Pack Sandals Not a Sweater – Move to Thailand Instead of Canada After Trump’s Victory

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On election night 2016, as the states began to fall into Donald Trump’s column, it was reported that Canada’s immigration website crashed from the surge in traffic. If like many people you’re terrified to live in Trump’s USA and want to get out, let me tell you—Canada is not your only option. I know what I’m talking about because I’ve been in your shoes. Unlike the 99.9% of you who … Continue reading…

Black is the New Black

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With Thailand now in the middle of an official mourning period following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej last month, tourist arrivals who haven’t been paying attention to world news may be quite surprised at what they see. Everywhere you go, people are dressed in black and white. I can’t speak for Bangkok, but here in the northern city of Chiang Mai I’d estimate that well over 90% … Continue reading…

America, You’re Doing it Wrong – Why Tipping in Restaurants is Stupid

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It’s pretty common for expats in Asia to bitch and complain about silly little things like road safety and breathable air, and while it might be unreasonable to expect people in every country to use turn signals and not burn down the forests, there are some things that Asian countries do get right that my homeland America gets totally wrong. At the top of this list is tipping—or rather the … Continue reading…

How to Order Vegetarian Food at Any Restaurant in Thailand

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I’m sometimes asked by people if it’s hard to find vegetarian food in Thailand, and my answer is always “no.” Sure, if I ate meat then everything in the market would be an option, but I never really have trouble finding veggie food. If there’s no vegetarian restaurants around—and even if you don’t see any meatless options written on the menu—that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. You can order … Continue reading…