Just Arrived In Thailand To Finalise The Land Purchase

Photo of Alan Arriving in Thailand 1 May 2010

Alan In Bangkok To Buy The Land In Pakchong May 1, 2010

Above, A Photo Of Alan Arriving At Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (Taken Saturday 1st May 2010)

Saturday 1st May 2010 and here I am in Thailand to see the land transferred into my wife’s name.

And what happened when I arrive?

Problems, Problems, Problems.

Why, oh why is everything so difficult in Thailand? What would take minutes in UK can take hours or days (or may never be achieved) in Thailand.

It seems like The whole system is stacked against you.

And I’m not just talking about the Thai laws – even the phones don’t work. Well, they work, but depending upon where you’re calling that dictates which phone to use!

This became a major issue on day 1 because the money I had sent to my wife by bank transfer last Monday (5 days ago) had not yet arrived in her bank. i had made many previous bank transfers and they normally took only a few 9ie 3) days. So what had happened here?

I only have one week here in Thailand to finalise this land purchase (due to business commitments back in UK) so we can’t afford any delays.

The first thought is to call my bank in UK where they would still be open for an hour due to the time difference.  And that’s when the phone problems began to kick in. There are three phones in this house, one landline and two mobiles. I could call the bank on the land line only but then it ran out of money! yes it’s a pay-as-you-go phone with a SIM card. So off we went to get a new SIM card… not so easy… well the rest of this tale I’ll fill in later because it’s not really telling you what you want to know. And that is…

Exactly How The Land Purchase Process Works

As we go through the actual process of buying our retirement land in Thailand over the next few days. I’ll be photographing and recording every detail and posting it on the website for a permanent record for anyone to follow if they are considering buying land for their retirement to Thailand.

For now, let me go back to how the problem with getting the funds transferred was solved.

Transferring Funds (Money) to Thailand

As I said, on Saturday 1st May and I just arrived in Bangkok – a bit jet-lagged but not tired, it was only an 11 hour flight – and the funds I transferred have not yet arrived into my wife’s bank account. frantically trying to call my bank in the UK failed dismally due to not having a clear phone connection and also the UK bank has a security system where you have to enter a string on numbers about you and your bank account before you are even queued to speak to an advisor. the the queue is 20 minutes long and just as the adviser says hello the phone drops out… then it’s bank closing time in the UK!

Fast forward to Sunday and off we go to my wife’s bank (Kasikorn Bank in Bang Kapi) to check again to see if the money has arrived. She puts her bank book into the machine (Thai banks issue customers with a little book and every transaction is printed by the machine in the book – no paper statements) and well… there were the funds!

But arranging the means to enable those funds to be handed over to the land seller on completion of the purchase of the land was not so simple.

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