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(09-24-2016 08:42 AM)RagnarLothbrok Wrote: [ -> ]Does anyone know the best way to withdraw money in Thailand? The current exchange rate is about 39 baht for 1 € but most ATMs offer me a rate of 36 or 37 baht which will cost me between 2,000 and 3,000 baht per month depending on how much I withdraw (plus 200 baht for every transaction).

Is there a way to transfer money from my European bank account to my Thai bank account without using an ATM? I just recently got an account with SCB but there is no money in it and I am pretty clueless when it comes to using it.

Dude - just transfer over a big chunk in one go, say 5,000 Euros.

Speak with your European bank, ask them what details they need - they will ask for Thai bank name, account number, IBAN or SWIFT code.

They will charge you like 20 Euros to do it, plus you'll pay the FX rates once the Euros arrive in your Thai bank account.

You could also ask SCB if they will open an FCD account for you (Foreign Currency Deposit) - this allows you to hold Euros in that account and only exchange how much you want each time into Thai baht.

This is useful if you think the Euro will strengthen against the baht as time goes on. So today you might get 38 baht per Euro but in 3 months maybe 40 baht per Euro.

Does that help at all?
(10-02-2016 02:17 AM)Sandstorm Wrote: [ -> ]
(09-24-2016 08:42 AM)RagnarLothbrok Wrote: [ -> ]Does anyone know the best way to withdraw money in Thailand? The current exchange rate is about 39 baht for 1 € but most ATMs offer me a rate of 36 or 37 baht which will cost me between 2,000 and 3,000 baht per month depending on how much I withdraw (plus 200 baht for every transaction).

Is there a way to transfer money from my European bank account to my Thai bank account without using an ATM? I just recently got an account with SCB but there is no money in it and I am pretty clueless when it comes to using it.

Dude - just transfer over a big chunk in one go, say 5,000 Euros.

Speak with your European bank, ask them what details they need - they will ask for Thai bank name, account number, IBAN or SWIFT code.

They will charge you like 20 Euros to do it, plus you'll pay the FX rates once the Euros arrive in your Thai bank account.

You could also ask SCB if they will open an FCD account for you (Foreign Currency Deposit) - this allows you to hold Euros in that account and only exchange how much you want each time into Thai baht.

This is useful if you think the Euro will strengthen against the baht as time goes on. So today you might get 38 baht per Euro but in 3 months maybe 40 baht per Euro.

Does that help at all?

If he has an SCB account, then the right thing to do is just make an international wire transfer from his home account to Thai account, you need bank account number in Thailand and the Swift adress. According to https://www.theswiftcodes.com/thailand/sicothbk/, the Swift code is SICOTHBK. It also helps to have the main headquarter address which should be easy to find. I've found it only takes 2 full days to transfer and rates are much better than alternatives. Do remember to select "Recipent bank pays fees" because a Western Bank will charge more than the Thai bank. As I recall it's around 300-600THB. Don't bother selecting express transfer, it won't show up earlier since the Thai bank always uses a full day to credit the money.
I'm planning to travel to Thailand again and renting a motorbike and just riding around and exploring. Has anyone previously done something similar to this?

Few questions:
Would you buy the motorbike in Thailand or get it shipped in? I'm thinking a Honda 400cc at least should be good.
Whens the best time to do it?
Possible to ferry a motorbike over to check out the islands?
Cheers guys
1) Buy it here - if you ship it from overseas, you'll get raped by customs and huge taxes. You can get a cheap second-hand one for around 9,000 baht.
2) Anytime
3) Yes, definitely, though you might be better renting a motorbike there.
Tonnes of bikes around but buy from a Thai shop, go one Facebook, several people sell there, dont buy from westerners at marked up rates.
(10-12-2016 06:51 AM)JayD Wrote: [ -> ]I'm planning to travel to Thailand again and renting a motorbike and just riding around and exploring. Has anyone previously done something similar to this?

Few questions:
Would you buy the motorbike in Thailand or get it shipped in? I'm thinking a Honda 400cc at least should be good.
Whens the best time to do it?
Possible to ferry a motorbike over to check out the islands?
Cheers guys

Your post is confusing; in the first sentence you say that you want to rent a motorbike and then later you ask if you should buy in Thailand or ship it in?

Before I give my two cents on whether you should rent or buy, how long are you planning to stay here?
The King died?
Yes.
I guess the clubs will be closed now.
Shit might hit the fan with a succession struggle now.

Expressing condolences a way of reviving Thai contacts.
I deeply sympatize with Thai people after the death of the king and hope that the successor will be able to pursue his father's reign, by keeping a religious, feminism-free, and peaceful country. Let's admit it, the king has done an awesome job at keeping Thailand on the right track and preventing Westernization. He will be missed by all.
And supporting military juntas and coups of democratically-elected leadership.

I'm hoping the Thai people can somehow produce a Democratic government that creates better opportunities for middle-class Thais. It seems unlikely, especially with all the brainwashing and lese-majeste laws.
Anyone in Bangkok happen to ever see one of those custom T-shirt printing places while they were prowling a mall? I wanna get a couple of Trump shirts made and do some shitlording at khao San before officially ending my two year Asia pussy extravaganza.
(10-17-2016 03:27 AM)el mavericko Wrote: [ -> ]Anyone in Bangkok happen to ever see one of those custom T-shirt printing places while they were prowling a mall? I wanna get a couple of Trump shirts made and do some shitlording at khao San before officially ending my two year Asia pussy extravaganza.

I know a few, send me a message and I'll put you in touch with one
Anyone on the ground there see any changes to nightlife?

My contacts there(girls) are obviously down, and the last weekend isn't a good indicator as it's the weekend right after the passing, but has RCA/Demo/Nung Len or even Suk clubs shutting down early as I've heard?

I'll be heading into BKK in a few weeks, so will need to decide on a last minute rescue attempt maybe to Saigon or Taipei instead.
Story is that all of the biggest clubs are supposed to be closed, but many club owners aren't expecting the rules to be enforced.... the true test is on Wednesday....
Thai king dies; whole country shuts down for a year. Their economy collapses.


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Buddy was in Samui when the king passed and he said nothing really changed - bars/clubs were all still open.

Going to be in BKK the second week of November, hoping that things will get back to normal by then but thinking of maybe signing up for another month of SA and pipelining before I come in as a backup plan.
Pipelining SEA girls on SA? I don't think there's that many on there to make it cost worthy.
At the moment Bangkok is pretty muted, bars are open but not playing music. I walked past several bars in Thong Lo over the last few days, all were dead. Most my friends are using Thai Friendly etc at the moment until things cool down.

I think we'll know more come the weekend on what bars/clubs decide to do.

Mixx, Levels and Sugar are closed until further notice.

Nobody knows when things will get back to normal nightlife wise, if it doesn't on Friday (after 8 days after), I expect it to be for the entire mourning period for most clubs which is 30 days.
(10-17-2016 09:32 PM)Cattle Rustler Wrote: [ -> ]Pipelining SEA girls on SA? I don't think there's that many on there to make it cost worthy.

Eh, I was looking to start up another month on SA anyway, so figured I'd piggyback the BKK search on top. Forgot about ThaiFriendly, that might be the way to go too...
Some clubs open tonight most open on Thursday.
I plan to stay for 3 months travelling around Thailand riding around pretty much anywhere. I currently train Muay Thai so I will be adding that in also. So most likely stay at few spots few days or few weeks, no real set time then riding off to another location. I don't really want to ride in BKK as I don't want to get killed haha. I should have clarified I'm open to either renting or buying. But I think buying may be a better option.
Thanks!
^^ You definitely shouldn't buy a condo in Bangkok just for a 3 month stay. The market is a huge bubble with overcapacity everywhere. I'd only consider if it was my full-time place to live. Just my two cents.
Should also add that rentals are meanwhile the best value anywhere in the world. Rent don't buy.
I should have quoted my initial post. I am thinking of either renting or buying a motorbike.

(10-12-2016 06:51 AM)JayD Wrote: [ -> ]I'm planning to travel to Thailand again and renting a motorbike and just riding around and exploring. Has anyone previously done something similar to this?

Few questions:
Would you buy the motorbike in Thailand or get it shipped in? I'm thinking a Honda 400cc at least should be good.
Whens the best time to do it?
Possible to ferry a motorbike over to check out the islands?
Cheers guys
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