A series of unfortunate events

Let’s start today’s blog with a story.

This morning I was laying in the bath, I was about to wash my face with a charcoal face scrub, instead, my brain thought I was about to wash my hair and I ended up with a scalp full of charcoaly goodness. Flash forward 15 minutes later, after I had finished drying; I went to put on my jeans and the entire coin supply of the Royal Mint ejected onto the bedroom floor, traveling in every direction. I often wonder if a series of unfortunate events such as this has any real meaning? I can only laugh at this morning’s events as it acts a summary for the last couple of months of my life so far. It’s easy to pass off what happened this morning as unlucky but I think if we are being realistic here I am the one responsible for the mishaps.

The End.

Okay, So there are 32 days to go until I leave for Thailand and in the time since the last blog a LOT has happened. As I have said previously, my end game is to be in Japan and I have put in a bit of work so far to apply for jobs already… I’m being preemptive in my approach.  By night, I may be a serial life change planner but by day I work in IT for a big global company. One of the benefits of this is that the chance to network is great. Sometimes the way to get the things you want are right in front of you. I managed to share my plans with my bosses and asked how likely it would be to get a position in one of our Asia offices. It turns out that there may very well be that opportunity. It is because of this my stay in Thailand may very well be a short one. That being said, I am not going to put all of my eggs in one basket, Thailand will continue as planned for now until I hear more from the other sources.

So for now, what is Thailand, could be Hong Kong, could be Tokyo, could be…Somewhere in Asia.

Side note: I am still waiting for my plane tickets and my seat to be allocated, I bought them in May this year and if the story at the beginning of this blog is anything to go by, you may have a better understanding at my worry, failing that, if anyone has a reliable rubber dinghy, I’ll get my things together now and let you know when I get there.

It has been a short blog today but I wanted to give you an update on the situation so far.

Peace, speak soon.

Chris James


How to get a Thai visa – The best options.

I messed up so you don’t have to. This is how to get yourself a Thai visa

Dear prospective employer, if you are currently reading this I can only explain that I do not always make these stupid mistakes, yours sincerely, the guy who sent off his work visa to the Thai embassy with no return address.

Ok so now that’s out of the way let’s talk visas, more specifically, let’s talk about the most common type of visa you will probably require when moving to Thailand in the way that I am.

Usually, when holidaying in Thailand as a citizen of the United Kingdom you can go for 30 days no questions asked, just book that flight, get your injections in the form of a small dose of Hep A, Typhoid and Diphtheria and if you have any aspirations to feed a monkey or a dog that’s frothing at the mouth, consider getting a few extra jabs to avoid getting rabies (A Chris James Top Tip) but this is not visa related I know!

The visa forms are on the Thai Embassy website I will put a link to them at the bottom of this post. I am curious as to why the image on the top of the visa prints as a black block but then again It is not something I have looked into, if you know why this is, I would be glad for you to let me know in the comments…please?

For me I have applied for the 60-day extended holiday visa with single entry. There are definitely a few things to bear in mind when applying for your visa, one of the subtle but important things to consider is if you are going to be leaving the country at all within those 60 days. If you are, you will require a multiple entry visa and there are a few more requirements that will need to be met first, whereas with the single-entry visa, you can just send your passport off with the visa application and then you are all set to go.

You will need to send your Visa and the relevant docs such as 2 passport photos and your passport via post. You will also need to include a money order for £25 for a single-entry Visa, the prices for the other types of visa are on the Embassy website. Also, if you plan on having your passport returned to you (probably a good idea considering… It’s your passport and you will more than definitely need it to… ya know! Fly to Thailand!

The Visa does take up to 2 weeks to come back to you so, don’t make it one of these last minute jobies; get it done.

If you get to Thailand and realise that your inner backpacker cannot contain itself, you can leave Thailand within your 60 days however if you do decide to come back to Thailand after you have left, you will find that now only have the standard 30 days.

One thing I was fairly surprised about whilst considering the different types of visa for Thailand, there is not a working holiday visa option available and there is a lot less time on the actual holiday visa compared to other countries in Asia such as Japan for example.

P.S I contacted the Thai Embassy about the Visa I sent without a return address and they have said that as long as I have included the postal order for the return of the Passport, that they can take care of the rest. RESULT!

Link to the Thai Embassy visa page