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  1. Hi all,


    A journalist friend of mine is looking to interview some local Chiang Rai farmers, fertilizer/pesticide dealers and environmentalists about their opinions on the recently announced ban on 3 chemicals used for agriculture. The interview would only be around 15 to 20 minutes. I will help as translator. We will go to see them at their workplace or wherever is convenient. They don't need to travel anywhere.


    If you happen to know anyone who would be willing to chat with us, please let me know at [email protected]

  2. Update: I can confirm that you can apply for a single entry Non O marriage visa, as I have just done so. Pick up tomorrow morning. Relatively painless. 


    However, I can also confirm that they will only process Non O retirement visas for HK residents (I asked for a friend). 


    For marriage visa, you need: 

    - copy of passport

    - copy of HK entry slip

    - copy of marriage certificate 

    - copy of spouse's ID card


    They didn't specifically ask, but I also submitted (and they kept):

    - copy of spouse's tabien bahn

    - Kor Ror 2


    Fee: HK$600 (equivalent to about 2,200 THB) 


    Showed up about 10:30 and in and out in about 20 min. 

  3. Hi all,


    I have a quick question. A friend of mine is getting a new job and needs the cancellation receipt from her old work permit. She handed over the WP to the foundation she was working with to cancel it, but just found out they never cancelled it. She stopped working with the foundation and cancelled her nonO visa months ago.


    So here is the question: can she go into the labor office here (in Chiang Rai) without the physical WP to cancel it (the WP was issued in Chiang Mai)?


    If she can do that, what paperwork does she need?

  4. On 7/27/2016 at 11:34 AM, ubonjoe said:

    If you are in Bangkok you could apply for it at immigration there. PDF files of their requirements follow.


    I can't seem to get access to these PDF files. It says: "This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below."

    Is there another way I can access them?

  5. Hi all,


    I am currently on a non-O visa based on volunteering. I was planning to go to Savannakhet to get a new ME non-O based on marriage on Oct 3. However, something has come up, and the timing is very problematic.


    Can I get the 60-day extension to visit my wife on a non-O volunteer visa? I know you can on a tourist visa, other non-O visas and on visa exemptions, but I'm wondering about the volunteer visa.


    If not, I will follow my original plan and go on Oct 3, but it would be much better if I could postpone the trip.

  6. Hi everyone,

    So I am getting a bike from a friend of mine. I know the procedure and documents required for transfer of ownership between individuals, but the bike is in his company's name (he is the owner and MD and is a foreigner).

    Does anyone know what paperwork I will need from my friend? Would it be the company registration documents showing him as the managing director, plus his passport (visa and picture pages)?

    Thanks for any help.


  7. Thanks. I appreciate the advice. I'll see how it goes.

    As Mesquite can make the meat a bit bitter, IMHO, I'm going to try out some locally sourced apple tree wood first to see how that is. Deciding on the best wood available will be part of the set up process.

    Try mango. Not bad. Free too. Hickory is my first choice in Thailand but pricy. Haven't see pecan.

  8. I've tried the "Great" American Rib before. I'll just say I was not impressed, and leave it at that. What you've described is exactly what I'm talking about. Simple, friendly, affordable and kick-ass food! That's what I want to do. That's what I miss.

    I also agree about the Thais. The advantage of doing BBQ is that it is a style of food that they are familiar with and like already. And once they have the real deal, I'm sure they'll be lining up around the block. At least, I would if I found a great smokehouse.

    Damn it! I'm making myself hungry again!facepalm.gif


    the wrong location can kill a business, yet again two words spring to mind, Chocloate Ville, located in the ass end of nowhere in Bkk, yet the masses flock there in their droves.

    I wish you well in your venture, I am waiting to eat your products.

    Sorry to say have seen it all before, on these 3 years leases, the landowner gives a sweet deal to get you in.

    Then kicks you out and tries to copy your business.

    Best of luck.

    There is or used to be a place in Bangkok called the Great American Rib. As much as I like smoked BBQ, I refuse to eat there because I think the food is way overpriced (yes, I can afford it, but that is not the point). The menu is also confused with both smoked BBQ and Mexican items. And no beef brisket or sausage is served. The best smoked BBQ places that I have ever eaten at have the following characteristics: the menu is very simple, the interior is very simple, the owners focus on doing a few things the right way, the portions are large, and the prices are reasonable. Now I am hungry for a combination beef brisket and sausage sandwich! Thais might actually like smoked chicken/sausage/ribs with the right sauce (e.g. tamarin sauce). I think you will have to attract Thais to make a profit.

  9. Yes, I've seen that many times also. The only thing I'll say about it is that the landlord tries to copy the business. But in the case of restaurants, they never actually know what they're doing and it usually comes back to bite them in the rear end. Serves them right.


    the wrong location can kill a business, yet again two words spring to mind, Chocloate Ville, located in the ass end of nowhere in Bkk, yet the masses flock there in their droves.

    I wish you well in your venture, I am waiting to eat your products.

    Sorry to say have seen it all before, on these 3 years leases, the landowner gives a sweet deal to get you in.

    Then kicks you out and tries to copy your business.

    Best of luck.

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  10. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I don't have my heart set on Sukhumvit, although it would be my first choice if I could find the right situation. I will of course shop around. However, I will also say that there are deals to be found in the sukhumvit area if you are willing to search.

    Y'all are right that rents can kill a business, but the wrong location can kill a restaurant, too. A balance must be found.

    I dont doubt the OPs ability to cook, I dont doubt the quality of what he would serve up.

    Two words spring to mind, Los Cabos.

    I fear the rent would kill him, I doubt he would have the numbers turning up on a regular basis to make this viable.

    As noted by another poster, there are other options than Suk, whats his target audience?

  11. Actually, The Bagel Cafe made a terrific South Carolina pulled pork, if I do say so myself (I was the owner, but not any more happy.png ).

    A few comments: Lone Star does not serve "Texas BBQ." I can't say anything good about the "BBQ" in the place, so I will not say anything more. Walk into virtually any smoked BBQ place in Texas and here is what is on the menu: beef brisket, smoked sausage (nothing like British crap ribs smile.png) , smoked ham (not pulled pork like in the Carolinas), pork ribs, potato salad, beans, slice of bread, jalapeno pepper, some cobbler (e.g. apricot) and iced tea/cokes. The sauce is almost always tomato based (many varieties), not vinegar/mustard like in other areas of the USA. A huge problem with smoked BBQ in Thailand is the crazy price of beef brisket (down then way up). A related problem is the quality of the brisket--especially meat from Thai cattle. There is almost no fat, which makes the brisket way too dry. Nobody makes good beef brisket in either Bangkok or Pattaya-Jomtien, and I have tried them all. I have also never had decent smoked sausage or pulled pork. People focus on pork ribs because you can find decent quality ribs here at a decent price. It would not be that hard to make "pulled pork" but nobody seems to know how to do it over here (always too dry w/ virtually no smoky flavour). One thing I miss is a decent chopped beef brisket sandwich. Good luck!

  12. Ok. I appreciate the input. Just wasn't sure if it was meant for me.

    If things move ahead, I'll definitely contact them and see if we could be of any help to each other.


    Hi Boike - Are you sure you're posting to the right topic? I think you might want the one on the price of corned beef. This is about BBQ. Thanks.

    In pattaya I use pastramionryethailand.com


    Maybe you can talk to them.

    It's very good but they started with a delivery service and will have a sit in place next month.

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 4G LTE

    Thought you could talk to them about things in general like suppliers etc, my mistake

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 4G LTE
  13. Most likely, place orders at the counter, then have a seat and runners will bring it out to you. But a lot would depend on the physical layout of the location we chose.

    I'm with you on the burnt ends! As far as I'm concerned, one of the best parts. So much great flavor. I've never understood why anyone would just toss that part away. Makes no sense.

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