Thai Grilled Rats

Thai Grilled Rats, nu phook, are hunted in the rice fields and grilled for sale as a rural delicacy. They’re a regular source of both protein and income during the last two months of the year for villagers across Thailand. The greater bandicoot rat (bandicota indica) is a rodent of the muridae species found in China, India, […]

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 […]

Traveling from Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Airport

Traveling from Chiang Mai is uncommon. I’m always raving about what a great travel hub Chiang Mai is. Now Thai Lion Air has opened bookings for a new route to Chengdu in China using Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the three weekly flights. Thai Lion Air will fly to Chengdu on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday departing from Chiang […]

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 […]

Thai Festivals 2016–2017

Thailand Festivals, Flowers, Currency, Weather

Here are the Thai Festivals for 2016–2017 JANUARY   Handmade Umbrella Festival #Chinese New Year FEBRUARY   Chiang Mai Flower Festival: The beautiful Chiang Mai Flower Festival will be held from February 3-5, 2017 at Chiang Mai, Thailand. Hosted by the Chiang Mai town in Thailand, the Festival is one of the colourful celebrations across the globe. […]

Volunteer in Chiang Mai

If you have the urge to volunteer in Chiang Mai, here’s a complete guide to Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand and Burmese opportunities. But before you do, a few words of advice: To enter Thailand with the purpose of doing volunteer work you must have a Non-Immigrant O Visa. Here’s what you’ll need to apply at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Bike Lanes in Chiang Mai

Bike Lanes in Chiang Mai Both locals and visitors have shown increasing willingness to tour Chiang Mai’s level, well paved streets under their own power. Now Chiang Mai province has announced that it will spend 40 million baht ($1+ million) for four bike lanes across the city to cater for our cycling boom. Chiang Mai […]

Thais are Smart People

Thais are smart people They’ve created one of the best cultures on earth, which they love and treasure. But book learning is not greatly valued, Thailand’s education system is questionable, and it shows in international survey results. The Thai Ministry of Public Health just announced that the IQ of Grade 1 students has dropped from […]