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    Plus you need to be unfortunate enough to be fookin' British!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie View Post
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    Can you get a Thai DL on tourist visa? No you have to have a residence.
    AO, maybe things have changed.

    I've never had or owned 'residence' and have first my 1 year license and now my 5 year ones (bike and car).

    I got the 1 year license about 4 years ago.
    You need a work permit or a "Residence Certificate" which is a letter from immigration or your embassy stating your reported address in Thailand.
    Yes, I do remember having to get some sort of letter from the Embassy.

    All BS, of course ... but they took my money and the letter produced and license granted.
    When I took the test, I got treated real sweet ... they don't see many white guys out my way.

    For one part of the test explanation they lined us up in 3 queues ... and the guy rabbited on in Thai for a few minutes.

    At the end, he looked at me and asked, in Thai, if I understood?
    I can't speak much Thai but I can say, tone perfect ... Sorry, I don't speak Thai.

    He grinned widely, others laughed ... they took care of me after that.
    Perspective is everything ... it's the difference between going through an ordeal or going through an adventure..

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    I loved the drivers test here. Cracked me the hell up. I especially loved the Green, Yellow and Red light deal with the foot peddle. Rreminded me of my drag racing days, I cut some phenomenal lights. The Thai DOLT lady was extremely impressed with my reaction time. Also that depth and peripheral perception device where you have to line up the pin in between the lines. Explains why some of the people here can't drive. No road test, no driving skill test. Funny stuff. I got both Vehicle and Motorcycle license at the same time.

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    Sorry (wrong country) but,...

    ...in Saudi 2 years ago, 3 of us crackheads were hustled into a car and I got the driver's seat.
    Facing a small racetrack of sorts, I was planning to show off my superior driving skills when a Saudi slides into the navigator's chair with a disinterested look on his face.

    He pointed at the shifter eventuallly, so I pulled it down into drive with the brakes applied and awaited further instructions.

    He glanced in the backseat at my workmates, looked at the papers on his lap and pointed at park.

    I slid it back up and he quickly stamped us all "pass" and ushered us out of the car.



    Rewind to Riyadh (99') when I insisted the company van driver take the week-long class and test as he'd confided to me that he didn't even have a DL in Sri Lanka.

    He did alright in the classes but come test day he hit another vehicle that was trying to parallel park. "Passed"

    When I questioned the final authority figure about this he said, "Not bad accident."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
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    Know 2 guys that have gotten their first 1 yr license in the last year, one on a Tourist Visa, one on a Visa Exempt 30 day stamp. One in Chatujak DoLT and one in Nonthaburi DoLT.
    I think your mates have been had-

    All 1st licences are valid for 2 years now, since of March 2015

    Odd that, luckily in rural Slyam with a quart of johnny Talker Black mine is valid for 11 years and my wifes is indefinite , I never ask the logic the bottle was about 11oo bahts in Burma so 100 a year or one US cent a day to be legal and never deal with the brass again.

    My driving licence was 250 with a test or 350 without Rd Transport office K phet, the ficer cost a Cahng as I recall all very smooth sat in air con watching snooker with the Officers and 20 mins later all done, valid in Oz and with IDP in many other places, they also threw in a bioke licence for free, and a few free translations the province at the time was utterly Slyam and sleazeworthy, I'll leave Ajarn Wivnal to explain the Balcony of Love and the Hotel where the Professors parked their nongs in the eara of the flexible sandwich degrees
    I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn’t find any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluke View Post
    Felangs do not need a Thai DL, an International DL will suffice
    no it wont, not if the copper takes a dislike ..... another one in patts at the mo is driving a motocy with the rear footrests out without a passenger. another one,,, a different silencer to the norm,,, thai kids excluded. 5555

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    You have a great memory for numbers. I had to ask her

    She didnt fail, i thought 7k was the going rate and only realised when a mate told me. That was after I'd told her from the UK via phone how proud of her I was that she'd passed first time. Then as she went on to tell me that whilst on the test it started raining and she didnt know where the wipers were I kinda half realised what i'd paid for


    Put her car in for repair a couple of months ago, there was one panel that wasnt dented-the roof.

    But she's getting there
    55555 thanks dill very funny,,, bless er

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    Quote Originally Posted by lob View Post
    no it wont, not if the copper takes a dislike ..... another one in patts at the mo is driving a motocy with the rear footrests out without a passenger. another one,,, a different silencer to the norm,,, thai kids excluded. 5555
    You do not sound too coherent

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    That made more sense than most of your steaming drivel.

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    Most Farang tourist are scum, they think that because Thailand is full of corrupt monkeys they can bang around on a bike without an IN license.

    Fook em, wedge fook out them I say.

    If the turds had bothered to get an IN license then no problem innit.

    I do hate white people mostly.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    If you think Chiang Mai is bad you should see Pai over the mountain. I was pulled over on my bike for no reason. After much pissing about looking at my wheels and engine etc the cop offered me weed. I declined his offer and drove off. About 200 meters along the road i was stopped by another cop who wanted to search me for ''ganja''....the first copper must have forgotten to tell his mate one that i didnt buy any

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    I always thought of CM and surrounds as the, on paper, best place for an expat to reside in Thailand. Pleasant climate, beautiful scenery all around, reasonably priced, plenty of restaurants and nightlife, and the in general nicer people I associate with the Nth & NE of Thailand. Certain issue's have recently begun to put a dent in that halcyon image though.

    - Bent cops, proactively on the take
    - The worst, most obstructive and obfuscatory Immigration dept in Thailand (that's saying something)
    - Burning season (well we've known about that one for years)
    - Traffic now at Big city levels of congestion (albeit not yet a dystopian Bangkokian nightmare)

    CMer's- your comments are welcome.
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    ^The cops on the take can be circumvented by following the rules. Get a Thai drivers license and wear a helmet when you're on a bike.There is alot of road blocks . Burning season is bad enough to keep me away. Traffic, small city with too many autos, very frustrating. Other than than all that it really is nice area. I deal with visa agencies, so I can't comment on the immi office. I'd recommend it for a visit but not for the long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary View Post
    If you think Chiang Mai is bad you should see Pai over the mountain. I was pulled over on my bike for no reason. After much pissing about looking at my wheels and engine etc the cop offered me weed. I declined his offer and drove off. About 200 meters along the road i was stopped by another cop who wanted to search me for ''ganja''....the first copper must have forgotten to tell his mate one that i didnt buy any
    That's disturbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017 View Post
    Dirty robbing scum.
    Stand up to the kunts. Rolling over is for pussys.

    It is absolutely legal to rent a motorcycle using your home country licencse as long as it is in English, your country is a contracting state of the 1949 treaty, which most are and you are in Thailand on a tourist visa.

    If you don't have the above then an IDP is needed.

    In the case of the OP your home country licsence must be good for motorcycle.

    Works both ways. When in California I use my Thai license. Few months ago when stopped by a highway patrolman who was an ex Navy guy I got a big knowing grin and was waved on.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    - Bent cops, proactively on the take
    - The worst, most obstructive and obfuscatory Immigration dept in Thailand (that's saying something)
    - Burning season (well we've known about that one for years)
    - Traffic now at Big city levels of congestion (albeit not yet a dystopian Bangkokian nightmare)

    CMer's- your comments are welcome.
    - Yep;
    - Is it really? I’ve often heard complaints but nothing on that scale;
    - Yep, it sucks massive donkey balls;
    - Ditto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Stand up to the kunts. Rolling over is for pussys.

    It is absolutely legal to rent a motorcycle using your home country licencse as long as it is in English, your country is a contracting state of the 1949 treaty, which most are and you are in Thailand on a tourist visa.
    I know this Norts.

    That's why I told the Thai copper to get fvcked.

    And that's also why I then told his bent accomplice, the dirty farang turncoat cvnt on the end of the phone to go fvck himself too.

    I gave them fvck all.



    However I was the only one doing that and there was a line of about 5 farang waiting to pay the fat controller sitting in his chair in front of his poxy desk.

    Sabang has described it correctly. It's the "proactively" bit of the on the take bit that makes them cvnts.

    Farang only being done, while all manner of Thais without helmets, riding while carrying toddlers in one arm etc etc etc scoot on past.
    And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

    The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017 View Post
    That's why I told the Thai copper to get fvcked.
    Figured you would but it ia a shame the bastard cops aren't busted. Could it be gov ignores CM? It is after all a hornets nest of red shirted bad people after all.

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    I've always thought that the Thai police force are one of the biggest problems that Thai people face in improving their country. They are mostly rotten to the core. They only hinder the country's development. Not only are they corrupt, but they are fvcking stupid too.

    In Chiang Mai though, you can see that these operations are not only sanctioned at the top level, but also encouraged. As for Prayuth doing something about it, he's a useless fvcker. He's done nothing. That said, neither have any of the leaders in the 15 odd years I've been here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017 View Post
    I've always thought that the Thai police force are one of the biggest problems for Thai people.
    Something Thais are acutely aware of as well.

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    I have to say, I've found the cops in Isaan to be a very pleasant, reasonable bunch. You don't have to bribe them much, quite often you can talk your way out of it, and they give you a nice smile and often a salute or wai afterwards. One local cop in our local market village reckons I'm the best drunk driver he's ever known! Don't expect the same in Ubon muang though.

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    ^^Yup, I'm not shy in sharing my views on the subject with them, and they always, always, bar none, agree.

    But yet, they are powerless.

    We all know this.

    And it is not going to change.

    The powerful here are entrenched, and the system is so corrupt, that bar a violent and bloody revolution on a massive scale, it will never change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    One local cop in our local market village reckons I'm the best drunk driver he's ever known!
    While we can all crack a smile at that, and most of us even put our hands up to making use of such behaviour, it's a fvckn joke that a copper behaves like that.

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    He's a local cop, and he doesn't mind a drink himself. 'Village policing'- not Highway Patrol (B'stards).

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    How could a joke country have anything else but a joke police force.

    To be fair, they mainly begun as murdering extortionists and heroin traffickers, at least that is almost always behind closed doors for the most part nowadays.

    http://www.drugtext.org/library/books/McCoy/book/30.htm

    one of General Sarit's army convoys approached the railhead at Lampang is northern Thailand with a load of opium. Phao's police surrounded the convoy and demanded that the army surrender the opium since antinarcotics work was the exclusive responsibility of the police. When the army refused and threatened to shoot its way through to the railway, the police brought up heavy machine guns and dug in for a fire-fight. A nervous standoff continued for two days until Phao and Sarit themselves arrived in Lampang, took possession of the opium, and escorted it jointly to Bangkok, where it quietly disappeared.

    By 1955 Phao's National Police Force had become the largest opiumtrafficking syndicate in Thailand, and was intimately involved in every phase of the narcotics traffic; the level of corruption was remarkable even by Thai standards. If the smuggled opium was destined for export, police border guards escorted the KNIT caravans from the ThailandBurma border to police warehouses in Chiangmai. From there police guards brought it to Bangkok by train or police aircraft. Then it was loaded onto civilian coastal vessels and escorted by the maritime police to a mid-ocean rendezvous with freighters bound for Singapore or Hong Kong, (203) However, if the opium was needed for the government Opium Monopoly, theatrical considerations came to the fore, with police border patrols staging elaborate shoot-outs with the KNIT smugglers near the Burma-Thailand frontier. Invariably the KMT guerrillas would drop the opium and flee, while the police heroes brought the opium to Bangkok and collected a reward worth oneeighth the retail value. (204) The opium subsequently disappeared. Phao himself delighted in posing as the leader in the crusade against opium smuggling, (205) and often made hurried, dramatic departures to the northern frontier, where he personally led his men in these desperate gun battles with the ruthless smugglers of slow death.

    Phao established an intimate circle of police officers, known generally as the "Knights of the Diamond Ring", which was notorious for its treatment of opponents of the government and the police generals - even resorting to assassination and murder. Their crimes were many:

    * In March 1949, three MPs from Isaan and an associate, all one-time disciples of the exiled Pridi, were arrested on charges of treason. They were shot dead by their police escort while supposedly being transferred from one jail to another.

    * On December 12, 1952, Tiang Sirikhanth - MP for Sakon Nakhon, a leading Seri Thai member, and an opponent of the government - was arrested with four of his associates. They were murdered (allegedly by strangulation in a police station) and their bodies burned in a forest in Kanchanaburi Province.

    * A successful newspaper publisher, Ari Liwara, refused to sell out to Phao and was killed in March 1953.

    * In 1954 Phon Malithong, MP for Samut Sakhon who provided evidence of corruption against Phao in Parliament, was in found tied to a concrete pier in the Chao Phraya River, having first been strangled.


    Phao was extremely wealthy. He demanded protection money from businessmen, rigged the gold exchange, and blackmailed corporations into giving him huge shareholdings. He also profited greatly from the opium trade.

    Police units transferred opium from the poppy fields of the Golden Triangle to Bangkok, ready to be exported. Trucks, planes, and boats which had been supplied to the police by the CIA, were instead used to move opium, which the police carefully guarded.

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