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  1. https://www.tatnews.org/category/thailand-tourism-updates/
    Probably the best website to keep an eye on for travel information for Thailand.... Situation updates posted every day and includes updates on airports and travel restrictions.
    Thank you Mr. Fiend. I have downloaded the app and yes, good stuff. I also noticed yesterday that I in the first week of August Thai Air is due to fly to almost 50 destinations including most Australia main centers and in my case, Auckland. Needless to say, the devil is in the detail and it's all irrelevant if there are border controls in the various destinations that put people into isolation or if there are onerous conditions for insurance and health documents. Also and just as important, I won't be traveling to Thailand just to go to a beer bar. Some of the attractions that set the place apart from vanilla world need to be reopening. It is at least a positive move and gives hope.

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  2. These girls are prostitutes who go with us punters for money. It's their job, they're simply plying their trade.
    Those of us who are naive enough to get emotionally involved with one of them constantly need to be reminded of what that relationship depends on. Money.
    We'd hardly expect a prostitute in our own country to remain faithful when we are not around so it's rather naive to expect it to happen in Thailand even if we are stupid enough to send her money.
    Yes, perhaps they are prostitutes. Yes perhaps they swap sex for money. Perhaps they offer someone a deal that they believe to be 100 % fair because in addition to sex they are offering in many cases a GFE. Many people come to Thailand precisely because of what is on offer and don't regret a second of their time or money. In my own case I am very happy to have a TGF (in some peoples minds a prostitute) and am happy to call bar owners my friends (pimps?) and sometimes send some money for food in a time of crisis (a fool?). I am completely open about this but certainly believe that I am not being a hypocrite. I can not see anything that happens in Thailand happening in my home world at any price. I will be happy to be a passenger on the first plane back.

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  3. 1 hour ago, midlifecrisis said:

    Certainly not.

    I admit to useing comments like TGF in my posts. On the phone she calls me her husband. So far, so  good but lets get real. If and when the bars and clubs open in Pattaya there will be a lemming like rush to fill the coffers, send home school money and sadly, get a new tattoo! 

    It all sounds like I am being very cynical about this but I would call it realism. I have oft said that if I was an on-going sponsor I might have expectations but experience tells most of it that the girls reaction will be to get another, and another sponsor rather than getting up at 5.00 am in the back blocks to put the rice on. 

    In other words I can 100%, with total honesty say that my girls has never cheated on me! She will and has however being making money and not by carol singing. How many times have we heard the expression "Its just a customer and I am working". One of the worst errors make in Thailand is super imposing Western standards and our personal expectations. The people are not the same. Their way of life and culture is not the same. Their lives, expectations and living conditions (in the main) are not the same. 

    To be honest I think that on a board like this and with a bunch of mongers the question is naive or someone is leading us on.

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  4. Yet again well done for making something out of almost nothing. Perhaps a new career as a chef beckons?

    There is one sub culture that I believe should get your investigative juices flowing. As I understand it there are a hell of a lot of falang bar managers and owners assiting each other to look after the girls and get totally pissed on a nightly basis. Its a way of keeping their bar aired and to stop the draught ale getting stale. its what you know is who...


  5. I really wonder, unless your living in Asia now what the relevance of exchange rates are?

    Who can possibly see what the rate situation will be a year from now? I guess that none of us know which countries will bounce back and go full steam and consequently have an appreciating currency. There will be countries that tank and in addition to that we dont know for instance if all the bad news regarding Thai tourism will lead to a devaluation. I also note this on my bank web site. It is indicative of the lack of knowledge about the current and near future situation. Then there is the inponderable. If and when Thailand opens up will it still be the place to go? Will it take the opportunity to become the long promised 'Familly destination' or will it be business as usual? 

    There are so many issues and so much water to flow before most of even contemplate a return visit, that its all irrelevant. The only real down side to the low exchange rate with the Thai baht is that its yet another impediment to sending money and supporting anyone who is doing it tough. 

    PLEASE NOTE | TSB is currently providing limited foreign cash services until further notice - View changes here. We have also had to pause all foreign cheques and the sale and reload of Cash Passports in branch until further notice. 

  6. Friend of mine lives in a condominium complex and he owns one of the larger one. When we chat the things that he mentions are the corporate body fees, annual company accounts and health costs. He had a bad time recently and the first tranche of payents were over 400,000 baht and getting the money from his insurance isnt that simple as this was an emergency and not a planned hospital stay. There is still the ongoing costs and testing to face up to. Seems to me that whatever your budget you also need a nest egg for those major issues that crop up. 

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  8. 17 hours ago, Rawhide2 said:

    Whilst I'm no techy online am not normally dim but for the life of me cant find a way to screenshot an image on Chrome etc etc

    I've got obviously the 3 vertical dots which gives various options top right hand corner. Am I missing something really obvious here ??

    Good question and some useful answers. I have learned things that I didnt know. Moral of the story is to keep asking. 

  9. At home ,The UK, I drink red almost all of the time and 90% of that is Australian Shiraz.with the odd Merlot chucked in because its on offer. I drink what tastes good to me and suits my palate. I don't go in for fancy expensive wines and won't drink the rubbish cheap reds that are normal for Pattaya so almost never drink wine in Thailand, if only because of the poor quality and inflated prices. I do however remember drinking a cheap red Thai wine I bought in the Big C ou near the Dolphin many years ago that was called something like Black Knight or Dark  Knight and was sold on the table right outside the Big C, they also had a white Called very unimaginatively White Knight ,and  whilst not the greatest wine I have ever tasted , it was at least good value for money and was perfectly palatable. Came back the next year and never found it again . It was back in the days when I stayed the whole summer so I remember buying a couple of cases and drank the lot as it was very nice with food  or just bread and cheese. Anyone else remember this stuff.
    One thing that I will be happy to recommend is Australian reds. We make excellent white wine in NZ but I have said many times that "A cheap Australian red beats a good New Zealand one". Having said that I have real problems with drinking Australian whites as they seem to overdo the preservatives. I guess that this is part of the price you pay for the fact that the biggest wine sales in the UK travel from Australia and are cheaper than I can buy them here from 2000 kilometres away!

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  10. 7 hours ago, sinbinjack said:

    one tries one tries , and one can become very trying.

    Well for me I realise that you tried to bring a smile to the team so that is a real bonus. There are too many posts where the punchline would have been that the postman was a Democrat and thats why it all got fucked up! 

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  11. 51 minutes ago, monkeyman said:

    The bar news might be a bit of a struggle.     :smile:

    I can forgive you if all you write about are the bars that are supposed to be closed but are still doing business. Also a critical review of what is left in the fridge of your local 7/11!

  12. I had a bit of an adventure getting home so I thought that I would write to both of the airlines that I flew with. 

    Malaysia to its credit was prompt and as usual told me to take a (polite) running jump as far as compensation. They did however offer me 5000 air miles with a value of about bugger all assuming that I get the chance to fly with them before they go bankrupt. 

    Then there is my nemesis airline. Air New Zealand. I really detest this lot but have no option for national flights so they are IMHO an arrogant bunch of no hopers and on an international basis I avoid them like the Corona virus. In a way this is so sad as perhaps on my last 100 international flights I have flown with them half a dozen times so the loss is theirs. 

    I have had OK service from some and totally zero response from others over the years but as far as I can recall the only one that I got zero response from was Qantas but as its possibly six or seven years since I have flown with them they again were the losers. Airlines are no difference as Pattaya gogo's and clubs. Vote with your feet and dollars. 

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  14. There are so many possible apps that could be helpful however one that saved my bacon was Google Travel. It alerted me to a dreadful error in my travel plans and saved me a hell of a lot of money. 

    I also realised that reading this that I hadnt even bothered downloading the AIS app during my last trip but if you are worried about your internet and call useage then a phone supplier app would be a great help. 

    I also downloaded the app of my travel airline. When there was a significant change I took a screen shot just in case there was an issue later. 

    Another app that I use daily is Tapatalk for Pattayatalk!

    It seems that almost all the girls that I mix with have LINE and I expect more of them to share their addresses if things get tougher. 

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  15. I am quite happy to eat in these lower end farang restaurants. Good value for a decent meal. One thing that I have noticed and would comment on as follows. There seems to be a real under class of farangs in Pattaya. They can been seen crowding the places where large bottles sell for 70 baht and consist of guys and no girls. I understand that for some eking out the pension could be tough. Places such as Cheap Charlie and Hippo and Monkey give these people a good nourishing meal for the price of a beer and I cant help think that for some its a life saver. 

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  16. Just about to pull the trigger on this hotel as a drinking buddy is staying there , none of us ever stayed in this hotel before he has booked and paid allready for himself 
    Any one used etc any info next few days would be great  
    Used to stay a lot when Soi 8 was top of the pops. Only issue I had was the small pool.

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  17. 1 hour ago, Rawhide2 said:

    Interesting. Baht continues to weaken overnight on opening



    Rawhide. If a couple of million tourists less turn up this year from China, then this could be a reason. As I understand it all tour groups have been cancelled in/from China at the moment and this in turn is having affects on airline and tourism stocks which reacted very quickly to the expected down turn. . 

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  18. On 1/25/2020 at 1:20 AM, tallguy said:

    No commission at TT but you lose out on the spread between bid and offer. Look at the rates in Jacko's post, the spread on  Sterling is around 1%  but the spread on PHP is nearer 10%. Might not make a lot of difference for a small amount  to get you started in country but you must be better off doing single transactions in the home currency of your destination.

    Thanks guys. This has focused me a bit. I have sat down with the calculator and for me to buy the odd amounts of currency that I would like has a cost of about 2.5 % at home and after paying a transaction fee. In other words, its not worth worrying about. 

  19. Yet again I would like to express my appreciation to those posting here. When you are a long way from Thailand and considering how to fund you spending knowing whats happening to the baht is a great help. I compare the figures with my local bank, take into account a 1% buying fee and then decide how to proceed. 

    Can anyone tell me this please. Is it possible to buy other currencies from a TT Exchange? At home I am caught with an exchange fee and well as crap rates. I appreciate that I may have to use a bank but needless to say I will always try TT first as they always seem to be the leader in rates. The reason that I asked is that I did try some years ago and was told "No Hab" and never tried again. 


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