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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,, 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 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 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.

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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 and its führer, the one known only as "George".
To understand the beginnings of 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 and, 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,

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?



Screen capture of a post from 1999 showing the connection to


Could there be a connection between Thailand's largest expat forum, the sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, more-Thai-than-the Thais 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 Few people have met him. He is the mystery man who never attends 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, 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. 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. 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 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 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 moderator, a very serious taboo!'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. is so dominant that the attitudes of the moderators permeate every corner of the country and some weak-minded foreigners adopt them. Is 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 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 moderator used to own and operate the website 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 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 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 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 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 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.








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


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



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Major Cineplex Plc, a former shareholder of California WOW, signed a joint venture with the owner of VIE Hotel and Hong Kong businesswoman Angel Chan to provide a new fitness operator We Fitness Society.

Ms Chan, COO of We Fitness Co, revealed investment plans of 600 million baht this year for four clubs in Bangkok. The first club will be opened in August at Major Cineplex Ratchayothin with more than 3,200 square metres of space.

Three more clubs will be opened at Major Cineplex Ekamai, Major Cineplex Pinklao and Esplanade Ratchadapisek. We Fitness aims for 8,000 members this year.


Chan started her career as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer at California Fitness Centre in Hong Kong. She also helped start up California Fitness Centre in Taiwan.

In 2003, Chan was approached by Eric Levine, founder of California WOW, to be a consultant for his fitness centre in Thailand, which opened its first branch on Silom Road in Bangkok.

In her third year of operating 10 California WOW centres, Chan started to observe a number of problems facing the company, including pricing instability, sub-standard personal trainers and poor sales staff, who would go to any lengths to secure new members. 


This fitness is managed by an hiso batch from California fitness who pretends to do better than her ex boss...


I can understand that it is normal for her to be ridiculous but how can some investors be stupid enough to invest 500 MB on this business that will die and close within few years ?


These gyms chains have clothes everywhere in the world and even in Thailand but someone still think that she can be better ?


i think that I can be better than most when doing business but I would never bet even 1 million baht on a gym business anywhere in the world !




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






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 ?





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I have used as well as 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:

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). and are just liars and everybody should know that !










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.






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

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.



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




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.













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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


That post office tracking website is this one:

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 ?





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