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]

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 settled in, I’ve a good handle on my budget and the savings I’m making run right across the board, from… [Read More]

Yoga in Chiang Mai

Yoga in Chiang Mai has a long history. When I moved to Chiang Mai I was delighted to find a hotbed of yoga teachers and students from around the world. I’d taken classes with maybe 100 yoga teachers over 45 years and had come to appreciate the difference a good teacher makes to each class, and Chiang Mai is home to some of the most gifted teachers in the world. And the beauty and tranquility… [Read More]

Landlords in Thailand

Have You Heard the Thai Saying about Landlords in Thailand? “Thai landlords will suck blood from a turd”. Pungent and, as I learned last week, to the point. A dear friend (not a client) who labored long and hard to make his Thai restaurant a success (#1 on TripAdvisor – hard to pull off) was recently approached by his Thai landlord’s  son. He had noticed that the restaurant was constantly sold out. He deduced that my… [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]

Chiang Mai UNESCO Site?

Chiang Mai a UNESCO Site? Chiang Mai’s 800-year-old, moated Old City has begun to consider applying for UNESCO World Heritage listing as a registered UNESCO Site. Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Fine Arts will host a seminar “Chiang Mai and the Road to UNESCO World Heritage Listing ” in Bangkok on 13 September to share opinions and develop contingency plans for the city of Chiang Mai if it were on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The forum,… [Read More]

Understanding Thai Temples

If you want to understand Thai Temples, here are some easily recognized features to get you started: The Thai word for temple is wat. When you are giving or receiving directions, Thais usually refer to the nearest wat since the neighborhood wat’s location will be familiar to everyone. That’s how central they are to Thai life. Temples usually consist of several buildings: large buildings, shrines (big and small) and monuments enclosed–all by a wall. There are thousands… [Read More]

Where to Stay in Chiang Mai

The eternal question: Where to stay in Chiang Mai? There are three places  in Chiang Mai that I recommend without hesitation. Serviced Apartments? It’s hard to beat Smith Residence. Nice big rooms, perfectly serviced, smart, helpful, English-speaking staff who will arrange anything, answer calls for you..and very reasonable rates: 3rd Floor suites are 8,000  and Mountain View Suites 20,000 Baht/month. 37-39 Nantharam Rd., Tumbon Haiya, Amphoe Mueang, CM 50200 Kiree Thara Resort is 10 minutes from my home (which… [Read More]

Safety and Danger in Thailand

I’m often asked about safety and danger in Thailand, so let’s look at a case study with much to teach us: By the end of the night (around 2 am) as the bar’s customers were leaving. The holidaymakers – believed to be a man in his 40s and his parents, both in their 60s – were attacked by several men earlier this month during Thai new year celebrations in Hua Hin, a coastal town about three… [Read More]

Thai Monks Chant The Buddha’s Wholesome Victories

Thai monks chant The Buddha’s Wholesome Victories Creating a form, thousand-armed, each with a weapon, Mara on the elephant Grimekhala roared frightfully with his soldiers. The Lord of Munis conquered him by means of Dhamma-giving and so-on: By the power of this may you be of wholesome victories. More than Mara making war all night Was the frighfulness of Alavaka the yakkha, impatient and arrogant. The Lord of Munis conquered him by means of well-taming… [Read More]

Embassies in Chiang Mai Thailand

Register Online with Your Embassy in Chiang Mai One of the smartest things you can do is to register online with your embassy in case of emergency or overseas crisis. Click Here for Instructions that are specific to your passport country language. Australian Advice Thailand – High Degree of Caution  (12th August) British Foreign Travel Advice: Thailand (12th August) Embassy of Ireland 12th Floor, 208 Wireless Road Lumpini, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 Tel : +66 2 016 1360 Fax : +66 2 675 3933 Embassy of Canada: Thailand Security (12th August) Republic of China: 泰國 Thailand (2016/8/12)… [Read More]

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 your local Thai consulate or embassy: Your original passport with at least one empty page (I recommend having at least… [Read More]

Keith’s Chiang Mai Apartment

Keith’s Chiang Mai Apartment When clients ask about apartments in Chiang Mai I recommend visiting Hillside 3 as a reference. It’s affordable and in a handy location. Once you’ve done that, here are some helpful apartment renting sites: Chiang Mai Open Realty Perfect Homes Buy Rent Chiang Mai Realtor Chiang Mai Parker’s Chiang Mai Properties Keith Allen found an apartment he likes and here’s what he has to say about it: “Godfree, I wanted to write… [Read More]

Find a Mate in Thailand

Want to find a mate in Thailand? A French client recently wrote to ask about a very promising relationship he’s commenced with a Thai woman. He concluded his letter with the question, “Are there any major pitfalls I should be looking for?” Here’s my answer: Dear Francois, In addition to the pitfalls inherent in all relationships, you are facing two that do not exist where you live: legal and cultural. The legal pitfalls are that you cannot own… [Read More]

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