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Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Future of
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 16, 2018, 11:38:36 AM »
What does this mean the forum is no more? :-( is a web board containing information, and more information can be added at times. What needs to be done from time to time is sorting this out, so readers can find their way through this abundance of information. Maybe I'll get to do this a little now. What good is a web board, where the info can only partially be found over the search engines or the search function of the board? Not much, because one already needs to know what to look for. A local web board like this here also gives a lot of new information and recommendations; only they gotta be sorted into categories. Readers tend to look up categories and then choose from what articles and discussions are offered. That sorting was rather neglected over the last years. So what needs to be done now is refining the web board, making information easier to find. As time goes by new information will be added. Changing the structure of a web board from a social medium to a source of information is a step forward. We'll work on that.
Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Re: Goodbye from thaiga
« Last post by Level11 on November 16, 2018, 08:25:47 AM »
In any case, thank you, thaiga, but as you kept giving the answers to yourself already, why should others have responded still? :-[

Sometimes a little less is a lot more! How many will go with you?  :-[

Also my best wishes for your retirement! 


Korat News / Autistic girl drowns in Nakhon Ratchasima
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 15, 2018, 01:48:45 PM »
A 13-year-old autistic girl drowned in a pond near a rice field in Nakhon Ratchasima's Kaeng Sanam Nang district on Wednesday while her parents were harvesting rice.

Police were alerted at 2.40pm that the girl, Jamjuree Boonchado, was missing.

Police and rescuers searched the area until they found the girl's sandals at the edge of a public pond.

A team of divers from a local foundation was called in to search the pond and found her body about 10 minutes later.

 The body was sent for an autopsy at the Kaeng Sanam Nang Hospital.

Her parents told police that they went to harvest rice at a field near the pond and left the girl alone.

The Nation

Very sad!
Korat News / Bus driver gets four-year jail term over passenger deaths
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 15, 2018, 01:32:55 PM »

A Thai bus driver, who reportedly drove under drug influence and crashed his company’s chartered double-decker coach at a downhill curve in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Wang Nam Khieo district on March 22 resulting in 18 passenger deaths and 32 injuries, has been sentenced to a four-year-and-one-month jail term and his driver’s licence permanently revoked.

The Nakhon Ratchasima Court read a primary court verdict on Wednesday, to jail the 45-year-old bus driver Krissana Juthacheun – who fled the crash scene, was re-captured on the same day in the northeastern province and tested positive for metamphetamine use.

The court trial found Krissana – who has been in detention at the provincial prison since his arrest – as a repeated drug use offender and for driving under a substance's influence (DUI) in various occasions in Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen since 2002. In 2011, he was forced to undergo a drug rehabilitation program when he broke probation for a drug-use offence and his latest DUI offence on March 22 had led to many deaths and injuries.

The court found Krissana guilty of DUI resulting in dangers to others, reckless driving causing others’ deaths, and failing to aid the accident victims. They gave him a combined eight years and two months in prison before halving that sentence due to the defendant’s confession. The court also permanently revoke his driver's licence. Relatives of the accident victims reportedly were satisfied with the verdict and said they would not appeal.

The fateful bus was chartered for villagers from Muang Kalasin to visit the Chanthaburi beaches and it was on the way back to Kalasin when the horrific crash took place at “Makrudwan Curve”. The families of the deceased and injured victims from this crash were given insurance money and compensation totalling Bt24 million.

Nakhon Ratchasima Highway Office 10 official Jakkrit Boonreungsri said the curve on the Highway 304 (Nakhon Ratchasima-Kabin Buri) where the bus had crashed has seen as many as 30,000 vehicles passing though it (35 per cent of which were cargo trucks) and often had accidents. The authority would divide the lanes with a 1.2-metre-tall road division concrete barrier and reduce the signed speed limit to under 60 kilometres per hour. They would also install other speed control equipment and add more lights as to prevent future accidents

The Nation

Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Re: Goodbye from thaiga
« Last post by Nuko on November 15, 2018, 08:59:06 AM »
Everybody's wish to retire when he feels not needed anymore should be respected. Worse is when people are forced to retire at a certain age though they are still needed.

Thanks, thaiga! Best wishes for your retirement! And of course a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Re: Goodbye from thaiga
« Last post by Roger on November 14, 2018, 09:06:23 PM »
Thaiga, I heard of this news and wish you a Happy Christmas and New Year too . . .

You have been a talented and hard working Leader on KF and I wish you well - whatever your reasons are.

I still remember all your help sometimes but that's that. HC, HNY and TCOY . . .

The message to Members would be - use it or lose it ? Is that right ?


General Discussions / Sukhumvit 13-19
« Last post by Taman Tun on November 14, 2018, 06:35:44 PM »
I am currently doing some work down in Bangkok and have been staying around Sukumvit 13-19. Here are TT’s jaundiced opinions of some of the establishments in the area. (Sukhumvit 11 is excluded because it is just for tourists). 
Starting with Soi 19, there is an Argentinian steakhouse at the Sukhumvit end.  I have never personally tried it but a colleague from Saudi went there with some friends. The bill was horrendous even by Western standards..but they all may have been a little bit drunk.
Further down the Soi is the Black Swan. They do pints of Tiger for 120Bht which is quite a good price for Bangkok.  There seems to be a high percentage of dodgy characters amongst their customers.  Last time I went there was an American with an extremely loud voice trying to get a couple of people involved in one of his scams.
After that, there is the Beer Garden which is an oasis of sanity.  They have a good menu which is mainly farang, but some good Thai items.  Tiger on draft.  It is quite popular with elderly gentlemen accompanied by young ladies who are definitely not their grand-daughters.
I may be proven wrong but nothing much seems to happen in Soi 15.
This leaves Soi 13 which is the temporary home of the Old German Beer House (OGBH).  The OGBH used to be in Soi 11 but the site is being re-developed as a hotel.  OGBH will move back there once the re-development is complete.  I went there on Sunday and it was full of the usual bunch of customers.  Food is just a stodgy as ever.  Nothing much else doing in Soi 13 as far as I can make out.
Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Re: Goodbye from thaiga
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 14, 2018, 10:13:48 AM »
What does this mean the forum is no more? :-(

No, the forum will still be there, but drag on with far less posts, unless some old or new members start posting and participating more. I can understand thaiga. But I alone cannot make up for the other Korat expats' lack of participation. I got lots of other things of my own interest to take care of right now. This forum or also are not my main "job".

The Korat expats are asked, whether they still want thaiga to feed them with info and ideas to discuss about. I'm only the admin, offering a service. Maybe the answer to thaiga's tiredness should be looked for somewhere else...
Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Re: Goodbye from thaiga
« Last post by Kev on November 14, 2018, 10:01:33 AM »
What does this mean the forum is no more? :-(

Best of luck Thaiga.
Korat & Isaan Forums Support Desk / Re: Goodbye from thaiga
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 14, 2018, 09:47:56 AM »
Sorry to see you give up! 10 years are a long time for a forum. Nature took its toll on the members, too. Some passed away, others aged and lost their strength, got burned out. I hope, you recover yours, thaiga! In any case, thanks for your commitment helping the expats of Korat and Isaan!

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