Love Them, Don’t Ride Them

6-7 minutes When the plane finally landed, we exited into the steamy, humid air. My droopy eyes could tell this experience would be something totally new. My sister and I had travelled from our small hometown in Colorado, where the air is too thick to breathe and the mountains rise high around each crack of the town. After thirty hours in airports and planes, we…

Marrying a Thai Bar Girl Is a Bad Idea

As unfathomable as most might think it is, western men marrying Thai bar girls or prostitutes in Thailand isn’t an uncommon occurrence. In fact, for a sizeable percentage of western men in Thailand, whether on vacation or living here, the only Thai girls they date are bar girls from the local sex industry. Some western men even marry Thai bar girls only to discover there…

61 Things to know about Chiang Rai

If you have lived in Chiang Rai long enough, you probably already know lots about the province, but here are some random facts about Chiang Rai that you might not have known. Ok, not all items are facts. I add some of the most famous phrases local people say about something in Chiang Rai, mostly in a funny way. As for the “saying” items, some…

5 Dangers in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai in general is very safe city. It’s an easy place to travel and  is a safe city to visit from both the health and personal safety aspects. However, that doesn’t mean nothing can go wrong here. Like in other cities in the world, there are always dangerous things we need to avoid. This post presents you with the 5 most dangerous things in…

Romantic Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is one of the Thailand’s most romantic cities to visit. A reality show, The Bachelor 2013, had filmed the finale here. Sean Lowe, the Bachelor 2013 said about Chiang Rai, the following.  “Chiang Rai is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It’s really an amazing place and I really built a lifetime of memories in those few days.” Ok, we…

Why is Chiang Rai The Best Place To Retire In Thailand?

Thailand is safe, beautiful and cheap. From the misty mountains to the beaches. From luxury hotels and resorts to modest accommodation.   There are several huge expat communities in the country you can join. In major cities, there are enough people who understand English and able to communicate with you, so you can enjoy your stay. In remote areas where people don’t speak English, you may…

Thai Beauty Secrets

Thai women have long been admired for their flawless and unique beauty. They have been envied for their long silky hair, radiant glowy skin and perfect nails. The secret to a Thai women’s beauty probably lies in their genes. However, there are also some traditional Thai beauty recipes that come from nature. So, I will introduce you to a few different elements of traditional Thai…

Should I Rent a Car in Thailand and Drive Myself?

Driving in Thailand can be an adventure, especially for a foreigner. The process of obtaining a Thai drivers license is not necessarily difficult, but learning how to drive in Thailand is a whole different story. There are several very important tips to keep in mind as a foreigner driving in Thailand. First of all, patience is the key word to remember when driving in Thailand.…

The hype of Elephant dung coffee from Chiang Rai continues

The coffee beans in a colander after being excreted by an elephant, from Chiang Rai Thailand. For several months, news of elephant dung coffee has been floating around on the internet and media. Now the news about the world’s most unusual coffee is still rolling. Coffee from civet droppings created in Indonesia had been the most expensive coffee in the world for many years. Now…

Retirement Planning

You are retired and content, living alongside tens of thousands of U.S. citizens who call Thailand home.  Have you given thought to the last piece of the puzzle:  having your final wishes carried out? Every year, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, and U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai, assist hundreds of bereaved families whose U.S. citizen relatives pass away in Thailand.  We have seen the peace…