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Lone Ranger    44
17 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

Maybe not in the OP's case but I think the service at Hua Hin immigration has improved massively in the past year or so.

 

They got rid of a few of the old officers who were just plain nasty at times and replaced them with actual human beings to are helpful provide a good service.  

Apart from current Head of HH Immigration-classic arrogant Thai in uniform-obsessed with his power.

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15 hours ago, JackThompson said:

Yes.  This is the only country I know of where expats choose what area to live in based, to a significant-extent, on what personnel work at the respective immigration-office.

In that case can I recommend the office at Amnat Charoen?  The officer there was a thorough gentleman, said 'your welcome' after my thank you, no pettiness and all done with a minimum of fuss....on the other hand the officer at Hua Hin when I was on an Ed Visa, a complete rude b*****d.  Yes, I believe you.

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jenifer d    454
15 hours ago, JackThompson said:

Yes.  This is the only country I know of where expats choose what area to live in based, to a significant-extent, on what personnel work at the respective immigration-office.

that is utter nonsense!!! i have NEVER heard of anybody choosing where to live

based upon personnel at the local immig office... 

of course, i'm blessed w/quite a good office in Muang Krabi;

where everybody, including the phuyai, knows me by name and wais me

immediately upon my entering (possibly a perk of speaking Thai and respecting the local culture,

as well as being a well-known musician here)

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ubonjoe    18,122

A off topic post bringing another country and its politics into the discussion has been removed.

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Fulwell53    331
20 hours ago, JackThompson said:

Yes.  This is the only country I know of where expats choose what area to live in based, to a significant-extent, on what personnel work at the respective immigration-office.

No gross over generalisation here then

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10 hours ago, jenifer d said:

that is utter nonsense!!! i have NEVER heard of anybody choosing where to live

based upon personnel at the local immig office... 

of course, i'm blessed w/quite a good office in Muang Krabi;

where everybody, including the phuyai, knows me by name and wais me

immediately upon my entering (possibly a perk of speaking Thai and respecting the local culture,

as well as being a well-known musician here)

The difference is that, as a "well known musician", you are in their eyes a "hi-so" and therefore deserve their respect, whereas the rest of us are just normal "plebs", who are just creating more work for them.  Having said that, I was obliged to transfer from Hua Hin Immigration to the new Phetchaburi office due to the position of my home and I found them to be reasonably polite without asking for any additional documents to the normal ones.  

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biggles45    469

" This is the only country I know of where expats choose what area to live in based, to a significant-extent, on what personnel working at immigration..."

 

I took this a step ffurther and got a retirement visa in the Philippines, and started  visiting Thailand for 5 months a year on tourist visas. Two 60 day TV, 60 days apart, and one 30 day visa exempt a year does me and I dont bother exrending the TV at Jomtien.

 

Because I am a RESIDENT in the Philippines I have no problem with visas to LOS. In 7 years of having the visa I have NEVER visited a RP immigration office nor had to get any extension/re-entry permit etc. 

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JackThompson    1,479
1 hour ago, biggles45 said:

" This is the only country I know of where expats choose what area to live in based, to a significant-extent, on what personnel working at immigration..."

 

I took this a step ffurther and got a retirement visa in the Philippines, and started  visiting Thailand for 5 months a year on tourist visas. Two 60 day TV, 60 days apart, and one 30 day visa exempt a year does me and I dont bother exrending the TV at Jomtien.

 

Because I am a RESIDENT in the Philippines I have no problem with visas to LOS. In 7 years of having the visa I have NEVER visited a RP immigration office nor had to get any extension/re-entry permit etc. 

Granted, what I wrote was a bit tounge-in-cheek - though I have read reports here of people faking residency in areas other than where they actually reside, to avoid dealing with a local office that has issues.  The problem is, that is against the rules, so could lead to trouble down the road.

 

Many do what you suggest using Cambodia as a base - as I did for awhile; I always had a running multi-visa from there.  The only problem is, you have to spend most of your time in that country, and not here.  It's fine if you prefer living most of the time there, but many prefer it here. 

 

I also found I still had to rotate-passports after a few TR visas from a consulate, because they didn't consider my time out-of-Thailand - just counted stickers, gave me the "this person visits Thailand frequently" stamp - which made it impossible to get any more TR visas anywhere (not only the consulate that put in the stamp), so it was "new passport" time, anyway.  Perhaps the consulate in the PI is better, in that they don't play that game with PI-residents, as do the consulates closer to Thailand.

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bbi1    550
On 2017-5-18 at 7:35 PM, ukmark67 said:

 

I'm losing the will to live in Thailand. Think I'll take my money somewhere it is appreciated.

 

Curious to know, will you be taking your Thai wife with you together with your money as you didn't mention this?

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