Month: August 2018

Which is the best Thai peanut butter? Happy Mate peanut butter of course

Which is the best tasting Thai peanut butter? When I moved to Bangkok almost two decades ago, finding peanut butter was just about impossible. That is if you wanted to avoid the disgusting American peanut butter that is Jiffy and Skippy (both loaded with oil, sugar and chemicals — nope, thank you very much!) In …

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How to successfully give instructions to EFL students in Thailand

One of the things most EFL teachers in Thailand notice almost immediately after starting to teach English to Thai students is that successfully giving instructions can be difficult. Either the teacher themselves is not doing it in a way Thais can understand, or their Thai students are not paying attention. As giving instructions to an …

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How much money do you need to enter Thailand as a tourist? Does Immigration ask you to show it?

People who have not been to Thailand before often message me to ask “How much money do you need to enter Thailand as a tourist? And am I going to be asked by Thai Immigration to show it to them before they will let me in?” This is usually because they have read somewhere they must …

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Is Thailand safe for women travelers? Is Bangkok safe for women? Can you travel alone?

As a woman who has lived in Thailand for almost 19 years, I am often asked both online and off “Is Thailand safe for women travelers? Can women travel alone?” So I thought it would be good to give any woman who might be considering traveling to Thailand — whether with friends or alone — …

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What happens if you are on overstay in Thailand, are caught and cannot afford a flight home?

The question “What will happen if you are on overstay in Thailand, get caught and cannot afford a flight home?” comes up occasionally in the circle of non-Thais I know. After all, at one time or another, some foreigners in Thailand are on overstay, so want to know what happens if they are unlucky enough …

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How much do Thais pay for health care or is health care free in Thailand?

Is health care in Thailand free? There are two things I notice about many westerners living in Thailand or who visit often. First, they often do not speak Thai, so misunderstand or exaggerate many things about Thai culture. Second, they still live a predominantly western lifestyle. So, when someone asks advice about dealing with a …

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Who does not need a visa for Thailand? Is your nationality included?

Like most countries in the world, Thailand makes it easy for some nationalities to visit as the country does not require them to have a visa before arriving. Other nationalities, however, are discriminated against with visas being required even for a trip lasting just a couple of days. Who does not need a visa for …

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This Thai python swallowed two cats whole and then vomited them back out (video)

In my almost 15 years living in Thailand, I have honestly not seen that many snakes. Living as I do in the middle of built up and very busy Bangkok. That being said, I have come across a Thai python on two separation occasions — in the middle of the day calmly undulating its way …

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Thai Wild Boars citizenship will give them basic human rights and the chance of a good life

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees  (UNHCR) often criticizes Thailand for its various human rights violations. This week, however, the UNHCR says the decision Thailand made in granting four members of the Wild Boars football team Thai citizenship will offer the boys and their coach far more of a chance of a successful life. “By …

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Beat the Bangkok heat at the Westin Pool Party at the Westin Grande on August 18th

If the horrendous Bangkok heat is getting to you, why not head down to the Westin Grande Hotel on Sukhumvit on Saturday, August 18th, and enjoy their monthly Westin Pool Party? The party takes place at the hotel’s gorgeous swimming pool, with an open bar from 1-2pm, poolside snacks and various DJs playing house music. …

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Best must do things in Trat, Thailand — tree pod dining, bicycle renting and nature conservation

Trat is Thailand’s eastern most province. Located on the Gulf of Thailand, Trat has seven districts, is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear water, its many islands (52 in total) and its relaxing lifestyle. No wonder it is becoming one of the top destinations in Thailand for people who love a little …

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Where do chefs eat in Bangkok, Thailand? Watch this new BK Magazine video series to find out

One of the best online publications when it comes to learning about what’s going on in Bangkok is BK Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine that is always up-to-date on the best restaurants, the coolest places to shop, and the most fun places to go if you enjoy Thai nightlife. BK Magazine also has excellent …

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Best exchange rates in Bangkok, Thailand in 2018? SuperRich is the place to go

Most of the time, I bring money into Thailand from the U.S. via an ATM machine and a direct withdrawal from my American bank account. Better exchange rates, low fees (200 baht per withdrawal from the Thai bank whose ATM I use, and zero from my U.S. bank) and a lot more convenient. There are …

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Looking for trance music in Bangkok, Thailand? Trance Nights with David Gravell on August 15th

Looking for good trance music in Bangkok, Thailand? If so, you might want to check out Trance Nights with David Gravell, a Dutch DJ renowned for his trance, electro house and progressive house music, and who is currently signed with the Dutch electronic music record label Armada Music. Gravell has also been nominated for awards …

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Where is the Left Luggage Counter at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok?

Having lived in Bangkok, Thailand for more than 15 years, and taking flights several times a year for business, I always seem to be leaving luggage at an Asian airport somewhere. One of my favorite places to leave luggage, however, is at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok as their service is inexpensive and efficient and their …

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Why do foreigners recommend Bumrungrad Hospital for Thai health certificates?

Where to get a Thai health certificate in Bangkok or anywhere else in Thailand? Very occasionally I will browse the Thailand section of Reddit, just to see what questions are being asked and if there is any question I do not know the answer to. In most cases, there is not, as I have lived …

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