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... or in other words: who is more likely to pay for pick-up trucks and for building houses in Issaan in the name of Thai lovers ? This thread is a spin off from another I started where I argue it's a no-brainer that higher income, more educated expats are preferable to those coming to Thailand to make the most of their bare minimum pensions or hustling locally whatever they can do to stay above the waterline and keep pulling Thai pussy... But then I thought: WAIT A MINUTE! The big money to be made from the farangs is not on day-to-day living expenses, but from getting them to blow their savings, their inheritances or borrow heavily to purchase big ticket items... The proverbial "House in Issaan" immediately comes to mind. We all have heard the stories of the farangs in love who proudly built houses in the teerak's hometown and in their name and those stories always end the same way. I once met one such BKK farang who was actualy forcing himself to live under 1000 baht a day (rent and utilities included) so he could finish building the house faster... The prospective higher income expats with VIP visas being more educated and presumably less sex-focused will perhaps be less likely to fall for the Issaan rural fantasy ... so no more lottery jackpots for the teeraks ??? I would like to know what BMs on the ground observed and think in this regard? Perhaps the Thais better not mess with the current system of tight but willing farang cash cows that are proven ATMs for the Issaan natives...
Below is the text from an email I received today from the US embassy in Cambodia. It details entry requirements and flight info Cambodia during the pandemic. Bottom line is that a 3k USD deposit is required. ________________ THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN PHNOM PENH IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN CAMBODIA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. Cambodia Entry Requirements On June 10, authorities announced a requirement that all foreign travelers entering Cambodia pay a deposit of $3,000 upon arrival at airports for mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment services. On June 8, authorities released a fee schedule for these testing and treatment services. Travelers should be prepared to see this deposit applied to a minimum of $165 for mandatory COVID-19 testing, approximately $1,281 more to support quarantine in the event one or more passengers on their flight test positive, and a minimum of approximately $3,255 more for treatment and quarantine if the traveler tests positive. The Embassy recommends all travelers be prepared upon entry into Cambodia to pay for the full costs identified in the fee schedule. The June announcements of new entry requirements are in addition to requirements for entering Cambodia by air, land, and water that authorities introduced on May 10 for prevention, containment, and response to the spread of COVID-19. All arriving foreigners must: 1. Possess a COVID-19 negative medical certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of arrival and proof of medical insurance coverage of at least $50,000; 2. Undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and wait in official facilities to receive laboratory results. In the event one or more travelers on an arriving vessel/flight test positive, all passengers must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a location designated by Cambodian authorities. If all travelers test negative, health authorities will require travelers to self-isolate for 14-days at their home or lodging under supervision of local authorities. Health authorities will then oversee another COVID-19 test on the 13th day of self-isolation. Cambodian Visas The Government of Cambodia has suspended the e-visa and visa-on-arrival programs until further notice. In addition, we understand Cambodian Embassies will only accept applications for diplomatic, official, and business visas and will not issue tourist or other visas to enter Cambodia at this time. COVID-19 As of 10:00 a.m. June 26, Cambodia has two active cases of COVID-19 (there have been 130 total confirmed cases since the onset of the global pandemic). We will send further MASCOT updates as events and developments warrant. Notice on Flights for American Citizens Seeking to Depart Cambodia: The following airlines currently maintain sharply reduced flights that depart Cambodia for onward connecting flights to the United States. Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. Please check airline websites for times and availability and do not book flights through an online search service. We recommend booking flights through a travel agency or directly with the below airlines. 1. Korean Airlines Note: Currently three flights every week 2. Asiana Airlines Note: Currently three flights every week. 3. EVA Air Note: One flight every week, beginning June 24.
I recently extended my 60 day tourist visa for 30 days and learned there is apparently a new rule/paperwork requirement for getting a 30 day extension on a tourist visa. You must bring documentation from the hotel/guesthouse where you are staying in order to be granted the visa extension. I went to the Thai immigration office in Jomtien Thursday with my passport but no documentation from my guesthouse and was turned away. Fook! Had to go back Friday to get my extension. What was frustrating is that they didn't even appear to read the fooking document I brought from my guesthouse. Argh!!!