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  1. I tried to do as the OP want and will not do it again.

    I exited Thailand and entered Laos with one passport, get a Non"O" on the other passport.

    On my way back to Thailand, I have been stuck for one hour in the immigration office at the bridge, almost missed the minivan to go to the airport and I end up entering Thailand on a 30 days stamp while having a brand new visa in the other passport...

    Lesson learned: you cannot swap passport when crossing land border.


  2. If you have a Visa you don't need to show them a flight ticket to go out of Thaialnd.
    If you arrive without Visa, some airlines ask for it, it is a IATA requirement I have been told...
    Nevertheless, if you don't mind wasting time, raising voice, play drama queen and be looked down by the rest of the passengers at the checking desk, they always end up giving you your boarding pass...


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    Hi ,

    I am working offshore 4 weeks on / 4 weeks off, meaning I spend less than 90 days in the kingdom over a period of 6 months.

    I am staying in the country using the stamp on arrival since almost 7 years with this rhythm which seems to be fine regarding the law.

    Last time I went through the airport customs, officer told me that the law changed and from now on, one was allow to stay only 90 days per "year" in the kingdom using the stamp on arrival....

    They let me enter the Kingdom but wrote a warning just under the stamp in my passport....

    Since then, I am looking all over the different official Thai website and all other kind of information source to know if there is a new law but so far I did find nothing!

    How can I be sure that such a new law has not been voted?

    If nothing changed, how can I prove it to the customs officer?

    Best Regards.

    I got the same thing back in January, made a note under the stamp that it would be my last, and they made me sign it.

    As is previously stated, the official "law" has no limitation in the number of exempt stamps.

    But,

    I couldn't be bothered, knowing I was going to be continuously hassled/interrogated about this. Not the nicest thing after coming off shift and spending 8 hours in the air to get to Thailand.

    I now have an elite visa.

    That's is what I would do if I was ever in the same situation again. I used to come every other month to, but got a Retirement Visa before all the fuss.

    But like you, I would rather spend the money and get the Elite Visa then get hassled. There are rules here that favor you, but perhaps the most common universal rule is that an Immigration Officer has the right to refuse you entry into there country no matter what, or Visa you may have. Let alone not having one at all.

    Having a Visa has also made my life easier while coming here. Easier to open a Bank Account with one for instance. Now others here will say you don't need that to do this, just go to different banks if you are refused. Blah! Blah! Blah! But notice I said "Easier" to do, and not impossible to do without one. Or buying a Car or Property. And the List goes on.

    I have almost worn off the cover of my Passport from pulling it out from my pocket so many times to show my Visa when I just about want to do anything here these days. So if you don't want the hassle or worry, and you come here all the time anyway, then invest in an Elite Visa Card, and your problems and worries will go away.

    But if would rather be a Cheap Charlie, and argue with Immigration late at night after a log flight, then Up-to-you!

    I totally agree with you; as I am planning to stay in Thailand for good, I'd better clarify my situation and get a proper visa in order to ease my life.

    My very personal problem is that my girlfriend and I are planing to get married next year and so, paying 500k Thb for an Elite Visa when I will be entitled next year to an O-A visa.... I don't know if it is being a Cheap Charlie.....but it is is still big money for me.

    I think I will have to pop up that ring faster than expected....


  4. Hi ,

    I am working offshore 4 weeks on / 4 weeks off, meaning I spend less than 90 days in the kingdom over a period of 6 months.

    I am staying in the country using the stamp on arrival since almost 7 years with this rhythm which seems to be fine regarding the law.

    Last time I went through the airport customs, officer told me that the law changed and from now on, one was allow to stay only 90 days per "year" in the kingdom using the stamp on arrival....

    They let me enter the Kingdom but wrote a warning just under the stamp in my passport....

    Since then, I am looking all over the different official Thai website and all other kind of information source to know if there is a new law but so far I did find nothing!

    How can I be sure that such a new law has not been voted?

    If nothing changed, how can I prove it to the customs officer?

    Best Regards.


  5. Hi all, i just arrived in Phuket after my usual 5 weeks at see and was ready to enjoy a month off....

    That was before an imigration officer told me that a new law just came up saying that I can stay 90 days per year maximum using stamps on arrival...

    He wrote it in Thai, just below the stamp and let me go finally. When I asked hime what kind of visa I could get he replied the tourist one.... &lt;deleted&gt;?

    I am staying in Thailand since 7 years doing these rotations and I never had any issues but this is bad, really bad. I can't imagine going thru the process of a tourist visa eveey time i disembark.

    Any body had the same issue or is it just another Phuket's special?


  6. Calling every white people "Farang" is as bad as calling every Asian people "Chinese"... That's what stupid people do back in my country....

    A japanese is not a Thai which is nor a Vietnamese neither a Koeran exactly the same is going for an Australian not being a German which is nor an American neither a French.

    I do try to avoid using this word but at the end of the day.... it doesn't change my day coffee1.gif


  7. Thanks Bkkbike09 for the details regarding the California's specs, the darker frame looks good and also, the golden front fork is not available on the Blue Race so... Finally it is maybe a good thing :-D

    The original plate older has to go ASAP for sure but I was talking about the rear light block itself. Rizoma and another company, I think LSL, are doing smaller one integrated under the seat and it makes the rear of the bike looks really nice!

    Sent from my SM-N900 using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

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  8. Thanks for the review!

    I made the big mistake to try the Mt-09 just 2 weeks after getting my CB... I should not!

    Now I think about it way too much and it starts to be an obsession...

    The only down point I see with this bike is the fact that Yamaha Thailand keep importing the poor North American specs bikes which was already a drama when I bought my T-max.

    Anyway, no reason for me to keep moaning as we don't have choice....

    The replacement of the rear light for a Rizoma type makes the bike look great!

    Enjoy your bike and keep us uptodate with your modifications.

    Cheers!

    Sent from my SM-N900 using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app


  9. Thanks all for your reply.

    I am not planing any races on Phuket road but as we say in France "qui peut le plus, peut le moins" meaning driving a big bike at 60 or 80Km/h is much safer than driving a click or a PCX at the same speed...... But if I can win hands down every "between lights" contest, it's a big plus! whistling.gif

    Karlos: Everybody here is more or less driving the same car, same bike d/t the lack of choice so I agree with that, just too many T-max here in Phuket....

    The big plus for me with the BMW, apart from having the BMW badge wub.png , is the trunk where you can put 2 full face helmet while stopped.

    Yankee99: As I was not planning to buy any BMW in Thailand I never really cared about that but thanks for the comment, I am going to investigate on it.... Knowing the price of the vehicles they are selling, I just thought that their technician should be well trained on how to maintain cars or bikes.... I'll have a look on the net if I can find some feedback.

    Anyway, birthday is in May so I have at least 5 more months to decide which one will be my (self made) presentbiggrin.png


  10. Hi All,

    I am living in Phuket and I seriously start thinking about buying a maxi scooter.

    Fed up driving the same scooter than everybody, fed up with uncomfortable seat, lack of power and first of all, the lack of pleasure to drive a nice machine.

    I now that the T-Max is since a decade or more the best choice in the category and for sale in the Kingdom for about 500 kThb but as BMW Thailand is launching its new maxi scooter for the same price, I just wanted to know if somebody already ordered or tried one?

    Cheers,

    tom

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