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There is a flasher near my mooban
Dear Emma
Whilst I am not an elderly lady I certainly thought I was old enough to no longer be the target of perverts but it seems there is no age limit for some of these men. There is a flasher that hangs around the entrance to my mooban and flashes not only me but other ladies in my mooban and even young girls. The Thai people are horrified but nobody seems to want to do anything about it. “He is crazy” I am told, “mai sabai”. Well that’s all well and good but this is nothing for young girls to see. What do you think I should do? I want to call the police and have them remove the man. Who knows if he could escalate in his behavior?
Signed,
Disgusted
Dear Disgusted,
Thai culture is quite non-confrontational and dislikes making waves. Add in the often held belief that these people are reaping the results of bad karma and generally not a lot will be done by the locals. By all means, call the police. If you do not speak Thai the call the Tourist Police, they speak English and tend to be more understanding of the kinds of things that distress foreigners living here. The Tourist Police have a hotline number 1155 but you can also try calling the local numbers. They have several offices around the city; 053-247318 on Charoen Rat road, 053-242966 on the Chiang Mai- Lamphun Road, and the Airport office: 053-922191. Give them a call.
If you do speak Thai then contact the main police station on Ratchadamnoen Road directly and file a complaint: 053-814313.
Good luck and I hope this issue gets resolved, nobody should be exposed to this but especially children!
Yours,
Emma


Withdrawing money from overseas account?
Dear Emma
I am new to Thailand and although I have managed to open a Thai bank account (it did take some doing, I must add as some banks asked for a work permit while I found one that was happy to open one for me on a 3 month visa) but I still need to access my U.S. bank account. I have an ATM card and I have noticed I can withdraw from any regular bank ATM here but I am charged 150 baht per transaction. I will be withdrawing fairly regularly, is there a cheaper way to do it?
Signed,
ATM fees are high!
Dear ATM,
Yes indeed, it is 150 baht per transaction. You have two options. Make one big transaction (20,000 baht a day however) and then live off that for a bit and pay the 150 baht or go to an AEON ATM machine. There is one at the Siam TV on the South side of the moat, as well as the Big C Extra on the Superhighway (not to be confused with the regular Big C further down the road), the Big C Extra in Hang Dong, Central Airport Plaza on the 3rd floor, Tesco Lotus Khamtieng and the one in Hang Dong. There is no fee for international withdrawals at AEON ATMs. However, you will, of course, still be hit by the currency conversion as banks rarely give a decent one for ATM withdrawals. You may want to consider wiring money to Thailand in one go in order to avoid this. The baht is expected to continue to strengthen as well, so you may get a better rate now than later.
Yours,
Emma

Sick of DTAC!
Dear Emma,
I have a pre-paid DTAC sim card and want to change but want to keep my phone number. I know in my home country they require companies to allow phone portability but I don’t know if that is the case here in Thailand or not. I want to switch to TRUE H. A friend has it and loves it. Can I keep my phone number or will I have to print new business cards and send out messages to everyone that I have a new number?
Signed,
Phones
Dear Phones,
Yes Thailand does have portability now, albeit fairly recently. You must go into one of their offices, fill out some forms and then you will get a code to give your new provider. It takes around 3 days to get the code from all reports. If you live out in the country you may want to check and see who has the best signal, not all providers have great coverage out in the countryside.
Yours,
Emma