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caughtintheact replied to the thread Traveling to Thailand on the Thailand forum on August 30, 2015:
Rhager initially posted:
I am traveling to Thailand Have a few questions on entering. I have a U.S. pass port can I just get on a plane and enter ?
caughtintheact replied on August 30, 2015 with:
http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/service/thai-visas-for-americans.html If an individual wishes to remain in Thailand for more than 30 days, he/she may wish to obtain a tourist visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in the United States, prior to arriving in Thailand. The tourist visa must be used within 90 days from the date of issue and allows an initial stay of 60 days. After arrival in Thailand, a tourist visa may be extended twice, each time for an additional 30 days. There is a 1,900 Baht fee for each extension. Interested Americans should contact the Thai Immigration Bureau located at Government Center Chaengwattana Building B, No. 120, Moo 3, Chaengwattana Road, Tungsonghong Sub-District, Laksi District, Bangkok 10210, 66-2-287-3101 through 66-2-287-3110. For more information or additional Thai Immigration Bureau locations, please consult the Thai Immigration Bureau website. American citizens who wish to remain in Thailand for longer than 90 days during any six-month period will be required to obtain a valid Thai visa from a Thai Embassy or Consulate that is authorized to issue visas. The U.S. Embassy advises all American citizens who wish to obtain a Thai visa to contact the Thai Immigration Bureau for exact visa requirements and regulations. Persons who do not comply with visa regulations risk being denied entry to Thailand at the border. The link above also explains about retirement in Thailand, although there is no "retirement visa" per se, it is called an extension of stay for the purposes of retirement. Retirement here does not mean you cannot leave the country, you can at your leisure.
DSTEINER replied on August 30, 2015 with:
Thanks. Our plan as we approach our first post retirement trip to Thailand is to spend about 90 days moving around in-country. We have been to Bangkok many times and also ChaAm and Hua Hin as well as Phuket. However, this visit will be used to focus on learning more about the country and where we might want to settle in for a time. Certainly ChiangMai is high on the list but there is a lot to see in Thailand and we want to take our time. There is also a possibility we might make a swing trip to Vietnam as we have been there numerous times...but right now the priority is Thailand. What is the best way to maintain visa status for a 90 day period in Thailand?
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DSTEINER replied to the thread Local Tours in Thailand on the Thailand forum on August 27, 2015:
DSTEINER initially posted:
When my wife and I visited Vietnam several years ago we truly enjoyed taking inexpensive bus tours throughout the country and staying at local hotels and eating in local restaurants. We are now considering moving to Thailand (we have been there many times) and will probably visit for several months so we can visit various areas and see more of the country than we did in the past. My question is to understand if similar tours to what I described in Vietnam are available in Thailand. It seems all I can find on the internet are "up class" tour trips which does not give us the flexibility or the ability to see a truly local flavor of the country and the people. Please advise if you know of any services like this and what cities they are available in....ie Bangkok, Chiang Mai, etc.
DSTEINER replied on August 27, 2015 with:
Thank you will do!
DSTEINER replied on August 27, 2015 with:
Thank you ......very good suggestion....I should hae thought of it
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caughtintheact replied to the thread Where to buy... on the Thailand forum on August 25, 2015:
blaserk initially posted:
I recently moved to Bangkok. I don't shave, but do like to lighten my leg hair to blonde. Unsurprisingly, I can not find any such product (Sally Hansen, Jolene, etc) here. I had planned to just buy it online, but I didn't realize how much shipping from Amazon would cost...it triples the price. Does anyone know how I could acquire some? It is difficult enough to avoid skin bleaching products in sunscreen/etc with my limited Thai, and I assume that product would only get gnarlier if I were purchasing a bleaching product of a different sort. Thank you!
caughtintheact replied on August 25, 2015 with:
Have you tried contacting the companies, i.e., Sally Hansen, Jolene, etc., via their web sites and asking them for the contact point for their distributor in Thailand? Have you tried Body Shop? Boots? I found some other Jolene products at Boots on line but not the product you are looking for. Have you made a list of what you want in Thai and English? Pronunciation by foreigners is often at odds with the way the Thai pronounce words. Central Rama III has a lot of small shops selling health beauty products,
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Thailand Travel Warning from the U.S. Department of State
adminee replied to the thread Bomb Expodes in Bangkok on the Thailand forum:
adminee initially posted:
We are sad to report that a bomb, that was tied to a utility pole, at the Erawan Shrine, exploded just after 7pm on Monday, August 17th. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing. At this time, it is reported that 12 victims died at the scene and 6 died at a nearby hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims.
adminee replied most recently with:
The US Embassy in Bangkok issued this emergency message: This message is to inform U.S. citizens in Thailand that according to local law enforcement, an explosion took place at approximately 7:00 pm August 17, at the Rachaprasong intersection in the central commercial district of Bangkok (near the Erawan Shrine, Central World mall, and overhead bisection of the two Skytrain lines). Media outlets are reporting multiple casualties. Local law enforcement and emergency services are responding and U.S. Embassy personnel are liaising closely with local authorities to gather information. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area and monitor local media for updates. U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Thailand are strongly advised to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) https://step.state.gov/step/. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in case of an emergency. Unless otherwise indicated in a public announcement, the U.S. Embassy is open for all routine American Citizens Services by appointment. U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance do not need an appointment. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy (http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/service.html) is located at 95 Wireless Road in Bangkok, and can be reached by calling 66-2-205-4049, or by e-mailing acsbkk@state.gov. The Embassy's after-hours emergency telephone number is 66- 2-205-4000. The U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai (http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/service.html), located at 387 Wichayanond Road in Chiang Mai, is also open unless otherwise indicated. The American Citizen Services Unit of the Consulate General can be reached by calling 66-53-107- 777 and by e-mail at acschn@state.gov. The after-hours emergency telephone number is 66-81-881-1878. You can also follow the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok's American Citizen Services Unit on Twitter for further updates. Current information on safety and security can also be obtained on travel.state.gov http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html or by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Country Specific Information for Thailand http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/thailand.html. Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html as well as the Worldwide Caution http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/travelgov and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/travelgov as well. NOTE: we primarily issue US embassy warnings and notices, because other countries' publications are copyrighted and not in the public domain.

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caughtintheact replied to the thread Beach areas on the Thailand forum:
billinsd initially posted:
Can anyone suggest a non touristy USA friendly beach community to live 6 months out of the year ? Im single,60,male
caughtintheact replied most recently with:
I think you will be hard pressed to find any beach "community" that is not international since Thailand has about 28 million visitors a year from all over the world, and Americans tend to be scattered around in many of them.
anajonb replied most recently with:
Hi...Hua hin is a pretty nice area. It's only a couple of hours south of Bangkok, so it's pretty convenient, but the water, although nice, is not pristine like many of the areas that are so crowded further south. But there is an island a little south of Hua hin that is a pretty good snorkeling/diving area, and there are boats to take you out anytime.
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