Thai Justice at it’s finest

This is Thai "justice" at it's finest.  The rich guy walks and the little guy pays: BANGKOK, October 22, 2013 (AFP) – The owner of a Bangkok nightclub destroyed by a fire that killed 67 people on New Year's Day in 2009 was acquitted of gross negligence Tuesday on appeal.   Visuk Setsawat, whose Santika […]

You’ve got to love those superstitious Thai people

It doesn't surprise me when individual Thai people are superstitious. Hell my wife is as bad as anybody. We had to get married on a certain day of the month, because the number was lucky. God forbid we got married on an unlucky day! Would have made all the difference I'm sure… But when a […]

Human Trafficking In Thailand

First I saw this today from AFP:   Thai policeman charged over rape of Rohingya refugee BANGKOK, June 28, 2013 (AFP) – A policeman has been charged with trafficking after a Rohingya woman was allegedly lured from a shelter in southern Thailand and subsequently raped by a man from the refugee Muslim minority, police told […]

Thailand Elite Card to be relaunched in June

I just had to be among the first to pass along the happy news, that the Thailand Elite Card is coming back! Yes, after two failures to sell a card that gave too little and cost too much, the Thai government is going to do it yet again, amazing as it seems. Here's the news […]

There’s no place like home

After 5 weeks in the USA, I felt like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz when my plane landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport a couple of nights ago.  I almost clicked my heels together out of joy! I did have fun on my trip.  I went to lots of baseball games and got to cheer on my […]

Thais “approve” of bribery

Saw this in The Nation: BANGKOK: — The Abac Poll yesterday released results of a survey showing that an overwhelming majority of people approve of bribery and had bribed officials themselves. The survey was conducted on 1,561 respondents aged over 10 in Bangkok from March 12-16 (with an error margin of 7 per cent). Of […]

More Ignorance in Thailand

I know this may sound bad, but I'm going to say it anyway.  One of the things that drives me absolutely nuts is the ignorance level in Thailand, even in the capitol of Bangkok. Check out this item from Yahoo: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/hitler-fashion-statements-confuse-offend-tourists-thailand-160709484.html It is absolutely beyond me how anyone would glorify this monster.  Being a Jew makes […]

Hypocrisy in Thailand

I saw this in The Nation today: Nok Air Calendar "Inappropriate" BANGKOK: — Culture Permanent Secretary Prisana Pongtatpitakkul on Saturday attacked Nok Air for its controversial calendar. "The calendar shows that several business operators still adhere to conventional practices in using female bodies as the PR or marketing tool," she said. "They lack the sense […]

A Sad Tale That’s Only Too Common In Thailand

I saw this in the Phuket Gazette today and had to show it to you.  So many men come here to Thailand and unfortunately they fall in love with the wrong woman, quite often a bar girl. Hopefully this will forewarn you not to do this. I'm not saying all bar girls are bad. Only […]

Safety Zones in Bangkok

I read recently they were establishing new "safety zones" in tourist areas of Bangkok. And sure enough I saw this on the way in to Soi Cowboy last night:                       I feel safer already, don't you? Until next time, enjoy yourself and HAPPY NEW YEAR!