Thailand’s TM-30 Reporting Form

The Landlord Notification Receipt, or TM.30 is a form that foreign residents in Thailand must submit whenever they stay elsewhere from their registered address. It is a huge pain in the butt! It is your landlord’s responsibility to notify Immigration of any foreigner staying on his or her property within 24 hours or be fined 1,600 baht […]

Snakes in Thailand

Snakes in Thailand: Dangerous and Timid Vern Lovic, Thailand’s snake expert, wrote me this explanation of his new book, Keep Snakes Out!: Probably no other animal that is frequently found in a home scares people as much as snakes! Here in Thailand, we have a serious snake problem. Recently my friend confronted a king cobra climbing his front door. […]

Work Permits in Thailand

Work Permits in Thailand Getting work permits in Thailand can be really tricky. Seventeen foreigners have been arrested for not having work permits, working illegally following a raid on a condominium in Chiang Mai. The raid, which took place at 12.30am on Friday found 17 Westerners of various nationalities providing online English classes to people in China […]

Yoga in Chiang Mai

Yoga in Chiang Mai

Yoga in Chiang Mai has a long history. When I moved to Chiang Mai I was delighted to find a hotbed of yoga teachers and students from around the world. I’d taken classes with maybe 100 yoga teachers over 45 years and had come to appreciate the difference a good teacher makes to each class, […]

Chiang Mai’s Best Coffee Shops

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 […]

Big Snake in Chiang Mai

Big Snake in Chiang Mai

A local man, Petrung Noithai, a district councillor, discovered the snake in Chiang Mai. It was in his garden and he called rescue officials around 5.30am. He said he was woken up by the sound of his panic-stricken fighting cocks after the snake got into their coop behind his house. He used a long wooden pole […]

Five Kinds of Thai Women

Here’s a great site for anyone with questions about sex in Thailand. Kaewmala is a Thai lady with a great sense of humor. She’s gone to great trouble to create a useful guide to relationships in Thailand: “I wrote about the evolution of Thai-farang relationship in three phases: “rental wife”, “farang son-in-law” and “post-rental wife” phases, […]

ASEAN in Thailand

ASEAN in Thailand is, finally, a big success! Fifty years after its founding, ASEAN is finally catching in The Land of Smiles. Asean has grown steadily since Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand founded it in 1967. Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia now round out the ten member states. Today, nearly 80 per cent of […]

Jail Time in Thailand

What is it Like to do Jail Time in Thailand? First: Get A Thai Get-Out-of-Jail Number! We give Concierge clients a 24-hour Thai/English emergency phone number for good reason: to call if they’re ever in a jam. Since most of us have learned how to stay our of trouble by the time we retire, use of the number […]

Smoke in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai doesn’t have the usual seasonal progression. Our seasons begin when the rains stop in November and the mornings turns chilly. Last year it was so cold that people with old-style, unsealable, Thai houses had to move in with friends whose homes–though unheated–could at least be sealed by closing windows and doors! The cool […]

Thailand’s Human Rights

Thaksin Shinawatra Coup

Thailand’s Human Rights Have you heard about Thailand’s Human Rights? Thailand’s recent coup d’etat has been surprisingly well-received by even my Red Shirt friends. Like them, I’ve been a steady supporter of the ousted Prime Ministers, brother-and-sisters, Thaksin. They did a lot for poor people and farmers. And even my wealthy Thai friends supported them. But it […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lying Cheating and Stealing in Thailand

Is There Lying Cheating and Stealing in Thailand? Lying, cheating and stealing are not confined to Thailand. They’re universal human behaviors and the older I get the less they bother me. But lying, cheating and stealing have a cultural flavor in Thailand that’s worth examining because we’re all going to encounter it sooner or later, […]

Thailand’s Headlines of the Week

Here are Thailand’s Headlines of the Week 15-Year-Old Dies in Phuket Vegetarian Festival Shoot-Out. Shoot-outs between teenagers are part of the landscape in Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya. They’re belong to a very old tradition and are implicitly tolerated because, despite the mayhem they cause, they help preserve Thailand’s ancient warrior culture. Because Thailand has the best rice-growing […]