living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bangkok – Japanese tank runs along Royal Palace December 1941


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June 29, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – Pervert Shows His Penis (see PHOTO) to Japanese Tourist @ Internet Café

Via: Pattaya Daily News


Police were able to arrest a 23 year-old Sittiwat after he was reported to have shown his penis to his customers in an internet café he was taking care of.

Mr. Sittiwat admitted that he did show his penis to tourists as he sexually aroused. The victim who was a Japanese tourist said that as she was surfing the internet, Mr. Sittiwat suddenly approached her and made noises, she said that he even showed his penis to her. She said that she was shocked and ran down to report his actions to the police officers.

Police have now detained Mr. Sittiwat at Chiang Mai Police station, where he’ll be charged for immoral conduct.



August 19, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – Death Railway train re-discovered

Via: Chiang Mai Mail

An antique Japanese train that was used on the infamous Death Railway in Kanchanaburi and made its way to Chiang Mai only to disappear from train enthusiasts’ radar 20 years ago was found 25 kilometers south west of Chiang Mai on Highway 1269 by Phil Gibbins of Rider’s Corner sitting under a small roofed in area with four carriages nearby.

A quick contact with some Thailand based train enthusiasts yields the results that this 1936 Kawasaki steam engine was shipped over to Thailand by the Japanese for use during World War II, ferrying troops and munitions to Burma.

These steam engines were quite durable and in use until the 1980’s. Two locomotives remain in Kanchanaburi and are pulled out for operation during River Kwai Festival in December. This particular engine was renamed the 744 after the Japanese left Thailand and was used for a further 25 years by the State Railway of Thailand.


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September 6, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai hopes for a long-stay life preserver

Via: Bangkok Post

The long-stay market is a strong niche and it would improve tourism revenue in the province after political protests last year.

“Cultural tourism has been promoted for a long time, but competition in the field is intense. Many other provinces have attractive Songkran celebrations,” said chamber president Narong Kongprasert.

The chamber reported that local tourism declined following political protests by supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra last April and May, But the incidents took place in a limited area and did not tarnish the province.

“It’s time to refocus our strength,” said Mr Narong. “We are confident that Chiang Mai is still a tranquil place with nice weather and perfect to be a second home.”

Living expenses in Chiang Mai are lower than Bangkok, while its low crime rate is another advantage.

The province is a long-stay hub for foreigners, especially Japanese. About 3,000 Japanese are long-stayers and have a close community through the Thailand-Japan Longstay Association.


“We expect to welcome more Japanese elderly in years to come. Once the number rises to 10,000, it means the province gets revenue up to 4 BILLION baht ($133 million USD), much the same it earns from selling longan for the entire year,” Mr Narong said.


my view:

The Japanese population increasing from 3,000 to 10,000 sounds a little ambitious; but hey, good luck.

April 22, 2011 Posted by | Bangkok Post newspaper, cost of living | , , , , , , | Leave a comment