The Land of “Crazy”

Thailand… land of smiles.  The culture here is very distinct from Western culture and is built around the notion of “sanuk” or enjoyment as well as conflict avoidance.  As a result, many Westerners have come here, usually on a holiday, and totally fallen in love with the country, culture and its people.  Unfortunately, the “sanuk” and face aspects of the culture can be very disarming for Westerners and the end result is that I see Westerners come to Thailand and start doing crazy things that they would never do backRead More

New Thailand Tourism Campaign Promotes Stalking

I guess the Tourism Authority of Thailand was hoping to be romantic with its latest visit Thailand tourism video.  Unfortunately, I just about fell off my chair, given that the advert clearly promotes stalking women.  Given the various negative press that Thailand has received over the last few years with respect to tourists being hassled and murdered, the pro-stalking campaign is definitely in bad taste. Okay, maybe I am being a little bit too melodramatic here, so you decide for yourself.  The video itself starts with a guy who isRead More

Tips That You Didn’t Know for Getting the Most out of Bangkok – Part Four

This one is for all you shoppers and movie lovers… where to find those hard-to-find movies in Bangkok. The old days of movies in Bangkok In the old days, everyone used to just rent pirated video tapes in Bangkok.  It only cost between 10 and 20 baht, you had the movie for a week and they even delivered your order on motorbike.  If you liked the movie, you could then pay the rental place a small extra fee (pretty much the cost of a VHS cassette) to make you a copy.  OfRead More

Tips That You Didn’t Know for Getting the Most out of Bangkok – Part One

For those visiting (or even recently re-located) to Bangkok, here are some tips that you will not find in any guide book (and I doubt you will find most of these tips online either).  These are some simple but useful little tips for enjoying your time in Bangkok that much more, that I picked up from living there.  Today’s post will start this series off. Tip 1 – How to get through 1.5 kilometres of shopping malls without ever stepping out onto the pavement As you can see from theRead More