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2 minutes ago, yrag said:

Baguio very nice and cooler...buy earthquake prone

Yes its a lot cooler in Baguio u dont need any aircon  but its very very rainy too.

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12 minutes ago, ExpatPH said:

This is what I can't understand:

With the new rules,

You can't touch 400.000 baht of you own money,

....

You can't use 400k of your own money!

 

That's among the reasons there's renewed interest/exploration of alternatives to Thailand such as the Phils, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc....

 

That new financial restriction you mention for retirement extensions, along with the new financial requirements imposed on Americans, Brits and Aussies for marriage and retirement extensions who can no longer get income affidavits from their embassies to document monthly income to Thai Immigration, and now instead have to make deposits into a Thai bank account every single month. In the past, a person proving monthly income could keep those funds in their home country, if desired, and wasn't required to import all that money into Thailand.

 

So those are major changes for different segments of the expat community in Thailand -- those using the 800,000 baht bank deposit method to qualify for a retirement extension affected by what you mention, and then Americans, Brits and Aussies on marriage and retirement extension based on monthly income (40K or 65K baht per month, respectively) that now have to prove all those funds coming into a Thai bank account every single month.

 

 

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"There are absolutely no tourists on the public transport in philippines,"

 

= youtube FOREiGNERS BUS TRiP NORTHERN MiNDANAO SAFE 

 

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Convert your local driver license to PH driver license. 

 

Update: you can drive for 3 months on your driver license. License must be in english. If not in english, you need a International driving permit. Carry your passport when driving.

 

Requirements to apply PH driving license:

1. Passport.

2. ACR-I card.

3. Your driving license.

4. * 1 year of valid visa in your passport.

--

Take medical and drug test.

--

Get temporary paper driving license.

--

Wait for plastic driver license

(3 weeks - 1+ year)

 

Avis rent a car require a International driving permit. Local rentals don't. Ask for proof of insurance!

Many city LTO require you have a 1 year valid visa.

Province LTO can be easier.

 

* 1 year valid visa in your passport. How to?

Immigration allow 2 times 6 months extensions,

you can apply for 1st extension one day and

apply for the 2nd extension the next day.

You now have at least 1 year valid visa, as required.

 

Remember, you need valid ACR-I card to apply for PH driver license.

 

Regards

ExpatPH

 

 

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Remember, you need valid ACR-I card to apply for PH driver license.
 


What is that? is that an American thing?

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2 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:

What is that? is that an American thing?

 

 

What is an ACR I-Card?

An ACR I-Card is a microchip based, credit card-sized, identification card issued to all registered aliens whose stay in the Philippines has exceeded fifty-nine (59) days.  It also has an embedded computer chip with biometric security features capable of data management and can be updated electronically.

 

2. Who are required to apply for an ACR I-Card? 

All foreign nationals under immigrant and non-immigrant visas including holders of Temporary Visitor’s Visa, who have stayed for more than fifty nine (59) days in the Philippines.

 

http://immigration.gov.ph/faqs/acr-i-card

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Quote: but the traffic in any major Philippines city is worse than the worst time of day in Bangkok. Period. 

End quote.

 

 

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2 hours ago, ExpatPH said:

Convert your local driver license to PH driver license. 

 

Update: you can drive for 3 months on your driver license. License must be in english. If not in english, you need a International driving permit. Carry your passport when driving.

 

Requirements to apply PH driving license:

1. Passport.

2. ACR-I card.

3. Your driving license.

4. * 1 year of valid visa in your passport.

--

Take medical and drug test.

--

Get temporary paper driving license.

--

Wait for plastic driver license

(3 weeks - 1+ year)

 

Avis rent a car require a International driving permit. Local rentals don't. Ask for proof of insurance!

Many city LTO require you have a 1 year valid visa.

Province LTO can be easier.

 

* 1 year valid visa in your passport. How to?

Immigration allow 2 times 6 months extensions,

you can apply for 1st extension one day and

apply for the 2nd extension the next day.

You now have at least 1 year valid visa, as required.

 

Remember, you need valid ACR-I card to apply for PH driver license.

 

Regards

ExpatPH

 

 

The rentals car company in PH  hold your passport for the rental period ?

 

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In your opinion, how to Filipinos feel about foreigners learning to speak Tagalog?

I speak fluent Thai and the majority of Thais don't respect me for knowing too much. 

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