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  1. Don’t know if they can - but they do - where I live the Chinese are snapping up the 15-50 Million houses and directly opposite our new place a Chinese (I assume in the name of a company) is developing a 22 Rai plot dividing it into smaller plots for sale to his country men. Land prices have risen around 500% in the last 8 years and keep rising. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  2. Oops I made a handsome 400% profit within the last 14 month - and it was not difficult at all - it’s here you only need to know how! Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  3. Maybe do some research! I was talking about South East Asia and of course the money is spent and flows back into the economy - It is obviously state sponsored - has always been. Khun Sa went from most wanted criminal to “respected” business man almost from one day to the other after he moved to Yangon. In his early life Khun Sa received military equipment and training from both the Kuomintang and Burmese Army before claiming to fight for the independence of Shan State and going on to establish his own independent territory. Although the American ambassador to Thailand called him "the worst enemy the world has", he successfully co-opted the support of both the Thai and Burmese governments at various times. Anybody who has lived in Chiang Mai in the 70’s and 80’s knows where the large heroin distribution centers where - protected by the Thai army. After the American Drug Enforcement Agency uncovered and broke the link between Khun Sa and his foreign brokers, he "surrendered" to the Burmese government in 1996, disbanding his army and moving to Yangon with his wealth and mistresses. After his retirement some of his forces refused to surrender and continued fighting the government, but he engaged in "legitimate" business projects, especially mining and construction. He was nothing but a criminal womanizer - a traitor to his people. Today, his children are prominent business people in Myanmar. ....... provides a prominent example of how the drug trade is inextricably intertwined with the country's (Myanmar ) new economy and lies at the root of many of its efforts to rebuild. .... According to interviews with real estate brokers, economists, and current and former law enforcement agents, illicit drug profits have been a major source of investment in rebuilding the country (Myanmar) and companies linked to the drug trade are building new roads and bridges and reshaping the skyline of the biggest city, Yangon. Since Myanmar began opening up to the world heroin trafficking has surged. The United Nations estimates that opium poppy cultivation has nearly tripled over the past six years. Myanmar has become the world's second-largest producer of heroin, as well as the region's leading supplier of methamphetamine. And where do you think the billions in profits from the Thai drug trade go ? Of course back into the Thai economy. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  4. Nobody here has an interest of really stopping the drug trade. In Myanmar it fuels the economic growth because of the enormous profits involved. It is estimated that the drug trade in South East Asia is worth around 40 billion US $ - this money flows back into the economy and would account for approx. 8-9 % of Thailand’s GDP! In countries as corrupt as in South East Asia authorities can easily be payed off or are actively involved in the drug trade. There is only one way the drug trade could be stopped - when people stop using them - this can only be achieved through education and organizing young people giving them something useful to do - not abandoning them to fend for themselves after they leave school. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  5. Well only for people from countries which have no free healthcare! I would not let people who think purely of how much money they can make when treating you get anywhere near me unless it is an emergency. Pathetic “medical tourists” from countries that can not provide health care for their citizens - and the idiots defending this sad state of affairs! I wonder why it is that every doctor here marvels at my almost invisible appendix scar and say “ whoever carried out this operation must be an amazing surgeon” - well I can tell you it was not done in Thailand! Think of electricians, car mechanics and plumbers - who would you trust - a European trained specialist who takes pride in his work - or one from a third world country who just wants your money - same goes for doctors! Countries who have turned medical care into a business disgust me. Countries that can not take care of basic needs like education and health care while they waste billions on things nobody needs should not exist anymore in this day and age. Like some people on here who shared their experiences - one has sometimes the feeling that some doctors are rather sub standard and others recommend unnecessary procedures just to make money. I was once prescribed medication at a well known hospital in Chiang Mai for 8200 Baht - month later I went to a large pharmacy with the same prescription and paid 1900 Baht for the same medication - most private Thai hospitals are nothing but a rip-off!! Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
  6. You are absolutely right - and that’s why I have long stopped reading / watching any Thai news - just browse through them to stay informed in case there is some news relevant to us foreigners living here. Thai journalists - most are not journalists but “reporters” reporting what they are fed without really questioning it. You can find some competent ones - but they are of course not free to report restricted and intimidated by the threat of prison even if they report the truth. The other 95 percent are just like the electricians, plumbers, builders, welders, mechanics e.g. we have all met over the years - substandard at best and totally useless at the worst. Like the electrician who almost killed me when I rented a house years ago and was almost electrocuted taking a shower. The press here is of course heavily censored, manipulated, corrupt and sometimes even intimidated into reporting what they are fed from above. In times where newspapers are struggling to survive they will do almost anything to get advertising revenue - ethical standards are very low and integrity is a word hardly ever heard of here. Lucky we can still find online news sources that are free to report the (relative) truth which cannot be censored and intimidated because they are originating outside the country. (still to be taken with a grain of salt though!) Most of us have been educated at a very early age about the manipulation that can occur in the press - but certainly not the kids in schools in this country! Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  7. “Farmers are worried that the bill will force them to buy commercial varieties.....” The first thing that came to my mind when I started reading this article was - Who is going to make money on the back of the farmers again by introducing this bill? It couldn’t be one of the big conglomerates again couldn’t it? Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
  8. Looks some people still have not realized that we have entered the 21st century but rather like to stick to outdated, primitive, useless rituals by killing innocent animals in their natural habitat to keep up the “tough guy” image! Karma is hopefully a bitch - you never know when it bites back! Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
  9. Search for “Chiang Mai Tradesmen” on Facebook there is a group you can join and where you can look for recommendations / contacts Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
  10. Viet-Jet Air flies nonstop between HCMC -CNX. I flew with them last year between HCMC and Chiang Mai. But they do not fly every day I believe. On the way back I had to go via Bangkok because I needed to be there on a certain day. From there I connected to Danang - from HCMC you have several flights a day to Danang. . Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
  11. In any civilized country he would be in handcuffs on his way to prison now. Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
  12. I read Thais posting on Twitter laughing at his comments “not to believe the politicians who just talk a lot “ posting and asking his fellow countrymen - “is he aware that he is the one who talks most of them all”. What Prayuth meant of course is “ People don’t believe politicians like Thanathorn” who exposed them as the cheats they are live on the TV debate the other day. Triggering a huge response especially from young voters praising Thanathorn for his precise points, outspokenness - and for not resorting to impolite language like Prayuth and others when challenged. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  13. Despite praising the concept in theory ..... Nothing but copying what many European countries are doing since several decades. “I agree that every party needs to come up with policies to win votes, but this one is not only going to bankrupt our country; it clearly looks like Phalang Pracharat is planning to use our tax money to buy votes,” he said. Oh yes oh yes remember Thaksin and his costly populist policies - how they all condemned him? Vote buying with tax money and then either backtracking after the fake election or raising taxes to recover the money. “Each child represents invaluable ‘capital’ for the nation, so it is our priority to invest in developing good human resources,” Uttama said. Yes we can see that by the quality education and brain washing the “invaluable” Thai children get every day ! Uttama, who served as industry minister before stepping down to lead the party, said Phalang Pracharat had already worked out where the funds would come from and that the details would be disclosed soon. Which means translated - he has no idea where the money will come from. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  14. I made the mistake and thought I could save some money when I bought a set of cheap brand new Chinese tires for a sedan - 12.000 baht for a set of 4. I did some research on the Internet regarding the tires before I bought them and it turned out they were not too bad but also not really good in the rain still the test results I found on the Internet were acceptable. A bout six months after I had bought the tires I noticed a slight vibration of the car after a trip to Chiang Rai - hit a pothole very likely - and it looked like it was coming from the front left side. The vibration did not seem to be there all the time but after about a month and a half it felt like that the vibration was getting stronger. I inspected the tires but could not see any visible damage. I had the car checked out and only when the car was lifted up at the tire shop one could see the damage on the inside of the front left tire. That not enough the damaged tire and the vibration had also damaged the shocks. Well in the end this little adventure cost me an additional 55,000 Baht. Thinking I could save some money on a set of cheap Chinese tires it cost me dearly in the end. Sent from my iPhone using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  15. Lazada, Shopee, computer places Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect
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