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  1. Public Health Ministry officials are insisting that the ban on e-cigarettes remain, as they believe the devices are hazardous to health and will encourage youngsters to start smoking.  Thai administrators just haven't got the brains of my pet gerbil. Seeing millions of Thai people wandering about smoking will encourage youngsters - what young kid is going to wet his pants and then run about to find an illegal e-cig and juice costing several thousand baht, when he can buy a packet of real cigs for 60B? These people just blather out the first thing that comes into their heads - known for it.
  2. Sounds like you're lonely and bored.
  3. German and French? You have utterly missed the point! Ever since the New Word was opened up in the 17th when European nations realised you didn't fall of the edge of the world when their ships got to the horizon, there has been an absolute need for a common language to enable communication between nations. It could have been Dutch or Portuguese, and Spanish came close. But it turned out to be English. Having said that - with online Google speech translate, perhaps today learning languages is no longer strictly necessary. But when was the last time you saw a Thai pull out their phone so that they could understand what you were saying in English?
  4. WHAT! Administratively Thailand has spent the last several hundred years NOT wanting to have conversations with people who were not Thai, and discouraging their nation from being interested in the world outside. Good luck needed, indeed!
  5. Have you EVER seen a Thai giving their lens a wipe?
  6. Yep - I'll be off to live somewhere else soon, but by God I'll still be popping in to TV every now and then for a moan. My granddad used to spend all his time writing letters (remember them?) to the newspapers - but this internet thing is just so much easier.
  7. ThaiVisa was created to sort out the complexities (way back in the early 2000s) of the Thai immigration system, and today the number of posts and complexity of the enquiries bears witness to the need for this. There is nothing at all like this for Vietnam. They just don't need it. It's not the same at all. I don't know what cloud you're sitting on but you seem to have wandered off on your own here and not really responded to anything that I wrote above - except to confirm just how straightforward the immigration process is in Vietnam - nice one!
  8. Hmmm - and while you were in Vietnam I don't suppose you noticed how they do things over there? No, probably not, as you were tearing your hair out with the distracting complexities of getting to grips with nitpicking Thai red tape and paperwork. But in Vietnam . . . 1. Go into the country on a 1-month transit stamp. 2. Then go to one of the many official immigration agencies and buy a 3-month visa. ($25 approx and no documents needed other than passport.). You then are issued a letter of authorisation. 3. Leave the country and do a U-turn. Give the letter to the immigration official on the way back in and pay a small stamping fee. 4. Repeat process over and over again with no limitations, as many times as you want. That's it. It's the difference between a small nation which is in an administrative mess and still half a century out of date, but believes itself to be the best and finest in the world, and takes itself very, very seriously . . . . . . and a small nation which has realised just how much revenue they can get from foreigners, and cheerfully welcomes them because of this. After living here permanently for 22 years I just can't take the mad and confused complexities of Thai red tape any more - it's now become so convoluted that half of the Thai officials themselves don't know what page they're on and are able to interpret the laws in any way they want - hence the need for all the reports on ThaiVisa about which consulate abroad is good this week, and which ones to avoid - likewise with dodging to and fro on visa runs. It's all become quite insane. So I'm now taking the advice that Thai people have been throwing at me for the last 22 years - "If you don't like it go back to your own country." Except I'm taking my money to one of their main competitors instead (along with thousands of others) - bye bye Thailand and enjoy your hordes of beloved Chinese daytrippers. Flight booked for 13th March.