Beer Chang

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Beer Chang last won the day on December 7 2012

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  1. Anyone have any experience with the pros and cons of getting a 60 Day Tourist Visa in the States and extending in Thailand for 30 additional days rather than getting a 90 day visa in the States? Think to get the 90 day you may need to be 50+ and also provide financial info but would save a trip to Immigration once in Thailand. For those near Jomtien the trip to Immigration is easy but in other areas could require boat or bus trips.
  2. I renewed in Phnom Penh. A nice little friendly embassy there but security is tight with a double entrance. Right accross from Wat Phnom. Saved me the hassle of going to Bangkok. No problem extending my Cambodian visa evern though the original entry was in my old passport. Do not anticipate problems renewing my Thai retirement visa as the stamp in my new psssport looks correct. Turnaround was about a week even though the passport is sent to Washington for processing.
  3. Here's the situation guys. My USA passport expires in mid-January 2012. I arrived in Cambodia a few days ago and have a 30 day business visa which can easily be extended for the extra 3 months I need. I also have a Thai retirement visa with a re-entry permit. It seems I'll need to get a new passport so that when I re-enter Thailand I'll have a passport with more than 6 months validity. I assume that it's not a problem that my retirement visa and re-entry permit will be in my old passport? Now, I am wondering how long it takes to get a new passport issued and should I apply for the new passpo
  4. Guess I should give it a shot then!
  5. I'm filling out TD F 90-22.1, which Americans are required to submit if they had 10K USD in foreign bank accounts at any time in the prior year. It can't be filed electronically and I'm not thrilled about mailing it from Thailand. A friend said he's mail it from the States for me. Just noticed that it might be able to be dropped off at the US Embassy in Bangkok. Anyone know if there is a tax attache there? The Form
  6. April 25, 2010 More American Expatriates Give Up Citizenship By BRIAN KNOWLTON WASHINGTON — Amid mounting frustration over taxation and banking problems, small but growing numbers of overseas Americans are taking the weighty step of renouncing their citizenship. “What we have seen is a substantial change in mentality among the overseas community in the past two years,†said Jackie Bugnion, director of American Citizens Abroad, an advocacy group based in Geneva. “Before, no one would dare mention to other Americans that they were even thinking of renouncing their U.S. nationality. Now,
  7. Not sure if Bell picks up on the darkside but after factoring in gas/tolls/wear and tear/being dropped off right at the terminal it makes Bell more cost effective than a car even for a one day trip. Of course the timing has to be right.
  8. To make these numbers more meaningful it'd be useful to know what the typical death/accident toll is during normal times. Anyone know?
  9. It's hard to belive that Bell would turn customers away if seats are available. Bell is trying to encourage reservations as it will make their operation run more smoothly.
  10. The Thai tax is paid automatically by the banks. My passbook interest entries shows "net interest after Thai tax" though it's just labeled as interest, not the gross interest before tax.
  11. My understanding is that the interest I receive from my Thai bank accounts is net interest, that is after the tax on the interest is paid to the Thai government. If so, it would seem that I'm entitled to take the Foreign Tax Credit, Line 47 on my 1040. Has anyone done this? Now one problem is the amount of tax paid is nowhere in my passbook and trying to get the info from my bank seems like it's going to quite a chore.
  12. Heard they are giving out free tourist visas again. Are these 60 day visas? Can you back to back 60's for a total of 120? Does this involve leaving Thailand once?
  13. Here's an excellent hotel choice for budget travelers in Lamai. Holiday Park | @ the heart of Lamai beach