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Old 18th December 2009, 08:22 PM
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This post will include as many as possible of the links you come up with. Medical, visa, legal, tourist info, all suggestions welcome... I'll start the ball rolling with a couple of embassies...

Useful comments about any of the entries? - I'll add a link to the post with the comment, next to the entry.

EMBASSIES and CONSULATES - Bangkok

US Embassy
UK Embassy
Australian Embassy
Belgian Embassy
Irish Consulate
South African Embassy
Swedish Embassy
French Embassy


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frogblogger,

Thanks for putting that up but I think the last thing most expats want is the contact to their embassy. No offense, but I sure don't want one to mine! The further I distance myself from my government [and all others as well] the healthier and wealthier I am.

I do think every expat could benefit from a list of medical providers and dental offices, though. A few of us might need to contact our embassy - perish the thought - but all of us need medical and dental - even if on a preventative measures basis. For example, a tooth that needs filling or an oral exam/teeth cleaning. On the medical side, an annual physical or flu shots etc. When one is in serious health is not the time to try to figure out who to consult or which clinic to go to. If we can possibly afford it, all of us should have some sort of health and accident coverage too. If we don't [happened to me] you will get bent over and reamed - full bore retail - which is many times what it would cost for the same procedure had you been covered. Sooner or later ALL of us will need medical and most of us will need dental. Planning ahead is a good idea and a money saver. Just my humble musings!

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Old 19th December 2009, 06:36 AM
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The point of a list of links is that it should be comprehensive, and cover as many aspects of life in LOS as possible. Obviously that may include health contacts, good sources of information for tourism, as well as official departments (for visas etc). Whether you like your embassy or not, in certain circumstances contact with them is unavoidable.

I picked embassies as they were the easiest to find to get something into the list to start things going, no other reason. I'm assuming people will come across handy info now and again and, hopefully, will post the links here.


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The point of a list of links is that it should be comprehensive, and cover as many aspects of life in LOS as possible. Obviously that may include health contacts, good sources of information for tourism, as well as official departments (for visas etc). Whether you like your embassy or not, in certain circumstances contact with them is unavoidable.

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Kudos for the British Embassy. I've also heard good things about the Canadian Embassy. But I thought medical and dental and health/accident insurance coverage would be beneficial to everyone.


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Kudos for the British Embassy. I've also heard good things about the Canadian Embassy. But I thought medical and dental and health/accident insurance coverage would be beneficial to everyone.
I'm sure it will. Post a few useful links, and I'll add them to the top post!

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Kudos for the British Embassy. I've also heard good things about the Canadian Embassy. But I thought medical and dental and health/accident insurance coverage would be beneficial to everyone.
Not sure how it is in Thailand, but I know in France the consulates regularly put out a call to medical professionals in the area to prepare their listings of professionals who speak English (or, more likely, those willing to take on foreign patients who don't speak the local language). Other than in the large cities, they are having more and more difficulty getting professionals to "speak up" to be listed. Maybe the Brits and American patients are too demanding or they just don't want to be bothered, but compiling a list of English speaking professionals can be a huge chore - then there the wishes of the practitioners themselves to consider. Some doctors don't want to be listed as "English speaking" for whatever reasons, and in some countries listings may run counter to local laws regarding advertising for the medical (or other) professions.
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Yes, and it goes without saying - or though perhaps I should have pointed it out in the first place - that recommendations for individual businesses etc are borderline without respect to forum rules on advertising. This may or may not be manageable, we'll see how it goes.

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I'm sure it will. Post a few useful links, and I'll add them to the top post!

frogblogger,

Thanks for your reply. I'm not in Kingdom but a few thousand expats are. Many of them living in Chiang Mai or surrounds.

I'm reasonably sure that you have had some interaction with the medical, dental and health insurance issues and could start the list. Others could add to it. The list should, if possible, try to include some rating system [not very scientific but beats the telephone directory] where all of the good reviews and the bad reviews are noted and the particular facility is rated to give some sort of average for that particular facility/business/clinic/office.

Insurance is another item all should have. Many have from their home country but if they don't they should buy something locally that will cover them in the event of a sickness or accident. I have no clue as to what's good and bad nor do most expats living in Thailand but this could be a start. Maybe!

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What S2 is talking about is a good idea, in theory. I don't think it will work though, because it will just be free advertising and we will never really know if we can trust the ratings.

I noticed on another thread, were someone asked if a certain bar in Pattaya had closed. 2 new accounts were made, saying "It's still open, and it's still the best bar.." etc.
Most likely the barowner had googled the name and got some free adspace because of it.

I bet I could make som money spamming forums about a new dental clinic or whatever. The only way to avoid those kind of spammers is to not allow it.

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Yes, and it goes without saying - or though perhaps I should have pointed it out in the first place - that recommendations for individual businesses etc are borderline without respect to forum rules on advertising. This may or may not be manageable, we'll see how it goes.

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Why would it be borderline? All we would be doing is posting the names of clinics, hospitals etc that we recommend - and why we recommend them. I doubt any expat owns a clinic or hospital and you can tell pretty quickly by how long they've been a member of this forum. I seriously doubt a hospital, dental office or clinic would go to the trouble to pose as an expat and recommend their own business. If they did they would lose much face when found out.

Forum rules should be about US promoting businesses that WE have a financial interest in. We regularly post comments about restaurants and many other businesses here without a second thought and I'll bet some of those are owned by expats. Who cares - we all benefit from information and information is about selling us a good or service, isn't it? Heck, even recommendations on massage parlors should be welcome. Just my humble opinion of course!

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