When in Thailand, Speak Thai

So you’re thinking of going to Thailand and want the low down?  You are in for a rare treat to be able to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this exotic culture first hand.  Whether for business or pleasure, long stay or short visit, you will not want to leave Thailand when the time comes.  You will have memories for a lifetime and will always have a longing […]

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Visa Overstays—What You Need to Know

Thailand is not the easiest country to be a long-term tourist or expat in, and one of the reasons for this is the necessity for constantly renewing your visa—which often means a trip to outlying countries for a few days. All of this can get a bit tiring and bothersome—not to mention that sometimes misfortunate things just happen—and as a result, many allow their visa to expire and […]

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Funding the Thailand Dream: Internet Poker in the Tropics

I’ve only met a small handful of these guys over here, but the word is they are out here in flocks—internet card sharks making a bundle and leveraging global currency differences to live like rock stars.
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Tourist Visa Restrictions: The Long-Term Expat Headache Gets Worse

I made a post a while back called “Visa Runs: The Long-term Expat Headache Explained,” and I realize people may be counting on this information as they try to make Thailand their home, so I thought it my responsibility to include an update due to some big changes in the way visas are being handled.
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Funding the Thailand Dream: Online Marketing as a Ticket to World Travel

The internet dream was once something we merely talked about. Now it is a reality. While about five years ago marketing your business could be very profitable, businesses in today’s world are beginning to realize it is a necessity in order to compete.
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Funding the Thailand Dream: Writing Your Way to Freedom

It’s not as common, but from time to time in Thailand or on your travels elsewhere, you meet someone who has figured out how to fund their Thailand dream lifestyle or life on the road with freelance writing. Yeah, sure, you might be thinking—I’ve heard that one before…With all the misleading information out there and websites that tell you that you can make money but just try to get you […]

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Funding the Thailand Dream: Teaching English as a Second Language

While not as exciting as swimming with whale sharks and teaching fat, lazy tourists how to breathe 30 meters below the ocean’s surface, teaching English brings you closer to true Thai culture than a divemaster will ever get. This is certainly a doable way to make it—and the first question I get whenever someone finds out I speak basic Thai, “You teach English?”.

I always flirted with the idea of […]

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Funding the Thailand Dream: Enroll in a Divemaster Internship

Long-term travelers and expats are always looking for ways to fund the dream lifestyle.  Sure, it seems like pennies to the dollar when you’re on a holiday in Thailand because you’ve likely got a pocketful.  But as reality catches up, most head home with their tail between their legs.  Thanks to a little paradise in the southern gulf called Koh Tao, some of us dreamers have found a way stay.
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