Thailand

Bua Ban: Chiang Rai’s rising star

Bua Ban: Chiang Rai’s rising star

People who have recently visited the foodcourt in Chiang Rai’s Night Bazaar might have noticed a change in the entertainment program. Since August 2012 a relatively new artist called Bua Ban, which translates as Blossoming Lotus, is stealing the show. Bua Ban (Real name: Witchapon Wongtong), aged 22, has a mixed program of stand-up comedy and [...]

Surviving in Thailand: The hard truth

Surviving in Thailand: The hard truth

Many visitors to Thailand love the easygoing local atmosphere and notice that they get much more pleasure and value for money than at home. For me it took five years of dreaming to take bold decision to move over here. I remember back home I frequently visited the website escapeartist.com to check if I would be able to [...]

Thailand’s kuddle industry

Thailand’s kuddle industry

Welcome to the pagan Walhalla,  welcome to Thailand! Men are enjoying their days on the beach, drinking beer and having sex with any local they can get their hands on, whenever they feel like. Eventhough the stereotype of sextourism and sexpats in connection to the beautiful country persists, it is far from a catch-all phrase for [...]

Top 20 signs you know you’ve been living in Thailand too long

Top 20 signs you know you’ve been living in Thailand too long

I know this has been done before, but over the last months I have compiled a list of things that I regard as more or less typical for contemporary Thai culture and expats living here. 20. You explicitely order HOT coffee, but are used to being asked later: “Hot or cold?” 19. Foreigners stop assuming [...]

Canadian expat spices things up in Northern Thailand

Canadian expat spices things up in Northern Thailand

This bottle I bought in a nearby restaurant the other day. I love the name. It bears a striking resemblance to the famous McIlhenny Tabasco. Probably out of precaution the label now has been altered a bit, see the product catalog below. I always find it interesting to learn about ways how people are making a living [...]

Do Thai / foreign couples have more make up sex?

Do Thai / foreign couples have more make up sex?

Last week Polly and I were visiting a Thai couple. During dinner a friend who was a lawyer dropped in. I had not met a Thai lawyer in his private time before, so after a few drinks I asked if it would be alright to ask a few questions about Thai law. One of my [...]

Slavery at Sea: A story of human trafficking in drawings by a survivor

Slavery at Sea: A story of human trafficking in drawings by a survivor

Prum Vannak is a Cambodian survivor of human trafficking. His story is one of extreme poverty and of what people are sometimes forced to do in order to take care of their families. It’s also a story of gross neglect to supervise human rights violations  by authorities. Many trafficking victims don’t live to tell their [...]

Thai PM Yingluck surpasses Aung San Suu Kyi in FB popularity

Thai PM Yingluck surpasses Aung San Suu Kyi in FB popularity

Aung San Suu Kyi (L) meets Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the Thai ambassador’s residence in Rangoon on 20 December 2011. (Reuters) Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime-minister of Thailand,  is now 10 months in power and is very popular, especially amongst Thai women. Although 44 year old* Yingluck doesn’t seem to be as wise and determined as [...]

Old maps of Siam and surrounding countries

Old maps of Siam and surrounding countries

I love maps, specially old maps since they often tell a lot about history. As I found out, it’s quite hard to get any decent old maps of Siam and neighbouring countries. Usually they are for sale only. I guess family of mr. van der Aa who made both maps in the early 18th century, [...]

Thai rocket festivals

Thai rocket festivals

In Thailand, Yasothon province is famous for it’s rocket festivals. Festivities will be held each year from May 11th till 15th. The tradition goes that rockets will help to kick off the rainy season needed for the farmers. The festivals are not restricted to Yasothon only. In neighbouring province Roi Et, villages organize their own festivities. [...]