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  2. Very helpful and shows me how out of touch i am , 10 years since my last flight.
  3. Can also buy plants at the Tuesday/Friday Soi Buakhao market.
  4. Now if you had eaten some yoghurt before you started imbibing, the result may have been different. Burgers are the orts and leavings of an abbattoir floor. Your chundering has no connection with my proclivities.
  5. Let me get this straight. You haggle over 10 baht fares for the baht bus, and now you are considering become part of the elite??? Okayyyyyyyyyyy........
  6. I thought that apart from the language forum, on English is allowed here, so would you care to print that in English?
  7. Notice that there has been no crack-down on the B visa. These people are a real asset to Thailand. Unlike retirees, they pay tax and create employment. I would postulate that the number of B visa holders would be close to how many hold retirement visas, yet, they are far more useful to the country than retirees.
  8. Perfection is not achievable in this world. Just to see sensible & steady progress in rural Thailand is a godsend. With the technology increasingly in place, cultural change & economic progress will follow - but it will take a decade or 2. And then Thailand will be like everywhere else and tourism will come to an end.
  9. In our area at the low end they offer 10mbps unlimited for 250/month which is both way faster and way cheaper than mobile internet. They run fiber optic lines to the most remote and poor people out in the middle of nowhere you can think of. Stop complaining about everything and dreaming up conspiracy theories. Props to a good and successful program.
  10. Thai navy boards cabin of fugitive 'seasteaders' facing death penalty By Panu Wongcha-um A floating home, lived in by an American man and his Thai partner, is pictured in the Andaman Sea, off Phuket Island in Thailand, April 20, 2019. Picture taken April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer BANGKOK (Reuters) - The Thai navy on Saturday boarded the floating cabin of a fugitive U.S. citizen and his Thai girlfriend, both prominent members of the "seasteading" movement who possibly face the death sentence for setting up their offshore home. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1096277-thai-navy-boards-cabin-of-fugitive-seasteaders-facing-death-penalty/
  11. and just what makes you think I'm a Texan?
  12. Thai navy boards cabin of fugitive 'seasteaders' facing death penalty By Panu Wongcha-um A floating home, lived in by an American man and his Thai partner, is pictured in the Andaman Sea, off Phuket Island in Thailand, April 20, 2019. Picture taken April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer BANGKOK (Reuters) - The Thai navy on Saturday boarded the floating cabin of a fugitive U.S. citizen and his Thai girlfriend, both prominent members of the "seasteading" movement who possibly face the death sentence for setting up their offshore home. Thai authorities have revoked the visa of bitcoin trader Chad Elwartowski and charged him and his partner with violating Thai sovereignty by floating the cabin 14 nautical miles off the west coast of the Thai island of Phuket. The cabin had been promoted as the world's first seastead by the group Ocean Builders, part of a movement to build floating communities beyond the bounds of nations as a way to explore alternative societies and governments. "I was free for a moment. Probably the freest person in the world," Elwartowski posted on Facebook on April 13, days before the Thai navy raided his vessel. Elwartowski, 46, was not on board having apparently fled after a surveillance plane flew overhead the previous day, along with his partner Supranee Thepdet, whose Facebook page describes her as a "Bitcoin expert, Trader, Chef, seastead Pioneer". The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok said Elwartowski had engaged a lawyer and was being provided with appropriate assistance. The Royal Thai Navy had planned on Saturday to seize the structure and tow it back to shore for use as evidence. In a video posted last month detailing the construction of the floating home, Elwartowski said 20 more similar homes would be up for sale to form a community. Elwartowski and Ocean Builders say the vessel was in international waters and beyond Thailand's jurisdiction. But Thai authorities say the structure is in its 200-mile exclusive economic zone and therefore a violation of its sovereignty. A Thai navy task force on Saturday inspected the floating home as it prepared to tow the structure back to Phuket. LEGAL PROCESS "We will invite technical units and officials who have inspected the object to consult on the methods of towing to minimize damage," Captain Puchong Rodnikorn, chief of staff of the Operations Squadron of the Third Naval Area Command, said. "Once the sea house reaches the shore, the owner of this house can come to inspect it, as well as come forward to the Thai authorities in order to prove themselves in the legal process," he said. The navy said it had evidence that the floating home was built in a private boatyard in Phuket and the couple wanted to establish a "permanent settlement at sea beyond the sovereignty of nations by using a legal loophole". It said the action "reveals the intention of disobeying the laws of Thailand ... and could lead to a creation of a new state within Thailand's territorial waters," adding this would undermine Thailand's national security as well as the economic and social interests of maritime nations. In an email reply to Reuters, Elwartowski referred all questions to the Seasteading Institute and pointed to online statements from the Ocean Builders website. Elwartowski and Supranee are members of Ocean Builders, which has denied they were planning to set up an independent state or "micro nation". The group said the pair did not build, invest in or design the floating home themselves, but were "volunteers excited about the prospect of living free". According to Ocean Builders, the concept of seasteading has been discussed for years but the cabin Elwartowski and Supranee lived on was the first attempt at living in what it described as international waters. Other groups, such as the Seasteading Institute, which was originally backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, have sought to build floating cities with the cooperation of host nations. -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-04-21
  13. I would not be surprised if those on the 800k / 400k method are given a hard time by immigration, on purpose, because they are not making and corrupt payment from them. In any case, I agree with you. When one does the maths, and I have posted the maths in a previous post, those on the 800k / 400k method may very well be asking why am I going to so much trouble, and paying around 2500 baht more a month than the guys that just go and pay 20k baht to an agent, and receive the same visa, and they get to keep their money in the safety of they home country, earning around 6% to 8%, instead of moving that money to an unstable country, only earning 1.5%, with control on how they use of their own money. Is it possible, if agents are allowed to continue to operate, it can be win win for expats and immigration? Expats get a cheaper and easier visa, and you retain control of your money, and immigration officers get rich on corrupt payments. I don't condone corruption, but maybe all of this mess could end up in a positive result for the individuals involved, with the Thai banks missing out, therefore, to a degree, the Thai economy.
  14. Housing problem? No, not at all. The problem is the very high population of foreigners living in Thailand. The contribution to the Thai economy by retirees is tiny. Total tourism only accounts for 17%. Maybe it should be you doing the research. Me trolling? Nope. You just don't like what I'm saying. Still waiting on your explanation on why the government has done this.
  15. What decisions would those be, considering that "nearing puberty" is like 11 years old?
  16. Yes you can have foreign currency deposit accounts within Thailand. And what you say is one of the selling points. How do you know exchange rates are going back up?
  17. Your PM is elected and he therefore speak for the people and will be accountable in the next election. This junta PM is not elected and therefore do not represent the feelings of the people and unaccountable to his policies. Non of his policies were discussed and debated in Parliament. You need to understand the underlying sentiments of the people and judged fairly.
  18. Per your request and since you are so polite, we dispatched a crack team of international investigators to Latin American and discovered none other than a Mexican shop Cheap Charlies El Baratero in Mazatlan, Meanwhile a quick google forensics analysis shows that the word stingy can be said a few different ways depending on the country your in. In México "tacaño" or codo, In Spain: Tacaño, cutre o agarrado, In Chile: apretado. (tight), Others mezquino. The bad news is that this may throw the OP's departure date back by another 2-3 years as he has a couple of extra words to master. Most other people can learn Spanish in a few months. It's one of the world's easiest languages.
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