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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I'm really sorry for your predicament 'TheGents' and I can honestly say I hope things turn out okay at the end of the day. All joshing aside, things are looking to be difficult for all.
    I'm pretty much ok, thank you, but I'm more concerned about the poor fuckers who have played a straight bat, now in their 70s, who are now in trouble.

    I actually spoke to a Brit visitor recently with whom I discussed this quandary many are in and he replied, somewhat crassly in my opinion, that if they couldn't afford it they should go back. He was obviously quite stupid and as I focused more on his beady, lumpen look only the English lower end can cultivate, I asked if he voted to leave in the referendum. He did. I walked away. One simply cannot relate to a moron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Relating that to British residents with income/savings denominated in Sterling it means a lump sum commitment of 25,000 for sic months or an annual gross income of the same. The question remains, just what the fuck would a pensioner living alone in his own property in a third world country spend it on?
    Hookers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    they insisted that if I wanted to open another acc.i have to get permission from immigration
    Certificate of residence.

    Everyone needs that to open a bank account here now.

    You can get it from your Embassy as well as immigration.

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    Actually, you don't. I opened an account at the Bank of Bangkok in Hua Hin with just my passport and a picture of my wife's house book and my wife was not with me. Different banks or branches, different rules or variations.

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    But when was that?
    I opened an account with nothing but my passport & a tourist visa, 20 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    Last month, while in Hua Hin, I opened an account at Bluport. All they needed was my passport and telephone number.
    Where or what is Blueport?

    Maybe you found someone new to the job, as with sim cards, bamk accounts were tightened up after the Bangkok shrine bombing I think




    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    my wife just got this tid bit of bank weirdness the other day. So typically we buy everything on our Thai credit card (KTB) (except food locally) and then at the end of the month pay it off. I used this method in the states for years and I get all the bonuses and rewards and pay no interest. My wife liked the idea so we opened up the KTB acct. Last week when we went into to pay the bill she was told anything over a 20K payment requires forms for the govt
    Where were you paying from? American or overseas bank accounti'd guess.

    I've paid near 100k off mine before a few times in branch...Do you look a bit like Maanaam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    I opened an account with nothing but my passport & a tourist visa, 20 years ago.
    Rules for Herr Stoller, a rich Yerman, differ from rules for us common folk.

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    My Bangkok bank account was closed for no reason even though my bank card was still valid.
    The bank teller just gave me a blank look when I complained and asked for my balance, fortunately there was only a few hundred baht lost.
    Doesn't inspire confidence in the Thai banking system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    But age is against most and the ability to travel isn't going to last forever. So what happens then? Is there a plan B for that happening?
    Find a high rise balcony and make one last flight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    SeekingAss, the message is clear, they want farangs to fook off and for good reasons, the country might not be safe politically for the next decade

    don't want farangs casualty and farang witnesses
    you and all of us KNOW WHY,farang knows TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.THEY NO LIKE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Certificate of residence.

    Everyone needs that to open a bank account here now.

    You can get it from your Embassy as well as immigration.
    I already have 3accs.1million bht.for my extensions hasn't been touched for seven yrs.one acc.for the interest,paid monthly,and one acc.to cover an emergency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    ^
    Actually, you don't. I opened an account at the Bank of Bangkok in Hua Hin with just my passport and a picture of my wife's house book and my wife was not with me. Different banks or branches, different rules or variations.
    From another forum. Posted yesterday.

    Went to Bangkok Bank in Soi Boonsampan, East Pattaya today and walked out half an hour later with a new account, with atm card and internet access. All they wanted was my passport although I did show my driving license later for the lass to copy my address from, because I can never remember it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Rules for Herr Stoller, a rich Yerman, differ from rules for us common folk.
    I had no problem opening savings and Bualuang accounts at Bkk bank 18 years ago on a tourist visa, cash, and a mate with an account at the same branch, then used those passbooks + passport to open accounts at TFB (KBank) and TMB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    My Bangkok bank account was closed for no reason even though my bank card was still valid.
    The bank teller just gave me a blank look when I complained and asked for my balance, fortunately there was only a few hundred baht lost.
    Doesn't inspire confidence in the Thai banking system.
    You dozy clot, Thai banks close all moribund accounts with less than, say, 500 baht. It's a policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    You dozy clot, Thai banks close all moribund accounts with less than, say, 500 baht.
    but first after 5 years of account inactivity, afaik.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    you and all of us KNOW WHY,farang knows TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.THEY NO LIKE.
    Actually, you are not too far off the mark. Westerners are difficult in that they inconveniently lobby for protection under laws and if thwarted unreasonably they complain vociferously, publicising their case and lobbying authorities who are identified individually publicly as the person, or persons, responsible. This sets a bad example for the locals and is cultural anathema in that as we all know the Thai do not have a rule of law that is applicable to all and they certainly do not respond well to personal culpability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    but first after 5 years of account inactivity, afaik.
    Current Bangkok Bank rules state that if an account shows no activity in a year and has a balance of less than 2,000 baht it will be closed.

    The Government Savings Bank sets the minimum balance of 500 baht.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
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    Where or what is Blueport?

    Maybe you found someone new to the job, as with sim cards, bamk accounts were tightened up after the Bangkok shrine bombing I think






    Where were you paying from? American or overseas bank accounti'd guess.

    I've paid near 100k off mine before a few times in branch...Do you look a bit like Maanaam?
    I opened a Bank of Bankok two weeks ago at the Bluport branch ( for Dillinger, that is a large shopping mall in Hua Hin where they have a bank zone on the bottom floor) with only my passport and a picture of my wife's house book that I sent to the teller's email address. I paid 400 baht for an ATM card which I have used several times without any problem. I also transferred some money from my new account to my wife's B of Bangkok account.

    So, I will repeat what I said that different bank branches have different rules and SOPs much like immigration, so try different bank branches to open an account in only your name. Dillinger, how long have you lived in Thailand? If it is a long length of time, you should have already known this. You obviously haven't been to Hua Hin lately either. You need to get out more.
    Last edited by rickschoppers; 08-02-2019 at 02:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddaniels View Post
    Or like I have been telling you for 5+ years why not forgo the trip back to your country and just go to the thai consulate in Savannakhet Lao to get the SAME exact visa you get in your country? Savannakhet is just across the river in Mukdahan and the documentation is minimal as far as what's required to get the year-long, multi-entry Non-O visa
    based on marriage.
    Yes, that is a very good option Todd and I may use that in the future if it is still available. My trips back home are more to visit my two grown boys and many good friends, but while I am there, I just get a new one year visa which is very easy. Maybe I will skip it this year and go your route before next December. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    will repeat what I said that different bank branches have different rules and SOPs much like immigration, so try different bank branches to open an account in only your name. Dillinger, how long have you lived in Thailand? If it is a long length of time, you should have already known this
    I opened my first bangkok bank account on just a tourist visa about ten years ago. You can't do that now.... although this is Thailand so you probably can if you try hard enough so I stand corrected in a way. However I can open a bank account in any branch with a visa and cert of residence, as you could have done, which is a 20 minute job to get that cert...and I haven't been turned away at a couple of dozen banks


    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    You obviously haven't been to Hua Hin lately either. You need to get out more.
    I lived next door in Cha Am for a few years, I remember it being a boring old place with a shit load of traffic jams and a Market Village.
    i do remember another mall come to think of it, a small one with a creepy Ronald McDonald sat on a bench, maybe that was it

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    Actually, Bluport is a much bigger and better planned shopping mall than Market Village. If you were to go, I think you would agree. Very geared to the westerner and many good places to eat. Hua Hin has many good restaurants which is why I spend a fair amount of time there. Cleaner than most any other city in Thailand, the main road is full of new businesses and is maintained well. Dillinger, you may want to pay another visit.

    Why should I spend time getting a cert. of residence when I didn't need one to open a bank account in my name?
    Last edited by rickschoppers; 08-02-2019 at 08:56 PM.

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    ^ you said yourself you had to try a few branches.
    Anyway, fwiw and to give you advice that may be relevant to you, Bangkok Bank will give you a couple of platinum credit cards if you drop 100k which they put in a fixed deposit account or platinum leaders if you pop in 300, it earns a little interest too and you can get it back when you want after a year.
    Also with their Bualang app you can easily transfer money to your wife from your phone and pay bills, easy pass, top up your phone etc.
    Another bit of advice, if you withdraw or deposit money in Bangkok you will get stung with charges because your branch isnt in Bangkok. I have a account in Pattaya and Bangkok to avoid that and can easily transfer from one account to the other on that app for free.
    Hope a bit of that is worthwhile to you

    I see that Bluport opened in September 2016, thats why I never heard of it, bit of a jaunt from Pattaya unless i take the ferry which I don't trust

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Last week when we went into to pay the bill she was told anything over a 20K payment requires forms for the govt.
    I pay in and withdraw 100,000s of baht in cash, regularly. Last time 2 weeks ago .Never had any problem at BBK.

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    Opened a fixed term account at Bangkok Bank's Nang Rong (Buri Ram) branch in late December to receive my 800K retirement "hostage" account so I can use my regular savings account through ATM and internet banking for my regular expenses.. Had my passport and yellow book along with my wife with her house book to meet third bullet point in required documents for foreigners without work permits:

    2. Foreigner without work permit

    • Passport
    • A reference letter issued by one of the following institutes or organizations or required document
      • Embassy located in Thailand
      • An overseas bank where the customer holds an account sent via SWIFT
      • Trusted individuals such as a Bangkok Bank staff member or customer, director of a private company, permanent residence in Thailand, government or private educational institutes located in Thailand trusted by the Bank
      • Trusted companies, e.g., an employment letter from the company if the customer is in the process of applying for a work permit.
      • Document showing ownership of a fixed asset such as a condominium sale/purchase agreement (a condominium which is acceptable to Bangkok Bank) Or a property reservation agreement valued at 100,000 baht or more with a reference letter from the property developer that is acceptable to Bangkok Bank.


    Although the requirement states reference letter, I guess my wife's presence with house book was sufficient. The only issue I seem to have is remember how to sign my name the same as I did when I opened the accounts -

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Indeed, thought crossed my mind with the election in the pipeline.

    Might get a proper coup this time, which will see peace and a puppet government for a generation.

    Flights are going down in price to Thailand because of this uncertainty.
    I've cancelled my plans for a trip to Thailand this year prefering a safer nearer destination.
    Pussy. Grow a set of nuts chitty. Political instability is a beautiful thing for pissheads gourmands and issan chrome pole molesters. Baht is overrated to the squid the US doller and the Aussie doller. Cant figure out why the bahts so strong against those currencies given the fact that its basicly a 1 party state. Bit like Laos. Visa scene getting harder and thais giving farangs the message FOOK OFF xenaphobic coonts. Hope they do have another kou. . Baht might shit itself again . Bring it on i say. Oh anyone care to take a bet that prayuth will renege on the election? I reckon nothing will change. If im wrong ill by the TD herd bevvys

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