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I have now received letters from the UK some 3 months after they were posted, the second occurrence yesterday.

Annoyingly both times they contained letters that required a reply within a certain timeframe. The first time it didn't matter too much but this second time is slightly more important.

Date on letter 8th August 2020, received yesterday.

 

How do I know if when I reply that the same thing won't happen.

It is all very well the post office saying it will take two weeks to get to UK.

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I had two bank statements arrive yesterday one dated July 2020 and the other November 2019  

Maybe you should specify  "By Airmail" for return if it is a letter.   I think price comes into with most people sending  things long distance. So if the sender chose a cheaper option it mig

Update from Royal Mail England. James, the local donkey post delivery agent was stuck and post could not be delivered on time. Please accept our sincere apologies.

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Depends a bit where you live the more you live in the sticks the worse delivery can get. I live in BKK and get my UK post (from ebay) usually in 2 weeks.

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Maybe you should specify  "By Airmail" for return if it is a letter.

 

I think price comes into with most people sending  things long distance. So if the sender chose a cheaper option it might even have come by boat.

I have had some  things take three months. Others, and these were boxes, not letters, I have specifically asked for "tracked and signed for" at the UK Post Office, and have been given  the options of delivery within either 5 or 10 business days.

But these are not cheap.

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49 minutes ago, OneeyedJohn said:

I have now received letters from the UK some 3 months after they were posted, the second occurrence yesterday.

Annoyingly both times they contained letters that required a reply within a certain timeframe. The first time it didn't matter too much but this second time is slightly more important.

Date on letter 8th August 2020, received yesterday.

 

How do I know if when I reply that the same thing won't happen.

It is all very well the post office saying it will take two weeks to get to UK.

 

They told me four to six weeks to the U.K.....it arrived in less than two.

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I just last week sent an A4 document to Scotland and it got there in 7 days.

 

I had asked the post office here (very rural, very small) for EMS but it seems they didn't understand me and sent it regular mail at a cost of 37 Baht, which I haven't paid yet as they couldn't tell me how much.

 

I think luck more than plays a part with mail anywhere now.

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The girl showed me the big red R for registered  post labels, so I said how much and she wrote out on a piece of paper, 800 baht for 1 week, or 180 baht for two weeks, so I just said normal, which cost 48 baht for two identical letters.

 

I had to explain that Great Britain was the UK.

 

By boat - u have to be kidding.

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3 minutes ago, OneeyedJohn said:

I wouldn't call Chiang Rai , where I live in the sticks, so what is going on.

Thats an easy one, Thailand, where consistency is rare and luck of the draw is the norm 😁

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I requested a new debit card from the UK. M-I-L sent it registered post. (I had asked her to courier it.) After three weeks I requested another one. S-I-L sent it by courier. It arrived on Samui four days later. The posted one arrived after 6 weeks.

A lot of problems with the post from the UK is a shortage of flights.

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Had a parcel sent by Royal Mail came in 10 days, sent a 

birthday card to UK, arrived 7 days later,the first PO I went

to wanted to charge 200 THB, as they said no normal post

to anywhere,don't know if they were trying to con me,or just

did not know,so went to the PO i normally use 24 THB,

regards worgeordie

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46 minutes ago, phetphet said:

Maybe you should specify  "By Airmail" for return if it is a letter.

 

I think price comes into with most people sending  things long distance. So if the sender chose a cheaper option it might even have come by boat.

I have had some  things take three months. Others, and these were boxes, not letters, I have specifically asked for "tracked and signed for" at the UK Post Office, and have been given  the options of delivery within either 5 or 10 business days.

But these are not cheap.

Update from Royal Mail England.

James, the local donkey post delivery agent was stuck and post could not be delivered on time.

Please accept our sincere apologies.

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