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 […]

Women in Thailand

Women in Thailand: A Changing Reality Women in Thailand are famous for their good looks and good nature. Thai women are famously slim and graceful and–at least in the North, where I live–are extremely friendly towards foreigners. Extremely. Thailand’s women are also much, much smarter than the men. They run everything and handle problems while […]

Passport Photos in Chiang Mai

Passport Photos Here are some tips to make your passport renewal less stressful than it was for me last week. The first is to start the process well in advance. Check your embassy’s scheduled visits to Chiang Mai and prepare well in advance, since the US and China have the only full-function consulates here. You will […]

Safety and Danger in Thailand

REMEMBER! THAILAND IS NOT DISNEYLAND. NOBODY HAS EVER HEARD OF ‘SAFETY FIRST’ SO YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF. A 25 year old Canadian was riding a zipline at Flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai on Saturday when his safety harness broke and he plummeted 50 meters to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. […]

Learn to Speak Thai in Chiang Mai

Our Concierge Service provides clients with a free one-hour lesson in Street Thai. Useful phrases like, “Hello, goodbye, how much, where is, how far?…” Mastering them makes getting around much easier and delights local people, who are glad you’ve gone to the trouble of learning their language. Most  go on to take a 36-hour, 12-lesson course […]

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 […]

Renew US Visas in Chiang Mai

How and where do your renew US visas in Chiang Mai? Not like this! A 50-year-old Thai man wanted for fraud was arrested on Thursday in Nonthaburi. Pairoj Kanchanarat had been telling US tourists that he was a lawyer able to get a permanent visa for Bt20,000-Bt50,000. His arrest stemmed from a police complaint filed by a […]

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. […]

Soi Dogs in Thailand

I know about twenty Soi dogs in Thailand (so named because they hang out in alleys, or sois). They’re not well cared for  and, if this story moves you, sign the petition to improve their lives. If you’re in Chiang Mai you can volunteer or adopt a dog from Care for Dogs. They do heroic work […]

Thailand Permanent Residence Visas

Foreigners residing in the kingdom have from now until the end of the year to get their permanent residency applications started. The Immigration Bureau said in a document countersigned by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha that the window started on September 19th and will last until Friday December 28th. Decisions on applications will take at least […]

Chiang Mai Cost of Living

Chiang Mai Cost of Living An Aussie, Michelle Hammond, writes that living in Chiang Mai saves her $23,994 a year: “Before moving here, I knew Chiang Mai offered low-cost living and that the savings I’d make would mean I’d be in for a nice lifestyle upgrade. But I didn’t realise just how good the value was. Now I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]