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  1. Thanks for the link. I had assumed it meant Lonely Disenchanted Old Pensioners.
  2. Your proposal looks good based on your assumed figures. The reality is very different. Expats, being on the whole older people, are likely to need more than an average of 100.000 bahts worth of healthcare. Consider this : I read that over 75% of the TOTAL australian health care budget is spent on people in the last three months of their life. Staggering numbers. Redo you proposal using say 10 million baht average instead of 100,000. Don't forget that once something becomes 'free' people will overuse the service and people will flood into the country. Supposing the government healthcare is opened to all - in my opinion the visa/ extension of stay would be adjusted to the point that only the very wealthy expats would remain in Thailand. Be careful what you wish for.
  3. Ask your neighbours how they feel about a foreigner babbling on all night in a language they don't understand to people in another country they will never travel to. Always two sides to everything!
  4. That's a big help for the OP in trying to fix his air conditioner.
  5. It doesn't really matter the cause of the unpaid bills. It is a problem that, apparently, needs to be solved. I can't see requiring OA visa holders to have insurance will solve it to any large degree. And that is who the government are targeting at this time.
  6. This topic has gone way off. The thread started off about insurance becoming mandatory for holders of oa visas, nobody else. However it would not make a lot of sense, in the future, to keep this requirement for someone who's visa allows for a twelve month stay, maybe stretched to two years, and not extend this requirement for longer stay people. Not the use of the word requirement. Many people say they do not wish to purchase insurance. That will not be an option if indeed it does become the requirement. A requirement leaves no wriggle room apart from not complying and running the risk in a similar manner to those on overstay. However people may recall some months ago when this came to public attention the spokesperson mentioned a couple of options for health coverage, one of those being insurance and another being money in the bank. Is it purely coincidental that the 400k requirement for retired folk matches the 400k insurance level.? Maybe, maybe not.
  7. That's the coolant with or without anti-freeze?
  8. I stayed quite some distance from the consulate so had to pay about 1500 baht in total for tuk tuk fares including to/from the border. The area I stayed at was quite nice, near the river and night market. Some half decent restaurants and bars in that area. The wife came with me so we treated it as a mini holiday. If you want to save money try Avalon as mentioned previously as it is much closer to the consulate. I initially looked at staying there but it was booked out on our days, as was the other Avalon, called Avalon residences I think. We stayed at a place called Vivanouk. A 'boutique hotel' Think a b&b without breakfast or television!! Basically an old 3 bedroom (French/European style) place done up as a small hotel. Shared bathrooms, one inside and one outside. The owner ( a very attractive Laos girl) uses one bedroom and rents the other two out. We quite enjoyed it. Many posters say to avoid Monday's and Thursday's. I went on a Thursday - details in a previous post on this thread.
  9. I can assure you the cost of the Daikin electronics board for the reverse cycle air conditioner in Australia was 600 dollars, the cost in baht is irrelevant as baht is rarely used in financial transactions in Australia. I guess you are using US dollars in your 18,000 baht calculations. Guess what? we don't use them in Australia either. Nor Swiss Francs, Krugerrand nor Laos Kip. I'm surprised that someone with your knowledge of the financial world was unaware of this. Happy to educate you. Maybe someone was pulling a fast one, but it certainly was not me. The new air conditioner was 1600 dollars. Any further questions? Sometimes a smartarse question deserves at smartarse answer.
  10. Similarly they used to do here years ago. Had to close at say 2am but could open at 2:01 am
  11. Bring back prohibition!! That worked so well in the USA. Stopped all the antisocial behaviour and violence associated with alcohol didn't it?
  12. Seven years ago I left a club in Walking Street and walked down the road, plenty of shops opening then. Stopped at a street bar for a beer before heading back to the condo on a motorbike taxi. This was at 7am. It was happening back then without ill effect, why should it be any different now? My personal view is to go to back to the effectively 24 trading for the bars and bars. People have enough and go home at their own pace. No pressure from their friends to stay a little bit longer until the club shuts. Don't underestimate the power of peer pressure. All a fixed closing time does is ensure a great number of very possibly drunk people spilling out onto the street at the same time. A recipe for trouble.
  13. It may have escaped your notice.....nobody is asking you, let alone asking for you to vote.
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