Thailand

About time too.

Submitted by Ray on Wed, 02/18/2009 - 11:06

Yay! today it rained, well its still raining now as my ever faltering electricity is testament to.

Previously, in my old life(!) I never really had to worry about water, as in, you turn on the tap and water comes out. Here we have a water-well (no government water access for us), the problem with it is that we live up a rocky mountain and the water-well is only 5m deep. Apparently it cannot be dug any deeper due to the hard ground.

Aaaarrrrggghhhhhh!

Submitted by Ray on Mon, 06/23/2008 - 09:24

It has taken me a while to write this post, not because the subject matter is hard or poses problems, but because I am angry, damn angry!

My last post detailed us trotting merrily off to Malaysia in search of a nice shiny new 1 year non-immigrant B multiple entry visa. A simple enough task when you consider that I have everything in place that I should regarding company papers and work permit. I pay tax every month, a damn sight more than many foreigners working here, and I know for sure that the application supporting paperwork was up to scratch; yet the Penang visa office still gives me a 3 month single entry! WTF!

Do it all again

Submitted by Ray on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 01:16

Time is upon us yet again for the tri-monthly visa run, although this time its a big one. Our 1 year [12 month] visa allows us to stay for 15 months by doing the final renewal before the year is up. It is now 15 months since we went to Kuala Lumpur for our Non-B immigrant visa's, now we gotta do it all again!!

Who do you trust?

Submitted by Ray on Wed, 02/27/2008 - 23:35

The tri-monthly visa run shennanigan is really a hassle that I could do without. Living and working legally in Thailand is fraught with so many stumbling blocks, keeping ahead of them can be a task. Our latest fiasco has been with the work permit renewals, these coincide with the visa renewals.

Before this gets too complicated I will lay down the facts.

Again

Submitted by Ray on Sat, 02/23/2008 - 04:27

This is really starting to get to me now, but lo-and-behold, we have got to do yet another visa run. They really do come round soooo fast, three months, whooosh - gone. In all the company setup and work permit carry on we have been through we ensured throughout that we would be 100% legal, I often ask myself if it was really necessary and worth all the money, time and hassle. Even though we pay tax, have non-immigrant visa's and have valid work permits, we still have to leave the country every 3 months. I often wonder if it is just a cash cow for the Thai government, after all most Thai's seem to think that johnny-foreigner has loads of cash to splash, why should the government be any different.

The well diggers

We have been driving past these guys for a few days now, they started digging a well for a neighbour but were having trouble finding water. This is the second 20m deep hole that they dug - the first one was dry at that depth. So they filled it in and started digging another about 40ft away.

The Thai way or the high way

Submitted by Ray on Tue, 07/31/2007 - 16:27

This section of the blog I am going to dedicate to the rigmarole of living in Thailand as a foreigner. When we used to come to Thailand on holiday, the visa was no problem at all, fill in the little card on the plane and hand it in at the airport - easy. Now, after living here a little over a year, like so many foreigners living here full time, I am now a bit of a legal wiz with tit-bits of Thai laws regarding entry visa's, work permits, company setups and just generally integrating with Thai society.