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    Romanised Thai

    Is romanised Thai understood by the Thai's, I wouldnt think so.
    So how would someone in a western country address mail to Thailand other than by getting a Thai to write it or photocopying something and pasting it on the letter.

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    Addresses in Romanised Thai are understood by the post office. Many times they are understood to contain MONEY too! write somethng across the envelope flap or paste a sticker there to keep it from being opened. Some idiot sent me cash money not surprised when it never arrived.

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie View Post
    Some idiot sent me cash money not surprised when it never arrived.
    I sent you money as well, don't tell me it hasn't arrived ?

    I've been really surprised how the posts office manages to deliver despite my address being written in various versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie View Post
    I've been really surprised how the posts office manages to deliver despite my address being written in various versions.
    Yes, they do quite well. I've never had any problem with not receiving something. And, I'm amazed at the speed. Always seems to take less than a week to or from anywhere in the world. (Except Saipan which takes three or four weeks to or from anywhere....)

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    Thanks guys
    Didn't want to send anything, just curious from reading other threads.
    Apart from the post office do others generally understand much.
    Vietnam had it's own unique script but was romanised by the frogs which made it both easier and more difficult for the tays (westerners). Easier because it was familiar to the eye but more difficult because the pronunciation could be quite different. I still find it hard to automatically use the Viet pronunciation when looking at roman characters. Having to learn the script would probably be easier in some ways.
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    Apart from the post office do others generally understand much.

    Nah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimsical View Post
    Is romanised Thai understood by the Thai's, I wouldnt think so.
    So how would someone in a western country address mail to Thailand other than by getting a Thai to write it or photocopying something and pasting it on the letter.
    I've had mail missing.

    Maybe you could scan the address in Thai (and also English) and email it to the person.

    Naw....would that work?

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    Well, if they make a printout and glue it to the envelope I dont see why not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milkman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Whimsical View Post
    Is romanised Thai understood by the Thai's, I wouldnt think so.
    So how would someone in a western country address mail to Thailand other than by getting a Thai to write it or photocopying something and pasting it on the letter.
    I've had mail missing.

    Maybe you could scan the address in Thai (and also English) and email it to the person.

    Naw....would that work?
    That's precisely what I did - sent an email to my brother with my address in Romanised Thai and in Thai. He made lots of labels from this and now I get mail from the family in envelopes with my address in both English and Thai, side by side.

    The important thing to get right is the numeric part of the address - e.g. 23/10 Moo 5 - and the post code. The rest - name of soi, road etc - can be misspelled, but should still arrive.

    Phuket is notorious for mail going "missing". I've had several letters not arrive - there's simply nothing that can be done. The Phuket Gazette newpaper regularly has letters about this problem, but it never gets sorted. There was a case where the post master at Patong was caught on film going through the mail - i.e. opening the letters - and pocketing the contents of some. The ones he opened were then thrown away. Inexplicably, he was told that he was filmed doing this and was allowed to go home. No one has seen him since - or so they say. He obviously has some friends in the right places. This is the sort of corruption in Thailand that needs stamping out, but as it happens from the very top downwards, it'll never happen.

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