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    Re: hops is an ingredient for beer

    Looks like since hops is not native to Thailand, there is no traditional word for it and they just use a transliteration from English. So some variation is not surprising.

    This place claims to be...
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    News: Re: 64% of veggies 'unsafe' due to pesticides

    The good news, or at least the potential for a good way forward, is that various NGOs, university and private researchers, and government agencies are aware of the seriousness of this issue and are...
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    Re: Apartment living in Bangkok

    Acquiring some furniture

    When I arrived here a month ago Sai was doing much of the food preparation on the floor. The apartment is minimally furnished, but we had no proper table and Sai had been...
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    Re: Apartment living in Bangkok

    Oh yes, another mode of transportation I didn't mention is the local buses. Through the magic of Google Maps and this great Bangkok bus site I've learned to get around on some of the local bus lines...
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    Re: Apartment living in Bangkok

    We never actually ate them with the family in Mandalay, as they kept going out to traditional Myanmar restaurants. Also the mother was rather protective of "her kitchen". :laughlong

    So I just left...
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    Re: Apartment living in Bangkok

    The famous Chinatown Arch is only a couple blocks away from my place. Here is a picture I took two nights ago of the full moon over the arch.
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    Re: Apartment living in Bangkok

    Tomorrow I'm flying to Mandalay for five nights. Why? Because nothing says Happy Thanksgiving like the traditional trip to Myanmar. :thankya:Actually I have a good friend, originally from Minnesota,...
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    Apartment living in Bangkok

    Hi everyone! I've started a new life for myself here in Talat Noi. While I've had quite a bit of experience traveling in Thailand, this is the first time I've had my own apartment. I also tend to get...
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    Re: Reducing plastic bag usage

    I've no idea, really. But they have had at least one billboard. I took this picture in Surin about a year and a half ago.

    The Thai writing says:
    "Less plastic bags, less global warming."
    "Let's...
  10. News: Re: PM puts forward 4 questions for the people to answer before the election

    Go look at the article. It actually says: "He added that he wanted to see democracy fail in Thailand, [...]". Really! :shocked::laughlong
  11. URGENT: Re: BMA bans all street food across Bangkok-or does it?

    There's a pretty good news story covering this topic by Jonathan Head from the BBC.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39768764
  12. Re: When is ไม่ pronounced as "may" and when as "mai"?

    I don't think the first syllable of ไม่ได้ is ever pronounced "may" (as in the month of May). I do have a guess about how you could have "heard" a sound that isn't actually there.

    Vowels in most...
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    Re: New Year's Greetings

    Happy New Year everyone! I know I've been absent for a while and will try to remedy that in the near future.

    Nice to see old friends around. Let's make the upcoming year a worthwhile and...
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    Re: bus to nakhon sawan from bangkok

    In my experience most buses will make stops in cities (and even at intersections outside of cities) before arriving at the terminal if informed beforehand and if it is along their regular route....
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    Re: Getting back to Chat

    Hello! I am now back home in Saint Paul. I am definitely up for trying to bring life to the chatbox. I'm still working on straightening out my internet and telephone situation, so it will take me a...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    One sight easily visible from central Mukdahan is Wat Phu Manorom (on the map labeled Wat Khao Manorom), where they are constructing a massive 80 meter high Buddha image.
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    Mukdahan -- and bicycles!

    Alright now, I'll back up in time to when I was in Isaan. Last I mentioned about that, I took the third-class train to Ubon Ratchathani. I had a pleasant but rather...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    Of course, one method of keeping construction costs down is the use of child labor. :laughlong

    http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=21986&stc=1
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    House renovation in Phrae

    My friend's family bought an existing house perhaps two year ago or less. The house has an outdoor kitchen somewhat similar in style to emu's new one in Si Saket, which...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    Well I didn't really expect anyone to say "go for it, no problem, if they say it's safe it must be so". :laughlong And I haven't seen anyone use it when I've gone by.

    In general Thai people don't...
  21. Thread: Simply Amazing!

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    News: Re: Simply Amazing!

    :banghead:

    An alternative approach to refusing to provide information in response to such invasive, poorly thought-out questions is to bury them with info. "All social media used by foreigner"...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    The dark side of Songkran


    Allow me to get a little more serious for this post. I just stated that the party on the street was good fun. And it was, including for the young children who were with...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    Fabulous day today in Phrae. I took the bicycle out around midday, cruised through some villages, and then joined the Songkran craziness in town, getting thoroughly drenched repeatedly.

    I ended up...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    Went to a foam party outside the Mark Four shopping mall here in Phrae yesterday. Coincidentally, I saw another Thai wearing a shirt of Slipknot, the crazed, mask-wearing heavy metal band from Iowa,...
  25. News Update: Re: Songkran festival: 181 dead in 3 days (121 last year)

    It probably takes a careful researcher or professional statistician to make proper sense of all the factors involved, and the media often does a disservice by focusing over and over on a small set of...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    I've never noticed this before. While walking last night I came across free, clean tap water on the street here in Phrae. The water pressure was excellent and it looked and smelled just fine.
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    The television crew didn't seem fazed at all that I spoke Thai. But this was a media team from Bangkok who probably have had experience with foreigners. In fact, the woman who interviewed me asked my...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    I arrived in Phrae today about 2PM, and before I even saw my hotel my friends whisked me off to a park where a food contest was going on. Groups from several neighborhoods of Phrae city were cooking...
  29. Visitor Warning: Re: SONGKRAN: Water celebration on Khao San road shortened to two days

    I intend to spend Songkran in Phrae. It will be interesting to compare the level of festivities to the previous time I experienced it there, nearly ten years ago. It's fine with me if it's toned down...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    So the next morning I was off for the train station to take a third class three-hour train to Ubon Ratchathani. I believe the fare was 31 baht! It's not exactly the most comfortable way to travel (I...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    I arrived in Savannakhet Laos yesterday, but I'll back up and post some things about Thailand. My last afternoon in Surin featured a huge parade that started right next to my hotel. I've no idea what...
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    Visitor Warning: Re: 2 Price Thailand-avoid the rip-off!

    By the way, that twitter site states that there is double pricing at the Surin National Museum. It was probably true at the time of writing, but I went there on 13 March and there was no charge for...
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    Visitor Warning: Re: 2 Price Thailand-avoid the rip-off!

    If you're really concerned about not paying the local price in Ayutthaya (or anywhere else in Thailand), you probably should probably never take a tuk-tuk either.

    It's funny, I just took a bus...
  34. Re: Want to stop being bullied into having Windows 10? Or maybe just control Updates?

    Such misinformation. Microsoft should send you a check. The fact is, there are several easy to install Linux distros which do work exceptionally well out of the box. The caveat is that you need to...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    Little did I know I'd be writing about Lady Gaga connections with Northeast Thailand, but here goes....

    Guests here at the hotel in Surin who don't read Thai might wonder about this sign around...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    I did ask the staff here at the TK Mansion and they confirmed that it is now possible to get in and out with cars while the night market market is on. So yes, that issue is sorted.

    I also...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    You may be correct. I did see one truck leave the lot and one car enter tonight, and the market was certainly taking place at the time. They might allow cars to drive across and out through the lot...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    The hotel/apartment I'm staying at in Surin suits me fine. It's somewhat geared toward longer-term stays but you can stay here just one night no problem if you want, the price is quite reasonable,...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    Every Saturday there is a "Green Market" in Surin which showcases organic and locally produced produce. There is actually quite a well developed network for organic rice in this region, much of which...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    So...I thought I've been staying in Surin, but on my way back into town today there was a sign from the Interior Ministry informing me that I am in a place I'd never heard of, called Nakornchaiburin....
  41. Re: Dread Grips Nation as Uranus Enters Astrologically Perilous Position

    There is another article about this in the Bangkok Post, which even includes a useful vocabulary list with Thai words for many of the concepts in the story.

    One word/concept which is missing is...
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    My Travel Story: Re: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos -- three months in 2016

    My plan was to travel back to Thailand from Myanmar overland. I've read it's possible in the dry season to go to Dawei (Tavoy) and then take a truck of some sort to the border with Thailand at Three...
  43. Topic of the Week: Re: Alcohol licensing hours in Thailand - Do you Agree?

    I flew into Don Mueang the other day from Mandalay. At just after 3PM I decided to get a can of Singha, purely for informational purposes to be able to post accurately in this thread :devil: [***]
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    Re: Where can i buy a ZIPPO lighter & compass in CM?

    I know this doesn't help you much being in Chiang Mai, but I also have been searching for a compass for a while. Never found one in Myanmar, but when I got back to Bangkok I did buy one at the...
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    Pictures: Re: White Temple to Charge Foreign Visitors

    To me it is not about a building, Thai Buddhism is an integral part of the culture. Buddhist temples most always are a connection between the Sangha and the local people, with monks and novices...
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