The Problem with Dual Pricing in Thailand

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Thailand is a tropical country blessed with much natural beauty, but there are more than a few long-term foreign residents and regular visitors who refuse to go to any of the national parks. Why? It’s because they feel discriminated against when they’re charged 4 to 5 times more than a Thai person for entry. Many attractions in Thailand operate under a dual pricing policy, where Thai people will be charged … Continue reading…

How to Get a Thai Driver’s License – And Why You Should

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There have been many reports recently of traffic police in Chiang Mai targeting foreign motorists for not having a Thai driver’s license. In the past, the traffic cops would usually only stop motorbike riders not wearing helmets in order to line their pockets with cash “fines” paid on the spot. But it seems they’ve now realized that foreigners are easy pickings when it comes to lacking the proper documents to … Continue reading…

Mae Nak Shrine – Home to Thailand’s Most Famous Ghost

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One thing you need to know about Thai culture is that Thais take ghosts very seriously. And in this nation of haunted places and ghost stories, none is more famous than the legend of Mae Nak Phra Khanong. It’s a bone-chilling tale of love lost and undying devotion (or would that be undead devotion?) that every Thai knows well. The story has been recreated on stage, for TV, and in … Continue reading…

10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat in Thailand

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For many people, a 10-day long silent Vipassana meditation retreat is a life-changing and eye-opening experience. I had done a lot of different types of meditation before I joined a 10-day Vipassana course in Thailand, so it wasn’t all totally new to me. But it was still quite challenging, and the methods of sitting and walking meditation taught were something I wanted to learn and try out. I chose to … Continue reading…

Smoke Pollution Makes March the Worst Month to Visit Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand

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You would have to be crazy to intentionally plan a trip to Chiang Mai during the month of March. Your chances for having your trip ruined by hazardous levels of air pollution are significantly increased. In general, I would not recommend anyone plan to visit Northern Thailand during the two month period from the middle of February to the middle of April. Your chances of encountering unbreathable air are just … Continue reading…

How (and Why) to Register a Motorbike or Car in Your Own Name in Thailand

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If you are going to be living in Thailand for any great length of time you’ll naturally want to have your own vehicle to get around. It just makes life so much easier. When buying a new or used car or motorbike, you may be tempted to go the easy route and simply register the vehicle under the name of your wife, girlfriend, or partner. This is a huge mistake … Continue reading…

The Best Way to Watch NFL Games Outside the US

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If you are a fan of what the rest of the world calls “American Football”, following your favorite NFL team while living overseas can present some problems. First of all, there is the time difference issue. If you live in Japan, Korea, China, or Southeast Asia you are going to be somewhere around 10 to 12 hours ahead of your hometown in the US. For simplicity’s sake lets say there … Continue reading…