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Fullers London Pride, Fullers London Porter And Other Fullers Beers At Cheap Low Prices Now Available In Thailand

Just When I Was Reporting How Good Things Were Getting In Thailand They Suddenly Got Better Still!

Here’s a photo showing just how good retirement life in Thailand has become:-

Photo of Alan Enjoying Fullers London Porter Beer

Alan Enjoying Fullers London Porter Beer

Getting hold of Fullers Beers like London Pride and ESB for example is not difficult in Thailand, even where I have retired to in Pakchong (Pak Chong). I have already reported how I bought some Fullers London Pride, ESB and Trappistes Rochefort at the E.A.T. Paradise in Pak Chong.

Half Price English Beer In Thailand!

But this time it’s a lot different because the beer is so cheap – cheaper in fact than you can buy it in the U.K. where it was brewed!

Take a 500 ml bottle of fullers ESB for example. The price of this beer from E.A.T. at KhaoYai (Pakchong actually) was 250 Thai Baht per bottle. That’s GBP £4.70 or USD $7.76.

Now compare that with the list price for the same beer from this new supplier:- 125 Thai Baht equal to £2.35 or $3.88.

Half price!

O.K. I did a quick check online and you can buy Fullers ESB in 500 ml bottles for £1.99 in UK supermarkets. But if you buy Fullers ESB in a normal shop or a Pub in U.K. it will cost you much more than you can buy in Thailand.

The Fullers Official online shop lists Fullers ESB at £2.125 per 500 ml bottle.

But we’re getting off the point here. ESB may be a beer that Fullers are promoting heavily and selling cheap. But the beer source in Thailand doesn’t just sell ESB.

And, as you saw in the photo above I bought Fullers London Porter which is not so readily available in UK, especially at low prices.

Image of Bottles Of Fullers London Porter Beer

Bottles Of Fullers London Porter Beer

Where Can You Get Cheap Fullers English Beers In Thailand?

So what is the source of my cheap beer in Thailand and how did I find it?

Well I’ll tell you the source in a minute but let me first tell you about the guy who introduced me to this beer supplier in Thailand.

His name is Shaun Burke and he’s the manager of Cromwell Tools in Bangkok, a massive supplier of tools and a great boon to us model engineers in Thailand.

Shaun came to visit me here at our retirement home in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand and was interested to see my model engineering workshop.

I took Shaun down to see the top tool shops in Pakchong as he was keen to develop some business relations with them. It was a fun trip for me.

Anyway, back at the house, I placed an order for some cutting fluids with Shaun and the topic of conversation migrated towards English Beers.

I don’t know how but Shaun got hold of the idea that I was keen on real ale and english Beers. As luck would have it so was Schaun and that’s when he introduced me to the supplier in Bangkok and he kindly offered to bring me a box of beer next week together with my cutting oils since he wanted to follow up with the tools shops in Pakchong.

I should explain that I paid for the beer and Shaun was doing this as a personal favour to me – it was nothing to do with his Cromwell Tools business.

That said here is the price list for the English Beer that anyone can buy from the supplier in Bangkok:-

Image showing Price List of Fullers Beers You Can Buy in Bangkok

Price List of Fullers Beers You Can Buy in Bangkok

If you want to compare prices the current exchange rate is 53 Thai Baht/£ so to get to Great british Pounds divide by 53.

The name of the company supplying these beers is Paulaner Thailand and they have a website at http://www.paulaner-thailand.com

Here are some more useful links at their website:-

Fullers London Porter

Address and Map of Paulaner Thailand

You can download a copy of the Paulaner Thailand full beer price list in pdf format here.

My Dream Model Steam Traction Engine Project Has Now Officially Commenced

Suddenly when everything for our retiring in Thailand was going well and I thought it couldn’t get any better – suddenly it did!

Overnight my dream of building  a half size (6″ scale) model of Savage’s Little Samson steam traction engine became a real possibility.

Before I show you why let me show you what the dream is.

Here are some photos and a movie of 6″ scale Little Samson steam traction engines built and owned by other people.

First a half-size (6″ scale) Little Samson model traction engine with it’s owner just to show you the size of it:-

Image of Keiths Savages Little Samson Steam Model Traction Engine 6 Inch Scale

Keiths Savage’s Little Samson Steam Model Traction Engine 6 Inch Scale

Here is a movie of another 6″ model in action to show you how it looks when running:-

And below are photos of another model to show you the wonderful details:-

6-INCH-LITTLE-SAMSOM-MODEL-STEAM-TRACTION-ENGINE

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Note: To see Full Size versions of the photos above click the “FS” button above right.

But These Are All Someone Else’s Models – I Have To Build My Own

And to do that I need some very big machine tools. Workshop equipment to the uninitiated.

My own machine tools (and here I’m talking about a lathe and a milling machine for example) in my model engineering workshop here in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, simply aren’t big enough. Even the machine tools I’ll soon be bringing from my other model engineering workshop back in the UK won’t be anywhere near big enough.

Then Suddenly – Overnight – My Dream Came To Life

I was looking around in Thailand to try to obtain the big machine tools and had several lines of investigation and a couple of offers open.

The I received an email from John in Bangkok who seemed to have just what I was looking for. John emailed me some photos and I have uploaded them to a new web page on the ModelEngineeringInThailand.com website called “Photos Of The Big Lathe And Milling Machine I Bought In Thailand“.

To see the photos of the big lathe and milling machine I bought in Thailand “Click Here

 

 

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