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kenshin 2d
Hey Guys
I am looking to get an ED visa
I need a thai school for that, but I want it cheap as possible and flexible, meaning I have other things to do I don't want to attend every day
I found the price way too expensive, I'd rather buy an elite VISA if I have to pay $8k for a year
Do you guys know any schools ?
Managed to get through to the help desk - they said you need to be in thailand on a Non-O/B/ED visa to be able to apply
benoitd 2d
I'm in Rawai too, near Chalong, I will be available next weekend for a drink
I just arrived as well today. No idea about the places. But reachable for me too I guess
Depends on what you want to study.

You can get ed visas for Thai Language, Muay Thai, Thai Cooking, Self-Defense (different to Muay Thai), Thai Massage and Scuba Diving.

School / Course needs to be certified by the Ministry of Education.

Easiest to find Thai Language & Muay Thai.
kenshin 2d
Thai language
Next decision to make then is what life style you want. Do you want to be in the city, do you want to be surrounded by hipsters and fields, do you want to be on the beach, etc.
kenshin 2d
anything but bangkok/patong/pattaya
kenshin 2d
but I don't want to necessary attend all the courses
kenshin 2d
like I said I'm busy
I'd probably go with Chiang Mai.



This post has recommendations for places that are 20k baht for the year with only 4 hours a week commitment.
kenshin 2d
wow thanks
Several years ago immigration realized that there are people doing just what you describe. And they started cracking down on โ€œvisa millโ€ schools. So if you do find something cheap, itโ€™s gonna be on their radar and they are gonna stop by from time to time. If they do, and you are not in class, you will likely be deported.

:man-shrugging::skin-tone-2:

So whatever class you sign up for, you are gonna need to be in class for the assigned class times.
kenshin 2d
I could be absent from a class for a valid reason though
or pay a bribe
kenshin 2d
but I see your point, it's good to know the gap between theory and practice
If that seems too sketchy I will just go with the elite visa
Thai logic would require some kind of verified note from a doctor or something like that. Your โ€œvalid reasonโ€ needs to match up with their โ€œvalid reasonโ€
I had an elite visa for 5 years. I can not recommend it enough, especially if you want to stay for that long, and can afford it. There is no better or easier way.
If you don't actually intend to learn the language you should do a Muay Thai ed visa.

You only need to work out 3 or 4 times a week, 90 minute sessions - so it basically just keeps you fit and replaces going to the gym - and there are some cool places you can do it. Lots on Koh Lanta which is a beautiful island, great life style.

With the language visa, they will actually test you (by speaking Thai and expecting you to reply) at immigration. They have not yet though, to my knowledge, challenged someone to a Muay Thai fight in the immigration office.
kenshin 2d
ahahaha
kenshin 2d
sounds like the best option U045TPF7WLCbr /> they have requirements on how much money you need to have on your bank account right ?
kenshin 2d
is it true, do they have other requirements or limitations to it ?
It was 6 years ago I got it, but I think it was a background check and pay the price. That was it. I did it inside Thailand.
How about Karon Temple Market on Friday? Itโ€™s the only temple market in the world as far as I know and itโ€™s apparently very popular but only happens 2 days a week. They have food and even alcohol, surprisingly. www.phuket101.net/karon-temple-market/
The technical name of the cash withdrawal via the bank branch is "Cash advance", sometimes it's useful to help them understand what you need (especially with not very experienced clerks who will just point at the ATM)
Stay Wellbeing Resort. Been here for 2mos, love it. Might be more expensive than that for high season, check prices by email.
Bangkok Maniacs what areas besides Thong Lor-Siam are good to rent a place longer term?

I always stay for a couple months in BKK so that BTS area worked best, but now Iโ€™m living with gf and probably wonโ€™t leave the condo much, so am wondering if Iโ€™m missing other super cool residential areas with nice infrastructure.
Big fan of Ari, stayed there for 5 years. Itโ€™s maybe a bit over saturated with coffee shops and Japanese restaurants now but still a good neighborhood. If super close BTS is not a requirement Suanplu and some of the other sois of Sathorn are quite nice.
kenshin 2d
and that's it ? you didn't have to prove anything later ?
kenshin 2d
like go regularly to the immigration office
kenshin 2d
Onnut is pretty chill, less expensive too and you are on the BTS
Thai elite will do your 90 day check ins.
I'm in on Friday evening
kenshin 1d
so you have to immigration office every 9 days ?
kenshin 1d
90
Not with Thai Elite. But with an ed visa, you have to leave the country every 90 days. There is a lot of info out there on this. Google Thai Elite Visa.
kenshin 1d
yes that's where I found this sentence
". Both Thai Elite Visa and Retirement Visa require 90-day address reporting."
kenshin 1d
and I wasn't sure what constitues address reporting
kenshin 1d
but it seems somebody can take care of that for me
You have to go to immigration. Some people can do it on line, but it rarely works, and the requirements seem to change and its a pain in the ass. Thai Elite will do it for you. With an ed visa, you usually actually just have to leave after 90 days and come back in.
> _But with an ed visa, you have to leave the country every 90 days._
May have changed since I did mine (about 4 years ago) but didn't need to leave the country on ed visa back then, just did 90 day checks at immigration internally.
kenshin 1d
that's what I heard too
Yea i did mine 7 years ago, so they must have fixed this. My visa was a 1 year multi entry and you get stamped for 90 days at a time.
yah may have changed since in that case, mine was 1 year in Krabi and I just had to turn up at immigration in Krabi every 3 months (which they always enjoyed - as a larger person, my muay thai visa gave them no end of entertainment every visit)
Sathon and everywhere riverside could be nice, I might give that a try when my current lease is up. Maybe even check across the river in Thonburi. Or a bit north around Lad Prao or south around Udom Suk.
I'm arriving tomorrow also. I'll be there 3 days
Thanks people!
kvnlqqsyrmqlap Iโ€™m in
bbmoyguivwpfaq is proposing a nomadlist.com/meetups#2b43eca5a32330405b36dbce4fc16c10|meetup in Phuket, #thailand at Karon Temple Market on Friday, 9 December at 19:00. "Going for food and drinks at the Karon Temple Market" โœ… RSVP here nomadlist.com/meetups#2b43eca5a32330405b36dbce4fc16c10
(Update Found one)

Any dentists in Chiang Mai you could recommend? Long working hours would be perfect (emergency, sudden tooth pain) .
leoneth 1d
does anyone still know a place that rents bikes in Pai?
bkqveaadcyprlt is organizing a nomadlist.com/meetups#2b43eca5a32330405b36dbce4fc16c10|meetup in Phuket, # at Karon Temple Market on Friday, 9 December at 19:00. "Going for food and drinks at the Karon Temple Market" โœ… RSVP here nomadlist.com/meetups#2b43eca5a32330405b36dbce4fc16c10
Itโ€™s actually quite nice from Krung Thongburi to about Wongwian Yai or even Talad Plu if you wanna stretch it a bit. I just always preferred living on the Sukhumvit line rather than the Silom line.
fqifyixb just mentioned the rain so I will clarify, the night markets in Phuket have coverings for when it rains. If youโ€™re on a scooter, you might prefer to call a Grab taxi since scooter accidents are quite common in the rain.
Ok, I found one, people at the hotel reception saved me. (I went to the Y&B Dental Clinic - pretty good service, very good English).
minuson 1d
No bike rental shop around the bus stop? I remember Aya service was the biggest.
Hey folks! Can anyone recommend a great Muay Thai gym in BKK preferably between Sukhumvit 1-65? ๐ŸฅŠ _Also preferably run by real Thai and not Westeners like myself (_:stuck_out_tongue:_)_
Some of friends went to Chakrit Muay Thai and they highly recommended it! Iโ€™m going in the next two days to tryout.. seems pretty legit
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estherlg 20h
Does anyone know where to get covid booster vaccines in Chiang Mai? Chiang Mai Ram isn't offering them.
sascha 20h
I booked that via 12go asia last time
sascha 20h
was not expensive
xarimquwpdac befcslof hkpjycluj I see you guys lived in Ari, do you happen to know the best buildings in the area?

Or the best streets to guide myself when looking for flats?

I havenโ€™t been to Aree yet but seems to be a really nice neighborhood.
Saw videos from this guy, the 4 buildings he showed are ok. youtu.be/MQta8WCGn70|https://youtu.be/MQta8WCGn70
dekim24 16h
I stayed twice at The Yard Hostel but never looked for my own condo. That particular area is quite nice and it's right next to the main street food areas
mattw 16h
Bolt and inDrive are half the price of Grab in Phuket btw
I went to Dragonfly yesterday!
shawnp 16h
I stayed at Noble Reform (looks like the image above). The unit I was in was very nice and spacious. Building was great although the gym was quite small. Otherwise zero complaints
kenshin 16h
you have westerners as good as thais you know
i find it easier to learn with them
ronenteva 15h
Check out Sandee, I went there and was very satisfied.
As far as I know they do online classes now
leoneth 15h
Thanks!
Who wants to see the vaccination status? I wasn't asked for that since months.
Just interested since I wanna head to Chiang Mai in a bit as well
Isn't there a new 10 year visa for people earning $24k which is much cheaper than elite and seema easy to get? I think I read about it in this channel
Donโ€™t think so. Thatโ€™s a low amount of money for the Thais to want to give a visa too like that. I think there is some kind of a digital nomad type visa theyโ€™ve been discussing that has a minimum of 80-90K usd.
Ah, you're right. I think Malaysia may have the $24k, or I just mixed the numbers with something else. Seems like it's approved and it's $80k as you say
Yea. Thatโ€™s it.
skywinder 13h
sound awesome
skywinder 13h
iโ€™m in Chiang Mai for next 2 days as well ๐Ÿ™‚
hannumar 13h
Chiang Mai Ram Hospital. They're the most expensive ones, but are usually the best.
detour888 13h
Real Thai gyms often dont even want to train westerners.
detour888 13h
That or theyโ€™ll happily take your money but never correct you.
dekim24 9h
I'm in Bangkok until Sunday, anyone want to meetup? I could create one on the site if there's interest, maybe on Friday?
Are those all required documents for my Tourist Visa (MT) 30 day extension ?

1. Application form TM.7 (application must be made in person)
2. Copy of applicantโ€™s passport
3. Photo 4 x 6 cm. (not older than 6 months)
4. Application fee 1,900 Baht.
Is that it?
cephei 8h
not leagaly required but most Immigration offices insist on some sort of โ€œprrofe of addressโ€. Usually TM30
cephei 8h
> Copy of applicantโ€™s passport
need a copy of the main page in the passport and one copy of the page with the visa.
With your signature on every print out
ujiagucxumsdxpn I stayed at a condo called Villa Rachakru for all of the 5 years I lived in Ari because I had a great landlady. Itโ€™s right next to The Yard hostel wjwqvsnte mentioned above (which btw has a lovely owner, Som).
I wonโ€™t be there, but if you create a meetup on the site, everyone who will be in BKK that time will get pinged, so would advise on creating one via the site for more respone!
If youโ€™re struggling with TM30 ask a hostel to fix one up for you in exchange for paying for one bed for a random night
Oh wow really? That sounds horrible then. Thanks for the insight
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