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From your description it appears that you are stateless -- that is, no country recognizes you as its citizen. That makes international travel difficult, but what's generally supposed to happen is that the country where you're legally resident (that is, the United States) can issue you a passport-like document which can serve as an identification document ...


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This question has been asked many times, so I guess you've already found some nice resources (one, two) on this topic. You will pay the 20,000 THB fine. Possibly, more. Possibly, after imprisonment. You will receive the "overstay" stamp in your passport. Possibly, you'll get banned from entering the Kingdom, temporarily or permanently; The biggest issue is ...


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Henning Makholm's answer addresses the issue of your possible statelessness, and suggests a way of obtaining a travel document. The other alternative is to acquire a citizenship. Your case is complicated and I would recommend consulting an immigration lawyer. Below is some relevant information, mostly extracted from Wikipedia. Note that it is possible that ...


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Here's what actually happened to the OP (as indicated in a comment): So I got to the airport and paid the fine and signed some papers and that was it... booted for a year, but that was it... last minute I got a loan for the fine... I'm sure it would've been different had I not had the fine money... thanks for all the info people. Someone suggested ...


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One must understand that Thai citizens are very sensitive about the loss of the King. Unlike political parties, where controversy is normal, HM King Bhumibol was sincerely beloved by everyone in the country. As a foreigner, your goal can be stated in one phrase: don't make it worse. The reason is simple: many your actions that could be tolerated in a normal ...


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Looks like Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand, north of Bangkok: (courtesy Justin Vidano via Wikimedia) While the tubular central Khmer-style prang does indeed look a bit like Angkor Wat, the red brick is distinctively different and the tilted chedi dome (right in the original, far left in the photo above) and the brick terraces all around are ...


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The regular public Songthaew buses have fixed price and fixed route. One can not negotiate the price. It is 10 Baht in rural towns up to 20 Baht (and sometimes even 30) in crowded areas full of tourists (like Pattaya, Hua Hin, or on the islands). Once you order where to go, it instantly turns a private charter, and you negotiate the price. This ...


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Yes. I went through the extension process in January. (As an aside, the new Bangkok Immigration office is fairly inconvenient to get to; plan accordingly.) While I was being interviewed the Canadian at the desk next to me did not have a valid address on his extension form; he argued with the immigration officer that it was not important. He did not get his ...


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The haze in northern Thailand is indeed a yearly phenomenon, but the main driver for it is local farmers burning fields to prepare for planting in the following wet season. Since it's the dry season, there's nothing to contain or tamp down the smoke and dust, plus there's 'normal' air pollution from cities, cars etc in the region. Throw in the local ...


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Even when I can read signs, it's not always easy to navigate public transport. [Try the New York subway system, although there may be announcements they are not always intelligible. Add in a few service alterations (The downtown F will be running on the Q) and all kind of fun may ensue ;-] Strategies for buses in general, not just in Bangkok: 1). Research ...


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If you paid by credit card, dispute the invalid charge immediately with your credit card company/bank and let them handle it. You'll get the money back quickly, and it becomes their problem from then on. If you did not pay by credit card, things get more difficult. If you're still in Thailand, contact the Tourist Police, who should be able to help you ...


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Tom's answer is great, but let me add my two cents as a foreigner who has lived in Thailand for several years. Etiquette highly depends on location, on who you are, and who you are greeting. In a business environment, like greeting your colleagues in the office, handshaking is okay, because the office culture is mostly borrowed from the West. If you're a ...


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According to this article, women-only carriages were introduced in Thailand after a 13-year old girl was raped in 2014. This article states that the rape was perpetrated by railway staff. Perhaps because of that, the staff of the women-only carriages consists solely of women. So, it's safe to say that the women-only carriages are there for safety reasons. (...


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Crimes should be reported where they occur. With the exception of very major crimes, countries will generally not enforce the laws of other countries, although in certain cases they will agree to extradite their residents or citizens abroad if they have committed crimes elsewhere. This even applies with subnational boundaries. For example, if you get ...


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First, your fears are a little overblown. Thai cuisine isn't quite as "freaky" as, say, some parts of China and you're unlikely to eat something exotic by accident. Although not eating any offal at all is going to be a little limiting... why not give it a shot and expand your horizons a bit? At any rate, I'd start with Wikivoyage's description of Thai ...


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A Google Image search for 'thai visa' shows that such visas have two dates labeled "date of issue" and "enter before". These are likely dates C and D respectively. "Date of issue" (C) is simply when the visa was granted. "Enter before" (D) dictates that the visa holder must enter Thailand prior to this date in order to use the visa. After that date, the ...


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The options are: Tourist visa in your home country (1-3 entries, 60+30 days on each entry) Documentation is not particularly difficult. Exact requirements vary depending on the consulate, but usually it's a 1-page application form, two photos, copy of confirmed flight itinerary and a recent bank statement showing some minimal balance ($1500 or so). Visa ...


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You can say. ผมไม่อยากไปที่ท่ารถ. ผมอยากไป ..(fill in your destination).. ช่วยพาไปหน่อยได้ไหมครับ. ผมเป็นนักเดินทาง. ขอบคุณครับ. It means: I don't want to go to the bus station. I want to go to ..., please can you take me there. I'm a traveller. Thank you. Here's how you'd say it: Pom mai yak pai tee ta rod. Pom yak pai tee ..(fill in your ...


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Not in particular. However, in the immediate mourning period, expect to see a lot of nightlife (clubs, go-go bars etc) closed, many celebratory events (parties, concerts etc) cancelled and possibly some restrictions on alcohol sales. That said, the monarchy has always been a touchy topic in Thailand, but it's become particularly touchy under the current ...


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It depends on the crime and on the European nation - the EU does not have a single judicial jurisdiction yet, those powers still reside with individual nations, and thus the situation is the same for EU as it is for non-EU nations. France for example considers any felony and some misdemeanors* committed by, or against, its citizens to be within its own ...


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Having been to both during Ramadan: In all reasonably touristy areas in Thailand, including the southern resort islands, you basically will not notice Ramadan at all -- pretty much everything is open as usual. Malaysia, though, is a different story. While you certainly can get drinks and food, most places that stay open do so a little discreetly, with ...


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I don't know my nationality. How can I visit Denmark? Simple! talk to USCIS (could be as simple as using Ask a Question link on their website) and ask them that. Since they issued you a green card they will know your exact status in their records. They can best tell if you are a citizen of any country according to their records or not Depending upon their ...


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An official statenent from Tourism Authority of Thailand is as follow Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. In this regard, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like all visitors to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal. Furthermore, kindly be advised ...


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Risk of contracting malaria is higher in nearby countries than in Thailand. Look at this map from NHS Fit For Travel: Risky areas are clearly regions bordering neighbouring countries. Borrowing from a previous answer I gave, malaria is transmitted by a specific type of mosquito (female anopheles) that breeds in still / stagnant water. When you're in Bangkok ...


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Say "Hello! Nice to meet you." and give a big genuine smile. As foreigners, thais do not expects us to "wai". Don't go around "wai"ing to everyone you see :) My advice is to observe how the thais do it before trying it yourself. I'm not the authority it how to use "wai" properly but this is from my first hand experience and what was taught to me by ...


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