Impact Of Foreign Business Act On Thailand S Property Market

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Following the Thai government’s proposals to amend the Foreign Business Act which restricts the rights of foreigners to own or operate certain businesses in Thailand, CB Richard Ellis Thailand has been carefully monitoring the Thai residential, resort and office markets to judge the market’s actual response from news of the proposals to amend the law […]


Stress Relief Through Martial Arts

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Formerly known as Siam to foreigners who first came to this region as early as the 12th century, the country’s name was changed to literally mean “Land of the Free.” Throughout the country’s 800-year history, this nation can boast the distinction of being the only country in Southeast Asia never to have been colonized. Siam […]


White Kwao Krua Native Herbal Plant For Women Health

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White kwao krua (purearia mirifica) White kwao krua has been traditionally used by Thai women to enhance sexual health and libido. superba, locally named as red Kwao Krua is widely distributed in the Thai deciduous forest. mirifica is a Thai indigenous plant with a well-known local name as the white Kwao Krua. Red Kwao Krua […]


Will Legalized Gambling Help Or Hurt Thailand

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On a March 3rd, 2008, talk show, the current Prime Minister, Samak Sundaravej answered a question about gambling by saying it was time for Thailand to have its own casino. His argument will be a hard sell. He insists that the casino should be built in tourist areas like Pattaya, Phuket, Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai […]


Life Without Plastic In Thailand

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I was a soldier stationed in Bangkok, Thailand back in the early 1970’s. Not always having a bunch of money, I used to eat food from the local street vendors. Most of my meals were served wrapped in either a banana leaf or yesterday’s newspaper. Some meals were even served off of unclassified military paperwork […]


Shopping In Pattaya

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Normally, I hate shopping. I don’t even like to shop for a loaf of bread. But, in Pattaya, I find myself shopping almost every day. When I first arrive in Pattaya, I go shopping to fill up my refrigerator. Even though it is fully stocked, I like to stock it with cheaper items from the […]


How To Shop In Thailand

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If you haven’t booked transportation ahead of time, your first financial may be with a taxi driver at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Some cabbies will use their meter; others will want a flat rate without using the meter. This will be the first time you will get to use your bargaining skills. The taxi driver may […]


Thai Visas For American Citizens

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Visa on Arrival US Citizens carrying a diplomatic, official or tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand. Upon entry, Thai immigration officials will place an immigration stamp in the passport permitting a 30-day stay in Thailand. This airport permit may be extended […]


Celebrate Loy Krathong In Thailand

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In 2008, Loy Krathong will be celebrated on November 13th. If you search on the Internet, you may find the date listed as the 12th, 24th, or even the 27th. From everywhere I searched, the consensus is the 13th of November. You may also find different spellings with different phonetics – like Loi Kratong. Loy […]


More Reasons Not To Get Arrested In Thailand

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Thai law prohibits torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; however, NGOs and legal organizations continue to report that some members of the police occasionally torture and beat suspects to obtain confessions. During 2004, there were newspaper reports of numerous cases in which citizens accused police of using brutality, threatening false charges, […]


Do I Need To Speak Thai In Thailand

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Speaking Thai will get you lots of smiles and better deals while on your holiday in the Land of Smiles. But, you can get by knowing just a few words. The traditional greeting in Thailand is Sawasdee (pronounced Sa-wat-dee) and a polite article is added to the end. For women, ka is added. For men, […]


Eating In Thailand

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The first time I went to Thailand was back in 1973. I was a young soldier in the United States Army and Bangkok was my first duty station. I was there for 18 months and my first meal back in America was a Big Mac, fries and a Coke. Times have changed and fast food […]


Three Major Do Not Do S In While In Thailand

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Do NOT in anyway shape or form say or do ANYTHING that would be considered as being injurious to the dignity of the royal family. This includes but is not limited to saying anything bad about the king, stepping on or defacing Thai money or anything with the image of the King on it. The […]


Commit A Crime In Thailand Don T Even Think About It

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While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country’s laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar […]


The Svelte Thai Women And The Won Sigh Foreigner

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I came to realize early on in my stay in this beautiful country of Thailand, that Thai women were not only perfectly groomed and gracious, but they were absolutely “svelte.” I mean, how many more attributes do they get? I felt like Gulliver in the land of the Lilliputians. As a newly-arrived expat in Thailand, […]


Seek Out Thai Bamboo Bistro

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A couple months passed between our visits to Thai Bamboo Bistro, and this time, on our third stop, we knew a little more. Sometimes, a little more information is dangerous and just enough to convince you not to return to a restaurant. Not this time. Our first visit was on a summer Monday. We were […]


Spices

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Spices are parts of aromatic plants which usually obtained from the tropics, including seeds, flowers, leaves, bark or roots. They are often in whole or ground form, and used for imparting flavour aroma and piquancy for seasoning foods. Many spices such as Pepper, lemon grass, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, mace and others were used in large […]