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    Thai legal issues and laws

    Counter Corruption Act B.E. 2542

    By Chris-TH, Created on: 19/06/2009, Last updated on: 01/07/2009

    » Well, it seems that the Section 100 (3) "ghost" has appeared again. Just a reminder: "(3) being a concessionaire or continuing to hold a concession from the State, State agency, State enterprise or local administration or being a party to a contract of a directly or indirectly monopolistic...

    • villager commented : [quote="sulasno":1mh8vai2]Quote of the century "It was an honest mistake" [/quote:1mh8vai2] Hey Sul, for quite some time now a guy who,s lived here for 10 years or so kept referring to this country as "Pieland" last night over a beer or two I said don,t you mean Thailand , nope was the reply, why so? i remarked , he said that this country is like one gigantic pie with a delicious filling , the problem was that only 5% of the population ever taste it , the other 95% don,t even get the crumbs which fall off the knife when its being divided out!!.LOL.

    • 12 replies, 51,686 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Western fast food

    By Pranot, Created on: 02/07/2009, Last updated on: 29/07/2009

    » Today Western fast food is popular because there are many branches of this food everywhere and it is comfortable to buy and eat them. In my opinion, we should not buy Western fast food for three reasons: First, Western fast food is expensive. It has less quantity because a raw material in production...

    • villager commented : [quote="sulasno":2uauiczq][quote="Noaksy":2uauiczq][quote="sulasno":2uauiczq]I don't think Thai fast food contains salt[/quote:2uauiczq] Some of it does, in the form of fish sauce or soy sauce.[/quote:2uauiczq] fish sauce is made from fish and soy sauce is made from soy beans [/quote:2uauiczq] Hi Sul, Years ago I used to watch an old lady in Samui make her own fish sauce (Nam Plaa) from what I saw the ingredients was fish mixed with lashings of salt , of course the recipe may vary from place to place.

    • 22 replies, 521,558 views

    Getting married / divorced in Thailand - what's required

    I am getting married

    By JensThai, Created on: 29/05/2009, Last updated on: 26/07/2009

    » I have been living in Thailand for more than 6 years and i am 38 years old. I read, write, speak and understand thai and Isan. I have checked my gf and she never been merried and have no children. She never worked in any kind of bar enviroment. I have a company where i have some land and 4 houses....

    • villager commented : Hey Propaganda , reading your post in "land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden" Fri 29 6 30 pm , is without a doubt why you suggested I was keanyow mak mak, you did a "runner" from your wife,s family did,nt you , could,nt stand the "heat" eh, better you had laid down "your rule,s" right from the start just like me,LOLOLOL.

    • villager commented : [quote="Ian":4mbs4nqu]villager, the way you live your life is not a Farang laying down the rules to his wife and her family, it is simply a male chauvanist dealing with his woman. there are many males in England who are just the same with their wives, there are equally many wives who control their husbands, then again there are couples where each treats the other as equal partners.[/quote:4mbs4nqu] Ian , you have me all wrong I treat my wife as an equal , one thing I WILL NOT contemplate is being led round like a bull with a ring through it,s nose ,like many I see here on a regular basis, the other thing of course is I simply refuse to be used as a walking charity society which I also see here on a regular basis.

    • villager commented : Ian , as far as money go,s I treat my present wife as I did my late one , she handle,s all the day to day money , ATM,s , Bill,s, shopping etc , and I trust her just the same as my late wife , this may seem foolhardy to some, however I just could not live with someone without trusting them , anyway I informed her right from the start the first time you shaft me will be the last, i,ve a great life here without a doubt , but many are not in the same frame of mind as I , then they suffer from their domineering wife,s and her parasitic family.

    • 45 replies, 1,694,223 views

    Thai airports, trains, buses, public transport

    Rude immigration staff

    By ChiefSealth, Created on: 27/04/2009, Last updated on: 19/08/2010

    » Is it just me or have you also notice how rude and disgruntled the Thai immigration staff seems to be at BKK? I thought it was just a fluke my first visit but now I've experienced very unfriendly and rude staff multiple times entering and exiting Thailand. And before anyone asks all of my forms and...

    • villager commented : [quote="scy":335q4dl2][quote="Papadragon":335q4dl2]...Thai logic says "put up the price, make the farangs pay more" ...[/quote:335q4dl2]oh papadragon again and this time he enlightens us with 'thai logic'. something in which he is really a specialist now. being cheated, deceived & robbed so many times in thailand, he really knows every trick in the book. thanx again for sharing your valuable experience with us. without you we wouldn't have a clue. but you open our eyes. oh messiah, why don't you come back to your forgotten people and open a flourishing consulting biz? as an eye-opening witch-doctor, perhaps?[/quote:335q4dl2] Hey SCY, it would appear you have hit on a winner here , maybe Pappy should come back here and open a consultancy on how not to "ripped off" by your wife,s family , after all being he has first hand experience of this, just who is better qualified than Pappy to warn of the pitfalls of living in Thailand,LOLOLOLOL.

    • 21 replies, 76,772 views

    Thai legal issues and laws

    Where did they all go????

    By Chris-TH, Created on: 27/05/2009, Last updated on: 10/07/2009

    » Nope, this is not about missing persons from various protests over the years, but rather Court cases. Here is a tiny list: 1. The 2-3 digit lottery case with about 50 people involved 2. The donation case to the Dem party 3. The airport case (PAD) 4. The GH case (PAD) 5. The civilian damage cases...

    • villager commented : [quote="Noaksy":2o9ywzsm][quote="Veto":2o9ywzsm] Do all stories in Thailand go no where? [b:2o9ywzsm]Are all investigate reporters a dying breed[/b:2o9ywzsm]?or bought off? Who needs a comedy channel when this is the state of affairs. "Jokes Gone Wild" should be title for all : corporate news media w...hores and the government propaganda Joke of the day could be: "Pick any headline, we'll obliterate any truth to it like a tail wagging a dog". [/quote:2o9ywzsm] Investigative reporters in Thailand? You've been reading too many comic books my friend [/quote:2o9ywzsm] Hi Noaksy, the word" free press" here in Thailand is only mouthed by "knuckle dragger,s", for those who are "in the dark" on this term may I suggest you Google up the word "Anthropoid" ,LOLOL.

    • 36 replies, 186,731 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept

    By Suttisan, Created on: 28/05/2009, Last updated on: 02/10/2016

    » -- Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept The director general of the Land Department has reiterated that foreigners using Thai nominees to buy land anywhere in the country will have their land title deeds revoked if caught – even if the nominee in question is a lawfully wedded...

    • villager commented : [quote="propaganda":37drrmnz][quote="charlie":37drrmnz] Welcome to Phuket In Thailand, it looks like cheating and dispossessing defenseless expats before the law, is not considered as a sin by most Thais and it may become a national sport in a near future.[/quote:37drrmnz][/quote:37drrmnz] The tsunami on Dec 26th 2004 was the day dispossessing defenceless Expats became the national sport. Total lawlessness replaced what had been, up to then, a reasonably controlled situation. The chaos created by the "Wave" and the immediate reduction in tourist numbers meant that all tourists (and Expats choosing to stay there) became fair game for Thais (including the police) living in lean times. Nothing has changed since then, in fact it has gotten worse. Phuket today is a very dangerous place. [/ What beat,s me is with all the bad publicity Phuket has had over the last month or two ,is just why should any one in possession of their marbles, should want to live, holiday ,or run a business there!!.

    • 186 replies, 1,555,754 views

    Thai business stories

    Baht too strong - urgently needs freedom to float

    By oldexplorer, Created on: 12/03/2009, Last updated on: 04/11/2015

    » As the massive Chinese economy begins a freefall descent in response to the Western financial collapse, the Abhisit government needs to assist Thai exports by allowing the Baht to float downwards. Keeping the Baht slavishly locked to the US Dollar is short-sighted, and will simply make Thai exports...

    • villager commented : [quote="Sean Moran":2va3xoag][quote:2va3xoag]by oldexplorer on Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:21 am As the massive Chinese economy begins a freefall descent in response to the Western financial collapse, the Abhisit government needs to assist Thai exports by allowing the Baht to float downwards. Keeping the Baht slavishly locked to the US Dollar is short-sighted, and will simply make Thai exports uncompetitive on the increasingly hostile global economic battleground. A high Baht also damages tourism - British tourists in particular are ignoring Thailand at the moment because of the strong Baht (also admittedly partly because UK Sterling has weakened). What about introducing special attractive rates for tourists? The Thai economy is in danger of being left high and dry by a strong Baht, and becoming completely uncompetitive. The Abhisit government and the Banks need a fresh approach and some creative thinking.[/quote:2va3xoag] Surely the real cost of living is still lower in Thailand than in Britain or California? We're still getting 23.3635 THB to one Aussie dollar according to today's http://www.xe.com which is still a few baht over what it was back in 1997, from what I have been told.[/quote:2va3xoag]Hi Sean , if you take into consideration inflation the Aussy dollars is worth far less than it it was 12 years ago, for instance a litre of gas was only 10 baht a litre then ,now its 22 or there abouts.

    • villager commented : [quote="sulasno":3h2ipy9r]is the Pound growing weaker against the Baht OR is the Baht growing stronger against the Pound ?[/quote:3h2ipy9r] Hi Sulasno, 12 months ago it was 33 baht to the Aussy dollar today its only 23 , the Euro has weakened too ,although i haven,t got figures to hand as to how much, as Ian rightly says the spending power of his pension have been decimated in the last 12 months,Add that to whatever savings he has with over 5% interest loss too, paints a pretty gloomy picture for the immediate future for all expat OAP,s.

    • villager commented : Thanks for the inspirational Ian, I,ve every intention to "hang on in there" and even with the strong Baht i find my moneys go,s further here , and i take great comfort in know that i can walk out and leave my front door open for hours on end without worrying about someone entering and stealing my property ,which was a total impossibility where I lived in the UK.

    • 36 replies, 213,281 views

    Thai airports, trains, buses, public transport

    Tips on Driving in Thailand

    By villager, Created on: 22/03/2009, Last updated on: 06/04/2009

    » [quote="kants_clone":mwugfeke]Thai Driving Test Applicants for a driving licence must be 18 years old. The Department of Land Transport Office processes all of Thailand's driving licences. Go in person to the nearest local office to complete the paperwork and get a driving licence. For...

    • villager commented : [quote="Sean Moran":3uv5dm0j]One difference between driving in Australia and in Thailand came to mind this morning as I was driving up to the local shop. It's about turning left onto a priority road. It's well known that we drive on the left in Australia, and in Thailand ... mostly. So, in Australia it is quite normal, as you approach a major road from a side street, to look up that road to the right to check for oncoming traffic, and if there is nothing approaching from the right along the main road, then you're fairly safe to make the left turn onto that main road without the need to look to your left first. There is never anything (well very rarely) driving or riding down the main road on the right hand side so all all on-coming traffic in the left lane that you're turning into will be approaching from your right as you head towards the corner. Not so in Thailand. Bicycles and motorbikes and whatever else might be approaching the intersection along the right-hand side of the main road, which will be on your left as you approach the turn. Don't pull out onto the main road unless to check for oncoming traffic in BOTH directions or there might be tears and consequences.[/quote:3uv5dm0j]ABSOLUTELY spot on Sean, if you want to avoid an head on collision here you have to look to your left first and right second, as some grinning maniac could well be turning right on YOUR side of the road!,and sometimes in the dark with no lights on!!.

    • villager commented : Hey Sean , have you ever give it some thought that having the independent vision of a Chameleon could well prove to be of immense benefit whilst driving here in Thailand? LOL.

    • 9 replies, 14,577 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.

    • villager commented : [quote="patrickoniam":1m4ghj2l]tourist are definitely imprtant to thailands economy. Although Thailand does have other ways of earning money too!!! like exports. In general, most tourists who go to thailand are pretty good and well behaved and they spend their money and do their part and contribution to the thai economy. But why is everyone on here thinking that the current ecnonmy downturn is affecting Thailand only? Are other countries immune to the crisis are they? Ive always said this and will continue to do so - Thailand offers value for money that alot of countries cannot. Even in these times. Thats why people will not stop going to Thailand - regardless of what happened there. Look at Bali - They had how bombings there? and how many people got killed there? Yet people are still going to Bali Thailand is no different and there are no bombings there. Well, none that claimed any lives.I see alot of people on here saying they will stop travelling to Thailand. I highly doubt that As I said, Thailand offers value that not many countries can and also service cannot compare anywhere else[/quote:1m4ghj2l] Quite right Patrick, people DO forget, of course it suits the purposes for the "PROPHETS OF DOOM" that the Dems, Abhi, and PAD to state that tourism is irreparably damaged,and that they and they only are fully responsible for tourism,s demise in Thailand from which it will never recover,LOLOLOL.

    • villager commented : [quote="Belthazar":1eob63td][quote="Dave Masman":1eob63td]Tourist trash with money? You'd better believe it. If you go to Pattaya, your jaw can sometimes hit the floor listening to some of the alcoholics in the bars. How the hell did these uneducated low-lifes get money for a return flight and 3 to 6 months living expenses... and more to the point, what about the job they have to go back to? (Excluding the retired; Borat: "You are a retard?"). Last time I was in the Pig and Whistle it was a group of WINDOW CLEANERS who had this miraculous disposable income... Add in the increasing amount of Russian visitors into this scenario (interesting that a German poster should get so annoyed about their increasing numbers over here, can't think why!). And the answer? THAILAND ATTRACTS CRIMINALS.[/quote:1eob63td] Oh, You moral crusader - Who are You, that You judge people as low-lifes etc. ? How somebody can make money for long stay in Thailand ? Easily. For example - in Europe - it is just enough to have independent job - just work for You - like plumber or even window cleaner and after 6 months You have money to live in Thailand for next 6 months - no problem Russian visitors ? Many countries in EU tolerate them because of money, but definitely not like them - They do not know how to behave in polite way - most of them Tourist trash with money? Pattaya is not a problem - only 10 pct. of prostitution in Thailand is consumed by farangs - 90 pct. is for locals. One suggestion - VISA only for people with master degree - but You will be very suprised how many of those educated will go to spent their money in Pattaya[/quote:1eob63td] Of Course Belthazar you are quite correct, i personally know 3 people who work their tails off for 6 months in the UK then come here for 6 months to spend it, how these people can be adjudged to be somehow "lowlifes" is somewhat hard to comprehend , (maybe jealously is playing a hand here who knows!), all have regular girlfriends who live here FULL TIME who they send money to every month,i have heard from others that this is quite a regular occurrence all over Thailand , if this is fact then are indeed a valuable addition to the farang community and in no way should be classed as lowlifes.

    • villager commented : Hey Sean, i would describe them as hard working sensible people who are not afraid to bend their backs to get the best out of life, by the way just what are YOU yourself doing these days to "earn a crust".

    • 85 replies, 111,416 views

    Thai legal issues and laws

    Writer jailed for 'insulting' Thai royals

    By Voice, Created on: 19/01/2009, Last updated on: 17/06/2009

    » Writer jailed for 'insulting' Thai royals Australian writer Harry Nicolaides is jailed for three years after being found guilty of insulting the Thai monarchy in his novel. Today news from the BBC, after heard the news I thought that maybe it time that maybe we should all discussing this kind of...

    • villager commented : [quote="pachangamac042":drgd9u4t]Dear Victor, going back to the topic, “The court said a passage about the book's [color=#FF0000:drgd9u4t]fictional[/color:drgd9u4t] pr*nce caused "dishonour" to the rºyals. Only 50 copies of Mr Nicolaides [color=#FF0000:drgd9u4t]novel [/color:drgd9u4t]were ever printed.” – BBC online news today This guy goes to jail, for writing a FICTIONAL NOVEL, because they felt dishonoured by a passage in a fiction novel? Let us get real here please. He did not name anybody, it is a novel, it is fiction, nowhere in the world you go to jail for that. Well yes, you do in Thailand. Murders walk free in this country but a want to be novelist ends up in jail for wrtting a fiction book? Am I missing something here?[/quote:drgd9u4t] Yeah Mac, you make a very valid point, there is something quite wrong about this decision in my view , i think the worst thing is as you pointed out the guy had already been in the "slammer for 5 months before the verdict was handed down if i,m correct.

    • villager commented : [quote="Voice":3puoi40n]Here Brother for all of you Happy New Year for Chinese New Year, which is the year of an ox. May you all the best of health and prosperity with long life……..and here come the music http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4iy95 ... ia-h_music Hope you enjoy it!!! Voice[/quote:3puoi40n] Hey Voice, you asked if I was a Gemini, 4/5/41 ,which makes me a Taurus , (The Bull ) WITHOUT THE S//T of course, and being that this is the year of the OX maybe i can improve on even my own high standards in regards to trying to drum a few facts into the Forum members who would have me Believe that the greatest crime ever committed to this country and its people has somehow been perpetrated by the PAD,and all the other wrong doings and injustice,s this country has had to suffer somehow pale,s into insignificance .

    • villager commented : [quote="Voice":u0ual9vo]Hello villager, did you check the link lol it good music and the girl are real nice and the song title is fit where we are today. So Happy New Year again to you my friend. Voice [/quote:u0ual9vo] Yeah Voice, the "real deal" enjoyed it , take care my friend, and have prosperous new year.

    • 312 replies, 1,158,552 views

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