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  1. DHL collect import charges on behalf of the government and will not release any package in their possession until those charges have been paid. The fact that the package was delivered means that any payment leverage they once had is long gone, and that at the time they accepted the proof of payment provided. When I received a package through DHL a few years ago the procedure was that I had to make a bank transfer into their account and then after obtaining proof of payment from my bank (no electronic payment was allowed) I had to scan and email the proof of payment to DHL. Only then did they release the package for delivery. So far as DHL are concerned once the charges have been assessed it is merely a computer exercise to process them but they do add a 'handling charge' for collecting the fees due to the government, and unbelievably that handling charge is subject to VAT. Don't forget also that the charges are assessed on the value of the goods plus the shipping charge so almost anything sent from the UK to Thailand will incur import duty and VAT just on the shipping charge alone.
  2. Terminal 21 in Korat has the best toilets I have ever experienced, and an experience it really is. There is a control panel on which you can adjust the direction, strength and temperature of the water jets that will wash your parts after you finish your business. There is a control to adjust the strength, temperature and direction of the forced air jets that will dry you after the water has finished cleaning. Apart from that the rest of the toilet is kept spotlessly clean. As far as Thai toilet experiences go this is the best........and it's free!
  3. Don't confuse value with price. What you pay for an item and what the declared value actually is may not be the value for assessment purposes by Thai customs. You can challenge the assessed value. I have done this successfully but had to provide invoices etc Any assessment of duty, tax and fees is in the interest of the courier company because they will charge you for collecting on behalf of the government. Bear in mind that duty and fees is assessed on the total value including shipping. The minimum shipping charge of some companies exceeds the threshold at which duty and fees start meaning that even if the value of the item(s) were zero then you may still pay just on shipping charge alone. Courier companies charge a handling fee for collecting and paying duty/taxes/fees to the government. The handling fee is subject to VAT. Anything you import by courier is subject to the following: (Item value + shipping charge = Total price) You will pay: Total price +Import duty +VAT +Handling charge +VAT on handling charge I worked out that to buy a football shirt from a particular English club's website, including the above fees/charges, it would cost me £89.92 and that is based on an original shirt price of £37.00. Obviously one of the reasons why there are so many fake shirts on sale here.
  4. I live in a small village south of Korat, not far from Khonburi and Soeng Sang. For three years we have had 3BB broadband and never had any major problems. In that time our speed has also been upgraded at no extra cost. I have no complaints at all.
  5. The number has no bearing on collection. What does have a bearing is where you are placed in the queue before the gate opens for collection. The number only serves to help the staff at the consulate retrieve your passport quickly. You could have a high number and be first in the queue and you will be the first to get back your passport/visa. If you want to arrive early for collection there is no shade whilst you wait. I would suggest you take an umbrella or some other way of protecting yourself from the sun. An umbrella would be best because, of course, it may be raining. Also you may wish to check Laos public holidays because the consulate may be closed even if there is no public holiday in Thailand. It may be difficult to get back to Mukdahan by 4.00 pm particularly if you are going to rely on the bus service from the bridge.
  6. Around fifteen years ago I had to renew my still valid passport in which I had used only a few pages. I had no problems because I had left the passport in the pocket of a pair of jeans which was found by the lady who did my laundry, after the jeans had been through a washing machine. I am not for one moment suggesting that you destroy your passport by this method. Just let it be a warning that accidents do happen.
  7. Yes, you have to get a visa which is issued at the border. The visa lasts for 30 days. This is the case for both Laos and Cambodia.
  8. After the new passport is issued the old passport is no longer a valid travel document despite what you may have done in the past. Until you receive the new passport you will not know when it was issued. You seem to be confusing cancellation date and issue date and that is why the website tells you that you can not use the old passport for travel, only for ID purposes. This applies moreso here in Thailand where it is required that you carry your passport at all times, although most people either do not or they carry a photocopy.
  9. I am speaking from experience which happened within the past two weeks......and there is actually a special form with a list of required documents (mostly photocopies) to complete before the transfer can be done.
  10. My application was submitted on April 3rd. Issue date on the new passport was April 7th. I was not aware of the issue date until I received the new passport on April 26th. According to HMPO the old passport becomes invalid as a legal travel document when the new one is issued, in my case that was 4 days after application. Just for your information IPS became HMPO when the government officially scrapped plans for a national ID card in the UK and lost it's status as an executive agency, becoming part of the Home Office.
  11. There is a form for transfer of stamps from old to new passport and it has to be done at an immigration office and not at the border. You are getting a little confused, and not for the first time. Leaving is not the same as arriving and I am fully aware that someone may arrive with two passports if the newer passport was issued in another place. I am talking specifically about attempting to leave the country after you have received you new passport and when the visa and stamp with departure card are in the old passport. There has to be some kind of continuity, the old passport is cancelled when you receive the new one and you will also receive a letter form the British Embassy asking Thai Immigration to transfer the stamps to the new passport. You can not leave the country on a passport which to all intents and purposes is no longer valid because that is what you are asking to do. I had to go through that on my way to Laos a few weeks ago and the transfer had to be completed before I could leave Thailand. I am not making it up so therefore it is not bs as you seem to think.
  12. But then if you do get hit by lightning the first place they will look will be your mobile phone to see if any numbers can be discerned. Dead or alive why waste a golden opportunity?
  13. It is because that is the way that DHL ships stuff from the UK to Thailand. East Midlands Airport is the UK hub for DHL and Leipzig is the European hub. Most stuff going into EMA within the UK goes by road and I can tell you that it is a very secure facility.
  14. Right but we were talking about passport applied for in Bangkok and picked up in Bangkok. I realise of course that a British passport holder may return to the UK to renew his/her passport. I was talking about the transfer of the stamp and departure card which were issued in the old passport, both of thise have to be transferred before you can use the new passport to cross the border out of Thailand......................and even though the old passport is no longer valid it is stamped to the effect that the stamp and departure card have been transferred to the new passport at which time you can then use the new passport to cross the border out of Thailand. It was not that you misread about renewing a UK passport it was that you were completely wrong to the point of denying that UK passports now have to be applied for at the Trendy Office Building. Your assertion was that you had to apply on line and that anyone who said that you get a new UK passport in Bangkok was wrong..............................Turned out it was you who was wrong. Now I am going to quote something to you from an email I received: "Your current passport will be invalid on issue of your new UK passport. If you decide to travel against the advise of the GOV.UK website and experience problems, this is solely your decision" This was extracted directly from an email received today from HMPO and makes it clear that when the new passport is issued then the current passport becomes invalid. As I said before you would not neccessarily know the date your new passport is issued but that date is marked clearly in the new passport and is not to be confused with the date on which you received your new passport. Did it ever occur to you why the website tells you not to travel on a passport once you have applied for a new one?
  15. HMG is presumably 'Her Majesty's Government' which has no jurisdiction whatsoever over the whims and regulations governing immigration in Thailand. You can argue all you want at the border about what Her Majesty's Government says but when faced with 'real time on the ground' information from an immigration officer you have no choice but to comply. You may be able to "to use the visa if you carry both passports” but if you have a multi-entry visa then this visa must be transferred to the new passport before you attempt to cross a border out of Thailand. You can not, therefore, use two passports. Suddenly you have become an expert when not two months ago you were demonstrably incorrect in just about everything you claimed.