My House in Chiang Mai

My House in Chiang Mai

My House in Chiang Mai My three-bedroom Chiang Mai requires maintenance, just like houses everywhere. This is my home maintenance diary, with costs and mistakes that come with caring for houses regardless of where you live. Electrical Work Last week my bathroom light went out and, since replacing it required going to the electrical supply […]

Where to Stay in Chiang Mai

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The eternal question: Where to stay in Chiang Mai? There are several places  in Chiang Mai that I recommend without hesitation. Fancy Condos? Says Chiang Mai author Jeff J. Brown, “If you have the income, New Concept Condos are fabulous. Two bedroom condos are 40,000 Baht per month. We come to swim in the movie set pool. There’s […]

Medical Care in Thailand

Medical care in Thailand is one of the world’s greatest bargains. Your can get first class medical care for a fraction of what you pay at home. Thai doctors and nurses are world class and really know how to care for your medical needs. My Dermatology Bill March 6, 2020. Just back from the hospital, […]

America in Thailand

Why is America in Thailand? Of course, America has been in Thailand for over a century, but its influence is waning–as it is throughout Asia. Worse, try defending what America is doing in Thailand and you’ll meet a lot of skepticism. Have you seen headlines like this? Thailand Protests–Students Fight to Restore Democracy. Well, those “students” are fighting to weaken […]

Smoke in Chiang Mai

Smoke in Chiang Mai is a nuisance in late winter so, if you don’t have a $100 Hatari Room Air Purifier get it now (from Siam TV)! If you DO have an air purifier, it’s time to change your filter! That’s my old filter from last year’s smoke season beside the new filter, at right! […]

Learn to Speak Thai in Chiang Mai

Our Concierge Service provides clients with a free one-hour lesson in Street Thai. Useful phrases like, “Hello, goodbye, how much, where is, how far?…” Mastering them makes getting around much easier and delights local people, who are glad you’ve gone to the trouble of learning their language. Most  go on to take a 36-hour, 12-lesson course […]

Thailand Bank Accounts

To prevent money laundering, Thailand has made opening a bank account without a local, permanent address and a permanent visa almost impossible in Thailand. but, since we’ve introduced almost three hundred clients to our local branch, they’ve gotten permission from Bangkok to allow them to continue. We must provide a Thai citizen to guarantee you […]

Driving in Thailand

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Will you be Driving in Thailand? Until now tourists could easily rent a motorcycle by just showing a passport, but a new proposal would require that tourists have a valid driving licence when they rent. The proposal was among a swathe of new standards being considered over the next 30 days by various committees ahead of recommendations […]

Buying Cheap Meds In Thailand 16 Tips

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Want 16 Tips for Buying Cheap Meds In Thailand? Medbelle surveyed 50 countries for its 2019 Medicine Price Index, a comparison survey of 13 medications from heart meds to Viagra, Asthma to Anti-depressants and HIV treatments. The average prices of both the brand compound and their generic versions were included in order to have a complete profile of each […]

Marijuana in Thailand?

Marijuana in Thailand has been a big deal since the Vietnam War. Thai marijuana, in the forµ of Thai Sticks, became famous until the DEA persuaded the Thai Government to crack down. Now marijuana is coming back to Thailand. The Thai Government sees marijuana as a potential cash crop which can benefit Thailand’s economy and […]

Women in Thailand

Women in Thailand: A Changing Reality Women in Thailand are famous for their good looks and good nature. Thai women are famously slim and graceful and–at least in the North, where I live–are extremely friendly towards foreigners. Extremely. Thailand’s women are also much, much smarter than the men. They run everything and handle problems while […]

Health Insurance in Thailand

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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 […]

Owning, Insuring Cars in Thailand

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What Are the Advantages of Owning, Insuring Cars in Thailand? If the cost of owning , insuring cars in Thailand seems steep, then consider a scooter. The cost of a good scooter ($1500) and operating it in Thailand is laughable: the 5,000K service at the dealer costs $7! My scooter days were generally great fun, but much less […]

Budget for Living in Thailand

Budget for Living in Thailand

What’s a Budget for Expat Living in Thailand? Here’s an example of a most recent handyman bill and the story behind it: The mounting of my sliding carport gate came adrift and needed three welds and my guest bedroom sink was leaking water because its drain and stopper had never been correctly installed and needed […]