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1 hour ago, scubascuba3 said:

I've opened 3 bank accounts on a tourist visa, just keep trying different branches until you find a friendly one. Don't pay the circ 6k commission some dodgy branches ask for

Or the 'insurance' policy?

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10 hours ago, Moonlover said:

You'll probably have a better chance once you have a Non-imm O visa, which you're going to need anyway.

He needs the bank account to apply for a non immigrant visa (category O) entry at immigration.

See: https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_80

Many people seem to think it is easy to get a single entry non-o visa at any embassy or consulate in the world.

 

To the OP. As said you just need to try different banks and different branches to op the account.

Here is Bangkok Banks requirements to open an account that may help.

https://www.bangkokbank.com/en/Personal/Save-And-Invest/Save/Savings-Account

 

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31 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

He needs the bank account to apply for a non immigrant visa (category O) entry at immigration.

See: https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_80

Many people seem to think it is easy to get a single entry non-o visa at any embassy or consulate in the world.

 

To the OP. As said you just need to try different banks and different branches to op the account.

Here is Bangkok Banks requirements to open an account that may help.

https://www.bangkokbank.com/en/Personal/Save-And-Invest/Save/Savings-Account

 

Ah sorry, I didn't realize that having obtained my visa before arriving in the kingdom.

 

I found Krungsri very cooperative when I went account hunting. It was only my 3rd attempt. But I could have been lucky. The manageress there was a charming lady and couldn't have been more helpful.

 

 

Edited by Moonlover

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10 hours ago, Hoppyone said:

Your not wrong there,and if you have a hotel address you will definitely have zero chance of opening a bank account ,but good luck trying

Not true.

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If you are in Chiang Mai , go to Bangkok Bank at Kad Suan Kaew.

 

They have a lot of retirees who have opened accounts there without work permit or existing retirement visa.

 

Just mention to them that you are opening the account for retirement purpose.

 

As others have said here, you might need to get non-O visa first or get a residence certificate from your embassy first.

 

I opened a Bangkok Bank account years ago with tourist visa but those days might be over.

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10 hours ago, jackdd said:

If you have a one year rental contract try Krungsr

If you have a 6 month contract try krungsri. If you have a note from your hotel saying you stay their try krungsri. Passport and SETV at a minimum. I use the branch at Mqartier although I may switch next year to their Exclusive down on Wireless, which is also a good area to open an account. Takes about an hour. 

I have nothing but good things to say about krunsgri. Fees are in line with everybody else, their customer service is impeccable, however, there exchange rates do suck so if you want to open up a foreign funds account to do conversion within Thailand, you're going to get it hard without any lube.

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15 hours ago, david555 said:

If I would be in that case I would go to immigration , and explain your plan for retirement , and ask for a supporting letter from them for opening a Thai bank account .

It all depends bit where you are based , as in Pattaya example you would have more chance as all deal more with foreigners .

In last resort an agent could be the solution as they have for both their contacts …..

 

PS: you would need a address certificate   

Pattaya banks are very used to dealing with foreigners. Try Bangkok bank bank, second road,near soi 6.very very good service there.. Try going to a bank with an exist farang customer.. That made it simple for me, over 4 years ago

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