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  1. How do you not see a bus???? .... What more can be said about this,? Stupidity in the extreme... Thr bus driver did well. The fortune driver needs to be banned before he/she kills someone, imagine if the fortuner pulled out in front of those bikes....
  2. I'm using SIM2fly right now in Japan... It seems to be working OK. Speeds OK, but haven't tried streaming video yet. It's 400b for 5GB for 8 days, then another 300b for a further 3GB. So... It works OK in Japan... No reason to suspect it won't in Europe.
  3. Yes... It's possible. I have the Thai Elite Visa and when I worked here I've had to Exit & re-enter on a type B & apply for extension of stay based on work permit (or something to that effect). ---------- I had a minor issue on entry once after a trip back to the UK. The project I was on was was aborted while I was taking a trip to the UK. I was a work permit & extension of stay which was expiring the day after I landed. The immigration officer stamped me in for one day! I argued that he can stamp me in on my Elite Visa, he said no, it had to be my Extension of stay which meant I wotld have had to depart again the following day!!!! Nor happy with that I stood firm and the Immigration officer called his boss, she listened to me and corrected the stamp for 90 days (TE visa) instead of the 1 day!!!!
  4. Tell her it's over... be polite. Don't respond to any further contact. It’s not that hard, but impossible to do without hurting her feelings. She’s already done very well out of you.
  5. Agreed... A loss of life under any circumstance is tragic... However, the lack of compassion on this thread is quite understandable. Fortunately no 'innocents' were hurt or killed.
  6. Not quite.... a number of years ago there was some political jiggery pokery and they tried to close Thai Elite down - 2 separate govournments were unable to do so and now its stronger than ever....
  7. It depends on your priorities... In my early 30’s the TE Visa cost me 1MB for lifetime - I consider it money well spent, I’ve still a while to go before retirement age. I see all these visa threads issues with renewal, visa runners, 800k in the bank threads etc... the TE visa is just simply trouble free. It was a breeze this morning when I didn’t have to queue at Immigration. It’s been easy with the Airport pickup and fast track through the airport - already 5 times in 2019 alone. The financial implications? I’ve lost far more in depreciation of cars over the same time, spent more on flights, holidays etc.... putting it in perspective the TE visa has cost me less than 100k per year so far, and with the perks (Golf, Massage, Airport Transfers, yearly medical checkup)... its works out at less. By the time I’m of retirement age that’s 20 years of visa... 50k baht per year... with the perks... AOT Limo about 20 times per year (1000b per time) a couple of golf games thrown (3000b per round), Yearly Medical (10,000 baht per time)... I’m looking at 36,000 in perks per year alone. Plus.... The trouble free visa - Priceless. The Airport fast track - Priceless... I work hard so I can enjoy life and be where I want when I want and not worry about a visa issues or airport queues if I can get away with it. The Elite Visa has been money very well spent... Would I spend 500,000 baht for 5 years now? No, I’m married (to a Thai) so no longer need to, but I’d miss the fast-tracking, not welcome the paperwork and extensions, I’d miss the other perks....
  8. You have the Compulsory insurance (Por-ror-bor).... A local dealership should / may be able to help you out securing 1st class insurance or something better to cover the cost of scraping the side of a Merc....
  9. I’m about to use it in Japan. usually I use a Japanese company and have a sim diliverd to my hotel (I use about 5GB in a 10 day trip)... I’ll see how the SIM2fly works this time... it’s much cheaper (usually about B3600 for 10 days 5GB - SIM2Fly is B400 for 7 days + B300 for a 4GB top up on the 8th day +)... I’m wondering where the catch is, or if the connection speeds are any good (4G is advertised)....
  10. I'm of a similar view point... I have nothing against smokers... If smokers consider a cigarette one of life's privileges why begrudge them an opportunity to smoke before or after a flight... Give them a nice filtered smoking room not a dingy cubbyhole... better still, give them an outside cafe in the departures area.... But... I don't like it if someone lights up near me in a cafe or a restaurant, especially if I am with my son - this is the anti-social side of smoking which I hate - but many smokers are often forced to be antisocial because they have no other option... Give smokers a good alternative... Now... don't get me started on the 'inflight farters'.....
  11. If someone knows not to use the word Farang in the presence of a westerner it certainly does not imply they are a 'Snob'.... it implies they are considerate and aware of the differing social, cultural and linguistic mores of another nation or race. Perhaps in this case you consider anyone who is educated a snob... Anyone educated using the word snob with a Westerner is certainly not trying to impress them... Only the socially and culturally uneducated can get away with their naive ignorance on this one...
  12. This interests me too... I've been riding for a short time... and quite like the idea of a night or weekend away on a ride with likeminded chilled people to somewhere a few hours outside of Bangkok.. I really fancy the idea of getting the bike on a train, traveling to Chiang Mai and having a weekend ride around that area stopping off at various places. Getting over to Mae Sot area also interests me, but its further and I think I'd need something bigger than my G310GS to make those distances more comfortable.. (i.e. the F850GS)...
  13. Why Snobs vs Genuine?... isn't that your social bias at play? That someone is sufficiently educated not to use language which maybe by some considered clumsy makes them considerate, not a snob. Equally so, because someone is 'baan-nok' (from the countryside) makes them no more or less genuine than anyone else... However, being a foreigner (seemingly more wealthy) in an area who's people you have considered "baan-nok" (i.e. poorer and underprivileged countryside people) is only likely to serve your confirmation bias that they are more-genuine as they look up to your financial status. Genuine treatment comes from those who would need nothing from you but choose to treat you with mutual respect.... Baan-nok or city rich... and if the poor use the term Farang (or falang) then its quite often used in a genuine manner because they know no better, the educated using the term farang in the presence of a Westerner seems uneducated and clumsy...
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