Keeping up appearances in Thailand


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Regular readers of this blog may be aware that I usually take a very negative stance when it comes to “celebrity” or “high society” in Thailand. I tend to criticize anything involving Thailand's models or soap stars or hangers-on because the phenomenon is so surreal and superficial, more so than in any other country I […]

Big storm in a teacup in Thailand


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I watched the first three episodes of Bravo's Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand last night. Everyone's been talking about this series. It follows around the volunteer tourist police as they deal with foreigners getting into all sorts of bother. It's pure entertainment and not much more. Nothing covered in the show is new and you […]

Let off on a hunch?


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I've been following this story for a while now and it still has me scratching my head. From the Phuket Gazette: PHUKET CITY: After spending more than five months in a Phuket jail, the German teenager arrested along with 43-year-old Briton Dax Young on child sex abuse charges in March is set to fly home […]

Backpacking and teaching — the perfect combination


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The ELT Communication Group is actively seeking backpackers and travellers to fill teaching positions at government high schools and language centres. There is no mention of qualifications or paperwork and neither is there any reference to the fact that it is illegal to work in Thailand without a work permit. Will ELT Communication Group provide […]

How to wire money from Thailand to England


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I wanted to wire some money from my Bangkok Bank account to one of my accounts in the UK. I’d been meaning to do this for a while, so I finally got round to looking into it during my last trip to Bangkok. The MBK branch where I opened my account told me to go […]