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Displayed prices are for multiple nights. Check the site for price per night. I see hostels starting at 200b/day and hotels from 500b/day on agoda.


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  1. Thanks nkped. I had done this in the past but with the change in US banking laws i was unable to comply with 65000/month method. Like you i do not want 800k in a Thai bank and would rather write off 600k for a Thai Elite. Now with DD of SSI and OPM pension i will have the 65000 /month on my next extension. Unfortunately with an OA i cannot prove health insurance despite having more than adequate BCBS. Very happy with my current agent who also does my 90 day at no cost. But if the time comes to learn how to change to an O your outline would be helpful.
  2. Talked to my son yesterday. He said he and my brother in law are coming in Oct. I told him son you need to keep up on the details of announcements that we are opening and how quickly they can change. At least call me before buying non refundable tickets. My airline ANA is offering no fee changes on tickets purchased June through Sept. This does not apply to the ticket refund rules.
  3. Sounds like our trip. I am quite the alcoholic but dont drink on a boat. The Captains bars in the BVI were a welcome sight on our return. So 3 liters of cold brewed Ice tea. and the Prime Burger. About a 2 hour slog out to the grounds but the only option . Inshore fishing decimated here a long time ago. Have a hopefully early night on LKM , send the ladies off and meet at Bali Hai 0600. Will try to post a report . I am hoping to get rid of the boating itch. Grew up fishing sailing and crabbing on the Chesapeake. If i cant get my fill here will return next summer to Annapolis. This boat 7,000baht. I kept it to 4 guys though he allows 7. No mate so you clean your own catch.
  4. Another good one ,Thanks. Not a fan of Hooters but the shrimp taco will have me visiting. As you know im a regular at Le Buchon and the Tavern. Hope to see you again. You always seem to find the good venues. My German grandparents were first generation here and taught me about German food. Sauerkraut is indeed an art. The German Brau Haus will be my next visit. Sadly Baltimore lost all of our German restaurants. I'll be looking for the hat.
  5. Going offshore fishing in 2 weeks. We bring our own food , planned just to get one from the girl on LKM but ill walk over get 4 for us and keep them in the fridge the night before. Probably get my own buns as not a fan of those plumped up ones.
  6. Growing up we had many small farms called Truck Farms. Mostly vegetables. You could go in the fields and "Pick your own." All gone now to housing developments.
  7. This would be of great interest. As a kid i used to read the Yearbook of Agriculture. My condo balcony has so many vegetable plants there is no where to sit. But my lemon trees and tomatoes do not do well. Bell peppers are expensive here and do well on my garden. Back in Annapolis i raised Guineafowl to the ire of my neighbors. Took my kids for many farm visits and never missed the Maryland State fair. Though im sure the Midwest and Texas farm fairs would be a real treat.
  8. Probably not Jacko but a thought if he sold to Villa may be good. But not that easy. I have a friend in Bangkok who makes excellent sausage. i always bring a kilo home and asked her why do you not sell to Villa. Like in the US and UK the laws are strict and not worth the trouble for her. If i got the farm i planned on raising 2 beef cattle and having the family come up and process them in the fall before returning to Thailand. But that plan failed as i never left Thailand.
  9. T Total respect to the farmers. Nearly bought a farm in WVA. but ended up in Thailand. Dairy seems to be well covered here but what about grain fed quality beef. We do not have that here , Aussie beef is ok but a quality marbled beef would be at treat and expats would pay the shipping.
  10. I was lucky that the condo came with quality Sealy products. Available here at Home pro. A friend with back problems suggested a Zenus ,available on Lazada. I bought a topper and happy. With the hot season approaching also consider Bamboo Sheets. Nothing much better under you except a Thai girl.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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