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Last night my partner and I went downtown to a Thai friends' restaurant for dinner (during which we were the only customers by the way).

 

During our time there a Thai lady and her son came in and talked to her friend, the restaurateur. We couldn't help but hear their conversation to which, not before long, my partner joined in. This chatter went on for some 30 minutes and often I was asked for some 'falang' advice. In typical Thai ways there were many different stories, but eventually the crux of the matter came out. 

 

This lady was married to an Englishman, and has (so I'm told) Tambon documents proving such.

He was previously married in the UK and, so I was told, has a son there.

For a number of years this Englishman spent 6 months, or so, here and six months, or so, in the UK.

This couple conceived a son, born (not sure) about 5 years ago.

Reportedly, the husband / father stated on numerous occasions, he would take care of his son, even if he died.

He also had promised to eventually take his Thai wife and son back to live in the UK - as a result, at birth, the son was registered as British and currently has a (pristine) British Passport, which I was shown.

The Thai wife hadn't heard from her husband for quite some time and was now becoming rather anxious. 

This week she was finally able to contact her husband's brother, only to be told her husband died about 1 year ago.

The husband's brother now refuses to talk further to the Thai lady.

 

The real problem here is that this young lad in question is not a Thai citizen, is a falang, is a British subject. As a result the mother gets no assistance from the Thai government in anyway shape or form, no medical, no schooling, no nothing.  She is becoming desperate for the lad's future, as he's a falang, a British falang.

 

I told her she must go and see the British Embassy, but as she pointed out she can't go - due to the virus in and around BKK. Also, in hindsight, we all know how inept embassy staff can be, at times.

 

This lady needs help, she says not for herself but for their son. I can't help any further as I am not British. 

 

For my way of thinking she needs a good British Samaritan to help and advise her how to resolve her problem, which really is her son's problem. Surely such a person(s) exists here in CNX amongst the British expats. Any helpers?????

 

PS - I don't know the lady's name, and the only way I know how she can be contacted is through our mutual friend, the restaurateur. And I really am unable to shed any further light on her problem.  

 

     

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It seems a bit iffy the brother says he's died and now doesn't want to talk to her, or does the mother come with some history?

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16 minutes ago, ChipButty said:

It seems a bit iffy the brother says he's died and now doesn't want to talk to her, or does the mother come with some history?

Everything is possible

a lot of farangs seem to decide to suddenly ''die''

because it's the only ''easy'' way they found to stop the monthly paiement

or because now they are more happy with their farang wife

anyway if the mother is Thai, then the son is Thai too, i don't really see where is her problem

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10 minutes ago, 2530Ubon said:

The boy, as many have rightly pointed out, is a dual citizen IF the lady in question is Thai.

She should know this, so it's quite likely that she isn't a Thai person, or she's not being entirely truthful. 

Regardless of whether or not she is Thai, she can still seek assistance from the British Embassy.

 

There is an honorary consul in Chiang Mai - Perhaps she could pop over or call him. He could help make any appointments / find out what the embassy could do for her.

 

Honorary Consul Jon Glendinning
Address 198 Bumrungraj Road
Muang
Chiang Mai 50000
Thailand
Phone

local: (053) 263.015

 

This contact info is many years out of date.

 

The British Consulate in Chiang Mai is no more (for many years).

 

The previous honorary consul was Ben Svasti.

 

Best to contact the British Embassy in Bangkok.

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13 minutes ago, Antonymous said:

 

This contact info is many years out of date.

 

The British Consulate in Chiang Mai is no more (for many years).

 

The previous honorary consul was Ben Svasti.

 

Best to contact the British Embassy in Bangkok.

I do apologise, you're correct! It is still Ben:

Chiang Mai

Ben Svasti Thomson

Email: [email protected]

 

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16 minutes ago, Antonymous said:

 

This contact info is many years out of date.

 

The British Consulate in Chiang Mai is no more (for many years).

 

The previous honorary consul was Ben Svasti.

 

Best to contact the British Embassy in Bangkok.

In the part of the forum reserved to the British consulate

the consul in chiang mai seems to be still here

 

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