All Posts Tagged Thailand


  • Bans for Smoking and Electronic Cigarettes In Thailand

    No smoking or vaping

    I just thought I would remind people in or coming to Thailand that the smoking ban that was introduced in 2014 and extended in 2017, is still in place and IS enforced. I will keep this brief.

  • THB - GBP Exchange Rate

    Businessman with a arrow pointing downwards

    No blog about Thailand would be complete without a post about the currency exchange rates.

    Being from the UK I will only concern my self with the Baht / British pound rate which is abysmal. We all know that there are two forces in play affecting this exchange rate.

    1. The

  • Crazy - Smoking in the Home in Thailand Banned

    No Smoking Sign

    UPDATE: 20 August, 2019 - this law came into effect today - to report abusers who smoke in the home call 1300.

    I appreciate that laws in Thailand are often ignored or not enforced but I find it hard to see how this one will ever be enforced or followed.

    A law will come into

  • Drone Use in Thailand

    Top of the Range Drone

    Back in early 2018 it became necessary for drone owners in Thailand to get a permit for their use. These permits would be issued at local police stations.

    The penalty for flying a drone without a permit was set at a fine of 10,000 Baht and or 5 years in jail. Since then there have been

  • No Short Term Rentals Of Condominiums

    No Short Term Rentals

    It is great to see that many laws, rules and regulations are being enforced now after a long period of selective enforcement and sometimes a non existence regard for rules and the law. One such law prohibits people from renting condominiums by the day or week.

  • The UK Thinks Its Bad,,,,,

    I keep reading reports in the UK newspapers that people are fed up of going into shops in Britain staffed by foreigners and having trouble communicating with them. I had a similar experience here in Thailand the other day. No, it wasn't that a Thai couldn't speak English which seems to annoy

  • Thai Ingenuity - Simple Queuing

    Shoe Queue - Thai Style

    I came across this image on Twitter the other day . It is another example of Thai ingenuity when it comes to basic things. In my years in Thailand I have noticed that the Thais are becoming more supportive of the queuing idea as opposed to the free for all syndrome found in many Asian

  • Aircraft Skids Off Runway At Suvarnabhumi Airport

    Thai Airways plane skids off runway

    The recent blackening out of the logo of a Thai Airways aircraft after it had skidded off the runway at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok is typical of the way many people in Thailand still believe in the 'íf you didn't see it yourself then it didn't happen principle'. The attempt by the airline

  • After 8 Years In Bangkok 3 Things Still Cause Me Stress

    I have been living in Bangkok for a lot of the last 8 years. There are 3 things that continue to cause me stress and I don't think I will ever get used to them. I am sure I am not alone with these issues......I will list them for you - not in any particular order.

  • It Seems That Most Thais Are Willing To Sell Their Votes

    According to a recent poll by Bangkok's Assumption University a majority of Thai voters say they are willing to accept money from election candidates who want to buy their votes.  The university surveyed 2,604 eligible voters in Bangkok and 17 other provinces finding that 53.2 per cent

  • The Word 'Why' Seems Frowned On In Thailand ?

    I have been in Bangkok some years now and it never ceases to amaze me that a large number of Thai's seem unable to ask 'why' something is as it is.

  • Desperate Tourist Seen In Soi Cowboy !

    Baccara A Go Go

    Well this takes the biscuit ! I was in Soi Cowboy, Bangkok last night and popped into one of the older 'a go go' bars for a few cheap beers. The particular bar sells bottled beer at 75baht a bottle, and is a great place to start off a night out. Especially for me, as I am a cheap charlie at the

  • Thai Farmer One Minute, Restaurant Worker The Next.

    It was quite amazing really, the transformation was remarkable.

  • Fire in Sukhumvit Soi 8, Bangkok - 21st August, 2009

    Fire - Sukhumvit Soi 8

    The coffee shop/ internet cafe situated more or less on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 8 went up in flames last night. The fire started on the ground floor and soon spread upwards. The Baan Dalah Spa and the Indian Today restaurant on either side were lucky not to have gone up in flames as well,

  • Beer Bars - Sukhumvit Soi 7/1 , Bangkok As It Was Years Ago

    Sweet Heart Bar

    Firstly I would like to apologise for the poor pics in this post. My main camera is in the pawn shop :) That's my excuse anyway.

    You can find Sukhumvit Soi 7/1 adjacent to Nana BTS (skytrain) station in Bangkok, Thailand. When you are in the station, and face towards the On Nut

  • Thai Girls Always Wanting Money From Farang - Reversed

    Thai Money

    55555555 Its a good day today. I really love my Thai girlfriend ! She has passed the test, even though it wasn't planned.

  • Bangkok Bar Girls, Restaurant Girls, and Laundry Girls

    Laundry Girls

    I really have to write about what has happened to me this month. It is a sign of the times in Thailand. Businesses are closing, tourism is way down and jobs are being lost. Many of the local businesses that remain open are losing money.

  • Mercury A Go Go Bar, Nana Plaza

    Mercury A Go Go

    A Traditional Go Go Bar in Bangkok

    I still prefer traditional Bangkok Go Go bars over the newer upmarket ones you find elsewhere in town. I have always liked the small, cozy and dark bars that have plenty of girls, reasonable prices and a great atmosphere, but over the last year the

  • Health and Safety Rules in Thailand - NOT !

    Man on rope cleaning windows

    The other day the condo management company announced that the outside of the building was going to be painted. I went upstairs and looked out of the window to see the results. This is what I saw !

  • Elephant Riding in Thailand With a Difference !

    Elephant Riding

    I just have to post this pic which was sent to me by a friend. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw it. The expression of the woman on the front elephant says it all !! The guy on the elephant at the rear seems to be enjoying the experience !!