Thailand’s Kra Canal and the Belt and Road Initiative

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 China’s ambassador to Thailand confirmed the canal as part of his country’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Beijing’s US$1 trillion… [Read More]

Flying to Thailand through Incheon Airport

Thinking of flying to Thailand through Incheon Airport? What I love about Koreans is that they’re extreme about everything. They don’t do anything by halves. They’re not slackers. There’s no Korean equivalent for ‘whatever”. Flight Attendants When you see a KAL stewardess you’ll know exactly how God felt when He created the first stewardess: extremely pleased with Himself. Everything came together just as He’d envisioned it: the scarf, hairdo, shoes, walk, even the rollons. All… [Read More]

Flying from San Francisco to Thailand

If You’re Flying from San Francisco to Thailand You’re in for a Great Experience:  FSO has been upgraded. flying from San Francisco to Thailand is fun again! SFO airport’s new International terminal is a bright, airy joy to navigate. Booming San Francisco finally has a world class international terminal thanks to designer Craig Hartman and opened in December 2000 to replace the old International Departures section of Terminal 2. It’s the largest international terminal in North… [Read More]

Driving in Thailand

Driving in Thailand? Chris’ update on getting a Chiang Mai Drivers License: “The Chiang Mai Provincial Land & Transportation office gave me the seal of approval today. Two licenses–one car, one bike–in one hit, within 2 hours, for the grand sum of 310 baht.  I am chuffed. Added bonus: no tests, written or practical. Just get your paperwork in order, look at a board of coloured dots, watch a 60 min. (English) video then pay your money, have the… [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]

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]

Traveling from Chiang Mai

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 Mai at 2300 and arriving in Chengdu at 0230. The return flight will depart Chengdu at 0420 and arrive in… [Read More]

Singapore-Chiang Mai-Kunming Rail Line

All Aboard the Singapore-Chiang Mai-Kunming Rail Line The Thai government has approved a $23 billion infrastructure project including two lines that could revolutionize the region’s freight service, linking ports around Bangkok and in Singapore with Kunming and onward to Berlin. The pan-Asian rail network has been on the drawing board for decades. Some routes were mapped when British and French colonialists wanted to counter Russia’s Trans-Siberian railway. Now China is driving the project. Singapore and Bangkok… [Read More]

Owning, Insuring Cars in 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 fun at night, in the rain, or on a freeway: those were white-knuckle times I won’t miss. Then, last year,… [Read More]

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 cycling enthusiasts (the Lycra crowd) and tourists will soon be able to enjoy their first bike lane, a 5km route… [Read More]

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