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  1. Surin reservoir dyke breached, floods downstream

    Their just trying to keep things "current" In all seriousness, it's nice to here about something like this without hearing about loss of life.
  2. Suvarnabhumi immigration departure delays.

    I have gone out a couple of times in the last few months, hardly any wait at all but have been redeye flights
  3. I opted for the US royal consulate in LA for mine, the only thing about it is that extending it in the U.S. is not an option, the whole application process must be done again and a new visa issued. If you wish to use funds in the U.S. for verification and not move them to Thailand it's a good option (in my case I would have had to move funds for I and the wife). I didn't think the application process was overly difficult.
  4. Does anyone own a Tuk Tuk ?

    Mine is a model that is made in Sakhon Nakhon, it looks like the motorbike style tuktuk but is quite a bit bigger, it has a three cylinder 660cc Daihatsu engine and a five speed transmission, both the engine and transmission are from a Daihatsu Mira car. It is quite fast for a TukTuk.
  5. Does anyone own a Tuk Tuk ?

    I am on my second TukTuk in 10 years, but we are in NongKhai so they are not "Bangkok TukTuks". You only need a regular driver license unless you are taking paying passengers, and in that case you are working employment that is prohibited for foreigners. The vests with numbers on them are the licenses that Tai TukTuk drivers have, they have to purchase them from the police. To keep the police from stopping you and checking you out (especially if you have Thai friends or a Thai wife in the back) you really should put notices on each side in Thai that say "not for hire". I have had both Thais and foreigners hail me for rides but have always apologized and told them I am not licensed to carry passengers. After having my tuktuks it would be really hard to do without them, I know there are a few people that look down their noses at me for driving it, but I really don't care. People should worry more about what they look like on the inside than the outside anyway. I do have a Fortuner for longer trips or for bad weather days, but the tuktuk gets more use by far. I don't know if this is the case everywhere, but up here three-wheeled vehicles are exempt from road taxes, they do have to be insured though.
  6. As far as the screen question goes, it's not possible to have a screen on the outside unless it is a "slide to open" window. I am in the process of building a small school building and plan on using "tilt to open" windows or swing windows because with a sliding window you can only open 50% of the window. There are devices that are fitted through the inside screens that allow for opening of the windows without removing the screens, or the screens could be hinged to allow them to be opened to access the windows.
  7. yep...you are exactly right and so was UJ
  8. I believe the Retirement Visa is only available at the Royal Consulates or Royal Embassies in the U.S., is it not? I applied for mine and recieved it at LA last year.
  9. Looks like the actions of both are unscrupulous to me, interesting how they separate the person who is putting themselves up to be viewed and the person who is doing the viewing.
  10. Where Do I Find My Parcel?

    The other problem I have had here in NongKhai is that there is another house in our moo ban (neighborhood) with exactly the same address as ours. I sometimes get their mail so I wonder if they get ours. I asked the guys at the post office how to fix this problem and they scratched their heads and said "that would be very hard to fix" Glad you got the item
  11. Where Do I Find My Parcel?

    you had better luck than I, I live in NongKhai and ordered a laptop mainboard on aliexpress. The last time I tracked the shipment it said "cleared Brazil postal customs inspection, out for delivery" ! That was a few months ago.
  12. Actually they can, back in the 90's the ford explorers in America were investigated by officials after it was reported that they had an extraordinarily high amount of rollover accidents. Investigators found that the rollovers were caused not by the vehicles but by the tires, people who were still driving on the factory installed tires once they were badly worn were experiencing blowouts and when the blowout was on the rear at highway speeds the result was that the rear of the vehicle "steered itself" and no matter what the driver did in many cases they lost control and rolled. The result of these findings went against the old idea that a blowout on the rear was better than on the front. The fact is that if a front tire blows out the driver can still steer it. I know all of this because I was a Ford dealer technician then. That said, no matter what the cause may she rest in peace and the others recover well
  13. These days better plan on crossing into Laos before 9pm, I would suggest even earlier to avoid problems on the Lao side. I live here and one night I picked up a couple of backpackers who were walking into town because they couldn't cross, it was just after 9pm. Unless something has changed the bridge is open until 10pm but the Lao Visa on arrival is not. Weekends get really busy, but the flow tends to be Lao out in the morning and then Lao back in come afternoon/evening, Sunday afternoon/evening is especially bad, usually both directions. The other busy times are when the visa buses from Bangkok arrive, maybe someone else is more familiar with those, but from what I have seen they come early in the mornings Mondays through Thursdays, then cross back over on Tuesday through Friday in the afternoons and evenings. Fridays mornings are quiet because most people don't want to apply for their visa on Friday and then wait until Monday to get it. If you don't mind spending a weekend in Laos that works well both border crossing and embassy wise.
  14. "Nok goot" in Thai or Lao I believe,