motor over by the kick starter till you feel it is coming up onto compression stroke TDC(Top Dead Center). Then very slowly force the engine to go just over this! When you are ready to kickstart don't play around with it get up on it and give it hell! Don't pussy foot with it! It always works for me.
  11. Please be aware there are a lot (In the hundreds) of very competent English teachers of African origin working very successfully in Thailand. Most, if not all of them are better educated and vastly more competent than I will ever be! Sadly the small number of West Africans that are involved in illicit activities, have had a tendency to tar the whole race. This is something these teachers have to deal with everyday! This is something that is straight out racism and yes it is racial profiling! Sadly, as we all know it is has become more difficult to obtain a visa to come to Thailand and it is because of this agents in neighboring countries offer a quick fix which comes back and bites you!
  12. After living here in Thailand for half of my life and owned 5 different motorcycles I think I am in a position to comment. When I buy a motorcycle, the day I buy it I put a high quality fuel filter on it! Strangely, after that, fuel and carburetor/injector problems disappear! One of my Thai motorcycle mechanic friends says he makes huge amounts of money because of bad fuel and that fact that he has to clean fuel systems so often. Many Thai motorcycle mechanics say you shouldn't put a fuel filter on a motorcycle because it wasn't designed for it the design is faulty! I think thats wrong! I have had a Tiger for 10 years and it runs like a song!
  13. By chance was at the site this morning and it is an 8 story building being demolished! The 7th and 8th floors have already gone and their is still a small hydraulic excavator on the front of the top existing 6th floor . The middle section collapsed and caught some of the workers inside. I believe they are trying to retrieve these workers till now! The rear section is still up to at least the 5th or 6th floor! Sad situation really!
  14. It is very illegal for any person or agency, other than law enforcement to retain your passport and then only on the imposition of a criminal case against you. Not paying a car rental, hotel or hospital bills is a civil matter and the damaged party must retain a lawyer to file a civil suit against the person that they have a bill with. Yes, I know as in this case, hospitals and hotels try to retain your passport as surety, but an embassy can and does very regularly cancel an existing passport being held hostage, and issue you with a new one in a day. The embassy will then call to the entity that is wrongfully in possession of the passport and ask for it to be returned to the embassy asap as it is the property of the issuing government. Of course the person wrongfully retaining the passport who was short changed, is shocked but this is the law in Thailand! Been there done that!!!!!
  15. Illegally claiming royal title and then using it to get special privilege and financial benefit, with regard to an event that is a matter of national sorrow is going over the line a bit!