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  1. So I had my renewal appointment today. My appointment was scheduled for 2:30pm, I arrived around 2:15pm. I went inside and they told me to go to the desk outside in the parking lot. From the entrance, I can see where the Foreigner check in table. They checked my documents, had me sign a couple of things gave me a plastic laminated queue number and told me to go inside to the second floor at 2:30 at station 14. Station 14 is the reaction test and color blindness testing station. They had all ten for the 2:30 appointment do the test, then wait a bit to pay. After paying 760 baht for both re
  2. No worries. For me, it was a coin flip trying to decide if morning is better than afternoon. I think your suggestion of 10am is a good one. I know some people like to queue up at places before they open "so they don't have to wait too long"...somehow they neglect to count the time they are waiting before the places opens. I think 10am is a good time since it is after all the people who pre-loaded the queue, and far enough before lunch that you might get your stuff done before immigration takes a break. I honestly don't remember my experience last time, but I suspect it was similar, but th
  3. When I talked with Tik Tok, she quoted me 5,000. Further, I got the feeling it wasn't actually her doing it. I think she is simply a middle man. Another place quoted me the same price. Tik Tok told me they go every Mon-Friday as a group. She told me they would send the driver the next day to bring me to make the appointment at the Land Transport Office. Personally, I hate being stuck in a van that drives around the city picking people up. That's when I decided to do it myself. Edit: The 5,000 is broken down to 3,500 for one license, +500 for the second license, +1000 for the residence ce
  4. So I got my residence certificates today and it was a pain in the ass. I really think things a worse now because of the Covid social distancings. I arrived this morning (Wednesday) around 10:10. The outdoor queue was about 15 minutes. When I got to the information desk, he handed me a form to fill out and said "come back at 1". Around 1:10, the queue was much longer...at least 30 minutes to get back to the information desk where he handed me a queue number and told me to wait outside for 30 minutes. The queue number I had was 9A080 (Queue 9, number 80). They were just working on
  5. Thanks. I wasn't sure if late morning or early afternoon was best. In case anyone is curious, because of Covid, you now need an appointment to renew your DL. I went to the DLT yesterday Nov 22 and the first available appointment was Dec 3. Because I am renewing my five year, I had to watch a video online at www.dlt-elearning.com. The video is one hour long, mostly in Thai language with English subtitles and a bit of spoken English. It pauses every 15 minutes to make sure you are there and will pause if the focus is taken away from the browser playing it. There really isn't anything i
  6. Does anyone know the best day and time to get residence certificate from Jomtien immigration? Also, the Land Transport Office needs two certificates, is it sufficient to simply copy them or do they include a picture on it so it needs to be an original?
  7. I have seen this before and ignored it (when I had my restaurant). I don't recall what I did about it, to be honest. But I kept getting them and kept ignoring them because the bill had a past due for many years. Now, here's the thing. Exactly what waste water are they talking about? Houses/condos in Pattaya don't have sewage city sewer systems. They simply drain into a septic type system at their house. So I'm not sure what this bill is for.
  8. That's kind of a pointless statement. The "or will go down" part is impossible to refute. Driving a bike is not a passive act. Riding on the back of a baht bus or motorbike taxi IS, however, a passive act. When doing those activities, you are giving your control over to someone else. I think like many things, people have to do their own risk/reward analysis and determine if the rewards outweigh the risks. For me, the rewards far outweigh the risks.
  9. While I have made proper hog casing sausage, in this case, I am referring to what is called "Jimmy Deal Style" sausage. Basically, breakfast sausage patties. Even the last time I made Italian sausage, I just wrapped them in plastic wrap to avoid stuffing the casings. I make sausages because I want to avoid as many carbohydrates as possible. Way too many processed goods you can buy include some kind of filler (flour) or even sugar.
  10. If you live in Pattaya or even Jomtien between second road and beach road, you probably don't need a motorbike to get around. Pattaya is so much larger once you have a motorbike though. I live on the much cheaper darkside and no way would I be able to do so without some form of transportation. If you like to cook, I would say it is MUCH easier to gather ingredients if you have your own transportation. Sure, you could just do a motorbike taxi or Bolt taxi, but the cost of those add up and will impact your buying decisions. For example, I am out of thyme. I will make a special trip to go
  11. While there might not be new rules for UK arrivals, there is a new rule that is currently unclear. When someone comes to Thailand, they must stay in an ASQ hotel in Bangkok. Once they finish that stay, it appears that they must get some kind of inter-province travel approval document because both Bangkok and Chonburi are red zone provinces. It was just announced, so there is very little information on what someone in quarantine can do to get such a document.
  12. I think they were okay with Grab drivers, it was Uber they chased down. I've seen regular taxis with Grab stickers in their windows. I used Bolt a couple of times so far and so far so good. I do wonder when the prices will go up as I am very sure they will.
  13. Not sure why the Thai government would support Bolt over Grab. Neither are Thai companies. Bolt is headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia, while Grab is in Singapore.
  14. The southern end of Jomtien doesn't have much of a beach. It's basically road then water. I suspect they want to make a beach there so the real estate in that area will be more valuable.
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