Make an appointment on line at the embassy in Bangkok. You declare your pension at the US Embassy in Bangkok. They do not require documentation. You print out your appointment page and take it to the counter after security and fill out a form, take that and your Visa or MasterCard to the window and pay the stamp fee. Take that stamped document to immigration. YOU MUST HAVE MORE THAN 3 WEEKS LEFT ON YOUR TOURIST VISA to get immigration approval. Pay immigration in Baht. Bangkok is best. Quickest. Less chance of bribe. Yes it happens to everybody in smaller towns like Hua Hin. They will stamp your passport for a one year extension.
Stated income at the US embassy in Bkk. Your ph girl doesn't qualify. On your visa. She will need to do visa runs. That's exactly why me and my ph wife are in Vietnam. Plus it's 2/3 the cost here to live. Your ph girl will get hassled by immigration. Guaranteed.
You do this at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. I was surprised at first, and only once was I questioned a little. I have a pension that just squeaks by but when I combine it with my real estate investment income, I'll be good the rest of my life. AFTER signing the affidavit, the agent said "That's quite a pension." It was more of a killing time statement rather than an official inquiry.
Two step process. Get a visa letter via email. Usually $25-50 depending on the type of visa. Then pay US dollars at the border in exact amount. I have a 1yr visa for $140 or so. PH wife has a 3 month, $35 or so. After 3 months we both go out but flights are very cheap. You don't need to go to immigration and fork over another $80 every other month or visa run every 2 months. Most people go to Cambodia. There's some fun things to do there. But it's every 3 months. You can get 1yr business visas for both of you then no visa every 3 months. But we chose this way because it's an inexpensive way to figure out if we want to stay. Nha Trang is better than any TH city. By far.
You say, "Nha Trang is better than any TH city. By far." There's no such that as a "best city" for everyone. You need to be specific. What's your yardstick? Bangkok is a very cool, very modern, very sophisticated and fun city, great to be a single person in, with lots of western conveniences mixed into its Thai charm. What is so great about Nha Trang? I'm not saying it isn't better, I'm just saying you would be much more helpful if you got specific.
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