Back in the driving seat

Well unfortunately Plodd is back on the move! I say unfortunately because we thought we would be able to keep Plodd in Thailand until we decided what to do next with her, however, the Thai authorities have other ideas. As I put in earlier notes we only got 30 days for Plodd to stay in Thailand, but was lead to believe by the customs officer at the border on the way into Thailand that the province that we live in Chonburi was the only place able to extend it, we have now found out that this is not the case and according to the customs office in Chonburi only the border customs could have authorized a longer time, so we are just going round in circles and have now run out of time.

The only thing left that we can do is to take Plodd out of Thailand into Cambodia, where a friend of a friend says we can keep it at his home until we decide what to do next.

We are going to set off for Cambodia on Friday 29th August taking it slowly and hoping to arrive at the border on Saturday, where we will try to get Thai customs to give us a 6 month stay and if this is possible we will return back to our home in Plodd on the Saturday. However, if this does not work we will hang about at the border until Sunday night when the guy that will look after Plodd goes back across to his home in Cambodia.

We are really hoping that the Thai border customs will give us the 6 months, but we also know we are grasping at straws!




4 thoughts on “Back in the driving seat

  1. Good luck Dave I hope you manage the 6 months, speak to you soon.

  2. Hi Dave
    Any News? It should be possible to extend the permission. We had extended it by one month for Fidibus, but we didnt need more than that. It will possibly depend on the mood of the person seating on the desk on how long you would get.
    Good luck.

  3. Hi Everybody,

    Well very good news, to cut it short we arrived at the border the customs top man had almost the same family name as us so he said as we are almost family he would give us the maximum that he could give which was 6 months. Great

    Thanks for all your kind messages and we will keep live but will only check comments from time to time until we start another trip. Please don’t jump to any conclusions just yet, we still have no plans.

    Dave & Les

  4. Hi WeRo,

    I have just undertaken a big job on Plodd, the 24v aircon works so good that when it is on it blasts cold air out that much that the condensation (water) blows out with the air all over the inside, so I decided to re site the aircon unit under Plodd, what a job first we had to move 2 fuel tanks to get it in place then make a bracketing system to hold it in place, it was a good job that Holger was there to help (Halgor and partner Sandra are overlander’s we met in Ulaabatar Mongolia that have been staying with us for just over a week) it took about 20 hours working time to get the unit in place.
    I have now got to run the outlet pipes to the inside, but that looks like it will be the easy part, before cutting the vents.
    I just hope it works it will be nice to be able to have aircon when we are driving without everything getting wet.

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