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  1. Is DHL ripping me off

    I have no problem in paying duty either but I will not pay it unnecessarily. Shipping by courier costs almost three times as much as international signed for mail and the shipping charge alone with courier companies puts the total cost (so far as calculating import duty, tax and fees) above the threshold for charging those fees........that is even without the cost/value of the goods. If I am looking to buy anything through the internet now I always ask if they will ship by regular mail. If they tell me they only ship by courier then I do not buy. Even if they do levy import charges when receiving packages with Thailand Post it is possible to appeal the charge which I have done successfully in the past and had charges reduced when their assessment has been in excess of provable (with paperwork) value/cost. I once had a 1700 baht charge reduced to 470 baht.
  2. Is DHL ripping me off

    The threshold for charging duty and taxes is 1000 THB and this number will include the cost of shipping. Generally the cost of shipping by regular mail is much cheaper. My experience with DHL is that they will assess duty on the total cost including shipping and then add on what they call a 'handling charge' for collecting the fees on behalf of the government. As a recent example of the the excesses of courier companies I just received a printed tee shirt I ordered from the UK from a seller on ebay. Initially the price quoted (automatically using the 'global shipping programme') was £53.51 but this included all fees including import and tax etc. This I thought was a bit steep given that the price of the tee shirt was £14.95. I asked the seller if they would send it by regular mail and explained how courier companies tend inflate costs fees in order to be sure of collecting their own extra fees on top of the cost of carriage whilst cosying up to the government. The seller looked into the cost of sending the tee-shirt by Royal Mail tracked/Thailand Post and the cost was £9.25 which put the total cost right around the threshold for duty and tax. The tee-shirt was mailed out to me on Feb 14th and it was delivered today with no duty or tax to pay and the full value was declared on the customs sticker. My cost of £24.21 was much much cheaper than the £53.51 through the 'global shipping programme'. I learned this lesson the hard way a few years ago and paid for it. The shipping time by regular mail was also quicker than that by the courier company. I live in a small village miles from anywhere and my regular postman usually knows where to find me if I am not at home when there is a package to be signed for where courier companies have real difficulty sometimes in finding my place. One courier driver even suggested leaving a package at a shop he was delivering to...........20 KM from where I live!...........he just did not want to drive to a place so far away.
  3. I am registered at a number or hospitals but only one is local to where I live. For each hospital the registration process and documentary requirements were slightly different. When I registered at the Suranaree University Hospital in Korat I had only to show my Thai ID card to register and that is all I need should I require treatment at any time. I understand that at some hospitals I may have to pay for medication but at my local hospital in Khonburi (Nakhon Ratchasima province) I do not. Most hospitals will issue an ID card after registration and Fort Suranaree Military Hospital in Korat issued a photo card ID. So, it seems that every government hospital has a slightly different way of doing things so what may apply to one hospital may not apply to another. I should say that I am entitled to the same healthcare as Thai Government employees by virtue of my wife being a teacher.
  4. Police arrest Chinese man after finding illegal timber worth Bt30m

    Near to where I live there is a military/police base that straddles a closed off road through Thap Lan National Park. One day, when they left the barrier up and unmanned, we drove into the camp and saw a large number of vehicles some of which were quite new and a huge amount of timber all of which had been confiscated from poachers. So, at the very least, vehicles are confiscated before the lumber is cut up. Of course this very much depends on catching the perpetrators in the act of stealing the wood and obviously this is happening, you just don't hear about it. Something allied to this but not mentioned is the possible presence of wild tigers in the Kaho Yai/Thap Lan area. The authorities, quite rightly in my opinion, have not revealed the location of the trail cameras which recorded footage of wild tigers last year.
  5. Police arrest Chinese man after finding illegal timber worth Bt30m

    Pity they could not catch the loggers cutting the trees down,they always catch them after it is all cut up and processed into planks,wonder why that is ..... Near to where I live there is a military/police base that straddles a closed off road through Thap Lan National Park. One day, when they left the barrier up and unmanned, we drove into the camp and saw a large number of vehicles some of which were quite new and a huge amount of confiscated timber all of which had been confiscated from poachers. So, at the very least, vehicles are confiscated before the lumber is cut up. Of course this very much depends on catching the perpetrators in the act of stealing the wood and obviously this is happening, you just don't hear about it. Something allied to this but not mentioned is the possible presence of wild tigers in the Kaho Yai/Thap Lan area. The authorities, quite rightly in my opinion, have not revealed the location of the trail cameras which recorded footage of wild tigers last year.
  6. Trump is no stranger to money laundering. He got caught out numerous times flaunting anti money laundering regulations when he owned Trump Taj Mahal.
  7. American/Russian drug dealing couple arrested on Koh Phangan

    Robert Mueller: "Now if we can only link this guy to the Trump campaign..........we got him!"
  8. ................and fugitive former prime ministers travel to London.
  9. Finding a builder in Prakon Chai

    Steven, the owner of Coffee Corner recently had his house built in the area and would be a good source of info, plus all the expats who go there.
  10. Gun-making prisoners to be given army jobs

    Maybe all of those in prison for drugs can find openings in the pharmaceutical industry too. Drug problem solved!
  11. I am intrigued as to why anyone would go to Chiang Mai and spend a day out at a plush hotel. Surely there is a lot more to see and do in Chiang Mai.
  12. Remembrance Day Saturday 11th Nov

    There is a Remembrance Day ceremony at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery followed by a smaller ceremony at Chungkai War Cemetery, also in Kanchanaburi. On Sunday 12th November there is a ceremony within the confines of the British Embassy in Bangkok. So far as I know there is no commemoration in Pattaya mainly because the RBL and others tend to travel to Kanchanaburi and/or Bangkok where there are official places of remembrance and official ceremonies. I travel from the Korat area to Kanchanaburi every November and April for Remembrance and ANZAC Days. Many travel by personal transport from Pattaya but there is also a mini-bus I believe, organised by the RBL. You may have left it a bit late to arrange transport and attend the Kanchanaburi but you are welcome to the ceremony and various get-togethers if you would like to travel. I always spend a few days/nights in Kanchanaburi. It is well worth spending a few days there as there is a lot to see and do, particularly to do with the Thailand/Burma Railway where many prisoners of war died during it's construction. If you would like further information please get in touch.
  13. That is not so. I was directed to the immigration office near to the bridge and had to wait two hours for the office to open. Clearly, in this case, my first attempted crossing did not happen during working hours. The original post was specific to Savannakhet and not a general question about border crossings so what happens at other border crossings is irrelevant.
  14. New Aspire C22...Where's my Win 10?

    I bought a Dell laptop from IT City and paid for Windows 10 to be installed as none of the computers come with an OS pre-installed. If you did pay for W10 to be installed you would know because you would have had to wait for some time for it to be done.
  15. The procedure at the border requires the stamp to be transferred prior to attempting to leave so therefore it is not possible to use two passports to leave Thailand at this crossing. I was directed to the immigration office near to the border crossing at Mukdahan where my 90 day permission was transferred (free of charge) along with the departure card. Once this was done my old passport was of no further use so far as Thai Immigration was concerned. I got caught out by someone who said on this forum that both passports could be used at the border.
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