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    What to do with all your property if you decide to head far away from Thailand.

    This has been a major worry to me over the years. This will be my last 12 month period in Thailand as my fiance and I plan to relocate to the UK marry and do some Post Grad studyidge after seven years in the LOS for me and four for my sweetheart. Despite knowing that I would one day be giving most of the stuff away I have amassed a two bedroom house full of... the "stuff of life" if you will. But collectively nothing would justify the cost of shiping the lot to England. However a lot of the stuff I would really hate to give away or sell cheap I've got one of those flashy Shiney black screened Sony wideboys and a nice dark wood book case with over 250 novels.... But as I said none of these things justify the cost of shipping ... It is a real conundrum. I was thinking about continuing to rent my house and pop back in the holidays but if I spend a couple of years in teacher training it will be pretty hard justifying shelling out the rent for a house I don't even use.


    +Has anyone moved away from Thai after staying years and years in Thailand? If so what should I be looking out for? Last time I went on holiday I identified several women as men.... (It wasn't really my fault the huge shoulders and brick shapped jaw would confuse most used to a more delicate breed of women)

    +Has anyone shipped a large cargo of presonal belongings to the *UK?

    +Anyone got any novel solutions re ditching the bulk of your belongings?
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    The odds are she will dump you or you dump her before the 12 months are finished so I wouldn't worry about it for now

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog
    +Has anyone shipped a large cargo of presonal belongings to the *UK?
    not to UK. but moved a few times now.

    its pretty easy - the shippping companies do all the hard work. it does cost though.

    I move everything I value with me.

    it aint worth keeping anything to come back to, bring it with you or give/throw it away.

    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog
    +Anyone got any novel solutions re ditching the bulk of your belongings?
    expensive/decent things sell.

    loads of other stuff give away.

    give away to friends, give away to maids etc. let someone else enjoy have the use of your stuff/clothes/books.

    storage aint worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog
    What to do with all your property if you decide to head far away from Thailand.
    Plenty of orphanages and or other welfare institutions that would gladly accept what you don't want to keep.

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    Liberate yourself and burn the lot while high on booze and yaabaa.

    Dance around the flames naked to invoke spirits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmperorTud
    Liberate yourself and burn the lot while high on booze and yaabaa. Dance around the flames naked to invoke spirits.
    That's pretty much what I did when I left Chavistan.

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    Is giving those items you value to a friend for cartaking and use until you come back an option. I'm having a similar consideration about what I'm going to be squeezing into the 20 foot container I'm bring to Thai. Those things of real setimental value that can not be hand carried back from Thai to the US when I "kick the bucket" will not be brought to Thai and will probably be given to my children back in the states. I am bringing to Thailand though, some nice pieces that I have acquired from my travels around the world. I like nice things around me (people, furniture, art work, books), what can I say.
    "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff....and it is all small stuff"

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    I would be interested in your books

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Plenty of orphanages and or other welfare institutions that would gladly accept what you don't want to keep.
    Absolutely
    Quote Originally Posted by good2bhappy
    I would be interested in your books
    Me, too.

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    Shipping costs are way down at the moment, may be worth checking what rate you can get?

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    I have moved home/country at least 9 times in the last 40+years and never had a problem.
    Will ignore 2 times 'cos the company shipped everything - lock stock and barrel.

    The other times I just look around the house and decide what really means a lot to me - a few small antiques that my mum left me - photographs - fishing rods - a few odds and ends that are inconsequential to other people but bring back good memories to me, my laptop and a handful of memory sticks with the contents of my desktop, a few books and that's it !
    As I always rent houses unfurnished I either sell the few sticks and freezer/fridge and leave what's left over for the landlady.
    90% of clothes are given away to needy causes.
    If any friends I have want anything that I am leaving - they are welcome !

    New country = new start !!
    I enjoy it !!!



    PS as I always have pets I make sure they go to good homes - friends or colleagues who have known them ( and vice versa) a few weeks before I leave to make sure they settle in ok.
    Couldn't sell them - would feel like a slave trader !

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    Have shipped personal effects from LOS twice. Now in the process of sending stuff from Aus to Fiji. Have heard LOS-UK is relative cheap due to the higher volumes of stuff going by sea to Europe and the customs/quarantine procedures aint as tough as where I come from.

    I mainly do it as I need my library for work but have found that shipping ends up saving you money relative to the costs of buying new stuff where ever you end up. Although if you have to pay to put the stuff in storage whilst you find a new abode etc then any savings will be quickly eroded. One thing we did the last time was to pack stuff for sale in amongst our stuff which gave us a nice little earner whilst we were starting up.

    Shipping companies in Thailand are crying out for work at the moment.

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    I've kept stuff for folks before. If they don't call or return in two years, I open the boxes and give the stuff away. I left stuff in Thail, too. When a friend's restaurant burned down, I told them to give the appliance to her. Had personal stuff shipped over, but threw out half of it.
    You could rent the house furnished, but chances of returning to it "as was" are iffy.

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    MOST International shipping companies charge by "Metric Ton" which is more a factor of size than weight. As I recall its basically by the cubic meter or pretty close. Check out the stuff you might want to take with you, estimate the cubes (don't forget packing and crating) and get an estimate. As mentioned before, seaborne freight is very low cost at the moment. They are actively competing for business. Get some quotes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Gibbon
    MOST International shipping companies charge by "Metric Ton" which is more a factor of size than weight. As I recall its basically by the cubic meter or pretty close.
    I always got charged by volume from the UK.

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    I just shipped 60kgs of stuff from kimchistan to UK for about 80 quid. Quite happy with that.

    Especially as it arrived ahead of me after only 6 weeks

    We have a few things to send from here, but using the same method of the Thai post office it's going to cost about 50 quid to post 10kgs by surface.

    Might just chuck the stuff in the bin that we bought to send back.

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    A 20' container should just about do the job.

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    Just checked out Fed Ex

    They will ship their 25kg box for ~5100B to the UK.

    Not a bad deal

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    For a bit of indication of how much it costs to send stuff yourself, it just cost me 25,000 baht to send about 700kgs of stuff from Bangkok-Sydney by ship. That included the shipping blokes building wooden crates for fragile stuff and full fumigation.

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