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  1. To offer a heads up (I'm guessing these topics haven't been covered). My computer is too advanced for Internet Explorer, and the 3 IE add-ons for Firefox no longer work. Internet Explorer had been the only programme that actually worked to go through the whole online application. But I found that Firefox worked for the whole application. But the printout for the pending application was not possible. (For some unrelated reason Edge as a whole is not working on my computer,) But I found that Chrome worked smoothly for even the printout. So there was presumably some upgrade on their end. There are a few minor graphic changes. Interestingly, Firefox warned me that the Thai immigration site is a known virus site.
  2. I've waited years for this but I still can't find any TV series (on YouTube etc) that has transcription Thai subs. That is, Thai subs that are an exact transcription of the spoken dialogue. There are loads of Eng subtitles for Thai dramas, but it would be more useful for a Thai language learner to have Thai subs. Anyone aware of any for any Thai TV drama series? Anyone have a native Thai friend who is one of those devoted Eng subbers and can persuade them to carry out the easier task of putting up Thai subs? My Thai stalled three years ago. I want to get learning again. Thanks.
  3. Finding Japanese cuisine that matches up with the authentic, everyday, rustic cuisine of Japan in Bangkok is tough. Way too much here has a high-end, fake feel to it or really bad taste (sometimes in order to attract Thais to it). Azuki on soi 11 was simply superb with a mostly Japanese clientele with a great meal for 350 baht. But with its sudden destruction where else is there to go for a similar experience (with the tatami mats) with tasty, reasonably priced, centrally located Japanese grub? I'm particularly interested in hearing from people who have lived in Japan.
  4. Update on 90 days online submissions: the lady at the desk at Chaeng Wattana on 12th July giggled when I told her the online version wasn't working and said "I know as much as you do... sorry.... ". There were 543 people waiting on 12th July (a Wednesday). A 4 hour wait. I have turned up at the same time in the past where there were only 2 or 3 people waiting.
  5. Ok... I'm baffled. There seems to be a brand new website under construction that even has a little tab for the 90 days, but which is currently 'under construction'. Then on the old site the 90 days online access has vanished. And going straight into the extranet doesn't work... So what is the current situation. Is it merely down today or are they moving it to the new website or... something else? is anyone getting access?
  6. Well. I haven't used immigration for around 2 years now... Is it still possible to do the 90 days at Major Hollywood Susawad 1st Floor or Imperial Ladproaw 5th Floor (these were both allowed during the protests that seized Chaeng Wattana)? Or even Chamchuree Square Building, Floor 18 , Phatumwan, Bangkok (that was allowed during the floods and until about 2009 for anyone for 90days only)? Or is Chaeng Wattana the only option for residents of Division 1?
  7. I just can't find any Whitening cream for White leather shoes. I bought the shoes at a Central but they only had cleaners. I'm currently using an expensive Japanese cleaning fluid and toothpaste and a toothbrush to get a lot of the dirt off... but the shoes are gradually losing their whiteness. They don't look good. If you know any place in the centre (near a BTS/MRT) that sells something like this. I want to hear from you. Thanks!
  8. Last year i was a bit surprised to have to do a rather silly "criminal records check" as part of my visa renewal by the Chaeng Wattana. I-- literally-- had to go to one of the British polices' websites, type my name into the search function and print off the result. obviously, owing to the strict privacy and data protection laws of the UK, even if I was a wanted mass murderer nothing would have turned up to this type of search. Has anyone British had this requirement for their work visa? I'm hoping it's abandoned. I don't work with children so there's no special, obvious reason for a check. But my job is 'sensitive' and it would be unsurprising for me to be slightly bullied by the Thai State.
  9. I get the message every time I try it because I have no record in the database. My last entry is to old plus I have gotten a new passport since then. Other than Internet Explorer all those other browsers will more than likely not work correctly on the site. Even some versions of IE will not work. Do you have java enabled? Chrome/Safari work fine even w/o IETab, Got nothing to do with Java, but the site uses clunky javascript, see my reply above how to fix the bug. After that it should work in any browser. Correct URL: https://extranet.immigration.go.th/fn90online/online/tm47/TM47Action.do?cmd=acceptTerm I already have IE tab installed on Chrome. Works good for me since all can do is test that the site is still working. My problem has nothing to do with the browser I am using. I see no reason to do your work around. If your new passport has a new number (very likely) then you have to attend immigration in person (as I discovered late last year). Once I did that I could get approval online.
  10. They're getting rather good at this. Took just 1 hour 35 minutes for my online request to get approved with Bangkok. E-mail sent to me to confirm approval.
  11. ? Uhhh? Really?? I know that we used to be allowed to use the One Stop Shop if it was just for 90 days. And there was even one year where there was an immigration office actually located on Khao San road,,, but I didn't know of any new possibilities. Where are these places, good sir?
  12. Well, that's great. I'll do that then. Thanks!
  13. All the information I read requires an online visa is filled out, then a biometric screening and a visit to the Sukhumvit visa branch (IVAC) is required. The online website states: "The duly signed physical copy of the application form completed in all respect and submitted successfully, is to be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to Indian Mission/ Post, on the scheduled date of interview along with the requisite supporting documents. The instructions for filling the form and scheduling the appointment can be seen at Instructions for Regular Visa Application. Important technical information for filling online Indian visa application can be referred at Technical Instructions." [https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html] There is no exemption to this process for British nationals. Can I ask whether you are UK passport citizens with residence in Thailand? The procedure is very different from UK passport citizens that are tourists in Thailand. This interests me as I noticed that the Wikipedia entry did speak of a "visa free entry" [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_India#e-Tourist_Visa]. But the Indian embassy in Thailand requires additional processing (this won't apply to applications in Malaysia). After you did your online application, what did you do with the printed out application...?
  14. There is deeply conflicting information on applying. The Indian government recommends against buying an air ticket and hotel accommodation before the approval of the visa. (e.g. "booking a flight ticket before obtaining an Indian Visa is not advisable." www.indianembassy.in.th/pages.php?id=18) And then-- in direct contradiction-- they require that there is an air ticket and proof of hotel accommodation in order to get approval for a visa. This is a required piece of information in the online form. It is also mentioned as required at the Indian embassy website: http://www.indianembassy.in.th/pages.php?id=34 Since the visa is around 6,000 baht (although this number is all over the place depending on where you look) it is a very costly issue if something goes wrong. Past applicants for the slightly outdated procedure of 2012 mention that their visa was denied because they left the hotel accommodation details blank. Has anyone-- recently-- applied for a visa? The current requirements for UK passport holders resident in Thailand are a long online form followed by an application in person in Bangkok, followed by a 8-10 day wait before collection (although some FAQs put it at 6 days). Since this procedure is lengthy, tedious and expensive I'd like to get it right first time. And I definitely don't want this the reason for a denial of the visa. The initial online applications are done here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html
  15. Thanks Ubonjoe... I'm stuffed. i was going to leave by train... (BTW, I should point out to posters that they should always take a photograph with them when using the airport re-entry facilities. Although they have a webcam to take your photo they also 'require' a physical copy. Since the re-entry permit area is past immigration [at least at Don Muang], there is nowhere to obtain the photos. It would be a terrible situation to be rejected. I had to plead with them to get a permit.)