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  1. 11 minutes ago, Pattaya46 said:

    Several members mentioning "millions of expats" concerned by this BE decision. Seems to me totally ridiculously high figures. Does anyone know a more realistic number of expats in Thailand ?


    Or better: How many expats ?

    - who are farangs ?  (I think I once read "nearly 3 millions", including many young and/or working)

    - and, who are over 50 ?

    - and, who use Retirement Extension ?

    - and, who use Income Letter ?

    - and, who are from UK ?

    No idea of the answers to any of those, but I think there will be a brain drain if there is not a u-turn on this

  2. 5 hours ago, gentlemanjackdarby said:

    If one is over 50, Malaysia requires a fixed deposit in a Malaysian bank of MYR 150,000 (USD 36,118 or THB 1,189,358) AND a monthly income of MYR 10,000 (USD 2,408 or THB 79,240) and the fixed deposit is now required - no more 'monthly income' only.


    If one is below age 50, the fixed deposit is MYR 300,000 (USD 72,236 or THB 2,378,716)


    And it's been rumored that the Malaysian government is considering raising the fixed deposit amount to MYR 500,000 (USD 120,393 or THB 3,964,525)


    I can certainly understand a government's desire to attract 'quality tourists/retirees', whatever that may mean, but with those amounts, especially the rumored increased amounts and speaking as someone who can afford it and had been considering Malaysia, I think those 'quality retirees' will be very thin on the ground

    I worked that out years ago, marriage to a Malaysian was the answer  then they require practically nothing apart from the fact you are still breathing

  3. 7 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:


    Yes, I have the same issue as you, in that I rarely use or update my bank books. And so in talking with my bank staff, I learned that they each have a set amount of time during which their update machines will print out every transaction, a couple of weeks to a month or something like that. And if the update interval is any longer, then the update machine merely gives you a one line status as of that day, and not any of the many transactions that may have preceeded it. To me it's just stupid, but that's the way the Thai bank systems work.


    That's not stupid, that's pathetic

  4. 15 hours ago, Rally123 said:

    Have said it a couple of times in this thread but everyone needs a 'plan B' in case 'plan A' goes tits up. As in this case. No 'plan B' then you deserve what is coming. Sorry

    I have been foot loose and fancy free for 30 odd years

    20 years ago I purchased a landed property next door for when I wanted  a respite from travelling 

    When the second Brit wife kicked me into touch I found a Malaysian wife

    5 year visa as compensation no financial requirements one hour at the local immigration office every 5 years all done

    Now thankfully I am above all this what's going to happen next as I can put up with the hassle of just being the occasional tourist these days

    It's swings and roundabouts that's life as far as I am concerned

    I actually feel for those who might be affected in a bad way by what now seems to be happening you have my sympathy, if only because of how the Thai authorities have conducted themselves in the past

  5. 7 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:


    I still think that the point Kieran00001 is making on a 'case' basis is pointless as the blame and cause of the incident is impossible to mistake given the video evidence. 


    However, from a perspective of preventing further incidents the point Kieran00001 makes carries validity in that should the NZ driver have been found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or other 'skill altering' substances, or proven not to have been driving with due attention, or any other issue which may have resulted in his potential to react, then any potential finding of an investigation may act as a preventative measure towards further incident. 


    In this case its clear there was no opportunity for avoidance, but that may not always be the case. 


    It is for this reason that I now understand why Kieran00001 has been so stubborn with his comments. He is right. If involved in an incident and if an investigation were to 'find something' which could prevent another incident and is handled correctly we are all potentially in a safer place when on the roads.


    There is a bigger picture. Its clear the outcome and blame (morally and legally) would not be altered in this case, but there exists the potential to prevent further 'grey area' incidents from future occurrence. 


    I believe this to be the point Kieran00001 has been trying to make, but in the light of forum weighted opposition (myself included) the light of his argument has not been given the opportunity to shine in balanced minds. 






    Well any death should be investigated, but this is Thailand not the real world

    Thousands of investigations each year 5555555 OK if you say so

    It sounds like you are expecting actions from the Thai authorities akin to what happens in a nanny state

    If the population want to continue to hasten their own demise who are we to interfere

    As I have said "SO BE IT"

  6. 12 hours ago, Kieran00001 said:


    Wasn't your point that you felt there is no need for an investigation as it is clear that the motorcyclist was mostly to blame?  Mine is that even if the car driver is just 1% to blame, that blame should be noted and the driver, if necessary, charged so as to negate the chances of them making the same mistake in the future.

    The solution is in their own hands, if they insist on ghost riding so be it

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  7. 6 hours ago, Catkiwi said:

    No excuses for the clown riding in the wrong direction. Forget all of your investigations and just accept the fact that - that was the root cause of the incident. Contributing causes may include the Kiwi being pissed or tired or whatever but if the wrong direction clown wasn't doing what he has probably done a thousand times, driving in the wrong direction, there would have been no incident and he may have lived another day to ride in the wrong direction again. Case closed!!!

    But but but

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  8. 2 hours ago, balo said:

    Why are you still arguing about the video ?  It's there , you can all see it. 


    Motorbike  at top speed and the car at a speed over 90 km/h , almost no reaction time.    


    But if it was me I would never end up in the right lane, my Nissan March take it slowly in the middle or left lane.  Could it have been avoided ? Not in the right lane. 









    If it was not suicide, then it was rank stupidity on the motorcyclists part

    Either way its just another one gone

  9. 2 minutes ago, Fairynuff said:

    I’ve had two accidents so far in my time here. The first time a guy overtaking me forgot he had a trailer and pulled him n front too soon hitting my front wing. He agreed it was his fault until his boss turned up at the police station and changed his story for him. The police took some time but agreed he was wrong. The second time I was hit by a teenager on a motorcycle. The police tore a strip off him and so did his dad. Nobody tried to blame me. The foreigner doesn’t always get blamed, only sometimes.

    No deaths involved just might help a little

  10. 7 minutes ago, dinsdale said:

    It's actually easier to see the closing speed of a motorcycle (or any vehicle) in daylight without lights on. Again difficult to to tell but the bike (you can just see before 'the helpful circle') is maybe 100+ metres down the road. Also I would guess that 75% of the closing speed you mention was the car. Bit slower i.e. speed limit it may have been a different outcome.?

    You are correct different actions lead to different outcomes, with hindsight

    Foresight is much better as far as life expectancy and road usage is concerned though

  11. 10 minutes ago, AL said:

    Not only in Thailand. Unfortunately a similar accident has occured yesterday on a french highway near Avignon. A car was going the wrong way, it collided and killed a motorcyclist .... 

    It is very rare. About 3000 die on the french roads every year, 25000 in Thailand. For approximately the same population. 


    I bet that was a genuine mistake by the car driver

  12. 18 minutes ago, tropo said:

    I'll tell you what I have noticed after many years of riding bikes here. Bikes often ride on the wrong side of the road and on-comers usually see them and give them space. It is so commonly done, no one tends to get upset. It upsets foreigners much more than Thais, that's for sure. It used to really p** me off, having to make way for people on the wrong side of the road, but now I've adopted a Thai attitude toward it.


    Perhaps the Thai motorcyclist expected that the Kiwi would have seen him and moved over, much as a Thai driver would have. He certainly had lots of space on the road. He didn't count on the Kiwi sleeping at the wheel.

    He took far too much for granted if you are correct, especially as his life was at stake

    He wont make the same mistake again



  13. 3 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

    On a city road two lanes in either direction with a central divide... I was on the inside lane and someone stepped off the pavement and started to walk straight towards me. 


    I was traveling at about 40-50kmh... there was a car to my immediate right so I couldn't change lanes. 

    I wondered what on earth the guy walking towards me was doing and when was he going to get out of the way. As soon as I realized he wasn't getting out of the way I had to break sharply and stop in front of him. The pedestrian, a Thai guy, about 40yrs old, looked fairly middle class just carried on walking towards me the stepped back on to the footpath... (there was no blockage on the footpath for him to avoid). 

    I wonder if this pedestrian realized how much pain I'd saved him by paying attention to the road ahead of me.

    I still wonder what on earth, if anything, was going on in his head. 


    Thus: This motorcycle rider who died was probably not thinking anything, or he may have simply entered the road and thought he was in his correct lane, not on the wrong side of a divided highway. 





    He thought he was riding his moto

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  14. 6 hours ago, Ubongirl said:

    overherebc, thank you for your advice again.  I was very afraid to take him anywhere, I was thinking what if he got arrested on the street, it was a lesson for us not to follow the rules. Next time when he comes here, we will follow the rules strictly.


    If you dont play nicely all you do is make a rod for your own back these days

    There has been a sea change in Thailand over the last few years the good old days are gone for ever

    In your case alls well that ends well, plus you have had a nice easy ride in this thread because over stayers are not normally the flavour of the month

  15. 7 minutes ago, zzaa09 said:

    I'd be curious to know what the per day charge for overstay violations might be....


    I know that the whole overstay scheme was revamped a couple of years ago - little more stringent and realistic now.

    [took 'em a coupla decades to figure out this beneficial element] 



    Remembering the days of old when overstay fines were a straight B500 per day and a max of B20,000 - regardless of one's overstay time.....2 months or two years. And no blacklisting if fines were paid in full. Easy easy. 

    I have rattled around for 25 yrs plus never saw the need for an overstay anywhere so cant help you

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  16. 13 hours ago, OnTheRun said:

    Would a Filipino get 90 day visa exempt in Malaysia? I traveled there with Thai work colleagues who only received a 30 day entry while I received the 90 day exempt as you mentioned.

    I never gave that a thought as I have always been a self centered individual

    I have just had a look 

    Please except my humble apologies for spouting BS where citizens of the Philippines are concerned

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