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If you have the money sitting in a Bank account, just make sure it does not go 'inactive'.....  No big deal when you can come back... come in Visa Exempt, convert to a Non-Imm-O entry, etc etc. 

Why did you go for a long term option in the first place and not just go visa exempt?

I got a retirement visa in 2015 ... really didn’t want it ... went to get a marriage visa, but was told to "get retirement visa, easier (for them, as it turns out)".   At any rate, got a ret

As pointed out above, there is little reason for you the have extension based on retirement or marriage.

You could have just been coming on visa exempt (with extension) or tourist visa.

BTW if you want a non o, you can just enter visa exempt an obtain a non o at imm. Presumably your Thai bank a/c is in place so simple process to obtain your 12 month extension

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You are married so could easily obtain a Non-Immigrant type O, Single Entry (90 days)  based on Marriage.

Or a Tourist Visa... 

 

Apply online www.thaievisa.go.th

 

Or simply a Visa Exempt (if you are only staying 1 month or less, otherwise - it may be hassle you don’t want in the middle of your stay if you want to extend that).

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1 hour ago, cbmgolfer said:

 Only one time have I spent more than 45 days in the kingdom, and never more than 90 days.  

Just get a tourist visa next time, 60 days + extend 30 days if you need it

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32 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:

Just get a tourist visa next time, 60 days + extend 30 days if you need it

It could be that he got the extension back when some immigration officers at airports were incorrectly denying entry with many tourist visa and visa exempt entries.

Another option other than a extension might be a multiple entry non-o visa based upon marriage. As far as I know the embassy and official consulates are still issuing them.

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1 hour ago, cbmgolfer said:

Only one time have I spent more than 45 days in the kingdom, and never more than 90 days

 

As others have said a regular 90 day visa based on marriage is easy & what I use since we left Thailand

 

Cost only $80 at any US Thai Consulate & is easy to get. In the rare chance you need more you can also extend it within Thailand if need be

https://thaiconsulatela.org/en/visa/visa-type/non-immigration-visa-category-o/

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seems like a lot of trouble and unnecessary paperwork when you can enter with a visa waiver and get 45 days.

 

if an extension of the visa waiver is possible, that's still a much easier process compared to renewing a permission of stay.

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1 hour ago, richard_smith237 said:

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Or simply a Visa Exempt (if you are only staying 1 month or less, otherwise - it may be hassle you don’t want in the middle of your stay if you want to extend that).

Applying for a 30-day extension to your 45-day permission to stay VisaExempt entry is no hassle at all.  You only need to ensure that the place where you are staying has issued a TM-30 of you staying there (when staying in a Hotel or guesthouse they do that for you - reason they ask for your passport to do the on-line TM-30 notification).  Like any extension it costs 1.900 THB and is the 'easiest money ever' for Imm offices as there are no other requirements to be fulfilled for such 30-day extension of your VisaExempt entry.

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3 hours ago, cbmgolfer said:

Thanks for all the replies ... to clarify, there was a time when I was entering Thailand 2-4 times per month for short stays.  They started hassling farangs that entered Thailand a lot.  I got questioned a few times.  The retirement visa made things easier and the money in the bank requirement was no big issue.  

I was also ... at the time ... silly enough to think that being married to a Thai would gain you some deference with the thai government.  The  long term visa seemed like a good idea.

 

going forward, will likely just do tourist visa until I actually retire.  Then I will need a longer term option and will evaluate what is the best option at that point.

An important point that can easily trip you up. You didn’t have a visa to loose. You had an extension of stay to loose.

 

in general (there are exceptions) embassies and consulates can only issue visas, immigration in Thailand issues extension of stay the exceptions (visa issued by immigration) are not rare but have conditions that are different to the regular extension of stay.

 

The importance of using the correct term ( visa, or extension of stay ) is that the rules are different, so advice is different.

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