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The Thai Pirate
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The expat's perspective on life in Thailand is constantly changing (evolving, even). One minute I think I have it all sussed, only to then find I'm just as confused as when I first arrived. I've been living in Thailand for... Continue reading
I was out for a beer with my mate Steven Cleary in Pattaya last week, when we stumbled upon this drunken brawl occuring between two sets of rowing Chinese tourists. I think they'd obviously been enjoying a few too many... Continue reading
For a while I've been having breakfast at the same place on Phetkasem Road, just outside of Hua Hin town centre on the way to Pranburi. Despite the glorious setting (sea on one side, mountains on the other) this road... Continue reading
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There's a little island off Pattaya called Koh Larn, around a 30 minute boat ride from Pattaya Beach. I'd heard of it but only recently had a chance to check it out. The anticipation of the journey, and the ferry... Continue reading
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Brave, or stupid? The guy is balancing on a single bar, well over 100 ft up in the air..... The other guy (on the second floor) looks as though he's about to do a nose dive into the ground below... Continue reading
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Anyone who has yet to have experience the gorgeous Mardarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel really should make a beeline for it ASAP, if only to go in for a drink in one of the very nice bars spread around the hotel... Continue reading
Wow, if you're in Pattaya one day and fancy trying something interesting, head down to Pattaya's Million Years Stone Park for an afternoon. You may have to fight your way through crowds of Russians, but the feeding of the crocadiles... Continue reading
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The plughole that is Bangkok has had too much water to handle lately, and the floods endlessly continue, with little sign of respite. I think this has been a baptism of fire for the current PM, Ms Yingluck Shinawatra, who... Continue reading
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I don't get a lot of chance to go to temples these days. I'm not a Buddhist, or even much for religion in general, although I think it's obvious that in the right hands religion can do so much good... Continue reading
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Riding in one of these vans is like sleeping with the enemy for regular Thai road users.... These 'white and silver bullets,' that blitz down the highways and bi-ways of Thailand, at skidmark speeds, and with their willy-nilly bumper welding... Continue reading
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I'm currently down in Hua Hin / Pranburi, and have been staying at the same place for a few months. i was at home minding my own on a peaceful Saturday morning, little 'un playing with his little mate, telly... Continue reading
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Trying as one constantly does to understand that little bit more, reach that little bit further, into Thai culture, you often come across / hear mentioned 'face,' and the way that it affects Thai's. In fact you come across it... Continue reading
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Had a day in town, walking around parts of central Bangkok, taking in the general atmos. Oh yeah, we know what goes down in them places eh fellas, nudge nudge, wink wink etc Eeek ! Continue reading
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Folks just took a trip out to Thailand to see the nipper. They booked into the Dusit Thani in Hua Hin. We've stayed there many times since our first visit in 2008 as it really is a great place. There... Continue reading
1. unnecessary car park attendents - these guys really used to tick me off. Even THE assumption that I need help parking was enough to annoy me... and the fact that they stood in the way of the reversing car... Continue reading
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We all have one don't we? Why is it so commonplace for there to be a 'black sheep' brother in many Thai families? The black sheep Thai brother-in-law..... usually a bit of a handful... basically, the boy who refuses to... Continue reading
I was recently met with an incident in North East Thailand last week whilst doing some work for an expat in his home. He wasn't at home at the time, but his wife, and 2 of her friends were there.... Continue reading
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I just walked down this street in Central Bangkok and didn't notice this dodgy manhole. Rather him than me! Continue reading
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Heading Bangkok bound on Phetkasem Road (one the worst roads in Thailand for accidents, in my experience) when I encountered this rather gruesome scene of bloodied bodies and wreckage. Just another day of carnage on the roads of Thailand, which,... Continue reading
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I saw this great example of Thai innovation at a condo complex in Bangkok, used by a caretaker to run boxes and black sacks up and down the ramps in the underground carpark... I'm not sure if it's just a... Continue reading
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Having spent a fair amount of time on the road in Thailand, I've searched high and low for the best value places to stay..... Most times in cheaper accommodation you get used to not expecting too much, random service, a... Continue reading
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Motorcycle taxi's in Bangkok are a quick, easy and dangerous way to get around the crammed Big Mango. Recently I've found myself having to get to several places within a few hours, and rather than sit in traffic in my... Continue reading
Hilarious - Everyone who has searched for flights / flies regularly can relate to this classey Irish song. I shall be celebrating St.Patricks Day properly tomorrow, when England beat the Irish to win the Grand Slam ...! Cheers! Continue reading
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'Park life' in Thailand is alive, but can sometimes be hard to find. Unlike England, when a weekend jaunt in the park is always an option, in Thailand there tends to be a general lack of park amusement, a shame,... Continue reading