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    What's the best way to send money FROM Thailand...?

    ...to the UK?

    If you haven't got a Thai bank account, and have a large wad of cash.

    I'm assuming that MoneyGram inside the SCB or WesternUnion are about the only sensible options?

    I'm contemplating trying to open up a bank account to do a bank transfer, but I don't have a WP, just a B Visa.

    Any experiences?
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    Give it me I'll do it for you, it's getting a bit tricky now a days transferring back out of Thailand

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    U sure? You don't know where it came from bruv...

    I think the best bet is SCB and moneygram; WU is a bit pricey.

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    I was hoping for a bit of a general thread about the vicissitudes of exporting cash out, rather than an MKP or dead thread...

    My limited understanding is that you can maybe do it through a bank transfer if you can open an account, but there are limits, and it's easier done through a company; but even then there's letters that have to be written stating the source and the precise amount etc...

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    My understanding is, did the money come from the sale of a house? and do you have the original Foreign Exchange doc? if so then I'm led to believe you can transfer back out, if you cannot prove where the money came from I think a bit more difficult.

    They are changing the rules on a daily basis cant keep up with them

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    I didn't think it was a requirement to have a WP to open a bank account?

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    small and often, travellers cheques ?

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    depends on amount you are talking about, gold bullion coins are easy to post

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    Western Union is the most dependable, but they have limits. I believe it's $999.00 per transaction. You could do several transactions depending on the total amount you want to send. But, Western Union is expensive. If you have a non-b or a non-oa you can open a bank account.

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    Buy it all in silver, and make it into a belt. Walk straight into a silver shop when you get back and sell it. Don't take cash, with cash (in the UK anyway) thay will laugh at it and give you a rate about 20% worse than here. Or open an account here and use your Thai ATM there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnastier View Post
    Buy it all in silver, and make it into a belt. Walk straight into a silver shop when you get back and sell it. Don't take cash, with cash (in the UK anyway) thay will laugh at it and give you a rate about 20% worse than here. Or open an account here and use your Thai ATM there.
    Have you any idea of the spread on silver? And not only that the spread on unidentifiable purity formless silver? How bulky will silver be to carry in any reasonable monetary amount? When compared to an internationally recognised gold bullion coin this silver suggestion bewilders me. Can you tell me exactly what you mean by laugh at Thai currency? I have exchanged more unusual currencies than bht and never once did it provoke laughter in the bank, nor was the spread excessive, especially compared to using a foreign ATM card and all the associated costs with that. I'd be interested to know about your experiences with the silver belt though.

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    Wrap it in brown paper, tie a string round it. Lick stamp, fix to parcel. Post it.

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    Uh, buy a cashiers cheque?

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    Quote Originally Posted by draco888
    When compared to an internationally recognised gold bullion coin this silver suggestion bewilders me.
    Sure, your suggestion is fine too, buy a load of gold chains/rings, bracelets etc. Guess it depends on the amount. The belt trick I learnt from a swiss guy years ago that was bringing a lot of silver back to switzerland from India.
    Quote Originally Posted by draco888
    Can you tell me exactly what you mean by laugh at Thai currency?
    I didn't mean physically laugh - , but when a mate of mine took a load of cash from Thailand to the UK he was getting offered terrible rates 10-20% under what you would get here. He bought it all back
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    The only reasonably economic way to do it with metals is internationally recognised gold bullion coins ie maple leafs, kruggerands, eagles, pandas or nuggets. The spread on these coins will be approximately 6%.

    Yes the spread on cash bank notes is high maybe around 20%

    Simplest way is to open a bank account, you do not need a work permit to do so.

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    I am retired and was able to open a Thai bank account though it is a joint account in conjunction with my wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by draco888 View Post

    Simplest way is to open a bank account, you do not need a work permit to do so.
    experience tells me otherwise though it might be worth a try

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiLeakHunt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by draco888 View Post

    Simplest way is to open a bank account, you do not need a work permit to do so.
    experience tells me otherwise though it might be worth a try
    takes 15 mins with an ATM card issued on the spot.

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    Things have changed since I tried 5 years ago..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiLeakHunt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by draco888 View Post

    Simplest way is to open a bank account, you do not need a work permit to do so.
    experience tells me otherwise though it might be worth a try
    Mate, you walk down the street with 100k in cash and walk into every bank you pass. If you start soi1 I promise you will have a bank account by the time you get to Thonglor

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    I opened an account last year with my passport (no wp) and our skirts or rather her mothers tabien bahn.

    Done and dusted in 20 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnastier View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SiLeakHunt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by draco888 View Post

    Simplest way is to open a bank account, you do not need a work permit to do so.
    experience tells me otherwise though it might be worth a try
    Mate, you walk down the street with 100k in cash and walk into every bank you pass. If you start soi1 I promise you will have a bank account by the time you get to Thonglor
    exactly! you could do the same with 1k

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    Quote Originally Posted by draco888
    kes 15 mins with an ATM card issued on the spot.
    Firstly you need to appear respectable. Shave and nice clean clothes. Then depends on a bank, then on a branch. And then again you need to appear respectable back to nice and clean. So no russian-like wife beaters.
    If you have some problem with Thai authorities, you will not get anything, if you are another good person you will get your atm card with the right bank. Now credit card for farang is another thing... (not difficult as I see it, but thousands of posts somewhere)

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    forgot to mention work permit, credit history, non imm multi entry visa and all that - but you can do it without that if you have the money and credibility

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    Not sure if its still the case but when I needed to open a Thai bank account I was told the green bank (Kasikorn) was the easiest to get without a work permit.

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