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  • You want eat?

    “You want eat?” “Yes I want eat.” Recognise this language? No? OK, how about this, “How old you?”. “I’m ha sip sam years old.” Ah, the language of Tinglish. Part English, with several omissions and a bit of Thai that nearly all expats, at some point, have resorted to. But why do we resort to...

  • The Buriram Man Who Met Neil Armstrong

    I had heard before a little about the man who is reputed to have been in Buriram for some forty five years. Obviously possessing a rich tapestry of both experience and knowledge of Thailand, Karl Kunz was an intriguing possible interview. He is a man you may well have seen whizzing past you on a...

  • Snakes In Your Garden

    In the previous articles we have looked at the King Cobra and the Malayan Pit Viper, both highly dangerous snakes. But what of those that we might encounter when tending or relaxing in our beautiful gardens? If you see a snake in your garden, the chances are it is harmless. However, some non-venomous ones can...

  • Open all hours

    3 people are stocktaking, 2 people are stacking shelves, 1 person is on a computer behind the counter and 1 person is trying to serve a big queue. And this is daytime. Nightime gets better when all the staff can focus on the funky loud music Where are you? `Yes` you`re in 7/11 land, where...

  • The `not so idyllic` life in an Esan village in Thailand

    A while ago I wrote an article about the idyllic life in a typical, rural Esan village. Well, that`s not always the case, especially from a foreigners (farangs) point of view. So here`s a dose of reality. Let`s start with the wake up call, about 5:00 am – noisy roosters, dogs, assorted spluttering tractors and...

  • A day in the life of a rural village in Isan

      There`s a rhythm to life in an Isan rural village which is totally different to that say of a town or city. The first stirrings of life come before sun rise as charcoal fires are lit for cooking, dogs stretch out from their slumbers and cockerels noisily confirm morning is here. Elderly ladies gather...

  • Banged Up In A Thai Prison

    The conditions in the infamous Thai prison system will be known to many, especially those who have read any of the well known books on the subject and yet the number of foreigners arrested and doing time in Thai prisons has never been higher. Despite its fearsome reputation with stories of chains welded to ankles, oven like cells crammed...