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 the metal parts of the fence and gate white and gold, and painted the concrete fence–both front and side–gray, to… [Read 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. This video shows just how infuriating it can be: New money-laundering regulations require you to establish and prove permanent residence before you can open a Thai bank account. You can imagine the Catch-22… [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]

What to Bring to Thailand

What to Bring to Thailand When You Move Bed Linens. Thai linens are pretty awful, for some reason. The towels are bearable, but the sheets are rough and uncomfortable. Even though China makes most of the world’s linens, there are no decent sheets imported to Thailand. So bring your own sheets and remember that Thai Mattress sizes are different from ours: US Standard King — 76 x 80 inches = 198 x 203 cm. Thailand King — 72 x 78 inches… [Read More]

Transferring Money to Thailand

Before you start transferring money to Thailand, even before you leave home: Beware!… your cable, utility, etc. vendor will tell you that your accounts are cancelled. Don’t believe your vendor! Many accounts I thought were cancelled are not. They just kept billing me – which is really bad if you have auto billing. The rats just help themselves to your money. So make darn sure that those accounts are dead and buried and stay on… [Read More]

Consider Retirement in Thailand

Time to consider retirement in Thailand? A personal take By Patrick Meriwhether I have been visiting Thailand as a tourist for over twenty years.  I shall briefly consider whether retirement at fifty is worth it and, if so, why Thailand.   By retirement, I do not mean literally “retiring” from life.  Let’s call it “semi-retirement”. Life at fifty Retirement is an opportunity to do what you want and according to when you want.  If you are not doing… [Read More]

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 Protection gives you coverage. Use Thai Post Office EMS for sending items. They will not only provide packaging but also… [Read More]

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. Thai dowries typically consist of jewelry for the bride to wear on her wedding day and cash for the bride’s… [Read More]

Moving to Thailand from Australia

Tips for Australians Moving to Thailand My Aussie financial advisor is James Brennan, who works for one of Australia’s oldest financial institutions, AMP. James has lived and worked in eight countries so he knows what he’s talking about. Here are some words of wisdom from James and helpful tips for australians moving to Thailand: 1. Pensions – there is no problem in being paid a pension overseas, and retiring in Thailand from Australia is no exception,… [Read More]

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