In our times, who hasn't been to Thailand? Show me that person, and I'll tell them just one thing: my friend, immediately head to these blessed lands. Whether you want to be a tourist, a freelancer, or even embark on a grand journey through all of Southeast Asia. To a place where coastal cliffs resemble the prototype of Pandora from "Avatar," or to a place where astonishing Buddhist temples are nestled under evergreen trees, or to a place where pearl plantations stretch far and wide.
By the way, the latter have expanded on one of the most beautiful islands - Samui. Samui! Even the name sounds like a song of wind in bamboo groves.
Azure waters, white sand, coconut palms - paradise on Earth.
Affordable and interesting local cuisine, and if you crave European flavors, the hotels in Samui will welcome you. And the aforementioned pearl farms. Not only a curious place but also an opportunity to purchase pearl jewelry for yourself or as a gift.
But Samui has another appealing feature. Not without reason is comfort mentioned at the beginning. Agree, when going somewhere for an extended period, it's much more convenient to have your own means of transportation - a car or a bike. And this requires having a driver's license, preferably from the country you're in. Not to mention various insurance cases that might arise, not to be mentioned in vain. And let's not even discuss the risks of driving without a license, especially in a foreign country. That's understood, we're all responsible adults who follow the law. And here's where Samui comes in - a place where you can obtain the necessary document in the shortest possible time. And when I say short, I mean it's truly short, just 2 days, unlike, say, Phuket, where you'd have to wait for almost 3 months. Agree, the difference is obvious. And without any extra charges.
You might skeptically ask, "How is that possible?" Well, as they said in an old movie, you have to know the right places. And you and I are lucky because I stumbled upon instructions compiled by a dedicated traveler who knows the local realities inside out.
So, where do you begin? First and foremost, of course, you come to Samui, which is already a pleasure in itself. Starting early in the morning, sip your tea or coffee and set out. Head to the immigration service to obtain the coveted certificate (resident certificate), and bring along a photo of yourself and the TM.30 form. This is not the actual registration of your place of residence, but a screen from the system where the property owner inputs your details within 24 hours. All your details are recorded there - name, passport, phone - and it's all in Thai, naturally. The rental agreement itself isn't necessary; they specifically require the TM.30 form. Don't mix them up!
In the immigration service on the second floor, there's an information desk administrator on the left. Approach, smile politely, and state that you want to get a certificate for a driver's license. That's exactly what you say, because there's a new feature - a field at the bottom of the form with three options. We need the first option to be checked, the upper one, for the driver's license. And if you also want to open a bank account (yes, we're such cool people), then you ask for the third option, the bottom one.
And if we're the proud owners not only of a car but also a motorcycle? Then we need two of these certificates, so ask for both. And if we're also planning to open an account (yes, we're going all out), then ask for three. And if we're planning to get a vehicle on top of that, then we need all four pieces. Oh, and photos, of course, four of them. But the TM.30 form is still just one. Convenient, isn't it? And they'll give it back to you later when they hand out the certificate. They'll give it back for free!
Now you need to get a medical certificate. You can do this at any hospital. The seasoned traveler who equipped us with these instructions did it at Bandon International Hospital for 250 baht.
Like anywhere else, when dealing with various institutions, you need to make copies of all your documents. Thailand is no exception, and Samui, being a part of it, is no exception either. As many certificates as we're taking, that's how many sets of document copies we're making. Because in the end, we'll receive multiple plastic cards! For example, one for a car, another for a motorbike.