"How am I going to fit all this in my bag now?"... That's what I said after I went a tad crazy buying stuff for us and our family and friends in Chiang Mai, Thailand. And there was no way I was going to stop shopping. It wasn't my fault that Chiang Mai's markets had so many good things to buy!
Anyway, Thailand's postal system is really good. They supply boxes for you to buy and have all the information printed in English so you can work out exactly how much it will cost to send stuff home. They also have very helpful and smiling staff to guide you through the process.
While we were at the Post Office (POS) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we took a copy of all the postage rates that were given in English. We have taken the liberty to transfer them all into a handy spreadsheet for you to look at while you are planning your trip to Thailand. How much will it cost you to send back all those gifts instead of having to carry them with you?
Here is the free spreadsheet - Postage Costs From Thailand To Everywhere. Please note that these details were priced in Chiang Mai, Thailand in the middle of March, 2012. All prices are in Thai Baht.
To give you an idea, the following is a summary of what it cost us to send a single box home from Thailand. We sent a parcel to Australia by Economy Air (3 to 4 weeks delivery):
Box: Size F (last box in the row above) - Cost: 32 Baht (>$1)
Service Charge: For packing the box, sticky tape and string - Cost: 8 Baht ( Weight: 4.412 kilograms - Cost 1210 Baht (~$40)
Total Price: 1250 Baht to send back to Australia (~$42)
I had to complete an International Postal Parcel Form with details of who it is being sent to, an alternative address in case that person is unable to claim the parcel, the approximate value and a detailed description of the contents of the box. Ours description had the words "Stuff" and "Crap" in it.
I received a copy of the form above as well as a detailed receipt. The helpful POS officer also informed us that we could check the location of our parcel by accessing http://thailandpost.co.th We were able to access their tracking application, enter the tracking number and see exactly where it was. Handy!
Postcards, Letter, Parcels AND Motorbikes can be sent through out Thailand and beyond. We found it very amusing to see the motorbikes wrapped up with an address stuck on the seat and petrol tank.
All in all, we are very happy with Thailand's postal system. It may be handy to also know that there is DHL courier company that provides a very good service from Thailand to elsewhere in the world. They often have special deals to send stuff to other countries. We chose to use the local Postage System so we cannot give information on DHL.
Again, here is the spreadsheet - Postage Costs From Thailand To Everywhere. Please note that these details were priced in Chiang Mai, Thailand in the middle of March, 2012.