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    Thai airports, trains, buses, public transport

    Airport immigration

    By Mr.John, Created on: 01/03/2011, Last updated on: 12/02/2015

    » Passengers continually complain about queuing up for extended periods at immigration at Suvarnabhumi airport. How long have you waited? Please share your experience, views and suggestions on the airport immigration with us below.

    • dutchboy commented : Waiting times at immigration at Suvarnabuhmi actually different going in/going out. Most of the time we are actually lucky, since we travel with 2 small children (3 and 4 years old), and normally there are attendents walking around, and picking us out of the line and guide us to a very quiet "Thai Passport line". However, sometimes that doesn't happen. In our experience coming back into the country is quicker than going out. When returning to Thailand, we usually spend 10-15 minutes waiting. Going out however, if we have to wait in line, it can easily be 30-45 minutes. This is a silly thing actually, since the process of getting out should be easier than getting in, but they are actually looking for money when you're going out, so they scrutinize if you have overstayed, failed to report 90 days if you have a business visa, etc. That''s why getting out takes longer It seems like it doesn't matter what time you fly, we've been flying morning, afternoon, evening and nighttime, and it is roughly the same waiting time.

    • dutchboy commented : People with children and disabled people are not taken to the front of the line. They are taken to a Thai Passport booth. These are normally very quiet, because the process is much quicker. Taking people that are holding up flights to the front of the line is normal practice, even in Europe. In my time of frequently flying from Schiphol airport I've seen it happen many times, so I don't really see anything wrong with that (apart from the fact that I think people that go into the immigration queue that late are morons)

    • 7 replies, 27,758 views

    Thai airports, trains, buses, public transport

    Suvarnabhumi hates "Dang Dao".

    By da_gateman, Created on: 11/04/2010, Last updated on: 04/05/2015

    » On the way to HCMC today, and officer at Suvarnabhumi claimed that I slammed my documents in his face, which is why he kept cursing at me. He taunted me by refusing to stamp my passport, and was picking on every small detail. I was standing on the yellow square and where the black footprint was,...

    • dutchboy commented : I am a "dang dao" and have usually very little problems in or out of Thailand when it comes to immigration officers. Of course you can always catch one that woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but I guess that can happen to anybody. Based on overall experience I can't say that they are more or less rude than in other countries. Actually in the time I was working (legally) in the U.S. I felt more scrutinized at immigration there than here in Thailand.

    • 18 replies, 78,768 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    America bashing at Esplanade Mall

    By gohmer, Created on: 09/05/2010, Last updated on: 11/06/2011

    » I putting this post up because it is related to international relationships with American citizens living and visiting Thailand. It illustrated to me that little is known about America by most people in Thailand, in fact, I think that few in the world truly understand what America is about and how...

    • dutchboy commented : To Mr Gohmer, and all others that have a problem with a T-shirt. Please stop shopping!!!!! Before we know it you find another "offensive" t-shirt or other item. Maybe in the furniture shop next to the T-shirt shop you see a lamp in the shape of a Marihuana Plant. Oops, Marihuna is illegal in the free-thinking USA, so this should not be sold. Better protest against this. Get a life, talk about important things on this Forum and not 16 endless pages of how good/bad the USA is, just because you don't like a T-shirt.

    • 119 replies, 154,424 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Are Farang invisible to Thai?

    By Jason McDonald, Created on: 21/06/2009, Last updated on: 15/12/2010

    » I ask this to find out if farang are really invisible to Thai. This has happened to me many times and I was wondering if it happens to other Westerners who live in Thai areas of Bangkok (or maybe elsewhere). When I am out with my Thai wife, especially shopping, I find that, Thai people refuse to...

    • dutchboy commented : I agree with most of the posters here, it's not a matter of invisibility, more of insecurity in speaking English. I am not married with Thai, but with a Filipina. Unfortunately most Thai people think, Philippine same same Thailand, which is a big mistake, no comparison whatsoever (keep in mind I'm not objective int his matter). When shopping, and especially having questions or inquiries, I ask the question, the shop attendent turns to my wife and starts babbling in Thai. After a while we will point out that we don't speak Thai (in Thai) either of us. Most of the time, face of the attendent lights up and quotes to my wife, "you Philippine?, oh look same same Thai". After that most of the time they will try their best to communicate in English to both of us. or get a colleague to help. As for us, since we are not in Thailand to stay (will retire in the Philippines in a few years time) our Thai language skills are very limited. We are just waiting for our 2 daughters (3 & 4 years old) to grow up a little bit so they can translate for us since they are tri-lingual, going to a Thai pre-school. When shopping or walking in the street/soi together with them, and they start to talk to people in Thai, we do get the attention of the Thai people, and they start talking in English because they are very interested why our children speak Thai, and we don't and we get into long conversations with them, so again, not a matter of invisibility, but more a matter of insecurity about using English and the perception that "Farang" are "different" so difficult to talk to. Just my opinion.

    • 29 replies, 50,831 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    The Value of a Tourist.

    By Sean Moran, Created on: 18/01/2009, Last updated on: 15/12/2010

    » What are some of the most common positive and negative results of foreign tourists from overseas visiting Thailand? Thai opinions welcome, kap.

    • dutchboy commented : Who are we kidding here? Of course tourism is important to Thailand. As stated by some posters, not the only source of income, but still an important factor to the whole economy. Look at yourself as a private investor, would you like to gamble your whole capital in one investment, or spread over multiple? Same with the economy, the more diversified it is, the better suited to absorb downturns in one of the sectors. I live in a Soi where the guides for Bicycle Tours lead their foreign customers. Before the "Reds" actions they passed there virtually every day with groups of 8-15 tourists. After the "Reds" that went down to 2-3 times per week, and usually 2-4 tourists in a group. The guides did not look happy. Now, after about 6 months, the groups are getting bigger again, the frequency gets higher, and the guides are starting to smile again, because....... $$$$ Now are all tourists good? No, course not, but that is not a Thailand problem, it is a world wide problem. Look at the havoc that Western European (British, Dutch, German etc) are causing in tourist centers in Spain and Greece. Difference with Thailand is that they are coping with it. Here they are just complaining that tourists are so bad. Sex-tourism? Yes, so what. Granted, I come from a very progressive country when it comes to these kind of things (first to legalise marihuana, abortion, same sex marriage, etc), in my home country Prostitution is now an accepted for of work. A majority of the prostitutes is organised, get social benefits, etc. And yes, we are happy that foreign tourist come to Amsterdam, and spent their money there. So why not in Thailand?

    • 85 replies, 111,416 views

    Thai environment, energy, safety issues

    Nuclear Power for Thailand

    By Anonymous, Created on: 04/09/2007, Last updated on: 09/07/2014

    » The Prime Minister has explained the plan for a nuclear power plant to produce energy for Thailand and help Thailand move away from reliance on oil and gas. Thailand is a net importer of energy, getting much of its energy from the middle east at a huge cost to the country. Added to that the use of...

    • dutchboy commented : For those opposed and in favour of Nuclear Power Plants (the conventional ones that is), check this out: http://www.iter.org/ Nuclear fusion, using water (actually some atoms inside water) as fuel and producing a minimal amount of non-lethal radiation. The solution for the future (if they can make it work). Test sites are being built in Japan and France. It's a multi-nation initiative, and the sole goal of the ITER project is to find a way to generate Nuclear fusion energy safely and cost effective. Keep your fingers crossed.

    • 25 replies, 35,706 views

    Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in

    Medical care in Thailand

    By Anonymous, Created on: 15/02/2007, Last updated on: 13/03/2014

    » So next time you go to Thailand for an holiday or medical care give the Thai people the respect they deserve. Because the nurses or the Hotel staff are mostly much under payed and their home situation is many times not so brilliant. Deal with a genuine courtesy, politeness and respect, and not in...

    • dutchboy commented : I have been living with my family (wife and 2 small children, born in Thailand) in Thailand for 7 years now. We had many experiences for all 4 of us with several Private and Public hospitals. The level of medical treatment we received was always great. The level of professionalism and courtesy kind of varied, but I guess that is also subject to personal taste/experience. Comparing the quality of health care with the other 2 countries I have lived for extended periods of time (Netherlands and USA) I find there is nothing to complain. In Bangkok we've been moving from Bumrungrad --> Sametivej --> (now) Bangkok Hospital. In the latter we now found the for us perfect combination between quality, professionalism, efficiency and courtesy, so it looks like we will stick we that. In 7 years I will retire and we will move to my wife's home country (Philippines). However, I can assure you that if one of us needs major medical treatment I will book the first available flight to Bangkok, and have the procedure here.

    • 27 replies, 141,925 views

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