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    Well said Liverpool. I can confirm what you have wrote. It is bloody tedious that some one 6000 + miles away keept banging on about the cctv and cashier. Was like a stuck record. But it has a high degree of spewing out complete and utter drivel. Along with a history of thread f##king. The know it all annoying forum hemorrhoid from stoke as often knows sweet f##k all. Seems to post just to make him self sound clever n important and try to show how intellectual he is on so many topics / subjects . Pathetic. At least jomtien is a FFZ ( fenton free zone) long may it continue. Will be as welcome here as much as a turd is in a swimming pool. As for paying for your beers as you go like fenton says he does . Just shows what an awkward individual he is. Mr popular in the bars I think not. Rgds soidog.
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    Bangkok Flight Services

    Can not see why so many of you are geting your knickers in a twist over the withdrawal of fast track service. What's the diffrence shuffling along with the masses at immigration or standing at the carausol ?. When waiting for your stamp in passport as it can be quite amusing seeing people being flummoxed by the immigration officer for not filling in the landing card correctly. Less stress than standing at the baggage carousel hoping your suitcase has travelled with you. As others have stated. Unless you are traveling with only carry on board hand luggage you are not going to exit the airport departure hall any faster. Got to wait for your suitcase. The correct order all suitcases should come off arriving long haul aircraft are. 1- flight deck n cabin crew first. 2- first class / buisiness class / premium passengers 3- the rest of you. Aircraft containers at departure point are loaded in such a way this is possible. Hold 5 ( loose bags) can be an exception as non containersied . No idea what the SLR ( service level agreements) with airlines and swampy ground handling are. At LHR over 10 years ago from time aircraft pulls on stand a 30 - 40 min standard was acceptable for the first customer bag to hit carousel. This often depended on time of day, at peak times of arrivals congestion was inevitable on the baggage airside systems. Other factors such as mechanical break down, staff shortage, minor industrial disputes can again cause delay. Some of this you will never know about. As for buggy assistance if you are fit n healthy what's wrong with the walk ?. After a long flight nice to stretch ones legs. Leave that for those less fortunate who would dearly love to be able to do the walk. Personally I think it is a very good idea for the airlines and the airport authorities of Thailand to streamline this service. Rgds soidog.
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    Non Immigrant-O Visa

    Regarding the evidence of stay don't sweat it to much. Wish I was clever to take photo and show you on here my letter n actual form but as i am computer illiterate hope this will give you some help / idea. The official form to fill in is called ....notification form for house master, owner or possessor of the residence where alien has stayed...... this by law has to filled in by house owner or his authorised agent to do so on his behalf. Bottom third of form will be signed by officer and official stamp from immigration then torn off and attached to your passport . If the people who you are renting thru or off of are professional this will not be a problem. They will do for you, please be aware immigration do not charge for this service. My letter is the same format that has been used successfully for years..... Please date. Name....Mr Soidog Mongrel 1 . The kennel Fortress fido villas Soi 69. Beach road Jomtien Nongprue Banglamung Chonburi 111111. Then the following. Dear sir / madam I can confirm that soidog mongrel is living at the above address and continues to live there. #####then passport picture photostat on same page Kind regards Miss Sudawadee Tingtong. ( then his / her signature ) In my experience over the years in dealing with officialdom and authorities ( not just Thailand) is best to give just enough info. Do not be to over enthusiastic. Never has this been checked by follow up from immigration. Me or the owner never contacted, it just seems a paper exercise. Which to my devil like mind feel I could easily forge and make up a total fictitious residential address along with supporting paperwork. Honest, not that I would dream of doing so but after a while you begin to know how the system works and could be easily done. Lastly flamesfan7 if you have a problem understanding the numerous forms or the filling in of. I would be prepared to offer my help if needed. Of course no charge to a fellow BM. If you use an agent or the shop next to soi 5 immigration you will have to pay for the form filling service . Good luck. Rgds soidog
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    Cost of living in Thailand

    The sum for a retirement visa has remained the same for at least 10 years that i know of. As we know back then the exchange rate for many countrys was stronger. Think the £££ was mid 60s to the baht. So you only needed to prove an income of approx £12.350 to reach ( based on 65b) the 800000b requirement. Year 2007 Now you need an income of approx £18.300 to reach ( based on 44b) the 800000b requirement. Year 2018. A jump of £6000 in a decade. Why the authorities have not increased this is beyond me. Feel a 5% increase would not be unreasonable if they did so in the coming year(s). So the new lump sum figure would be 840000b. Monthly proof of income to be adjusted as well to match the lump sum. Of course this not would be popular, and it may just be a hurdle to far for some ex pats and push them over the top financially, if they could not prove they have funds avaliable and meet the criteria required. So many would be forced to use an agent to obtain the required stamp in passport. Many already chose to take this route for various reasons. Each to his own choice, or possibly circumstances already dictate. The question to me is.......if you are sailing that close to the wind monetary wise and would bitch about a 5% increase. Are you really sure you should be living Thailand ?. After all this place has no safety net for poor farangs. Rgds soidog.
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    Favourite place to rent a bike

    To the best of my knowledge a tourist can not obtain a Thai licence. You need a resedential address, as this is shown on back of licence. A certificate of residence has to be obtained from immigration as well. You could falsify the above by providing wrong data on the forms you fill in and forge a proof of residence to immigration.. it never seems to be checked to thoroughly. But is it worth it ?. Many ways to circumvent red tape and officialdom here, but you need some one who knows how. Then a trip to the land transport office near the regency school. If you have passed bike and car test in your own country. You do not have to do practical test here. But have to do a joke of a theory test. Reaction, eye sight, perception, also sit thru a safety video . Nothing hard or to worry about. But if you have no license you will have to undertake a Thai driving skills test along with multi choice highway code knowledge test. Forget what the pass mark is. Know people who have taken this computer test and they said wording of questions can be confusing due to the English translation. As mentioned if you have vacation insurance, it may not cover bike usage, even small 110cc machines. Personal injury, and third party plus repairs will be your responsibility. Read the small print. If renting cars use the big boys avis, hertz etc first class insurance provided, 24 hour customer service, international offices. Small farang ex pat and, Thai car rentals would not touch them, could well turn out as false economy if you have accident or other road side problems. The independence of ones own transportation is great be that living here or on your holls. But up to you to weigh up the risks. Rgds soidog.
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    New Security Rules

    Know you have read my post fenton, as it did not vanish till this morning Thai time. This did not realy surprise me. Same as your refusal to answer and accept the challenge for the 2nd time. Did not surprise me. As I said invertebrate, if you change your mind that's fine by me. Rgds soidog.
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    Katty Bar & Guesthouse, Jomtien Soi 4

    I to praise this bar and endorse all the above, it is a small (rather untidy) establishment but has a big warm welcome for all who enter. Bar has not even been been operating a year and it is Emmys first time at running a bar she will be the first to say at times not easy. It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for her. No farang money man backer, located in a soi that don't have a lot of passing foot traffic. It can be quite at times and you can be the only customer. But often the girls are dancing in the soi, and are a happy bunch. Then again some raucous intimate behaviour has been known to take place when like this. Staff can make or break any buisiness especially in the bar game. You will be greeted by all of her employees with a smile and in a non pushy way. No one is ever ignored they have a healthy attitude towards customer service. Thai hospitality at it's best. If company you seek, then company you will have. I do try to support this place and use it on a semi regular basis as not far walking distance from fortress fido. Always greeted like a long lost friend a feeling of genuine gratitude that you have returned from the girls and of course Emmy. Know it's Emmy happy birthday next month, got a feeling it could be a ripper. Look out for the announcement. Rgds soidog
  8. Have i got news for you Miguel.......many of the drink drive random road stops in the pattaya area the RTP officers are now equipped with hand held breathaliser units. Only last week I was caught up in one. Watched 2 Thai guys blowing into breathaliser units. If these provide a positive read out you are then taken to police station to blow into the static big breathaliser unit. This will be the read out if they charge you. Have no idea how often these machines are calibrated as to accuracy. Not condoning drunk driving, but all form of financial negotiations / bribes are better conducted road side before a trip to the monkey house. For obvious reasons. Not proud but speak from experience. Would you bribe them if caught Miguel ?. I doubt it, after all you don't even like paying for lady drinks or bar fines. The merest thought of paying a police officer a substantial ammount of money must horrify you. But it is a beneficial service that works both ways. Same as what the bar owners have to offer along with the staff that work the bars. All got to earn a living at our expense. Rgds soidog.
  9. soidog

    Cost of living in Thailand

    Eloquently put by ZONE69. Especially when you weigh up your age, price you pay. Nice simple sums for each to make his mind up. If wishing to buy. But I am a great believer in renting. Not going over old ground buy v rent as to the pro's n con's. It's been done to death on here. let's assume a person buys at 55 years young, using ZONE69 figures and logic all his at 70. Great if you live here or use as a regular vacation home. But will you still feel like living here or coming for long holidays say when you are 65 ?. Hopefully still healthy and enjoy an active sex life. Would you get bored of keep coming to Thailand. Pattaya / Thailand has changed dramatically over the past decade not all for the better. Think I will only give myself 8 -10 more years here. Just feel ownership can be a millstone round your neck. You think okay let's sell, all ready a glut of condo / houses to buy on the market in all price brackets. Even if going down the rent it out route capacity exceeds demand. Both could take a long time. As we know more are being built each year. When negotiating a rental contract drive a hard bargain. But best of all renters have the flexibility to move on when ever they want. A penalty clause in contract of say loss of a months rent is a small price to pay. Rgds soidog ( a 10 year plus renter)
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    Cost of living in Thailand

    Ladypat65 post#195. Well done nice when a plan comes together, many aspire to live the so called dream how ever they put if and but and make excuses as not to justify doing the move. I salute you. Your excitement will increase as the time gets nearer. Seems you are financially sound £££ wise so money will not be to much of an issue. When i upped sticks in 2007 age 51 had similar plan to you.....will stay a year travel then move on. It then became stay 3 years deffinatly move on. Was not till 7 years i gave up. In this time travelled extensively thru south east asia thinking where shall i live next and checking places out. Was starting to realise Thailand ticks all the boxes why move. Was always pleased to get back, by now was quite established good social scene, confident with visas, happy with life. So gave up the idea of pastures new. Still love to travel will never get bored of visiting new places( but running out of places to go). It's good to get out the sewer and have a change of scenery. Trips back to England are a necessity even if the can get a bit boring after a week. Puts things into prospective and make us realise how good it is here. Probably got to go next week for a short visit. Just 1 point I would like to mention is your choice of accommodation you say small starting at 10000b a month. This will be your base / home choose carefully for what it is worth think about spending more than that get a bigger place also location is so important. Condo living will take some adjusting to. Can feel clostraphobic and restrictive when it comes to living in one small room. Roll on December for you.......rgds soidog.
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    Cost of living in Thailand

    Indeed IRONicMAN I agree. When living here and it is your home no need to go out each night. All the depravity and debauchery is not going to disappear over night. You are not missing out. If anything you look forward to going out after a few nights in. See who and what is about, no plan just as the mood takes you, if you fancy a short time or a overnight bed warmer it's up to you. Some times I have to motivate my self to actually go out. Many ex pats who I know are happy just to go out Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Others may pop out for a beer midweek for a chat with mates, not all want to buy sex each time they venture out. Most are in long term relationships any way. It's still cheaper for me to live here than England, no one can put a price on quality of life. The figure often quoted is 80000b to 100000b to have a comfortable exsistance. I know many who manage on less than half of those figure. They are not Cheap Charlie's they are happy n content. Of course if you frequent over priced tourist trap places of entertainment, dine at posh resturants but can afford to do so good luck to you. All our finances are different. As we all know when on vacation you do not do what you would do at home. That's why hollidays where ever you go in the world are so great. Rgds soidog.
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    Caddyshack Inn

    Quite agree Maracana never ever had a bad meal in this place, be that breakfast or evening. My personal favourite is liver, bacon, onions, mashed spuds, peas n carrots in a rich tasty gravy 195b. The proprietors use to run a pub in Essex, forgot the husband's name but his thai lady is called Coy. Place is well established 10 years plus has a regular ex pat trade. A well stocked bar where you can sup in air con comfort, spotlesly clean.They use to have quiz nights but not sure about that now. Can also recommend the xmas dinners, they do 3 sittings 12.00hrs, 15.00hrs 18.00hrs. We did use for a couple years. Obviously booking is recomended. Only downside is not on a baht bus route, but moto taxi boys near by. About same distance to jomtien as it is to pattaya bars. Thanks for giving it a mention. Rgds soidog
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    Katty Bar & Guesthouse, Jomtien Soi 4

    Emmy has already offered me pick of the litter. Unfortunately as much as i would love to have 1 or 2 it would be to restrictive on my life style. Would be unable to take care and provide in a way that you should do if looking after any pet you have be that cat, dog, goldfish. Mum cat has a wonderful disposition and temperament. Father is an unknown we think he got in thru an open window had short time boom boom and did not even pay bar fine then done a runner. Last night mum looked very contented and proud as the kittens suckled her. Emmy has another all white cat that is also spolit rotten, again very friendly if you see her please give her a stroke and some affection she will respond not shy enjoys the attention. Think she is feeling a bit left out at the moment. Rgds soicat.....whoops soidog.
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    Katty Bar & Guesthouse, Jomtien Soi 4

    Ever heard of Thai time Paul ?. Punctuality, time keeping is not one of their strong points, stop applying western ideas of how you think a buisiness should be run. Know for a fact Emmy has a lot of hats to wear at the minute and is a very busy person. Even being tired she is a most gracious of hosts. If your time is that precious, and you have no patience to come back in say 30 mins I feel sorry for you. Doubt custom like yours will be missed. By the way Liverpool was quite polite and civil, count yourself lucky. Rgds soidog
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    British Airways Safety Video 2017

    Many knocking BA service on here, fair enough as i am not defending the inflight experience or attitude. But what exactly do you require on a flight ??. A never ending flow of alcoholic beverages, gourmet food, constant entertainment other than the on board movie selection. Crew to engage you in conversation. Lots of attention. To me the most important factors are. 1- safety. 2- punctuality, departs n arrives on schedule. 3- luggage arrives same time as you. 4- price What don't bother me are. 1- food.... I do not expect any thing wonderful so am never disappointed. 2- alcohol....like a beer, few glasses of vino do not want to arrive pissed or nursing a hangover. **** to be in a confined space with an obnoxious drunk person, or a group of pissed up travellers is no fun as always a minority ruin it for the majority, hence limited drinks service**** 3- minimum interaction with cabin crew. Serve me now go away. Could not care if fat, thin, young, old ugly, handsome, sexy. Just be professional. 4- movies 9 times out of 10 have seen the ones on offer. Rather try to have a sleep. So how would you go about changing this poor service, what do you want ??. Many quick to criticise as it seems a popular thing to slag off BA especially when one travels economy. Rgds soidog.