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Moving household goods to Vietnam from BKK

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2 minutes ago, WaveHunter said:

Totally agree.  I love living in Thailand in many ways but this whole IMM debacle over long stay visas is pure nonsense compared with the straight-forward regulations and procedures of Vietnam.  What it really boils dow to for me is that Vietnam is a rising star economically in SE Asia, and values the presence of ExPats and encourages them to come, whereas Thailand, at best, merely tolerates them.  I get a very palpable sense that Vietnamese people are genuinely friendly and engaging towards ExPats, whereas many Thai's, especially IMM officers are often patronizing at best.  It's not blatant, but you can definitely pick up on this difference sometimes.  All things considered, I;'d rather live where I am appreciated, rather than merely tolerated.

YES!!!  And YES on ALL points!  That's exactly correct.  It comes down to feeling accepted or welcome. Many Foreigners I know want to move, but reside to stay because they feel 'trapped", as though there is no other option.  Tired to move again, cost, settled in, etc.  Thailand has become like a marriage gone south.  At the end of the day, it's a place I don't belong anymore.  Staying in a place and feeling miserable is akin to slow tortuous death wether its a marriage or country.

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36 minutes ago, WaveHunter said:

I am assuming there will be no duties flying in with them, but (worst case scenario) if they were considered taxable,

Tell them you're going on a cycling holiday, no import duties.

I'm in CM, pay for my plane tickets and I'll come cycling with you (2 bikes in one trip)

Don't forget to compare prices with VietJet, direct flights from CNX.

 

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7 minutes ago, mike787 said:

I'm doing the same...but closer to pulling the trigger.  I have had it with money laundering and Thai immigration.  I realize there is NO Elysium, but the fight to reside in Thailand is too costly and frustrating to deal with Thai immigration, from drawing directions to my residence using crayons that idiots cannot follow, to playimg immigration Russian roulette with my Visa...Their kingdom is NOT Elysium, nor worth the fight anymore...

That's pretty funny.  I guess we all have stories about our bizarre interactions with IMM staff.  I had one officer take all my paperwork and literally throw it in my face, angrily stating, "NOT CORRECT!  DO AGAIN!"

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3 minutes ago, WaveHunter said:

Have you personal experience doing this?  I mean, could this raise any red flags with Customs if, say you make 2 or 3 trips in a short timeframe like a week?

1 entry a month, for my free VISA waiver anyway. No need to make so many trips in a short space of time.

Buy me tickets and I'll fly with you so you can bring 2 sets of luggage a time with no 'red flags'.

(I only need cabin baggage).

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6 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Fly with your stuff, it's only 1,500bht each way, make several trips.

GREAT suggestion that is applicable to many items.  I did that with my clothes and various other things.  The rest I sold or donated to needy people realizing it's ONLY stuff, I can start again at a cheaper replacement cost, and newer with better technology.  Once I reorientated my thinking process, I started to let go 90% of everything.  So easy!

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Just now, BritManToo said:

1 entry a month, for my free VISA waiver anyway. No need to make so many trips in a short space of time.

Buy me tickets and I'll fly with you so you can bring 2 sets of luggage a time with no 'red flags'.

(I only need cabin baggage).

I'm in too..I'm planing a trip this week to Nha trang.  If you need help, I'd be happy to assit.

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1 minute ago, BritManToo said:

Tell them you're going on a cycling holiday, no import duties.

I'm in CM, pay for my plane tickets and I'll come cycling with you (2 bikes in one trip)

Don't forget to compare prices with VietJet, direct flights from CNX.

 

I usually fly AirAsia but thanks for tip on VietJet; I'll check it out.  I'm probably over-reacting about VN duties on my bikes when flying in but even though they are used and look it, they are fairly hi-end (US$3k each) and I have three (probably will sell one when I'm back in Chiang Mai in August before my visa expires in Sep when I plan to move to VN. 

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2 minutes ago, WaveHunter said:

I usually fly AirAsia but thanks for tip on VietJet; I'll check it out.  I'm probably over-reacting about VN duties on my bikes when flying in but even though they are used and look it, they are fairly hi-end (US$3k each) and I have three (probably will sell one when I'm back in Chiang Mai in August before my visa expires in Sep when I plan to move to VN. 

With Mike and me helping, you can get all 3 bikes over in one 'cycling trip'.

Under 4k/bike ............ you know you want to keep them all.

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3 minutes ago, WaveHunter said:

I usually fly AirAsia but thanks for tip on VietJet; I'll check it out.  I'm probably over-reacting about VN duties on my bikes when flying in but even though they are used and look it, they are fairly hi-end (US$3k each) and I have three (probably will sell one when I'm back in Chiang Mai in August before my visa expires in Sep when I plan to move to VN. 

I second the Vietjet suggestion based on experience...VERY cheap flights, and extra baggage fees.

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4 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

1 entry a month, for my free VISA waiver anyway. No need to make so many trips in a short space of time.

Buy me tickets and I'll fly with you so you can bring 2 sets of luggage a time with no 'red flags'.

(I only need cabin baggage).

Clever idea 🙂  Are you planning to stay long term and getting a long-term visa?  Just curious because it sounds so easy to get a one-year visa, even a Business visa.  That's the real attraction for me because even though I have a "retirement" visa, I am actually self-employed working online only with USA clients and I'm just getting sick and tired of playing this stupid "stay under the radar" game with IMM.

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4 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

With Mike and me helping, you can get all 3 bikes over in one 'cycling trip'.

Under 4k/bike ............ you know you want to keep them all.

Thanks to both of you guys; you're making me feel real optimistic about making the move!

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Just now, WaveHunter said:

Clever idea 🙂  Are you planning to stay long term and getting a long-term visa?  Just curious because it sounds so easy to get a one-year visa, even a Business visa.  That's the real attraction for me because even though I have a "retirement" visa, I am actually self-employed working online only with USA clients and I'm just getting sick and tired of playing this stupid "stay under the radar" game with IMM.

I just like to have holidays there every 90 days (non 'o' VISA) when my Thai VISA expires.

So just the 2 weeks my VISA waiver allows.

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11 minutes ago, mike787 said:

GREAT suggestion that is applicable to many items.  I did that with my clothes and various other things.  The rest I sold or donated to needy people realizing it's ONLY stuff, I can start again at a cheaper replacement cost, and newer with better technology.  Once I reorientated my thinking process, I started to let go 90% of everything.  So easy!

I did the same thing when I moved to Thailand from USA.  It's amazing how many things you cling to that you don't really need.  It was such a liberating feeling to arrive here with only what I actually needed and nothing else.

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17 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Tell them you're going on a cycling holiday, no import duties.

I'm in CM, pay for my plane tickets and I'll come cycling with you (2 bikes in one trip)

Don't forget to compare prices with VietJet, direct flights from CNX.

 

use Flight google..super easy, accurate, helpful, and consistent.

https://www.google.com/flights#flt=/m/049d1..2019-06-07*./m/049d1.2019-06-11;c:USD;e:1;ls:1w;sd:0;t:h

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3 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

I just like to have holidays there every 90 days (non 'o' VISA) when my Thai VISA expires.

So just the 2 weeks my VISA waiver allows.

I'm confused.  You mean you presently have a One year Thai Non-O with single-entry and have to make a border run every 90 days?

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