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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    One for Bangkok and another which I haven’t even bothered to open up to look at yet.
    You won't use them SK, Google maps works really well. Get the UK version and you can learn English too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    Also picked up some maps they had.
    Maps???

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    I love maps, good in you SK

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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?
    Storekeeper, I missed this message a few days ago. Wise lets you hold many different currencies in the same account. I haven't tried but I'd guess Thai Baht would be on the list.
    I only keep some GB Pounds in mine for the reasons mentioned earlier: it means I can just log on to Wise on my phone and send money to my Thai account or sometimes to my children in UK, pretty much instantly. Also the debit card means I have a backup and can withdraw funds from ATMs anywhere, for example I'll be in KL this month and if I run out of readies I can just go to a machine without the pain of Bangkok Bank taking the piss on bank charges on my Thai debit card.
    Personally I don't do anything sophisticated so GB Pounds from my UK account is easy. It could make sense to exchange money now with the USD at such a level if you had a big purchase looming in Baht in Thailand and you were betting the Baht would rise between now and then. With the Baht around a ten year low against the dollar that might be a fair bet. Or not, I am not offering financial advice. It is simply a way of taking the risk out of future exchange rate fluctuations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    Also picked up some maps they had.
    I like old school maps. Leave them in the trunk and they are there when you find yourself without signal or battery or your phone gets stolen.
    I use Google maps all the time and mostly they are very good. Sometimes though it is nice to sit with a paper map and look at the geography and places of interest and maybe choose a route that Google didn't offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    n 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.
    I was in and out of immigration twice every 90 days for years and the only time I had a problem is when I made the mistake of calling my first lawyer to chat with them. What a fooking stupid thing to do. After learning that lesson, it was pretty much smooth sailing every visit but I do have to admit it was fun watching idiots getting pissed off at the immi staff, at times it was hard not to laugh.
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    Sat here enjoying my last night in my condo. Really not sure when I’ll make it back this way. Went from 2004-2012 without a visit to the USA so know it could be a while cause I really hate flying.

    So we’ll be heading to the airport tomorrow afternoon for a late flight (AM) and arriving mid day on Friday. Wow! It’s really happening.

    Only AO knows this but I had been waiting several weeks to see if an offer would come through for a house on 5.5. acres back in Ohio on one of my recently deceased Uncle’s property. And just last week it did. I had asked for first dibs to see if I could be knocked off course. It didn’t work.

    The amount I could get for my condo would be more than enough to pay cash for the property. More than enough even to buy or build a posh pool villa in Thailand. In the end I chose to put my condo in a trust to allow my step-daughter and youngest son from first marriage be roommates. Both of them are here and both of them have jobs and their personalities and lifestyles are a good match to make it work.

    So, on to the next challenge. Time to get my chill on.

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    Nice Job SK..... Come on over and enjoy the last of the rainy season with all of us....

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    One of the nicest guys on here - I hope it all turns out how you wish it to!

    Have a good flight (planes are relatively safe, don't worry so much)






    Let us know how you fare, mate.

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