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  1. Not so. There have been many stories over the years of Thai ladies happily marrying expats and happily playing along at immigration so that the expat can stay here. Hence the need now for extra documentation. There was a time that travelers would come and get a teaching job. Get and extension of stay and then leave the job and travel around Thailand. Most cases un be known to the officials. If you have never heard of banking scams and ATM scams, money laundering and the likes, involving foreigners here in Thailand then I guess you don't spend much time keeping up with the news.
  2. So....you live in Thailand and never use Thai banks?
  3. I haven't read all of the posts on here but I have the general gist. I think the doom and gloomers on here, that think the Thai authorities change rules for the fun of it and just to p*&s people off, are only looking at one side of the story. Many, if not most, of the changes follow a story of a scam. People getting married just for a visa, people allegedly working to get a visa, bank account and ATM scams, etc etc. Every action has a reaction.
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    Charging Thai Citizens to cross into Cambodia

    They are not charging it for the hell of it. It does not have to be paid. There is a choice. The alternative is to stay 24 hours in Cambodia.
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    Charging Thai Citizens to cross into Cambodia

    No so much tea money. It's a payment to circumnavigate the rules. Cambodian immigration are perfectly able to make you stay 24 hours. What would you rather do, pay 300 baht or hang around over night? That said, it does seem to be enforced at some borders and not others. If I need a border crossing then Chong Chom is nearest so I take the 300 baht on the chin. Travelling to another border would cost me more than triple that in both fuel and time.
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    Thai IDs for Foreigners and their beneifts

    I mean..... a passport translation to apply for a yellow book. They don't have to be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  7. This rule has been around for a very long time. I first did it over 18 years ago. I would hazard a guess that this was because, at the time, there were not so many immigration offices around so the police kept a check on things. Now that many provinces have their own immigration, or at least there is one in a nearby province, the police don't seem to get involved so much.
  8. Yes, he does. He has been to see me about that too. This particular time he said it was about foreigners for the police.
  9. A while back, when I visited the police station to get a residence cert for a driving licence, the police officer told me that there is a rule that foreigners must register with the local police station once a year. He went on to explain that this rule is not strictly enforced but the police do like to try to keep track of who lives where. I have not had a visit from police but I have had a visit from village head man who wanted to take my details. This was by order of the local police. Looks like the police in some areas are a little more serious about this than others.
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    Thai IDs for Foreigners and their beneifts

    For those that do have a yellow book, a question..... Did your passport translation need to be stamped by your home country's embassy? Muang Buriram district office are asking for this but at least 5 other districts, that I know of, are not.
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    SETV Savannakhet

    Thank you for your replies.
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    Getting married

    Did you have all of the required documentation? Maybe you didn't and that is why they directed you to go to Bangkok.
  13. That price for Avalon seems high. Last month we had a triple room with breakfast for 870.
  14. Any news on recent tourist visa applications in Savannakhet? 20 thousand in the bank? Ticket out of Thailand within 60/90 days? Hotel reservations? Any info greatfully received. Thanks.
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