Jun 02 2016

Food Poisoning in Thailand

Food Poisoning in Thailand

If you have been to Thailand you will know that food poisoning is possible and could happen at any time while you are on holiday. Unfortunately I am not able to tell you a fool-proof way to avoid getting sick but I will give you some handy tips I have learnt along the way. The last thing you want on a holiday is to be stuck to the bed resting your holiday away but it does happen.

I have been sick a few times in Thailand and I am careful and know what to eat and where etc. but I know it is not fun at all. In my experiences I have or people I know have only been sick in the bigger touristy areas, like Phuket, Bangkok etc. I have spent a lot of time in villages, off-route hidden attractions most tourist have not even heard of but I have never been sick in these remote locations. I was once hospitalised in Chiang Mai after eating in a well-known popular restaurant, I was also sick eating KFC in Pattaya. Serves me right for eating KFC in Thailand, right?

May 24 2016

Hiring a Motorcycle/Scooter in Thailand

Hiring a Motorcycle/Scooter in Thailand

If you have ever been to Thailand you would have noticed that everyone rides a small Motorcycle/scooter. This is because it is much cheaper to purchase and much better on fuel then a larger vehicle. But like any other country riding a motorbike in Thailand is dangerous and being a tourist in that country can mean it’s more dangerous to you. But they are a fun and cheap alternative to Taxi’s and Tuk Tuk’s.

Traffic in Thailand is very different to the western world. There are road rules and laws but they are not followed or enforced as well as they would be in the western world. I like to call the traffic in Thailand, “Organised Chaos”. This is because if you see the traffic it will appear to be chaos, but as the locals do this every day, they have become accustom to the way and actually manage it very well. Now you throw a tourist with many years motorcycle riding experience and you are the one causing chaos to the traffic.

May 24 2016

Thailand Trip Report – May 2016, Part 2

Thailand Trip Report – May 2016, Part 2

 

The rest of my time in Pattaya I went to the Sanctuary of Truth (look out for separate post soon), Big Buddha, a nice café on top of the Pattaya hills after Tambon at the Temple. All nights consisted of similar activities that would include, Walking Street, Soi Buakhao, Beach Rd, Many open air bars in various Soi’s and more Late Night Kebabs hahaha. I won’t go into the nightlife too much now (but will do a separate post soon), but will say great times were had, people were met, and “Bin’s” were paid. If you like to Party, Pattaya is the place for you.

I have to say the more I come to Pattaya, the more I enjoy myself there. It is very in your face and the Sex-trade side of things is very much alive in Pattaya, so if that is not your thing I would not go to Pattaya or you may be disappointed. The Pattaya beach is not a very nice beach although further out from shore you can find water activities like Jet skis, Parasailing, etc.. Jomtien Beach over the hill is a nicer beach if you are looking for somewhere to swim.

May 22 2016

Thailand Trip Report – May 2016, Part 1

Thailand Trip Report – May 2016 (Part 1)

 

So during May 2016, I went to Thailand for another holiday. This time I was visiting Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. Instantly as you get off the plane you can feel that the heat is intense and I was wearing pants and a jacket at this stage. So first thing was to change into something cooler and then head off to the Hotel in Bangkok. Landing at Don Mueang there was no Sky Train available so off to the Taximeter rank, I find this the cheapest and easiest option, rather than a private transfer.

During the Taxi ride it was visible that there has been a lot of works going on to improve the Transport throughout Bangkok. The new rail line from Don Mueang has come a long way since September and looks like it may actually get completed. This Skyrail will join Don Mueang to the existing Skyrail BTS. There are also long term plans to create a Skyrail from Survarnabhumi to Utapao Airport (Pattaya/Rayong). Travelling along the Expressway you could also see works occurring to the areas around the Bangkok Train Station where more upgrades to the Thailand rail network are being completed.

Pattaya-city

Oct 11 2015

The Phuket Ride

The Phuket Ride

Every time I go to Phuket I make sure I hire scooter so that I can get around easily and quickly. For a Honda Click (125cc) you will pay 200 – 300B per day and they do not use much fuel. The larger the motorcycle the more your daily rate will be. You will also be provided with a helmet, which should be worn at all time when on the Motorcycle. How to hire a Motorcycle in Thailand

Riding a Motorcycle in Thailand is very different to western countries in many ways. No matter how good you are at riding you may not be prepared for the riding in Thailand. The rules do not get followed, lanes and lines mean nothing and the Westerner is always at fault. In saying that if you feel safe enough to ride a Scooter, then go for it as it is great fun and a cheap form of transport

Oct 04 2015

Thailand Low Cost Airlines

Thailand Low Cost Airlines

Bangkok Airport

Well on my recent trip to Thailand I flew to a few different destinations with a few different low-cost airlines, so I thought I would do a write up on what I found from each of them.

So in Thailand you have the option of the “premium airlines” like Thai Airways and Bangkok Air that fly out of Survarnamhumi Airport in Bangkok. You also have the bigger low-cost airline options of Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smiles and Orient Thai which fly out of Don Mueang airport in Bangkok. These airlines will get you anywhere where you need to go domestically within Thailand. I am a larger guy at 194cm tall so airplanes and I are not normally friends but I love Thailand so put up with it.

May 28 2015

Ladyboy’s – The untold story

Ladyboy’s – The untold story

As many know, Ladyboy’s form the third sex of Thailand and play a big part in Thailand’s Sex trade and Red Light Districts, everyone has heard the story of the Ladyboy who went back to the hotel and stole all the customers valuables, but that story has been told many times. So I am now going to tell you another side to the Ladyboy’s of Thailand

Many Ladyboy’s in Thailand know by the age of 7 or 8 years old that they are a Ladyboy and if their parents will allow them start to take different hormones. These hormones will generally be taken for the rest of their life. Many parents will refuse to help their child in the transition and force them to leave home at an early age and fight for themselves at a young age. There is a difference between a Gay male and a Ladyboy. Basically a Gay male is a male who is attracted to other men while a Ladyboy is a woman born in a male’s body but like all human the Ladyboy’s also have feelings, dreams and goals.

Apr 14 2015

Mathias Muay Farang gives Italy the Max Muay Thai 62kg belt – Seven Muay Thai

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Challenging 4-men tournament for Mathias Gallo Cassarino. In the first fight he faced a technical French fighter, Issam Arabat-Ziane.

Mathias Max tournmanet 62kg winner by GCC MF 2015-3

Mathias tries not to get too hurt in the semifinal but Issam is very determined and he comes forward from the start catching Mathias with a precise right hook. The Italian understands that it will be harder than he thought to get through this semifinal, but this is what he loves about this sport.

Nov 15 2014

My Full Moon Party Experience

 

My Full Moon Party Experience

In June 2011, I experienced the Thailand Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. I went with my now, wife and another couple. We choose to stay on the Island before the Full Moon Party to experience the before parties and see what Koh Phangan had to offer.

Our trip started off in Koh Samui where we boarded a Ferry which took us to Thong Sala Pier in Koh Phangan. There are many ferries to choose from but we opted to book something in Koh Smaui from our Hotel. These were not the cheapest options but it was easy and including a Taxi to the pier. We were initially concerned about getting sea sick but the ferry was very calm and we had no issues. We used Lomprayah Ferry which only took about 20 minutes once we took off.

Oct 20 2014

Life in an Isaan Village

Life in an Isaan Village

Isaan Rice Farm

You may or may not know but my wife is a Thai national of which I met in Thailand. With that I have spent a lot of time in the family’s village getting to know the way the Isaan people live. Isaan is a Thai word meaning “North-East” Isaan is the North-East region of Thailand and some of the big name destinations are Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Khorat, Nong Khai, and Surin. In Isaan the native language is not the Central Thai language spoken in Bangkok but is similar dialect which differs from each area throughout Isaan. My wife is from Udon Thani so they speak a dialect that consists of Thai and the Laotian languages. In the Isaan region it is very common to see farms for growing rice which is a large part of the lives of the Isaan people as it is their largest export along with Pineapple.

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