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Korat News / Re: Bangkok Bus Fare Shock Horror
« Last post by Taman Tun on Today at 01:51:07 PM »
Today’s price is THB 180.  Not sure if this is a special offer or a permanent reduction.  Anyway, it is a bargain at 0.72 Baht per km.
you will probably have to pay the first, ex amount of bht yourself before you can make a claim. you might even have to foot the bill first and claim back later, when your back home n your holiday has finished, oh! the paperwork  :-[

lets hope there's not a run on diarrhoea @ 30,000 bht a pop,  :fart they would be out a pocket.

Bt30,000 for diarrhoea
Expat News / Re: Insurance mandatory for long-stay foreigners
« Last post by Johnnie F. on Yesterday at 03:14:03 PM »
And what about those, who enter Thailand on a Non-OA visa and then get 1-yr-extension? Will they need insurance coverage only for that first year, when they entered Thailand? There's too much confusion still to understand what will be!
if the fee was 100 baht this would give the government 3.8 billion baht based on 38 million visitors a year.  This would be used for the Thai authorities to insure all tourists. And solve the 300 million baht problem of Thais paying via their taxes for emergency treatment and repatriation of the dead

I wonder what math genius thought this out! Will the "300 million baht problem" not be a much bigger problem then, if every tourist goes to see a physician for every little scratch and not pay himself, because he has insurance coverage? :-[
Every foreign tourist to Thailand set to be charged 100 baht insurance fee

Thai media has reported that the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports is proposing that every foreign tourist visiting Thailand should be charged an insurance and life insurance fee.

BECTERO reported that this was likely to be about 100 baht per trip and come in within the next six months.  The money would be used to insure tourists and stop Thai taxpayers forking out for tourists’ emergency medical treatment and the repatriation of people who die while on holiday.  This, they said, is costing the country 300 million baht a year.  The media said that exactly how much tourists are to be charged is being debated. They referred to Japan’s “Sayonara Tax” that levies a charge of 1,000 yen or 300 baht on Japanese and foreigners leaving the country. Whether Thailand would adopt a charge for tourists coming in or leaving was still to be decided.  BECTERO conjectured that if the fee was 100 baht this would give the government 3.8 billion baht based on 38 million visitors a year.  This would be used for the Thai authorities to insure all tourists. And solve the 300 million baht problem of Thais paying via their taxes for emergency treatment and repatriation of the dead
Is that just for the O-A? what about some one on a marriage visa with a yellow house book?
Hi KC, looks like were ok if this post from thaivisa is correct

So enjoy your trip to the UK  ;)

Thaivisa has today spoken with Prachuap Khiri Khan Immigration in a bid to try and clear up some confusion surrounding the recent announcement regarding mandatory health insurance for Non-Immigrant Visa O-A.

Prachuap Khiri Khan Immigration told Thaivisa that the new requirements only affect people seeking Non-Immigrant Visa O-A.

The requirement for mandatory health insurance does not affect those people who stay in Thailand on a Non O extension of stay based on retirement.

The requirement also does not apply to those staying in Thailand on a marriage extension or an extension of stay based on being a parent to a Thai child.

Prachuap Khiri Khan Immigration said they have had elderly foreigners visiting their office incorrectly believing they are affected by the new requirements.

Prachuap Khiri Khan Immigration stressed it is important for foreign retirees in Thailand to familiarise themselves with exactly what it says in their passport in order to determine if they stay in Thailand on an Non-Immigrant Visa O-A or an extension of stay based on retirement.

Many people, both foreigners and also immigration officials, use the term ‘retirement visa’ when what they are actually referring to is an ‘extension of stay based on retirement’.

It is this inaccuracy which has lead to some of the confusion.

 A Non-Immigrant Visa O-A is obtained from a Thai Embassy or Consulate in your home country, whereas an ‘extension of stay based on retirement’ is normally obtained from your local immigration office in Thailand.

For expats living in Hua Hin, anyone who is still unsure about what type of visa or extension they have are urged to contact Prachuap Khiri Khan Immigration at their office in Thap Thai, where officers will be happy to answer any questions.

Prachuap Khiri Khan Immigration also stressed to Thaivisa that retirees should not panic regarding the new measures, especially if you reside in Thailand on a Non O extension of stay based on retirement as the mandatory health insurance requirement does not affect you.

While it is yet to be confirmed, The Nation reported earlier that the new mandatory health insurance requirement for Non-Immigrant Visa O-A are likely to come into force from July onwards.
Animals & Wildlife / Korat park digging moat to hem in elephants
« Last post by thaiga on Yesterday at 01:37:03 PM »
Korat park digging moat to hem in elephants

 Bt3.2 million has been allocated to dig a 10-kilometre moat on the edge of Thap Lan National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima to keep wild elephants from raiding adjacent croplands.

Park chief Prawatsart Chanthep said on Friday the elephants had been a nuisance for farmers for years.

The moat will be dug between the edge of the park’s forest and farmland in Ban Rat tambon, Soeng Sang district, and is expected to be completed by August 26.

 It will have at least a 60-degree gradient on the farmland side, too steep for elephants to scale, but less steep on the park side so that any animals that fall in can extract themselves.

Prawatsart asked citizens to help park officials keep the moat in good shape so it doesn’t become shallower due to erosion.

He said his team was meanwhile also trying to find or create additional food sources within the forest and provide safe zones for the wildlife so they have both abundant food and security and will hopefully not roam outside to feed on crops
Theresa May's voice cracks as she announces her resignation from the steps of Downing Street. May spoke of her 'enormous and enduring gratitude' for the opportunity to lead the country in an emotional speech after naming 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader

Home: Britain / Theresa May
« Last post by Taman Tun on Yesterday at 08:55:46 AM »
So the suburban housewife finally agrees to go.  There is a very good article in the Times by Matthew Parris:-

So what made Theresa tick? Self‑pity and lack of empathy

During the 2017 general election the BBC’s Newsnight asked me to make a short film —Theresa May: a profile. I ended it with my honest conclusion: “Who is Theresa May? . . . She keeps her personality, her identity almost, guarded like a castle . . . [This] urge to keep the world out needs explaining.

“You might behave as she does if you absolutely knew what to do and brooked no opposition. You might behave as she does if you didn’t have a clue.

“Which is it? I end, as I started, none the wiser.”

Two years have passed since then: two years in which to explore the mind, the feelings and the purposes of this enigmatic woman. But all those two years have done is take me back, again and again, to what my interviewees told me. In retrospect, it’s uncanny.

As home secretary she and her husband had been guests at our home in Derbyshire, and seemed relaxed so long as my partner and I steered clear of politics, though I’d been startled (at an earlier activists’ lunch) by how completely she was thrown by a mildly critical question from Edwina Currie. But I’d just kept thinking to myself: “She’s a bit shy; not a touchy-feely person; but perhaps quite deep, quite driven, quite sure of where she wants to go.”

Intelligent? “I don’t think it’s a brilliant mind, but does that matter?” Baroness Jenkin asked. Anne Jenkin worked with Mrs May at getting more women into parliament. She praised her commitment but noted a lack of empathy with the flesh-and-blood people she dealt with. And at the end of a day’s work with Women2Win, “there was no, ‘OK let’s kick our shoes off and chew the fat’ afterwards”.

Pat Frankland had known May the longest, since Oxford, and remembered she had always wanted to be prime minister. Pat was the only person we could find who was uncomplicatedly fond of her but she worried that if her old friend had a fault, “perhaps it would be not listening to a wide variety of voices”. She worried, too, about “her lack of ability to form a gang”. Plus “some rigidity”.

A lack of flexibility was a recurring theme. A fairly close colleague, Eric Pickles, was supportive but penetrating: “Most people in politics are transactional: ‘You do this and I’ll do that.’ She isn’t like that at all. She is the worst person in the world to do a deal because she will do things on their merit.”

Sir Nick Clegg remembered from coalition days that she lacked the “quicksilver skills to cajole and charm and persuade people to do what you want”. He, like Pat Frankland, diagnosed a want of imaginative reach and openness to others’ worlds. Sir Nick thought she unconsciously compensated by burrowing furiously into detail. “There was something especially meticulous but slightly unsure, as well, about the way she pored over all the numbers.”

He was struck by how little interest May showed “in wider political issues”, saying: “In terms of [an] organising vision for society I’m not really persuaded there is much there.”

I started this column as I ended that documentary, with the “knock-knock” question: “Is there anyone at home?” Well of course there is, there must be, there’s always an inner light, even if you can’t see it from the front window.

But is there a prime minister at home? I’ve come to believe there never was. And prime minister was the person she so wanted to be. Could this explain her strange reluctance ever to sleep at No 10?

Scams & Crime / French man arrested for stealing smartphone (video)
« Last post by thaiga on May 23, 2019, 10:42:10 PM »
The Huawei P30 Pro worth 31,900 baht was recovered. BUT also - charged with theft during the hours of darkness and illegal entry into Thailand.
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