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All You Need To Know About Living & Traveling In Thailand

Alternative ways of traveling have come to dominate a particular chunk of the tourist market in ways that they never before have, especially among the demographic of the young explorer, student, and volunteer tourist. There are many more options that branch off from the traditional airfare-and-a-hotel means of traveling, and many that save a significant amount of funds as they are targeted towards those who have the desire and time for travel, but not necessarily the financial backing. It is possible to see the wild outback of Australia using services like paydayloansonline.com for the everyday expenses of getting around, there

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When traveling around Thailand you come across lots of amusing things. I’ll add more photos to this page as I find more amusing things. Thai Toilets I think that sign explains everything quite well. Miss Puke Massage This massage shop is very near to Siam BTS Skytrain station. Special Testicle Massage It does what it says on the tin – or so they tell me. Not So Free WiFi This hotel is advertising free wifi, but it costs 10 baht for 10 minutes! Rat Sauce And who could refuse the spaghetti with RAT SAUCE? Supaporn Soap Yes, you can buy

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Chiang Mai attracts a lot of tourists and expats, and many of them are location independent workers or digital nomads. You will find many of the working that the numerous great cafes around Chiang Mai. But now there’s a new place in town that offers many of the facilities that digital nomads need. This includes great coffee, co-working space, a meeting room, and even a podcasting room. How cool is that? I haven’t visited this cafe yet, but plan to when I’m next in Chiang Mai, which will probably be in a couple of months time. But it seems to

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I am Coffee is a new addition to the cafe scene in Bangkok’s Silom district. This area doesn’t have as many cafes as Sukhumvit, so it’s always nice to find that a new one has sprung up. I am Coffee is located on Sathorn Soi 8, which is just a few minutes’s walk from Chong Nonsi BTS. You can also easily get there from Silom Road, by walking down Soi Pipat. The cafe has great coffee, a really nice layout and free wifi. If you’re coming from Chong Nonsi BTS, walk down Soi Pipat 2, then take  the first right.

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This is one my my favorite lunchtime vegetarian places. The food here is always hot, unlike many similar places where the food can get a little cold if you arrive later in the day. A-Ma is just a few shops along from Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple, so is a pretty busy place, especially at lunchtimes. It also attracts lots of local workers. One of the things I like about A-Ma is that they sell a good selection of fake meats. In the image above you can see the fake fish on the right. A typical meal of rice and

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Food courts can be good place for vegetarians to eat at in Bangkok, especially if you have meat-eating friends with you. Food courts have a wide choice of dishes to chose from, so there will usually be something to suit all tastes. This food court is smaller than many you’ll see, but the vegetarian stall here is very good. Sathorn Soi 8 is just a few minutes walk from Chong Nonsi BTS station. Turn into Soi 8 from Sathorn Road, and you’ll see the food court about 50 meters ahead of you on the right – just passed the row

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This is the first part of an occasional series on specific Bangkok streets. And we start of with one off my favorite small streets – Pan Road. This is a short road that connects Silom Road and Sathorn Road, and it has a surprising amount of interesting things to see and do. If you turn into Pan Road from Silom Road, the first thing you’ll see is the colorful Hindu Temple on your right, and a line of stalls selling flower garlands and offerings for the Hindu gods. It makes for a very lively street scene. Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu

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Tien Sin is one of my regular places to eat lunch in Bangkok, and is one of a very few that sell Vegetarian Somtum (Papaya Salad). Usually this is made with fish sauce. It located down a small lane off Soi Pipat 2, which is a road that connects Soi Convent and Soi Pipat. The nearest BTS Skytrain stations are Chong Nonsi (3-4 minutes’ walk) and Sala Daeng (5-7 minutes’ walk). This place is only open Monday to Friday and mainly attracts local office workers. It’s a small family business, with all the family pitching in. It open early morning

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Kathmandu is a very small photo gallery that’s just across the road from a popular Hindu temple – Sri Mariamman – on Pan Road in Bangkok’s Silom district. You could easily walk passed the gallery and not realize it’s there, as it’s tucked in between a men’s hair salon and a family cafe/restaurant. The galley is located in a restore pre-war shophouse, and is owned by Thai photo-artist Manit Sriwanichpoom. The main exhibition space is upstairs and is just a small room with photos on two of the walls. Downstairs is packed with mainly framed photos and books. There is

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Compared to the cost of living in Bangkok, living in Chiang Mai can be pretty cheap. A 1-bed condo can cost half what it costs in Bangkok, so that is one of the major savings. And even though it’s a fairly small town compared to Bangkok, it will have everything you need. The city center is small enough to get around on foot, and even if you need to us a songthaew (open back truck), you can get most places for $1 or less. When I stayed in Chiang Mai a while back, my total costs came to around $1,300,

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