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  1. 14 hours ago, PatOngo said:

    How can an airline within a country of 68 million get to such a state? Meanwhile, not too far away in a country of 26 million: The Qantas Group has achieved an Underlying Profit Before Tax of $1.30 billion and a Statutory Profit Before tax of $1.27 billion for the Financial Year 2019.

     

     

    Perhaps too much Southeast Asian and Middle East competition concentrated in a small area? Especially Air Asia, Malaysian, Singapore Air, Cathay Pacific, EVA; then further afield there's Qatar, Emirates, Etihad and some newer mainland Chinese ones such as China Eastern. Australia is far removed from these locations geographically, but, yes--Qantas also has significant competition going in and out of Australia.


  2. 1 hour ago, fruitman said:

    Saudi doesn't pretend to be green environment freaks like australia does.

     

    Last flight i sit in the plane next to an aussie who flew to Europe to join an environmental happening of vegans...when i asked him if flying to the other side of the world was also bad for the environment he only could smile...

    Should have taken a sailing ship like Greta Thunberg. If she had her way, all transport would be by bicycle or sailing vessel. Imagine the collapse of the world economy.

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  3. On 9/26/2019 at 7:13 PM, RichardColeman said:

    10,000 baht a week will easily cover the 200(2nd)-400(1st)  baht visa agent charge to cover the 800k. and 100,000-150k should easily cover your initial set up costs if not living the high life. Just answering 

    With ordinary studio and one-bedroom flats going for 6 to 10,000 baht a month in Chiang Mai my favorite city in Asia, eating an American breakfast for 35 baht at a small restaurant, lunch--make a sandwich-- and a nice open-air Thai dinner for 50 baht, total B1500 a month; 9000 for rent (there are plenty of places cheaper than that); intermediate basic health insurance, B7500, internet 1000, pay-as-you-go cell phone 600, groceries 6000, incidentals 3000, transportation (tuk tuk or Songthaew) 300. This is a modest lifestyle and does not include a car or going out to bars and totals about 29,000 baht or currently $966.  I didn't include satellite or cable TV because personally I would skip that and continue paying for US Netflix and Amazon Prime using a VPN (total $26/mo.) And you can skimp on the groceries if you eat the aforementioned cheap and good breakfast and dinner outside, sandwich for lunch inside.  I'm retired and currently live in a decent one-bedroom apartment in Boise, Idaho (city of 400,000 including suburbs, with a large university) and my budget is $2100 a month, and that's with a nice car, even though I could do without one--everything I need is within a mile, and the closest supermarket is basically just across the street). If I can live off $2100 a month including a car with insurance, repairs and petrol in the United States, you can live off $966 or $1000 (B30,000) in Chiang Mai with no car. I don't know about Bangkok but the latter is not my cup of tea. Personally I don't care for beach towns in Thailand, nor would I want to live in Udon Thani. Of course, you have to deposit $25,000 in a Thai bank for a while if your retirement income is below a certain threshold, but it's still your money that you can withdraw later.


  4. 15 hours ago, taichiplanet said:

    thanks for the link. for some unknown reason a link won't show the sort results; so have to select Thailand in the 'any country/region' drop down.

     

     

    Mae Fah Luang and Mahidol universities are ranked in the 600-800

    Chulalongkorn University 800-1000

     

    The rest are 1000+

    Chiang Mai University

    Kasetsart University

    Khon Kaen University

    King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

    King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok

    King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi

    Mahasarakham University

    Naresuan University

    Prince of Songkla University

    Silpakorn University

    Srinakharinwirot University

    Suranaree University of Technology

    Thammasat University

     

    Malaysia has 13 - 1 in 301-350, 1 in 501-650, 6 in 801-1000

     

    Malaysian universities don't belong in any chart or ranking. Students are as restricted in speech as those in China, with the added Muslim interference. And the quality of lecturers is just that--all they do is lecture and learning is, of course, by rote.


  5. 14 hours ago, tso310 said:

    The percentage of overseas students is very interesting. We've just been in Edinburgh and Glasgow visiting one of our daughters and the number of Chinese students studying there is massive. 

    There are 1/3 of a million studying in the U.S. All of the English-speaking nations are popular university destinations. But the Chinese rank the U.S. ones higher than Oxford and Cambridge compared to the British-biased THE. Harvard is the designer name in China, (not Prada or Birkin) followed by all the ones of similar rank such as MIT, though many seem unaware of some of the other Ivies such as Brown or Penn.  Since there are about 60 institutions of higher learning in the Boston area including Harvard and MIT, it's often said in China "Oh, I went college in Boston." (sources: my own observations, and Annie Wang in "The People's Republic of Desire.") And then there are the CCP loyalists who keep tabs on and rat on the democracy-oriented Chinese students, especially in Australia.

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  6. 4 hours ago, Chazar said:

    we  could also never  fly  500 years ago

    Scientists do believe, however, that we can time-travel to the future. They believe we can devise a way to travel *almost* at the speed of light. I don't recall the technical explanations, but it was interesting, and put forth by astrophysicists, not amateurs. They could conceivably travel to the nearest star system in about four years.  Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, which form a binary pair. They are an average of 4.3 light-years from Earth. The third star is Proxima Centauri. It is about 4.22 light-years from Earth and is the closest star other than the sun. When they returned to earth, as you know, time is relative and eight or nine years of near-light speed travel would equal many decades of earth time, just as Einstein proved and has even been proved by using atomic clocks on aircraft. (Two synchronized clocks, one on the plane and one on land; when the flight's over, the plane's clock is a few milliseconds behind earth's clock.)

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  7. 6 hours ago, Teee said:

    I gave up on Thailand last year after 2 years.

    Bangkok so expensive...and when i came back end of the year for 2 weeks then a month in April...WOW!!! cheaper to live at home in the UK. Well not unless you eat filthy polluted food of the street.

    Even condos are getting expensive to rent...to live in comparison as home min 35000bht...hey same rental as UK.

    My ex gf who i lived with paid 10000bht a month for a small 35sq foot.

    Toooo small. Cheap...but not what i moved to Thailand for to lower my living standards

    No disrespect to all you old expats...why would you want to live Bkk?

    Maybe easier to pick up a young asian buy her meal drinks and get your leg over?

    For you over 65s thats cool for you...till your money runs out which the way the currency is now will get worse before in a couple of years maybe recovers.

    My ex (fillapino) kept having a go at me saying i was counting (watching) my money too much. Considering we used to go beach every 3rd weekend if she was not working and trips to Cambodia (great place and cheap) Vietnam Malaysia and brought her to the UK to meet my family and see her family...i would tell her....if you dont count your money then eventually you run out.

    She does not understand that money dont grow on trees ha ha

     

     

     

    Chiang Mai still seems to be a great bargain in a much better city. I checked rentals a few weeks ago; there are still plenty of apartment for 7 to 10K baht that are adequate for westerners.

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  8. 2 hours ago, Cabradelmar said:

    Thailand is not where you want to retire is you plan to stay in BKK. Just too expensive. Vnam, PI or Cambo are the up and comers... Way better value right now

    Vietnam is fine as long as you avoid Saigon like the plague. What an awful city (traffic-choked by motorbikes, and you can't walk the sidewalks either because the motorbikes are parked everywhere, and also, families who own the shops sit out front and cook.) I haven't been to Hoi An but hear good things about it. A friend of mine runs an international school in Yangon. It seems like a pleasant place to stay for a while, and I imagine the women are amazing if they're anything like the Vietnamese in terms of beauty.

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  9. 2 hours ago, burner2014 said:

    You got it all right. 

    I hope this happens, as this will increase the value of Euro to THB immense. If your money comes from "Europe" then this is the best case scenario. 
    In addition as everyone will loose their home/cars (can't pay the loan) and maybe jobs, this will also decrease the costs of some goods in Thailand.

    The Euro is in the doldrums at 110 per $100. I'm waiting for 35 baht to the dollar, as it should be, not 30.

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  10. 4 hours ago, zydeco said:

    So what are we supposed to do? Carry around four or five canvas bags all the time? Because I often go to supermarkets when the chance arises during the day. Unless you're some ancient old foggy who has nothing else to do all day but plan trips and who has made a religious fetish out of crusading against plastic, you have a life to live and that means you need a flexible schedule, not some etched in stone rule about lugging around canvas bags at work and in taxis.

    Just keep the canvas bags in your car.


  11. 5 hours ago, CygnusX1 said:

    Exactly! So many holier-than-thou people driving their 2 tonne SUV to the supermarket and then proudly using  cloth bags. I don’t have a car in Thailand, and almost never use my car to go shopping in Australia, probably saved the petroleum equivalent of a million plastic bags over the decades.

     

    As usual, the Europeans have it right - give out plastic bags for a small charge. Tops’ 1 bag free day a month is moronic. In addition to banning free plastic bags, how about also banning free supermarket car parks, give people an incentive not to use their cars for short shopping trips.

    It's always pissing rain in Europe. And you want to go shopping in the late fall and winter there?


  12. 7 hours ago, Bangkok Barry said:

     

    I don't know if they still do, but Russians used to carry a net bag with them that squeezes up into almost nothing for exactly that reason. But I'm going back a long way, to the days when sometimes there were shortages and then a desired item suddenly appeared in the shop and it had to be bought now while it was still available.

    Old Soviet Union joke: Babushka lady stands in line all day for some meat. When she finally gets inside the shop, she says "I suppose you're out of meat, right?" "No," says the man behind the counter, "I'm out of fish. The guy who's out of meat is across the street."

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  13. This all sounds so stupid. Where I live in the States, supermarkets simply sell you (optionally) a strong canvas bag that is neither too big nor too small. No need to unfold it and all that nonsense. If you tend to buy large amounts of goods, get two bags. They're hanging by the checkout counter and you pick one up for $1.50 or something like that. I've been using the same ones for years--and they're a hell of a lot easier to use than plastic bags. You can also buy smaller ones for smaller stores. Thank heavens there is no such thing as a 7-11 the size of a closet. In fact, there are no 7-11s where I live. "Drug stores" are essentially large convenience stores with a pharmacy in back. Most gas stations also have smaller convenience stores.

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  14. 13 hours ago, JAG said:

    According to Wikipedia they are second hand/refurbished rather than new.

     

    I wonder whether they will have the various bolt on additional armour (ceramic armour plates and slat armour cages to defeat RPGs) that were fitted to them as a result of experience in Iraq? They don't appear to have the new V shaped hull which is designed to be resistant to buried IEDs.

    Mind you, they also have the ability to send text messages - which should go down a storm here!

     

    The machine gun mounting, capable of being operated remotely from inside the vehicle, will be jolly useful in a hostile urban environment - no need to poke your head out of the top when you want to shoot at angry people on rooftops who may be throwing or firing things at you.

    Could be a stock photo.

     

    13 hours ago, JAG said:

    According to Wikipedia they are second hand/refurbished rather than new.

     

    I wonder whether they will have the various bolt on additional armour (ceramic armour plates and slat armour cages to defeat RPGs) that were fitted to them as a result of experience in Iraq? They don't appear to have the new V shaped hull which is designed to be resistant to buried IEDs.

    Mind you, they also have the ability to send text messages - which should go down a storm here!

     

    The machine gun mounting, capable of being operated remotely from inside the vehicle, will be jolly useful in a hostile urban environment - no need to poke your head out of the top when you want to shoot at angry people on rooftops who may be throwing or firing things at you.

     


  15. On 7/29/2019 at 6:06 AM, richard_smith237 said:

    Correct, if comparing directly to the US (which I think the Op was).

     

    As a reference: Petrol / Gas in Thailand is cheaper than many places and cheaper than the global average: 

     

    USA Price Av:              $0.812 Liter

    UK Price Av:                £1.28 Liter  (US$1.58)

    France Price Av:          €1.34 Liter (US$1.49)

    Thailand Price Av:       THB 36.34 Litre (US$ 1.18)

    World Average:           THB46.88 Litre (US$1.53)

     

    It would be interesting to see the 'cost of labor' (or mechanics cost per hour) for work carried out on cars when being serviced. 

     

    I know many brands are offering free servicing and 5 or even 7 year warranties of new cars these days. 

    The latest (July 29, 2019) petrol price (for regular) in the United States is $0.74 per liter = 22.2 baht.

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