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Easing through the Vehicle Taxation Office

Easing through the Vehicle Taxation Office

Dear Editor,
Trotted up the Hang Dong Road on Friday to the Vehicle Taxation Office to keep me on the right side of the law with my ever dependable Suzuki Caribbean. As she is over 7 years old (she’s 15), I was required to take her for her yearly check-up. Thankfully she passed with flying colours.
This was my first trip to the Vehicle Taxation Office alone, i.e. without a ‘helper’. I was hoping that there wouldn’t be too much hassle involved, mainly due to my poor command of the Thai language. I went, as you do, armed to the teeth with every conceivable document, photocopies, etc., that I thought they may ask for, in an effort to eliminate a return journey (or two) before I eventually ended up with that little piece of square paper that is proudly displayed on my windscreen. I needn’t have worried.
From the wee lassie (Khun Noi) sitting behind the information desk at the entrance, to the charming photocopier at the ‘purple desk’ and the efficient minder of the ‘yellow desk’ and eventually the charmer, sensually framed by ‘window # 10’, the whole process took 10 minutes! I had taken my MP3 player with me to while away the hours listening to some music while I was waiting to be processed, I didn’t even have time to stuff the earphones into my ears. Many thanks to all concerned, it’s nice to know it can happen sometime.
Kevin Kemp
www.chiangmaichitchat.com