Thai Taxi Altars & Talismans

Amulets as blessings on the road In Thailand, a taxi ride may be an introduction to Thai culture and belief. Hence, it might even become a kind of religious experience regarding all the sacred objects and talismans that Thai taxi drivers arrange on their dashboard altars. You may ask yourself the reason for these talismans. Well, since the majority of Thai people are Buddhist, they believe…

Buying Over-The-Counter Medication in Thailand – What’s Available?

Buying Over-The-Counter Medication in Thailand – What Can You Buy? It’s easy to buy certain medications over the counter at a pharmacy in Thailand, so much easier than in the US or UK, where just about every medication you need requires a prescription. In Thailand, buying medicine is also cheap (often less than 15% of what you pay in the US) and, even if they…

11 Things Not To Do In Thailand

NB.There is a general tone of supporting western attitudes towards animal welfare throughout this article. Retire In Thailand does not condone the use of captive wild animals for the purpose of amusing tourists for profit but recognizes that it is widely practiced in Thailand and other other Asian countries and is not against the law in those domains. NB2. This isn’t your usual list of…

Chiang Rai: 5 Reasons to Love This Thai Town

Chiang Rai is the real Thailand. Authentic and quaint, this small town in the north of the country is known for the glorious Wat Rong Khun, a looming white temple complex covered in unconventional decor (think skulls, monsters and more). Though many tourists only pop over to Chiang Rai for a day trip to see the famous Buddhist structure, spending a few nights, a few…

Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai?

To receive more informative posts like this one be sure to subscribe What’s the best place to retire in Thailand? That is a matter of personal choice.  Do you want to be near the beach, do you want a lot of night life or are you looking for some place that has everything you need but is still quiet and peaceful? It is a feeling…

Spotlight On Chiang Rai’s Hidden Charms

To receive more informative posts like this one be sure to subscribe Tucked away in the far-north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is emerging as the next destination to check out almost by accident. You could say Chiang Rai enjoys obscurity. For the casual visitors it presents a baffling puzzle; just what do you do after you have seen its colour-coded temples? But to others that’s…

A New Lease of Life in Chiang Rai, Thailand

To receive more informative posts like this one be sure to subscribe What’s the best place to retire in Thailand? That is a matter of personal choice.  Do you want to be near the beach, do you want a lot of night life or are you looking for some place that has everything you need but is still quiet and peaceful? David spent every holiday…

Adultery In Thailand

Adultery in Thailand: Three Handy tips on Keeping your Penis attached to the rest of you. Wonder no more. Though Thailand has never been a major force in spectator sports, it recently took the coveted Adultery World Cup by a comfortable margin. But if you, silly farang, think you can get away with it, think again: Thai ladies play for keeps and, though you may escape with…

Marijuana in Thailand

As of 2019, Medical marijuana is legal in Thailand and the intention is for marijuana to be sold legally over-the-counter with a doctors’ prescription. An overwhelming number of people have voiced support for decriminalizing the use of ganja (marijuana) for research and development for medical purpose, said Somchai Sawaengkarn, a member of the National Legislative Assembly, on Tuesday, based on the results of an opinion survey conducted…