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  1. I live in Hawaii and will be retiring to Khon Kaen, Thailand in a little under 3 weeks. Here is my short story of applying for and getting my visa. A few weeks back I was ready to apply for my Retirement Visa as I had received my new Passport (old one had less than 18 months on it). I downloaded the forms from the LA Consulate web site and filled them out. I called the local Thai Consulate with a few questions: Q - How many copies of photos and documents do you need? Thai Consulate in LA web site says 4 A - one, we have a scanner Q - How much is the visa A - $175 USD for multiple entry, one year Q - Since I work for US Army as a civilian on a military base, can I use the base MPs to do the police check? A - yes Q - Do I really need to get a Doctor's exam to prove I don't have elephantitis, third step of syphilis, drug addiction, TB, or leprosy? A - Yes, you need to get doctor exam. Q - I don't have 800,000 Baht in a Thai bank but I do have about 100,000 Baht in Thai bank, a checking account in America, and a retirement account. A - Just draft a short letter describing your finances and provide copies of your statements (I gave copy of bank account in US, retirement account, Tax form (W-2) from 2009, and last pay stub). Q - How do I pay? Cash? Money Order? A - Money Order, Cashier's check, or personal check (I opted for the latter). So, I had one of our security soldiers request a background check from the local MPs and got that back the next day. Medical exam took about 10 to get in as my doctor was on vacation. I got the TD test, pissed in a cup for the drug test, and while I was there, had them take 3 tubes of blood to see how the old body was doing. I packed this all up and took it to the Royal Thai Consulate on 26 Feb (Friday)- which is co-located with the "Maid Brigade" - a local company that provide cleaning services. There are towels and rags all over the office in heaps of piles. I dropped off my packet with one of the Maid Brigade ladies and was told it would take 3-5 business days to process. I went to pay and was told to pay when it is ready. So, I wait a week and call to see if my visa is ready and I am told it was ready 1 March (Monday) - but no one bothered to call me. Anyhow - all is well that ends well and I can now go to Thailand to start retirement. The small white sign indicates that it is the Royal Thai Consulate
  2. Green Park Resort - Rates and Reviews
  3. I prefer to know ahead of time that I have a room reserved for me and for the short time you will be there - price won't be a big difference
  4. A Bangkok landmark for more than a quarter of a century, The Dusit Thani is firmly established as a leading city hotel, distinguished by the charm of its traditional Thai hospitality and the excellence of its modern facilities.
  5. Lots of Pattaya Resorts to choose from
  6. Lots of Pattaya Hotels to choose from
  7. You can search for your Pattaya Resort or Hotel
  8. Majestic Suites is better and a 2 minute walk from Die-Nasty
  9. My recommendation - Majestic Suites - right around the corner from Nana Plaza and you can shop up and down Sukhumvit Road. I will be there on 29 Feb
  10. You can check here - Bangkok Accommodations
  11. If it is one of the many Res24 sites - like mine - it is perfectly safe - Thailand Accommodations
  12. You can check rates and reviews of Tim's here
  13. lots here - Bangkok Hotels To recommend one near the action - would be Majestic Suites- I booked mine last Friday. right around corner from Nana Plaza - good rooms, guest friendly for about 1650 baht per night