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Royal Ploughing Ceremony – Annual Events in Thailand

Songkran Week Part 1: From Pattaya to Perth

The week that was in Thailand news: Overreaction or doing squat – Welcome to Thailand!

In my experience Thais have two contrasting reactions to a crisis.   Do absolutely nothing or go completely over the top!   The laissez-faire attitude or the knee jerk reaction is seen in all forms of private and public life and can often catch the unwary foreigner out.   Like those occasions when the seductive smile hides the imminent pincer attack of the disgruntled missus over something as absurdly trivial as a spot of harmless imaginary infidelity.   Or when you expect outrage and reaction to pour forth immediately but they just put another piece of fried chicken on the Barbie and wonder why Johnny Foreigner is getting so hot

The Rocket Festival and the Legend of Kham Lai Horse

Top 5 Reasons You Won’t Like Thailand

Thailand’s Goddess of Mercy

Royal Cliff’s 2018 Funtasea Easter Wonderland Party an Eggceptional Success!

Pattaya, Thailand – The Royal Cliff Hotels Group brought Easter joy to families with its recently held Funtasea Easter Wonderland 2018 at Panorama – Dramatic Atmosphere.   The event began with an array of entertainment such as fun face painting, exciting candy hunt and creative colouring activities which triggered the afternoon fun! Parents and their little ones took part in decorating delectable bunny cookies and painting colorful Easter eggs where the creative ones won exciting prizes. Excitement in the room was palpable when the popular games begun. These included classic favorites such as Pass the Easter Bunny, Easter Puzzle, Easter Bingo and the Easter Paper Dance which turned out to

The week that was in Thailand news: Songkran madness everywhere as Kiki reminds us why we love Thailand!

No, this has nothing whatsoever to do with not venturing out much onto the streets of Krung Thep this Songkran. More that I have been figuratively round the block and back in my life in Thailand and very little remains that has the power to shock or move me substantially about the amazing land that I call home.   Even when I came here barely out of my teens I had already been a reporter for many years mixing with police and criminals and acting as counsellor to those who had lost loved ones in accidents. I was in my early twenties but had seen plenty of misery and mayhem

Why modern day Songkran is more like movie ‘The Purge’

My Songkran done and dusted early this year

Why is Songkran disliked by so many Expats?

Wet and wild in Thailand – Songkran Festival Mayhem on a grand scale.

Sukhumvit Soi 18 offers tranquility in Bangkok

The week that was in Thailand news: Keep your teeth in – it’s “Sensible Songkran!”

Last year Rooster got quite a lot of criticism for being an old fuddy-duddy for hating Songkran so excessively, so this year I have turned over a new, if somewhat belated leaf.   I love Songkran. Yikes! The words nearly got stuck in my throat and the cold coffee was almost spewed out over the keyboard. How could one say such a thing. It’s a bit like enjoying Christmas.   The reality is that Rooster likes a bit of “sanuk” and I have lived in Thailand long enough to know that it is pointless trying to constantly beat the lovely Thais. So there are times I may as well bite

Thailand ranked world’s ‘least miserable’ country again

NEW YORK: The Land of Smiles was named the least miserable country out of 66 economies ranked by the Bloomberg Misery Index, which assumes that low inflation and low unemployment translates into satisfaction among the populace, finishing in first place for the fourth straight year and just edging out its regional rivals. “The Bloomberg Misery Index relies on the age-old concept that low inflation and unemployment generally illustrate how good an economy’s residents should feel,’’ the news and research agency said in posting the results on its website. Thailand has had persistently low unemployment for many years, the unemployment rate ranging between 0.4-1.2% since 2011. A remarkable result. Many workers

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