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    One of my last impulse buys before I move to...

    One of my last impulse buys before I move to Thailand. Hopefully will provide many years of enjoyment.

    Unless our container falls into the sea.

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    ^ Why?

    ^ Why?
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    Sticky: Looks like my easy trip home to Thailand in two...

    Looks like my easy trip home to Thailand in two months is slowly slipping away.

    I was just getting excited about a quarantine free experience.
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    My mother had a big plant just like that when we...

    My mother had a big plant just like that when we we're kids.

    For some reason one day I pulled off a leaf and broke it in half and touched it on my tongue it burned like crazy but I had keep quiet...
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    ^Thanks there definitely interesting. I hope to...

    ^Thanks there definitely interesting. I hope to see a few myself.

    I'd like to see those little golden beetles as well.
  6. Can't say I miss old Jeff at all. Maybe his red...

    Can't say I miss old Jeff at all. Maybe his red repos "burp" :smileylaughing:

    Has he even been to Thailand in the past 30 years seems he tried to outlast all the original members who knew he was...
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    We have a flowering shrub that attracts these...

    We have a flowering shrub that attracts these cool beetles. I've only ever seen them for sale as jewelry in the markets.

    Our caretaker told my wife there were loads on that bush during the rainy...
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    I will report back how the online process works...

    I will report back how the online process works out. I have already started and so far it seems easy.
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    Thanks for all the replies. As others have...

    Thanks for all the replies.

    As others have said it looks like doing the non-immigrant o visa based on family is my best option.

    The Thai embassy website is quite easy now and don't even have...
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    If I come in on a 60 day tourist visa then work...

    If I come in on a 60 day tourist visa then work on the marriage visa after I arrive could I buy a one way ticket? Or would I need to get some throw away flight.
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    I guess these are a few of the reasons a 20 year...

    I guess these are a few of the reasons a 20 year Elite visa would be nice.

    What's an extra million at this point :smileylaughing:
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    No updates? Mendip must be keeping busy.

    No updates? Mendip must be keeping busy.
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    Thanks to everyone for all the helpful info. ...

    Thanks to everyone for all the helpful info.

    I'm still recovering from paperwork overload getting the wife and dog safely back to Thailand so will probably start on this in a few weeks.

    I did...
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    Taking in the view one last time before the long...

    Taking in the view one last time before the long trek north.

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    Thanks for the warning but there aren't to many...

    Thanks for the warning but there aren't to many wild dogs in the village.

    I'm more concerned about wildlife in our garden like snakes, scorpions, red ants, water monitors, and all the other nasties
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    I really was hoping they would find a nice 15-20...

    I really was hoping they would find a nice 15-20 kg piece but no such luck just a few ratty old 100's
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    No children thankfully or I'd probably be working...

    No children thankfully or I'd probably be working another 10-15 years. :)

    Thanks for all the responses.

    Would I start this process while I am still here In America or does it have to be done...
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    Thanks it does sound like the marriage visa is...

    Thanks it does sound like the marriage visa is best but thought there may be another option as well.
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    Ha definitely no award but they do charge extra...

    Ha definitely no award but they do charge extra :smileylaughing:

    They will drive back and stop off in BKK for a night at her cousins house. An unfortunate trade off for doing the sandbox.
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    Which visa

    Asking the diverse group here what is my best visa option.

    I'm 49 and married to a Thai. I do plan to go back to America once a year for 4-6 weeks for the first few years.

    I am still in the...
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    Dee probably thinks this is his new home. I think...

    Dee probably thinks this is his new home. I think he will like our house in the village better having a few rai to explore.

    The hotel manager told my wife he is the first dog to stay there.
    ...
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    And just like the blink of an eye a week has...

    And just like the blink of an eye a week has passed today is their last day.

    Tomorrow checking out early and starting the long trek to Tak.

    He isn't named Chock-dee for nothing. Even though he...
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    I've asked the wife to keep an eye out for a...

    I've asked the wife to keep an eye out for a chunk of that whale vomit as it could recoup some of my travel expenses.

    No luck so far hopefully Dee is looking to.

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    He does seem to be...
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    ^ Good idea to leave the dog home. It's just not...

    ^ Good idea to leave the dog home. It's just not worth all the hassle for a holiday.
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    I'm not sure as I didn't come along it was just...

    I'm not sure as I didn't come along it was just the wife and dog.

    I assume they slept as a stewardess came to make up a bed for them. I can't imagine there are many flights longer it must be on...
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    No offence taken. It is definitely BS. But...

    No offence taken. It is definitely BS.

    But luckily available for us because they wont let Boston Terriers fly in cargo and he is to heavy for Korean Air. So it was really our only option to get...
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    Dee was ready to go for these horses on the...

    Dee was ready to go for these horses on the beach.

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    As the hotel wouldn't refund our extra week my wife's cousin has come to use another room. They will be going off on some adventure.
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    Luckily for once traveling from the US they still...

    Luckily for once traveling from the US they still have the emotional support animal loophole and if that is used there is no limit.

    But as I found out on most airlines it 7 kg or 15 pounds...
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    It is an enormous amount of paperwork. I'm not...

    It is an enormous amount of paperwork. I'm not sure I would go through it for a holiday unless she planned to stay several months.

    I think for in cabin it depends on size.

    Chock-dee is over...
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    The hotel has a great breakfast buffet I hear. ...

    The hotel has a great breakfast buffet I hear.

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    looks like there is still a bit of nightlife going on.

    I see someone is doing a bit of night surfing. :)

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    All true my wife did a great job dealing with the...

    All true my wife did a great job dealing with the dog on that journey.

    I'm not to sad to have missed that part.
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    Yeah the luggage alone is tricky. Not to mention...

    Yeah the luggage alone is tricky. Not to mention the long drive ahead back to Tak.
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    I must admit I'm feeling a bit left out. 77260

    I must admit I'm feeling a bit left out.

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    Thank to all. It does seem to me more...

    Thank to all.

    It does seem to me more desirable than a hotel quarantine.

    But as we know things are changing often with the rules so it's difficult to decide which path to take.

    We chose...
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    Yes it is a great question. He didn't pee or poo...

    Yes it is a great question. He didn't pee or poo for the entire flight.

    But did pop at the airport in route to an outside area where he had his first pee in a loooong time.

    Thank god no one...
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    Then down to the beach. It looks so nice and...

    Then down to the beach. It looks so nice and quiet around but she said there was still a lot of trash on the beach.

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    It looks pretty clean to me .

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    And best of all hardly any...
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    Once they arrived she got some help from a nice...

    Once they arrived she got some help from a nice worker with her bags and headed for the tests and immigration.

    Soon they were in the van headed for the hotel.

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    Then into the room...
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    Wife and dogs' sandbox adventure

    My wife has beaten me back to Thailand and taken the dog as well. I haven't seen much about the Phuket sand box and wanted to share their experience.

    So far it seems hands down better than...
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    Sticky: Well it seems the manager of my wife's sandbox...

    Well it seems the manager of my wife's sandbox hotel is a real tosser.

    No refund for the extra 7 days will be offered.

    So she has family coming to stay in another room to use the extra week...
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    Sticky: It looks like a refund for the extra week can be...

    It looks like a refund for the extra week can be arranged with the hotel.

    I will verify when it happens.
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    Sticky: I wonder how hotels in Phuket will react to the...

    I wonder how hotels in Phuket will react to the new 7 day rule if you already booked for 14 days.

    I just booked my wife in for two weeks for the sandbox deal landing Oct.13 but now it seems she...
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    Have you always been an asshole? Or just on...

    Have you always been an asshole?

    Or just on here almost without fail every time you post something your a dick.

    I'll bet you must be fun at parties.
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    Sticky: It looks like Singapore Air will be our best...

    It looks like Singapore Air will be our best option.

    There are a few hotels that will allow pets which is really the main reason to consider the sand box scheme.

    I'm thinking the moment I get...
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    Sticky: What's the latest on quarantine rules? My wife...

    What's the latest on quarantine rules?

    My wife is coming back to Thailand from the US early next month (October) with our dog.

    As of now it looks like the sand box is her best option as she...
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    After years of working on construction sites I can't say the thought hasn't crossed my mind.

    A better solution is giving a dip in water to the offending radio or "phone at full volume" these days.
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    Thanks for taking us along for the ride again...

    Thanks for taking us along for the ride again this year.

    That cabin looks pretty nice.

    You will soon be back into the swing of working but it must be hard to get going again after all that time...
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    ^ A month?
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    Have a safe trip. I'm looking forward to...

    Have a safe trip.

    I'm looking forward to following along.
  49. As stated above this was in the news in the past...

    As stated above this was in the news in the past year or so.

    Surely there are loads people with many millions in the bank around Thailand. In the US accounts are insured for up to $250k which...
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    I think I will just watch as it creeps upward and...

    I think I will just watch as it creeps upward and when the rate begins to tapper off or hold steady for a week I will make my move.

    I have constantly missed out over the years with buying houses...
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