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Transport & Traffic / 1,800 Bangkok vans to be banned from road
« Last post by Newsy on September 16, 2018, 11:29:20 AM »
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1,800 Bangkok vans to be banned from road

About 1,800 vans will have to stop taking passengers at the end of this month after being registered for more than 10 years, a transport committee said.

The committee headed by Col Sombat Thanyawan, deputy commander of the Second Cavalry Division, held a meeting on Thursday and reaffirmed its decision to have operators stop using 10-year-old vans.

The van operators have called on the committee to be lenient and extend the limit to 15 years.

But the committee decided that after a decade, a van becomes dangerous for passengers, Sombat said.

He said 1,800 out of 6,000 vans in Bangkok must be decommissioned and violators will face a fine of Bt50,000 to Bt200,000.
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General Discussions / Re: Tripadvisor
« Last post by Taman Tun on September 16, 2018, 08:01:49 AM »
I can confirm that the Banmaichaichaynam still exists.  Mrs TT and I were coming back from BKK earlier in the year. It was early afternoon and Mrs TT wanted to eat.  We came off the main road and cruised through Koh Kaew where all the places were closed.  We were directed to Banmaichaichaynam where the grump on car park duty tried to persuade us that it was closed.  The ravenous Mrs TT told him that it was definitely open, which it was.
The restaurant is perched high above a bend in the river and serves Thai food.  The food and service were good.  As mentioned in the TA review the restaurant features a huge collection of oddities from bygone years.  One particular object which caught my eye was a bronze statuette of a couple performing what the French call soixante-neuf. I did wonder how a place so obscurely located could make a living. The answer to this became obvious when we were leaving.  Some coach parties were just arriving, presumably from the local resorts.  So, it is possible that later in the evening service is not so good. Also, mosquitoes from the river might be a problem.

Engineer TT had a few observations which may or may not be of interest:-

The river terrace of the restaurant is supported by piling which you can see fleetingly in one of Thaiga’s photos. The piling did not look too good to me.

PRM (Persons of Reduced Mobility, the PC term for disabled and cripples). Access requirements for buildings are set out in the Americans with Disabilities Act, amongst other legislation. The restaurant is definitely not ADA compliant as there are awkward stairs everywhere.

Fire.  The whole building is a warren of rooms of timber construction. Definitely a serious fire hazard.

The TripAdvisor listings for Korat do not seem to be keeping up with the times.  Places which do not appear are Super Seafood and Hop Beer Bar which I mentioned the other day.  There is also a new place called Beat Bar next to Annyeong.  It seems quite lively with a young crowd and live music.  Despite the young crowd it is definitely ADA compliant.  There is also a new restaurant at the 5 ways crossroads..can’t quite remember the name Ban....? Good place to watch the traffic.
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General Discussions / Re: Tripadvisor - top 10
« Last post by thaiga on September 16, 2018, 12:35:14 AM »
No sign of andy, so we move on after the pizza adverts.
Moving on to number 2 in tripadvisors rankings for Korats top 10 restaurants being moderately priced. The Banmaichaynam fascinating decor this place has, plenty to look at bit like a museum, even has old fashioned pinball machines, toys and playthings, could be a family day out, very inviting place by looking at the pics. The good the bad the ugly in the comments


The Banmaichaynam
21 Moo 11, Koh Kaew Village, Pak Chong Subdistrict, Pak Chong chai



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Good food
Good food, authentic Thai food and tasty. But staff are lazy, lazy to say even Hello, have to call them many times to ask 1 glass and dessert menu. Beer glasses and water glasses are very dirty.

Impressive Collectible Musuem
One of the must-visit when in Khao Yai, a quaint place with retro decoration. There’s lots of collectible item, life size mannequins, traditional figurine and toys. This is also one of the place with good photo opportunities, we spend about 1 hours to take photos around the restaurant!

Food wise, it was delicious local Thai food. Price also pretty fair and inexpensive. The only drawback was most of the servant have difficulties to understand English, as one of the item we ordered was out of stock, they tried to tell us in Thai but we don’t really get them till the next table local Thai couple translate it for us. But overall the dining experience as still good.

This place is quite hidden, it’s better to pre-booked the driver / tour else it will be difficult to locate the restaurant

Quirky place but out of the way
Took awhile to travel here but place is worth a visit. Like a massive museum with tons of things to see, and a restaurant by the river. Food was pretty good but some bugs and mozzies will haunt your legs during the meal.

Interesting place to visit with families.

More comments tripadvisor.com
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Scams & Crime / German expat gets eight years jail for slaying girlfriend
« Last post by thaiga on September 15, 2018, 08:57:25 PM »
German expat gets eight years jail for slaying Phuket girlfriend

German national, a 36-year-old fitness instructor in Phuket, has been sentenced to serve more than eight years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend, for stealing her ATM card and for a drugs-related charge.

P, from Altdöbern, Germany, was arrested for the murder Ms, 35, on July 11 last year after her body was found dumped in the jungle in Wichit two days earlier.

Ms  body was found wrapped in blankets and bound with sticking tape beside the road about 600 metres along the newly graded track leading into the jungle north of the cement factory on Muang Chaofa Rd

full article thephuketnews.com
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Half as serious and less / Re: Joke
« Last post by jivvy on September 15, 2018, 06:39:29 PM »

Joe was a lavatory cleaner
...............
Now Joe was a lavatory cleaner
He cleaned them by day and by night
And when he got home in the evening
He found he was covered in...
He worked many years for the council
About twenty years and a bit
Keeping the floors nice and shiny
And the lavatory bowls free from...
Found dead in the toilet one evening
In a cubicle dark and unlit
With his trousers rolled down to his ankles
And his head in a bucket of....
Now some say he died of a fever
And others they say of a fit
But we all know what old Joe died of
He died of the smell of the....
Some say he was buried in a graveyard
And others they say in a pit
But we know where they buried old Joe
They buried him in ten ton of...
Now there's a job going spare on the council
Will keep you young, healthy and fit
Just running around with a bog brush
And cleaning up piles of...
Now the council says it pays good wages
And the workers their teeth they all grit
They argue and argue for ever
Buttttttt we all know the wages are SHIT.
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General Discussions / Re: expats woes
« Last post by surbition on September 15, 2018, 03:44:01 PM »
very informative nan, females sucking the blood out, thanks for that, my knowledge is increasing by the day.

jivvy a cure for the MIL bighting, you, put a 1,000 bart note over the mouth of the attacker, stops them in their tracks instantly, the only problem is when they tend to return for another snack. rolf rolf

do you good people remember the 6 funerals i posted about, everyone getting a bit jittery, thinking will it be them for no. 7. we had another death of an elderly person a fews days ago, making it 7 in total. when the news was given over the tannoy by pyb, local people rushed off to help only to find the old lady woke up after 20 minutes, some being very superstitious, having to touch and prod the poor old girl, who didn't know what all the commotion was about, with a crowd of people wai ing her. 

reading up on alternative medicines at the moment, beware
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Half as serious and less / Re: cheap charlies
« Last post by Johnnie F. on September 15, 2018, 03:22:58 PM »
Hitch hikers, of course. It's still pretty much in use in Europe and some other parts of the Western world, where public transportation costs a fortune. It was extremely popular for college kids once. Often you met people who not only gave you a ride, but were hospitable in many ways. But once you looked beyond that age most people expected you to pay for your rides, take the train or bus or organize a shared ride over the local newspaper etc. The share-a-ride traveling became popular. The internet helped that with social media like https://www.couchsurfing.com/, a way of traveling considered much safer than hitch hiking.

In Thailand hitch hiking isn't only in conflict with the image of the rich foreigner. For college kids over here it might be dangerous; for adults inappropriate.
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Half as serious and less / Re: cheap charlies - Foreigners with "no money"
« Last post by thaiga on September 15, 2018, 02:27:48 PM »
So what would you call these guys wandering round different countries, begging lifts, beg packers, back packers or hitch hikers cheap charlies or scroungers even. the question being, have they really got no money or are they saving their money to buy other things. does it make the farang/expat look good in the eyes of some people. foreigners trying to get money to pay for their travels have been in the news a lot lately. I hitch hiked when i was a teen in my country, nobody seemed to think it was wrong, although i don't think i would of done it here. But people will video anything nowadays, who knows they might get 5 minutes of fame.

VIDEO HERE: facebook.com

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Expat News / Re: Western expats in Thailand – why are so many leaving?
« Last post by thaiga on September 15, 2018, 02:03:22 PM »
fewer Western expats in Thailand

A survey published earlier this month has shown there are fewer Western expats in Thailand.

This may have a follow-on impact for Thailand’s property and real estate sector, especially for property rentals.

T.Visa surveyed 1,429 Western expats in its Expat Survey 2018 and noted a “significant” fall in working Western expats.

It revealed a “significant number of working expats under 60-years-old” left Thailand since its previous survey in 2016.

If the numbers are repeated more widely, this will add to the current supply/demand imbalance in the rental sector.

There are far more units for rent than potential tenants right now.

The popular website for expats added that the rising cost of living in Thailand combined with the influx of Chinese and Indian tourists is changing the expatriate dynamic.

There was also some useful information for real estate agents and developers that emerged in the survey.

The average age of arriving expats had increased to 60-years-old, up from 50-years-old from just two years ago.

There are also younger, unemployed, expats arriving according to the survey results.

Just one in 5 Western expats is now under 50-years-old, with two percent under 30-years-old.

According to the survey, this indicates that Thailand is moving quickly back towards its previous position as a retirement destination for expats.

Just 23 percent of survey respondents indicated they were working, almost half of figures seen during 2016.

In terms of monthly budgets for Western expats, one of four said they have been THB 25,000 and THB 45,000 per month. Some 48 percent have monthly budgets of more than THB 65,000 per month while 10 percent said they have more than THB 145,000 to spend.

Perhaps surprisingly, 20 percent of expats questioned in the survey claimed to own a condominium.

When looking at the levels of attrition and levels of condo ownership, this would seem to indicate a business opportunity for agencies that can penetrate the Western expat property sales market.

Although the survey sample size was relatively small, it does provide some useful indicators that can be used in Thailand’s property and real estate sector.

Whilst this survey indicates there are fewer Western expats in Thailand, they have likely been replaced by both Japanese and Chinese nationals given the most recent data regarding the number of work permits issued in Bangkok, which is still rising.

thailandproperty.news
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Breaking the taboo: the director who has filmed the moment of death

Shooting a real death is a line cinema rarely crosses. Steven Eastwood, whose new documentary follows hospice patients confronting their final days, explains why this squeamishness does us a disservice. What happens to a body that is dying? A taboo-breaking new documentary filmed inside a hospice on the Isle of Wight controversially features a seven-minute scene of the final moments of Alan Hardy, a retired north London bus depot manager.

lots more here from  theguardian.com

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