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  1. Good for you to do the research. I may have skin in the game since i have an O-A and and my next extension will require Thai insurance even though my Fed health insurance is excellent. Also with the new American administration "Medicare for all" may void my current coverage. So we are interested in what you find. Giving a first hand account of experience ,my friend in Bangkok is a visa agent and had a client here in Pattaya. They were going to refuse ER care but my friend said he would pay. The fellow ended up in ICU , very sick and had to transfer 20,000 Baht per day. I was asked to see him and give an opinion on transferring to a Bangkok Hospital which i had a contact and would take his insurance. His insurance turned out was shit as he did not understand it .Despite a strong effort from the Physician he could not be moved. So continue diligence on this. I may take exception to the advice of not getting insurance before you retire here. USA companies have to cover you. But since you are healthy getting a Thai policy now may protect you from the pre existing clause in the future. But a big may.
  2. R2R you do well to consider this. First retiring to Thailand is a dream few guys realize. I have never been so happy. As to the question this a long shot but would your job give you the possibility of working for the Feds or State even part time. After 5 years retire with BCBS which covers 100% in patient cost. I was in Bumrungrad for a week and over 200,000 baht covered 100%. I think $200 usd/ month premium, doesnt go up with age. Over the years we had staff ,lawyers , watermen , farmers that came on not caring what job they took. More realistically did you serve in the Military? Manila will cover Tricare and only a 5 hour flight. The other option is i have friends who have been here for 20 years and self insured. That typically does not work to well anymore because of higher costs. What they have done is discover much cheaper alternatives in public or military hospitals.Still excellent care.
  3. I used to leave Central Festival with grocery bags. Didn't want to deal with hauling them on and off the BB. I would ask the taxi guys, 300 baht. No thanks , then the price would go 250, 220, 200. By this time i was fk it and climbing on the Baht Bus. Now with the tourist gone its 200 anywhere in the city to Wong Amat.
  4. Well said. The GF and i walk past the motorcycle taxi taxi guys and girls. to 7/11 , they have no business these days but nothing else to turn to. They know us well as she will take them in to the Monk thing where she gives rice and then she will walk 2/3 km back early in the AM. I ask her what can we get for them and its always some supplement drink. I will not contribute to charities anymore save Father Ray. But have no hesitation handing a green or a red to someone i have seen for awhile.
  5. Halfaboy maybe will help with the pictures but dismal. I live off Soi 18 . All the bars along Naklua are closed.Happy Bar sometimes open, the Lady Boy Bar 18 maybe. Most of my favorite restaurants gone. Heidelberg was to open in Sept. Still closed.
  6. Exactly what i am hearing. The last of the boys returned to Bangkok yesterday and said even the Tavern is closed. I am not going to risk going back to the closed bars here as this will be more closely monitored and arrests will be made. Going to be a dismal month. See you at Belga or Le Buchon in February.
  7. Your reports are so well appreciated. When i lived in Bangkok would jog around Chuvit on my way to Soi4. I'm awaiting reports when the bars are open. I can be there in 3 hours and the Landmark has a good weekend rate. We had a good time in 3 closed bars here but when the girl came back with some food she said another bar noticed us there and was pissed. Can't blame as her she was following the rules. Told the boys time to move on, you don't mess with another's rice bowl. BIB may make a visit
  8. Torture for me but doesn't matter. The condo closed the pool again. Covid and the chill from China. These times may they pass.
  9. Aren't these the best. Attended several concerts at Impact Stadium but the Community Theater was so much better. They have performances at unlikely venues as a hospital meeting room
  10. A friend Charles plays Sax around town and Acts in The Bangkok Community Theater. Small venues but the cast really gives their all. He played the Sheriff Will in Bustop last year.
  11. Sadly there seems to be a turn of events. Bangkok for sure and we are in denial believing it's not coming to Pattaya. My friend has an office on Silom/Surawong. I was excited to tell him now is the time for Thaniya. He said he was well aware but knowing i'm a hands on guy said i would be disappointed. Pretty girls but more about Dead Artist of past and Spasso.
  12. Damn , i am well out of touch . Grab from Naklua to Central Pattaya 223 thb . Was always pissed when leaving Central with grocery bags( Irritated not drunk) for our UK friends. This was when tourist were here the drivers quoted me 300 baht. I smiled and said thanks but no. Price dropped 300/250/200 but by that time i was on the 10 baht BB. If i was carrying a lot of things just handed him 100 baht to take me to my door. Will download Bolt.
  13. RT again a lovely update as is your lady. Good information about Soi Thaniya. Near Le Buchon? Ill give it a try next week. Did you find the same with the girls on the left side of Thermae? Before when the Japanese were here we were not handsome men. The Sofitel being about the same price as the Landmark but next to Thermae will have me giving it a go next week.
  14. Worked with a Lawyer turned RN from Seattle. He made a small stakes bet that Seattle had less rain per year than Baltimore. I of course took the bet and of course lost. Give a yell when you make it back.
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