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    Is Farang an f word?
    I'm a Westerner of European descent. In the 16 years I've lived in Thailand I have never gotten used to this word. My step daughter will soon be three years old, and the thought that she will come to accept it as standard usage as she grows up, nauseates me. I am particularly interested in the views of Thais on this subject and hope to get some help here, especially...
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    By dildargee1
    On Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:26 pm
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    Devalue Thailand baht
    I AM A BRITISH EXPAT LIVING IN THAILAND.THE BRITISH POUND HAS DROPPED TO 49 TO 1 POUND,A REDUCTION OF 25/35% OVER SEVERAL YEARS. I WOULD LIKE THE THAI GOVERNMENT TO DEVALUE THE THAI BAHT BY AT LEAST 10%.IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN MANY EXPATS WILL LEAVE THAILAND.THE EXPATS ARE SPENDING LESS AND NOT BUYING PROPERTY ETC. A DEVALUATION WILL KEEP THE EXPATS HERE AND...
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    By galveston
    On Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:28 pm
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    Baht too strong - urgently needs freedom to float
    As the massive Chinese economy begins a freefall descent in response to the Western financial collapse, the Abhisit government needs to assist Thai exports by allowing the Baht to float downwards. Keeping the Baht slavishly locked to the US Dollar is short-sighted, and will simply make Thai exports uncompetitive on the increasingly hostile global economic...
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    By genius
    On Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:47 pm
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    Maid in Bangkok
    I recently purchased a condo here in Bangkok. I’m trying to be a good and considerate neighbor and resident, but without knowing I apparently violated one of the Thai cultural taboos. Sometimes while waiting for the elevator or walking around the building I speak to the neighbors and the condo staff. Most of the people in the building don’t seem to speak...
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    By settleone
    On Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:59 pm
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    Changes and Effects of Foreign Business Act
    The purpose of this act since 1970s, is though no one clarify openly, to protect local industry against the foreign market invasion. Therefore FBA is in fact Domestic Industry Protection Act. Since 1990s of open door policy, Thailand had promoted vigorously FDI - foreign direct investment of almost every areas from manufacture and service by promoting foreign...
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    By ahmedzia
    On Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:25 pm
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    When time comes to marry a Thai girl...
    Hello everyone, Occasionally I came across to the topic about 'farang'. I could not stop and spent more than THREE hours reading all comments. I should admit, I enjoyed them all! I love the way how deeply the subject was studied. I hope you do not mind to share some of your experience with me, regarding the subjects described below: 1) Is there any chance that...
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    By melvin5400
    On Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:00 am
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    Tourist Travel insurance 650 Baht
    Travel insurance for foreign tourists Published: 9 Jul 2014 Business Writer: Chadamas Chinmaneevong http://www.bangkokpost.com/most-recent/419561/travel-insurance-for-foreign-tourists Hi, This article appeared in the "news" pages of my RSS feed. I am visiting Thailand soon but can only buy very restricted travel insurance rendering it all
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    By isurrender
    On Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:37 pm
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    Fake cops searching tourists
    Spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri, recently stated that tourists don't need to carry their passports at all times. He was responding to international criticism that came about after an Australian newspaper published an article that some Bangkok police officers have been extorting bribes from foreigners. The shakedowns have been going
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    By len
    On Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:01 am
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    Latest residency update
    Permanent residency applications are typically submitted the last 2 weeks of the year. However in 2014, the govt made no announcement that application would be accepted. Having collected all the necessary documents obviously, I was gutted no announcement was forthcoming. Last week I phoned the Permanent Residency office at Chaeng Wattana to inquire what was / is...
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    By len
    On Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:54 am
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    Just a general mess
    The premature opening of Suvanabhumi airport has resulted in a series of embarrassments for Thailand. In comparison with arrival and departure at Don Muang, Suvanabhumi is an extremely unpleasant experience. The following problems can be observed. 1. It might have been anticipated that the inconvenience of the departures from Don Muang's Gates 1-7 by...
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    By hibaaryan
    On Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:36 pm
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    Buying property in Bangkok as investment
    Sawaddee kha. Does anyone know about property investment in Bangkok as at this day? Is it worth buying as investment, renting out for rental income at the same time? Any information will be much appreciated. Krob khun kha and chok dee na
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    By seochallis
    On Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:26 pm
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    unethical taxi in driver, when they gonna be changed
    I'm really bored with taxi in Thailand. They all are so picky. They always reject me when I tell where I wanna go. When I use taxi in England and Australia, they always accept. I really feel bad that Uber gonna be ban in Thailand. I am waiting to see government deal with this unethical taxi drivers.
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    By BenNallay
    On Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:03 pm
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    No helmet head
    Not setting a very good example for the law is she? http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20150108/738868.jpg The entertainer, Beyonce and her family spent Christmas in Phuket riding motorbikes / sightseeing, etc. The law states, riding motorbikes in Thailand requires one to wear a helmet. Write her up!
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    By modsquad
    On Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:28 pm
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    Why would you follow Thai politics?
    Are you Chairman of the Bored? Why would Post readers have ANY interests whatsoever in reading articles on Thai politics / politicians? Simply a complete waste of time unless for research purpose or folly. The fact that politicians and lawmakers have no accountability whatsoever, renders it completely useless to follow as today's supposed results are thrown out...
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    By Jorgen
    On Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:19 am
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    the sex slave industry in thailand
    recently i saw a documentary filmed in 2011 regarding the importing of women from different parts of the world, uzbekistan in particular. women were brought into thailand on the pretext of working as dancers, nannies etc but on arrival they were put to work as prostitutes in bangkok and pattaya! they were pimped out to clients. apparently arabs only wanted white...
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    By isurrender
    On Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:27 pm
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    Careful flying into Chiang Mai during Nov / Dec
    Hot-air lantern was sucked into the engine of Bangkok Airways Airbus A320 plane at Chiang Mai airport jet forcing the cancelation of the New Year’s flight. http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20150108/738984.jpg http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20150109/739761.jpg There are hundreds of these lanterns being...
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    By amberthai
    On Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:34 pm
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    Pedestrian crossing only there because farangs
    have them in their country! They must be cool to have, so the Thais think? Don’t expect Thai drivers to give you the right of way when using them however! Here, it’s the other way round. Even in heavy traffic conditions when you might expect you could cross the road, don’t expect drivers to stop for you. Seriously!! Happened to me today. Traffic was...
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    By BenNallay
    On Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:10 am
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    90 day reports
    I have heard that... My 90 day report date adjustes to the day of my TM7 issuance, but for the first time only????? Does this make sense... Monday I'll go to Saphin Hin Immi Offit to get a ruling.. My TM7 and TM8 process we so delightful that I forgot to ask! Any info????
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    By zzzlooop
    On Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:20 pm
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    New Year road death toll last 5 years
    January 2015 Death toll from road accidents during the "seven dangerous days" of holiday travel hit 302 January 2014 The death toll, 367 January 2013 A total of 365 people killed. January 2012 335 deaths January 2011 336 deaths January 2010 358 deaths source: Bangkok Post
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    By BenNallay
    On Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:13 am
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    Wanted - a war on drink to reduce rape
    If Thailand is serious about curbing sex and violence against women, its present rulers need to get serious about ending Thai men’s love affair with alcohol. Drink is involved in a huge number of crimes against women in Thailand. Most of us are all too well aware of two recent cases where drink was implicated – the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on a train
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    By macS
    On Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:10 pm
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    Upholding the current laws
    Well, it is sad to say that the ban on illegal beer bars along Asoke and Sukhumvit has gone away AGAIN. During the last 7 months, the area went from no beer bars, to 1200 shut times, to 0200 shut times and now there were 10 drunk Farangs and 30 yabbad up thai birds screaming bad songs at the top of there voices until 0400, AGAIN. I thought these "BIB...
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    By nevets
    On Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:15 am
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    Tourist no-no
    http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20150106/737808.jpg Tourist need to know that temples are considered sacred. Yoga or no yoga, this would be considered offensive to Thais.
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    By amrit
    On Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:35 pm
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    Floods in Thailand
    Hello to all my friends in Thailand. i am wondering if the recent floods have caused on going tele communication problems? My friends say they cannot contact their friends/family living in north east Thailand. They cannot get through on the cell phones. Thank you
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    By zaomaohao
    On Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:44 pm
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    Pattaya watch you're street hand
    With the high concentration of foreign tourist, Pattaya is the place where thieves are. Happened to my wife one night as we walk home from the dinner. Lesson learned, never carry the personal belonging such as mobile phone, wallet, etc in your hand closet to the road. Best not to display anything that looks attractive to would-be thieves. My wife’s hand...
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    By thompson
    On Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:00 am
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    Brit didn’t run away
    A 47-year-old man died after being hit by a car allegedly driven by a former British doctor in Chon Buri province’s Sattahip district early Friday. The body of Dul Sibpao, 47, was found dead on Sukhumvit... Mr Mclaren, a former doctor, told police that he was driving his car from Pattaya to his house in the Buraran housing estate in Bang Sarae when the man...
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    By thompson
    On Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:36 pm
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    Airport taxi driver reveals his rip-off tricks
    The current airport taxi saga has prompted a Facebook user to share his experience on social media about some of the tricks which drivers employ to earn extra money from passengers. Thai citizen, Patiroop said he learned of a trick as he boarded a taxi from Suvarnabhumi some years ago. He said the driver was upset to learn that he was a Thai rather than a...
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    By nosoup4u
    On Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:17 am
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    'Unlicensed' hotels and disabled access to BTS, etc
    Had to have a laff the other day at a couple of seemingly unrelated topics which I linked immediately. Public transport is being forced to improve disabled access to skytrain stations, etc.- Can someone please explain to me how any wheelchair - bound person, or indeed someone whose mobility is restricted, can possibly even get to a BTS station. Thailand (yes, not...
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    By BenNallay
    On Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:35 am
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    Slammer for refusing breathalyser
    Under the new law, which took effect on Wednesday, police can stop a car under special circumstances (read: road block set up to nail drivers) or when there is evidence the driver might be legless. They may ask the driver to enter a special lane designated by traffic cones. They can then demand the driver open a window so they can do a preliminary test inside the...
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    By modsquad
    On Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:22 pm
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    Watch out for mafia boats
    The Sathorn Pier located below the BTS SkyTrain Taksin Station is notorious for long tail mafia boat operators. Beware! http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20150107/738432.jpg http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20150107/738346.jpg Not sure if this is where Khun Sanitsuda was referring too?
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    By terryt
    On Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:34 pm
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    An accident in Thailand
    Hello to all, I have a child together with a Lady from Thailand and we live in Phuket. At November last year a Pickup killed the grandmother of my child and injured the grandfather heavy and now he sits in a wheelchair. This could happen in any country in the world. So what is my problem? The car which had the accident had no insurance. The owner and driver until...
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    By Phuket2014
    On Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:17 pm
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    Careful flying to the Northeast in May / June
    Bang Fai rocket festival http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20150112/741265.jpg The rockets are popular in the Northeast and traditionally launched during festivals in May and June, but are now being fired off throughout the year for purposes of gambling. Feeling lucky? Last year the launches of 47,923 rockets were reported in...
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    By len
    On Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:46 am
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    What’s hot in social media? Naked gym!
    Following a widely-shared video clip showing naked people dancing in a fitness class, police yesterday identified the premises as Ebi spa in Wang Thong Lang district. On Monday, a one-minute clip showing a group of six or seven men and women dancing naked in what appears to be a gym was circulated online. The clip showed an indecent act going on alongside people...
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    By terryt
    On Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:45 am
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    Land Encroachment
    There seems to be almost a daily story of land encroachment. Many of these cases are where big money investors are using poor villagers to do their 'dirty work' Usually its the villagers who get caught and punished and the investor is not pursued. Is this due to his hi-so contacts. If any of these contacts are found out then they should also be punished with the...
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    By isurrender
    On Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:13 pm
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    Have a feeling we’re not in Bangkok anymore Todo!
    It’s Coooold now!! http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20150116/743495.jpg http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20150116/743496.jpg
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    By modsquad
    On Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:05 pm
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    Police intimidated by car cam?
    Any of you drivers using the car-cam? Wondering how the Thai police react when they pull you over and notice you have it? Imagine they might think twice about trying to pin some trumped up driving charges! Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    By terryt
    On Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:23 pm
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    Foreign criminal expert quits Thailand
    So Mr Drummond is heading home after all these years? Crusading journo quits Thailand http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... s-thailand Stopped reading his website last year as I get enough depressing news about Thailand from Bangkok Post! Look for Mr Drummond's tell-all book on Thailand coming soon! Oh, and as Mr Drummond says, 'that old paypal button is...
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    By len
    On Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:26 am