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  2. "Thailand represents 58.1% of total international tourists".....figures for Chinese arrivals are about 10 million....so in fact then, the true number if tourists is really only about 19 million....
  3. If it's a worry, book an hotel for the first night and move him to your place the next day, but do a TM 30 for him, or whoever does TM 30 for you. A few years ago, most Bagpackers just looked up some hotel in the Lonely Planet and put that on the entry form. Never actually stayed there- found a cheap place on Khao san Rd. These days I don't know if they computer link TM30 to entry card address.
  4. Its a lump of rock nothing more, what people "believe" is just nonsense,like all religions and origin stories providing no evidence for their lack of understanding.
  5. Thank you [emoji1317] Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
  6. Interesting, as both Holland and Sweden have been in the news the past few weeks about increasing the age limits and reducing benefits in the future. Does the "pension systems" include private funding as the UK PP schemes are still the best investment to make with tax breaks...Every pound invested gets you 28pence or 56 pence as a higher rate tax payer from the government....with TFC and drawdown plus not tied to purchasing an annuity makes it a no brainer.
  7. Thousands rush to climb Australia's Uluru ahead of ban FILE PHOTO: Tourists crowd a trail as they attempt to climb the Uluru, a large sandstone rock formation at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia September 25, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. Koki via REUTERS SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of people are rushing to climb Australia's Uluru, ignoring the calls of indigenous people to stay off what they consider a sacred monolith, before the ascent is permanently banned at the end of the month. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1130200-thousands-rush-to-climb-australias uluru ahead-of-ban/
  8. Thousands rush to climb Australia's Uluru ahead of ban FILE PHOTO: Tourists crowd a trail as they attempt to climb the Uluru, a large sandstone rock formation at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia September 25, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. Koki via REUTERS SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of people are rushing to climb Australia's Uluru, ignoring the calls of indigenous people to stay off what they consider a sacred monolith, before the ascent is permanently banned at the end of the month. Visitors will no longer be able to scale the Australian landmark, formerly known as Ayers Rock, from Oct. 26, following a decades-long campaign by indigenous communities to protect it. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed 348-metre (1,142-ft) rock, famed for its deep red-ochre hues, is a top tourist draw despite its remote desert location near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The upcoming ban has drawn a throng of visitors and it is the busiest it has been in more than a decade, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park manager Mike Misso told broadcaster SBS News. "We know it's certainly in the hundreds and probably nearer 1,000," Misso said, referring to daily arrivals. "There's definitely a lot of people wanting to climb, but actually our same message that we've had for a number of years is Parks Australia and traditional owners requesting that people choose not to climb," he added, referring to the federal agency which helps manage national parks. Most visitors do not climb Uluru. The Anangu people, the traditional owners of Uluru, have called for the climb to be closed since 1985, when the park was placed in indigenous hands, due to its spiritual significance as a route their ancestors took. Safety and environmental concerns are also cited as reasons not to attempt the climb, the park says. To commemorate the climbing ban, the park will conduct a public celebration on Oct. 27, 34 years after Uluru was handed back to its traditional owners. Australians are still the most common visitors to climb the rock, followed by the Japanese, according to Parks Australia. (Reporting by Paulina Duran in Sydney; Editing by Karishma Singh) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-10-24 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  9. Yeah lets show the whole story though (4.6 billion) not just the last 800k years , which is that tiny flat bit at the end of this graph
  10. Some Trucking Companies in America have GPS systems, in order to Track Shipments, and also check the drivers 10 Hour compliance. Amazing what some Tinfoil can do.
  11. Trump says Turkey's ceasefire in northern Syria now permanent, sanctions lifted By Steve Holland and Makini Brice U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the conflict in Syria with Vice President Mike Pence at his side in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday a ceasefire in northern Syria is now permanent and lifted sanctions on Turkey as a result, rejecting criticism of his decision to pull out U.S. troops that allowed Kurdish allies to come under attack. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1130199-trump-says turkeys-ceasefire-in-northern-syria-now-permanent-sanctions-lifted/
  12. Golden Dragon Restaurant (or maybe) China Dragon Restaurant Definitely something Dragon 3rd road Part between flyover and Pattaya Tai South Pattaya I noticed this place on the from Jomtien baht bus detour because of construction. It looked kind of cheesy from the bus but you never know. It's not an area that I would usually stop at. If you're in this area and have seen or see this restaurant could you do us a favor and have a look at their menu and report about it here? Or even eat there, he he. Thanks
  13. Trump says Turkey's ceasefire in northern Syria now permanent, sanctions lifted By Steve Holland and Makini Brice U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the conflict in Syria with Vice President Mike Pence at his side in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday a ceasefire in northern Syria is now permanent and lifted sanctions on Turkey as a result, rejecting criticism of his decision to pull out U.S. troops that allowed Kurdish allies to come under attack. In a White House speech, Trump described the truce as a "major breakthrough" negotiated by a team led by Vice President Mike Pence. Trump said he instructed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to rescind sanctions imposed on Turkey after it attacked the Kurds "unless something happens that we are not happy with". "Countless lives are now being saved as a result of our negotiation with Turkey, an outcome reached without spilling one drop of American blood: no injuries, nobody shot, nobody killed," Trump said. He said he may meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan soon. The speech failed to blunt attacks from U.S. lawmakers over Trump's abrupt decision early this month to withdraw troops out of northeastern Syria to clear the way for the Turkish incursion. Congress was still working on a sanctions package of its own to punish Turkey for its cross-border offensive. 2019-10-23T163520Z_1_LOV000LBERCKV_RTRMADV_STREAM-2000-16X9-MP4_SYRIA-SECURITY-TRUMP-ROUGH-CUT.MP4 President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that Turkey claims it is stopping combat and making a ceasefire in northern Syria permanent. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Kurdish allies who helped the United States in its war against Islamic State militants felt abandoned by Trump, whose policy created an opening that Russia has capitalized on by moving forces into the area. The fate of Islamic State militants in Syrian Kurdish prisons also remained up in the air. A senior Trump administration official, briefing reporters on a conference call, said while most ISIS (Islamic State) fighters remained under lock and key, it appeared that a small number had escaped from prisons. Turkey was responsible for rounding them up, he said. "We're keeping a very close eye on the situation with the ISIS fighters," the official said. The official also expressed wariness about Russia's movement of forces into the area as part of an agreement with Turkey. There is no indication that Turkish forces have attacked local populations as feared by critics, the official said. The controversy over Trump's Syria pullout has contributed to a climate of chaos in Washington, where Democrats are seeking to remove Trump from office through impeachment over his attempts to get Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor to excoriate Trump. "Three weeks after first announcing the troop withdrawal, the president does not seem to have a clear strategy for securing the enduring defeat of ISIS and fixing the mess he’s created in Syria," said Schumer. Trump continued his drumbeat of criticism of past U.S. efforts to keep American forces in the Middle East. The United States will "let someone else fight over this long, bloodstained sand," he said. (Reporting by Steve Holland and Makini Brice with additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Lisa Lambert and Steve Holland; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Sonya Hepinstall) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-10-24 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  14. Mr Tums on Soi 3 Cosy Beach Rd. First Soi on the right after the 711 on the corner. A cheap family run Thai restaurant with some foreign dishes including oysters in garlic butter. No loud music or loud sport. A nice family run restaurant. Not worth crossing town for but worth a visit if you are in the area.
  15. Yeah the British pension is appalling ! My dad would get literally peanuts to survive on. Where I live I could retire in Thailand comfortably on what the social security have estimated what I will get .
  16. No. With a METV you get 60 day stay on arrival ( don’t forget the day you arrive is day one) You can extend that 30 days if you want in country. Then with a METV you can go back to London on the 60 th day ( lets say ) and stay in London one or two weeks then come back to Thailand and stay 60 days again and then fly to London ( let’s say) for a week then come back to Thailand again for 60 days. The consulate will issue you the METV with a return ticket to London but next time you don’t need it. They don’t know your plans but it’s not uncommon for someone to return home in 60 days and come here again.
  17. and the stupid redtape for retirees and long stayers i think was left out here. I like many longstayers regularly invite their families over yealry. I would have atleast 3 visits of a week to a month at a time of my family that would hire cars, stay in dancy hotels, etc, etc.. My family will never head back to thailand though becauae they now see the double standards, racism, scams and greed that does not for a nice place to be. Ita fact!! We will be leaving for good in the near future because the requirements arent realistic anymore forthose that aet families up here so long ago uneer much different circumstances. I e lived in Thails over half my life and feel its been a huge waste.....
  18. Already said my piece earlier in thread. Including pointing out misquoting of Carl Wunsch. Provided evidence of this that was ignored... Never called anyone a liar or a basket of anything as far as I recall. Please back up these allegations.
  19. Trudeau will enact most of the above. The good thing he's done is rationalise some drug laws and thus set an example to the world. Decent Canadians no long live in fear of para military police anti drug thugs
  20. So these currencies are crucial to the the tourist industry; But these nationalities are the ones that come; So it would seem a good marketing ploy to target those who are not using those currencies that have taken a hit from the strong Baht. . . . . Oh wait a second that might be a very limited target market.
  21. They do regular checks for permits during the picking season, often netting Asian contractors exploiting other Asian workers. So much of the labour market now done through hire firms, huge under payments have been uncovered
  22. No. Hes not ex special forces and he's never fought for his country. Hes an unreconstructed hypocritical 'woke w@nchor'.
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