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  1. Bangkok bank won't open an account for a foreigner under 50 without a work permit. If you don't believe me go into your local branch and try it.
  2. Sheryl is right - they are prescription only in Thailand and possession without having them prescribed by a doctor registered in Thailand is an offence. A minor one, but something that cops can scare you into coughing up a few thousand for. The ones on the street are fake. Buy in a pharmacy, keep them in your suitcase, and put one in your wallet if you're heading out. Take one hour before you get your new friend back to your room.
  3. Nepotism and cronyism means that incompetent people are able to get into positions of power/authority, but obviously, that doesn't happen in Thailand. The concept of "loss of face" means that people will never admit a mistake, reverse a decision or make an apology, even when they are actively harming the country. I was messaged by a friend from the UK asking what is going on with Thai immigration - so people on the other side of the world are aware of current issues.
  4. If you're in Bangkok go to Fortune Town, that's where we got ours from. Cheap as chips and came with memory card and all the accessories, works really well. There are dozens of shops selling them.
  5. Look at what's happened to London in the last 20 years!
  6. Yeah, that IO wanted to "help" the OP by giving him back his paperwork and telling him to go away.
  7. That could happen anywhere, not just in Thailand after marrying a penniless Thai lady.
  8. I always get sweet dreams mixed up with good teeth.
  9. Just look at Kev-in-Thailand. One day he gets a bit of indigestion. Goes to the doctor - oesophageal cancer. No insurance. Has cost him over 1.6 million in treatement so far. He's 58 years old. 400k is not enough.
  10. A good plan B is Cambodia. No visa problems. Much easier to work legally. Much lower cost of living. Just don't have loads of possessions in Thailand if you are leaving the country to get a visa.
  11. Well, what's going to happen is that Savannakhet will start to ask for the 400k in a Thai bank account, and not a joint account. Combine that with the fact that the banks are becoming more and reluctant to open an account for a foreigner without a work permit, then many people will be up sh*t creek even if they do have the finance required. Hopefully if they do want to see 400k/$13k or whatever it is, then they will accept foreign bank statements, but knowing Thailand, they will not accept them unless they are printed on original Egyptian papyrus and have been countersigned and verified by Mahatma Gandhi and witnessed by two people. I.e. not possible. Next time I am in Bangkok I am going to Kasikorn to try and open an account - tempted to put my phone on record in my pocket. Is that legal?
  12. So it's at the embassies, the airports and the border crossings. There MUST be something coming down from the top about keeping people out. As this guy buckled under the pressure from the wife, it's clear he was just chancing it and probably was fuming that he had to accept your paperwork. 99% of the time his charade would have worked.
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