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Moving to Thailand, need advice
Hi all: Confirmed that Bangkok Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Bank of Ayudhaya and Kasikorn Bank (Thai Farmers Bank) have branches in Krabi. With exchange counter. Dont worry.
- Regular Poster
second the notion on the Banks listed by khunsee. I can confirm their existance in Krabi - but with my eyes. I drive past them nearly every day.
ps. Raylay beach is a great place, you are gonna love it!
by the way peridot: When did the US start using simcards? about time we jumped on board with the rest of the world. Make sure your phone is tri-band - whatever that means.
1. Getting a few belongings to Thailand (just 2 or 3 medium boxes) the cheapeast way. I will be moving to Railei Beach (Krabi province, but only reachable by boat, though just a quick 5 minute boat ride from the mainland side).
Reasonable question, and one I asked myself as I was preparing to move here.
Now that I've been here several years the question is much easier to answer.
The cheapest way -- and what I would have done then if I had known what I know now -- is forget the boxes, all of them!
Simply put an ATM card in your pocket, bring a change of clothes and toothbrush in a carry-on bag, and go.
Everything one needs for daily living is available once you arrive in Bangkok.
You mentioned US$500 just for shipping those boxes.
Well, US$500 will go a long, long, way at any shopping centre here.
For example, in my boxes I brought some of my favorite books.
Here in Bangkok, within 15 minutes walk of my front door, there are 7(!) bookshops with new and used books in English.
Convinced me yet again, leave everything back there and buy what you need once you get to Bangkok.
2. Can I take the mobile phone I'm using in the States and sign up with a Thai company and just switch out the SIM card to use the same phone?
No. Different system, different frequencies, different everything.
A decent mobile phone in Bangkok-- not a show piece, but adequate -- costs US$50-70, including SIM card.
3. Is there an international bank where I can use the same bank in Thailand and in the States?
No. City Bank and Bangkok Bank have "correspondent" relationships with branches in the US, but, really, they are separate businesses.
And the "Thai way" of banking can be very different.
Much easier to bring your ATM card and get your money that way.
If you need a bank here for some reason, open an account here, and use bank wire transfers (NOT Western Union) to bring money over.
I hope this is helpful for planning your move to Thailand.
- Regular Poster