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…

Will Chiang Mai Ever Have Good Public Transportation?

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There are several images that come to mind when one mentions Chaing Mai—Wat Doi Suthep temple, Thaphae Gate, the panda bears at the zoo, and khao-soi noodles. Another symbol of the city is the รถแดง rot-daeng, or “Red Truck”. You can’t miss them. The red trucks are what is called a song-thaew in Thai, that is a pickup truck with covering in the back and two bench seats for passengers. … Continue reading…

The Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Chiang Mai

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The best vegetarian restaurant in Chiang Mai is not a well-known place on Nimmanhemin Soi 17 that used to be a great deal in it’s old location 10 years ago. Nor are any of the tourist orientated vegetarian restaurants in the Thaphae Gate area the best in town. In my humble opinion, the best veggie place in Chiang Mai is a hidden gem called Nuson Vegetarian, or นุสนธิ์อาหารเจ nu-son aa-haan … Continue reading…

How to Fly Gangnam Style and Avoid Bangkok in the Process

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I’m currently living in Chiang Mai and I wanted to go back to the good old USA to visit family and friends over the holidays. Bangkok is a well-known international air traffic hub, and I do like to visit the city from time to time. However, when you are scheduling yourself a certain amount of time to spend visiting people you don’t get to see all that often, the extra … Continue reading…

Mysterious Naga Fireballs in the Mekong River

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There is a strange phenomena that occurs every year in the Mekong River along the boundary between Thailand and Laos. This unexplained event is known in Thai as บั้งไฟพญานาค bang-fai phaya-nak, or the “Naga Fireballs”. The Naga is a mythical serpent of Indian and Southeast Asian legends. They are similar to dragons and occupy a position somewhere between gods and animals in the grand scheme of the universe. The Naga … Continue reading…

Buddhist New Year’s Eve at a Thai Temple

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With so many people rushing around the city to get drunk before the clock turned twelve, it was nice to see local Thai people gather at the temple to ring in the New Year. Thousands gathered at Wat Phra Singh in the middle of Chiang Mai’s old city to make offerings, sit in meditation, and chant prayers. By the time we showed up, a little after 11 pm, it was … Continue reading…