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BANGKOK 26 May 2019 16:27
theboogeyman

Do you need to have your passport with you when staying at hotels in Bangkok?

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14 minutes ago, Kwasaki said:

In Thailand carrying a photocopy of your passport and a copy on your phone has always been enough whether I'm with my wife not, some of the posts here make me think there in Beirut or somewhere else. 

Oh yeah and Beirut isn’t all that bad anymore like it was back in the late 70’s early 80’s.  I was actually there 12 years ago and it’s pretty nice there these days but it’s still very high risk.  Mexico is probably more dangerous these days.  

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It is so easy to travel in Thailand without the actual passport, so many do. Police can detain you though, untill the actual passport is presented. Many hotels need copies. Without a permanent residence status we are all just tourists. Please use your travel documents while travelling.

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44 minutes ago, PingRoundTheWorld said:

What's the problem with carrying your passport on vacation, anyway?

Rooms get robbed, pockets get picked, accidents can happen.

I'd rather have my passport somewhere safe.

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3 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Rooms get robbed, pockets get picked, accidents can happen.

I'd rather have my passport somewhere safe.

LOL.  

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I have yet to be denied with my Thai ID card.. but when I used to do the busses up north, we constantly hit checkpoints in both directions, and it was clearly passport time.  Cop laughed at my cigars and war movies from Myanmar.  Drug checkpoints common, immigration checks for farang rare, but they always seem to nab a few Burmese off the busses. VIP bus might give you a tiny bit more immunity from hassle. 

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5 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Rooms get robbed, pockets get picked, accidents can happen.

I'd rather have my passport somewhere safe.

Yeah that’s why I don’t like carrying it unless I have to.  Exactly thank you.  

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6 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Rooms get robbed, pockets get picked, accidents can happen.

I'd rather have my passport somewhere safe.

But there’s always risks especially when living overseas.  

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18 minutes ago, theboogeyman said:

I actually just asked Joe about that and he said that it’s possible it could happen but it sounds like according to him it’s highly unlikely ...

 

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I know I started this topic but can I please somehow get out of it?  All the posts are blowing up my phone and that’ll probably continue forever now lol.  I wasn’t expecting that.  I usually don’t start topics on here.  

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7 minutes ago, theboogeyman said:

Yeah that’s why I don’t like carrying it unless I have to.  Exactly thank you.

And while you're in BKK then your home is like Fort Knox?

 

 

Edited by OneEyedPie

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1 minute ago, theboogeyman said:

I know I started this topic but can I please somehow get out of it?  

Of course, you can always check out of the Hotel California.

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17 minutes ago, OneEyedPie said:

Only joking, theboogeyman. 😉

Another good reason to talk to him in private only lol, because I started this darn topic and now it’s blowing up my phone constantly.  It’s now driving me nuts and I’m going to need medication for it.  It wasn’t even that important of a question I just didn’t think about it first before I posted it I wish I could close this topic now.  It’s just been a while since we’ve stayed at a hotel or spent a night far away from home except for my brother in law’s cabin out in the country but you don’t have to worry about reporting that to immigration or showing your passport at family’s property.  I think it’s been over a year since we’ve even gone to the beach, we haven’t been getting out as much lately except for a few day trips now and then.  We were in Surin a few months ago and we ended up driving down near the Cambodian border but we didn’t spend the night.  And Kao Yai not that long ago I like the race track in Kao Yai and it’s less than two hours from home.  

 

We do get out a lot but we just haven’t taken any long trips in a while away from home more than one night for a long time now.  Actually I really want to get back up to Chiangmai again one of these days and check out the Hill Tribes Villages again I’ve been there before but that was like 10 years ago.  That area is pretty cool.  There was one area up there where I was climbing mountains and exploring caves but that was like 10 years ago.  

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39 minutes ago, theboogeyman said:

Yeah I’m not going to show them my passport unless they absolutely demand it because I don’t want to have to re-register my address if they got it mixed up in the immigration system with the hotel.  I actually just asked Joe about that and he said that it’s possible it could happen but it sounds like according to him it’s highly unlikely that it would mess up my real address in the immigration system.  Oh well even if it did the worst thing that could happen is that when I do my 90 day report they would just send me to the building next door to fill out a new TM-30 oh well.  But it sounds like that’s not very likely it would happen.  Even if it did I’d just tell them we went out of town a few nights.  

 

I’m definitely not going to let a little risk like that discourage me from going out and enjoying Thailand.  I just hate doing extra paperwork.  

If you are resident and have an address in Thailand and do your 90 day reports on 1 year extensions it's up the place you stay at to report you staying there.

That's how I understand and do so.

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Posted (edited)
20 minutes ago, OneEyedPie said:

And while you're in BKK then your home is like Fort Knox?

My home is a 3 bed house, if burglers got past the gate guards, my Mil, ny girlfriend and two children, they'd still have to work to find it. It often takes me a couple of hours to find it, and I know where it is.

Compared to my trouser pocket, bag and jacket in a hotel room, (or worse the drawer in hotel reception) it's definitely approaching fort Knox.

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