Street Food

There is only one rule when browsing the food stalls at a village market, if it looks good, it probably is good and you want to try it. If you don’t the chances are it will be the one thing you will never find again.

Kluay Tod or crispy deep fried plantain bananas are an all time favourite. But you need to catch them straight out of the pan otherwise go limp and rubbery.

Hoi Tod is a Thai oyster or shellfish omelette which is a cross between an omelette and a crispy pancake. The stallholder will more often than not also serve Pad Thai.

Kanom krok is a deliciously sweet thai dessert that is a popular street food. It often consists of two layers – the base is made from a rice flour and coconut milk mix, and the topping is a sweet mix of coconut milk and sugar, plus a variety of toppings. It is cooked over a charcoal fire in a kanom krok pan. They are small half sphere shaped puddings that are golden brown and crispy on the outside, and soft and sweet on the inside.

Nam Isan or fermented pork from the North East of Thailand is one of the most delicious foods that have come out of Isan. I don’t know if I have got this right but my understanding is that it is the rectangular shaped patty on the left, usually on a stick which is fire grilled and served with birds eye chilli’s shredded cabbage and sliced ginger. The sausage on the right of the picture comes in various shapes and sizes and it is a mix including rice and it is known as Sai Krok Isan or Sai Krok Priao. There is another variation of the sausage which uses glass noodle in place of the rice which I don’t really like.

Scuba diving

My introduction to diving in Thailand was a live abord cruise on a catamaran from Phuket up to Similan, Surin and the Burma Banks. An experience I have never forgotten.

Similan is an archipelago of nine different islands. One of the best dive sites to see manta rays and if you are lucky whale sharks. Best done on a live aboard to dive sites like Richelieu Rock, Elephant Head, and Beacon Point.

Sixth form in the UK

Like most things in the UK the schooling system is supposed to be very organised, if not regimented. Which is a bit intimating if you do not fit strictly within the parameters they work to.

Jono was seventeen without GCSE. Eventually we got him into a course for repeat students at Chichester College which is graded as Outstanding. But a year later I do have many questions. Not just about Chichester College, or the grading system, its the system.

Fortunately we ended getting locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic and he managed to scrape through with straight fours and a single five.

Self Isolation

Got myself a continuous cough and according to the NHS i am now required to self isolate. Better safe than sorry i guess. Now I have to do a covid test that I am very much not looking forward to. Uncomfortable but if everyone understands maybe we can mitigate the worst that is still to come.

KU Beef

I had almost given up on local beef until a chance encounter with an unreasonably tender sirloin steak at the Camp Cafe in Kanchanaburi gave us every reason to drive down to Kamphaeng Saen.

Kamphaeng Saen is home to the Kasetsart Agricultural University where they breed a sell KU Beef.  You can buy frozen meat retail from their shop on the campus as well as in bulk. Although for some cuts you need to pre-order.

There is also an onsite Steak House for potential clients who might still be a little sceptical about the quality of what is the best beef I have found in Thailand.


Getting a passport

Getting a new Thai e-passport couldn’t be easier. It is well organised, fast and efficient. All you need is a valid Thai ID card with a 12 digit ID number and your tabian baan, the blue house book.

• Take a queue number at the local Thai passport office, fill in the applicants name, date of birth,place of birth

Step 2

• A passport officer  measures the applicant’s height, captures the applicant’s bio-metric data information , this includes taking the applicant’s photograph  and fingerprints.

• They will verify to certify the applicant’s information is correct.

• Apply for EMS postage service

Step 3

• Pay the Thai passport fee.

• get a receipt in some cases the applicant can use Ems to deliver the new passport.

• Processing times for Thai passports is 3 – 10 days only

What About Lost & Stolen Thai Passports – Whats The Process ?

Lost your Thailand passport, you must get a police report before you apply for a new travel document.

Thailand Passport Offices – Locations Across Thailand

Map & guidance to the various locations , where to submit my passport application in Thailand – Thai passport Office

Pattayas first passport office opens –  Thai passport office location in Pattaya

How Much Does It Cost  – Thailand Passport fees (2017) 

e-Passport application fee  : 1,000  Baht

postage service (EMS ) fee :    35  Baht

Did You Realize This – We Have 4 Different Types Of Thai Passport ?

Standard Thai passport

This is for Thai citizens & the most common passport valid for 5 years.

Dark blue passport

This is for official government use only.

Red cover

1. Close relatives of the king

2. The royal family

3. Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Ministers.

4. House Speaker and Deputy House Speaker, Top Administrator and President of the Senate.

5. President of the Supreme Court, Vice-President of the Supreme Court and President of the Court of Appeal

6. President of the Constitutional Court and President of Administrative Court

7.  Ex-Prime Minister and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

8. Supreme Commander and Army Commander

9. Diplomat who has diplomatic mission aboard

10. A diplomat who works in foreign country, his/her spouse and child/children who lives and/or studies in that country, age of children should not be over 25 years old

11.  A spouse who accompanies a person specified in number 2-8

12.  Any person who works for benefits of the Thai government or is under Obligations between countries or if it is necessary or builds reputation for Thailand in the world.

Green Cover

This is a temporary passport – 2 years validity. Issued for Thai monks & Hajj passports issued to Thai muslims

How Do I get Thai citizenship ?

In all cases you will also have to meet the following conditions to apply for Thai citizenship: An applicant  must have lived in Thailand continuously, for at minimum of  five years before applying for Thai citizenship .Must be a permanent resident & be  18 years old .

Information about how to apply for a Thai passport visit – Thai passport information.

UK passports renewals in Thailand – apply to renew a UK passport in Bangkok

how to apply for a Thai passport click here


We took a cab to Chaeng Wattana Government complex, which is the main place to get passports in Bangkok.

You can also get a passport done at Klong Toey MRT station, in one of what the government describe as “pop-up” passport offices.

The new office is in the Metro Mall area of the station, with 20 booths able to serve about 800 people a day. It is open Monday to Friday, 8.30 – 3.30

Our trip was to Chaeng Wattana , so I’ll document the experience going there.

How We Got There

The journey cost us 125 Baht, including the toll way payment, and took 15-20 minutes from the Huay Kwang area.  In busy traffic allow an hour.

We got there at around 11 am, though I’d recommend getting there around 9 am if you want to be in and out sharply.

The entrance is on the main road of Chaeng Wattana . You can literally stop right outside.

You can’t miss it; it has a big water feature outside. See the picture below.

When you to the front door, go in and straight up the escalator to the second floor.

Bypass all the translation/visa touts that try to sell you their services. You’re there for a Thai passport, so you won’t need anything they have to sell; though you might want to visit the coffee shop or canteen when you have finished.

how to get a thai passport

The front entrance, on the main road

What Documents You Need to Get a Thai Passport

Thai citizen I.D. card.

Tabien Baan.

Two passport photos.

Details of your current address.

If you’re getting a Thai passport for a child and you are a foreign national, then your Thai partner must be present too.

If you are a foreign national and need to get a passport for your Thai child, take your passport along to show too.

Take photocopies of all documents with you. It’s always handy to have, just in case they ask to keep a copy.

Note: There is a copy shop there.

If you need it, do a right at the top of the escalator (same floor). Walk straight and turn the corner. You should see a nice lady boasting a 1980s-style copy machine.

So, hang a right at the top of the escalator and join the queue for the ticket window. Show your ID card, get a ticket and take a seat. Well, not you, but your Thai wife, girlfriend, friend, whatever.

thai passport office queue

Your partner will join that queue, while you watch crap TV.

To my horror, we were given number 982. The screen was showing 763!

“Holy crap”, we’ll be here all day. Let’s get a coffee” (any excuse).

There’s two coffee shops on the ground floor and a big restaurant with reasonable food options. Very handy. We spent 30 minutes downstairs having food and drinks and went back to join the queue.

To our surprise the screen was showing number 910 already!

That’s a warning for you. Don’t wander off and miss your spot. It moves fast. You’ll soon see why when you’re inside. It’s a super-efficient setup with multiple officers processing passports.

I whipped out my laptop and starting tinkering on some work as the queue quickly filtered down.

Within 20 minutes my wife had gone in to get her passport. She was out within 15 minutes!

Since first writing this post we’ve been back to get a Thai passport for my daughter at the Chaeng Wattana government complex.

It was an even faster experience than the time we went for my wife. They’ve upgraded the passport centre with lots more booths and the processing time is now faster. We were done in 30 minutes and the whole experience was a walk in the park.


The 3-Step Process Inside the Passport Booth

It’s pretty straight forward, so don’t worry. It’s all high-tech now: nice and private and way quicker than the UK, that’s for sure.

There’s basically 3 steps:

Step 1: For those getting an e-passport, a member of staff measures your height and takes your biometric data by picture and fingerprint. You’ll have to have your right and left index fingers done separately, twice, using a scanner too. For standard passports it’s the usual spell your name, give in your passport photo, etc.

Step 2: You then verify and sign to certify your information.

Step 3: You then apply for the postage service.

Passport Cost & Delivery/Pick Up

The cost was 1,000 Baht, and 60 Baht to post to our home within 4-6 days. Note that you pay afterwards at a separate counter on your way out. You’ll be directed there once the process is complete.

You can pick up your passport within 2 days if you don’t mind going back there, but there are some specific rules to be aware of, particularly if you are having someone else pick it up on your behalf.

If in Bangkok you can pick-up your passport 2 working days after the application date.

If you order an e-passport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up an automatic gate simulation at the Chaeng Wattana building so you can practice using it on an automated machine.

Applicants outside of Bangkok are required to apply for postage service which will take 5 – 7 working days for passport to be mailed through EMS.

*To pick-up a passport, you must bring your notification of passport pick-up together with your I.D card.

If you can’t go in person you can designate a representative. The representative must bring:

The notification of the passport pick-up date

The I.D card of the applicant and the representative

a certified copy of the representative’s I.D.card

Foreign nationals can’t collect the passport of a Thai national

canteen at chaeng wattana

The canteen serves a range of food. Cheap and fairly cheerful.

It really is an extremely efficient service. The entire process took one hour, tops.

It’s comfortable there, there’s food, coffee, TV, plenty of toilets and photocopying facilities, and even a nice mural to look at if you walk straight at the top of the escalator.

Taxis stop regularly outside so you’ll have no trouble getting home.  I’m not sure what the nearest BTS/MRT station is but it’s not close.

Thai Passport Office Address

Option 1:

Chaeng Watthana, 13 Yaek 3-2-15,

แขวง ทุ่งสองห้อง เขต หลักสี่

Bangkok, 10210

Option 2:

Klong Toey MRT Station

ถนน พระรามที่ 4 คลองเตย

Bangkok, 10110

You can reserve an appointment for the Klong Toey office on the government website by clicking here.

Last Updated on May 6, 2019

If you, your partner or friend needs to get a Thai passport in Bangkok, here’s the scoop.

My wife needed a renewal and I decided it was worth going along to see how the service matched up to the UK. Apologies in advance for a couple of the poor-quality pictures — a mixture of poor light and a bad phone.

e-Passport Application for Thai Nationals Living Abroad

      – Required documents for e-passport application while abroad

      – List of Thai Embassies and Consulates-general abroad

Required documents for e- Passport application while abroad

Types of e-Passport

Required Documents

(Applicants must apply in person at the Thai embassies /

consulates-general abroad )

1. Ordinary e-Passport

1.1 General Applicants

     1.1.1 Aplicant’s previous Thai Passport or a certified copy

     1.1.2 Thai Citizenship I.D.Card/House Registration

which contains the 13-digit Personal Number

1.2 Applicants under 20 Years of Age

     1.2.1 Previous Thai Passport (If applicable)

     1.2.2 Birth Certificate or Thai  Citizenship I.D.Card/House Registration which contains the 13-digit Personal Number

     1.2.3 Valid Passports or Citizenship I.D.Cards of applicant’s parents

or legal guardian

     1.2.4 Applicant’s parents or legal guardian must appear and sign

the parental consent form

     1.2.5 If the applicant’s parents or legal guardian live in Thailand,

they can sign the parental consent form at the Passport

Division, Department of Consular Affairs, Chaengwattana

Road, Bangkok. However, if they are not in the Kingdom, they

must sign the parental consent form at the nearest Thai

embassy or consulate-general

Notes :

– A child who was born to either or both Thai parents is qualified for Thai citizenship and is, therefore, eligible to a Thai passport.

– If a child was born to a Thai mother outside the Kingdom, the mother will have to notify the Thai embassy and/or consulate-general so that a Birth Certificate can be issued to prove that the child holds a Thai nationality.

– If a child was born to a Thai father who did not sign a marriage certificate with a foreign mother, he/she will be qualified for Thai citizenship by

(1) the subsequent marriage of the parents

(2) Legitimate Child Registration made on application by the Thai father

(3) a court order on the legitimate child of the father.

2. Buddhist Monk


2. Buddhist Monks

    2.1 an official letter from Sangha Supreme Council granting

the applicant permission to travel abroad

    2.2 Buddhist monk identification card

    2.3 a copy of House/Temple Registration

    2.4 Previous Thai Passport or a certified copy

3.Official e-Passport

3. Official e- Passport

    3.1 an official letter from the Office of Civil Service Commission or the applicant’s ministry granting the applicant permission to continue studying aboard.

    3.2 a copy of Thai House Registration or the Thai Citizenship I.D.Card

    3.3 applicant’s previous Official Passport

Additional Documents (If applicable)

1) Change of Name Certificate

     – Required if an applicant’s current name or surname does not match

that in the Passport or the amendments made in the Passport

2) Marriage Certificate

    – Required if a female applicant has taken her spouse’s surname

    – Required if an applicant is under 20 and his/her mother’s surname

does not match that of the applicant

3. Divorce Certificate

    – Required if a female applicant’s surname has changed from the

surname shown on her Passport due to a divorce

4. Memorandum of Divorce

    – Required to prove sole custody of accompanying parent if the

applicant is under 20 years of age

5. Adoption/Legal Custody Certificate

   – Required if an applicant is under 20 years of age whose birth

parents had legally given up the applicant for adoption, or his/her

parents are not married, and the applicant is in the father’s custody.

6. Alien Certificate of the applicant’s parents (only for applicants under

20 years of age)

   – Required only if the parents are aliens

List of Thai Embassies and Consulates-general abroad

************Important Notice and Warning to e-Passport Holders***********

In applying for a Passport, it is illegal to use documents that belong to another person and/or forge your documents; these offenses are punishable under Thai Law.

Applicants must apply for a Passport well in advance of their impending traveling date.  Applicants applying in Bangkok can pick-up their Passports 2 working days after the application date.  Applicants outside of Bangkok will receive their Passports by  express – mailing within 5-7 working days.

Travelers who will leave the country for a long period of time should register with the Thai embassy or consulate-general at the country in which you are staying.  You must also notify the embassy or consulate-general of changes to your address so that they may contact you in case of an emergency.

Your Passport is a valuable document and should not be possessed by any other person.  Thai nationals can only hold one Passport.  If you lose your Passport, you must immediately notify the Passport Division, local police, or the Thai embassy or consulate-general.

Please avoid applying for a Passport at the beginning of the week (especially on a Monday) because there are many applicants during those days which slow down the application process.