When yo buy a new vehicle in Thailand, it comes with a temporary registration plate; you then have to apply for a permanent registration, proving ownership, and in the case of a farang (foreigner) proof of a residential address, which entails acquiring a letter from the nearest immigration office.

I was agin fortunate enough to have the help of Get and Len (the agents that I bought my condo from) to organise this for me ……….

My permanent registration duly arrived a couple of days ago, and it coincided with the arrival of the chrome side bars that I had ordered ………….. so my Vespa Sprint now has some shiny new chrome to frame her petite and pert derrière.


I am now also in possession of a full Thai driving licence, or rather I should say, two Thai licences; in Thailand you have a separate licence for car and motorcycle, there is no combined licence ………. and once again, the help from Get and Len was invaluable ……….

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I have to try and memorise this registration plate ……………. doddle …………


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Above and below …………… my new Thai driving licences ……….. new licences are only valid for a year, but successful renewals receive a 5 year licence.

On production of my UK driving licence, I had to take a couple of tests; one was a reaction / reflex test ………… you sat in a chair with a weird accelerator / brake contraption at your feet, and using only your right foot, you pressed hard on the accelerator pedal until a green light directly in front of you turned to red, at which time you had to hit the brake pedal …… easy-peasy, although I know a few people that might struggle with this test !!!!!!

The second test was for colour-blindness, you had to sit looking at a large board covered with different coloured circles; the tester then pointed to different ones in quick succession and you had to call the colour ………… not suffering from colour-blindness,  this was very easy, apart from trying to remember the Thai words for the different colours, this combined with my pronunciation raised a few sniggers from the rest of the people taking the tests ………. the tests are conducted in groups of about thirty, so everyone else becomes an audience as you take your turn …….. but good fun and I got my licences

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Above and below  ………. wouldn’t you just know it, when I went to the Vespa dealership in Hua Hin for my registration plates and chrome side bars, they had just had a delivery of new tee-shirts and key neck-straps !!


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