Thai Beauty Secrets

Thai women have long been admired for their flawless and unique beauty. They have been envied for their long silky hair, radiant glowy skin and perfect nails. The secret to a Thai women’s beauty probably lies in their genes. However, there are also some traditional Thai beauty recipes that come from nature. So, I will introduce you to a few different elements of traditional Thai…

Discover Thainess

I’ve recently come across TAT’s (Tourism Authority of Thailand) activity ‘DiscoverThainess’ which is a contest that invites non-Thai people to engage in five different categories of activities related to ‘Thainess’. These categories are ‘Thai Boxing’, ‘Thai Cooking’, ‘Thai Dancing’, ‘Making Thai Style Garlands’ and ‘Speaking Thai’. In fact, competitors are asked to do things that are considered to be typical Thai, i.e. characteristic of Thai culture. Hence,…

The Story Of The Buddha

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value (Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha) The story of Buddhism begins with a man who became enlightened, thus gaining abiding insight into the nature of the world and its reality. Hence, the word ‘Buddha’ means the ‘Enlightened’…

The White Elephant in Thai Culture

In my view, one of the most impressive and majestic animal is the elephant, in particular the white elephant. Hence, in Thai culture the white elephant is called ‘chang samkhan’ which means ‘auspicious elephant’. Whiteness is regarded as an sign of purity in this context. The white elephant has an important meaning in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hindu thought, the white elephant is related…

Should I Rent a Car in Thailand and Drive Myself?

Driving in Thailand can be an adventure, especially for a foreigner. The process of obtaining a Thai drivers license is not necessarily difficult, but learning how to drive in Thailand is a whole different story. There are several very important tips to keep in mind as a foreigner driving in Thailand. First of all, patience is the key word to remember when driving in Thailand.…

The hype of Elephant dung coffee from Chiang Rai continues

The coffee beans in a colander after being excreted by an elephant, from Chiang Rai Thailand. For several months, news of elephant dung coffee has been floating around on the internet and media. Now the news about the world’s most unusual coffee is still rolling. Coffee from civet droppings created in Indonesia had been the most expensive coffee in the world for many years. Now…

Retirement Planning

You are retired and content, living alongside tens of thousands of U.S. citizens who call Thailand home.  Have you given thought to the last piece of the puzzle:  having your final wishes carried out? Every year, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, and U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai, assist hundreds of bereaved families whose U.S. citizen relatives pass away in Thailand.  We have seen the peace…

Kang Hed Ha – Another of Chiang Rai’s Hidden Gems of Local Dishes

Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiew (ขนมจีนน้ำเงี้ยว) might be Chiang Rai’s most famous dish. There are a countless number of delicious local menus that are little known to tourists or even local people today.  While some dishes can be widely available in restaurants, some are available seasonally only, and some can be extremely hard to find due to the shortage of ingredients and people with the right…

Americans in Thailand can now get retirement benefits by direct deposit

April 19th Americans receiving social security, veterans or federal retirement benefits can now have them directly deposited free of charge in their Thai bank accounts, the US Embassy announced this morning. The US Treasury Department now offers direct deposit of federal benefit payments from the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs Department and Personnel Management Office, according to an email sent out by the embassy. “The…

I Will Never Move From Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai has an expat population that appreciates the quiet, laid back atmosphere of this little northern city. Quiet, stress free streets, incredibly friendly locals and a warm atmosphere make a winning combination for those in search of the quiet life. However, Chiang Rai is not the traffic free place of years ago when the only smells were buffalo dung and incense… The two stroke…