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Stickman Bangkok Andrew Drummond Article Deleted from StickmanBangkok.com


Andrew Drummond has been Thailand’s best-known foreign investigative journalist for as long as anyone can remember. Andrew didn’t just cover the big news stories like the Tsunami and Thailand’s many coups, he also wrote about the goings on and the characters of Thailand’s expat underbelly.

Andrew’s website, Andrew-Drummond.com, is a treasure trove of articles featuring many of the foreign crooks, con men and miscreants who have made Thailand home.

Shining a bright light on bad guys can be hazardous anywhere, but especially so in Thailand, and being so forthright come at a cost. Andrew has been threatened, and so has his family. He has had a gun pulled on him in Nana Plaza. His Thailand-centric website has been blocked in Thailand. And he was essentially driven out of the country.

In 2015 Andrew left Thailand to return to his native UK with the rumour mill going wild about why and how Andrew left.

Today I run a series of questions that I put to Andrew about his life in Thailand, and why and how he left. The Stickman budget does not extend to flying around the world to carry out an interview in person so what follows is a Q+A with Andrew that was done by email.

 

There has been much speculation on the reason(s) why you left Thailand. Some say it was putting your kids’ future first. Others say it was because of threats. What’s the truth?

That’s pretty much all true. I had actually planned to leave a year earlier, but I stayed to continue fighting court cases under the Computer Crime Act brought by convicted criminals. I had planned to stay until the end, but the costs were high, and I could not expect benefactors to continued to support me forever. What made my mind up for me was an offer by boiler room fraudsters of a ‘get out of jail free card’ if I sold them my website (for destruction of course). By paying police in Thailand and the Philippines these people had had people jailed on completely trumped-up charges. Then of course there were the recent allegations by former boiler room bag men that they had even stooped to murder. I could not take any risk of being set up, say on drugs, even though there would be no real case against me. The case would just be made up. I have seen it happen. As for going to the Embassy for assistance, well they do not ‘interfere with the justice systems of host foreign countries’. I received a call from the then thoroughly corrupt Crime Suppression Division who said they were investigating ‘boiler rooms’. Could I help? I got a call from US law enforcement authorities advising me not to attend.

If anything happened to me I would lose my children of course. With the cost of fighting cases I was not in a position any more to have them privately educated in Thailand. But I did not like that option anyway. I wanted them educated in a British environment. I would have had to leave for this reason alone, so my departure was merely hastened. I had been dithering.

There was also much conjecture about just how you left. The rumour mill went in to overdrive around the time you left with some saying you fled across the border to Cambodia away from an official checkpoint, traipsing through the jungle while holding your kids’ hands. Care to fill us in on what really went down, that is if it’s not incriminating?!

Again those stories are based on fact. Having made the decision to leave I did not wish to leave through Suvarnabhumi Airport as the boiler rooms had the airports customs and immigration tied up with them at the time, and with my children with me I did not want any hassle. I was carrying a large amount of cash.

Yes there was a border bypass in Cambodia, which meant a walk through the trees with my kids. But I was treating this as a holiday.

I was in touch with Interpol or rather the Foreign Affairs Division of the neighbouring country and they assisted my family’s travel back to the UK and we were even saluted at the next border and the shortfall in entry stamps to the country was ignored.

You were over 20 years in Thailand, and you’ve been back in the UK a couple of years or so, right? How have you found the adjustment back to life in the UK?

Well of course it was a major culture shock and it has taken me the full two years to adjust. If you have been away 30 years the difference is dynamic. For most people it has just crept up on them and they have not noticed. The most obvious visual shock was that it seemed that someone had taken a bicycle pump to the whole population and pumped them up, particularly the women, although perhaps I was noticing it more in the women.

I would not be like to be here as a young person say in my 20s and I can now sort of understand why Brits go wild when they are abroad. But life’s good and my kids love it. Now I’m back to having family holidays in southern Europe.

Leaving when you did and the way you did, were you a victim of your own success? Dean Barrett once commented to me that, “Investigative journalists in Thailand have the shelf life of a carton of milk.” You had a great run and given that you wrote some forthright stuff about some heavy hitters, some might say you were lucky to get out alive.

Yes. Dean Barrett is correct although it’s rather stating the obvious.

I had to laugh once when the supremo at the Bangkok Post gave a lecture at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand on ‘investigative journalism’.

But there was a point in Thailand when after happily working for 20 years as a Foreign Correspondent I said: ‘F…. this for a game of soldiers’, just as I had 20 years ago in Fleet Street when I decided I no longer wanted to work ‘as staff’ on any newspaper.

What was really happening in Thailand in the justice system and on the crime and fraud front was not being reported anywhere. So I concentrated on the crooks.

Of course there was bound to be a time limit and I kept it up much longer than the shelf life of a bottle of milk. Personally I found it very rewarding. It has also been rewarding helping the families of the victims of murder in Thailand and since being in the UK some have welcomed me into their homes. But actually I did get away with it. Had it not been for my children, and possibly my age, I would have stayed to battle it out. People who read my website know I just chip and chip and chip until I get the result.

Some people are so heavily principled that they put their integrity and their desire to tell the truth ahead of the potential cost to their own personal freedom and safety. You’ve written a few things about people which I have no doubt are true, but which have seen you threatened numerous times throughout your career and face court cases in a country with a justice system that many have little confidence in. Do you ever regret the hardline you have taken against some people. I mean, you’ll probably never be able to visit Thailand again in this lifetime, will you?

Well if you do not have principles you don’t have anything, do you? No. I have not regretted anything. Actually there is no block on me in Thailand and of course my children still have their old Thai passports and when they are older they can choose. I have no desire to go back to Thailand in the near future. There is so much to do here and in Europe, which I have missed. But yes of course I will return to Thailand in the more distant future.

As someone who has himself left Thailand, I am happy with the decision to leave and have no regrets and why would I? I live in one of the best places on the planet. But that said, there will always be things we miss about Thailand such as our favourite massaman curry shop or #25 in Billboard. Do you have any regrets about leaving and what are the things you miss most?

The weather. I feel cold in the UK, but my kids don’t mind. Maybe it’s my age. Most of the things I would miss I’m rather old for now. I’m a 24/7 dad. The lifestyle was good. I am grateful to have been a working journalist in the era when newspapers and television were sending me out on stories around the continent at the drop of a hat.

While you were a Bangkok-based investigative journalist for a long time and still pen some articles about goings on in the city, you never really did that much on the city’s famed naughty nightlife, only really touching on it when it intersected with the boiler room operators. Did you consider the nightlife side of things low hanging fruit and prefer the bigger stories?

Well I have done stuff on nightlife, but not bar reviews. I believe I have exposed a few Brit bar owners, but you’re right. There is a low hanging fruit element to it. Bigger stories are not always the best by any means. I have been involved in most of the major news events in Asia in the last 20 years, several coups, bombings in Bali, Tsunami of course, air crashes, Barings Bank crash, Royal Tours, etc etc. It’s the special exclusive trips I liked best, to places like, Cocos and Keeling Islands, Korea, Turkmenistan, Australia, and especially North Borneo, and the Spice Islands.

You have written a lot about boiler room operations in recent years and the involvement of Westerners in them. You have alleged various people have been involved in the industry and joined the dots between some of these people and the naughty nightlife industry. The one thing I don’t think I have ever seen on your site is irrefutable proof that these people are involved. Don’t get me wrong, I believe pretty much all you have alleged, and two of the miscreants, Mark Hutcherson and Glenn Bullard, were each remarkably open with me about what they did, as well as what some of the other people you have written about have done. Will there ever be an article published containing irrefutable evidence which joins the dots between some of these people and the boiler room operations they are alleged to have been involved in?

Well there is irrefutable proof but that would mean blowing the informants. You mention two American boiler room operators I have exposed. They are of course dead and cannot take action. There is only one major one, a Briton, left who I am personally interested in. I have named him. I have a lot of his accounts etc. But it’s another thing naming my witnesses. I have had interviews here in the UK with the City of London Fraud Squad. These people have boasted that they have they have committed the perfect crime. That’s not really true about the crime. But it is true in so far as they have set themselves up in a country where they can pay not to be arrested. The Thai Police role is vital in this. And so is that of the big banks. Does that answer your question? I have spent hours with police in Thailand, plus AMLO and the DSI. The DSI even offered me an office in their building to work with officers on it. But they did not seem to grasp the complexities.

Your website is blocked in Thailand. This is not something difficult to get done. Last I heard was that a 20,000 baht payment will get a pesky website blocked – although any larger website it would never happen to as too much attention would be drawn to it. Do you know who was responsible for getting your website blocked in Thailand? I ask this question as I assume it was something done privately and there was no court order specifying it be blocked.

Suspicions only. But I do not really care.

It’s not difficult to use tools such as VPNs or proxies to access sites that are blocked, but how many people are comfortable using them? Since the site has been blocked, what percentage of your Thailand readership do you think you’ve lost?

I’ve no idea. But I do not write so much nowadays. I have left the country. To continue to try to carry on in the old way would seem like an obsession. But if people bring things to me I will look at them. I am looking at a major fraud at the moment.

You set up a second domain name over a year ago with the same content, presumably so that it could also be accessed by anyone in Thailand. That worked for several months before that domain name was also blocked. Do you have any plans to acquire another domain name so those in Thailand can read your articles, or do you have any other plans such as syndicated publishing with your articles posted to other sites (I am sure Thai Visa would be interested)?

No. I’ll probably do the book. ThaiVisa? You have to be joking. I’d be gunning for half their advertisers.

Your website address is Andrew-drummond.com. For those who wish to read your wisdom but cannot access the site, what options do they have?

You have already suggested them. But I copy a lot to Facebook.

You and I run popular independent Thailand-centric websites – and we do so from outside the country. How do you find putting together articles about Thailand or people / things that happen in Thailand when you’re half a world away? Do you feel like you have one hand tied behind your back, or do you perhaps feel a certain liberty reporting things you perhaps wouldn’t say if you were in Thailand as, after all, you’re outside of the jurisdiction of Thailand’s Computer Crime Act (and out of reach of those who might choose to use methods not endorsed by the legal system to shut you up).

Do you think it is possible to stay relevant while living outside the country? Do you think you can write about events going on in Thailand and people living there from outside the country and be effective at it? Obviously I do the same thing and I have yet to come to a conclusion on that. I know readers still enjoy what I do, but living abroad one becomes more and more out of touch and slowly, less and less relevant. How do you find being a Thailand correspondent in the UK?

In answer to the two questions above, it’s all extremely difficult despite the fact that it is easy enough to communicate with Thailand.

It’s not the same as being there. It’s time to move on. I continue to watch projects I have been involved in, but I am less and less likely to take up new ones. It’s rather difficult from here.

There is a serial American con man and a convicted Scottish fraudster who you write a lot of articles about and include frequent updates on. Have you met either of these characters?

Yes. Many times. Usually in court – or on a stake-out. There has been a lot of pushing and shoving and threats. None I took seriously. One of them fled back to the States having been convicted of extortion and sentenced to jail. The other disappeared after being convicted of fraud and also sentenced to jail. They managed to get bail after their convictions from Pattaya court. It’s rather symptomatic of Thailand. You can name them if you want. I don’t think they’ll sue.

You have written about a lot of serial dodgy geezers over the years. Have you met many of the people you have written and about? Do you care to recount any of these meetings? Have you had any nasty experiences?

Surprisingly the worst thing that has happened to me is having a gun pulled on me in a small go-go bar in Nana Plaza by a Brit, who had just come out of a six-year stretch in the UK for drugs trafficking. He thought I was writing about him. I told him I was much more interested in No 25. Yes I was interested in him as he and another British expat who previously had not had more than a few baht to put together, had made a couple of recent transatlantic trips on Concorde.

That was a bit of a shock. Brit crims were more wary of media like me than the likes of the Thai police.

On the topic of exposing people, the MyThaiFiancee.com website was for some years a major advertiser of this website. But you effectively put an end to that when you wrote a fascinating article outing the guy as a kiddy fiddler. The owner of that website and business was someone I used to see every few months. He lived and worked but a kilometre away from where I lived and I would drop by his office from time to time and we would head off for lunch or dinner. I killed all his ads the day that article appeared and never spoke with nor saw him again. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison in Thailand, appealed it and then just disappeared off the face off the earth. What do you think ever happened to Brian Wright?

Wright changed his name I think, and tried to continue the business with his Thai legal adviser. I have had calls this year from the US about him. He not only has criminal charges against him there, but victims want to sue for damages. But I’m not on the ball on this one at the moment.

Looking ahead, what does the future hold for you? Are you going to continue the good work with your site, bringing the bad guys in to focus? Any other plans?

Well do you know I have had a great time all my working life as a journalist. Apart from South-East Asia I have also worked in Australia, the United States, South America and Africa and I fear I have been very selfish in terms of my private life. I have had great loves, whom I have let go, or more likely they let me go in exasperation, but then I had three children late in life. Prior to leaving Thailand I came to the conclusion, well it’s time to pay for my good time, and take up my responsibilities. This is going to be hard. But it’s karma.

Funnily enough, though the initial move was tough, this new chapter in my life is just great. I am with my kids 24/7 and have never thought ‘Please can I have just one day off!’ They’re so funny.

We have a little white-washed cottage in the country with a rose garden and lawn. And the address qualifies them to attend one of the top ten best schools in the UK (Sunday Times list). We’ve all got bikes and, well, we’re just an ordinary family.

I have a great picture library and worked closely with photographers and I have spent some time putting lots of picture books (with stories) together for my kids, so they had better not forget what their dad did. And what was that? He was just a guy tilting at windmills.

Stickman Bangkok Andrew Drummond Article Deleted from StickmanBangkok.com


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 Thailand Post Ems Price 2016 Update to Send Parcels to Asia, USA, Europe, Africa, Middle East

Thailand Post Ems Price 2016 Update to Send Parcels to Asia, USA, Europe, Africa, Middle East

Thailand Post Ems Price 2016 Update to Send Parcels to Asia, USA, Europe, Africa, Middle East

Thailand Post Ems Price 2016 Update to Send Parcels to Asia, USA, Europe, Africa, Middle East

 

 

 

 

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THAIVISA LARS JANSOON OR GEORGES ANDERSEEN

THAIVISA LARS JANSOON OR GEORGES ANDERSEEN

 

 

The Slyest Geezer

It isn't just the biggest expat website in Thailand, but probably the biggest site of its type in all of Asia. It boasts a mailing list approaching 300,000 dwarfing all other Thailand expat sites put together. But little is known about what goes on behind the scenes, nor about the site's owner who avoids publicity. It's time to take a closer look at the phenomenon that is ThaiVisa.com and its führer, the one known only as "George".
To understand the beginnings of ThaiVisa.com we have to hit the rewind button and go back to the days when even at peak hour you could get a seat on the skytrain, when Dave The Rave still had hair, and when Amstel and Kloster sat alongside Singha and Chang on the shelves at 7 Eleven.

I took the first year of the new millennium off, spending several months at Union Thai Language School. Thailand's oldest language school was dominated by Asians and bible thumpers, so Jeremy (* not his real name) was one of just two friends I made in all my time there.

We studied 4 hours a day, from 7:45 AM until midday, and during the short break after each hour of study everyone would pile out of the classrooms in to the central lounge area where a toothless, grinning old biddy sold sickly sweet treats and insipidly weak coffee. Asians outnumbered Caucasians and females outnumbered males. During breaks the Asians would mill around one end, the Caucasians at the other. The Asians would split off in to males and females, the Westerners in to bible thumpers and heathens. Each group looked at others with suspicion. During break time not a lot happened.

One morning I came out of class to see Jeremy pouring over the day's Bangkok Post surrounded by the Asian contingent. The Japanese, the Chinese, the Koreans along with English Sue and American Tim were all crowded around Jeremy. That was the only time I saw the different ethnic groups together outside of the classroom. I could hear oohing and aahing from across the room. What had grabbed everyone's attention?

The Bangkok Post was open at a lengthy article and interview with Lars Jansson, a Swede who operated Express Service Sabai Co Ltd, a visa consultancy helping foreigners stay in Thailand. The service allowed foreigners to extend their stay in Thailand without leaving the country (although their passport had to leave).

Most students at Union either came and went on 30-day visa waiver stamps, or applied for a non-immigrant visa at a Thai embassy or consulate outside the country which allowed them 90 days permission to stay.

The ED visa option didn't exist back then and Union Language School, the country's preeminent Thai language school, did not offer us any assistance with visas. There were only a handful of Thai language schools operating back then and you signed up because you wanted to learn the language, not because you were looking for an easy visa option.

As an American passport holder, Jeremy received permission to stay 30 days every time he rocked up to the border or airport. If he wanted to stay longer he had to apply for a visa outside the country, which was both time-consuming and costly. The service eliminated the need to exit the country to get a new visa. Passports were sent out of the country and stamped out and back in again while its owner could stay in Bangkok. It cost less than doing it yourself. Jeremy was thrilled!

The service offered didn't interest me or the Koreans. We were anomalies. Unlike most students who received 30 days entry when arriving at the border, passport holders from our respective countries received 90 days. We had to exit the country every 90 days, but there was no requirement to go to a Thai embassy or consulate and apply for a visa. We could just cross the border, go to duty free, buy a bottle of wine, cross back in to Thailand and the clock started again. We received a visa waiver stamp with 90 days permission to stay and there was no problem at all doing it over and over again.

Jeremy was keen to use the service but I tried to put him off. It just didn't sound right. Surely what the firm was doing was illegal. But it was featured in the Bangkok Post with a big splash, Jeremy said – how could it not be legit?

I put enough fear in Jeremy's mind that he asked me to accompany him to the offices of Express Service Sabai Co Ltd on Sukhumvit soi 23, up beyond what was then a sleepy Soi Cowboy. In the single shophouse office we met the affable Lars.

The office was a typical business premises with desks, telephones, fax machine and whatnot. There was a large sign outside and government licenses on the wall. It looked like the real deal.

We met the man featured in the article, Lars, who struck us both as professional. Any concerns Jeremy had – all put in his head by me – were instantly allayed. Jeremy handed over his passport and a few thousand baht, and was told to come back a few days later when his passport would be ready for collection.

We probably spent about 5 minutes with Lars who I remember as friendly, helpful, tall, bald and with a cone-shaped head. He was over 6 feet tall, of average build and I would have guessed around 40 - 45 years old.

A few days later Jeremy collected his passport. Everything went like clockwork. The passport had taken a holiday to Malaysia and came back to Bangkok. With a new set of border stamps, Jeremy could stay in Thailand for another 30 days.

I accompanied Jeremy when he dropped his passport off but not when he collected it. He later told me that there was a stack of passports there. Lars was doing a great trade!

Jeremy used Lars' service a few times without problem. But then one day later in the year he went to collect his passport and got the fright of his life.

The front window of the office was smashed and there was blood on the pavement. Standing outside, Jeremy said that it looked like the office had been turned over. No-one was there. Jeremy called the company's mobile phone number. It was dead. Jeremy did what so many farangs in Thailand facing a predicament do: he turned to me.

Jeremy still couldn't see that the whole operation was obviously dodgy. It could not possibly be legal, I told him, but he kept coming back to the professional manner of Lars, the fact that the business was operated from an office and what really sold him was that it had been given a big splash in the Bangkok Post.

Jeremy had 3 options. The first - and the option I recommended - was to go to his embassy and be honest about what had happened, and ask for their advice. He'd seen bundles of passports there on his various trips to the office so he couldn't be the only one caught out. The second was to go to the police and plead ignorance – but that was risky and came with uncertainty. The third option was to wait, do nothing and hope for the best. At the end of the day Jeremy wanted to stay in Thailand and he didn't need his passport at that time so he decided to not to do anything. It would turn out to be the right option.

A few days later Jeremy was contacted by a Thai woman who had his passport. He didn't know who she was, but she delivered it to him. The passport had a new stamp in it. Jeremy had another 30 days. From then on Jeremy would accompany his passport out of the country on visa runs. Jeremy never did have any problems due to the illegal visas he got through Lars and the last time I bumped in to him, a couple of years ago, he was still living here.

The popular Thailand expat forums at that time were Nanaplaza.com and Nanapong.com, both of which were very much nightlife-focused, a reflection of expat society in the day. The incident at the visa shop didn't make the newspapers but it did make the forums.

Some said there had been a fight between Lars and the lady he worked with, who it was assumed was his wife. Others said that one of the dodgy visas Lars had arranged was picked up by an observant Immigration official. So the story goes, an observant officer noted someone had a visa issued by a consulate in Australia which has long been known as a soft touch - but there were no entry and exit stamps for Australia in the passport. Upon questioning, the passport holder admitted that he had never been to Australia and the visa had been procured through Lars. Apparently Lars was visited by Immigration and Police, the operation closed down and he was deported and blacklisted from ever returning to Thailand. That's all plausible, but it doesn't explain the broken windows, the shop being turned over and the blood outside.

At this point it should be pointed out that I have no confirmation that Lars was ever charged, prosecuted, that it ever went to court or even if he was visited by police. Neither can it be confirmed that he was deported or blacklisted - although that is what you would expect to happen.

What is known is that the office closed, the visa service stopped and Lars disappeared. Forum posts suggested Lars went to Malaysia where he was working on a new project, EThailand.net.

The whole incident didn't attract that much attention; dodgy visa dealings were de rigueur back then.

At one time it was estimated there were 20,000 foreigners in Thailand who had used such visa services. A guesthouse in Nana Plaza providing visa services was the preferred agency for bar owners and managers. There was the Aussie whose nickname featured two "V"s who was perhaps the best known visa agent and a favourite for teachers whose schools did not get them a blue book. There was The Wall Pub on lower Sathorn that offered everything from food to laundry to visas. No doubt there were many more. Some even openly advertised in the Bangkok Post. But at the end of the day, it was illegal. Legal visas obtained legally, some called them.

The logistics of these visa service operations were complicated with many people involved, meaning many people on the take. Let's say an American in Thailand wanted a non-immigrant visa. He remained in Thailand but his passport had to be stamped out of Thailand, and then sent to a friendly embassy or consulate abroad which processed the visa application. The embassy or consulate had to be either incompetent or, more likely, was willing to overlook the fact that the passport did not have an entry stamp for that country. The visa was processed and the passport sent back to Thailand. Someone at some border point stamped it back in to the country and activated the visa. The number of grubby hands involved was numerous.

Back to the present day, I thought it would be fun to do a Whatever Happened To....? article on expats from my early years and thought Lars might be fun to profile. So, just what did happen to Lars? Where did he end up? What I stumbled upon is as amazing as it is shocking as it is, in some ways, for want of another word, well, impressive!

When I started researching what had happened, I came across old posts from Lars talking about the service. And in some of these posts he listed a website for service. The domain name? ThaiVisa.com.

 

 

Screen capture of a post from 1999 showing the connection to ThaiVisa.com.

 

Could there be a connection between Thailand's largest expat forum, the sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, more-Thai-than-the Thais ThaiVisa.com and, ironically, a company which procured dodgy visas for expats and whose owner was – it is believed – deported and blacklisted from Thailand?

Little is known about "George", the owner of ThaiVisa.com. Few people have met him. He is the mystery man who never attends ThaiVisa.com events or parties and who shuns publicity. In a country where expat society is very social, why does "George" avoid the limelight when he has been so incredibly successful?

I know many who have had dealings with George but few have actually met him in person.

There are two people who have told me about "George" over the years, both long-time readers who are neighbours of his in Hua Hin. I fired off an email to each of them.

One neighbour described "George" as a bit of a character who eschews the ways of his homeland. His appearance is sloppy, he is often unshaven and looks unkempt. The other neighbour reports that "George" has alcoholic tendencies and is quick to anger. That neighbour attributes the police callouts to his house and fights (usually vocal, at least once physical) with his on again / off again wife as most likely due to alcohol. Once the sun is high in the sky, a glass of beer or wine is usually within George's reach.

Next stop was the Bangkok Post archives. I wanted to find the article from 2000 when the Bangkok Post profiled Lars and his dodgy visa service. Unfortunately, the Post's website does not allow online searches going back that far unless you pay. I was happy to cough up the $$. An email to the digital sales department bounced. Typical Thailand. An email sent to another email address at the Post has yet to be answered, and I guess it probably won't be until after Songkran.

I spoke with a friend who has contacts at Immigration and called in a favour. He used his contacts and I was able to source a photo of George. It wasn't recent, but any doubt I had was gone. I blurted out to myself, that's Lars!

George, the owner of ThaiVisa.com, Thailand's largest expat website where moderators and prominent posters have an utterly unforgiving and sanctimonious attitude towards anyone whose visa status is in any way questionable, is Lars, the owner of Express Service Sabai Co. Ltd, the company which arranged dodgy visas for foreigners wishing to stay in Thailand!

Had Lars managed to get around being blacklisted from Thailand - if indeed he was blacklisted - by simply changing his name?

At this stage it should be noted that "George"'s real first name is NOT George at all. I have no intention of publishing his name, the photos I have procured of him from his neighbours and other contacts, nor reveal any other details about him.

ThaiVisa.com is not just the most popular expat discussion forum in Thailand, it is the biggest forum of its type in, I believe, all of Asia. It might just be the biggest expat forum in the world. It's an impressive operation pulling in an estimated million baht per month, most of which is profit. Its Google Adsense income alone is said to be well north of $10,000 per month. There have been rumours over the years about the site being sold and at one stage it was rumoured "George" wanted 90 million baht for it.

ThaiVisa.com is many things to many people, but what it is not is an advocate for the rights of foreigners in Thailand. While I am loathe to criticise another website - every website is free to operate how they wish – the way ThaiVisa.com masquerades as a community acting in the best interests of foreigners in Thailand is a bit much. And what really irks is the actions of the little Hitlers who run the site, the moderators who act with an iron fist, sometimes banning users for the most innocuous reasons.

Let's take a post made about the Santisook Dog & Cat Rescue Centre in Chiang Mai. A user posted about this wonderful organisation and how it is very grateful for cat and dog food donations. Not money, but cat food or dog food. There wasn't even a link to the organisation's site, something ThaiVisa.com does not allow. The post was taken down by one of the moderators and the poster received a warning that he had breached the rules by soliciting for donations. He tried to send a message direct to "George" but that didn't work. He tried to appeal to the moderator and was banned for criticising a ThaiVisa.com moderator, a very serious taboo!

ThaiVisa.com's moderators have a long history of being heavy-handed and many act like slavemasters, treating users with contempt. Posts are deleted and accounts are banned if a user touches on anything considered questionable, which is a joke when you consider the forum's owner was involved in visa fraud. It's the haughtiness, the sanctimoniousness and the holier than thou attitude that has turned some off the site.

ThaiVisa.com is so dominant that the attitudes of the moderators permeate every corner of the country and some weak-minded foreigners adopt them. Is ThaiVisa.com partially responsible for the increasing prevalence of farang apologists? I often visualise a cartoon with a bunch of farangs bending over a barrel with a ThaiVisa.com moderator instructing them to drop their draws around their ankles as Somchai stands behind them with an evil grin.

The sanctimoniousness of some moderators is all the worse when you learn about their respective pasts. I'll save the blushes and humiliation by refraining from identifying anyone, but a couple are worth a mention. One ThaiVisa.com moderator used to own and operate the website www.sextours.com. I know this because that site had copied and pasted some info from this site a very long time ago. Before parting with the domain name for $USD 2x,xxx, this fellow who went on to become a ThaiVisa.com moderator was a sex tour operator, amusing given ThaiVisa's anti-nightlife stance. He was banned as a poster a couple of times but created new usernames, returned and eventually became a moderator.

Another user worthy of mention is dr_Pat_Pong who was given a most fitting title, honorary member. Fitting because for many years he was a Thailand honorary consul, oversaw a full service consulate and as an honorary consul, he signed off on visa applications. That made him a great person to know for someone in the dodgy visa business. Rumour has it that this honorary consul resigned because he is embroiled in a dispute with "George" over a business relationship that dates back 15+ years. It is alleged that back in the day the consulate received passports direct from Lars and whichever visa was requested was issued. Needless to say, the consul received a kickback for every visa processed. The relationship soured and when "George" threatened exposing him he resigned and must have been left wondering about what he had dunn. It's amusing that someone who served as a Thailand honorary consul for so long and who was such a prolific poster (he made in excess of 30,000 posts) on ThaiVisa.com did so with a username celebrating the country's most infamous red-light area.

In the business world, you hear plenty of ill talk about "George". Granted he is a smart guy good at making money, but at the same time he is known for cutting people off at the knees in business dealings and being a bully. There have been countless disagreements over the years and he has a court appearance in June over a business dispute, a hearing which promises to attract curious foreigners to the gallery.

Andrew Drummond broke the news that "George" is facing legal action and has to report to post bail in June. Can "George" expect to be finger-printed? Does the system match new fingerprints with those already in the system? If it does, will the police station light up like a Christmas tree as it is discovered that "George" is Lars - and Lars - it is believed - is blacklisted! Presumably "George" was finger-printed when his visa service was raided all those years ago, or has this already been....what's the correct term....sorted?

Is "George" a bully in the cyber world too? One ThaiVisa.com moderator, furious that he was promised shares in a company which unbeknownst to him was worthless in return for moderating, spoke on the promise of anonymity. He alleges "George" has a number of different usernames and recent posts from a Hua Hin IP address attacking Thailand's foremost investigative journalist, Andrew Drummond, are the words of you-know-who.

Visiting ThaiVisa.com is not a fun experience and time on the site feels like being in a schoolyard with a bunch of spotty-faced teenagers bickering and talking shit about stuff they know little or nothing about. The sad part is that ThaiVisa.com was the one and only vehicle which could have been an advocate for the rights of Westerners in Thailand. Alas, it is not to be. Bickering, tyranny and lording it over the community is the preferred option. Talk about a sly geezer.

But ultimately "George" deserves the plaudits. That someone who it is believed was not just deported from Thailand, but also blacklisted from the country after operating a business which deliberately sought to circumvent Thailand's immigration laws – yet manages to return to the country he is banned from and build up and operate the best-known, highest traffic and most profitable expat website in all of Asia - making an estimated $30,000 a month - is an amazing achievement. It's just a shame he is such a tyrant and that his attitude has been adopted by the forum's moderators and some of its users.

 

 

 THAIVISA LARS JANSOON OR GEORGES ANDERSEEN

 

 

 

THAIVISA LARS JANSOON OR GEORGES ANDERSEEN




JayZ Beyonce Thailand Villa Phuket Photos $25000 Beach House Amanpuri Resort



Hi,

I hope I will get a kiss for this post that will be first in Google when people will be looking for Jayz and Beyonce luxury villa at Amanpuri Phuket !

But actually I wonder if this is the real price ?

It seems ok by International standards but $25000 a night seems high for Thailand.

Do you know if it really exists and if many houses at this price are available at Amanpuri Phuket ?

I didn't find it on their website
http://www.amanresorts.com/amanpuri/home.aspx

 

 

JayZ Beyonce Thailand Villa Phuket Photos $25000 Beach House Amanpuri ...


Bangkok-Pattaya Highspeed Fast Train Shinkansen TGV How much will you pay maximum to go to Pattaya ?

COST OF ONE WAY TRAIN TICKET TO PATTAYA

 

 

Hello,

 

It seems that we will see this high speed train from Bangkok to Pattaya before we die and I strongly believe that it will be the first fast train in Thailand because it is easy to build and it is the ones that will bring most revenue.

 

But I wonder HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY to use it to go to Pattaya ?

 

Prices will be higher in 2020 or 2030 :-) when it will be ready but imagine that it would be ready today, how much would you pay maximum to take it instead of a taxi or bus ?

 

I am sure that it will cost at least 1000 thb which is the minimum cost of a taxi but if I was the operators I would sell you tickets 1500 Thb one way considering that you will be in Pattaya in 30 mns and that you are more likely to arrive alive than on a bus or taxi !

 

 

And you, how much can you accept to pay to go to Pattaya by fash train high speed rail service ?

 

 

 

 

Bangkok-Pattaya Highspeed Fast Train Shinkansen TGV How much will you ...



THAILAND CUSTOMS WEBSITES, TAX INFORMATION TO RECEIVE PARCELS FROM ABROAD WHEN LIVING IN THAILAND

 

If you are looking for some information about Thailand import duty and Thailand customs you can find all the necessary details on these 2 websites:

 

 

http://www2.customs.go.th/Customs-Eng/PostalParcels/PostalParcels.jsp?menuNme=PostalParcels

 

 

 

http://www.postalcustoms.com/index.php?lay=show&ac=article&Id=539049094

 

 

 

 

 

THAILAND CUSTOMS WEBSITES, TAX INFORMATION TO RECEIVE PARCELS FROM ABROAD ...


BUY THAILAND SIM CARD ONLINE AND CHOOSE YOUR 12CALL PREPAID SIMCARD TELEPHONE NUMBER

 

 

 

If you plan to visit Thailand you can buy your 12call prepaid SIM card online on 12call website.

12call is the biggest Thailand carrier with the best coverage and their website is the most reliable for any online service related to your Thailand telephone number and SIM card.

Thailand SIM card price is only 50 Thb.

If you need any other information please contact us.

 

 

BUY THAILAND 12CALL SIM CARD

 

 

 

https://myportal.ais.co.th/aisportal/acme/?innerUrl=http://onlineshopping.ais.co.th:80/ecommerce/control/main?CURRENT_CATALOG_ID=MAIN_ROOT

 

 

 

BUY THAILAND SIM CARD ONLINE AND CHOOSE YOUR 12CALL PREPAID ...


BUY CEILING FAN IN THAILAND, LIST OF CEILING FANS SELLERS AND INSTALLATION SPECIALISTS IN BANGKOK OR PATTAYA

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.ceifan.com

Culminate Airy Company Limited : [Showroom]
419/12-14 Srinakarin Road Tumbol Samrongnua
Amphur Muang Samutprakarn 10270
Tel : (662) 745-8244-6
Fax : (662) 361-1859
E-mail : sunlight@ceifan.com

 

 

 

 

http://www.mrken-fan.com

Phone:
(662) 726-6505-6
Fax:
(662) 726-6707
Email:
info@mrken-fan.com
Address:
4 Soi Chaloemphrakiat Rokao 48 Yeak 11 Dokmai Prawet Bangkok 10250 Thailand

 

 

 

 

http://www.starlightfan.com

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BUY CEILING FAN IN THAILAND, LIST OF CEILING FANS SELLERS ...



Flowersdeliverythailand.com REVIEW and Gogoflowers.com REVIEW - LIST OF BETTER WEBSITES TO USE

 

Hello,

 

I have used Flowersdeliverythailand.com as well as Gogoflowers.com and these both websites offer and awful service, I will never nnever ever use them again.


I wanted to send flowers in Thailand and it was a very bad idea, instead my friend has used Bangkok Personal shopper on this website: http://www.personal-shopper-bangkok.com


And it seems that they are jsut perfect.

On Bangkok shopper you can send flowers but also anything else that you want, gifts, chocoolate, etc...

So for sure next time I won't use any Flower websites delivery that pretend that my girlfriend was not available when she was at office all day and then at home always near her office phone and mobile (I called during the day on both).

Flowersdeliverythailand.com and Gogoflowers.com are just liars and everybody should know that !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowersdeliverythailand.com REVIEW and Gogoflowers.com REVIEW – LIST OF BETTER WEBSITES ...


CONDO NEAR POST OFFICE, NEW RENOVATED JOMTIEN POST OFFICE PHOTO

APARTMENT NEAR POST OFFICE

FIND CONDO NEAR JOMTIEN POST OFFICE

VIEW TALAY 1 AND VIEW TALAY 2

 

 

Jomtien beach post office has been renovated and you can now enjoy a brand new post office near View Talay 1 and View Talay 2 condo.


No need to go to crowded Pattaya post office to send your parcel as you can now go to Jomtien post office which is at walking distance from Viewtalay condo 1 and Viewtalay condo 2.

 

If you have to send parcels daily better rent an apartment near a post office and living near Jomtien post offfice located right on the beach is the best choice to avoid the hassle to have to go to a far away post office as Pattaya post or Sukhumvit post office every day.

 

Here is a photo of the newly renovated Jomtien post office.

 

CONDO NEAR POST OFFICE, NEW RENOVATED JOMTIEN POST OFFICE PHOTO

 

 

 

Opening hours of Jomtien post office:

Monday - Friday: 8h30 -16h30

Saturday: 9h00 - 12h00

 

 

Jomtien post office address and post code:

75/33 Moo 12
Soi 5
Jomtien Beach Road
Nongprue, Banglamung
Chonburi 20150

 

 

How to go to Jomtien post office

Directions:
From Dongtan Police Box proceed along Jomtien Beach Road for about 350m

Turn left into Soi 5 and keep going for 50 m.

Jomtien Post Office is on your left-hand side at the entrance of the street before the immigration office.

 

 

Thailand post shipping rates

http://www.thailandpost.co.th/rate.php

 

Thailand post tracking to track your parcel sent from Thailand or parcels coming to Thailand

http://track.thailandpost.co.th/trackinternet/Default.aspx?lang=en

 

 

 

Leaving at View Talay 1 or View Talay 2 is the best choice for anyone who want to be able to go to Jomtien post office by walking as well as Jomtien immigration office which is located on the same street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APARTMENT NEAR POST OFFICE, FIND CONDO NEAR JOMTIEN POST OFFICE, ...


THE TRUTH ABOUT SENDING LETTERS AND PARCELS TO EUROPE AND UNITED STATES

HOW TO SNED PARCELS AND LETTERS SAFELY FROM THAILAND

 




EMS: THE BEST WAY TO SEND URGENT PARCELS OR LETTERS ABROAD

The best way to send very urgent documents or goods from Thailand is to use EMS service. It is a kind of courier Express service just like DHL, FEDEX, TNT or UPS but EMS is cheaper and when you want to avoid to pay customs duty on the products that you send EMS is really the only way when you want your goods to be delivered abroad quickly (never use courier companies as DHL, Fedex, TNT or UPS to send goods abroad because you will have to pay taxes: it is automatic because courier companies apply tax on parcels and good on behalf of customs, the condition to be allowed to operate without having customs to check each parcel).




STANDARD OR REGISTERED AIRMAIL IS RELIABLE BUT SOMETIMES SLOW

Standard airmail and Registered airmail from Thailand is sometimes slow if you are not lucky and if you want to understand why here is the explanation.

It is quite normal when you send letters or parcels abroad to US or Europe by Airmail that these documents or goods have to wait few days or sometimes 1 or 2 weeks in Thailand at airport before being shipped.

This is actually the difference between express services as courier companies or EMS and Airmail: letters and parcels sent by Airmail are put in mail containers ready to be boarded in the plane and those mail containers are not going to be shipped every single day.




HOW OFTEN ARE MAIL CONTAINERS SHIPPED FROM THAILAND

Mail containers are shipped to Europe and US every week or every 2 weeks from Thai international Suvarnabhumi Airport because they need to be full before being put in the plane.
So if you have bad luck and containers have just left the country when your letters reach Bangkok airport they will have to wait 1 or 2 weeks before being shipped.
This is why some parcels and letters can arrive in Europe or US quickly and some others can take a very long time.

Also, if you have very bad luck it is possible that airport and post office employees forgot 1 parcel (your parcel!) that was waiting near the container and then it means that this parcel that was there for already 2 weeks will have to wait 2 more weeks before being shipped, this explaining why some parcels take a very very long time to be delivered abroad.




WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MAIL CONTAINERS ARRIVE ABROAD

It took some time for your parcels to leave Thailand airport and it can take as much time to be allowed and enter in the destination country.

First it depends on how long UK airport employees, US airport employees, European countries airport employees or airport staff of any destination country will need to empty the containers and sort out parcels and letters to dispatch them. Maybe also your mail container, depending upon destination country, is only emptied once per month ? Who knows what these public employees who have a permanent full time job forever and are sure to keep it even when they are lazy and do nothing can think...

Second, the delivery of your parcels and letters will also depend on customs clearance. Customs officers are not personally waiting for any of these letters and parcels, so they just don't care to check them quickly or not, and they are public employees just as post office staff, so why should they care ?

Then after your parcels and letters have passed customs they will be dispatched to the destination province or city and this can also take quite some time.




WHY SOME LETTERS SENT AFTER SOME OTHERS ARRIVE BEFORE THE FIRST ONES ?

Chronological orders of sending and receiving daily mail can be quite different too. It depends upon how mail containers are received in the destination country and how they are being processed.

In the destination country additional processing of incoming mail containers is needed, for example for the conversion of incoming Thai tracking numbers to local post tracking numbers. The Track and Trace numbers conversion is the reason why it is sometimes not possible to track a parcel abroad when it has been sent from Thailand (you can only be sure to track EMS parcels, but not Airmail parcels). When a conversion is done the new tracking number is not given to customers and the only way to get it is to call the post office customer service number: the computer doing the conversion cannot be accessed by customers on post office websites and you will know the new tracking number by calling only if the person on the phone is in a good day and not too lazy to help you that day.

Emptying and processing the incoming mail container can take more than only 1 day because of time zones and availability of employees so the first day in the destination country not all mail received will immediately pop up in their tracking system but only the ones which have been processed, registered, and have already been dispatched to distribution centres. This is when chronological orders may start to differ: some items which have been shipped one or two weeks after other items can be received days earlier than the ones sent 1 week before.




INTERNET WEB SHOPS ALSO CAUSE DELAYED DELIVERY

One more reason why Airmail delivery can take so long time is the always increasing amount of Internet shops that send parcels abroad and overload distribution centres throughout the world.
Everybody who buys goods abroad knows that delivery depends on so many factors that it is not possible to know how long will the delivery exactly take and why sometimes parcels reach their destination a lot faster than others.




ALWAYS USE REGISTERED MAIL TO SEND NOT URGENT PARCELS ABROAD

When sending parcels from Thailand with Thai Post you should use Registered airmail because destination countries staff who take care of the delivery and will ask you for a signature are often much more reliable than the employees who take care of the non registered mail (many countries use under paid employees with short term contracts who just don't care this underpaid temporally job).

Also, when destination countries post offices do not dispatch EMS parcels or letters they use sub-contract private companies that often just don't care and might loose your parcel as it often happens for example in Belgium and USA for example. Delivery of EMS parcels to Belgium is really not reliable and parcels cannot be tracked because these private courier companies used by Belgium post do not record tracking numbers. In United States if often happens that courier company that deliver some of the EMS parcels change the tracking number and do not supply it to customers. But examples why using EMS service to send parcels abroad can be found almost everywhere.




HOW TO TRACK THAIPOST PARCELS IN EUROPE OR USA

That post office tracking website is this one:

http://track.thailandpost.co.th/trackinternet/Default.aspx?lang=en

You should be able to also track your parcels on your own local post office (destination post) but sometimes tracking details only appear on these websites when parcels are about to be delivered or are already delivered, so do not expect too much.

The only way to track a parcel all the way is to use Thaipost EMS service, but it is more expensive and not perfect as we have explained.

When parcels sent abroad with Thai post cannot be tracked the problem always is the destination country because parcels are not often scanned abroad. Thailand Post does not seem to be the problem simply because the destination endpoint within Thailand that has been reached is Thai international Suvarnabhumi Airport and ThaiPost website cannot show more information until the destination country post office provides these details.

Sometimes you will see written on Thai post office website "Outgoing International" but most of the time you will only see "SUVARNABHUMI MAIL CENTRE Container Received", but anyway it means that your parcel has left the country or is about to leave and will arrive in Europe, USA, South America or Africa soon.




And you, what is your experience of sending letters and parcels from Thailand abroad to your country ?

What is your trick to avoid customs check and duty ?




 

THAILAND INTERNATIONAL MAIL INFORMATION, HOW TO SEND PARCELS FROM THAILAND ...



PATTAYA CATHOLIC CHURCH TESTIMONY, WHERE TO MEET GOD IN THAILAND CHONBURI PROVINCE PATTAYA JOMTIEN



My personal relationship with God is the most important thing in my life and He is #1 in my life….

 

For my birthday this year I made a promise to God to share my testimony with people who may not believe in God so they will know through Jesus they can have a relationship with God.

I know God is real and walks with me because he has saved my life when I have been in danger, he has protected me and given me energy, power ,strength, moral support.

 

I want to share my story with those who will listen so they can believe in him for encouragement, support, and have the willpower and desire to walk with God too…

 

To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

A time without God;

I grew up in the country, my family does not believe in God, and we where born with Buddhism religion.

 

I moved to Bangkok when I was young(12 years old) and stay with my aunt who has a Chinese family. (I believe this was part of God’s plan for my life.)

 

I first hear about God from my neighbors who where old. I refer to them as my grandfather and grandmother even though we are not related. They are now dead. They were very nice to me and always watch out for me. They try to explain God to me but I not believe and I laugh at them on the inside. When I hear them talk about Jesus, I do not believe, to me they are only stories, like the stories I hear about Budda.

 

These neighbors take me to church all the time with them for over a year. I still did not believe but I went only so I could have more friends, fun and other things.

 

 

A time to be born again

 

I remember for weeks I was very sad, downhearted,. My life was filled with loneliness, I missed my family, I was always comparing myself to another girl at the church… most of my friends were different than me they were not country girl like me.

 

After one year at the church I pray for the first time.

I pray:

“God father Show me that you are real God… that you are not just a story.. I want to see you. I want you to touch me ….I want to know for myself if you are God, I do not only want to hear stories from other people that talk about you.. I am not a believer, if you are real, Show me … Show me…if you do not show me how I can I know who you are and if you are real...

(I know is not goods I pray like that…like a challenge to God)”

 

 

Suddenly!! I fill someone put big hand on my head…this time I feel very very good. I can’t explain it but all my hair standing on end…I want to open my eyes but I can’t … I want to see who has laid their hand on me…. It is so nice ..And I can’t stop my tears…. After about 10 minutes I open my eyes. I do not see anyone around me.

 

All the people they are in the front of the church…I go tell my grandfather neighbor and he says ….Because God love you, God is touching you and anointing you!! He is letting you know that you are now one of his special little girl’s.

(That is my first experience and God show me he is real God) I believed in God Jesus that day!!

The next day I start reading the Bible in New Testament, I Still remember that time. I read the New Testament more than 10 times in 3 months.

 

I read everywhere I go… in the school all my friends they say I am crazy about God and some of my friends call me a nun because they see me hold my Bible all the times. but I do not care, Because I what to know him, only me and my 2 friends believe in God Jesus (2500 students only 3 children in school believe in God) and then I start read old testament, finish to end and start to read again and again,

I really want to know God more and more and want to know all the stories in the bible , this is my prayer to God. (I call that …A time to plant)

 

A time to share the Gospel

 

I believe in God/jesus for 2 years, I start sharing the Gospel with the people, I go with the church group every weekend, we share on the street, in slums, still remember one of time I share the Gospel with nearly 100 people on the street for that day.

 

One time about 3 years ago , God open my way to working with business woman and she a politician, a millionaire woman all her children live overseas, but her husband stays with another woman!! She lives in a big penthouse all alone.

 

The first month I do my work for her and I cry almost every day because she yell, scream and shout all the time at me.

 

I complain with God why he gives me job with a woman like this and I have plans to resign in the next month for sure.

 

I share this with some friend at the church ,she tell me that God is using me to share about God Jesus with her.

 

I decide I not quit my job in the next month and pray to God that I will do my job to share about him before leaving.

 

I start praying and find time to share the gospel with her and show her that God loves her, but she not trust me.

 

She tells me, I am pretty. She tells me I am no different than anyone else. I may talk about God but because I pretty one of her rich businessman friends will like me and I will leave to be with the man because he have a lot of money. I no different, money more important than God.

 

One of the business men comes from England (he have Tuna factory all over world) and he likes me and ask me to go with him.

 

I tell him I may be poor, but I no prostitute and I will not go with him, I not care how much money he has. He continue to ask me out for nearly a year but I tell him no.

 

After this she see how I walk with God and she ask to go to church with me.

 

She lets me come to her penthouse and we read the Bible together. (She had never let a worker go to her penthouse.)

 

She starts taking me everywhere she goes, including high class night party.

 

I don’t like this but I have to go because I have to go and take care of her.

 

By the way, I decide to leave my job because I follow God’s plan and he has a new plan for me.

 

I get a new boss she more rich and she more yell, scream and shout.

 

One time I am working with her and she give me the job to take money to Hua Hin (2 hour from Bangkok) to pay for new hotel she is buying.

 

.I am afraid if people know I have this much money and am alone. I leave my job. I shared the gospel with her. She says she believes but really she finds no time for God.

 

I share the gospel with my blessed friend when we were young about 10 years ago but she has a big fight with me about God. and she tell me that I am crazy.

 

But I still pray for her the same time I pray for my family!

 

5 years ago I share how God loves her so much when she has many problems in her life!

She has accepted God Jesus in her heart and her daughter also makes me so happy. She is strong with God and brings many of people to believe in God Jesus. Praise the Lord! When I look back she fights me about God alot and now she has this fight with people as she tries to explain God. I thank God for letting her grow with him more and more.

 

A time to help People.

 

Since I am born again I try to help many of beggar people on the street. I may be poor but God give me so much more than they have.

When I was born again, God changed my heart to care for other people, to show love with them share how God protected me and provide blessings in my life

I buy them food …. I never forgot 16 year ago, I give a beggar woman a bath..

 

I wanted her to hear about God . I take her to the church with me and I clean all her body with my hand (because she smell so bad) many of people they laugh at me!! They look at me like I am crazy.

My money is gone because I buy soap …and buy food for her!.

 

I have to walk home for 5 hour and I am very thirsty and hungry. I do not have money to buy food, water or take a bus.

 

My family tells me that if I go to church any more they not help me and will not give any money to even get something to eat.

 

The apartment I live in, I have a neighbor and old Chinese man who is about 80 years old. For the first year I just watch him and he walk very, very slow. I always smile when he pass by. I see that he stays alone, I start to talk to him and he tells me that he live alone with no family.

I see that he look so sad and sick and he told me that he have heart disease, lung trouble, blood pressure, many of disease for old people.!

 

When I hear that it makes me so sad for him. I buy some food for him when I come back from my work in evening time almost every day and when he very sick I go with him to the hospital.

 

When he come back from hospital I would look after him until he get better, I would sleep on his floor so if he need help, I could help him. I always pray for him and show him that God love him!!

 

He thank me and tell me for the first time he not feel alone, I go to talk with him almost every day after work , I ask him to go to the church with me but he always told me that when he feel better he will go to the church with me!

 

The days he passed away I never forget! He was very sick that day, I see him in the morning before I go to work and I have told him to go hospital and when I finish from my work at evening time I will see him at hospital but he told me he want to wait for me in evening time and we can go to hospital together.

I come back 6 pm. he already put on his coat wait for me in his room when I knock the door he come open for me and I told him that we going now and told him that wait a moment I need toilet! While in the toilet I hear him fall ! I jump up from bathroom and see him lying in the floor!

 

He try to talk with me about something but I can’t hear what he said, he died in my arm.

 

He passed a way that evening time! For 2 years we have talked nearly every day and I have spent much of my time take to care of him every day because he have nobody to help him. He had become like family to me. I cry so hard and pray pray hard for him in that time!

 

The police call his relatives who have never came to see him in the three years I have known him. It makes me very sad, because they come and all they ask is if he have any money and where he keep it.

 

I tell them I think he not even have any money because I buy his food for him with my own money every night.

 

They tell me he very rich and have lots of property and leave and never even say thank you for buying him food and helping take care of him for the last two years. They not care about him or even appreciate the help I give him

 

Thanks God I learn from this time, is hard to meet sincere; honest people in this world but I so happy that I am sincere to him and show him that God is love and he not care whether people have moneys or not!

 

I believe and hope that his relatives will know that moneys can’t buy love, sincerity and happiness.

 

Thanks Lord…. When I look back …. For the last 20 some years of my life, I have truly walked with him ...he is the absolute being in my life and changed me. I am different from before he was in my life! He changed my heart, showed me how to love other people like God Jesus has loved me.

 

 

 

God saved my life

 

I spend 2 hours sharing about God with a man. I later learn he was a murderer.

 

He start following me everywhere even following me when I walk home to my apartment. This go on for about 3 months.

 

This man is crazy. After talking with my friends we call the police.

 

When the police talk to him, he tell the police he likes me and wants to rape and kill me.

 

I thank God that he protect me and not let this crazy man hurt me. Thank the Lord. Hallejullah.

 

After this happen with me, I become afraid of men. Thai people known for their smiles but I not smile for long time after this.

 

The second time

 

I cross the road on crosswalk but the driver is drunk!

 

The x-ray doctor told me that my head crack, my backbone, my leg is hurt .

 

While in the hospital I pray very hard with God for his healing. The doctor told me that maybe I have to stay hospital for a year. At this time in my life I am studying at the university and my family will have to find money to pay to the hospital.

 

This worries me very much as I and my family are very poor and I do the only thing I can do which is pray and pray!

 

When I have the second x-ray the doctor is says my bone is perfect everywhere in my body and he does not understand how that can be since I was hit by a car.

 

Praise the LORD!! And I have to stay in the hospital only one week, Thanks God! In my times of trouble he Preserves and protects of me

 

The third time

I nearly die because of the people I am working for. These people called

themselves Christian!!

 

I work for a businesswoman and her partner who is a gay man. He tells me he is a Christian and always goes to church but I also know the way he lives is not the life of a Christian. What he says and how he lives are not the same

 

He tells my boss, the businesswoman that they will start a business, a lottery sales. This is an illegal business, some provinces have 15 million people and some province have 20 million,

 

I try to tell him that this is not right and he is suppose to be a Christian and God does not want us to gamble or let people gamble.

 

He just laughs at me and says this is not gambling, this is business.

I tell him that I want my boss to go to the church with me and know about Jesus and he know that and agree with me.

 

One day, the police come to the office where I work and he tells me to go and walk with the police, I tell him I not go talk to the police as I have nothing to do with his business. He want me to tell him the illegal lottery they are planning is my idea, he say they will not do anything to me because I a pretty woman. When I refuse he gets very angry with me.

 

A month later he come to talk with me again, he tells me they have a meeting with a business man from the province where they want to start the lottery.

 

He tell me if I help with lottery he will give me 100,000 baht a week + commission.

 

I decline his job offer and I tell him this is illegal and God would not bless me for doing something like this.

 

About a month later, he come back to the office where I work with the businesswoman and he kicked me and hit my head against the wall and said “you will die today” for not helping me with the boss to get this lottery started. I am crying and I ask God for help, I say “God Jesus, God Jesus help me, please help me.” When he hears me calling out to Jesus it make him madder and hit me more and more and then tries to push me down the stairway in the office, I do not fall and I run down the stairs and ask some people to help me and then go to the police station and then the hospital. Thank God again that I not fall down the stairs and die.

 

 

When things happen to me I always ask God why??

I go to church every week, I read bible everyday, I pray every day,

I try to have strong relationship with GOD and always try to help the poor people, I give food for beggar on the street almost every day!!

 

But it is Ok …I still give thanks to him all the time and love him more and more. I believe that God has a better plan more for my life.

 

 

 

A time to give thanks always

 

I thank GOD that he has plan for my life, I was countryside, weakest girl, No confidence, Very ashamed girl of where I come from. He called me when I was young, Innocent, and of pure heart. I think the reason that he loves me because in my life I have never drank , smoked, taken drugs. I never been to a nightlight place , disco, or bars.

Every time….when I read Bible, I Always pray

“Please God keep me up, when I talk about you with the people, so they will respect me and you from outside and inside”

A time of peace

One of the most difficult parts of the Christian life is the fact that becoming a disciple of Christ does not make us immune to life’s trials and tribulations. Why would a good and loving God allow us to go through such things as the death of a child, disease and injury to ourselves and our loved ones, financial hardships, worry and fear? Surely, if He loved us, He would take all these things away from us. After all, doesn’t loving us mean He wants our lives to be easy and comfortable? Well, no, it doesn’t. The Bible clearly teaches that God loves those who are His children and He “works all things together for good” for us (Romans 8:28). So that must mean that the trials and tribulations He allows in our lives are part of the working together of all things for good. Therefore, for the believer, all trials and tribulations must have a divine purpose.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than foods and your body more than clothing?

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

Matthew 6:25-27

 

 

FIVE THINGS GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW:
1. I will strengthen you.
2. I will provide for you.
3. I will answer you.
4. I will be beside you.
5. I will give you rest.

If anyone wants to know more about God Jesus Please contact me I am ready to share with you about God.

God blessing you!!

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TONY FITNESS CHEAPEST LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP 14990 THB MEMBERSHIP AT NEW TONY FITNESS CLUBS

TONY FITNESS PATTAYA NEW CLUBS, CHEAPEST GYM LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP IN THAILAND AT PATTAYA RESORT 14990 THB AT TONY FITNESS

 


The best fitness club at Pattaya, Tony fitness is opening 5 new clubs and the new locations are:

 

- Tony Fitness Siam Country Club Gym at SOI Siam Country Club near Index furniture shop on Sukhumvit

- Tony Fitness Nerb Plub Wan Club Gym the next SOI after Siam Country Club SOI

- Tony Fitness Central Pattaya

- Tony Fitness Sriracha

- Tony Fitness gym at other locations soon...

 


Tony is now the king of fitness at Pattaya and since California Wow Fitness (CWOW) has closed Tony is the only alternative for a good gym at Pattaya beach resort.

 

 

On 4th of August 2012 Tony offers a special price for lifetime membership, only 14990 Thb for a life time membership at any tony club at Pattaya and Bangkok.

To apply fo lifetime membership at Tony fitness visit the third road Tony club on 08/04/2012 and you will get the best deal in Thailand since Cwow closed.


Tony fitness is the best alternative to Cwow California Fitness Thailand, so enjoy the new Tony's gym clubs at Pattaya.

 

 

 

 

TONY FITNESS CHEAPEST LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP 14990 THB MEMBERSHIP AT NEW TONY FITNESS CLUBS

 

 

 

 

 

Are you going to join Tony fitness ?

 

Do you like tony's Gym at Pattaya ?

 

Where do you exercise in Thailand ?

 

 

 

 

 

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SELL GOODS ONLINE FROM THAILAND, OPEN AN ONLINE BUSINESS TO THAI GIRL

 

 

Hello,

 

No problem, it's not a secret that any products from Thailand can be sold easily in US or EU.

 

Buy 100 Thb and sell 1000 Thb is the rule, but you should avoid Ebay as too many people are stupid enough to sell goods so cheap there.

 

Make a nice online shop and sell goods expensive, you will find customers anyway.

 

Women clothes are very easy to find here for cheap and very easy to sell, and what is good compare to US or EU is that you can get the wholesale price here even if you buy only 6 or 12 pieces.

 

You can also find many Thai shops that sell products on their website or even Facebook and it will make your life easier: no need to buy the items or take photos, better use their photos and buy their products once you have sold them already !

 

I hope it helps, and if you have more questions you can just ask me, I will try to reply.

 

Just one thing to remember: anything can be sold and you don't need any investment or just little if you cannot make the online shop yourself.

 

Never listen to people who will tell you that what you want to sell is already sold on so many shops: you don't plan to become Zara or Topshop, but you could make enough money by just having a small local shop !

 

Cheers.

 

PS; sorry, I just realized that I spoke about selling abroad, because this is the easiest to make money, but I also know Thai making a lot of money by selling online to Thai only: Thailand is not Bangkok and in the provinces many products are not as easily available as in BKK, so more and more people will buy online.

 

 

 

 

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HOW TO USE PAYPAL WITH A THAI BANK ACCOUNT AND HOW TO WITHDRAW MONEY FROM PAYPAL TO BANK ACCOUNT IN THAILAND

 



How to use Paypal to transfer funds from the US


1- Open a Thai bank account, for example at Kasikorn Bank, just need a passport and a Thai address (where the bank will never send any document, so any hotel address is ok)
Fill the forms, deposit some money, pay few hundreds bank for the ATM card (300 THB at Kasikorn Bank), you will get the card on the spot along with a sealed document that include the PIN code. You can keep this number or change it at any ATM.

2 - Open a new Paypal account: as it is not possible to add a Thai bank to a US PayPal account someone who want to use Paypal with a Thai bank account must open a second PayPal account and designate Thailand as the country.

3 - When opening the Thai bank account also apply for internet access to this account: to add the Kasikorn bank account to the Thai PayPal account you need to have online access (a K-cyber account) to the Thai bank account, so when you open your Thai bank account also apply for the K-cyber access and you will get the log in info by email.

4 - You will receive an email within 24 hours from Kasikorn bank telling that my K-cyber account is set up and giving you a log in and password. On your initial log in both password and user name have to be changed and the bank also requires a second password for any transactions. This can either be done via SMS or you can create a second password to use when you won't be in-country when making a transaction, and create it at Kasikorn web site, at http://www.kasikornbank.com/portal/site/kbank. From the drop down menu, select Service Channels, then Internet, then K-Cyber Banking. A new window will open.

5 - In order to make online purchases or transactions there is another step. On Kasikorn Bank website you have to create a K-web shopping virtual credit card, which is a simple application, requiring the second password, and within 24 hours you will have a virtual credit card. It means that you will be emailed a 16-digit number (the same as a credit card), expiration date, and a CCV (the three digits on the back of the card). All of this is virtual, and this is an additional security step that the bank uses.

6 - Log in to your Thai Paypal account, add the virtual account info (which is linked to the Kasikorn account), and the card will be accepted. PayPal requires verification and will deduct $1.95 (around 60 baht) from the account and the transaction will be listed as "PAYPAL1234" or "1234PAPAL". The four digits will then have to be posted to the PayPal account to verify. In the US, a few cents is deposited and then you have to enter that information to verify the transaction. Once verified, PayPal will reimburse the $1.95.

7 - Receive email confirmation that PayPal has deducted money from your account and the email has the four digits you need to confirm my account. Go back to your Thai PayPal account and enter the four digits and you're done, now you have an online account and can go shopping online, transfer money, and any other operation available with a Paypal account.

8 - To test the transfer of funds from US PayPal to Thai PayPal send money with your Thai Paypal account to your US Paypal account, and receive immediate confirmation by email that the transaction has been completed. Log into your Thai PayPal account and see that the funds are available and accept the transfer.

9 - To transfer some money from PayPal to you Thai Kasikorn bank you have to click on "add a bank account" but as this is a Thai paypal account everything will be written in Thai, so open a second window and go to the Kasikorn web site and compare the Thai script to find your bank in the drop down window in Thai Paypal, it's the second bank listed.
Select it, and next is a confirmation page, Kasikorn Bank is now in English.
Confirm the transfer and the next window informs you that it will take five to seven days for the transfer (a little longer than US PayPal, which is three to four days).

The bank account must be entered without the dashes.

This process should work with any Thai bank, so if you try this with one of these Thai banks please let a comment on this website:
ACL Bank, Bangkok Bank, BankThai, Bank of Ayudhya, Kiatnakin Bank, Krung Thai Bank, Mega International Bank, Siam City Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, TMB Bank, Thanachart Bank, Tisco Bank, Union Overseas Bank UOB.



 

 

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CALIFORNIA FITNESS CLOSURE, CWOW FITNESS BANGKOK PATTAYA CHIANG MAI CLOSING DEFINITIVELY

 

California fitness clubs are closing in Bangkok, but not all Cwow clubs will close for now.


List of the California gym clubs that are closing:

 

- Ratchayotin Cwow Bangkok

- Chaweng Wattana Cwow Bangkok

- Sukhumvit 23 Cwow Bangkok

- Silom Cwow Bangkok

 

 

Members from these clubs will have their membership upgraded to be able to exercise at other branches and cities.

Pattaya Cwow fitness won't close.

Chiang Mai Cwow fitness won't close.

Bangkok Pinklao Cwow fitness won't close.

Bangkok Paragon Cwow fitness won't close.

Bangkok Ekkamai Cwow fitness won't close.

Bangkok Esplanade Cwow fitness won't close.

 

Click here to read news in Thai about California fitness closure.

 

If you need more information please add a comment or contact California Fitness management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SANTORINI PARK THAILAND, VISIT GREECE IN THAILAND AT CHAAM BEACH, MYKONOS STREETS AND HOUSE AT SANTORINIPARK THAILAND

 

Do you know Santorini island in Greece ? It's one of the most famous Greek island that you can now visit in Thailand !

Santorini in Greece is famous for its cliff, one of the highest in Europe, but also for its village that you can now visit in Thailand at Chaam beach not far from Hua Hin beach.

You can find at Santorini park Greek style streets and houses that can be seen everywhere in Greece, and that really look like Mykonos village and port.

If you travel to Thailand instead of travelling to Europe you now have a chance to also visit some of the most famous European landmarks and places as Santorini island.

The only problem with Santorini park is that it is too new and that buildings have not yet been polished by rain and time, so this place should be better to visit later and not during it's first opening year, as it will look more like the real Santorini island and other Greek villages as Mykonos once time will have brought its effect.

You can go from Pattaya to Chaam and Hua Hin by bus bus also by boat and it's also a chance to visit Hua Hin beach that is very nice and a lot more quiet than Pattaya, though some can tell that it can quickly become boring, especially for people who enjoy Pattaya nightlife.

 

Visit Santorii Park Chaam website:

http://www.santoriniparkchaam.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RENT A HOUSE AT HUAHIN, FRONT BEACH HOUSE SCAM AT HUA HIN CHA AM, HOUSE THAT YOU MUST NOT RENT

 

If you do not want to be cheated do not rent this house at HUA HIN beach.


This house is located between Hua Hin and Cha Am beach and is a complete scam, with owner who never give deposit back to tenants and never repair what has to be repaired in this house.

 

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/551250-rental-scam-in-cha-am-beware

 

If you plan to rend a house at Hua Hin beach or Cha Am beach we hope that you will find this post ob time and won't rent this house that is located almost exactly half way between Cha am and Hua Hin on the beach side. The address is 918/3 Chaiyoen rd, Phetburi 76120.

And if you have visited this house please tell us what happened and why you didn't rent it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JET SKI SCAM PATTAYA, JET-SKI RISK PHUKET, JETSKI PROBLEMS IN THAILAND

 

Never rent jet-ski in Thailand if you do not want to have to pay $2000 for having damaged the jet-ski.

Because this is what happens most of the time in Thailand when you rent a jetski: you will be accused to have damaged the equipment and you will be asked to pay, and your life will even be threatened.

Indian tourists, farang tourists, and even Chinese tourists are the best target for jet-ski renters in Pattaya and Phuket, and it happens several times a day that tourists have to spend 1 week of they vacation money to repair a jet-ski that they actually havent's damaged at all.

The Thai police is also involved in jet-ski scam and you cannot expect any help from the officials, so the only way to avoid jetski scam is not to rent any jetski in Thailand anywhere you go.

If you need more evidence of Jet-ski scam in Thailand look at this video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VISA RUN TO MYANMAR FROM PATTAYA, APPLY FOR MYANMAR (BURMA) VISA ONLINE, HOW TO GO TO MYANMAR FOR VISA FROM THAILAND

 

If you want to go to Myanmar for a visa run or for vacation you van now apply for Myanmar visa online very easily on the official Myanmar visa website Myanmar Evisa.

 

We are looking for people who have used this new visa service for Myanmar, so please comment on this page if you got a visa for Myanmar and tell us how you will go fom Pattaya to Yangoon (Rangoon in Myanmar).

 

 

 

htt://www.myanmarevisa.gov.mm

 

 

 

 

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Websites Sampaeng Market Shops, Yaowarat Shops, Chinatown Shops, Pratunam Shops, Bobae Shops, Chatuchak Shops

 

Are you looking for websites of wholesalers in Bangkok ?


Here is a list of all the know Bangkok wholesalers websites and online stores.

 

If you want to buy wholesale products in Bangkok there are different places there to go depending on what you want.


If you want to buy cheap jewelry and accessories fo to Sampaeng market which is located in the area caled Chinatown by foreigners and Yaowarat by local people. Best prices can be found at Chinatown between 4am and 8am where you can only buy wholesale lots.

If you are looking for garment you can go to Bobae market not far from Chinatown or to Pratunam where is the Baiyoke tower ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baiyoke_Tower_II ).

The best price at Pratunam are found between 5am and 8am but you need to buy in bulk, and after 8am retailers and other wholesalers open their shop at the same location and prices are a little higher.

Another famous place for shopping in Bangkok is Chatuchak (Jatuchak) week-end market where you can go shopping on Saturday and Sunday every week, but prices are not cheap compared to the ones you can get in central Bangok markets as Chinatown or Pratunam, especially early morning before 8am for customers looking for wholesale items.

 

If you are looking for specific products to buy in bulk at Bangkok or Pattaya you can add a comment to this page and we will tell you where you can buy these items at the best price, and maybe even for how much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BUY PROPERTY AT PATTAYA BUT NOT AT PHUKET, WHY IS IT BETTER TO BUY CONDO OR HOUSE AT PATTAYA THAN PHUKET

 

If you are wondering if you should buy property in Thailand at Pattaya or Phuket we are going to give you all the good reasons why smart people buy properties in Chonburi province and not on Phuket island.

 

People who do not know Thailand enough might want to buy property on Phuket island or close area.

They are wrong, and for many reasons. Here is the list of the reasons why anyone who hesitates between buying property at Pattaya or Phuket should choose Pattaya or Chonburi area.

 

 

Why not buying property at Phuket island:

- Phuket real estate market is over estimated

- Phuket tsunami risk is too high and one day you might loose your property value (more and more tsunami in Andaman sea in the next years, and everybody knows that a big earthquake will happen)

- Phuket is too far from Bangkok and Phuket airport is too far from areas where it's convenient to live in Phuket (Phuket airport distance to Patong is over 50 kms). Going from Bangkok to Phuket by bus takes 12 hours, and even when taking a plane you still need to drive 1 hour at least from Phuket airport to your house or condo to arrive home

- Local people at Phuket are not as friendly as people from Pattaya: it's famous that people from the south are too straightforward and too conservative but also unfriendly and aggressive

- Public transportation at Phuket almost does not exist and Tuktuk driven by Tuk tuk mafia are expensive (and hateful)

- Living cost is expensive at Phuket, even 7/11 convenient stores sells goods at higher price than any other price in Thailand

 

 

 

Why buying property at Pattaya or Chonburi area:

- Pattaya real estate market is not over estimated, prices are fair and even cheap for foreigners

- No tsunami risk at Pattaya and Chonburi (Indonesia is far, no risk around Pattaya)

- Pattaya is near Bangkok, only 1h30 mns our driving distance and soon a fast train will link Bangkok airport to Pattaya

- Local people at Pattaya are a lot more friendly than southern people. Many people working in tourism industry at Pattaya are from Esan north eastern provinces, and really nice people.

- Public transportation at Pattaya is cheap and easy, only 10 Thb to go anywhere around the city by public pick-up

- Pattaya offers everything that Bangkok offers (shops, administration offices, services,...)

- Many international school at Pattaya and around

- Living cost at Pattaya is very cheap, often cheaper than than capital city Bangkok

 

 

 

Any other idea why it's better buying property at Pattaya or Chonburi area than Phuket ?


Please tell us !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I HATE SONGKRAN FESTIVAL THAI NEW YEAR, A FESTIVAL FOR RETARDED ADULTS WHO LIKE TO PLAY LIKE STUPID KIDS

 


Songkran water festival is coming and one full week of hell is coming !

Songkran water festival in Thailand is the worst time of the year with Loy kratong festival for people who do not want to join the events.

At least for Loy kratong lovers festival you just have to avoid some areas and it's only 1 day a year, but it's difficult to avoid Thailand Songkran festival that can sometimes last 1 full week as in Pattaya area or
Chiang mai.

Songkran festival is the Thai new year and what is boring is that people throw water to each other, and even to people who do not want to receive any because they are going to work or somewhere where it is not possible to arrive completely wet or full of powder.

Yes, it's even worst than just water because people playing with water often mix it with talc powder to be sure that you won't be just wet but also completely white and dirty.

Another problem with Songkran festival is that people get more and more violent and guns more and more powerful, so people send to each water at high speed that can sometimes hurt, for example in the eyes.

Also during Songran water festival it is very dangerous to drive in Thailand because as most of local people are on vacation, they have time to get drunk all day long, and drive drunk of course. With the international new year, Songkran Thai new year is the most dangerous week off the year, with the highest death toll.

As you see, there are so many reasons to avoid Songkran in Thailand, and there is only one positive point, it is that Bangkok the capital city of Thailand is almost desert with most inhabitants going upcountry to visit the family.

So enjoy Bangkok during Songkran 2012 and avoid Pattaya, especially on April 19th because it's the worst Songkran day in chonburi, a day when it's almost impossible to go anywhere without being wet.

 

 

 

 

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HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE IN THAILAND, HOW TO BUILD A HOTEL IN THAILAND

 

If you want to leanr how to build a house or how to nuild a hotel in Thailand you can read these posts on Teakdoor forum.

This is the complete follow up about 2 resort constructions in Phuket and you can use Simon experience to build your own house or resort.

 

 

Click here to read about the Phuket country resort construction


Click here to read about the Phuket city resort construction

 

 

If you have any experience about builing a house or hotel in Thailand please post all your information below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THAILAND HEALTH INSURANCE FOR FOREIGNERS, NO HEALTH INSURANCE AT TMB BANK THAI MILITARY BANK

 

If you are not a Thai citizen and if you want to apply for a health insurance do not go to TMB bank.

The Thai military bank offers health insurance but not to foreigners ! And especially not to foreigners, even residents, without work permit.

Depending on the branch you can sometimes open an account at TMB Bank with just a passport, but it seems that no Thai military bank will grant you a health insurance, and they won't even give you a reason. Is it because you are a foreigner, is it because you do not have a work permit ? Is it because you are a Pattaya tourist and they believe that you might get AIDS too fast ? Only them know !

And as you cannot know just pass your way and go to a real health insurance company that will offer you a good service and won't refuse you because of your origins !

 

 

 

 

 

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COURIER COMPANY TO RECEIVE PARCELS IN THAILAND AND AVOID CUSTOMS FEE, FEDEX, DHL, UPS, TNT

 

If you order goods online or have anybody send you parcels from abroad, new or used items, never ship using Fedex, DHL, UPS, or TNT companies or you will have to pay taxes.

The best choice if you need urgent delivery or parcels coming from outside Thailand is to use your local post office Express service as EMS in Thailand, USPS Priority mail in US or Chronopost in France, because your parcels won't be stopped by Thai customs and you won't have to pay horrendous fees for any item that you bought online.

And if you receive any parcel coming through courier companies as USPS, Fedex, UPS, or TNT, it's not Thai customs who will ask to to pay for customs duty, but the courier company itself !

Yes, one of the reason why courier companies are allowed to deliver parcels faster than standard post office service is that they do customs clearance for customs and AUTOMATICALLY collect money !

So if you receive any goods, new or used, and be delivered by an international courier company, you can be sure to have to pay taxes or loose your parcel.

And taxes are very high in Thailand, at least 30% of the estimated cost of the brand new item as found in shops.

Yes, it's incredible and the only way to avoid this scam is to use standard post offices services worldwide and be delivered by Royal Thai post in Thailand.

If you cannot control the way your parcel will be delivered in Thailand and if Fedex, UPS, DHL or TNT contact you to pay tax ask them if it's possible to contact the customs official to pay less but cash without receipt, because it is often possible in this nice country.

And if you have any experience of receiving goods through a courier company in Thailand without having to pay for customs duty please also tell us, as we have never heard about such a situation !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURIER COMPANY TO RECEIVE PARCELS IN THAILAND AND AVOID CUSTOMS ...