Sticky Waterfall

Chiang Mai’s Sticky Waterfalls (Bua Tong Namtok)

  Ok, this is for all my friends that keep asking me ” How the heck do you find the sticky waterfall.” and I will be following up with many more secret More »

Don’t Go To Thailand

I have been Living in Thailand off and on for 5 years now, and to this date,, every day That I awake, I am so excited to get up and enjoy another More »

History Of Thailand

In English, Thailand means land of the free. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia to have not been colonized. This page will take you through the different eras or periods More »

Yi Peng Festival Chiang Mai

   Among all of the awesome things to see and do in Thailand, this is one festival you do not want to miss, Every year on the night of the 12th full More »

Bangkok Night Skyline

Bangkok

You may not know it, but Bangkok has the longest name of any city in the world. It is (be prepared!) Krungthep Mahanakhon Amonrattanakosi Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Nopphosin Ratchathaniburirom Udomrathaniwetmahasa Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathatiya More »

Current Thai Visa Regulations 2017

Thai Visa 2017

I wanted to post about something which is asked over and over on many f/b groups, yet is poorly misunderstood by a LOT of people.

The difference between a “visa exempt entry” and a “tourist visa entry”.

Thai Visa 2017People from 57 countries can stamped get into Thailand (for varying amounts of time depending on nationality) by just showing up at the border or the airport.
They are stamped in on a “visa exempt entry” .  It has that catchy name because you didn’t BUY a visa at a Thai consulate before you got here, yet were given a permission to stay stamp for a period of time; ranging from 90 days, 30 days, 15 days or 14 days, depending on your country of origin and the way you entered Thailand via air or land.

Since August 29 of 2014, most people here on a visa exempt stamp can go to the Thai immigration office for their area and apply for a 30 day extension for 1900baht.

Please note: a visa exempt entry is NOT a “visa on arrival”. <- That is what people from 19 countries BUY at the border when they enter Thailand for 1000baht (the price is 2000baht but it’s 50% off until Feb 28th, 2017).

A “tourist visa” for Thailand is something you BUY at a Thai consulate before you come here. They are sold 2 ways;
A single entry tourist visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue and when you enter Thailand you are stamped in for 60 days.
A multi-entry tourist visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and is good for unlimited entries/exits to Thailand for that time, with each entry getting you stamped in for 60 days.
Tourist visa entries can also be extended for 30 more days at your local immigration office for 1900baht.

Oh, just so you know; tourist visas for Thailand are free at all Thai consulates in the world until Feb 28th, 2017.

I hope this helps people understand the difference between a “visa exempt” entry and entering the country on a tourist visa you got at a Thai consulate before you came here. Good Luck..

Credit for this Awesome information about visas and technical wording is from Tod Daniels at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1395920320731833/ .

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Chiang Mai’s Sticky Waterfalls (Bua Tong Namtok)

Sticky Waterfall

Buatong waterfall  Ok, this is for all my friends that keep asking me ” How the heck do you find the sticky waterfall.” and I will be following up with many more secret locations around Chiang Mai, for all of those who live here and say there is nothing to do.. One of the reasons I favor Chiang Mai over any other Thailand destination is that there is so much to do here, and so easy to escape, the monotony of working on the internet.

So let me fill you in on what the “sticky waterfalls” is. It is a waterfall about 50km north of town that you can climb right up through the falls like you have Velcro on your feet, much like a gecko climbs the wall, or like the ability to play spiderman for an afternoon.. well I think you get the Idea, but to really understand you need to grab a partner (to make it more fun) and jump on the motorbike for about an hour of a beautiful scenic drive to the north of Chiang mai, via the San Sai District.

Sticky Waterfalls Directions     Ok, so this is how you get there. You need to drive north 48km. on highway 1001 to the north,  from the superhighway. this is the road that takes you by Maejo university, and the same road you would have taken had you been to the YiPeng Festival. When your odometer reaches 48 km. look to your right where a road will bear off at a slight bend into the forest, take that road (watch out for pot holes… i.e… Craters), go an additional 1 1/2 km. and you should find a nice little park.

Don’t Go To Thailand

I have been Living in Thailand off and on for 5 years now, and to this date,, every day That I awake, I am so excited to get up and enjoy another Awesome day in Paradise.As I am constantly meeting new travelers passing through,, The question from most people is “What’s The Catch?” I mean the People are so friendly, The food is delicious, the weather is great,,, so what’s up… To Quote Warner Brothers Marvin Martian… “Where’s The Big Kaboom?!”  I mean how can this be possible,, in this cynical life we are brought to believe that there has to be a catch,, so what is it ..?..

Well for me, after living here for 5 years I have still yet to find one,, sure there are cynics out there that believe they have found the catch but for the most part it is B.S. , ok here is one. “in The Spring there is so much smoke from the burning that it is impossible to breath” (in the north, where I live) this is one you hear quite often from those with the dire need to feel that they have not found the perfect paradise. In truth there is not much to it.. yes there is a bit of haze between the city and the surrounding mountains. But it is nothing like you read about or anything like being in a major capitol city such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, London, etc..etc..places that when you get off of your motorbike and take your sunglasses off you look like a badger or that you have been the but of a practical joke..
So here is a great little video I found from another lover of Thailand. check it out and enjoy

Other things to note are that in Thailand the visa process can be a bit of a pain.

And of course the biggest problem with Thailand which is that once you come to visit you just may never want to return home.

 

History Of Thailand

Sukhothai AwesomeThailandIn English, Thailand means land of the free. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia to have not been colonized. This page will take you through the different eras or periods that Thailand has transitioned through.
Thailand has an 800 year period of history. Within this history, it has been the only Southeast Asian nation never colonized by a foreign power. Their are five periods in which this history can be divided.
Nanchao (650 to 1250) The people of Thailand founded a kingdom in southern China. This is, at the present Yunnan, Kwangsi and Canton. People migrated to as far as the Chao Phraya Basin. The people would settle here under the Khmer Empire’s sovereignty. The independent state of Sukhothai was founded around 1238 A.D. This gives birth to the period of Sukhothai.
Sukhothai (1238 to 1378) Thai people begin to become a dominant force in this region in the 13th century. Eventually, the Thais begin asserting independence from the then present Khmer and Mon kingdoms. This is called “the dawn of hapiness” or thought of as the golden era of Thailand’s long history. In 1350 the state of Ayutthaya placed its influence over the state of Sukhothai.
Ayutthaya (1350 to 1767) Khmer culture was adopted by Ayutthaya kings, such as Ayutthaya culture was placed over Sukhothai. Ayutthaya sovereign rulers were not the same type as Sukhothai’s paternal and accessible. Ayutthaya’s sovereigns were absolute monarchists that took the title of devaraja or god king. The earlier part of Ayutthaya, extension was made by placing its sovereignty over neigboring Thai principalities which led it into conflict with its neighbors. During the 17th century, Siam started to gain diplomatic and commercial relations with the west. In 1767 an invasion by Burmese was a success, the result was the capture of Ayutthaya. Despite this victory, the Burmese did not have control for long. A young general named Phya Taksin and his followers broke through the Burmese encirclement and escaped to Chantaburi. Seven months after the fall of Ayutthaya, he and his forces sailed back to the capital and expelled the Burmese occupation garrison.
Thon Buri Period (1767 to 1772) General Taksin, as he is popularly known, decided to transfer the capital from Ayutthaya to a site nearer to the sea which would facilitate foreign trade, ensure the procurement of arms, and make defence and withdrawal easier in case of a renewed Burmese attack. He established his new capital at Thon Buri on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The rule of Taksin was not an easy one. The lack of central authority since the fall of Ayutthaya led to the rapid disintegration of the kingdom, and Taksin’s reign was spent reuniting the provinces.
Rattanakosin Period (1782 to the Present) After Taksin’s death, General Chakri became the first king of the Chakri Dynasty, Rama I, ruling from 1782 to 1809. His first action as king was to transfer the royal capital across the river from Thon Buri to Bangkok and build the Grand Palace. Rama II (1809-1824) continued the restoration begun by his predecessor. King Nang Klao, Rama III (1824-1851) reopened relations with Western nations and developed trade with China. King Mongkut, Rama IV, (1851-1868) concluded treaties with European countries, avoided colonialisation and established modern Thailand. He made many social and economic reforms during his reign . King Chulalongkorn, Rama V (1869-1910) continued his father’s tradition of reform, abolishing slavery and improving the public welfare and administrative system. Compulsory education and other educational reforms were introduced by King Vajiravudh, Rama VI (1910-1925). During the reign of King Prajadhipok, (1925-1935), Thailand changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. The king abdicated in 1933 and was succeeded by his nephew, King Ananda Mahidol (1935-1946). The country’s name was changed from Siam to Thailand with the advent of a democratic government in 1939. Thailand’s present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is King Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty.