Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Retire 2 Thailand
Make the Most of Feasting Internationally
12 tips on eating well while traveling and still stay on a
Arriving in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai
airport, there is a
money exchange location past customs, to the right. You can bring
cash from your home country to exchange or use your debit card. All
exchange rates are posted.
Beginning at the airport, taxis are
everywhere. Prices have just been raised to 120 baht from the airport to inside the wall of
Chiang Mai city. If you are lucky and quick, you will find red
songtheows dropping passengers off at the airport. Legally, they are not
allowed to arrange to pick up passengers at the airport, but will let you board
them if you are there when they are dropping off their previous riders. Prices
run from 40B each person to inside the Chiang Mai wall. Don't tarry. If
the price is not agreed upon quickly, move on, or take the taxi.
Generally, transport in the city is easy, with
lots of options. Songtheows, the red open air trucks, are everywhere and
available all the time until about 8-9 pm in the evening. Twenty Baht will get you most
places, although many drivers will want to charge you double that amount. If the
first driver wants too much, or is not going your direction, simply flag another
one down. These trucks will hold 10 people.
Tuk-Tuks, the covered three wheeled
motorcycles with a back seat will take you right to your location and are
available every day and at most hours. Their prices are higher than songtheows
(the base price usually starts at 40B), so expect to bargain. Generally, they
will hold two passengers, or one with a lot of packages, but we have seen 3 or
more people packed into them!
Private taxis are available usually by
Guesthouses and hotels, waiting for customers from inside. You can schedule
tours, shopping sprees to neighboring villages, or hire them for half or full
day excursions that you create. If you want a private driver for any reason,
a good base rate is 100B per hour +/-. You can have them wait for you while you
keep a doctor's appointment or visit the factories.
trains, buses and flights go to
Getting Around Thailand -
Maps, history, hill tribes, golf courses, festivals, resorts, health guide.
Easy as Pie: Extending a
Tourist Visa at Chiang Mai Immigration Office
There is a VIP bus that leaves from the arcade
bus station in Chiang Mai and goes to the border town of Mae Sai. This is a
commonly used 'border run' for visitors to renew their Visas. Buy your tickets a
day or two ahead of when you would like to go. If you leave early from Chiang Mai, this border run can be done all in one
day. You must have either $10 USD or 1,000 Baht cash for the Burmese border fee. You
will get stamped out of Thailand, stamped into Burma, and then stamped back into
Thailand, giving you another Tourist Visitor's Visa.
Latest Thai Visa
RulesNew 15-day visa
rule to clamp down on border runs
In order to limit the amount of foreigners using “back-to-back” border
runs, Thai Immigration has issued a new regulation regarding the 30 days
tourist exemption. Starting with immediate effect, travelers arriving
through a land-based border checkpoint without a visa obtained in the
neighboring country will only be allowed a 15-day stay. Passengers
arriving via an international airport will, as usual, be given a 30-day
stay, as will travelers with Malaysian passports who cross at a land
For 60-day stays, travelers will need to obtain the correct
visa from the Thai Embassy or Consulate in each country before entering
The police order number 778/2551 confirming the changes has been issued
by the Royal Thai Police Immigration Bureau in Bangkok and the above
information has been verified by Chiang Mai Immigration.
The Immigration Police fine for overstaying
one’s visa rose from 200 Baht to 500 Baht per day on March 15th, 2006.
However the maximum ceiling remains at 20,000Baht. Overstaying visas is viewed
very seriously by the Thai authorities, some of whom describe it as a ‘criminal
offence’. Arrest - even on a ‘visa trip’ to get a renewal - has been known,
followed by a night in free but uncomfortable cell.
Thailand has now changed
their visa rules as of October 1, 2006. You can stay in Thailand not exceeding
30 days per each entry and a cumulative duration of stay not exceeding 90 days
within a 6 month period counting from the date of first entry.
All inquiries on visa matters should be made
in person to Chiangmai Immigration near the airport, ideally Tuesdays-Thursdays
when their pressure may be less!
Another vital ‘no-no’ is gambling. All gambling (except on-track betting
at horse race courses) is illegal. It is even illegal to be in the same building
where gambling is taking place. A friendly card game may attract police
|Good Medicine for Thailand Fever, A Roadmap for
Thai-Western Relationships, by Chris Pirazzi and Vitida Vasant
Thailand Fever is a must read. Anyone considering a serious Western-Thai
relationship would save themselves heartache by reading this book first.
Although there is much attraction
coming from both sides of the aisle, there are predictable pitfalls,
too. Pirazzi and Vasant point them out in simple language to both the
Thai and Western reader. One half of the book is written in Thai, and
the other in English.
You and your partner can read Thailand
Fever together and discuss topics such as Trust, Sex, It's My Money, The
Parents, The Dowry, Privacy, Independence, Saving Face and Living in
Paradise. The authors contrast the differences each culture has in
expectations and assumptions on these issues.
Vasant and Pirazzi both claim that
there is hope for long term Eden in the mine field of a cross cultural
connection. After you finish reading their book, you will have to decide
for yourself. One thing is certain. The 495 Baht price is a bargain
compared to the time and financial investment you might not recover if
you don't read it.
The Empress Hotel, 199/42 Chang Klan
Road, Chiangmai 50100, Thailand, tele: (66) 5327 0240, Fax (66) 5327 2467, email:
www.empresshotels.com Undisputedly offers the best buffet we have tasted in
Chiang Mai City. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, food offerings from Japanese,
Thai, Italian and other Western countries are presented, along with soups,
salads, fruits, desserts and coffee or tea. Purchase a special discount card for
200B, good for one year, and receive the buffet for 165B pp at your table. Live
music. A better deal, we feel you won't find anywhere. A great place to take
someone you want to impress!
The Art Cafe, 291 Thapae Rd., Muang
Chiangmai, Thailand. Tele./Fax (0-53) 274. 865 or 053. 206. 365, open daily 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. A
wide variety of foods - Italian, Mexican, Pizzas, Pastas, Thai and Vegetarian,
House roasted coffee, cakes and home made ice creams. This restaurant pioneered
cheese making in Chiangmai, and offers their own cheese, creams, and sour cream.
Clean, conveniently located, friendly.
Fresh & Wraps, 125
Moon Muang Road, Chiangmai, Thailand. Fresh salads, good eggs benedict, great
coffees, free wifi.
Restaurant and Bar, 133/4 Ratchapakinai Rd. Sriphum, Muang,
Chiang Mai, 50200, Tele: Mark: 083. 6377621, Sa: 084. 1865788.
THE HOUSE Restaurant and Wine & Tapas Bar,
199 Moonmuang Rd. T. Sriphum A. Muang Chiangmai, Tele: (053) 419011-14,
09-7551395, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open 7 days a week, Kitchen 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Bar 6 p.m. - Midnight.
Outstanding fusion cuisine prepared by a Chef with a bright future. The
restaurant has elegant atmosphere. Exquisite appetizers, salads, and entrees are
artistically displayed and packed with flavor. Comparable meals would cost you
triple in most other cities. For the two of us, including wine, $50USD.
Definitely worth your time.
The Duke's Two
locations - one on the east side of the River Ping between the Nawarat Bridge
and the Thailand Tourist Authority and the other in the Night Bazaar next to
McDonald's. Voted one of Thailand's Best Restaurants by the Thailand Tattler,
2007 and voted Chiang Mai's Favorite Restaurant by City Life Magazine
readers. Falling off the bone ribs, seafood, salads, soups, pizza, steaks and specialties.
49/4-5 Chiang Mai - Lamphun Rd. Telephone 0. 5324. 9231 or 0. 5381. 8603. Email:
Jerusalem Falafel, 35/3 Moon Muang Rd.,
A.Muang, Chiangmai, Thailand. Tele: 053-270208, email:
Open daily 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., closed Friday. Freshly made cheese
and yogurt for sale, 12 kinds of salads, hummus, kebabs, shawarma. Delicious, nice for a
change of pace, clean and good value. Medium price range. Offers full take out
and catering service. Tell Zahavit and Chang we sent you!
California Miguel's Cafe
has simply the best Mexican food in Chiang Mai. Open 9 am to 11 pm closed Mondays. Caters
for parties and take away. 106/1 Chiayaphum Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tele:
053.874.148. Reasonably priced, good portions, served in his open air cafe.
Lanna Palace Hotel, 184 Changklan Road, Muang,
Chiangemai, Thailand. Tele: +66(0) 5381-9277-8, 5381-9327-31 email:
www.lannapalace2004.com Has a very
decent Thai and Western buffet daily, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 120B pp. Live music.
Upstairs there is an elegant Chinese restaurant that offers a 7 course meal
for 139B pp. Also recommended.
Riverside Bar & Restaurant, 9-11
Charoenrat, tele: 05324-3239. Located right on the banks of the Mae Ping River,
this very popular bar and restaurant serves up a good variety of both Western
and Thai food. Live music plays nightly with the bands at either end of the
rambling wooden restaurant, there will be American Folk, Jazz, or Rock and Roll.
They offer a dinner cruise which is romantic, and allows you to view the lights
of the city from the view of being on the river. Open nightly. Highly
Raming Tea House
Organic tea and coffee, healthy cuisine and afternoon tea in an
elegant Lanna colonial Teak house. Garden. Open daily, 158
Thapae Rd. T. Changmoi, A. uang Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tele: 66.
53. 234. 518.9
Pom Pui Italian Restaurant, 24 Soi 2, Th Moon Muang, tele: 05327-8209. Open daily 11am-11pm. Casual garden
setting located near the Top North Guest House. Moderately priced.
Pizzas, a large range of pastas, lamb, chicken, salads, and some vegetarian
selections. Offers Italian wines, espressos, and ice cream too. Franco,
the owner/chef is the real deal. Pre-ow, who runs the floor, is a delight. Try
the Pollo Parmaniana for a tasty full-plate meal! Highly recommended.
Mad Dog Pizza 19/1 Moon Muang,
(opposite DK Bookstore on the other side of the moat) tele: 053:273002, email:
email@example.com They are best known
for their excellent collection of music, large sports TV and most currently, a
wifi hotspot. Pizzas are decent, the stuffed spuds are tasty and huge, the
roast pork dinner is delicious. Nick, the farang owner, is a bit crusty but like
we said, he has great taste in music. Pool tables, wine by the glass and draft
beer by the frosty mug. Worth at least a stop by. He's been here for years.
U.N. Irish Pub 24-24/1
Ratchawithi Rd., Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand. Tele:
053. 214. 544
Kasem Store A great
import store where westerners can find fresh baked goods, your favorite brands
of mustards, sauces, coffees, cereals, cheese, meats, pickles, jams and more.
Two locations 8/4 Nimmanhemin Rd. Tele: 053.400112-3 or 19 Ratchawonfd Rd, Chang
moi Tele: 053.234986. Worth a visit!
Guest Houses and Hotels are springing up
everywhere in Chiang Mai. You will not be at a loss to find one in your price
range. Start somewhere, and then check out others more to your liking if the
one you have chosen doesn't appeal. Guest Houses can run from 80B a night for a
simple room, to 600B for air con. Hotels usually run from 400B for fan room, on
up to 5 star resorts. If you like your choice and expect to stay for at least a few days or
longer, try negotiating a discount. Most locations are obliging.
It's impossible to
list all the new hotels and guest houses that are currently being built
in Chiang Mai. Upscale rooms at
The Empress, The Princess,
et al are available. Mid range places such as
Raming Lodge and
De Lanna Hotel offer affordable
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serene, Ping Nakara,
House Coffee & Restaurant .
Residence, 8 Sribhum Rd. Lane 1 A. Muang, Chiangmai, 50200
Tele: 053. 21. 4754, mobile: 08. 9755. 1385, Email:
Baht per night, 12,000 month.
Guesthouse, 23 soi 3 Rachamanka Rd., T.Phra Singh, A. Muang Chiang Mai,
Tele: 053-282-495, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org . The T-ROOM is brand new and located just
around the soi from Top North Guest House. It doesn't have a pool, but
daily rates for the pool at Top North are available. Clean, quiet, nice small
garden and good size rooms with TV, some with aircon.
Thapae Gate Lodge,
Travel Agency, Bar and Restaurant 38/7 Moon Muang Rd., Soi 2, Prasing, Muang,
Chiang Mai, Tele: +66.53.207134, +66.53.207135. Email;
20 clean and comfortable rooms from 250 Baht for fan room and 400 Baht for air
conditioned rooms. BoonPat, the manager, and his wife, Sandra speak perfect
English. This newish lodge is right across the soi from The Top North, and has
been getting high recommendations from the travelers who stay there.
Anodard Hotel, 57-59 Rajmankha Rod. Muang,
Chiangmai, Thailand. Tele: 053-270755-8. Clean, offers a swimming pool and
central location. Standard room with one bed, air con, monthly rate of +/- 600 baht
a night. Twin bed +/- 550 for monthly rate.
MD House is
located in the old walled section of Chiang Mai. All rooms have private
bathrooms, satellite TV, in-room WIFI, access to swimming pool, mini-gym, and
laundry service. They can arrange tours and taxi service.
Thailand Apartments for Rent This web
site has some very good affordable apartments for rent in places like Chaing
Mai, Chon Buri, Khon Kaen, and Rayong. Worth a look!
Affordable stay with modern amenities. 194 Mahidol Rod., T.
Padad, A. Muang chiang Mai, thailand Tele: 66. 53. 274. 629
email@example.com Daily, weekly, monthly rates
Wangburapa Grand Hotel
offers daily, weekly and monthly rates. Swimming pool, Wifi
in the room, refrigerator, large rooms some with a view. 9-9/1-3
Moon Muang Road, Phrasingha, Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200.
Tele: 053. 281. 1991-5 Email:
Although we have stayed many places in Phuket,
one place stands out in value. Kata Sun
Beach Inn offers good prices and good service with monthly rates off season.
1 minute walk to the beach. 188 Koktanot Road, Kata Beach, Karon, Muang, Phuket
83100 Thailand. Tele: (66-76) 284-265-67 Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell them we
The Hotel Little Mermaid has been
recommended to us for both price and location. The town center is just right
outside the door, and it is only a 50 meter walk to a 3 kilometer long white
sandy beach. Located at 643 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Phuket, tele:
email@example.com Let us know what you think!
In the small
rural town of Chiang Dao (40 baht bus ride from Chiang Mai),
Baan Fah Sai offers 10 apartments for rent. Five are with air
conditioning, and five are with fans. Daily, weekly and monthly
rentals. Ask for Garry.
Things to Do
Sunday Walking Market has quickly
become a local and tourist favorite. Currently located inside the Old City Walls
of Chiang Mai beginning at the famous Tha Pae Gate, it covers dozens of streets
on both sides of Ratchadamnern Road all the way to Wat Prasingh. Vendors of every
sort selling clothing, food, music, beads, gems, hand woven fabric from Thailand
and Laos, bags, candles, incense, coins - you name it - all set up places
to sell their wares. The plaza at Tha Pae Gate gets started closer to noon, and
the inside streets start hopping around 4 p.m., and go on to about 10 p.m.
For a day of
window shopping, stroll along Tha Pae Road outside the moat
towards the Chinese market. Both sides of the street have
beautiful stores, Hand Made Heaven and Kesorn Arts (for tribal
art and clothing) are two of them. If you stop at one of the
coffee shops along the way or have tea at the Raming Tea House,
this walk to the Chinese market could be done in 2 mornings.
Otherwise it can be a quick look over and done in one morning.
But why not enjoy it?
Library at AUA, AUA Language Center, 24
Rajadamnern Road, Chiang Mai Thailand, Tele: 053. 277. 951 or 053. 278. 407, email:
www.learnthaiinchiangmai.com. Library hours M-F
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Reading room, collection of videos and
DVD's for viewing at home or at AUA, internet and email service, coffee, tea,
cold drinks. Access to information on American and Thai literature, education,
history, arts, society, current events and language classes in both English and
Thai are given.
Talk Talk Language School, 7/1 Soi 6 Sukasem Rd., Suthep,
Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200, Email:
www.talktalklanguage.com One year course includes 1 year
Cooking at home Chiang Mai
Cookery School will take you away from the crowds and place you into a
secluded part of Sankhampaeng village, amidst stunning rice field scenery. Daily
courses are offered where you learn 6 different Thai dishes. You can
book and pay online
or contact them directly at:
66/1 Moo 5, Soi 4, T. Sankhampaeng, A. Sankhampaeng, Chiang Mai 50130,
Thailand, Local calls: 053-392601 Email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org For rates, promotions and to see what's
included in the price,
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School, 47/2 Moon Muang Road, opposite Tha Pae Gate, tele: 05320-6399, 05320-6315,
school has been offering Thai cooking classes since 1993, and is owned by Sompon
Nabnian and his English wife, Elizabeth. They offer 1-5 day courses for either
the beginner or for those who have extensive cooking experience. It's fun, well
run, reasonably priced at about 990 Baht per day. Classes run continuously, and
you simply choose the course you want to take. Highly recommended.
Patara Elephant Farm Be an
elephant owner for a day! Learn to care for and ride your elephant bare-back. A
CD of your training pictures is available. Equipment and training outfits are
provided. Duration 5-8 hours, cost of program B4,200 (approx. $130USD). email:
Elephants have been rescued from unsuitable working conditions and the proceeds
from the trip helps keep them in a natural environment for a breeding program.
Tele: +66. 81. 671. 0958.
Save Elephant Foundation
- Dedicated to protecting Asian Elephants, 1 Rachamanka Road,
Phrasing, Chiang Mai . 200 meters from Thapae Gate. Tele: 053.
272. 855, Fax: 053. 270. 884. Email:
If you are going to spend any time in Chiang
Mai, you must take advantage of the excellent Thai massages
offered everywhere. Half the price of what is offered in Bangkok, they are worth
every baht. Although some places are edging the price up, we get our 2 hour Thai
massage for 200 baht. The ancient art of Thai massage dates back to Buddha's
private physician and is a sort of yoga that the masseur does for you with your
body. If Thai massage does not appeal, many shops offer oil massage, foot and
calf massage, and facials. Highly recommended.
Massage School, 59/9 Chang Puak Road, Soi 4/6, Chiang Mai,
Thailand Tele: 053. 218. 632
Shopping on Hang Dong Road or San Kam
Paeng Road: Hire a driver and take half-a-day touring the factories
located on these roads. Tours of the factories will show you the inside scoop on
how the excellent quality of Thai goods are produced. Although you can probably
get better prices for some items elsewhere, the selection offered at the
factories is larger. Factories range from teak and rosewood furniture and
carvings, to silk making, including extracting the silk threads from the silk
worm cocoon, dying for deep color and then weaving the silk fabrics themselves.
Silversmithing, hand painted umbrellas, hand made saa paper factory, celadon
pottery and more. Highly recommended.
The Chiangmai Expats Club aims to help expats expand friendships and improve
their quality of life in Thailand. Their aim is to serve the community of
foreigners by making it easier to understand the laws, language and lifestyle
needs of their members and guests. Meetings two times per month, info is shared
on topics such as immigration and law enforcement officials, medical and
insurance providers, business and property services and more.
Shiraz Gems & Jewelry 170
Thapae Rd., Chiang Mai, Thailand.
email@example.com Mr. Nasser is generous with his time and knowledge
to answer all your questions about buying gems and jewelry in Thailand. He
specializes in rubies, sapphires of green, yellow, pink and blue, along
with many other gems of different origin. Wide selection of gold and silver.
Many of his customers are young travelers as wellas professionals who buy gems
to resell back home. Twenty three years at the same location.
There are pharmacies everywhere in Chiang Mai.
In a third world country, they are your first line of defense in managing your
health. If you cannot find what you want in one pharmacy, there are plenty from
which to choose. I have a favorite Pharmacist, named Seng, who speaks
English very well, always finds me the best price he can, gives me a discount on
quantity purchases (mosquito repellent? vitamins? shampoo? dramamine?) and will
order anything for me that he doesn't already have on hand. His blue tiled
pharmacy, Pharma Square, is located inside the ancient Walled City of
Chiang Mai, behind Tha Pae Gate. 21 Ratchadamnoen Road, Tele: 0-5328-5221,
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Dental Clinic, 25/1 Moonmuange Road, Lane 2 T. Phrasingha, A.
Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Mondaya - Saturday 9am to 8pm Tele: 0.
5320. 6445. Email:
Dentist, Dr. Waiyawut Manakhantikul,
69/8 Intawaroros, Sripoom, Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tele: 66-05341-6369,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
05341-6369. Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun - 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Up-to-date technology
and 100% sterilized equipment. Well experienced dentist who speaks excellent English. Does modern
dental care from cleaning to implants, root canals, and crowns. Clean office.
Here is a rare dentist who loves his work, and keeps the patient's comfort in
mind. Tell him we sent you!
Grace Dental Clinic 45 Soi 11 Nimmanhemin Rd., T.Suthep
A.Muang, Chiangmai 50200, Tel: (66) 053-894 568 - 69 Fax: (66)
053-894 570, Office Hours :Mon - Sat 9.00 A.M. - 8.30 P.M. , Sun 9.00 A.M. -
5.00 P.M. Email:
email@example.com 18 specialists, well qualified staff
communicates in English and other foreign languages such as German, Mandarin and
Japanese ( with translator ). Up-to-date technology available and high standard
of sterilization. Full range of services offered including crowns, bleaching,
dental implants and peridontics.
House of Dental
Care at CLASS ONE Complex 95 Moo 1, Huaykaew Rod., A.
Muang., Chiang Mai, Thailand 50300, Tele: 053. 217. 8456, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, since 2009.
Chiang Mai Ram Hospital, tele:
053-224851, 224861, 224871. Modern hospital with up to date equipment.
Reasonable pricing for procedures and consultations. A reception desk inside has
several friendly people manning the computers and they all speak a decent amount
of English. If needed, they will dispatch an English speaking 'helper' to go
with you to your consultation with the doctor. All doctor offices are computer
connected, so your arrival at the front desk is sent to the appropriate doctor's
office, where he/she will be expecting you. All normal hospital procedures are
Care Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand is set in the beautiful and
Valley some 20
north of Chiang Mai, in the North of Thailand. The retirement
facility is an enclosed 4 star facility built on 11 acres
meters) of land with mountain views. The retirement
facility has its own dedicated, professional nursing staff and
specially trained to give good care and stimulation to the
elderly. The care is provided 24 hours. We cater for all levels
of required care giving as much independence to the individual
as their needs allow. We do not represent the view of an
institutionalized nursing home; life with us is like
living in a 4 star resort but with the required care on-hand.
Loi Kroh Clinic, 62/2 Loi Kroh
Road, Chiangmai, Thailand Tele: (053) 271571 Fax: (053) 208717 Open M-F 8am to
1pm and 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Saturday 8 am - 1 pm, Sunday 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The
affable Dr. Tawachai in charge here at the clinic speaks excellent English and has a good
grasp on day-to-day healthcare issues. Pricing is reasonable, 100 Baht per visit. No need for
appointment, just show up at his clinic. If you don't want to wait, then the
earlier the better. He does most lab tests, consultations, and dispenses
If acupuncture is your interest, there is
Mungkala Traditional and Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Clinic inside the
ancient walled City of Chiang Mai. Set in a traditional Thai teak house, this
clinic is clean, and Dr. Rungrat and the attendants are professional and speak
English, Thai and Chinese. Thirty minute to 1 hour sessions cost 500 Baht.
Herbs, teas, books and classes for certification are offered there as well.
21-27 Rajchamanka Rdl., Chiang Mai,Thailand. Tele: 0-5327-8494, Fax:
0-5320-8432, email: email@example.com
Near Tha Pae Gate.
Dermatologist, down from the 3 Kings Plaza, next to Thai
Airways on the same side of the street. Tele: 053. 214. 318
Hospital (pronounced Rachawait) Opened in 1997, this hospital has
150 beds, 40 doctors and 400+ staff and treats more than 800 patients a day. You
can take a look at their promotions and room rates, find their location and
contact them at the above link. They have English-Thai interpreters to help
facilitate your needs. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, 316/1 Chiangmai-Lamphun Road, T. Watkate A Muang
Chiangmai 50000. Tele: 053. 801999, Fax: 053. 801440, 801442.
Eye Clinic (Sridonchai Clinic), 20/4 Sridonchai Rd, tele:
053-449230, 053-449152, open Mon-Fri 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Sat
8:00am to 12:00am. Doctor Somsanguan Ausayakhun M.D.Sc (Johns
Hopkins), speaks English, Scholar in Public Health Ophthalmology
(Wilmer Eye Institute), sees patients on Mon, Wed, Th, and Sat.
Dr. Sakarin Ausayakhun MD Certified Board in Ophthalmology is
her son and he see's patients on Tues and Fri). The clinic also
has a very good Refractionist (we'd call him an optometrist.)
and you can get glasses at the clinic too.
Bumrungrad Hospital Located in Bangkok, Thailand, this internationally
accredited hospital currently serves almost a million patients a year from over
100 countries. Find a doctor, make an appointment, check out pricing and medical
packages offered. Information available online in 14 languages. Read
Don's Personal Medical Tourism Experience in Bumrungrad.
Bangkok Dental Spa Located in Bangkok, Thailand, this is Asia's
first dental spa. Offering high technology of dentistry along with contemporary
spa ambience, this clinic specializes in cosmetic dentistry, laser tooth
whitening, dental implants, crown and bridges, bone grafts, and offers general
dentistry as well. Sounds of trickling water and light music accompany 9
dentists and 1 massage therapist. Information available online in English,
German and Dutch.
Bangkok International Dental
Center Dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. The official
center for Straumann dental implants.
Samitivej Hospitals With two locations in Bangkok, Samitivej offers an immigration center to extend
your visa if you need it. There is a Platinum Privilege Membership that affords
discounts and health vouchers towards hospital services. Find a doctor, make an
appointment or take a visual tour online. Their site is easy to navigate and
they give links to affiliate hospitals as well. Worth checking out.
Although there are many to choose from, we have
had great service and communication with:
Travel Shoppe LTD., Part.
2/2 Chaiyapoom Rd.,
Chiangmai , 50300
Tel : 053 : 874280 , 874091 , 232352
Fax : 053 : 232300
Email : email@example.com
They are a travel agency established in Chiangmai
for nearly 20 years and providing air tickets for both domestic and
international flights. They specialize in worldwide air fares to worldwide. Free
consulting for travel arrangements. Ask for Pidet, and tell him we sent you!
We have used
Stephanie Shen as our travel agent for our international flights to Asia
since we began visiting Thailand. She gives us great prices and service. We
highly recommend her to you.
USA XO Tours, Inc., 7901-M
Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701, 562-262-0986 office, 562-262-0981 fax,
714-350-8159 cell. Email Stephanie at
Backpacking travel guide for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Singapore.
According to Lonely Planet, Travelfish is:
"The most consistently updated website for independent travelers to Southeast
Asia". Gear, plan, pack, trips and tips.
Air Asia The world's best low
cost airline for trips throughout Asia, the United Kingdom, Philippines,
Rembrandt Towers Serviced Apartments
a four star serviced accommodation. Located on Sukhumvit Soi 20, right at the
heart of the Bangkok's bustling business district, Rembrandt Towers Serviced
Apartments makes an ideal base, to visit many of Bangkok's most iconic
Thailand is a great place to have clothing
made. There are tailors and seamstresses everywhere, with an abundance of
fabrics to choose from. You can have Thai, Indian or Chinese tailors make you
suits, dresses, and formal wear, or go to any of the tailors and seamstresses on
a soi and negotiate work with them.
Fabric choices range from Thai, Lao, Chinese,
Vietnamese, and Burmese silks, to Hill Tribe dyed, embroidered and beaded hemp.
The woven cottons are unusual and reasonably priced.
Take a piece of favorite clothing with you and
have the tailor/seamstress make a pattern or pick something from one of their
magazines. Bartering is acceptable. Simple, easy and worthwhile!
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
Main Police - 053. 814. 313 or 053. 814. 314 or 053. 277. 454
Municipal - 053. 259. 000
The Tourist Police - 1155 or 053. 247. 318
Service - 1669
Center - 053. 121. 052
Fire call 199
Air Asia Bangkok Office - 02. 515. 9999,
Chiangmai Office 053. 904. 800-2
Bangkok Airways -
Chiangmai Office 053. 289. 338-9, Bankgkok Office 1771
Lao Airlines -
Chiangmai Office 053. 223. 401
Silk Air -
Chiangmai Office 053. 904. 985-7
Air - Bangkok Office 02. 900. 9955, Chiangmai Office 053.
Thai Lion Air,
Arcade Bus Station - 053.242664
Chang Puak Bus Station - 053.211586
Railway Station - 053.245363-4
Customs Office - 053.270.660
or 053. 280. 837
Immigration Office - 053. 851. 356-8 or 053. 201.755
Cargo Services &
Northern Air Transport - 053.272616-7
GEO Logistics - 053.202414-5
Fed Ex Express - 053.305212-3
Tiger Airways - 02.3518888
Kap-khun-KOP - for the male - Thank you.
Kap-khun-KAA - for the female - Thank you. In
northern Thailand, the women say, Kap Khun TSEOW
Sa-bai-DEE Wan-NEE? - Ok today?
Everything fine today? How are you today? Sa-bai-DEE! -
Man-khun-KOP (male) - I am fine,
thanks. Rlay-oh - Fast Chaw -
Yai - big
Yen - cold (for objects) Naow - cold (for
people) Lan - hot
Hong - room Mak - very
Yai-Mak - very big
Yen-Mak - very cold a-ROI - tasty
a-ROI-Mak - very tasty
Lom-pac - Windy
Kaow-lai - How much? Mai-pen-rai
- It doesn't matter, no problem/p>
Pope-ken-MAI - See you later
Wan-NEE - Today Koo-NEE - Tonight
MOO-a-wan - Yesterday
Poo-NEE - tomorrow
Loo-sit-Naow - I feel cold Loo-sit-LAN - I feel
hot Mai-OW - No, or Don't
0 - Soon
6 - Hok
12 - Sib-Song
18 - Sib-Paed
100 - Neung-Roi
1 - Neung
7 - Ched
13 - Sib-Saam
19 - Sib-Kow
101 - Neung-Roi-ed
2 - Song
8 - Paed 14 - Sib-Si
20 - Yi-Sib
200 - Song-Roi
3 - Saam
9 - Kow
15 - Sib-Ha
30 - Saam-Sib
1,000 - Pan
4 - Si
10 - Sib
16 - Sib-Hok
40 - Si-Sib
2,000 - Song-Pan
5 - Ha
11 - Sib-ed
17 - Sib-Ched
50 - Ha-Sib
Pad-see-YOO - fried fat rice noodles, sweet sauce -
chicken - Gai or pork - Moo
Pad-Thai - fried thin rice noodles with green
onions and tofu, served with side mung bean sprouts, or cabbage, and peanuts.
Pad-Thai-MOO - same as above but with pork
Pad-Thai-GUNG - with shrimp Jaaay -
Pla-dook-FOOO - Crispy catfish salad served
with a spicy salad dressing and shredded green papaya and carrots
Mai-TSAI-pong-cher-LOTE - Do not put MSG
Nam - son - Orange juice
Yong - BBQ
Kon-nam-ninkeow - Glass of water
Kratiem-prik-thai - with garlic and pepper (chicken- Gai or pork -
Sai-tung - To go (point to the food
items you want to buy, and say 'sai-tung'. They will put in bags for take
My-jim-fawn - Toothpick
Kwit-e-ow Nam - Noodle soup with big flat noodles (Chicken or pork -
Gai, or Moo)
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