Greener than Green. Amazing Eco-Resorts in Thailand

  When you think of eco-friendly resorts, do you imagine tourists walking around bare foot meditating, outside toilets with brown toilet paper and vegan menus with a different lentil and chickpea dinner every evening? Well, think again! Eco-tourism is being practiced by some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels in the world. Here in Thailand we have some of those but there are also alternatives for those of us who haven’t quite had that ‘fat paycheck’ yet. I guess for most people nowadays, caring about the environment is second…

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Embracing Permanence, the Art of Built-in furniture

  One thing that shocked me when I started looking at property in Thailand was the absence of built-in furniture. Where I come from built-in entertainment centers, shelving and especially wardrobes are standard. Not so in Thailand. In defense of developers and builders, with such a wide variety of buyers, it would be impossible to design utility built-in furniture that was perfect for everyone’s needs and taste. I suppose the best way to keep people from complaining is to let them choose for themselves.   Nowadays developers are a little…

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Cherry-picking a cure for gout. How many four-letter words you know?

      If you ever suffer from a gout attack, you’ll find out pretty quickly – because you’ll probably use up every single one of them – and maybe a few you didn’t even know you knew!         Lucky for you, letting loose with some salty language actually can help you cope with pain. But when it comes to gout, there are a few things you shouldn’t bother with – and one of them is the steroid drug that’s been backed by a new study. More…

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It’s on the cards

    In a previous article, I listed 10 things I did and didn’t miss about Pattaya. I forgot to touch on the subject of bank cards. So, to make up for it now …   Pro: The ease of finding an ATM machine. Having ATMs stuck in the wall of every convenience store (7/lls, Family Marts, etc) in Pattaya is, well, convenient. Except, perhaps, when you have got the wife in tow and she is low on money. In the UK, there is a proliferation of them in town…

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Trying not to live in past – Re-visited – The reports of my ill health have been greatly exaggerated by Dave Buckley

    A few months back I wrote a piece which broadly outlined my thoughts on the pros and cons of leaving Thailand to return to the UK.   Part of the reasoning for the move was to do with health.   It would seem that my thoughts lacked clarity.   Why do I say this?   Well, recently I was contacted by Charlie, a friend from my days in Pattaya who is currently in the UK on a temporary assignment. “How are you?” he asked with some concern in…

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Villa Asiatic

    The concept of building homes that developers would be happy to live in themselves may not be new. But that does not detract from the reassurance buyers can derive knowing that this is the philosophy behind a project.         Villa Asiatic village has been developed by a local team of young multi-cultural professionals who know Pattaya and love living here. This knowledge of the city – and an appreciation of it, they feel, gives them a marketing edge in what is proving a highly competitive…

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BEAUTY and the BEASTS – Is political correctness taking the shine off the glamour?

    I’m wondering where the line will be drawn – if anywhere – on all this political correctness malarkey.   How long will it be before people become social pariahs for admiring the beauty in others?   In recent weeks, we have seen a couple of incidences in sport where having good looking women (am I allowed to describe them as that?) have been banned.       Really? Isn’t this pushing PC too far?   The game of darts – I don’t really think it’s a sport, too…

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What are you looking at? Part II – Safety in the Land of Smiles

  This is the second essay in a series that examines the criteria prospective expatriates and retirees use when considering a place to live. Last month we analyzed health care options in Thailand. This month we’ll talk about another issue that ranks in the top three concerns of would-be retirees; safety.     Whenever someone asks me, “Is Thailand safe?”, I fumble a bit before answering. Quite a bit depends on one’s perspective does it not? If I’m being totally honest, I’d say, “Thailand seems really safe to me ……

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