Tom and Kitty’s houseboat

Located about an hour outside of Chiang Mai, Tom and Kitty’s houseboat is a blissful escape on the Mae Ngat Reservoir and Sri Lanna National Park. There are other floating houseboats for rent and I’ve never tried them but from what I can tell Tom and Kitty’s is the best. My favorite spot was at the edge…

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What does raang mean?

It began with nailpolish. I walked into my Saturday class and was quickly engulfed by the word, “Raang!” from my J or junior students. They were shouting, pointing and generally excited as I expect from my 13-15 year olds. But after a few seconds I understood they were talking about my fingernail color. The polish…

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โชคดี (good luck), What is luck?

Do you believe in luck? Many people do. Many Thais certainly do. After all, it is one of the ways of saying good bye (choke dee). Which I have pointed out to my English classes and during my Thai studies, Westerners would never say unless we were getting ready to take a test or something.…

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Interview: Lani on Chiang Mai Country Living

Rustic Homes and Gardens: A publication for those who claim to Love the Land. Chiang Mai Edition A month ago, the relatively unknown “English” teacher Lani Cox moved out of the Old City into a quaint and therefore charming wood and brick home in the reputable area known as Farang Farm located west of Chiang…

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The best croissants in Chiang Mai

Oiy and her French husband(!) Nico live in my neighborhood & deliver to us lucky residents, fresh from the oven baked goods! (Update: 2016, they no longer do this, but instead it is well known in the expat community that they host a Saturday morning bread sale and coffee time at their home in Suan…

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