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  1. Seems like some of the posters might mingle with another group of expats on Samui than I do...
  2. The Bent Pyramid about 25 miles south of the Great Pyramids however clearly has eight sides... The official explanation is that when the older pyramid in Medum collapsed during the construction of farao Sneferu's pyramid, the angle of the sides was changed, and there the bent shape. This is waht is left of the Medum pyramid... This 3D schematic shows the original outline; first a tower or step pyramid was build, and then the sides and angles messered from the top, it's the inner tower that still stand...
  3. I presume of course that the pub of course didn't served any alcohol to guests under 20 of age...
  4. What KPMG states does however normally not include dividends that has been withheld taxed in a country with a DTA (Double Tax Agreement), you might need to check the DTA for the country in question. For some countries the DTA states that you even can get the dividend tax reduced to 10 percent, following the Thai dividend tax, if the withheld dividend tax is higher than 10 percent, but you might need to apply for it year-by-year – I have to, so I talk from experience, I need to be registered as tax resident in Thailand, and make annual tax return form for the year in question, and apply for certificates for both. For US – the origin of the dividend in question – the DTA says in Article 10... However all other income is income-taxable in Thailand if transferred into Thailand during the same calendar year as it's earned, but again depending of the DTA some income might be excluded. Many states for example also exclude retirement pensions, even the WTO-model for DTAs says that retirement pension is taxable in the country of tax residence. You might see the expression in DTAs like "...can be taxed in both contracting states", meaning, that if one state tax it, it cannot be double taxed, as there is a DTA. Edit: Link here to PDF-download of all present DTAs with Thailand.
  5. 15 percent dividend tax is what I pay from US stocks, I'm also non US-resident (I'm European). The bank where I have my trading platform and stock deposit takes care of the approval – it's a Scandinavian bank – I believe it runs for three yeas, and can be renewed; I've got my renewed a couple of times. There are no tax in Thailand of foreign dividends where tax already has been withheld, so you can tranfer the dividend into Thailand the same year as it's earned.
  6. New Zealand have had no new vases for longer time than Thailand so far, NZ also had, or still have(?), very strict border controls. According to WHO a country if free of Covid-19 after 30 days with no new reported cases. According to that definition Thailand should be safe now, as long as borders are kept under strict control.
  7. Therefore, even Thai law states about property owned before marriage is separate property, a prenuptial is always a good idea, and for example include words like "a Bangkok condo, or whatever might replace it". However, there might be clauses that already takes care of that. I read in another thread a post saying, that inheritance during a marriage is not considered common property. In my home country a Last Will might include that inheritance, or whatever might replace the inheritance, cannot be common property in case of marriage, but shall always remain separate property. I use the same wording in my Thai last will, in case I should not be able to use everything myself...
  8. I've often been dreaming about making a kind of Great Pyramid replica, but higher than 9 meters, an at least 1:10 replica so almost 15 meters or more high. However, in my visions it would a nice finish, and more authentic inside structure, the latter just in case pyramid power exists – I'm curious, but also skeptical with both legs solid planted on the ground – experts says it has to in the correct internal position to gain full pyramid power. Anyway a nice try from the Russian couple, but not one like that I'm dreaming about having in my garden when I win the Euro-Lotto jackpot; lack of same is mainly what have held me back so far to materialize my dream...
  9. I use both Bangkok Bank and SCB and have foreign transfers to both, I never had a problem. My company also use SCB and have foreign transfers directly coming in. Normally cheap bank-to-bank SWIFT-transfers from Europe usually takes three bank-days. For my private transfers I began to use Transferwise, it's both little cheaper in total – i.e. compared to various fees and exchange rate, even my Scandinavian bank has a very favorable Internet bank option that I use – and funds are available next bank-day. Even a few hundred baht extra in the pocket from each money transfer warms a bit, when the exchange rate to Thai bath is as bad as now...
  10. Exactly... With a quota of up to 1,000 incoming foreigners in a day – if that many is coming with the choice of either a 14-days self-paid quarantine, or a 4,000 baht Covid-19 check upon arrival – it mean up to 30,000 new arrivals in a month, according to the suggestions in latest news articles. How many stranded foreigners, that would wish to stay put, are here; 30,000, or...? I read some weeks ago that there were an authority estimate of still around 10,000 "stranded foreigners" in the southern province; i.e. mainly Krabi, Phuket, and Surat Thani. These foreigners do contribute to the local economy by renting rooms and eating, often from local restaurants now they have re-opened. Forget visa and permitted stay for now, i.e. extend to visa-amnesty, and keep these foreigners as long as they wish, until the situation begin to normalize..
  11. I seem not to be "most people", as I had to Google "Boracay" to realize that a once famous Philippine party island became boring...
  12. The magic seems to be than when a man reach a certain age, it's Okay that the wife – or girlfriend – is half his age. Perhaps that's why some men change wife several times, i.e. a half-age wife from when you were 36 years old would be an old lady, when you are 70 years old... However some Thaivisa posters seems the prefer quarter of age, i.e. the stories we read about the 72 year old gentleman with the 18 year and one day old girlfriend – I look forward to 72 next year...
  13. I don't think it's Social Security, the so-called welfare card was given to a number of low income earners that registered for it – about 12 million people earning either less than 30,000 baht a year, or less than 100,000 baht a year – and they didn't need to be member of the Social Security-system. The Nation Thailand "Universal welfare ‘at risk’"
  14. Another news story mentioned "direct flight" so that must be Utapao, if via BKK only transit is allowed, cannot leave the airport.
  15. A sample of some great old stuff (of mine, for example) remixed with contemporary beat and rhythm can do it – even as a number one in download on Beatport... – I talk from positive experience...
  16. It's Samui – my excellent local Thai lawyer learned me that there is a looong way from Bangkok, where they write the law, and all the way down to samui...
  17. Your main problem here could be legality as parent, depending of if you already has been approved as father by court. Your name as father on a birth certificate means legally nothing, when not married (I'm father to a Thai child also, not married, but luckily no problems). To my knowledge you need a DNA test when the child is minor, and a court decision, whilst from the child's age of 7 approval as father can be done in the local district office (amphor), with approval from both child and mother (I did that). You might need single custody to take care of you son. Sometimes a lump sum of money can clear it, a question of negotiation. I'm sorry that I cannot suggest any solution, gambling can be a difficult addict to cure.
  18. Well, in most cases I would not do anything – or rather if in the for a farang very affordable places – perhaps order something else. Twice in almost 20 years I've complained. My neighboring restaurant served me the worst bad smelling fish I ever experienced – it was a so-called fish'n'chips dish that normally is relative expensive in Thailand, must be the price of "chips" – and for once I complained; they excused and didn't charge me for the dish. I was wondering if that was made from a dead fish that has been on display for several days in the "fish boat" by the menu card stand, and by mistake out-and-in of the freezer several times... And once I ordered beef stroganoff in a mid priced tourist restaurant – which dish I've had excellent experience with from a few other local restaurants – the dish came last of all dishes in the group, and I'm quite sure the cook had never seen a real "beef stronagoff"-dish and just made-up something in Thai-way-of-imagination with lots of big chili, so I complained, mainly because it was a slightly up-priced big turist oriented resort. I didn't eat it, and I wasn't charged for it either. Kind off lost expectations, so I also lost my appetite, as my friends shouldn't wait for someone in the kitchen to find a recipe and try again... –As I normally always look at the bright side of life, I got an excellent free-of-charge slimming-diet that day...
  19. Sorry, no instant video available, but you can have a great cool still...
  20. And even more July 1st late evening impressions from Chaweng... The beach road in Chaweng is often a bit dead by night life time, but it's more dead than usual now due to most beachfront resorts are still closed – including Ark Bar and their beach parties – there are no new foreign tourist arrivals at the moment... Soi Green Mango... Temperature control, Thai Chana app for check in, and hand gel, and then you're allowed inside... ...inside Hush Club, Samui's HipHop RnB venue... The usual night market is also back in action... –And so, back in action, is almost all the usual life behind the beach area, with live bands in packed venues that typically attracts mainly Thai clients. On my way to Chaweng I noticed that all the usual local restaurants are open, and also most of the few bars on the Ring Road from Maenam – and as usual not many guests there – and the the girls, probably the usual birds, were sitting in front of the small karaoke bars, so everything seems fairly normal now...
  21. More July 1st late evening impressions from Chaweng... Chica Loca Bar with live band (use to be great reggae music there)... Soi Sound, will probably renamed to soi Hard Rock Hotel at some point in the future... And a look the other way in that soi... The beach road in Chaweng... Soi Solo, or perhaps rather "soi Stadium" now...
  22. Some July 1st late evening impressions from Chaweng... Night action in the Old School Bar... The parking area behind Green Mango... The street in front of Black night club... Party in Black... Some angels waiting for Gery – or just some of Gery's angels...
  23. Who mention "domestic"..? International passengers can be in transit in Bangkok, bit not allowed to stop over – i.e. leave the airport for a trip into Bangkok – that's what's said in the article.
  24. Some July 1st impressions from deserted Chaweng with not one business open...
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