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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Why on earth would anyone want to eat in an establishment in Thailand that failed to produce a menu in English?
    Nobody mentioned eating.

    Went to get changed in a place off the beach in Pattaya once and their price list read:

    Shower: 50 THB
    อาบน้ำ: 10 THB


    That's shower in Thai, for illiterate oiks like yourself.


    40 baht is 40 baht.

    Plus she went absolutely No Pork Products Allowed kind of apeshit when I explained I didn't want a shower, I want to อาบน้ำ

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    ^ I have a shower before I go out.

    50 Baht is 50 Baht.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I have a shower before I go out.
    The English shower:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    I like the way Credit Unions work then! I have a brother who once paid for a new computer by credit card that never did get charged for it, hopefully you'll have the same luck
    Was fiddin' to call my credit union but Wise responded to the email sent them last night before rack ops. Acknowledged the recipient received the funds but wondered why Wise hadn't deducted their payment yet. They said they had and now it shows as a deduction yesterday.

    Regarding Wise ... am I reading it wrong or could I establish a Thai baht currency account and go ahead and park some funds in it until I'm ready to make a transfer to a Thai bank account once I get one set up?

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    by more and more Indians and ME men. I mean just what decent white man would want to fuck a Thai floozie once that lot have been spilling their tainted, monkey-poxed seed into her.

    I wouldnt worry, those guys can only afford the lode ridden, over their use by date, drug addled street walkers at 500 baht for the whole groupoh, I see the problem now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    Regarding Wise ... am I reading it wrong or could I establish a Thai baht currency account and go ahead and park some funds in it until I'm ready to make a transfer to a Thai bank account once I get one set up?
    I don't know but don't see the sense in that either when an x-fer from overseas is pretty much instantaneous, so why would you park cash in their local account when it's already been x-ferred into the country and it could/should be in your Baht account? Shutree might have a better idea about this than me.

    As for the monthly proof of income thing for a Retirement visa using this (or other) methods, I have no clue about that either as I keep an 800k++ balance year-round and proof of that isn't even required most of the time using the agency I do at renewal time. Neither is having to show proof of the balance at other times of the year (I think 3 months after your visa or renewal is issued?) as others have to do, that's another hoop that gets removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    I don't know but don't see the sense in that either when an x-fer from overseas is pretty much instantaneous, so why would you park cash in their local account when it's already been x-ferred into the country and it could/should be in your Baht account? Shutree might have a better idea about this than me.

    As for the monthly proof of income thing for a Retirement visa using this (or other) methods, I have no clue about that either as I keep an 800k++ balance year-round and proof of that isn't even required most of the time using the agency I do at renewal time. Neither is having to show proof of the balance at other times of the year (I think 3 months after your visa or renewal is issued?) as others have to do, that's another hoop that gets removed.
    Maybe I misunderstood the function of the option. I was thinking I could take advantage of the exchange rate instead of waiting until whatever it is in October.

    Regarding this visa thing. Im not really backing out totally but for the most part Im going to MAKE my wife take over responsibility for keeping me legal. Marriage visa retirement visa 10 year visa Elite visa whatever route we go its time for a little payback after everything Ive done for the wife and daughter. Im going into the Ill buy you fly mode. Hard to explain but I aint going there to stress about visas and houses and cars the wife needs to learn how to do this visa stuff for me. Shes more than capable.

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    I can see that attitude ending in tears…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    Regarding this visa thing. I’m not really backing out totally but for the most part I’m going to MAKE my wife take over responsibility for keeping me legal
    Although getting the long stay marriage visa can be near comical when immigration folks show up at your home to take pics of you and wife to prove you guys really are married, suggest the wife get the marriage visa via the 400k in the bank route.

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    I intend to take the route of dependenant child. Once the dependant child O visa has been established I am told the rest is easy. Although my experience in TL means nothing is easy when it comes to dealing with the govt but in fairness I could say the same dealing with the Oz beauracracy at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Although my experience in TL means nothing is easy when it comes to dealing with the govt but in fairness I could say the same dealing with the Oz beauracracy at times.
    Always finding the least difficult no matter where you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Although getting the long stay marriage visa can be near comical when immigration folks show up at your home to take pics of you and wife to prove you guys really are married, suggest the wife get the marriage visa via the 400k in the bank route.
    Think I mentioned earlier but maybe not that I did the marriage visa back in 2007. Did it all myself. After that for 2008 and 2009 my school did the annual extensions for me. All I had to do was take the package to immigration, hand it to them with a smile and walk out with the annual extension approved. Loved that shite!

    Once the social security kicks in come 2024 think I’ll be looking to do the new 10 year “retiree” option that’s supposed to be available next month if the paperwork to prove the income isn’t too onerous. Thankfully a year or so to watch to see how it unfolds.

    Either way … whatever happens … sabai sabai … I ain’t even stressing over it.

    Willy: Tears we’re flowing when I fooked up my wife’s first US citizenship application and she got denied …

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    Congrats on the retirement SK.

    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    Regarding this visa thing. Im not really backing out totally but for the most part Im going to MAKE my wife take over responsibility for keeping me legal.
    My wife takes care of all my Visa requirements here as I did for her while we lived in the US from her 10 year Visa to enter US then greencard to US citizenship. She has it all dialed in and a friend at immigration so I don't even go anymore except for the annual renewal for the extension of stay where it's signing every page of the app, then gone.

    On the Dog suggestion, I'd really give that "Walking the Dog" idea a revisit. IMHO it's extremely problematic due to owners who don't control their dogs and leave their gate open and Soi dogs. I used to try and run my Labrador to the river for a splash but had way to many other Dog issues to make it enjoyable and some folks took exception to my cattle prod as a means to keep their dogs away( worked awesome btw) Haha. I recommend a good quality mountain bike for local quick transportation. I use mine almost daily to the coffee shop then to the river park.

    HW has offered up a comprehensive list of suggestions. It won't take you long to settle in.

    Good Luck on the weight loss goal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    I was thinking I could take advantage of the exchange rate instead of waiting until whatever it is in October.
    Ahhh, the slippery slope of Forex predicting! Of course, the rate might be 10% better or worse in October and what makes it even more difficult is you're now betting on (or against) the rise or fall of two different currencies at the same time, one being U$D where the value is based on things like balance of trade figures, unemployment rates, foreign debt, political stability, bank interest rates, GDP figures, and about a hundred other variables that the guys who trade Forex for a living get right about 50% of the time when coming up with their forecasts. The other being the Baht which is based on whatever they want it to be valued at with no apparent reason! Good luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    I’m not really backing out totally but for the most part I’m going to MAKE my wife take over responsibility for keeping me legal.
    That'll be interesting. Obviously the foreigner has to step up to the plate when it comes to getting a Thai through the minefield of foreign country residency visas but you'll be the first foreigner I've ever heard of whose Thai partner did all the leg and paperwork to get them a visa to stay here! Again, good luck!

    Edit: looks like Stumpy's wife is getting his visa sorted but with the assistance of a "friend in immigration." Thats a different story..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    looks like Stumpy's wife is getting his visa sorted but with the assistance of a "friend in immigration." Thats a different story..
    Yeah I have been very fortunate with my wife handling all that stuff. I feel like I have the elite visa without all the money fronted.

    On her friend, apparently she knew her from back in the day and as time has gone on they have reconnected. She didn't know she worked at immigration. But I will say, my wife has said that she gets no favors from her at the office. They just know each other and say hello which makes the visit easier. The immigration office is pretty straight up in these parts. All nice folks from my experience. My wife has this all in template format now and zips through it. The 90 day she drops by on a shopping trip to Lampang City. In all my years here doing my visa before meeting my wife, immigration is all about how you are as a person entering and how organized you are with your docs. The folks that I have witnessed at various immigration offices go in with missing information then get spun up and start on with their nonsense and they get no help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post

    Willy: Tears we’re flowing when I fooked up my wife’s first US citizenship application and she got denied …
    I’ll bet. A mistake like that can cause a divorce!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    The folks that I have witnessed at various immigration offices go in with missing information then get spun up and start on with their nonsense and they get no help.
    Which is why I never set foot in an IO! They're known to actively make it difficult for people doing long term visas at Jomtien IO so they'll use an agency next time, then everyone gets their cut with nobody's blood pressure being tested. The system works perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    The system works perfectly.
    For those that understand it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Which is why I never set foot in an IO! They're known to actively make it difficult for people doing long term visas at Jomtien IO so they'll use an agency next time, then everyone gets their cut with nobody's blood pressure being tested. The system works perfectly.
    So what’s the cost to use an agency to do the long term visa for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    The system works perfectly.
    And let's face it, there are...umm...unique circumstances in Pattaya which discourage IO staff from being in the same room as punters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    So what’s the cost to use an agency to do the long term visa for me?
    I pay a bit over 300 bucks for my yearly Retirement visa renewals, and would gladly pay a shitload more to avoid the hoops and take-a-number queues and general *let's fuck this guy around* attitude that some IO who's having a bad day might bestow on foreigners who are unlucky enough to find themselves sitting in front of them. No thank you, life's way too short for that shit.

    I already gave the details of the guy I use who's the best in the business in Pattaya at getting long term visas, contact him and see which way he thinks is best for your circumstances!

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    I agree with HW. If you live in or near a high traffic tourist area, I would likely just use an agent. Those particular areas must have an interesting mix of reputable folks and a lot shitbags that go in with an attitude. On the flipside I suspect the IO people know how to exploit that. Once you get outside those high traffic tourist areas, IO visits are a cake walk. My annual extension of stay fee is 1800 bht.

    Interestingly the company I work for would take care of all of it through the broker here. My wife declined and said she would prefer to to do it because when I retire the process is seamless versus having to figure it all out. My company still pays the expenses including my Work Permit.

    While SKs choice, unless Pattaya is the long term long stay location I'd locate outside any tourist location and travel to those places as I felt I needed too.

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    ... or not!

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    Got an email last week from the Thai consulate in LA wanting more hotel reservation documents. Stuff I already sent. So instead sent them my marriage paperwork and the wife’s house book for the disaster zone dump of a house she owns in Patters … approved visa in hand via email today.

    Also got the international driver’s license today at AAA … $20. Also picked up some maps they had. One for Bangkok and another which I haven’t even bothered to open up to look at yet. Think it’s the whole country. Probably worthless but another $20 for them and in the suitcase they went.

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