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I don't know my nationality. How can I visit Denmark?

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 ...
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Leaving Thailand after months-long overstay (can't pay fine)

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. ...
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I don't know my nationality. How can I visit Denmark?

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 ...
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Is it impolite to ask for halal food when traveling to and in Thailand?

Thailand actually has a significant Muslim minority (around 5% of the population), so the idea of halal food -- locally known as ahaan Muslim (อาหารมุสลิม), literally "Muslim food" -- is well ...
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

Had something similar happen going from Tunis airport to central Tunis. The driver (who had a "mate" with him, so I was skeptical from the outset) had the meter on, but just before the destination he ...
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Leaving Thailand after months-long overstay (can't pay fine)

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 ...
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Are taxi drivers in Bangkok expected to round up the taxi fare to the nearest multiple of 10 THB?

According to TripAdvisor, in taxis, "both Thais and local ex-pats commonly round up the fare (i.e. 51 baht fare rounded up to 60 baht)." As ฿7 is equivalent to US$0.22, I wouldn't worry about it much.
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With the passing of Thai King Bhumibol, are there any customs/etiquette as a traveler I should be aware of?

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 ...
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

Remain calm and say you have left your wallet in the other bag, which is in the trunk. He will of course know that's a lie, but he will also realize nobody will proceed until the baggage is offloaded ...
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Does anyone recognize this temple in SE Asia?

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, ...
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Are 30-day tourist visa extensions ever denied in Thailand?

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 ...
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What should I pay for a 5-km songthaew trip in Koh Samui?

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 ...
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What's up with low visibility in Thailand?

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, ...
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Is it impolite to ask for halal food when traveling to and in Thailand?

I have a very simple rule: If you have to ask, it is not halal. If it was halal you would clearly know it by virtue of signage in any non Muslim country. Halal food in non Muslim countries is a ...
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How can I convert an address in Thailand from English to Thai?

If you're looking for a fully automated way, you can't. Thai romanization is nonstandard and lossy, and Thai script has many redundant letters, so you can't tell if a "kh" is supposed to be ...
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How to make sure that you get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand?

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 ...
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Why do they have sleeper cars for women in Thailand? Is it for security reasons?

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 ...
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Do Europe laws apply in foreign (Asia) countries?

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 ...
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How to report hotel booking fraud?

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 ...
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How can I respectfully greet in Thailand?

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 ...
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What do the dates on a recently issued Thai visa mean?

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 ...
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With the passing of Thai King Bhumibol, are there any customs/etiquette as a traveler I should be aware of?

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 ...
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Do Europe laws apply in foreign (Asia) countries?

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 ...
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What to do when a taxi driver uses the meter but at the end of the ride clears the meter and pretends we had agreed on some higher price for the ride?

In situations like this I never pay, I simply leave, if they want trouble ok lets get the police involved, in most countries, the driver has a lot more to loose than a tourist who brings money into ...
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I don't know my nationality. How can I visit Denmark?

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 ...
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