I have been told that Thailand customs do not allow you to bring home budha images eg: statues, prints etc is this true
It is true if they know you have them. An export license is required for all Buddha images, except small amulets.
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We have bought home quite a few small Buddha statues over the years in our luggage, but last year bought a much bigger one and had it shipped home.
We had to have the relevant licence, approval, photos of the statue etc etc and it takes a few days. (This was not for a Buddha it was a Monk and due to his high ranking permission had to be given).
Exporting antique Buddhas requires a lot of paperwork. Anyway before doing this, consider whether in fact you should even be taking them out of the country. You are taking a part of Thailand's heritage with you. Should you really be doing this?
Not the OP was referring to antiques, but the same rules apply.
we have bought plenty of buddah statues etc & never had a worry, i think what they are referring to is antiques & the like
I am not a buddist so I have never bought them home, but I have seen many buddists at Adelaide airport being able to keep them , I am sure the authentic buddas in Patong will be fine to take home
Hawk1991 is right, its only the very very old Buddhas not the ones in all the markets and stalls !
The export of antiques etc is prohibited. Anything you can buy in a shop is okay but always get a certificate for more expensive items.
So many foreigners know better than a Thai it seems.
The law says (whether enforced or not is different) that any image of the Lord Buddha (except small amulets) may not be removed from the country without an export licence - plus antiques require an additional permit. If customs find a Buddha statue and decide to enforce the law, you'll be looking a hefty fines at least.