Thailand Reduces Quarantine, Paperwork for Vaccinated

Associated Press A surfer catches a wave as the sun sets over Kata Beach on the resort island of Phuket, Thailand on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Photo: Adam Schreck / AP BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand on Thursday began halving the quarantine time for vaccinated visitors as a first step to allowing inoculated people into the country without the need to isolate. The pandemic has devastated…

Chiang Rai Opens to the New Shades

Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai Chiang Rai is one of the most alluring destinations outside of Bangkok as this region offers a staggering range of amazing attractions. The rolling hills, sweeping mountains, lush green forests and nature, and rich melting pot of cultures make Chiang Rai one of the most engaging places to visit. Many small villages are filled with Thai local experiences that…

How drug dealers used the US military to smuggle heroin from Thailand

In the early 1970s, Harlem-based drug kingpin, Frank Lucas, was slinging his signature brand of heroin all over New York and the east coast. “Blue Magic,” as it was called, was the best-selling, closest-to-pure Asian heroin you could get. New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor called Lucas, “one of the most outrageous international dope-smuggling gangs ever… an innovator who got his own connection outside the…

Marijuana In Thailand

Marijuana in Thailand has been a big deal since the Vietnam War. Thai marijuana, in the form of Thai Sticks, became famous until the DEA persuaded the Thai Government to crack down. Now marijuana is coming back to Thailand. The Thai Government sees marijuana as a potential cash crop which can benefit Thailand’s economy and is considering hosting the World Ganja Festival January 29-February 2 next…

How To Retire In Thailand

If you’re looking to stretch your retirement budget as far as you can and are up for an exotic adventure, consider retirement in Thailand. This country has a low cost of living as well as some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. However, the culture shock of living in Thailand can be significant for Americans. Before considering a move overseas, ask yourself if you will…

Chiang Rai Livability Factors

There are certain things I look for when I arrive in a new place. I call these my desirability factors. I rate them High, Medium, or Low. I will be adding new desirability factors soon. Walkability: I like living in self-contained neighborhoods. Places where everything I need is walkable from my home. The old town area of Chiang Rai is walkable. But it is a…

Living Like A Local In Chiang Rai, Thailand

Want to live the country life in Thailand? Chiang Rai in Thailand’s far north is a great alternative to Chaing Mai and Bangkok.Life in Chiang Rai really is a breath of fresh air and a complete escape from traffic congestion. Even better, it’s cheap.Read on and you’ll get some of my top tips on: Why you should live in Chiang Rai, What to do in Chiang…

Where To Eat What In Chiang Rai

Eat and meet Being a relatively large town with a fair-sized expat community as well as plenty of passing visitors Chiang Rai has a correspondingly wide choice of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Thai Porchai Khao Soi lies towards the northern end of Jetyod Road and is a standard local cafe in the neon lighting and aluminium table-style serving up an authentic khao soi with…

10 Strange And Beautiful Mushrooms

  Mushrooms may be deadly or delicious, beautiful or bland, magical or mundane but one thing’s certain: the fungus among us are anything but anonymous! These 10 strange & beautiful mushrooms span the imagination while spanning the globe when it comes to location. Turkey Tail Mushroom   (images via: USI, Medicinal Mushrooms and Bunkycooks) Turkey Tail mushrooms (Trametes versicolor) are common worldwide and often are seen growing in quantity…

Should I Tip In Thailand

First of all, tipping is not customary in Thailand. There is absolutely no mandatory requirement to tip anyone who gives you service in Thailand. If you notice you will rarely see any Thai service staff waiting for a tip. However, small gratuities for great service are very much appreciated as service staff in Thailand are often not paid very well. At cheaper restaurants, it is…