Stories Published in June 2019

This is a list of the story posts I published in June 2019. Enjoy and please leave comments. They are the only payment I ask for!

TM30 – Residency Registration – Again!

  • Updated 25 June 2019
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Information
  • LINK: HERE

This is an update to a topic I posted last year. It remains a topical and controversial subject so when I see additional information being published online I will add it to this post. A detailed article from the Bangkok Post, which reinforces everything covered so far. Worth a read for expats. A growing number of useful comments too on this topic so make sure you look at those.

Love Living in Isan – June 2019

  • Published 18 June 2019
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isan
  • LINK: HERE

After the excitement of a week on the road backward and forward to Chiang Mai, getting my stepdaughter Peng settled into university and a few posts related to that trip, it is a pleasure to return to everyday Isan life. These are a few local stories I hope you enjoy.

Fun Shopping on Highway 11

  • Published 18 June 2019
  • Place: Chiang Mai
  • Topic: Attractions and Places
  • LINK: HERE

A brief post for once. If you are heading out of Chiang Mai to a destination in the south, or the southeast in our case, you will start off on highway 11 (which in Chiang Mai city is called the super highway and forms the inner ringroad starting at the well known Nimmanheimin road) before either continuing on the 11 or turning onto highway 1. Here are a few places closer to Chiang Mai on highways 11 & 1 that I think are worth stopping for a look-see.

Wat Ban Den – the post

  • Published 17 June 2019
  • Place: Chiang Mai
  • Topic: Wats
  • LINK: HERE

This is the story backing up the video linked below. Wat Ban Den is a spectacular temple situated an hour’s drive from the centre of Chiang Mai on in the Mae Rim area north on highway 107. If you don’t have transport the location is a minus. If you do or make the effort to get there then maybe you’ll miss some of the tourist rush that other temples closer in experience. I have seen plenty of wats in Thailand and I would rate this up with the best of them. Well worth the time to see it. Allow several hours.

Wat Ban Den – the video

  • Published 17 June 2019
  • Place: Chiang Mai
  • Topic: Wats
  • LINK: HERE

A spectacular temple situated about an hour’s drive from Chaing Mai centre in the Mae Rim area (north on highway 107). A wonderful range of buildings and everything in immacualte condition. This video gives you a taste of what will be a full post to be published soon. 

Secondhand Heaven

  • Published 17 June 2019
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Attractions and Places
  • LINK: HERE

One of the disappointments of Thailand is that there is very little history left, both in architecture and in the everyday items such as art, sculpture and other decorative items. There are a few second hand shops around but the ones I have seen tend to only have ‘junk’ modern era things. I have no wish to add an old typewriter or CRT TV to my garden or house artwork! It then came as a total surprise, and a pleasant one at that, to come across a place that stocked much more interesting collectables on two trip we did recently to Chiang Mai. 

A Tribute to a Rice Hut

  • Published 3 June 2019
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isan
  • LINK: HERE

We had friends visit the farm last week and comment was made at how impressive the ‘resort’ area surrounding the rice hut is in real life, as opposed to just seeing the images on the blog. That made me think about what we started with and I found it unbelieveable that it was six months almost to the day that we started this project. I thought that having recently updated the blog on our tropical garden that it was appropriate to give you a six month review of one of our other gardens

Dancing with Friends

  • Published 3 June 2019
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Festivals
  • LINK: HERE

A rare paparazzi glimpse of Thailand’s favourite Isan author dancing at a Bun Bang Fai party yesterday. My message to anyone retired and based in Thailand is that I totally recommend working hard at enjoying yourself, which may mean leaving behind some concepts as to what to can and can’t do. Dancing is not my strong point but what the……..I had enjoyed a couple of beers, I liked the music (I linked this song on my timeline recently) and was surrounded by friends so why sit on the sidelines? You don’t have to do much, just join in and sway around a bit! The locals love seeing a farang having as good a time as they are. 

Another Isan music favourite

  • Published 2 June 2019
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Music
  • LINK: HERE

This is one Isan song you might hear being played this time of year, but less likely as it is a quieter more candlelight type of music. Try it with your Thai partner at your next romantic dinner of som tum – it will earn you brownie points for sure. It is a nice contrast to the last song I posted. In English it’s called Khemarat Embrace, and is the theme song to a Thai movie. I like it a lot.

4 Comments

  1. Mel

    Hi Tony. Thank you so much for reprinting your blog about the TM30 form. Somehow I had missed that one. I have passed on the info to Jai and she has printed the two pages to give to her sister who owns the home where I will be staying. My understanding is that she will only need to present the form to the local police station where I’m sure they will likely be surprised that someone has actually done this, but better to be safe than sorry. Excellent info. Cheers.

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    • Tony in Thailand

      I am glad that post caught you at the right moment. For some reason that topic has been very popular. I have some additional information to add covering registering online and will let you know when I have done that.

      Thanks for letting me know. People mostly use information I provide but never acknowledge, which can be a bit disheartening. You are an exception.

      Cheers. Tony

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  2. Nobby

    A nice recap for June, don’t know why but I missed reading a few of them! A nice reminder Tony, thank you!

    Chris

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    • Tony in Thailand

      My pleasure. You should receive an automated weekly email notification from now on so you won’t miss new posts. It’s a trial run so maybe you can let me know how it looks from your end (if it works).

      Cheers for your consistent feedback as always Chris.

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