It's both sad and pathetic sad about the young man that now is in big trouble and pathetic when it comes to a little weed when it's legalized for medical reasons and soon for recreational aswell! But is it illegal then it is illegal! But as I said,,, poor guy and I feel that they absolutly most of the time really don't want us here! Why else do they come with harder and harder things for long time visa every year! And they should put their resources in catching big METH DEALERS instead of a little weed!THATS pathetic!!!!
200,000 baht to have a kidney stone removed
At "200,000 baht to have a kidney stone removed", the bill from a government hospital would have been closer to one percent of that than it would to ten percent - even with a private / VIP room it would still have been less than a tenth of that.
If your entering Visa exempt, then it's the airline that insist on a return ticket within 30 days.
This is because if you are refused entry, you have a pre paid return ticket.
For a Tourist Visa (60 days) having been previously screened by a Thai Embassy to obtain a TV, the risk of being refused entry is greatly reduced having already proved you meet the conditions and airlines don't normal require to see a return ticket within 60 days.
Thai Embassies may vary with the requirement to issue a TV on flight tickets.
Consult your Embassy first if unsure, they are well aware you can apply for 30 day extensions.
Currently many airlines are offering 'free' changes to flights. You can therefore book a 30 or 60 day return flight and once in Thailand change the return date to 60 or 90 days.