It’s now a year since I started teaching myself Thai. Or more correctly it marks the first anniversary of me making a concerted effort to learn to read and speak Thai having lived in the country for over 4 years now.
During this year, I have tried, wherever possible, to use free resources, that I have found on the Internet or that other learners have recommended to aid my learning. I have however purchased some iPhone/iPad apps and the somewhat expensive Pimsuler Thai course. You can find a complete list of the free Thai language resources I have discovered and used here. Continue reading
In this Bangkok-Koh Samui travel guide I will detail the three main alternatives for getting to the island from the nations capital city. These options include flying on a domestic carrier, taking an express/VIP bus/ferry combination and using a train/ferry combination that includes a bus link to the ferry terminal.
Travellers wishing to get to Koh Phangan could also use the services outlined below. Continue reading
Opening a Bank Account in Thailand
Opening a bank account in Thailand is a fairly straight forward process. In my opinion it is certainly worth considering if you intend to make the Kingdom your home for any length of time.
This article is based on my own experiences in setting up a bank account here at the Bangkok Bank.
For anyone contemplating setting up a Thai bank account there are several international financial organisations like HSBC and Bangkok Bank along with a good range of local Thai banks to choose from in Thailand. They are all regulated by the Bank of Thailand. Continue reading
This Bangkok-Hua Hin travel guide covers the different ways you can travel between Thailand’s capital city and the popular Royal resort of Hua Hin that is located on the Gulf of Thailand some 200 km from Bangkok.
Generally speaking there are four main alternatives for getting to Hua Hin from Bangkok, a private taxi, taking an express/VIP bus, private van and the train. Travellers wishing to get to Cha-am or indeed Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan could also use the services outlined below. Continue reading
Thai Expat TV
I have recently been enjoying a two day free trial with Thai Expat TV which is a service delivering UK TV in Thailand. Thai Expat TV currently delivers the main free to view UK terrestrial channels plus Sky News and Film 4 which is a total of 17 channels. The programmes can be watched live(almost) or there is a seven day catch up facility along with the ability to record content to a computer for later viewing.
Thai Expat TV is delivered by streaming over the Internet from servers based in Thailand and requires a 3-5 Mbps download speed. Continue reading