What’s the Scoop on Health Insurance in Thailand? The US Embassy Bangkok has issued an advisory: Thailand remains one of the most popular retirement destinations in the world. Great culture; great food; great people. And as US citizens age, Thailand also offers access to excellent health care, provided at world-class private hospitals by internationally trained doctors. But you need to be able to afford it. Sadly, we at the Embassy in Bangkok have seen many instances where US… [Read More]
Marijuana in Thailand? Until the 1930s Thais traditionally used marijuana to relieve pain and fatigue and now the country is returning to its roots. Medical Marijuana Tourism is a thing and Tourist Marijuana Tourism is on its way! In December 2018 Parliament voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 in what it described as “a New Year’s gift to the Thai people”. In August 2019, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul admitted that Thailand has not… [Read More]
What are Thailand Employment Salaries? Most companies oppose the government’s plan to raise the minimum daily wage nationwide to Bt400, US$13, or $300/month, as it will hurt small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Chamber chairman Kalin Sarasin said that from the chamber’s discussions with many business operators, it was found that most of them worry over the impact of a further wage rise. He said that only the major companies could make… [Read More]
Changes in Thai society are changing the lives and numbers of monks and single women in Thailand. It’s a new ballgame.. Monks in Thailand The Thailand Sangha Supreme Council Office says there were just 251,997 monks and 69,907 novices in Thailand last year – a slight decrease since the previous survey in 2007. The Supreme Council Office suggests that the decrease probably stems from the Thai Government’s educational services. Until recently, boys from poor families studied at… [Read More]
Cheap alcohol in Thailand is one of the country’s great attractions and my personal joys, but The World Health Organisation (WHO) released its “2014 Global report on alcohol and health” on May 12 and Thailand was a standout: not in a good way, either. The average quantity of pure alcohol consumed by each Thai adult, 15+ years, increased from 6.8 to 7.1 liters between 2008 and 2010. The global average is 6.21 litres, but for Southeast Asia it’s… [Read More]
Chiang Mai Cost of Living An Aussie, Michelle Hammond, writes that living in Chiang Mai saves her $23,994 a year: “Before moving here, I knew Chiang Mai offered low-cost living and that the savings I’d make would mean I’d be in for a nice lifestyle upgrade. But I didn’t realise just how good the value was. Now I’m settled in, I’ve a good handle on my budget and the savings I’m making run right across the board, from… [Read More]
Meet A Sea Gypsy in Chiang Mai One of the things I like most about Chiang Mai is its menagerie of expats, but a Sea Gypsy in Chiang Mai blew me away. I’ve met Slovakians, Slovenians, Ukrainians. I’ve even met President Putin’s TV producer (she says he’s got a great sense of humor and has no plans to invade the USA). Travel is broadening and, since Chiang Mai is such a tourist destination, travelers come to me…. [Read More]
Vendors of street food in Thailand are very good at publicly displaying and showcasing the ingredients and dishes they offer. Even if you don’t know Thai, if you can remember a few food clues, you’ll have a much better time finding and ordering street food in Thailand. Mark Wiens shares some insider tips from his Eating Thai Food Guide, which will show you how to order from 5 of the most common types of street food carts you’ll find throughout Thailand…. [Read More]
The Thai traditional elephant lullaby goes back a long way. Elephants are very communicative with one another and have a highly-developed language. They also love listening to soothing music. Here’s the charming video of a Thai lady putting an elephant to sleep by singing her a Thai elephant lullaby: Here’s another beautiful elephant moment in Thailand: the elephant is blind: And they also make music, as you’ll learn from National Geographic.
Samádhi Sutra: Samhadi, the Great Quenching, is a desire-free state valued by Buddhists, who worry a great deal about desire and the transcendence of desire. The Samadhi Sutra is recited every day, probably thousands of times, in temples throughout Thailand. It is especially read to the monks, who are expected to be serious about Enlightenment: Concentration: Tranquility and Insight “Monks, these four types of individuals are to be found existing in world. Which four? “There is the… [Read More]
Are You Thinking of Moving Kids to Thailand? Cherie Miller visited Thailand last year with the thought of moving her kids here. She says a few words about the kids she meet and observed in Thailand. Watch it here.
Here’s a handy list of Chiang Mai’s Best Coffee Shops. A wide variety of gourmet coffees and excellent locations and environments. Enjoy your coffee! One of Chiang Mai’s Best Coffee Shops is Sweet Gardens, located here. These are the GPS coordinates 18.82920° 99.00616°. It’s on the second ring road towards the north side of town. Easy to miss because you’re hurtling along the freeway and can easily miss it. Owned by a wealthy lady who uses it… [Read More]
Adultery in Thailand: Three Handy tips on Keeping your Penis attached to the rest of you. Wonder no more. Though Thailand has never been a major force in spectator sports, it recently took the coveted Adultery World Cup by a comfortable margin. But if you, silly farang, think you can get away with it, think again: Thai ladies play for keeps and, though you may escape with your life, you may leave something precious behind… Before you… [Read More]
Bangkok, Where Pleasure is King The mood of Bangkok is very special in Southeast Asia. Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, for example, is a whirlpool of frustration; a capital in orbit around anti-colonial slogans. Singapore is energetic, engaged in a puritanical revolution; Kuala Lumpur, in Malaya, is easygoing, a capital with Arabian Nights architecture, where the work manages to get done every day. Bangkok, though, is a rejuvenating tonic; the people seem to have found… [Read More]
Doi Saket Hot Springs, Thailand, Video This is Doi Saket hot springs, my favorite hot springs in all of Thailand. I love it because it’s owned by the (tiny, picturesque) village of Doi Saket and they operate it cooperatively. It’s very rural in its setting and appearance, and the women who do all the work are local farm wives who’ve lived and grown up together there. I soak in the springs for 20 minutes before… [Read More]