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  1. I'm sure that's right. One of the security guards on the lift at the Tarntawan once greeted me with "Welcome back". I had been there once before - three years earlier.
  2. The problem with the UK is that they don't publish the criteria for investigation for money laundering. I have, however, heard of one instance of it happening because the individual was making transfers too frequently, regardless of their size. If possible, I would suggest opening a Thai bank account, making occasional larger transfers into that, and then using the Thai bank's internet banking or banking app to make smaller, local, transfers inside Thailand. It also means you end up with a Thai bank account and ATM card which are very useful things to have if you come here at all often (even more so if you ever move here).
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    For me, Bangkok is too hot in July. Pattaya seems to have a little microclimate of its own and I find it more congenial at that time of year. December time - haven't been in either place for Christmas/New Year in a long time. The last time I was in Pattaya on New Year's Eve, it was literally impossible even to get into the Boyztown soi it was so crowded. I think those days may be gone though.
  4. I would take the phone to a True Shop, tell them I wanted a high speed/high data capacity service, but only if they could transfer my existing AIS number to their SIM. They will do it for you.
  5. Thanks for looking into it Michael. It's not a problem to me - I just thought you would want to know.
  6. Don't know why it happens but sometimes when I am replying to a post, Firefox closes down without warning. I lose everything I have written. I have: Win 7 64 bit - fully up to date Firefox 64.0.2 (64-bit) It doesn't seem to happen with other websites.
  7. When I hear a story like this, I don't so much wonder why they gave so much away as how they got it in the first place.
  8. You get older, you get madder. I meant, of course, "reader" not "spoon"
  9. Apologies Peter. I can see it might read as if I was attributing this to you when all I was trying to do was avoid attributing it to Spoon personally! There are other exceptional places in Chiang Mai: The Doi Chaang coffee chain, which is a co-operative dedicated to the improvement of the lives of the people of Baan Doi Chaang: https://doichaangcoffee.co.th/en/about-us/ Doi Tung Coffee, similarly part of a Royal Project to improve the lives of the people of Doi Tung: http://www.doitung.org/cafe_journey.php And, the best established coffee chain in Chiang Mai, Wawee Coffee http://www.waweecoffee.com/aboutus-2?lang=en There are others. I would suggest that Bangkok, far from being the "craft coffee capital of Asia" isn't even the craft coffee capital of Thailand.
  10. Thank you, Peter RS. This guy Han Wang is typical of guys in Bangkok - until they have done it there, it hasn't happened. There are several chains and many shops in Chiang Mai that could, 8 years ago, have saved him a trip to Taiwan.
  11. The one I use does, but it is in Chiang Mai and so is not much use to you.
  12. I would suggest that you go together and get tested together. He gets your results unopened and you get his unopened. That way you are not singling him out - it's same-same for you and him.
  13. Not just bar-workers. It's a very important part of Thai culture full stop. As I understand it, it's partly status and partly adulthood. So, you are born, you are the youngest in the family and everybody has a responsibility to look after you. Then you get older and you acquire responsibilities, including those for people. That's almost a rite of passage. As I understand it, a Thai who hits 30 and has no-one to look after is something like equivalent to a Western man who hits 30 and still has his mother shop for his underwear. That's all overlaid with issues of seniority and familial responsibility. I don't claim to understand all, or even most, of it and doubt I ever will.
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