The 100 years old wooden bridge of Khonburi, in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

To my surprise, I learned recently that a 100 years old wooden bridge was located in Khonburi… I have been living in Korat for 14 years and never heard of it.

It is actually a new attraction that seems popular to take pictures. Khonburi is located around 80 km from Nakhon Ratchasima city. The wooden bridge was made with antique wood, but seems to have been built recently. Actually, there isn’t much in the area: Some stands are serving food or drinks at the entrance. The walk is about only 800 meters on the bridge, but the scenery is beautiful.

So beautiful that already some commercial products have the picture of this place as cover for toilets, carpets and others. (see for example that toilet top at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/aolankaili-Bathroom-Removable-Sunlight-Khonburi/dp/B07GDQSF6L)

Here’s small video we made that day:

OKINAWA Aquarium

I visited Okinawa this week and it was really cool. Peach Airlines offers cheap roundtrip tickets from Bangkok (we paid 5,000 per person). Okinawa is the Hawaii of Japan: full of beaches, blue sea water. Best place to have fresh fish especially at the Makishi market.

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Here’s the video of Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium:

 

New Chinese Restaurant in Korat

There is a new Chienese Fabulous restaurant in Korat opened about 3 weeks ago. It’s called “Krua Tajio” and is just beside Assumption college. The Chef (Pong) is straight from Shenzhen and cook fantastic and original Chinese food. Which is difficult to find in Korat, with affordable prices.

Highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

Exemples de requêtes en procédure civile et criminelle pour le Québec

 

 

Nous avons mis en ligne gratuitement des “template” de requêtes de procédure civile pour le Québec ainsi que pour la procédure criminelle.

Veuillez noté que la propriété intellectuelle des documents appartient à Siam Contrats International (ci-après “SCI’).  Votre utilisation soumise au respect des conditions générales d’accès et d’utilisation explicitées ci-dessous et de l’ensemble des lois applicables. Les informations disponibles dans ce site sont fournies à titre indicatif. Elles ne sauraient engager en aucun cas la responsabilité de Siam Contracts International.

SCI s’efforce d’assurer au mieux de ses possibilités, l’exactitude et la mise à jour des informations diffusées sur ce site. Elle se réserve le droit d’en corriger le contenu, à tout moment et sans préavis. Toutefois elle ne peut garantir l’exactitude, la précision et l’exhaustivité des informations mises à la disposition. SCI décline toute responsabilité pour les informations présentes sur les sites Internet qui sont reliés dans un sens ou dans un autre au présent site.

Requêtes en procédure civile (Québec)

http://www.sebastienbrousseau.com/procedure-civile-quebec/

Requêtes en Droit Criminel (Québec)

http://www.sebastienbrousseau.com/requetes-droit-criminel-quebec/

 

The Pink ID Card for foreigners in Thailand

I recently wrote an article about the PINK THAI ID CARD for foreigners in Thailand. I was surprised that just this week, I used it twice: at hospital instead of my passport, and also to visit an inmate in jail.

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Thailand Pink ID Card for Foreigners

It is used the same as a Thai ID Card for Thais. And remember that this is their most important ID.

It is quite easy to get and I would recommend any foreigner in Thailand to try to get it.

The article is here:  http://www.isaanlawyers.com/pink-thai-id-card-foreigners-thailand/

 

 

How to Obtain a Certificate of Residence in Thailand

 A certificate of residence is a document obtained through the immigration office. Living in Thailand as a foreigner you will need this certificate for a number of things, and without it there are a number of things you will not be able to do.

Some of the benefits of having a certificate of residence are:

  1. You can buy a car in your name in Thailand.
  2. If you want to get a Thai drivers license you need this document.
  3. If you want to have a work permit they might require that.
  4. Some banks require you to have the certificate of residence as a proof of address if you don’t have a work permit or “yellow house book”.

certificate of residency

This is what it looks like.

In Thailand whenever you need to prove where you live, you will need a certificate of residence. A work permit can also be a proof of residence or a “yellow Ta bian ban” or “yellow house book” for foreigners. Thai people use a “blue house book”.

To apply for this document, you will first need to go to your local immigration office to collect the forms and fill them out. Do note that all offices might have different requirements. Some forms are available online at the official Thai immigration website.

You need to make copies of your passport and a copy of your Thai visa, with the date of entry into Thailand, and a copy of the arrival card. You are required to bring two passport size photos and two original documents that correspond to your address. They might require a copy of your lease agreement of proof of residence.

The fee for the Certificate of Residence is about 500 baht and is normally only valid for 30 days but this can also vary.ce.

Generally speaking it helps to save a lot of time by being prepared with all the copies and forms filled out correctly. For more information, check that article about the “certificate of residence in Thailand“.

 

South of Laos and 4,000 Islands

For New Year, we decided to cross our car and drive to the 4,000 islands. These are in South of Laos, on the Mekong. The most famous are Don Det and Don Khone. It was a nice trip and here are some of the few things we did.

1. Crossing the car.

To cross a car, you need to a get a special passport for the car. You have to do to the transportation department.

Location is here for Ubon Ratchathani:

https://www.google.com/maps?q=15.240346,104.864722&hl=en-CA&gl=ca

You will need to make 1 copy of:

Ta bian ban, ID Card, registration of the car. ID and Ta bian ban of car owner, of course.

The owner of the car must sign a form and submit documents above.

It takes about 1 hour.
Cost : 75 baht baht.

They will provide you a passport for the car, purple for us, valid for 6 months. You also get a sticker “T” for Thailand. You must put it in the window of your car.

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At the border, you must stamp the car in. Cost is 250 baht for each Laos and Thailand, takes about 1 hour. There are 3 steps:

A) you get out of Thailand. You show CAR PASSPORT and pay 250 baht. Or course, you must also show YOUR passport to get out of Thailand.

B) you arrive in Laos (there is a large duty free section and you do your visa on arrival there. Bring a picture for you that visa). You must again show the passport of car and the Laos authorities will put their stamp. You pay again 250 baht and they will give you a piece of paper for entering in the country. And of course, you must pay for your entrance in Laos (visa). Foreigners have different prices written and Thai pay only 40 baht to get 30 days with a passport.

C) there is a kind of gate before entering in Laos officially. Give the paper and that’s it.

Laos drives on the right side.

It seems fuel is twice more expensive here (difficult to count with all these numbers!) so fill your tank in Thailand before you arrive.

A better explanation can be found here (I also wrote that with the help of Marc M. and his wife):

Crossing a car in Laos

 

2. We slept in Pakse.

Pakse was not an interesting city for me. A great place to go somewhere else, like Tad Fane waterfalls. Or Google “Tree Top Explorers”. That’s what we wanted to do but it was fully booked for these days. We recommend the “Pakse hotel” with a French management. Rooms are nice, price reasonable, in the city, and there is a nice restaurant on top of the building with an excellent view (7th floor, called Panorama if I remember correctly).

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Our room at Pakse Hotel.

3. We visited Wat Phou

It takes less than 1 hour from Pakse to go to Wat Phou. I was told it is the only Khmer temple in the Mekong. The temple itself or the buildings, for me, were not as beautiful as Phanom Rung or Phimai. But the location is stunning on the mountain, in front of the Mekong. They are renovating this place and I imagine that 10 years from now, it will be a must to see in South East Asia.

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Parts of one of the temples.

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And parts of me at Wat Phou.

4.We arrived at Don Khone

If you read about the 4,000 islands, it will say that Don Det is an island with backpackers. Don Khone has people a little bit older, better restaurants and more to do. And Don Khong is the largest one, very quiet. It’s all true but we didn’t visit Don Khong. We stayed at Don Khone and spend New Year there.

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The boat to cross is quite cheap. You take it at Ban Nakasang.

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Don Det has tons of cheap guesthouses. There is more or less nothing to do there. Rent a bicycle, read a book. A perfect place to relax on the Mekong river. The border of Cambodia is very close, on the other side of the river.

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We were lucky to find “Happy-Pat” (happypat7987@gmail.com). That guy is a Chinese, speaking Laos, Thai, English, Mandarin, and name it. He organised us a tour on a special boat, it was so cool. He also helped us to visit the Irrawaddy dolphins (you will see them but they won’t come close, maybe 200 meters). “Happy-Pat” also seems great coffee from the Bolaven plateau, as well as cooking Chinese dumplings. A phenomenon!

The 4,000 islands is a lovely place to relax. Accommodations on Don Det and Don Khone can be as cheap as 5$ per day (fan, hammock on Mekong, basic but it does the job). Rent a bicycle for 1$ per day and go around the island. Get lost in South of Laos to find yourself. Visit Khone Phapheng waterfalls (55,000 kips to enter).

There is no ATM on the islands but wifi is now every where. Bring some books. Buy wine in Pakse, at the Supermarket near the bridge. More than half the price of Thailand and nice selection of French wine.

This website has good information:

http://migrationology.com/2011/05/guide-4000-islands-laos-don-khong-part-1/

 

New Book with Petra Revenue

 

This is a very personal project that I have been working on for about 3 years.  My co-author is Petra Revenue, a Swedish writer and movie director. The book is about Thailand, but also about Sweden, Quebec,  arts, death, life, surrogacy, family and many other subjects.

We developed a website here:  http://www.dear-mr-s.com

The book was published in 2017 and well received. GET YOUR COPY NOW!