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Segafredo Zanetti in Bangkok, Thailand – Coffee Coinnoisseurs Can’t Miss This

  I first drank Segafredo Zanetti coffee in Hanoi, Vietnam and, for the few days I was there it was my favorite cafe. So, last year, I was thrilled to see Segafredo Zenetti branches popping up in various places in Bangkok, Thailand. Segafredo Zanetti is the world’s largest privately owned coffee shop company. It serves …

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Where to Have Cheap Photos Taken in Bangkok For Passports, Visas and Work Permits

One of the frustrations of spending more than a month in Thailand, whether just a tourist or living here, is the need to update tourist visas, work permits and non-immigrant B visas and, if you live here long term, passport renewals. Photographs are required with every tourist visa extention as well as work permits and …

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Best Bookstores in Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations, Chiang Mia is beautiful, laid-back and, surprisingly, has some of the best English-language bookstores in Thailand. For a voracious reader, that in itself means my many visits to Chiang Mai has resulted in purchasing literally hundreds of books. If you’ll be visiting Chiang Mai or even living there …

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Free EFL Lesson Plan: Teaching English Spelling By Playing Games

As an EFL/ESL teacher in Thailand, one of the things I always found difficult was teaching English spelling. English, unfortunately, is not a language that has logical spelling. Even with grammar rules, there are so many exceptions spelling can be difficult for even the smartest student. In EFL classes where I taught children, I eventually …

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Where to Find Best German Restaurants in Bangkok, Thailand

  Recently, more and more German restaurants are opening in Bangkok, Thailand. Thais love sausages, pasta and beer and German restaurants serve traditional variations of all of these that have become increasingly popular treats in Thailand. In Bangkok, you’ll find a number of German restaurants, cafes and beer gardens that serve superb German food in …

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Best and Cheapest Things To Buy at Mahboonkrong (MBK) Mall in Bangkok

Bangkok’s most popular mall is Mahboonkrong (MBK) mall, located right in the city center next to National Stadium sky train station. MBK is a discount mall, with seven floors stuffed with shops and market stalls selling some of the cheapest items in Bangkok. For first-time visitors to MBK though, there are five things that are …

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Best Restaurants in the Thonglor and Ekkamai Areas of Bangkok, Thailand

  Thonglor and Ekkamai are two of the fashionable spots to eat in Bangkok Thonglor and Ekkamai have become two of the trendiest areas of Bangkok, Thailand with, of course, some of the city’s best restaurants. Eating out in Thonglor or Ekkamai is a must for many of Bangkok’s artists, designers, Thai movie stars and …

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Index Living Mall – Bangkok’s Furniture and Household Items Concept Mall

  My favorite place to shop for household accessories and furniture in Bangkok, Thailand is at Index Living Mall. Index Living Mall is a concept mini mall with nine or ten branches around the city. Originally set up to sell Index furniture, in recent years the company has expanded, so that they now sell just …

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Thailand Raises Key Interest Rate for Sixth Time in a Year

Yesterday, Thailand raised its interest rates for the sixth time in around a year in an effort to control inflation. The Bank of Thailand increased the benchmark one-day bond repurchase rate by one quarter of a percentage point to 2.75 percent.  With inflation in Thailand at a seven-month high, the country really couldn’t do anything …

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