Thailand: PC free haven or politically incorrect harbour?

Isn't Thailand's penchant for the inappropriate part of its appeal?

Much of what is often dismissed as over-sensitive, politically correct, namby-pampy pandering comes from a good place. Words are weapons


What's in a nickname?

Boom, Bomb and Bam Bam don't like Beer and Porn

How do Thai parents choose these nicknames? Sometimes a nickname is just a short form of an official name. If your name is Jiraporn, you'll probably be called Porn (this is a frequently used Thai nickname and has got nothing to do with being able to perform in X-rated films)


Why I live here in Bangkok

So what's the attraction exactly?

Bangkok might never be the place I truly call home but it's a place I'm happy to be right now.


An issue for you and a tissue for me

Postbox letter from Mark

Here's an open letter to my next Thai girlfriend.


Thailand’s weirdest of the weirds

Some of the quirkier aspects of Thai culture

I want to be as respectful as possible when I discuss Thailand's quirks. I don't think I could have picked a better country to live in without having ever visited or knowing much about the culture.


So, you want to teach English in Thailand?

First impressions of a novice

A couple of months into teaching at a school in Pattaya, I think I've learned a thing or two about living and teaching in Thailand.


How delicious is Thai food really?

Thailand - where food and hospitality go hand in hand

I will always remember Thai generosity, and I will certainly never forget Thai food.


The forgotten people

Perhaps it's too easy to ignore the plight of the city's homeless?

Stroll along any sois and it is not uncommon at all to see men, wild hair unwashed, shoeless and half-naked, scavenge in overflowing bins. Drug addicts, unfortunate immigrants or just plain poor, it is hard to tell, but pitiful all the same.


Paws for thought

Sometimes Thailand is no place for the animal lover

I'm constantly amazed by how many stray dogs and cats I see on the streets around Koh Samui. Some are lucky enough to look half decent, others aren't that lucky. For those of you who don't know how things work in Thailand when it comes to strays, here's the run down.


The senselessness of Thai bureaucrats and oligarchs

Thailand is ruled by men, not laws

I understand that Thai people do not like causing conflict or losing face, but the first step in solving a problem is admitting that there is one


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