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…

Cultural differences between America and Thailand

“In America, you can say anything you want as long as you don’t DO it. In Thailand, you can do anything you want, but don’t SAY it!” This was one of the lines in a talk last Sunday by Dr. Sunyarat (Ton) Ratjatawan, PhD, a Bangkok psychologist. Dr. Ton during his presentation to the Pattaya City Expats Club on Sunday, May 26, was explaining some…

Top 10 Types Of Expats in Thailand

Being an expat in Thailand you’ll go through plenty of phases – from excitement, to astonishment, to bewilderment, to acceptance – it’s all an exciting journey, and will rarely go to plan. But that’s why so many of us love living in Thailand. There are some particular sub-sets of Thai expats we can spot a mile away. Far from type-casting a typical expat, we provide…

5 Tips To Reduce Risks When Buying a Condo in Chiang Rai

It is a dream for many to buy a condo or holiday home, and it’s fair to say that people are looking beyond the shores of Europe. Given relatively low air fares to Thailand, and the lower cost of living, there could be no better place to buy one than in Chiang Rai. The city is buzzing with tourists and investing in a condo will…

Top Five Things To Consider If You’re Buying A Condo In Thailand

Not quite a Top Ten but some good straight-talking about buying condominiums in Thailand. One of the most commonly read or spoken summary of foreign ownership of property in Thailand is along the lines of “Foreigners can buy a foreign freehold condominium in their name”. At this sentence, many foreign investors switch off, and assume that the rest of the detail provided by the author…

Why Do Thai Women Prefer Foreign Men

Although they total only a fraction of a percent of Thailand’s female population, there is a large number of Thai women who prefer to have foreign husbands and boyfriends. I don’t have any facts and figures, but my guess is the percentage of Thai women seeking foreign husbands and boyfriends is higher than in most other countries. But why ? I’m not going to argue,…

Too Much Garbage, Too Many Lies and Too Much Fake News Posted In Thai Forums About Thai Visas

Thai expat and entertainment forums seem to have far too much utter nonsense in threads and posts about Thai Visas and Thai Immigration. Some forums have new threads that are uploaded several times a day – the subject content is always the same Thai entry and exit rules and regulations. Embellished with various threads about Thai Work Permits – Retirement Visas and more, on and…

Eating Places In Chiang Rai

Trying to decide where to eat in Chiang Rai?  The most obvious evening options for visitors to Chiang Rai tend to be concentrated in a small area, so correspondingly, many of the bars and restaurants are to be found within a short radius of the Night Bazaar and Jedyod and Phaholyothin Roads. Perhaps, with the excuse of high rents in this central location, prices are…

Young lives destroyed, overcrowded prisons: the hidden cost of Thailand’s cheap meth or Ya Ba

Despite a bloody war on drugs and frequent seizures by authorities, the supply of meth or as it is known here, Ya Ba, pills has grown to the point prices are falling A better approach, according to a UN expert, is dealing with market demand by getting treatment, prevention and harm minimization efforts in place Sixteen-year-old Pichai Gudsorn is small for his age. He grew…

Top 10 tips for riding a motorbike in Thailand

Motorbikes and scooters are the most popular mode of transport in Thailand, and most of south east asia. The 110cc step-thru is ubiquitous. Most just go and go and go – they’re astonishingly reliable. Whilst you’re meant to change the oil once a month we suspect most don’t get their oil changed once a year, or ever. Getting around on a motorbike is easy enough…