The Land of Fake Smiles

The Land of Fake Smiles

The Land Of (Fake) Smiles Thailand has long been known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ and while Thais are a friendly people with a lively sense of humor  am I really the only one who thinks those smiles are a little more strained these days…? And would I be totally off the mark to say that […]

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On March 31, 2011, posted in: Thai Culture by

Should We Be Prepared For The ‘Next Big One’?

Should We Be Prepared For The ‘Next Big One’?

Earthquake Rocks Chiang Mai Should we be prepared for the ‘Next Big One’? Another quake in northern Thailand, April 5th, 2010 A 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai on Friday at 6.45am, with its epicenter in the centre of the city. Although the quake only lasted 5 to 10 seconds it was sufficiently […]

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On March 29, 2011, posted in: Living in Thailand by

Dual Pricing in Thailand

Dual Pricing in Thailand

Dual Pricing In Thailand Though many a visitor here will rarely realise it on a two week holiday…  Once you stay here for any length of time you will begin to notice that there is definatley a two-price system working here in Thailand. One for the locals and one for… us. Financial Discrimination There are […]

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On March 26, 2011, posted in: Living in Thailand by

Some people just shouldn’t come to Thailand

Some people just shouldn’t come to Thailand

Some People Just Shouldn’t Come To Thailand… They’re  the ones you just know are going to get ripped off. You can tell within an instant of meeting them that they’re going to get burned and their story isn’t going to be pretty. You speculate that these are the sad cases whose Thai story will end up tragically. That they […]

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On March 20, 2011, posted in: Living in Thailand by

Australian Visa Applications

Australian Visa Applications

Australian Visa Applications Australian Visa Applications can be made at VFS Bangkok. The VFS office is located at: VFS Bangkok Thai CC Tower Unit 2 & 3 34th Floor 889 South Sathorn Road Yannawa Bangkok 10120 VFS office working hours are: Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm. They are closed for holidays so check […]

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On March 18, 2011, posted in: Visa Advice by

Travelling with your Thai Girl

Travelling with your Thai Girl

Travelling with your Thai Girl If you are planning on travelling with your Thai girlfriend or taking her home to Australia for the first time, it can be a really interesting experience. (Not always a positive one!) Especially if she has never travelled outside of Thailand before! See how I chose my words carefully there. She […]

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On February 15, 2011, posted in: Marriage by

Why Do Australian Visa Applications Fail?

Why Do Australian Visa Applications Fail?

Why Do so many Visa Applications Fail? If you’re looking for information on a tourist visa, a fiancee visa, or a partner visa to Australia, and you’re wondering why so many DIY applications fail, and what they specifically fail on, you’re not alone. Many men doing their girlfriend’s or partner’s visas ask the same thing, […]

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On February 12, 2011, posted in: Visa Advice by

Nostalgia for Australia?

Nostalgia for Australia?

Nostalgia for Australia While Living in Thailand Since Thailand offers a pretty affordable lifestyle, most foreigners tend to survive here OK.  Most forms of entertainment like movies and books are released simultaneously like those in Australia.  Foods from home can be found in the local supermarkets although they are priced a bit higher. But after […]

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On October 1, 2010, posted in: Living in Thailand by

Marriage in Thailand

Marriage in Thailand

Marriage in Thailand As a symbol of love, respect and appreciation for her parents raising and caring for her, Thai men are expected to pay a dowry for their brides upon marriage. The dowry, known as sin sot in Thai, is a long standing tradition and widely accepted in Thailand. In general, males in Thailand […]

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On September 28, 2010, posted in: Marriage by

The Cost Of Living In Thailand

The Cost Of Living In Thailand

The Cost of Living In Thailand Thailand is a pretty affordable country to live in, as say, compared to Australia. Still there is no comparison between the cost of living in Thailand, and that of Sydney. You can buy fresh food and meat for a fraction of the cost, and local fish is amazingly cheap. […]

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On September 20, 2010, posted in: Living in Thailand by