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  1. Actually the tie may be a strip of bamboo, softened as mentioned above. Haven't seen that for sale in the market but haven't really been looking.
  2. The light coloured "tie" is a natural fibre, part of the leaf I believe. The dark strip around the sandwich in the right picture is also a part of the leaf. The lady across the street from me often makes a "khao lom mat" dessert (sticky rice with banana inside, wrapped in banana leaf and steamed). She buys the banana leaves and washes them, then leaves them out to dry. Cooks the rice, cuts the leaves into strips, puts some rice on a strip, a piece of banana, some more rice on top then wraps the rest of the banana strip around it and ties it off with that lighter coloured fibre before tossing them into a steamer. I think that fibre is a part of the central stem of the banana leaf, sliced into thin strips. Maybe soaked (boiled) for awhile to make it more pliable before being used. Next time I see her making some I'll ask her about it. Some places will make similar dishes but will fold the banana leaf strips "upwards", fold them over at the top and secure it with a bamboo skewer.
  3. The cabin boy, the cabin boy, the dirty little nipper.... <remainder snipped to avoid offending anyone>
  4. Personally I would go talk to an ACTUAL lawyer instead of asking for advice from random strangers on the internet, most of whom will have NO idea of what the law actually states. Especially if you are going to get into a possible legal dispute with some locals. Couple hundred baht to talk to a lawyer beforehand vs 10s of thousands of baht in potential legal fees afterwards and no, saying you heard "differently" from some other (anonymous) farangs on the internet is not going to buy you any slack in a legal dispute (if it comes to that). But hey, that's just me. Feel free to do whatever you want.
  5. I'd just do (2) wire transfers, both for a little under 10k. I'm guessing you have a bank account in Mexico. You could transfer one sum to that account and the second sum to your account in the US. Or both sums to the same account. Or wire one sum, spend some of the balance on your holiday, close the account (or just empty it) the day before you leave, convert the baht to US $ at the airport and fly home. Carrying 90(+) x $100 bills will be a pain though. Personally, I'd do a wire transfer, then a second one a couple days later, then empty the account of whatever is leftover on the last day (could even do it at the airport using an ATM). If you have the correct wire transfer information (including IBANN and/or SWIFT code) it shouldn't be a problem. I think the banking system confirms the number before the transaction is processed so it's not like the transfer will "disappear" into thin air. I've never had a problem with a wire transfer. (Note: American banks like IBANN codes but Thailand uses SWIFT. Check with the American/Mexican bank you want to send the money to and see if they have both codes - just in case Thailand won't/can't use an IBANN code. This was an issue for me when I was having my salary wire transferred to Thailand as my Canadian bank wanted an IBANN number but was still able to process the transactions using the SWIFT code. Not sure if the Thai banks are able to do the same thing so it would be better to have both codes if possible.) No requirement to tell the Thai bank why you are doing the transfer or that you plan on closing the account either.
  6. Of course anyone who qualified (or still qualifies) under that clause would be 80+ years old now. And anyone wanting to try for it would not only have to show that they had a Non-O prior to the change in the rules, but would also have to prove 20 years of consecutive Visa/Extension stamps as well - without missing a single day between any of them. I'd suspect there are very few people left that are still "grandfathered" under the old clause. But keep it in mind when they (eventually) change the requirements again. I can already imagine all the threads from all the people who will screw it up and then claim that "their case is different" and that they should still be grandfathered.