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How to Get to Bangkok’s Sampeng Market and What to Buy When You Do

Sampeng Market in Bangkok, Thailand is unlike all the tourist markets you will end up at if you don’t know where to find the real deal. A typical traditional open-air market, Sampeng Market is one of Bangkok’s biggest, cheapest and most popular places to buy wholesale products, as well as a slice of ‘real Thailand’, …

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Erawan Bangkok – Shopping at the City’s Most Exclusive Center For Clothes, Restaurants and Spas

  Erawan, once synonymous with the famous Erawan Shrine, is now more likely to be associated with Erawan Bangkok, one of the city’s most exclusive shopping malls. Famous for its high-end stores, this five-storey mall may be expensive but if you’re looking for designer goods, some of the city’s best spas or love dining in …

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Luk Chup – A Colorful Traditional Thai Mung-Bean Dessert – Featured Photo of the Week

  At Tasty Thailand, we love to stumble across photographs from talented photographers who record so much of what is lovely and exotic about Thailand. When we come across one that stands out from the crowd, we feature it as our Photo of the Week. Such is this beautifully bright and colorful photo from Suradej …

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How Many Back-to-Back (Consecutive) Thailand Tourist Visas Are You Allowed To Have?

  An important question many tourists to Thailand ask about tourist visas is “How many back-to-back tourist visas am I allowed to get?” A back-to-back, or consecutive, tourist visa is just as it sounds. You apply for one tourist visa to Thailand and use it, staying in the country for the allowed three to six …

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The Food Court at the Mall Ngam Wong Wan, Nonthaburi – One of the Cheapest Meals in Bangkok, Thailand

  Living in Thailand for years, you get used to the incredibly cheap food that’s available pretty much anywhere. But sometimes, even for me, I eat at a place that’s so cheap and so delicious even I can barely believe it. One such place is the large food court at the Mall Ngam Wong Wan …

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Lub d in Bangkok – Coolest Youth Hostels in Thailand (and They’re Cheap Too)

Looking for a cool place to stay while hanging out in Bangkok, Thailand that’s also cheap? Look no further than Lub d, a small chain of two youth hostels that was recently named one of the “top 17 coolest hangout hostels in the world” by the British newspaper, The Observer. Why? Because Lub d is …

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What Paperwork Do You Need to Submit for a Travel Visa to Get Long-Term Medical Care in Thailand?

  As medical tourism is getting more popular particularly in Thailand, the country is seeing a big increase in the number of people coming to the country for long-term medical care. Care that isn’t available in their own country, or is so expensive they can’t afford it. In Thailand, western-standard medical care is so good …

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Has Thailand Tightened Retirement Visa Requirements? Not Really, and Here’s Why

  As usual, every time there seems to be a change at Thai immigration that may possibly affect westerners and other foreigners living in Thailand, the internet is all a-twitter. The latest news came down from Thailand’s Immigration Bureau this week (or at least according to a legal-type who’s had some dealings with them) that …

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Shop at Robinson Department Stores – Trendy Fashions, Cool Household Items, Cheap Prices, Awesome Sales

  When I first moved to Bangkok, Thailand I rarely shopped at Robinson Department stores. An older department store chain, compared to the glitzy, brand-new departments stores like Siam Paragon and Central, Robinson seemed old-fashioned and ‘past it’. But, lately, as I’ve shopped more often at Robinson, and Robinson itself has become more modern, I …

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Withdrawing Money Via ATM While Traveling in Thailand? Check Currency Exchange Rates First

  One tip I always give travelers to Thailand is, if you’re going to withdraw money from an ATM in Thailand, check the exchange rates at the ATM itself before hitting the final button. The reason being? Because Thai banks aren’t always great at offering what should be the correct and current exchange rate at …

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Free EFL/ESL Lesson Plan: Using CSI TV Shows For Listening Skills and English Conversation

  One of the problems with teaching EFL or ESL students listening skills is that many of the listening files available (online or on CD) are boring. So, to make my listening skills EFL and ESL classes more interesting I began to use TV shows and, CSI: Las Vegas in particular. My EFL/ESL students loved …

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Don’t Go Shopping with Strangers in Bangkok, Thailand….

  I do sometimes love the signs I often see around Bangkok saying things in a funny stilted language. I snapped this one the other week at Mahboonkrong (MBK) Mall. Obviously, they must have had a problem with “strangers” taking their customers to other places so, while you’re at MBK, they’re warning you not to …

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Where’s the Best Place for Spanish Food in Bangkok? Tapas Cafe Obviously

  Even though Thai cuisine is one of the world’s best, occasionally we all jones for something a little bit different if we’re long enough in Bangkok, Thailand, and that’s where Tapas Cafe comes up. One of the most authentic Spanish tapas restaurants outside Spain, since I discovered Tapas Cafe last year, I’m now addicted …

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Silom Village Trade Center in Bangkok, Thailand – a Shopping, Dining and Cultural Extravaganza

  If you’re looking for somewhere in Bangkok, Thailand to eat, shop and enjoy traditional Thai entertainment, look no further than Silom Village Trade Center.  Popular with tour groups, both Thai and tourist, Silom Village Trade Center is the perfect way to enjoy a great night out in Bangkok, while experiencing some of the city’s …

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