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There’s aisdc at phrom phong.. hubbato near Onnut/phra khanong
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Take a quick look at a bts map
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Sukhumvit road is the main tourist/expat area
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More touristy west of asoke.. asoke is like the center of Bangkok
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the area he’s recommending is a double digit square km area, not a specific place
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qrgkglaak haha yes hipster = good
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dependning what u like
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Kinnon Hostel. I left just a few days ago and I spent a week there, they also have some single rooms. "Desks" run along the walls and are not very deep, but in general it's a very comfortable place and they cook very well too.
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I stayed there last week b/c of hoodmaps recommendation with no knowledge about Bangkok. I liked the area a lot, def nice to be away for the most tourist places and a good mix of hipster and local. I stayed near soi sukhumvit 63. Next time I’d probably go a bit more East but mainly closer to BTS as now I had to walk like 20-25 minutes and that’s no fun in the Bangkok heat
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I worked from the hive in thong lor which was really nice. Didn’t try any other coworking/work cafes though
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A few weeks ago I hadn’t really heard of PM2.5
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Now I have dedicated air filters in three rooms that come on on schedule
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And am looking at seeing if I can control those with IOT air quality meters
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plgkdnsypfxkjzcz i heard that meters that can truly detect PM2.5 are really expensive, all the cheap stuff is just monitoring visibility/humidity and estimating or something like that
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Or you can look at data from a nearby measuring station
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These are the filters I have
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uodctjfcxnbbtrgn I’m trying to get the air filters in the house to switch on if PM2.5 goes above a certain rate
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2 friends of mine built pm2.5 sensors and their readings matched the ones of measurement stations, don’t think it cost a lot
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tbh I’m surprised you didn’t notice this last year when pollution got so bad that people started making memes
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I wasn’t here for the vast majority of last year
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Fair
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<@UP6MM1DSQ just arrived in Koh Lanta, , #thailand
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<@U02KE4Q5T just arrived in 🏮 #chiang-mai , #thailand
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There are people in the Coworking working also before 7am or after midnight, it's a very friendly and safe place (lots of cameras in all common areas, so you can leave you laptop there without fear), during lunch break they can prepare they dish of the day for 60 baht (less than 2€). And there is also a "silence room" in the coworking, and second monitors available... I gave them 10/10 on Booking, for the first time in my life 🙂
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bgayghgopt i’m kindda hipster without the tatoos and the mustache so that should do it 😜
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I am full manbun
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<@UHMLGE6HX just arrived in 🌇 Bangkok, #thailand
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<@UP8G5PF51 just arrived in 🏝 Phuket, #thailand
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<@UHX7J24EP just arrived in 🏖 Krabi, #thailand
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<@ULS8WHJA3 just arrived in 🏖 Pattaya, #thailand
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I was thinking to do it but I forgot, I'm doing it right now 🙏
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<@UL6LYPQ1J just arrived in 🏮 #chiang-mai #thailand
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Nomad invasion starting...
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damn
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someone reserve me a front-seat
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I'll get the back seat thx
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anyone knows if the visa on arrival can be extended to 30 days?
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sorry no, it looks like only 7 days
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jeeze Thailand is getting real stingy
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damn you thailand
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they dont like my romanian passport
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What 7 days????
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For EU?
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bsciqhvtmx Might slightly depend on the country, like Lithuania not that long ago VOA was 15 days (recently with a bunch of countries changed to regular 30 days like for everyone else)
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Oh ok im schengen so it used to be 30 arrive 30 extend
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Yeah, I'm from Schengen too, but could only get 15 days (one of the reasons why I always made sure I have a visa as they give you 60 days for cheaper).... actually it seems like we (Lithuanians) don't even need visa for stays of less than 30 days 🤔
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`... nationals and holders of passports/travel documents of Lithuania, ..., who wish to travel to Thailand for tourism purposes are permitted to enter Thailand for thirty (30) days without a visa.` that is good to find out 😄
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As a bulgarian I can get, from the consulate in Bulgaria, a 6 months multi entry tourist visa, but have to exit every 60 days. You have to enter Thailand 90 days after date of issuing. Still more convenient for long stays than any other option as long as I have been at home to get it. amqazxdgfxzm — check with the embassy/consulate in Romania, you probably have the same option.
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Yeah I had that 6mo multi in 2013 was super useful
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Somehow felt like I was more official too
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With that big seal in my passport
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It must give a piece of of mind they wont deny you entry, especially now with the new rules
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Yes exactly
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I'd rather get that beforehand then have them pick if I can enter or not
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Ofc I'm flying to TH in 2 days and didn't
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Also because I think I have to get it in my home country
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Or apply somewhere where they are really lax about it. Penang?
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usually it is the country of residence but there are places that might make an exception if you give them a reason. Here is one 😉
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lmqccszdu thank you. im reading about the tourist visa now. I think im too lazy for this. Too much effort
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So, for VOA they now only accept an outbound flight? No train, bus, etc. to a neighboring country. At least for non shengen.
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"Employment certificate and bank statement."
"Letter from the hospital in Thailand, medical history, medical certificates"
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None of this is mentioned here.
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Ummm
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That's for Romanians
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Not me
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Diff for Bulgarians too right
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Only flights, photo, passport, visa price. I have applied with only one way ticket or no flight at all booked and it has been fine

Yeah, I am trying to warn jyadlnzehcre to do his homework, gfkezpkysm
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so he doesnt have to book a last minute flight out at a thai airport when denied entry
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womguuywxskq if you havent done VOA in thailand be ready with booked accommodation and a flight out. They were super strict about it when I did that.
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cheers. good to know.
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And if not going home, call/email the embassy and ask if u can mail them all needed (passport, picture, application form, etc.) for the regular tourist visa (probably not the money)
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Or the moldovian one to ask if u can apply there by exception
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Ah yes nice vouggbdnr
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zvpsneucpvyi I don't see how it's too much effort (other than having to go to some place and dealing with strange working times), getting VOA probably about the same amount of effort + more costly + you might be declined. Of course requirements for each country will differ but for `Employment certificate and bank statement` I just put freelance web developer on my visa and print out a bank statement showing that I'm not going to Thailand to beg in the streets (already paying for visa at the bank, might as well add printed statement). At the same time I was getting visa in Bali, so just printed screenshot of revolut account (showing balance and showing your personal info) was enough.
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xephjkgser i thought freelancing wouldnt qualify as an employment certificate. I'm glad that it does, though :smile:
but in my case there's a little more. medical history and medical certificates. I will call the embassy tomorrow to see exactly what is the situation.
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rcjqzaprtmun I know some people said to not put something like it, but just checked my filled visa form `Freelance web developer` is what I always used and never had any problems (at the same time I always bring bank statement, even if it's not required for single visa the person who collects the documents agreed that it will probably help in getting one. For multi-entry you actually have to show that you have 5000€ in your account). For that medical history I'm guessing just a simple note from your doctor saying you don't have any infectious diseases + travel insurance should take care of it (basically you say that I will not be using your health resources so please let me in)
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that is really useful to know. cheers mate
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Just check what they mean by bank statement, as once I was almost shouted at for printing my own. They wanted it verified by the bank. Went to their office “can you please verify and stamp that I have these money on the list”. It is a work around as the official one costed unreasonable amount of money and takes 2 days and is for other purposes. Was enough for the south african embassy, luckily.
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No problem. Best check with your embassy to be sure, but think those are the main requirements, and with a bit of research you should get one without much problem. Personally I always enjoy having a visa before my travels (it would suck to fly 11-12 hours and be told we won't give you entrance so enjoy your 12-13 hour flight back) 😄
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gaetmkpjd Yeah, it should be verified by bank, so if you print it yourself you should get it stamped. My bank just printed the same page as I would and just put the stamp on it.
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Always call the embassy before hand and ask :) most of them love it if u go prepared and they have heard from you beforehand
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Medical history is probably vaccines related, so simple
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It doesn’t guarantee entry
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In Germany they now want to see 3 months of bank statements with balance never going below 5000 EUR. Can be a printout though, don’t need to have it signed.
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Requirements are different everywhere
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I use a visa agent that is familiar and also ends up doing free consulting when required. Like on this METV, the flight tickets I booked to get the visa would’ve resulted in the embassy just granting me a SETV, but the visa agent warned me and I rebooked flights and got the METV
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I wanted to visa run back to my home country and the embassy would’ve argued that if I do that might just as well get another SETV when I’m back
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For proof of employment you can write a letter like “I, Tobias, verify that Tobias is working for me, Tobias.”
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My last METV application was 37 pages long, mostly bank statements
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Sounds like things have got ridiculous in the last year.
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When I was there last December I pretty much just walked right in without saying or showing anything. 🤔
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Where did you get this info? I’m depending on 30 day extension fuuu
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theres no more 30 days extension? 😱
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Waiting for source...
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There still is 30 days extension
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It depends which passport you hold
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I'm Romanian and my visa on arrival can't be extended
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Nothing has dramatically changed this year. You can still arrive in the airport with no return ticket, no paper, say not a word, and be stamped in for 30 days (or more depending on passport)
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It’s a small minority being affected that’s making a lot of noise online. If you don’t spend the majority of your time in Thailand they will not hassle you.
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METV applications have always been on the tough side in Germany, no drastic changes there either
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Tourism is a big % of the GDP
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I have a horror story with immigration here and there, but also literally over 20 entries that went totally smooth
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nmwfivlqfaha for Romanians - if you're outside of Thailand just apply for the 60 day tourist visa at any Thai embassy, fill in the form and pay the fee, super easy. I didn't do proper research and didnt do this, just showed up and just got a 15 day visa on arrival with no hassle, just had to show a hotel booking and a flight out, which is mandatory for any visa. I now have to fly to Kuala Lumpur next week at the end of my 15 days and get the tourist visa there 🙄
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Also folks - is it worth getting the nomad insurance while in Thailand? I've heard that if you do get sick and hospitalized, it can get pretty sketchy with cash and all and the insurance wont be worth much.. opinions?
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not sure about insurance, but hospitals looked pretty good .. like first world quality!, and not that expensive
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nxeowwg which "nomad insurance" you mean? which company?
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Private hospitals in Thailand are better than in the west
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tmmpxvwhkv SafetyWing
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ernhwyv got it, why would it be sketchy?
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they're resellers of a giant legit medical insurance company
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you do pay cash yes but then get it back
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Were you asked for a return flight or did you voluntarily present it?
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No, health care is not sketchy here
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You can also get insurance that the hospital can bill directly for inpatient claims, like Cigna
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She asked till when I was staying, I said I don't know and that I have a flight from Bangkok at x date
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Yeah like real expat healthcare, Cigna or Allianz etc
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Useful if you're somewhat permanently leaving your country
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Oof in that case I just lie and say “2 weeks” and smile
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“I don’t know” is what she doesn’t want to hear
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Haha. Yeah. I guess my inexperienced innocence worked
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I went with no insurance on my first visit. Got an eye infection and was in and out of Bumrungrad Hospital in all of 40 minutes with prescription in hand and down only about $40 USD. Very clean, very efficient, _way_ better than any hospital I’ve seen in North America.
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Bumrungrad is def one of the best. It can get pretty expensive though, if you go to a specialist. I had skin problems at some point and it was $90-140 each visit (including medication).
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But sketchy? No, never had sketchy moments.
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Still _way_ cheaper than US and _faster_ than Canada.
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In US that $40 would be more like $400, or more, and in Canada that 40 minutes would be more like 4 hours. 😬
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<@U02UNCV6L just arrived in 🏮 #chiang-mai #thailand
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netflix thailand is cool and does the job well
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My VPN streaming seems to be blocked these days
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katedwgvuonl yea please ignore me, I answered before understanding the context
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zzvdabbpl no worries
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this is so not true
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i'm still flying
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My return flight was 90 days after arrival. Never got asked.
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<@UQ93LR0VD just arrived in 🌇 Bangkok, #thailand
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<@U03DZAFU9 just arrived in 🏮 #chiang-mai #thailand
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<@U03GGKJCX just arrived in 🏮 #chiang-mai #thailand
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Hey guys, I'll be in Bangkok in 2 days and I'd like to buy the microsoft xbox controller elite series 2, does any of you know if I can find it there and where? Thanks!
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tieefhuoj maybe MBK or Siam Paragon
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Thanks oxvxmyimwp 🙂
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😁
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mbnwhckgf Pantip Plaza (Pratunam)
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Pantip for any tech
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Rental contracts are usually 6 months +
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Looooots of hostels, hotels, etc in Thailand and they do long term deals too
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Hotels nicer and more affordable than Airbnb in Asia generallyyy
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cjsoxfx while it's true that rental contracts are usually 6 months + i did find a place that accepted monthly the last time i was in bangkok.. usually 3 months is also pretty easy to get
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chiang mai is way easier to do monthly, loads of short term serviced apartments up there for cheap
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Is it always swans? I’ve also seen towel elephants
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Yeah Chiang Mai is generally good for monthly
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If you were ever to do yearly though, you’d have a palace for next to nothing, especially a little further out
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<@UHX7J24EP just arrived in 🏝 Phuket, #thailand
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<@U02HTASB2 just arrived in 🏮 #chiang-mai #thailand
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>http://agoda.com|agoda.com> is good for hotels
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Is it possible to get a visa extension right after arriving to Thailand?
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E.g. within a few days
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eyurneqrval no, only a week before
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or something like that.. 95% confident about my answer
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cwnuzwyohvr okay looks like i might be wrong
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> You can go to immigration at any point in your 30 days (or 60 days) and get an extension and it will start once the 30 days is over.
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handy
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>You can extend your stay this way at any time during your initial 30-day stay and you do not have to wait until the day before your 30-day pass runs out to extend. If you know you want to stay in Thailand longer, we advise that you extend as soon as possible.
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I think you can extend at any time
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I’ve also done it whenever it was convenient for me, but my buddy got rejected at chonburi for coming “too early”
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i mean i probably wouldnt go to immigration after only being there a few days, but ive extended a few times around the week mark and its been fine. and once the day before visa was up (and got on the boat to samui without my passport facepalm - cue extra 4 hours getting boat back)
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Yeah, it’s just that I went to the retreat to the islands right away without worrying about this later
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doing the extension from Ko Lanta is a bit more painful
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what do you folks consider the Ubud equivalent for Thailand?
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hhcdcmaiqjreombg curious what your thought is - basically curious where yoga/health conscious & also older women congregate for thailand (incidentally are there lots of older women in ubud?)
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uh, I feel like you are over-estimating my interest in older women, but the Ubud of Thailand is the bit of Koh Phangnan that isn’t where the full moon party happens
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lnnpypuemjergxdd haha, just trying to get ideas for where my mom can go
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She’s into crystals and healing and shit?
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more or less
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Also is she rich?
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Yah KPG for her there
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how about koh lanta
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She can spend her retirement fund on wild women workshops and the like
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Unless you’re coworking, Lanta is a bit pointless
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from what I've seen there are lots of people on Koh Phangan who basically do this (the spending or the selling)
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FFS I'm spending my 50th on Koh Phangan next month, so I think I've just proved the theory 😂
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Except I will crush anyone who comes at me with a crystal healing workshop.
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Air filter arrived
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Even with three hours of filter time a day the room is still filthy
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Going to cost 400thb to run all the air filters all day for a month sooooo
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Yep
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Phangan has magnetic healing centers and the such
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wlclrbeqdagxqns damn you guise look young
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The secret to a youthful appearance don't have kids 😉
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Haha i was about to ask the secret thanks
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Nice to see some folks opting out of the baby-making. The world is overpopulated enough. We don’t need to throw _more_ screaming babies into the mix. 😬
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That's just like your opinion man
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Need to continue my bloodline for my forefathers
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Donate to a sperm bank?
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It’s fine if _some_ people have babies. We should just try, as a species, to not push that number up too high.
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We should all do whatever we want
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And not preach other ppl to do things
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Biology already has built-in overpopulation protections and you're seeing that now with developed countries
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If anything developed countries (you and me) have a birth rate lower than replacement which is economically unsustainable if you want people not to be homeless at retirement
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Developed countries should have more babies not less, developing countries should have less babies not more
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Anyway again every1 should do whatever they want
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Korea has a birth rate now of 1.1 that means every generation their population almost halves, that's not a good thing
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inb4 "but developed countries have higher co2 emissions per human" true, but developing countries are quickly catching up since it's directly related to productivity/gdp per capita
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And since developing countries are less interested in decreasing co2 emissions, that's even more of a problem with a high birth rate there
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I agree birth rate shouldn't necessarily be high, but it should be at least at replacement rate which would be 2 or slightly over 2 due to birth deaths
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Is the world really that overpopulated?
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Anyone know how 1-2 month rental works in ko lanta? Is it like Chiang Mai and just walk around in the area you want to be in? Agoda and Airbnb seem expensive or limited
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Koh Lanta is dominated by High vs Low season
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Seems like the high season is still in effect early next year
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On the birth rate topic.... everyone should read Factfulness, it explains a few things about the world that everyone should know
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I did that yes. Also, many places are expensive, some are cheap. Not much in between in high season. But they're open to bargaining if you rent monthly, for sure.
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I think I paid 20k baht to stay in a hotel next to KoHub for a month. So that's the upper segment. Anything above that is most likely very fancy or simply a rip-off.
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Can probably find things from ~10k onwards if you search and negotiate hard.
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For reference, Kohub is around 30k a month I think. Although that includes food
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Yeah looking at 10-20k per month
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Will search around on the spot then, thanks :)
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yiiqxefihqgzriba not really, only challenge is food production for 7b ppl, then again food production has always been a challenge, new tech gets invented to increase production
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Not entirely sure but I think we’re already at the stage were more people are obese than starving
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Which doesn’t mean that nobody is starving
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Food production is only an issue because excessive eating of meat means we need tons of extra crops to feed all the animals we eat. If humans generally stuck to a more vegan or vegetarian diet we could significantly reduce the needed farm land.
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As for the overpopulation thing, it’s perhaps a bit debatable, but if the world population reduced enough the emissions would also reduce enough for our environmental issues to solve themselves without us actually needing to significantly change anything else. The alternative is to put a lot more focus on sustainable living, but I feel like the last hundred years or so of exploitative capitalism have proven we’re not great at that. 😬
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wupnefrtvkbwtooev definitely debateable and a western centric mindset I think, everyone outside EU/US/CA/NZ/AU could care less about emissions and make shitloads of babies
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jivwdinhdwdbfhhzp I don't think the last hundred years or so of exploitative cronyist communism were great for the world either but capitalism was a whole lot better
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Cronyist communism is just capitalism that only benefits those in power. They make piles of money “for the country” while pretending they support communism.
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You should also look into getting AC (if your room has one) cleaned
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htbljtkbstjvufxhp i think from the 20th century with 65 million deaths we can conclude the communist experiment failed right? maybe let's move this to #_politics
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Easy solution just do what I didn’t do and in 100 years, no more problems.. don’t have children ppl 😛
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Wow u have kids?
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No.. Bad phrasing I guess
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Like.. do what I did. don’t have kids. Then in 100 years, no more humans.. Nevermind 😛
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I’m drowning in a sea of stamps I’ve gotten over time from 7/11
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What actually are they?
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there's actually a value on them, 1 baht or 3 baht
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which you can redeem straight away for that value
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plus there's a stamp book you can ask for and fill, but i think it probably takes hundreds of stamps to fill up and get anything worth getting?
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Oh nice, so I’m ballin’
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the whole stamp thing only runs for a few months each year
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at some point they all become worthless
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Nice better use them
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I must have between 100-200 baht worth then
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Good call, although that was done last month. The aircon seems to help with the air quality, although that might just be that it’s circulating the air around the filter more
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it’s a good marketing scheme, you use one stamp, they give you a new one
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Looks interesting.
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What?
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Like infinite money?
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that's how my I make my living
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<@U03DZAFU9 just arrived in 🏮 #chiang-mai #thailand
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kohub also helps with this quite a bit, currently here
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I noticed that most places don't bother cleaning up ACs/vents/etc and they get very nasty. Was so surprised then the place I stayed in CM actually send people 1-2 times a year to clean the AC (with pressure washer and stuff). Might not fix your problem completely, but might help out a bit. Also you might look into a model of your AC, I think some of them should have an option to add a filter so even if you have to buy one yourself it might be worth it to put a good quality filter so AC brings cleaner air in.
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ooelaynxtn lrzyptqifwfzaiqbq I dont think food production is the main issue the world faces. Certainly, there are major inefficiencies such as animal agriculture that make the situation more difficult, but I think the main problem is food distribution and waste. We grow enough food to feed everyone, but due to wealth inequality, logistical and political barriers and spoilage, many still go hungry. Of course technology and education with local food production would be helpful for communities to become more self-sustained and might be a better permanent solution, but with how the global market currently works, production is not the main hindrance.
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Also government subsidies for farmers is another issue. Paying farmers to grow not what we need to feed the world, but to keep prices of certain foodstuffs stable.
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And feed billions of animals
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Anyone know if 7-11 still sells the tomato juice with orange pulp?
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Haven’t seen it in Chiang Mai yet
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It sounds weird but actually ended up being a very refreshing drink
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haha I love 7-11 and the amazing collections, do you know the name of company or product lqtghzxhu - I'll check in koh lanta & update
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Any offbeat ideas/experiences for phuket (not touristy stuff) ?
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Minute Maid
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Oh damn, this is everywhere in india mate, it's very popular, love the pulpy orange one
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will check in 7-11 and see if I can fine one too
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> Lahore had taken the title of the world's most unbreathable city - with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 551
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Ok maybe Bangkok isn’t that bad
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<@U0D994R6Y just arrived in 🌇 Bangkok, #thailand
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<@UHX7J24EP just arrived in 🏝 Ko Lanta, #thailand
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we actually used them to buy street food lol paid for nutella pancakes
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hi all, been in Bangkok for a little over a month now, working remotely as a front-end developer. Mostly from home (I have a monitor here). My girlfriend works in Siam and sometimes I come along and work from a café and get lunch together. anyone know any nice cafe's or cool co-working spaces to go to? (I don't mind a café, but a co-working space if there's a good vibe would be cool too)
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uipvkh you could try WorkWize or LearnHub (same building) right next to siam bts
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those are coworking spaces
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hey folks, thinking of leaving thailand in early january but unsure where to go next... looking to stay in a land of good sunny weather and good internet. any suggestions?
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Bali?
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Or are you thinking not Asia?
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Well during that time in Bali is rainy season so weather can suck sometimes and internet depends (but having it hotspotting from 4G was enough to do work and facebook video calls)
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Maybe NZ?
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still asia, but yeah bali seems to be shitty weather, same for hoi an in vietnam... thinking malaysia, seems to have a bunch of coworking spaces
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NZ is where I’ll be in jan
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NZ would be a dream come true but flights are mad expensive
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I’m flying from London for $600 🤭
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that's around what skyscanner is telling me from thailand 😂
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Malaysia should be decent enough, I was in KL around March, lots of rain (like once a day, starts about same time) so quite humid, but not too bad, Bali weather during that time would probably be more annoying (not including in March you get Nyapi day where you can't leave your room for whole day and have no internet, which in this case wasn't a big deal because it was raining buckets of water WHOLE day)
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yeah I think come spring i'll go to hoi an in vietnam and then bali 🤔 actually when's the best time to go to bali?
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I think Bali is best during Thailand rainy season
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I was before in April/May, some rain but both months was pleasant weather mostly
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Malaysia was cool, I'd love to go back. It's one of those places where I'd be very curious to figure out how to hack it in smaller towns like Ipoh or something.
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Just if possible probably don't come through KL airport, dislike that airport so very much 😞
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durrbmkpki why? Seems like a normal airport to me
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I think he means KLIA2
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The low cost part that's utter despicable shit
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anyone order N95 mask off lazada?
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hard to tell which ones would be good
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hfumnlv Rainy season stops around end of March definitively. April/May are nice because not high season yet so not extremely busy. June/July/August/September are very busy. October/November are okay again. Half november = start of rain season again. December/Januari/Februari is rainy season. However, even during that period it's very nice as rain usually starts either at 3pm until ~6-7pm or from 7-8pm throughout the night. Especially at the coast it's nice, in the mountains it can rain more.
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<@UQCKTLEVB just arrived in 🌇 Bangkok, #thailand
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<@UL6LYPQ1J just arrived in 🏝 Ao Nang, #thailand
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There’s an official 3M store that has legit masks too
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I’m looking at getting one with an active filter
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lvtozwxgjybmzbar Which filters hsould I buy
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Idk
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vsnbndxxl Stupid layout, hours long waits to get in/from it, etc. Like none of the airports are fun, but I would rather peel my face off than go back to it
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ozzwnvctgplajask Found this somewhere in my notes suggested by someone before `3M Aura FFP2 (N95) mask`
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Thanks!
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Any advice on longer-term visa options for Thailand as a US citizen? Basically, my scenario is:
- Co-founder of company based in UK
- Want to give myself the option to stay as long as I can in Thailand
- Want to work while I'm there but don't anticipate having any direct relationships with any Thai businesses/Thai employees
- Open to learning Thai language but def not at the expense of focusing on the business
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It seems like the 1-year business visas might be out of reach, but may be feasible to do edu visa? Otherwise, was thinking about doing the 6 month metv, which as I understand it, can be extended up to theoretical 9 months if you time extensions correctly
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But how sketchy is it in practice to be working while doing the METV?
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Not too sketchy
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How long term are we talking?
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Different options may be appropriate
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Some of the Thai language schools only have 2 classes per week, about 2 or 3 hours each class
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So a 4 hour/week commitment at a minimum
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In chiang mai I mean
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spdhrhnfdeaafhxn Having the option of a year sounds ideal, but 9 months seems OK if the requirements for doing a year are too much.
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glovzaplr if I went with edu visa, I would have to be in Chiang Mai the entire year? Twice a week with no breaks?
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Or is there a way to travel with that?
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Also, let's say I did the 9 month METV and wanted to stay longer afterwards. What are my options for that?
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jrdgimgwimia well there's an 80% attendance rule, but some of the schools will still mark you down as attending if you're a no show.. some schools have branches all over thailand so could possibly work something out as well if you mean travel within thailand
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Looks like edu visa can be obtained in Thailand or surrounding countries, whereas METV can only be obtained in home country. So, if I'm reading this right, seems like the move is go over with METV, and then if I want to stay longer - apply for edu visa after that runs out. Any issues with that approach I'm missing? Is there any sort of waiting period between visas?
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Seems sensible
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sxcnxidyfqfo aren't you already in thailand btw?
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Nope. Hope to be there before the new year. Sorting details out now
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I've found this school when I researched for an ED visa >https://www.prolanguage.co.th/proconnect-thai-2/>
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Bangkok and reasonable class hours
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but no personal experience with them
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thanks!
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Anyone here who works in data analytics / data science / BI and remotely? Curious as I've met hardly a few folks looking for content and project collaborations in future
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👋
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currently building out tools to make sense of blockchain data
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<@UH480M90W just arrived in 🌇 Bangkok, #thailand
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vjdhgsbyavzk Think your best bet would be to METV and after 9 months you can look into other options with new data you have about Thailand/etc. You can travel some with EDU visa, but it will depend on the school and you probably won't be able to do it for more than a month, and EDU visa has some cons too that some people actually say they would have rather went with just regular visa than dealing with EDU.
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Has anyone actually heard Thai locals use “same same but different” lately? I remember them using it back in 2012, but I don’t think I’ve heard them use it in the last 2-3 years.. I’m talking in the unironically sense
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I don’t think I’ve ever heard them say it
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I remember being kinda disappointed because I saw somebody with a SSBD tshirt, thought it was funny, then I visited thailand for first time and never actually heard it
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Yeah English is remarkably great these days compared to 10Y ago (obvi)
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Sarcastic jokes finally work this year
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😂
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ptnwjgtqu feel like that phrase is slowly dieing (finally)
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hi guys, looking for 2 things here in Bangkok:
- fresh roasted+ground coffee (preferably local), but not the kind that's a 1000 baht for half a teaspoon
- a christmas advent calendar nerd_facesantaskin-tone-2
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But I noticed recently that thais will speak tidbits of English to each other when getting drunk
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also some TV shows include a bit of English when people want to show off (and the thai version wouldn’t be as expressive)
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even better if it's along the Silom bts line 😇
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Specifically The Face Thailand
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(a typical model casting show)
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there's also a talkshow where a Thai guy (and english teacher) invites Thai guests but they speak english...
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I don't always understand what they are saying, my girlfriend does 🤔
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<@UKNHLK0KH just arrived in 🌇 Bangkok, #thailand
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what’s the best way to order a new MacBook while living in Thailand? It doesn’t seem to be available to order online yet. I was planning to fly to Hong Kong to pick one up in a few weeks, but it looks like things are getting much worse. So there will be roadblocks, no public transport, and stores could be closed. (Was looking at some of the pickup locations and found people smashing glass and setting fire to a Christmas tree >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxZUNXkT5s0)>
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Singapore?
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there is the iconsiam store - last I looked the prices in thailand are actually really good, especially if you claim back the 7% vat
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oh yeah, Singapore would be a good idea, thanks! it’s also unavailable at the moment, but I think the price might also be much lower than Thailand due to taxes
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e.g. cheaper to fly and pick it up in Singapore than ordering delivery in Thailand
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i’m a resident in Thailand so I don’t think I’m eligible for the 7% VAT refund
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Wouldn’t be surprised if you can still claim the refund
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Get someone in HK to bring it to you. There are more people leaving HK these days
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That sounds like a lot of trust and logistics
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any recs on where to stay in chiang mai for a week? want to spend $30-50 a night ideally
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Tons of super nice hotels in that price range
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> i’m a resident in Thailand so I don’t think I’m eligible for the 7% VAT refund
as long as you don't have a thai passport they don't seem to care
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fnchdoyfksaazhc i just stayed in HOTEL ISTY for $40 super nice and good area
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great, I'll check your website and connect next week or later, looks very interesting and unexplored area, thanks!
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<@U03DZAFU9 just arrived in 🍃 Pai, #thailand
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usxlgqijqpkhpxx also this place good zzziesta Chiang Mai (ซีเอสต้า)
Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300
098 808 9406
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Pool and OK rooms for about 1000thb per night
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There a few of us in Pai if anyone is around
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<@ULZETSZSB just arrived in 🏝 Ko Lanta, #thailand
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qhynkcxomkcahtka how was the drive?
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does thailand do black friday/cyber monday? I'm thinking of buying a drone but i wonder if i have any chance of buying it online here
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You just missed 11.11 sales day heh
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damn!
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Hey everyone! How are the traffic police these days in Bangkok? Was thinking of renting a moto while I'm here but not if I get pulled over all the time.
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Bangkok is great for New Years fireworks
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oiqhwt I do see checkpoints very often but haven't been stopped yet. Watch out around Asok/Phrom Phong at night in particular.
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Keep some baht on you, you'll probably be okay.
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Do be careful though, driving in Bangkok is quite different even than surrounding SEA countries.
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How’s Koh Phangan and Ko Tao for working and Diving? (Only working for 2h, so a coffeeshop would be fine)
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Is there a better place to go diving for a week?
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Koh Tao is the diving hub of Thailand
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Might be worth researching what the Similian Islands have go offer. Koh Tao is nice as near it is the deepest area in the gulf and was famous back in the day for cheap courses. It was also incredibly easy to socialize. Sail rock and Chumpon pinnacle are nice dive sites you can go on a full day boat trip at each of these.
To my research Indonesia and the Philippines might have a bit better marine life diversity to offer if good diving is your focus.
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For working, it was possible to work from some coffeeshops on koh tao in 2014 so it must have only gotten better.
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Would be shocked if you can’t get an advent calendar in MBK center?!
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#thailand I'm heading to Ko Lanta (KoHub) for a month this January. Should I get the accommodation package or is there a Facebook group/Slack group for shared house options? Any and all suggestions are welcome!
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I usually book a hotel/resort on Lanta. If you book 1/2 nights in a hotel and then drive around to check out hotels, you can get good deals if you stay for the entire month.
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Similan Islands looks beautiful, but I want to stay a few day, which makes Similan not a good option. must be awesome for diving tho
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Ehm, ok. I think u said a week up there.
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…yes? 🙂
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working and diving somewhere for a week. Similan looks like there arent any hotels & shops. I’d live in a bungalow in the jungle with no wifi
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So stay in the gulf then
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I'm at kohub, it's a great package and you can take it , but the rooms are a tad bit smaller than advertised - but it's very convenient and hassle-free and the community is amazing
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Where do y’all look for monthly rentals?
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Agoda doesn’t really have monthly deals for example
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I found that maybe 30%-50% of the places I contacted accepted monthly leases for a slight increase in rent
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Assuming they don’t already list it
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Awesome. Thanks.
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This site does not have much selection outside of bkk unfortunately
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qjtbqgubvmk ah right, maybe just walk around and find the phone numbers on buildings, add them in line, and message them?
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if you spend a day or two walking around your desired areas you can find something pretty quick
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yeah, that’s what I’ve done before. A bit of a hassle though
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hah true
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By the way, it seems like some of the islands are really surging in price for november/december
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Ko Lanta and Ko Chang look much more expensive for example
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hm, they must be listing their rentals somewhere though?
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did you try facebook ?
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Any recommendations for somewhere with a beach that isn’t going to see a hoard of tourists
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koh lanta? 😛
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I do see their stuff listed sometimes, but it’s often by 3rd parties. In which case, the benefits are much less
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Ko Lanta is definitely not quiet in december as far as I know
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I’m thinking Hua Hin or Krabi
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Even pattaya would be alright if their beach wasn’t terrible
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Hey together,

I am in Bangkok for 4 more days. After working from my Hotel the last days I am looking for another place to work. Anything you can recommend? :)
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zasoyaba Too Fast To Sleep is nice many diff ones
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Also Hubba
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aisdc
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The Hive Thonglor
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I got my visa extension today here at the Bangkok government complex out by DMK. I asked for 7 days and got 30. Is that the new normal? I admit I would’ve stuck around longer if I knew. This is my first visa extension here for a thirty day visa on arrival.
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Which passport?
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If US then you probably have a 30 day visa exemption instead of a visa on arrival and a 30 days extension is normal
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They always stamp you a 30 day extension
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If you’re eligible for 30, that is
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But asking for 29 when you can get 30, they’ll give you 30
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Passport holders from most countries are eligible for a 30 day extension on their visa exempt stamp
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that’s unchanged
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Which is technically what you are on. “Visa on arrival” is only issued after filling out a form and paying a fee in the airport
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Thanks ahqcxady great advice I think I'll go this route. zfhsnsoq I love the community aspect of Kohub but the rooms don't look great- in your opinion could I still build that community and stay somewhere else?
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fkdxieyq or do you know of anyone currently at kohub wanting to share a beach villa? I'd love to be able to get a group house, or get a space in an existing one for a month!
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Tap water Bangkok drinkable?
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Recommendation for cell carrier (speed + coverage for Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang mai and in between)?
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I wouldn’t drink tap water in Thailand
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Just got to Bangkok. No sleep in 30hr+ Zzzz
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I have AIS prepaid and it has been working fine for past 4 years.
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Ok. I’ll check them out
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Filtered water machines sell water at 1 THB / liter
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Tested for solids, is as clean as bottled
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if the filters are maintained
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Second AIS recommendation
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I once drank Bangkok tap water for a few months back in 2011/2012 with no ill effects.. but I took the extra precaution of freezing the water and defrosting them in the fridge and had 8-10 bottles of 1.5L to rotate through so it was fully defrosted by the time I got to the next bottle
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Then I realized there was a water filtration machine nearby and just started using that
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fkwbwmqqi freezing increases the amount of bacteria not decreasing, that's why people get sick from ice cubes, only boiling will kill bacteria
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I definitely wasn’t being scientific at that time, but Bangkok tap water is fortunately pretty clean.. I think the usually the issue with water depends on the buildings own construction standards, could be shoddy pipes and poor quality materials
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I drink the tap water (with one of those little under-sink filters), still feeling pretty alive.
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No guarantees, of course. I tried having it tested once and everyone thought I was mad.
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(kind of like when I put my leftover food in the fridge)
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aevfkjylqobtsp hmm? You didn’t find a lab to do an assay on the water? Seems like that’d be a pretty standard thing
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I let myself be peer-pressured into not even looking 🤣
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sabai sabai
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I guess water tastes best when nobody has looked at it too carefully
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WHO says BKK tap water is safe
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AliExpress has a Xiaomi pen to measure TDS for a few bucks
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hewxlkynl sure, just saying your precaution only made it worse or was useless at best
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A quick google says freezing doesn’t really kill much of the bacteria, so won’t help with unsafe water
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What about pesticides thought? Do they really not get filtered (as it is said they make ti tap water trough soil)? Anybody dug into that?
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has anyone gone to a agoda tech meetup in Bangkok? with 100 attendees not sure if it the 'mingling' is going to be useful and if I want to brave the Siam rush hour for that 🤔
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and what do you guys think of potential extra traffic due to the pope's visit man-shruggingskin-tone-2 🤔
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Anyone happen to know if there’d be a problem for someone on their very first Thai visa exemption to do a border run to Myanmar on day 31? Meaning there’d be a 1 day late fee
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I know one visa run service doesn’t allow this but we’d probably just do it manually ourselves this time so slightly unsure
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I don't even brush my teeth with Thailand/SEA tap water :D
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I think I avoided it in Bali maybe?
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In Bali definitely tap water only for washing hands
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Nah I use it for washing my mouth too, not a problem
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I don't even shower in Thailand/SEA water
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🤔
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I remove all water from myself before entering SEA
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oh gosh. Do you then fit into your own carry on?
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I bring a 2 year supply of powered water
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And rehydrate the water as needed
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For all my bathing and toothbrushing and drinking needs
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smart.
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need to get on your level
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