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    The next tim that it rains and its sunny, Im going to locate exactly where the rainbow begins or ends, maybe even both

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    It would appear that mining is NOT on the list of prohibited trades foreigners can engage in. However in the same breath, that would then mean you'd need a work permit to do it.

    I'd bet if you showed up somewhere with a dredge and started running it or even showed up with a hand-pan that thaiz would come outta the woodwork! I doubt it'd be long before you were given up to the authorities.. Then again I could be wrong..


    OFF TOPIC:
    FWI: Here's a list of things you can't do here.

    So scratch, making rice paper by hand, making shoes or hats, typesetting thai and hand rolling cigarettes right off your list of things to do here for money.
    • Labour work
    • Agriculture, animal husbandry, forestry or fishery, except work requiring specialized knowledge, farm supervision, or labour work in fishing boats, particularly marine fishery.
    • Bricklaying, carpentry, or other construction work.
    • Wood carving.
    • Driving motor vehicles or vehicles which do not use machinery or mechanical devices, except piloting aircraft internationally.
    • Front shop sales and auction sale work.
    • Supervising, auditing, or giving service in accountancy, except occasional internal auditing.
    • Cutting or polishing precious or semi-precious stones.
    • Haircutting, hairdressing, or beautification.
    • Cloth weaving by hand.
    • Mat weaving or making utensils from reed, rattan, jute, hay, or bamboo.
    • Making rice paper by hand.
    • Lacquer work.
    • Making Thai musical instruments.
    • Niello work.
    • Goldsmith, silversmith, or gold/copper alloy smith work.
    • Stone work.
    • Making Thai dolls.
    • Making mattresses or quilts.
    • Making alms bowls.
    • Making silk products by hand.
    • Making Buddha images.
    • Knife making.
    • Making paper or cloth umbrellas.
    • Making shoes.
    • Making hats.
    • Brokerage or agency except in international trading.
    • Professional civil engineering concerning design and calculation, systemization, analysis, planning, testing, construction supervision, or consulting services, excluding work requiring specialized techniques.
    • Professional architectural work concerning design, drawing/making, cost estimation, or consulting services.
    • Dressmaking.
    • Pottery.
    • Cigarette rolling by hand.
    • Tour guiding or conducting.
    • Hawking of goods & Thai typesetting by hand.
    • Unwinding and twisting silk by hand.
    • Clerical or secretarial work.
    • Providing legal services or engaging in legal work, except arbitration work
    "Whoever said `Money can`t buy you love or joy` obviously was not making enough money." <- quote by Gene $immon$ of the rock group KISS

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    Then again I could be wrong..
    I doubt it.

    If any falang thinks that he would be able to pan for gold undisturbed by locals and then walk away with any gold he found, whatever the law may or may not proscribe, then he is undoubtedly barking mad.

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    ...and then there are the numerous [past and present] Farang that have secured some sort of business, employment, income derived activities, etc all under the radar for years without incident and regulations enforced - regardless of the officialdom in place.

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    Selling noodles off a cart, doing part time english teaching out in the sticks, and helping the in laws at harvest time are quite different to taking gold out of the earth. Thai earth. Earth that is the birthright of every Thai.

    Do you really think a falang could independently pan for gold here and just walk away with an ounce or two.

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    some folk have no clue about thainess.

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    Now MAYBE, just maybe a foreigner with a thai significant other who has land (in a gold bearing area) could indeed mine it small scale, under the radar.

    BUT

    As boastful as the thaiz are in their endless games of "one-up-man-ship", or "LOOK! We're better than you!!", I doubt it'd last very long before some official from the Ministry of Silly Walks would show up with his hand out.

    Searching YouTube for gold panning/mining in thailand does return a few interesting videos..

    I sincerely wish all you wanna-b-gold-minerz good luck...!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddaniels View Post
    Now MAYBE, just maybe a foreigner with a thai significant other who has land (in a gold bearing area) could indeed mine it small scale, under the radar.

    BUT

    As boastful as the thaiz are in their endless games of "one-up-man-ship", or "LOOK! We're better than you!!", I doubt it'd last very long before some official from the Ministry of Silly Walks would show up with his hand out.

    Searching YouTube for gold panning/mining in thailand does return a few interesting videos..

    I sincerely wish all you wanna-b-gold-minerz good luck...!!
    Quite close to the reality, Toddly...
    Any such Farang [or Thai, for that matter] venture would have to be highly clandestine - for the circle of problems that might develop.


    In a round about way, the "golddigging" business is highly competitive.


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    A video of gold mining in Phetchabun, Thailand by some dodgy farang with a scouse accent.

    Trying to sell this land, not that good then..

    Top sales pitch


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    Gold mining, fck that in Thailand, that's women's work, they dig into the deep pockets of Farang, who have gold fever, nuggets, of pure gold.
    Thai Lady, pan for gold nuggets all day long, back breaking work panning for gold in a golden years sit com.

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