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    Day 15 13th August

    Not surprisingly, I was awake and up early, even though they were not coming until 9am

    I passed on the breakfast, because we were heading to Khoonsin restaurant as soon as we got away from the hotel.

    Reception called to check the time and would get the porter to collect the suitcases.

    I packed my few belongings back into my 2 suitcases, made my coffee and called PJ on skype.

    They had just set off!

    My mental clock had them arriving at about 9.10am, what's 10 minutes!!?

    I had the bath, double-checked the room for anything i might have missed. yes... I definitely had the laptop this time, unlike at Suvarnabhumi!

    Everything was rounded up, everything was packed. I was ready.

    At 8.30am, I called reception to tell them I wanted to vacate the room, and wait downstairs.

    The guy came for the cases, and with a last look at my home for 2 weeks... we went to the lift for the last time.

    I got to reception and.. Martin and Dan were already there!

    I did the check-out, paid my room bill for those coffees, bingsu and pizzas.

    Then we all sat, looking at the car entrance for our pick-ups.

    Martin's wife arrived first. The car swept in, and parked up and Martin was straight out. Assistance was given for his cases, and he came back to the steps of reception with his wife for a last goodbye.

    At that point, a white Ford Focus pulled in, driven by PJ's friend.

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    I'm going home. I'm not ashamed to say...the emotion of the occasion overcame me at this point. The hopelessness in Dubai, the hope when it was announced that i could apply. those F.....ng hoops to jump through. the tight timescales. the chance of the COVID test being positive, or the result not coming back in time. 3 months of stress. The sheer effort to get to this point.

    The emotion passed, thankfully and I was able to compose myself. I went out to the car, rather than them coming up the steps. the ported loaded my suitcases, 1 in the back of the car, and her friend asked if I wanted to drive? Oh boy! did I!?

    We said our goodbyes and then I was straight into the drivers seat - keep my mind occupied, as we slowly pulled out from Siam mandarina and into the streets of KingKeow., and freedom.

    Finally, I was home to Thailand for real.




    So ends the tale of my return.

    Yes... we went to Khoonsin for breakfast, where i was greeted by the staff and owners, interested to know how I got back!

    Then to the local salon where i have been going for 8 years, for haircut and nails (yes, nails, alright!?)

    Next was Ang Sila, for seafood for my coming home dinner

    Then we drove back to Chonburi, stopping at Tesco Lotus on the way for supplies.

    And, at last, I was back in the house in Bo Kwang Thong by mid afternoon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    The last 4 breakfasts:
    Hiso, no partitions in my serving trays.

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    I was back in the house in Bo Kwang Thong
    Yes it's pure bliss.

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    Post Script.

    To 'seal the deal', as it were, I needed to convert that temp visa into something more 'permanent'

    Yes... my visa was 12-month, but thats not 12 continuous months with 90-day reporting - its 12 month multi entry but one has to leave in between each 3 months.

    Jeez, I did not know that!

    by pure chance, I was reading about 90-day reporting, which is what I thought I would be doing, and noted that it said one could report 15 days before and up to 7 days after the date.

    We were on 12 days before at that time, so the following day i went with PJ to the Immigration Office at SriRacha, ChonBuri.

    Imagine my shock when the officers gleefully told me I could NOT simply report but I had to either convert the visa or leave!

    We left and went straight to the bank to get the books updated and arrange the letter. Next to the photo copy place near Phanat Nikhom, and then home tp assemble everything for the Marriage visa application, and take those all-important 'home' pics (y'know, me in the toilet, she n me rolling about on the bed, etc.)

    The following day was a torrential thunderstorm all day, coupled with the fact that the car we were using was a 'loan car' from the showroom while they sort ours out, and something in it was draining the battery. this meant I was taking the negative battery cable off every time we stopped.

    First stop was the printers, for some additional documents and those photos. Next, the bank, and I left the engine running. finally off to Immigration, but we got there at 1155 and were told to go get lunch.

    Anyway, after lunch (again left the engine running) we returned to find the whole car park under 7 inches of water! I dropped her and parked up, then just waded through.

    All went well with the officer, apart from not everything was duplicated, but there was a copy shop on the property.

    Handed over all the docs, paid the 1,900THB and was rewarded with a 1-month temporary stamp in the passport while they 'check' it all and make the house visit.

    So, that process also almost completed, but thank goodness I did not wait until the last day before going for that 90 day reporting!

    And, PJ was an absolute star, I cold not have done it without her.
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    Fascinating story and very pleased that you were able to jump through all those hoops. You proved it can be done.

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