Here at Compare My Move, we can help you to save up to 70% on the cost of your international move to Thailand. Over 70 million people are living in Thailand currently. Out of this population, around 55,000 people are British expats.
The most popular destinations in Thailand to live in are Bangkok, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai. Other areas include Hau Hin and Phuket. The country is well-known for its historical temples, beautiful beaches and its fantastic cuisine. The cost of living in Thailand is also 52% less expensive when compared to the UK.
We can connect you with up to 6 of the international removal companies we work with. Simply fill out our international moving form. This form helps you to compare and contrast removal quotes from our trusted partner network. Each company has passed our strict verification process.
Shipping furniture overseas is a costly process. It’s important to choose the most suitable option for your budget. You will also need a shipment delivery service that best lines up with your moving schedule.
Hiring the help of a professional removals company helps make moving your personal effects easier. It also ensures that your goods are protected and moved carefully during transit.
Thailand is located nearly 8,700 miles away from the UK, which does increase the cost of shipping given the distance. You will also need to consider the added documentation and paperwork needed for shipping.
The main shipping options from the United Kingdom to Thailand are:
You can choose to use more than one of these international removal services when shipping to Thailand depending on your needs and budget. Due to its location, road freight isn’t a suitable option to consider.
Shipping freight is one of the best shipping options. It’s budget-friendly and allows you to ship a larger amount of items at a lower cost than air freight. Shipping freight will take longer to arrive in Thailand, which is typically between 4-8 weeks.
The largest port in Thailand is Laem Chabang Port, though there are 7 other ports to consider. These ports include:
If you need to ship the content of an entire home, shipping freight is the most suitable option. You can select either a 20ft or a 40ft container depending on the number of goods you have. You will also have the option of being able to ship vehicles.
Part-load services are useful if you need to ship fewer goods and won’t fill an entire shipping container. You will share a container with other people and are given an assigned amount of space. This lowers overall costs as you will only need to pay for the amount of space used, rather than for the entire container.
Due to the container being shared, delays are more likely. Goods will need to be taken to multiple locations and part-load shipping is less frequent than full-container shipping. On average, it will take around 8-12 weeks for items to arrive by sea freight.
Air freight is the most convenient option to consider if you need specific goods to arrive on time. On average, air freight takes between 2-10 days to arrive, depending on whether express shipping is chosen.
There are 7 international airports in Thailand. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the largest option. Other airports include:
It’s important to note that air freight shipping costs are based on the weight of the goods. There are also weight and size limitations when it comes to larger items.
It costs an average of £3,130.50 - £4,333.33 for shipping services to Thailand. The total amount will be based on the removals company used, the number of goods and the type of shipping used.
If you need help with packing, removal companies offer packing services. These are typically around £250. Often door-to-door shipping services are included in the total cost. However, some companies may charge you additionally for this. You will also need to consider customs clearance, charges and taxes.
The average shipping costs from the UK to Thailand are:
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*Data taken from DFS Worldwide, Move Hub and Freightos
If you’re moving to Thailand permanently, there is certain documentation you will need to provide. This includes relevant visas and permits. Some of the documentation you will need includes:
To live in Thailand for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a Thailand visa. The most common option is the Long-Term Resident (LTR) Visa. The application fee is 50,000 Baht and will last for 10 years.
You can apply for the LTR Visa online, through the Thai E-Visa official website. You will also need to gain an endorsement letter from the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) to be approved for this visa.
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