Archive for April, 2014

Proof That I’m Now Totally Committed To Retiring In Thailand

After several months of doubting if I would be able to settle down and retire to Thailand I have finally totally committed myself to do it.

I’m back in the UK packing up our personal belongings and in particular my model engineering workshop to have it all shipped to Thailand. I have arranged to have everything shipped in a 20 foot container.

The target date for filling the container is 28 April as you can see in the schedule below.

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Shipping To Thailand Time Schedule

Packing everything  is hard and frantic work. Most of the hard work is in packing my model engineering workshop machines and tools.


Cost Of Shipping To Thailand

Since I wrote this Post ome people have shown an interest in the cost of shipping personal effects to thailand by container.

I have therefore added the quotations I received as below.


Above, as you can see the actual container cost is only £1,256 but the add-on’s at each end bring the total to nearly four time that much.

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Above, there is a huge additional cost of £950 for customs clearance and delivery to Pakchong.

When I bought my big machine tools in Bangkok the cost of delivery to Pakchong was 12,500 Baht. (£235) and that included removing them from John’s workshop and installing them in mine.

So there is no way that moving a container to Pakchong from Bangkok to Pakchong can cost £950. I’m just hoping that the remaining money (£950 – 235 = £715) is there to assist ‘customs clearance’. Read into that what you will.

The Little Samson Traction Engine Castings

You may have read in one of my other Posts that I’m planning to build a half-size (6″ scale) model of a Little Samson traction engine in Thailand.  I have extended the workshop and bought two big machine tools to make the parts.

Well, this dream came a step closer yesterday (20 April 2014) when I collected all the castings from Little Samson Models in Cambridge.

The castings weighed around a ton I guess because the car tires got hot struggling under the weight. The car was well nose-up even though some of the castings were put in the front and rear passenger’s foot well, not just in the boot.

The point I’m making here is to demonstrate that at last I am burning my boats and retiring to Thailand forever. I have made the commitment now – there is no turning back.

See The Little Samson Traction Engine Castings

I have uploaded photos of the Little Samson model steam engine castings being taken home in my Ford Fiesta car on the website.

Please go take a look at the photos and you will soon see how committed to retiring in Thailand I am now.


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