Top Things To Do Before Getting on a Motorbike

I drove by another accident today. Mia thinks it’s the bicyclists that are crazy. But, I think everyone is these days. There is more traffic, bicyclists, motorbikes of all sizes and shiny new cars too, more people, migrant workers from Burma, Asian tourists, Western tourists, blah, blah, blah.

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5 Things to Hate about Chiang Mai

One of my colleagues, let’s call him Ben, asked me the other day if I would ever write about things I didn’t like about Chiang Mai/Thailand. I said, “No, I don’t think so.” I mean, I have written one post in particular about it already. Then he shared his top 5 things he hates about…

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Cafe de Thaan Aoan

I do love a good coffee shop. But I also love dessert. And I can’t get Cafe de Thaan Aoan’s crepe cake out of my mind: When I lived close to Chiang Mai Gate, this was my go-to coffee shop for a strong brew, delicious food, free wi-fi, friendly service, and air conditioning!!! Here’s their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/cafedethaanaoan?fref=ts

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🇹🇭 What Thais Want Tourists to Know

Would you wear a bikini to a church? If I was to share one Thailand travel tip, it would be, dress appropriately. The Internet and popular guide books will let you know that when entering a temple or wat, you need to cover your shoulders and (women) legs. But for some reason they don’t tell…

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What are Chiang Mai apartments like?

Living spaces in Thailand are so different that the US. Sometimes I peek into apartments and wonder how much space people need in order to feel happy. Apartments in Thailand, well, let’s talk about Chiang Mai since this is where I live, are tiny in comparison to the luxuriousness of the United States.

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How to Avoid Looking like Tourist Trash

When I was a Waldorf teacher, I remember having one of those dreaded Second Grade parent meetings. But instead of the usual “please get me outta here” scenario, one of the parents asked question that prompted an answer I’ve yet to forget. “Sadie has such good manners. She’s a very polite child. What did you…

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🇹🇭 How to Pack for Thailand!

As I’m gearing up for a big holiday, and deciding what to pack, I am reminded of my previous packing adventures before coming to Thailand. I don’t think it can be said enough: PACK LIGHT. I did a quick search and without pointing links, I must say I was surprised by some of the advice.…

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The ultimate meditation retreat, living abroad.

The other day my friend and I had the pleasure of getting “lost” on Doi Suthep. We tried to follow a new hiking book about the trails of CM’s famous mountain. The day before we stumbled upon carnival games at Huey Tung Tao. We’ve been shopping, cooking, watching Firefly and living the kind of life…

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🇹🇭 How Hawaii prepared me for Thailand

I was blessed to have been born and raised in Hawaii. I didn’t realize this until I left to go to college in Durango Colorado where, after answering, “Where are you from?” I was greeted with, “Hawaii! What the hell are you doing here?” or “Wow!” or “OMG. Pack me in your suitcase!” or my…

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Is Chiang Mai Safe?

I can’t tell if crime is getting worse or if I’m more clued in. I heard about an increase of purse snatching on Ratchadamneon Soi 5. Apparently you know when there has been a crime committed because suddenly the police show up to patrol the area.

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Going to immigration can be fun!

I had to go to immigration the other day, and even though I had an interesting book (The Interpretation of Murder) to keep me company, I couldn’t help but peek over its open pages to people watch. You see, I love to watch people. It’s a holly hobby of mine. Actually I consider it my…

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Being an expat kind of sucks

Being an expat kind of sucks. Sometimes. Like when: 1. people come and go2. people complain3. small pool of people So you can see the theme here is: the people. People make expat-ing awesome or awe-ful. For me the number one sad situation is making friends and then they go bye bye. When my friend…

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Why Thailand

What makes Thailand unique? In other words why is Thailand the Hail Mary pass of tourists and expat destinations? My last post on Should Thailand be like US? along with the frequent power outages at work, Bangkok Reality Smackdown’s smackdowns, and my own mother telling me via Skype that “the party is going to have…

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Vegetarian (and Coffee Culture) Chiang Mai

While Chiang Mai’s first McDonalds drive thru has caused quite a moo, another benchmark of hip and modern is the city’s growing vegetarian and coffee shop options. Salad Concept: 4 out of 5 hi-so Thais agree the salads here are so big they could feed an army of rabbits. Luscious desserts and good coffee too.…

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Vegetarian expats (or MC Hammer wants his pants back)

I don’t think epiphanies over vegetarian food can ever happen but! while I was in the mist of eating my veggie-mite lunch, I realized that expats don’t belong in their home country and that is why they are over here! Now I know what you are going to say, “Not much of a balanced meal…

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Vientiane visa run from Chiang Mai

UPDATE AS OF 2019, YOU NEED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE THAI EMBASSY TO GET YOUR VISA BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS. Less glamorous than heading to Kuala Lumpur, but what do you have more of: time or money? If your answer is time, keep reading…

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How to travel around Chiang Mai like a pro

Getting around a new city can be an interesting challenge. And depending on your personality, can either make you break down curb-side or saunter down the sois like a local. Here you will find a brief guide on directions, catching a songtaew (red truck taxis) and riding a motorcycle around town.

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Daytrips + things to do around Chiang Mai

Normally this is not the kind of stuff I write about, but there seems to be a lack of this kind of information. Which surprises me since Thailand is supposed to be a cliche. So where is all the information about traveling in country? Most likely buried deep under the archives of How to Tell…

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Intensive Thai

I signed up for an Intensive Thai language class last week. Then yesterday I was told that there has been a mistake in processing my paperwork. Somewhere between the Foreign Language Center and the Office of the President someone read my application and glanced at my photo and decided I didn’t want to sign up…

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Ground control

In Thailand you have to look down at the ground. You want to look around but you must look down. You have to look down because the ground is uneven, and in Chiang Mai you must skirt the cow dung as well as the dog poo. And unless you want to step on a mess…

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