What have you taken to Thailand?
Over the last year or so, I've been carrying out upgrades/alterations to my house. I've taken a lot of things over to Thailand that are simply not available there or are difficult to find/expensive in my area. I doubt these items are often found is tourist's suitcases.
Each time I've worried that I'll get pulled at customs but despite carrying some things that must look strange in an X-Ray, I've never had a problem.
So far I've taken: 24 stainless steel double sockets and 24 back boxes for them. 30 x 13 amp plugs and various other switches and electrical fittings. 25m of 10mm copper tubing, 2 thermostatic showers, solder, a soldering iron, Hawk White plumbing sealant, a pipe cutter, various plumbing fittings and a 5 burner gas hob!!!
Oh, and new front and rear seats for my motorbike.
The next item to go is a cooker hood which is ridiculously expensive in Thailand at 14,900 baht. The same item here is £80.
Anyone else taken weird stuff over?
Whens the kitchen sink going
A basin spanner for the sinks - couldn't find one anywhere in Thailand. You'll find taps loose on basins everywhere you go, because the back nuts have never been tightened properly - except in my house.
Ha Ha, agreed Martin, I have one of those on my list for next time. I actually found a tap spanner but it was pathetic, I'll buy one in the UK.
A pile of watches in my hand luggage, whilst the boxes they came in were sent with the other stuff I shipped over.
I expected to get stopped, but nothing.
A year later when I was returning to Thailand after a short trip back to the UK, I bought back a few more. I got pulled over at LHR, but had receipts and things and my passport established where I was now living, but at Swampy, again nothing (thankfully).
Set of cutlery, previously taken.
2 double 1.5 tog duvets
Sheets, Duvet covers, pillow cases for 2 double beds, yet to be purchased 2, x pillows
Set of 8 electrical screw drivers (got at an excellent price).
3 filler knifes.
1 set of Curtains.
2 boxes of Wilko filler, could be a problem but will leave them in their boxes just in case probably easy to get in Thailand but hey ho.
Some other stuff by the time we go next year, fortunately have 30k each so might get some clothes in there as well
I can imagine this will be a regular thing from now on.
just have to check were everything is made some of the stuff i have broken in the last year a door handle in a house i was renting ,a pair of scissors while cutting grease prof paper on closer inspection guess what ..
Made in China
"Each time I've worried that I'll get pulled at customs but despite carrying some things that must look strange in an X-Ray, I've never had a problem".
I got stopped last Wednesday morning at DMK (Domestic Flt), took laptop out my bag put through the scanner, put my bag through (hand-luggage) forgot I had put, Drill Bits, Chuck Key and various screws in a bag that was with in a bag with my underwear, as soon as a lady asked is this your bag and put it back through the scanner, I remembered, had to open it up took bag of underwear out, two of them checked and found the offending items. Got them in a side pocket for tomorrows flight back to DMK.
OK, despite 'getting away with it' many times regarding items I've taken over to Thailand, I think I'm going to get stopped next week. I have 2 large boxes, one containing a cooker hood/fan that is 14,900 baht at Homepro and £80 here + another containing a Black & Decker Workmate. The cooker hood box is about 1.2m long and I'm strapping the workmate to it. Obviously some extra packaging involved.
I can't see me 'getting away with it' this time so I'm considering going through the red channel and declaring the goods. Has anyone done this? What % import duty were you charged? Anything else I should know?
ha ha misses has just bought a tefel wok and a 5 pan scoville set for her mum .
Be kuput after a week .
I remember what my wife did to mine a hammer to it ,
I've decided to simply take the cooker hood and chance it again. I don't need the Workmate until May so I'll take that then.
B&D Workmates are 2190 baht in Thailand from B&D's official Lazada store.
I've seen reasonable looking cooker hoods for as low as 3000 baht also.
I was taking the workmate simply because I am taking the cooker hood and because I don't have to search all over the place trying to find one - it also would 'fill up' the 32kg allowance I have on oversize baggage. I have also seen cooker hoods around 3-4000 but not the model I want. I did have a look on Lazada but none they had on offer were what I wanted. The one I bought is in fact 'on offer' at Homepro at 14,900 but cost me just £79.95 in the UK.
Originally Posted by maokaang
There are also different models of Workmate Paul - I haven't looked but I doubt this one is available for 2190. This one normally retails around £70 but I was fortunate enough to get a deal at £54.
I don't particularly enjoy carting large items all the way from the UK to Thailand but I enjoy countless hours of searching even less. I took a roll of PVC coated copper pipe with me last year because after spending hours trying to find it - when I eventually did, it was plain copper not PVC coated.
No doubt I will find things easier to obtain when I speak the language better but at the moment it is often far easier to obtain 'quality' items in the UK.