Weekend madness

When getting out and about in Bangkok just isn't worth it

Many years ago, I was browsing one of those Bangkok ex-pat forums and there was an interesting thread on the topic of ‘the downsides of living in Bangkok'. One of the forum members - a middle-aged wife of a business expat - chipped in with the following contribution (and for some reason I have never forgotten it)


Wet, wet, wet

Going door to door and staying dry!

We can at least attempt to escape a number of those rainy season downpours by living as close to the BTS and MRT stations as possible, and in fact some of the condominium developers in Bangkok have gone one stage further and actually linked their buildings to a station


Up the junction

Two of Bangkok's nightmare traffic junctions

The most famous junction in Bangkok for expats is Asoke junction, where Sukhumvit road crosses over Asoke road (which confusingly turns back in Ratchada road once Sukhumvit has been crossed). I'm guessing every expat that reads Ajarn.com has been caught at this junction at one time or another, in the back of a taxi or driving themselves


Back from Laos

An impromptu tour of Bangkok's biggest shopping malls

The last week has been quite busy! Ever since I got back from Laos, it's been nonstop business. I arrived back in Bangkok from Savannakhet early Saturday morning. I went home, caught a nap until around noon, and ventured out in the hopes of finally opening a Thai bank account.


The skytrain to nowhere

I've stumbled upon one of Bangkok's darkest secrets

Are you like me, one of those weary sky-train passengers, looking at those gleaming new BTS stations and wondering simply, when?


Yet another list of Bangkok annoyances

We all love a good moan now and again don't we?

Here’s a list of my own things that drive me crazy about living in Bangkok. Hopefully some of them you’ve never even thought about.


Thank you for calling your ISP hotline

My ISP's customer service guide to dealing with irate customers

After calling a well-known ISP's customer service number for the fifth time in a week, I was beginning to see a pattern develop with the responses.


There's someone in the house!

When things go bump in the night.

I thought I would share the story of a recent break in, at my house, in an effort to show the fine police work that our boys in brown are doing and to let you know that hope in the criminal justice system of Thailand is alive and well


Something's afoot

Pedestrian perils in the big mango

The whole footpath and re-paving conundrum is rather like Thailand in a microcosm. It's a kind of 'organised chaos' - the begrudging acceptance of second-class results with little or no regard for the end user. All I'm saying is surely there's someone somewhere in the this kingdom who knows how to lay a proper footpath.


Things ain't what they seem

the Thai world of misleading advertising

If I could give out an award for the worst offender, then let’s engrave the name of Swensens ice-cream parlours on the trophy right now. The vast gulf between the photographs on the menu and the stark reality of what gets delivered to your table is almost beyond words. That’s not to say Swensens ice-cream products are not enjoyable; they’re just always a huge disappointment.


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