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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    Bo Kwang Thong!
    Closer than Dubai but still a bit of a walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    I finally made it back to LoS after an epic trip from Dubai, all the hoops to jump through, ASQ, and money to pay etc etc.
    Welcome back. First question is: How did you get into Thailand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    all the hoops to jump through, ASQ, and money to pay etc etc.
    Seems the long right way...

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    Its in the middle of 'nowhere' - peaceful, clean air etc but only an hour to Pattaya, Reyong or BKK

    I'm not venturing out much as there is a kitchen to build, garden to dig, etc etc

    We just engaged K.Pot to build the car port

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Welcome back. First question is: How did you get into Thailand?
    Thanks!

    Quick answer - with a LOT of hassle. the Thai consulate-General took pity on me, I think and I managed to get a seat on a Thai-only repat flight.

    I will do a quick thread explaining it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    Thanks!

    Quick answer - with a LOT of hassle. the Thai consulate-General took pity on me, I think and I managed to get a seat on a Thai-only repat flight.

    I will do a quick thread explaining it all.

    I have more than a passing interest. My son is due to marry in the UK in a few months and I am wondering how I could return to Thailand if I leave. I'm not too optimistic that things will get a lot better in the near future. I hope that travel will get easier but hope alone isn't much of a plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Seems the long right way...
    Morning

    yeah - you are right - long way to do it but worth it. I would still be stuck in Dubai now, with little change of getting back this year.

    Thank goodness we did the boring office-registered wedding, and not the ornate ceremonial one - its the only one recognised in UAE (so PJ was able to come to Abu Dhabi 2 times) and as we now realise, that temple type ceremonial wedding is not recognised BY THAILAND either!!

    While my request was 'going through' I had to witness awful drama in the Consulate for guys who only had the wrong wedding type and were rejected from returning. Some of those guys have been stuck in UAE (and elsewhere), away from their families, for 8 months+

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    You mentioned before that the contractor wanted you to stay longer, did you do that when you realized that you were stuck there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I have more than a passing interest. My son is due to marry in the UK in a few months and I am wondering how I could return to Thailand if I leave. I'm not too optimistic that things will get a lot better in the near future. I hope that travel will get easier but hope alone isn't much of a plan.
    As I understand it, yep... you can leave! As you rightly said...its the getting back thats the problem.

    Tthe latest round of 'decisions' by the government imply that there might be some light at the end of the tunnel - the first batch of Chinese tourists are due into Phuket on 8th October, but on a strict basis - with quarantine, tags, etc.

    I was led to believe, unofficially, but by consulate personnel that there is no real desire to have mass entry before Q1 next year. Certainly seems to be panning out that way at the moment - lots of suggestions, 'initiatives', proposals, etc but all eventually coming to nothing and meanwhile the clock ticks on.

    You have to fit into one of the permitted groups to stand any chance or re-entry -then all the ASQ, insurance, testing, etc IF they grant you access - its still on a case by case basis. I scored when they changed the vetting process from the MFA to the local embassy / consulate.

    Check out Taya! shes a registered Thailand guide and seems to have the inside track on the latest government thinking - hope it helps


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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    You mentioned before that the contractor wanted you to stay longer, did you do that when you realized that you were stuck there?
    I retired. finished, and at that stage of the MOTF project, they were looking for staff thinning anyway (often the case with ME projects, where of course the western expat is 'expensive').

    My flight got cancelled due to BKK closing, abut at the time we did not know how long the situation would continue. The company very kindly kept me on for another month but after than it was not possible to extend the employment further.

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    I also have more than a passing interest in how easy it was to get back in to Thailand... the way things are looking on completion of my current work in Sweden I could be stuck here... I'm not sure that a return to the UK will be possible if it goes in to full lock down.

    I have the 'correct' wedding type, the Non O based on marriage visa (valid until next Feb), insurance, etc but have no idea just how difficult it will still be to get on a flight back to Bangkok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I also have more than a passing interest in how easy it was to get back in to Thailand... the way things are looking on completion of my current work in Sweden I could be stuck here... I'm not sure that a return to the UK will be possible if it goes in to full lock down.

    I have the 'correct' wedding type, the Non O based on marriage visa (valid until next Feb), insurance, etc but have no idea just how difficult it will still be to get on a flight back to Bangkok.
    greetings Mendip!

    I better crack on with the 'what-I-had-to-do-to-get-back' thread , then!


    as not easy, thats for sure

    Where are you, currently?

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    Gothenburg Sweden.

    There's a couple of guys heading back from here to the UK today... and whereas Sweden isn't on the UK red list, meaning that quarantine isn't mandatory if arriving in the UK from Sweden, you do have to quarantine if you travel through a 'red' country. Even transit through an airport is classed as traveling through that country. They're now trying to change their KLM flights since the easiest routes back to the UK are usually via AMS. The Netherlands is on the UK red list, thus that transit means mandatory quarantine.

    But that's all irrelevant to me... I want to get back to Thailand after this!

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    Congrats on your return to LOS, we got back to the states the first of march a week before they shut everything down.

    We've been looking at going back over Jan and Feb but still doesn't look good, don't want to spend 1/4 of our vacation

    sitting in a motel room, if they change it to a week we may consider it. Be looking forward to you updating us on your

    build.

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    So... Here's the finished house. hope you like it and thanks for the interest over the few months it took to build and tell the...

    ..what?

    Oh.. you want the bit 'in between'?

    OK.. finally, after a couple of false starts and TBH me adjusting to retired life and all the new problems that brings...

    >>I am ready to complete the thread. Sorry for the delay!

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    where did we leave off? ahh yes.. the roof on zone 3



    So...







    Some views from the 1st floor of zone 3, before the tilers got to work

    ...and here are some actual builders doing some actual roof work...


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    The roof work also included the shades under the roof


    inside wall of zone 3, looking across from the existing house


    Same, but looking up.


    Looking under before the soffit is on, and now it's tiled.


    Sorry.. a bit out of sequence, the same shade from the top. note how it meets up to the zone 2 shade.


    There's a gap 'tween zone 2 and 3 shades...


    ...filled with this purpose-made gutter.

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    Gables

    Of course, we had to manufacture these too, to match the existing

    K.Pot was right on it...









    And then fitting them




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    Extending the roof in zone 2

    K.pot made the overhang a bit short so, while he was doing zone 3, we extended the zone 2 overhang






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    Roofing

    Tiles were delivered...



    Insulation was delivered... (ignore the big red arrow... it was to show me where the tiles were in case I could not see them...)



    Let the roof games begin!




    View from the top - the palm oil plantation has really grown up now, and they are harvesting from it now


    With so many on it, the tiles got laid pretty quickly


    (on both sides!)


    Exactly the same construction method as before but this roof is not as tall.
    The zone 3 width is only 4m, zone 1 was 6m


    Made it - all the way on both sides!


    Meanwhile, someone inside is making sure all the tiles are secure


    There's even time for a break...7m up

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    Fantastic and a long awaited update ...

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    Looking good mate.

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    Absolutely superb

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    Massive project . . . and it looks simply excellent

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    Roof insulation

    If you remember from last time... there are 2 layers of insulation - one under the roof tiles and one over the suspended ceilings

    Here is the tile insulation going in...









    Meanwhile outside, the concrete joints are being formed over the tiles.


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