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Banana7

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  1. Many roads/sois have no sidewalk and the sidewalks that do exist are full of obstacles, holes, uneven surfaces and are narrow, rarely can 2 fat farangs walk side-by-side. Pattaya doesn't seem to be designed or engineered for pedestrians. Pattaya has a wonderful opportunity to become pedestrian and family friendly, by repairing all of the existing sidewalks and adding nice sidewalks to all heavy pedestrian traffic streets.
  2. One original residence certificate from immigration (3 days old) , one colour copy (signed) of residence certificate, original for MC license, copy for car license. Both original Thai license. For each license, one each of the following, (each page signed), passport photo and data page, passport extension of stay and multiple re-entry permit, current arrival stamp. Also included copy of original non-o visa and arrival card, but I'm not sure they were needed. No medical certificate.
  3. Which transport office? Department of Land Transport (Banglamung Branch) 143 Moo3, Nongplalai, Chonburi 20150, Tel (038) 221 299 (Pattaya) Banglamung near Regent's International school.
  4. Renewed my 5 year car and MC licenses Feb. 21, 2019. Arrived at 7:20 a.m., 70-80 people in line already. Received queue number 016 for desk 11 from the lady sitting outside the front door. Doors opened at 8 a.m., about 200 people had arrived by this time. Invited to go upstairs to desk 11 at 8:35 a.m. Clerk checked documents, then sent to room 1 with a red card. At 9:20 a.m. invited to go to testing area. Tested for colour blindness, and depth perception only. 9:35 a.m. test completed and returned to room 1 to watch movie, all sound in Thai, about how to drive properly and some horrific accidents. Had to sign a big register book while attending movie. After movie, received documents, with old licenses and passport. Told to sign a document verifying address, and other details. Next, line-up to desk 15 to pay 760 baht. After paying, received blue card 630, waiting for photo session. 2 out of 3 photo stations were operational. 11:15 a.m. photographed for licenses. 11:45 a.m. received 2 new licenses.
  5. Is the land transport office in Bang Lamung open on Feb. 19, 2019? This is Makha Bucha day, or Magha Puja Day is also known as Sangha Day or Fourfold Assembly Day, it is also designated as a national holiday.
  6. With all the new immigration requirements, especially the financial requirements, to retire in Thailand, and increasing prices, and appreciating Thai Baht consider moving to the Philippines. Philippines has an attractive offer, a special retirement resident visa (SRRV). Check here: https://pra.gov.ph/ The SRRV is a lifetime visa and its holders are exempt from Bureau of Immigration requirements. SRRV-holders are also eligible to work, study or invest in the Philippines. Here are the benefits of an SRRV: 1. Indefinite stay with multiple-entry/exit privileges; 2. Exemption from: • Philippine Bureau of Immigration ACR-I Card (Annual Report) • Customs duties & taxes for one time importation of household goods & personal effects worth up to US$7,000.00 Tax from pensions & annuities • Travel Tax, if retiree has not stayed in the Philippines for more than 1 year from last date of entry • Student Visa/Study Permit 3. Access to the Greet & Assist Program at selected Philippine airports; 4. Free subscription to the PRA Newsletter; 5. Discount privileges from PRA accredited Merchant Partners; 6. Free assistance in transacting with other government agencies; 7. Entitlement to PHILHEALTH benefits & privileges. Note: There is a one time USD$1,400 SRRV application fee for the Principal and $300 for spouse and each dependent. You have to complete a SRRV application form, have a current passport with a valid entry visa, medical examination clearance, police clearance and NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) clearance, twelve 2"×2" ID pictures and supporting documents if your spouse and/or dependents will be joining you living in the Philippines.
  7. The Chonburi Land Transportation Office, over on Highway 7, near Pattaya, state their office is open 8:30-16:30, as indicated on the door. However, that doesn't mean they are fully open for business. In fact, the office will not undertake any transactions which require cash, after 15:30. So you want to pay your plate tax, or do anything that requires a cash payment, it's best to arrive before 15:30.
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