There is a flasher near my mooban
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?
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
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!
Withdrawing money from overseas account?
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?
ATM fees are high!
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.
Sick of DTAC!
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?
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