Thai Street Food Safety

Thai street food safety is not mysterious. Apply this rule of thumb to eating Thai street food and save yourself embarrassment and discomfort: freshly cooked and freshly peeled food only. You’ll notice that Thais always choose their meat from the griddle – not from meat that’s already cooked and removed from the flame – because bacteria haven’t had time to multiply significantly. Do likewise, even if it means waiting a few minutes for your choice… [Read More]

Thai Immigration Visits Me

What Happens When Thai Immigration Visits Me? The USA and the UK are relaxed about foreigners but, when Thai Immigration visits me I find that’s not true in Thailand.  Your registered Thai address turns out to be more important than some people think. Chonburi immigration is the first province to start insisting that resident farangs stay where they’ve registered and finding offenders 4,000 baht. Officers there have been checking their records against foreigners residing in the area then fining people… [Read More]

Thailand Classified Ads Directory

Here’s a handy Thailand classified Ads directory. Each classified ad directory has its peculiar strengths and weaknesses but, somewhere, the item you’re looking for is available! If you’re concerned about delivery, ask the seller to invoice you via PayPal, giving the item name and serial number of the item she’s selling. That way, PayPal’s Buyer Protection gives you coverage. Use Thai Post Office EMS for sending items. They will not only provide packaging but also… [Read More]

Cataract Surgery in Thailand

I’d had years of great service from my ophthalmologist in California so, when I was considering cataract surgery in Thailand I went to see him when I was back in the Bay Area last Fall. But he quoted me $7,000 for both eyes. I thought this a bit rich for 20 minute outpatient procedures. So last week I had my second cataract surgery here in Chiang Mai, at Rajadev Hospital, where I’d had the first eye done…. [Read More]

Dating Thai Guys

Dating Thai Guys: Thoughts from a Western Woman A young American expat living in northern Thailand who’s dated a few Thai guys and stuck with one for several years before calling it quits. While her experience may not be indicative of all relationships, everything she says we’ve heard before when it comes to Western female/Thai male relationships. When I first moved to Thailand people asked me if I found Thai men, or Asian men in general attractive…. [Read More]

Thai Dowries

In Defense of Thai Dowries BY A THAI LADY LIVING IN A TRADITIONAL THAI VILLAGE – Thai dowries are often criticized so here are a few words in their defense: I’ve often sympathized with foreign men when the word “dowry” is brought up. In the modern-day Thai culture, a dowry is still common practice in wedding ceremonies. Thai dowries typically consist of jewelry for the bride to wear on her wedding day and cash for the bride’s… [Read More]

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