Top 10 Bad Habits of Thai Drivers – How to Survive Traffic in Thailand

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If you live in any Thai city other than Bangkok, the easiest way to get around is with your own set of wheels. Motorbikes are particularly well-suited to Thailand’s climate and an urban lifestyle. But riding a bike always comes with a higher risk of injury in an accident. Unfortunately, your chances of getting in an accident are increased by the bad habits of all the other drivers on the … Continue reading…

What Do Superman, Batman, and Hitler Have in Common?

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Thailand’s top educational institution, Chulalongkorn University, is taking some heat for photos showing graduating students standing in front of a mural that contains an image of Adolf Hitler. Bizarrely, a female student is shown posing for pictures while giving the Sieg Heil salute of the Third Reich. As reported in Chiang Mai City News, among other places, the offending mural was up for two days before being taken down following … 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…

Weekend Trip to Chiang Dao

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Doi Chiang Dao is the 3rd highest mountain in Thailand at 2,186 m. It’s also just 72 km north of Chiang Mai and has a cool cave to explore. This all adds up to an ideal weekend trip. On very clear days I can actually see the outline of Doi Chiang Dao from my 10th floor balcony on the northwest side of Chiang Mai. While Chiang Mai is dominated by … Continue reading…

Thai Government Issues 11 Rules to be Broken for Songkran 2013

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Songkran is the traditional Thai New Years holiday that is celebrated each year from April 13-15. These days, it’s known mostly as a water-throwing festival, where for 3 days (or longer in some parts of the country) anybody out in public during daylight hours is open target for squirt guns and buckets of water. “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti, meaning “astrological passage”. It has an Indian origin, but … 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…

Temple of the Four Buddha Footprints Near Chiang Mai

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A great little excursion outside of Chiang Mai is to visit the Temple of the Four Buddha Footprints. The Thai name of this temple is Wat Phra-Phuttha-baat Sii Roi วัดพระพุทธบาทสี่รอย. This temple is remarkable for its four giant, overlapping Buddha footprints carved in stone. But it’s also great for its location, far up among lonely wooded hills. This makes it an excellent destination for a day-trip by motorbike outside the … Continue reading…