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. It’s really no joke here… For ten years I have been answering questions by email, phone, and social media about… [Read More]

A Sea Gypsy in Chiang Mai

Meet A Sea Gypsy in Chiang Mai One of the things I like most about Chiang Mai is its menagerie of expats, but a Sea Gypsy in Chiang Mai blew me away.  I’ve met Slovakians, Slovenians, Ukrainians. I’ve even met President Putin’s TV producer (she says he’s got a great sense of humor and has no plans to invade the USA). Travel is broadening and, since Chiang Mai is such a tourist destination, travelers come to me…. [Read More]

Thailand’s Deadly Adventures

Thailand’s Deadly Adventures Kill People Regularly. Twice a year I run stories reminding everyone that Thailand’s deadly adventures, its rides, are nothing like Disney’s. Nothing. Note that, in Thailand The maximum penalty for negligence causing death is 10 years in jail and a fine of 20,000 baht ($600). Most offenders receive a small fine and no jail time. Here’s the most recent series of unfortunate (but avoidable) events: A Kuwaiti tourist was killed in a bungee jump accident… [Read More]

Street Food in Thailand

Vendors of street food in Thailand are very good at publicly displaying and showcasing the ingredients and dishes they offer. Even if you don’t know Thai, if you can remember a few food clues, you’ll have a much better time finding and ordering street food in Thailand. Mark Wiens shares some insider tips from his Eating Thai Food Guide, which will show you how to order from 5 of the most common types of street food carts you’ll find throughout Thailand…. [Read More]

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 miss because you’re hurtling along the freeway and can easily miss it. Owned by a wealthy lady who uses it… [Read More]

Thailand Travel Insurance

You can typically buy Thailand travel insurance up to 24 hours before your trip. There are three main types of Thailand travel insurance: Foreign medical coverage and Trip cancellation. Lost luggage, kidnapping and pretty much anything else that can go wrong. If you’re concerned about getting hurt abroad or canceling an expensive trip, Thailand travel insurance may be worth it. Chances are, you probably have some form of coverage with your existing insurance providers or… [Read More]

Bangkok, Where Pleasure is King

Bangkok, Where Pleasure is King The mood of Bangkok is very special in Southeast Asia. Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, for example, is a whirlpool of frustration; a capital in orbit around anti-colonial slogans. Singapore is energetic, engaged in a puritanical revolution; Kuala Lumpur, in Malaya, is easygoing, a capital with Arabian Nights architecture, where the work manages to get done every day. Bangkok, though, is a rejuvenating tonic; the people seem to have found… [Read More]

Thai Tiger Mauls Australian

Thai Tiger Mauls Australian? Duh! An Australian is recovering in a Thai hospital after being mauled by a young male tiger in a special tourist enclosure at an animal park on the resort island of Phuket. Paul Goudie, from Werribee, near Melbourne, was attacked at the enclosure this week at the Tiger Kingdom tourist show after being given controlled access to a group of young tigers. Goudie, 49, suffered serious bites to his left leg… [Read More]

Doi Saket Hot Springs, Thailand, Video

Doi Saket Hot Springs, Thailand, Video This is Doi Saket hot springs, my favorite hot springs in all of Thailand. I love it because it’s owned by the (tiny, picturesque) village of Doi Saket and they operate it cooperatively. It’s very rural in its setting and appearance, and the women who do all the work are local farm wives who’ve lived and grown up together there. I soak in the springs for 20 minutes before… [Read More]

Dengue Fever in Thailand?

Is There Really Dengue Fever in Thailand? Though dengue fever is endemic in Thailand, you don’t have to get it. And you don’t have to suffer years of after-effects if you do. Three  years ago we had a dengue epidemic and several friends went down with it. Dengue was new to me and I was appalled by the severity of their symptoms (one of them is still suffering from the after-effects). I was concerned for two reasons: they… [Read More]

Chiang Mai Rentals, Sublets

Here are the Chiang Mai rentals, sublets for July, 2018. Even if you’re not yet planning a move, it provides you with real estate values in Chiang Mai. These are real houses in Chiang Mai with real prices and you can check them out with Google Street View. Or just email for the address… Chiang Mai Rentals, Sublets Sublet 3 Bdrm Home World Club – 20,000 Baht/month + damage deposit. Clean, spacious 3 bedroom house in World Club Land available for… [Read More]

Best Books About Thailand

Here are the best books about Thailand to delight and distract you: A History of Southeast Asia: Critical Crossroads  Southeast Asia can fall between the two stools of China and India, overlooked or viewed merely as a reflection of either or both of these two major historical, political and commercial entities. It is, says Anthony Reid in A History of Southeast Asia: Critical Crossroads, often seen as the awkward residue after the great civilizations of India… [Read More]

Thailand’s Dangerous Elephants

Beware of Thailand’s Dangerous Elephants Thais are easygoing about personal safety. If you want to play with a tiger or a snake, they’ll let you. They assume you know the risks. If the tiger mauls you, the crocodile bites you, or the snake crushes you…that’s your business. There’s no legal recourse. No-one holds you back from taking risks, and no-one compensates you if you’re injured as a result. Last year a woman, an experienced Australian veterinarian… [Read More]

Scooters in Thailand

Scooters in Thailand are dangerous, even for Thais. I know because I’m a trained rider and I had two spills. But if you’re going to ride a scooter, get the safest. Here’s a road test video of the Honda Click: And here’s a reminder about riding scooters in Thailand: Riding a motorcycle or scooter in Thailand comes with unique responsibilities and dangers. Scooters are wonderful in traffic but they have 4 drawbacks: You’re vulnerable to… [Read More]

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, here….I have also made A Rough Guide for Finding the Right Thai Woman for Western Men in which Thai women are divided… [Read More]

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