Prepping To Buy Property In Thailand

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The first thing I did in preparation for getting a house in Thailand was scour the Internet for all the information I could find on owning or leasing a house in Thailand. Most of the information I found was at Thai legal sites and forums. The legal sites had the nitty-gritty information and the forums […]


Can A Foreigner Own Property In Thailand

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Retirement in Thailand is the dream of many foreigners and mine too. I plan to settle down there in about two years and have been checking out the rules for acquiring property in the land of smiles. The easiest solution for a foreigner (farang) is to buy a condominium. There is a percentage requirement as […]


Is There A Casino In Thailand S Near Future

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Recently elected Prime Minister, Samak Sundaravej, in his weekly talk show, revived the gambling debate once again in Thailand. A caller to his talk show asked the Prime Minister about casinos and betting on football matches. The PM responded by saying, “If this government gets to complete its four-year term, people will definitely get to […]


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 […]


Thailand Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect

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The new smoking ban in Thailand bars and restaurants is in effect and from what I have observed the law is being treated like any other law in Thailand. What I mean is, some establishments have already set up smoking areas, others say you have to smoke outside the restaurant or bar, and others are […]


Their Name Liveth For Evermore

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Whether you are a lover of military history, or just a fan of old, war movies, a visit to Kanchanaburi is absolutely required during your next Bangkok, Thailand visit. Located about one and one-half hours outside the city of Bangkok, the bridge over the River Kwae (not Kwai) is still operational. Repaired after allied bombers […]


Is The Water Buffalo Really Sick

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You have scrimped and saved all year long. You have put in overtime hours so that you will have extra money for your holiday. Don’t flush it all down the toilet falling for some sad sob story from an 18 year old farm girl. I have never understood how uneducated or little educated lasses from […]


Pack Light For Your Thailand Trip

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A tropical climate for most of the year means that all you need to bring are lightweight clothes for your holiday in Thailand. If you plan to spend time at a beach resort, then you might also want to bring shorts and swimming gear. In theory, all you really need to bring is your passport, […]


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 […]


Did I Forget To Pack Anything

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The line from the old movies was always, “Did you remember to turn off the stove”. This goes back to gas powered stoves and really doesn’t apply anymore. But there are some electrical appliances you should turn off before you go. I always turn off my power strip that powers my computer, since it will […]


Plan Your Complete Vacation Book Phuket Hotels Online

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The Phuket hotels and resorts guide provides a brief summary, customer ratings and reviews for hotels or resorts. Patong is the largest beach resort on Phuket, and is mostly made up of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and various tourist attractions. Our great rates on Phuket hotels will leave you with more money to spend on having […]


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 […]


Thailand Holiday Countdown

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For the past three weeks, I have been tossing “stuff” in my suitcase in preparation for a 3-week vacation in Khon Kaen, Thailand. These are the things I will need there, but don’t need here on a daily basis. Things like, my portable DVD player, digital camera, books and magazines, gifts, and other miscellaneous items. […]


Currency Conversion In Thailand

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Your trip to Thailand is all set. You have booked your flight and hotel, packed your bags and you are ready to go. But, you just found out that your money is no good in Thailand! Well, actually it is good; it just needs to be converted to the local Thai currency. You have many […]


Where To Go In Thailand

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You have lots of choices in Thailand for a vacation and you need to figure out exactly what you plan to do while you are there. Your first stop will be in the capital, Bangkok and you should plan to stay there for a few days, especially if this is your first visit to Thailand. […]


Do You Need A Visa To Visit Thailand

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Visiting Thailand only requires a passport for visits that are 30 days or less. This pertains to U.S. citizens. Citizens from other countries need to check with their country’s embassy or consular section and see what the rules are. For Americans, a current passport and a visa are required if you are planning on vacation […]


Quick Guide To Thailand

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Thailand is possibly the most-visited country in south-east Asia. The irresistible combination of fine beaches, ancient monuments and civilisations and renowned cuisine makes a holiday here an absolute must. Where is it? Thailand is in south-east Asia, bordering Malaysia to the south, Myanmar (Burma) to the north, and Cambodia and Laos to the east. It […]