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  1. Actually, last time the funds didn't arrive on my SCB account may not necessarily have been due to the missing "Mr". I just assumed that, but when I checked a previous transfer made to my Bangkok Bank account from China without the Mr, it arrived just fine. I think both times there was some kind of banking stuff-up. Maybe they misspelled my name the first time round (they did, when sending to Australia after the SCB rejection) and the second time it was probably because they didn't get my account details right. Total amateurs, these guys (small rural bank).
  2. Just following on from my previous post, which i think has been adequately answered (and I now believe the reason the funds haven't arrived in this case is likely due to some stuff up at the sending bank in France, who got my account number wrong) has anyone ever had problems with funds not arriving on the Thai end because the sender didn't add "Mr" or "Mrs" to the beneficiary name? I mentioned in my previous post that I once had a problem with funds not being accepted due to the account name being incorrect (or incorrectly spelled) can't remember which one, but what if you do everything right but don't add the "Mr" pronoun?
  3. Strange...when I make such queries I receive an appropriate answer and that's that. I've never been given "attitude" but when it comes to matters like the one you describe, I just let them do what they need to do. If I was paranoid about bank staff getting access to my details, I probably wouldn't even have the courage to open a bank account in the first place.
  4. When you look at it that way, it's not really a big loss. After all, it hasn't been more than a couple of years since online grocery shopping has even been possible in Thailand. I can't remember when it came into being, but doubt it existed before around 2015. Still, sometimes technology does provide great benefits to society (online grocery shopping being one example) that if you're not able to offer a particular type of product due to regulatory reasons, it kind of makes the whole experience a little less useful to the point that you might give up on it altogether (unless you're not in a position to go out, such as if you're sick or disabled) and just go back to regular in-store grocery shopping.
  5. Yes, you may have a point there. Although I personally wasn't very impressed with the relatively autocratic way in which Thailand handled the crisis, most of that is over now and is not necessarily representative of the way things are done in Thailand, in general. Also, I felt none of that at all, since I never strayed far from my home throughout April and May and by all accounts, aside from some people wearing masks, life as I had known it previously went on as usual. Moreover, there are many countries which have handled things in a far more draconian way, including in SE Asia. The Philippines and Malaysia come to mind, as well as more recently, even Indonesia to some extent and Singapore too. Some of the worst outside of the west have been Latin American countries. Also China (especially Wuhan and Hubei) but that was mostly confined to the period between late January and early May. But now all eyes are on the west, which have handled matters in a rather draconian fashion themselves (depending on the country). Already it's striking when in China, masks are starting to come off (a local school teacher friend told me when I asked the other day, that last month students and staff alike took off their masks after 2 months of wearing them) whereas in Canada, one province is making them mandatory as of July 7, and likely to remain in force until at least September 30, by which time I expect Thailand and other regional countries like Vietnam to long since have relaxed most of their mask measures (I personally believe this will happen around next month). Also, look at all the recent heavy handed tactics introduced in some US states, which include mask wearing everywhere in public (California and Washington state for instance), also, mandatory contact tracing (also in Washington) and the list goes on. Ditto for Victoria, Australia. The authorities are going door to door in certain identified post codes (zip codes) to forcibly conduct covid testing.
  6. Oh yes, Laos is such a "cold" country separated from "hot" Thailand by the impenetrable Mekong, and in some places, by a few mountains that these locusts can't make it here!
  7. Why hasn't anyone recommended bringing tape measure with you? That way, you can measure the distance between yourself and others nearby.
  8. My situation is identical to yours. 1) lots of travel 2) Mostly to Myanmar 3) I was planning to go to Myanmar in March but the situation was deteriorating and then the borders closed. So I never needed to do any extension as until now, the longest I had ever spent in Thailand was about 80-85 days and even that was exceptionally long-usually 60 is the maximum. Now I'm possibly looking at an extension of some sort. Will wait until a decision has been made on the amnesty and then I'll know what to do.
  9. You predict wrong. Tourists still pay the higher price, and expats have generally been afforded (often unofficially) the Thai price at private tourist attractions like this one for years. Besides, why would they announce a policy change and then 2 months later reverse it? Don't be ridiculous.
  10. Yeah right. Chinese and Indians don't even know they're being ripped off. And on some signs it says right there in Chinese that they have to pay the same higher price as other foreigners.
  11. OP, same thing has been going on at "the beach" island down in Krabi. Closed for over a year already and only planning to re-open sometime next year. It helps to know your facts before making a post like this.
  12. What's free in Laos? Most tourist attractions in that country operate with dual pricing too. One or two attractions in Savannakhet recently said they would be made free, not that that makes much of a difference (not even sure if those attractions had dual pricing or not).
  13. Too bad. First of all, SETV and METV holders are technically not expats. Secondly, you can apply for a driver's license on each of these visa types.
  14. I think all travel restrictions have been removed. Several foreigners have reported getting into Mae Hong Son recently. Also, Nakorn Phanom was closed too but is now open again.
  15. They can. Official notices posted at the Land Transport Deparment and my own experiences confirm this. However, generally speaking you can only seek a 2-year licence on a tourist visa, not the 5 year one. That said, I managed to upgrade from 2 to 5 years on a double entry tourist visa back in 2014. I've since extended (on a marriage visa) to another 5 year license.
  16. Again with the Turkey option. They have daytime curfews on weekends there. Nuff said. Not an attractive prospect. Europe it is (although I understand Americans are still excluded). I think as daft as immigration may be, it's almost certain they will give us some lifeline until such times borders re-open. This piece of news sort of confirms that.
  17. Could still get the 12 month extension AFTER the expiration of the 90 days provided it's done within the amnesty period. Immigration will reportedly backdate it. Alternatively a 60-day extension can also be sought at any time (if one hasn't already been made).
  18. Oh you mean on one of 7 daily flights instead of the usual 5, half of which are cancelled at short notice and don't take me to where I want to go? And cost 3-4 times more than usual? And only departing from one single airport in the entire country, a country the size of France? Think before you make another ridiculous comment.
  19. Sorry, you mean above US$50000? I must have missed that. But yeah this transfer is definitely well below that amount.
  20. SCB website is notoriously difficult to navigate, but I just found this: https://www.scb.co.th/en/personal-banking/other-services/swift/inward-remittance.html It says I would need to provide some kind of "proof" of the reason for inward remittance? Why? Transfers I make myself to this account are always credited automatically. The transfer made from my boss' personal account last year was also credited automatically. Could this be the holdup? Perhaps I should use Bangkok Bank in future, since they have more intermediaries and don't specify needing to show documents for incoming remittances. What a pain. Imagine if you're using SCB and a foreign pension fund is being deposited monthly. Would you have to go to the bank monthly to show some form, when it should be credited automatically? And as usual, SCB has NOT sent me any notice that funds are on their way. It's crickets.
  21. I agree. However, I think you shouldn't put the cart before the horse. There are several indications that this amnesty is likely to be extended for 1-2 more months. UJ thinks so. Several law firms think so too. Let's wait and see what happens.
  22. Yes, that's possible. He is using a rather small French bank and the guy is a bit of an odd character himself. He simply has no idea about how international transfers operate, it's such a simple concept in my opinion but the guy is one of these people for whom complicated things come easy, but simple things are difficult. Like for instance, at the Thai-Myanmar border, he still doesn't understand the simple procedure of crossing even after having made like 5 trips. I have to guide him through it like a little child!
  23. Once the airports open up again for normal travel, I suggest you open an SCB account (just a normal THB account will do fine) and then you'll be able to withdraw USD, EUR or GBP from their ATMS in the airside section of the airport (at least Suvarnabhumi). No fees are applied, you get the same exchange rate as for cash at their exchange booths. Convenient option if you can't find the time to seek out a currency exchange booth before your travel.
  24. For this reason, I have been transferring funds via Western Union ($0 transfer fee) to one of my Thai bank accounts for years. I rarely if ever withdraw funds directly from my overseas bank accounts here or in neighboring countries like Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, where similar ATM user surcharges apply. In rare cases where I have been stuck with insufficient funds on my Thai account, I have made "emergency" withdrawals from my overseas accounts, but I try to avoid this whenever possible. Another advantage of using a Thai bank ATM or debit card abroad is that they only charge 100 Baht for the withdrawal, and no percentage fees. All the banks I am with in Australia charge 3% of the amount withdrawn, and even back in the day when I had a Swiss bank account they charged 1.5% (I think it's 2 or even 3% now). Therefore, making an ATM withdrawal in Myanmar from a Thai bank account, you pay 5,000-6,500 Kyat for the ATM user fee (similar to Thailand) plus 100 Baht is deducted per withdrawal. For a large transaction, this isn't too bad. Whereas from an Australian or European bank account with like a 3% surcharge, it's a killer.
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