Pixel - we were nearly very ready to go to Thailand too! I did loads of research, met up with a lady that had been and was successfully pregnant, she said they were high class as well and of course had a lovely time whist she was there. I had lots of contact with "Pinky" from Marvel IVF Solutions and she was absolutely wonderful, nothing was a problem. All their donors are young Thai girls and just beautiful souls. For those interested it was about $10,200 including PGD, we wanted to choose the healthiest embryo as well (got that idea from the lady that had recently been over) + flights and of course a gorgeous cheap warm holiday! Then we looked into a travelling Caucasian donor, but it was way too expensive unfortunately. We were looking through Global Egg Donors, and your figure of $17500US sounds about right. I too loved the idea of adult pics and meeting them (I struggle with the idea that our child may not be able to track their donor one day should they choose to).... I'm just hoping that one day the laws will change, and trust that we will meet up one day with her. Excited + for you, when we were planning of going there I was soooooo excited as have never been and have heard so many good things.
It may be an idea to start another thread.....?? I love it here too, but know when I was searching for stories on the internet I really struggled for a forum on Thailand, that's probably how I found this!