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On 8/23/2019 at 12:19 PM, Isaanbiker said:

Please share your experiences. Thanks a lot in advance. 

I finance the local BIB 1000 baht every  month, have the local guys  phone  number, any problems he deals with it for me on the phone available 24/7, nice  guy, hates  his  job  just waiting for the pension says the corruption is  terrible but you have "no choice"  in the Police or they will transfer you out  of province and make your  life very difficult.

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On 8/23/2019 at 6:19 AM, Isaanbiker said:

but it seems that they have started to focus on foreigners in particular. 

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11 minutes ago, Isaanbiker said:

Of course, when leaving the province. But a copy of my PP and my DL should be enough when driving in my province.

 

   It's a bit ridiculous to carry my passport when going to have dinner in town. 

Exactly, they like checking foreigners for passports in Pattaya's Walking Street, and most of the arrests they make for foreigners not carrying passports are in the Walking Street. But what a seriously risky thing to do, carry your passport when going out getting plastered in a red-light district.

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21 minutes ago, TSF said:

Exactly, they like checking foreigners for passports in Pattaya's Walking Street, and most of the arrests they make for foreigners not carrying passports are in the Walking Street. But what a seriously risky thing to do, carry your passport when going out getting plastered in a red-light district.

I'm not talking about Pattaya now. It's about a town in lower northeast.

 

 

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1 minute ago, watcharacters said:

 

 

I pay 35 THB to have a laminated copy of first page and current visa of my passport.  Two sided and the size of a credit card.

 

Problem solved!

Thanks, that sounds like a great solution. 

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I've never had a problem personally but I do think the climate has changed. Several of my mates who have been here for years have been 'harassed' by immigration over petty stuff and some long stayers have also been caught in the currency crunch. Whichever way you look at it, in the future we will all suffer more 'harassment'. The recent initial immigration raids focussed on Africans, now it seems to be Westerners. I now carry my ID and passport everywhere I go. I have never filed a TM30 despite travelling frequently as my local IO said they weren't checking them in march when I did my extension. I anticipate some aggro over this when I extend next March. Frankly I'd rather pay a 2000 baht fine once a year than waste about 20 days a year going to the IO to file TM30s.

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On 8/23/2019 at 2:28 PM, fourpack said:

In my time here in issan and the rest of Thailand for that matter like lots of others who drive some distances I have been stopped many times (waved through more times mind I'd say 99% wave through 1% pulled over)

I used to just pass them there T money before it changed. I tried once to show my DL and Thai ID (pinko) which was not looked at and passed back to me instantly "not needed was muttered".

Never once so far have I ever been asked for my passport, that includes when I was pulled over not 1km from nong khai friendship bridge.

I don't and won't ever carry my passport unless I am leaving the country.

I do have a picture of main and latest visa/entry stamp.

...hmmm..why would they ask you for any licence of passport when you keep offering money..i dont get it..in fact it makes it much harder for the rest of us who are riding/driving legally..no need to support or encourage graft and corruption..IMHO.

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On 8/23/2019 at 2:38 PM, Vacuum said:

If they ask for your passport, that's what they want to see.

they don't know how to say ID..... boss only told them to say passport

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Waved through checkpoints 8 times out of 10. Occasionally the wife is asked where we are from and going. Only once asked to show DL and only once at the checkpoint on the 101 before leaving Nan and entering Phrae province was asked for my passport by a guy in an immigration uniform.

 

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Things change, but I think it has more to do with staff changes than political changes. 

 

Thailand employs a huge number of public servants, among which lots of police officers and affiliated. 

 

And these people rotate... a lot! 

 

What happens is that the freshly nominated little or big chiefs want to show a difference, that they are tough guys, tougher than their predecessor. 

 

The OP mentions Sisaket... well in small town Kanthararom (Sisaket province), there is a new chief of police, and he has decided to enforce the law to the letter when it comes to... parking violations! 

 

Hence an avalanche of parking tickets, at 400 baht a pip, distributed like candies by policemen riding their bikes all day long across the city. 

 

This is particularly infuriating, especially since for many Thais, 400 baht is a significant amount of money... and even the officers at the police station are complaining (on Line) because they are submerged with visitors and complaints. 

 

On the face of it, this could be interpreted as a war on drivers and bikers, but it is not, it is just the decision of one guy, made without second thought (or even first). 

 

In another province, or city, it is going to be "show me your papers" (papieren bitte) because this is what the local guy in charge has come up with to look tough. 

 

There is no conspiracy at a national level, against such or such group of people... just mindless local decisions that look like harasment, but were not initially made with that purpose... 

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On 8/23/2019 at 2:38 PM, Vacuum said:

If they ask for your passport, that's what they want to see.

Well as far as I am concerned they will just have to want, they can see my pink ID card

or my driving licence, but that's it.

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I have never had any problem with police stops. Here in Chiangmai, especially around most to go to market (lived outside area in PaDaet) I would get stopped on each side of the most for a drivers license check. I now just pull over when I see them them and pull out my drivers license and show them. They are always polite. Never ask for money for last 23 years. Last week I used canal road out just before turn to Gov Office. I had a poncho on because of looking rainy, wear n95 mask, and helmut. I pulled over. The friendly policeman looked at me and said "You have a license?" I said yes. He never looked and waved me on. I said here I'll show you. He said, "I believe you," smiled and waved me on. That eas a first! I've always found them friendly if your respectful. The good job they are doing is stopping the kids without helmets, licences, and registrations which is great. 

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