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 […]

Driving in Thailand

Thai Drivers Liocense

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 to the transport […]

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. Here’s a tip: Foreigners treated at government hospitals may pay more […]

Thailand Bank Accounts

Opening Thailand bank accounts is different, but easy, once you get the hang of it, but it can be tricky, which is why our Concierge service introduces you to a wonderful bank manager whose bank handles all of Thailand’s foreign exchange transactions. “In order to open an ordinary checking or savings account, Bank of Bangkok […]

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 […]

Buying Cheap Meds In Thailand 16 Tips

buying cheap meds in Thailand

Want 16 Tips for Buying Cheap Meds In Thailand? First, let’s talk about Importing Personal meds into Thailand: Several months ago I had some medical items sent from my home country. They were held up at customs. On my first visit to the airport customs office I learned that unless I got a note from my doctor, the […]

Owning, Insuring Cars in Thailand

New House Thailand

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 […]

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 […]

Thailand Employment Salaries

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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 […]

Monks, Single Women in Thailand

Thai Buddhist Monks

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 […]

My House in Chiang Mai

My House in Chiang Mai

I got tired of looking at my fence and decided to repaint it. Two guys and a lady showed up and started by pruning my giant hedge back so the sliding gate can roll easily. Then they welded four decorative metal arrows (along the top of the gate in picture) back on. Then they painted […]

Thailand’s Kra Canal and the Belt and Road Initiative

Kra Canal

Have you heard about Thailand’s Kra Canal and the Belt and Road Initiative? After demurring for years, Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha last week ordered national planning and security agencies to look into building a possible canal across the narrow Isthmus of Kra in the kingdom’s southern region. Indeed, the order came a month after […]

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. […]