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24 (since 1988) years in IT working on contract for much of it - mostly for major Blue Chip companies. Currently run a small software house (based in Thailand - expat). MSc educated (IT) UK. Have a wife, kids, and a cat (dog died).


Jun
14
awarded  Yearling
Jun
14
awarded  Yearling
Apr
28
answered Mobile providers and mobile internet in Thailand?
Apr
28
answered What visas do I need for traveling to South East Asia if I'm a Canadian Citizen?
Apr
28
comment What visas do I need for traveling to South East Asia if I'm a Canadian Citizen?
Just to add - they have started counting walkover border trips again (at Mae Sai and a few others) - for tourist waiver (visa exemptions) - they number stamps in the passport. So, it seems likely that a limit will/is being reintroduced.
Apr
28
answered Walking Tours of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand & The Surrounding Area?
Apr
28
comment Traveling from Thailand to Laos to Vietnam
...[continued] So best advised to buy return from Thailand and then use Air Asia or some other budget airline to fly back from Vietnam to Bangkok for home leg.
Apr
28
comment Traveling from Thailand to Laos to Vietnam
One thing to note - if you are not flying back from Thailand direct, you will need a forwarding ticket to Laos BEFORE you travel from Heathrow as you must have a return ticket for tourist visa/visa waiver or proof of leaving the country - the airlines may make you buy a return ticket before allowing your checking. This may be difficult if you plan to travel by land using Laos border waiver. Note they do not accept your word of leaving the country - also note, usually Thai immigration could not care less, but airlines could be stuffed with return fees if you are denied, so always enforce it.
Sep
13
comment What's the difference between embassies and consulates?
I think for some countries the line is getting blurrier with respect to services. In Thailand for example (where I live) the UK Embassy in Bangkok no longer does passports either - it sends them to Hong Kong (they are printed in the Uk and sent direct to Bangkok in some weird kind of triangle). The main difference here is that Bangkok isues other paperwork such as proof of income/right to marry/etc, which needs an ambassadorial signature. In Chiang Mai we have a consulate - it seems to do most other things that the Embassy does for travellers. Thai's wanting visas go to Bangkok.
Aug
12
comment How difficult is it to eat and drink during ramadan in Thailand and Malaysia?
teachers and monks attacked and murdered (coupke of years ag a few monks were beheaded - one was only a child of around 10 if I remember right). Most countries have warnings against travelling to the far south - for good reason. The army is installed there perminantly. It stays south though and there have to date been no troubles further north (a few rumours and fears of course).
Aug
12
comment How difficult is it to eat and drink during ramadan in Thailand and Malaysia?
Thai Muslims are generally mild and tolerant (I would think this makes sense given the vast majority of Buddhists in this Buddhist country). However, the far south (not just south - but the final few provinces before the Malaysian border) are know to be the opposite. There are bombings, murders and attacks quite frequently - most are not even reported in the national (let alone international) media. Several times a year there seems to be something "news worthy" - this summer it has been a series of bombings (same last summer actually) - we have also had schools and temples bombed/burned...
Aug
10
answered How difficult is it to eat and drink during ramadan in Thailand and Malaysia?
Aug
10
comment Visa run to Malaysia from Thailand
Yes, but don't buy the fake cigarettes, viagra or blank porn DVD's from the many many hawkers that hound you in Taichek market! If you go down the stairs in Taichek and turn left (most people turn right), then there is a little coffee shop about 50 m down on the right - can be nice to relax and wait your 30 minutes until the walk back to get the bus home. Incidently, you don't need to enter Burma at all, just tell the Burmese officer who takes your money you have no time to shop and he'll just stamp your passport so you can turn straight back. Everything they sell is available both sides
Aug
10
comment Visa run to Malaysia from Thailand
I would not say safe - just a couple of weeks ago there were bombings. It happens so often it is not even reported anymore unless it is big or high profile.
Aug
10
comment How to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days?
Bangkok Airways is often cheaper than Air Asia especially if bought in advance (on the internet or even in 7-11 or at an ATM). Nok Air also (never used them myself though). Flights can be had quite cheaply to places like Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur. Still may be cheaper to do 2 14 day visa runs instead - from CM a VIP Bus can be got from 450 baht (less for X-Xlass instead of VX - still has aircon etc) plus the 500baht Burmese visa waiver fee.
Aug
10
answered Price comparison between north and south of Thailand
Jun
17
awarded  Commentator
Jun
17
comment Where in Thailand should I be cautious about malaria?
There are water machine everywhere here (Thailand) and this is cleaned by reverse osmosis direct from the mains water. Ice is made from the same water. Thsi is not florinated (some people think this is better) - there is also ozone cleared, IR cleaned and mineral water available. No local in Thailand drinks mains/tap water - even the poor collect rain water instead. Remember this too when washing fruit etc.
Jun
17
comment Where in Thailand should I be cautious about malaria?
Yes, I agree with this. Anti-malarials are usually not required unless treking in these border land areas (the side affects - especially long term) may not be good either. Hep B is usually only advised if there is a lliklihood of infection (i.e. going to get involved in the sex trade) - blood donations in Thailand is checked, so there is no issue with blood transfusions that are not an issue in the west also. Note: I still had the Hep B when I first came to live here (several years ago), but not since. It can be given in a multiple vaccine shot. Drink bottled water only - ice is usually OK.
Jun
14
comment What is the cheapest way to get from Thailand to Australia with a car?
Think you missed my point there Ivan - I was implying that it is too far (as it is from Thailand to SUD) - not trying to sell tickets on a new venture. Anyway, can I interest you in a second hand bridge?