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  1. I guess they are judging by per capita. India 25 deaths per million Thailand 84 deaths per million A pretty damning comparison !
  2. Exactly what I was going to mention, I recently purchased watches from Lazada and the Central online prices for the same products were 40-60% higher. Whilst Central may be able to rely on their name/brand & consumer idleness, if they want to grow in this market they need to take a serious look at their online pricing strategy!
  3. I don't get this answer, or the multiple likes , in respect of this particular story. I appreciate it is difficult to get insurance with an existing condition, but this guy had an acute, rather than chronic medical issue and I don't see why he can't sell his big bike/assets, as the previous poster suggested, for THB xxx,000 and use that money for urgent medical care. I had surgery & hospital stay of 1 week in Bangok, in a half-decent Bangkok hospital, for less than THB 150,000. If you 'self-insure' (whether your choice or not) you have to be prepared to cash-in on what you own to pay your medical fees when the time comes.
  4. I think you should be OK with Duc de Praslin actually, haven't used that branch but others I visited have a decent selection to prepare a gift box. They also have an outlet in Phuket.
  5. Rama 2 road (aka Route 35), where this accident happened, has to be one of the worst for traffic incidents in Thailand. I am not exaggerating when I say that every time I drive down there, I see the aftermath of a crash, most commonly pile ups of 3 cars or more. People drive way too fast and too close to each other for the conditions, desperate to get out of Bangkok and it's even worse on a Sunday night with the impatient return of weekend tourists. It seems to be treated akin to a motorway by most but it has numerous merges and exits, which can impact traffic flow and speed very quickly. Outside of Bangkok, route 35 also has some of the most dangerous u-turns in Thailand, where you need to evade traffic coming the other way at 120km/hr+.
  6. There's an article in today's Nation which indicates that the regulator remains unsatisfied with True's solution. The piece also mentions a website called Fongdi, which has a form you can submit signalling your 'displeasure' with these developments (button to switch to English in the bottom right corner.) Don't know what will come of it but I assume the more people that sign, then the more chance of True back down and providing extra new channels or a fee reduction. Over 1,000 people have signed so far.
  7. Unfortunately , you are spot on - channel 226 seems to be just channel 222 +1 hour. Some of the other new channels seem to mostly show TV series - run of the mill Forensics/detective stuff- can't really be called 'movie' channels. Overall seems like a very average set of replacement channels, combined with some other lost channels a couple of months back. Truth be told, like many others I have felt for a long time that I wasn't getting good value from TV for the subscription paid, it's time to investigate IPTV/other set top box providers !
  8. I wouldn' t recommend the video if you are of a sensitive disposition. Not sure the man will be 'okay' for a while, clearly a major arm fracture which would likely require surgery. He was lucky it wasn't ripped clean off during the roll !
  9. Seems odd then that Kingsgate's financial statements have Akara as an entity under their direct control, there are two Kingsgate men on the Akara board (one being CEO) and Akara is fully consolidated in the Kingsgate Group accounts in Australia.
  10. A couple of other things : Matched provident fund contribution ? Annual leave entitlement ? This can be a lot lower than European expectations. If you find you have spare cash available , use your LTF/RMF allowance to further reduce tax burden at higher brackets. (Company provident fund counts towards your RMF allowance.)
  11. @Valentine- I interpreted the 'exploit from beggars THB 30,000/3 months in prison' in the OP as referring to 'handlers' - could be wrong, the English isn't great.
  12. Good news - another option available where my better half doesn't have to suffer the hassle and expense of obtaining a visa ! A logical step for Taiwan as they seem to have been heavily promoting themselves.There's even one channel on True Visions which is almost exclusively screening Taiwan travel shows/adventure races.
  13. I live on 71, towards Sukhumvit end. Weekends I just use Berybert's approach. The entry on 71 is my 'local' but as you have identified, it has some limitations! If commuting or in a rush, you could enter at ramp near 71, Soi 2, u- turn on the exit ramp after one junction (at Pattanakarn) and head back down the elevated Chonburi expressway. From 77, unless Sansiri resident, there is a 20 baht fee to cut through their development to 71. So going to cost 40+40+ elevated tollway+Sansiri 20 = >THB 100. Return is a bit easier, take elevated tollway all the way to Pattanakarn u-turn and exit on 50, u-turn when ramp meets 50 and this ramp takes you back around to 71 entry ramp but there is exit for local road to take you back to Sansiri cut through.
  14. The numbers of actual personal & corporate tax payers compared to the whole is minute. As far as I know, less than 5% of total population in each category. What is even more annoying is that the Revenue Department only hassle those paying tax into the system-those playing somewhat fair- and can't be arsed with those playing games. Not a good incentive to get people in the tax paying mindset.
  15. Sad news, other reports indicate the driver mounted the pavement narrowly missing his friend. Driver fled the scene in his car. Will be interesting to see how the investigation develops.