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The best tours in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is an incredibly popular tourist destination in Thailand. It’s located in the northern part of the country. Many tourists will visit this part of Thailand because Chiang Mai is home to a variety of landmarks, art museums, culture, and the Elephant national park. Additionally Chiang Mai is home to a number of different restaurants that feature the legendary Thai cooking and it has flee markets that sell just about anything a tourist could possibly want.

There are many different ways to find things to do in Chiang Mai. One way is to consider hiring a guide to enjoy all the tours ( we strongly recomment Tass from ). First of all, a travel guide will be able to offer you different forms of private tours of the area. All of them are bilingual and will be able to word as an interpreter. That will help you conduct business with the local residents.

During your stay in Chiang Mai Enjoy The Elephant Nature Park is a wildlife refuge that is near Chiang Mai. This park serves a couple of different functions for the area. First of all, it is a wildlife refuge that protects elephants from poaching. Poaching has always been a problem in South East Asia because ivory sells for a lot of money on the black market. This park rescues and protects elephants since they are an endangered species.

The park also serves as a tourist attraction. This not only provides travelers with things to do like elephant rides, but it also creates desperately needed jobs in Thailand. Not only does the park provide employment itself, but the tourist industry in Chiang Mai also benefits from having travelers visit the park. Finally the park provides scientists with wildlife research opportunities.

The park is a recommended destinations for visitors. However the city of Chiang Mai also has plenty of things for tourist to do. For those people who love to experience Thai cuisine, Thailand has some of the most unique cooking school in the world. The food in Thailand is famous for being spicy so travelers will need to be prepared to eat this hot food. This normally isn’t a problem for enthusiasts of spicy food, but it can present a problem for people who aren’t used to hot food. However even if you are someone who isn’t used to eating hot food, it is well worth the experience to at least try authentic Thai cooking.

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A Review of SkyMiles, Delta’s Frequent Flyer Reward Program

Years ago, Delta Airline’s loyalty reward program SkyMiles was very popular but years of poor customer relations, unclear terms and conditions and customer dissatisfaction has left it a shell of its former self.  Despite this, it is still among the most popular frequent flyer programs in the US today and still offers great rewards to loyal customers.  The biggest problem that brought SkyMiles down is the many fees and restrictions slapped on customers.  SkyMiles is essentially a rewards, travel incentive and loyalty program that offers its passengers flying either Delta or partner airlines.  Here is a deeper look at the program (Source : 30k)

Earning Points

To earn SkyMiles points, you will first need to sign up for the program on Delta’s website where you will receive an email containing the program details.  You will earn SkyMiles points in four different ways: You can fly Delta Airlines to any of the 300+ destinations around the world or fly on any of the partner airlines which include Continental, Northwest, Alaska and NWA.  The second way to earn SkyMiles miles is to stay at hotel partners when you travel.  It is however important that you find out which hotels are SkyMiles members on the program’s or Delta Airline’s website.

SkyMiles account holders also have the option of accumulating points when they get and use a Delta SkyMiles Check Card or Credit Card or when they spend money on any of the partner dining, hotel and car rental partners.  Lastly, you can buy SkyMiles directly from Delta if you want to fill meet a target to cash it in.  Each mile you travel on Delta Airlines or partner programs earns you one SkyMiles.  For Delta cards, each dollar spent is one point or mile, with special bonuses and promotions coming by every now and then.

Redeeming Points

SkyMiles loyalty reward program offers a number of different ways to redeem accumulated points including getting free tickets, shopping and gifting.  Most people redeem their SkyMiles points for flight tickets starting at 25,000 miles for a return ticket to a domestic destination.  You can also use these miles to upgrade to First class or business elite from economy class.  Delta also allows elite SkyMiles members with Reserve, Gold or Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards from American Express to redeem miles for part of the Delta ticket price.

If you would like to shop with your SkyMiles, you will have to shop at an establishment that is a member of the program.  Delta has a SkyMiles marketplace and online auction you should check out and they also let customers redeem their SkyMiles points for Broadway tickets.  Lastly, you can donate your SkyMiles to either SkyWish or transfer them to another member.



  • Delta has made great strides to establish alliances with shopping, car rental, credit card and other establishments that accept SkyMiles.
  • You can shop with your SkyMiles
  • SkyMiles points are easier to earn compared to most other programs.


  • Too many unsatisfied members complaining online of poor services.
  • Too many restrictions on miles redemption and high fees, especially award redemption fees.
  • Most often customers lack seats to redeem points for.
  • Upgrading a seat using reward points is extremely difficult according to customers.
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Pattaya: One Red Hot Condo Market

Condo development in Pattaya is exploding and with a good reason. The region is attracting a growing number of foreign visitors every year, many of whom are very interested in buying property in this tropical paradise. It’s proximity to Bangkok also make it a popular choice with affluent Thais who have been increasingly buying vacation and investment properties here. When added, these two factors make the for a red hot condo market it Pattaya. So what is driving all this? What makes Pattaya’s real estate market such an attractive place to invest?

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Shopping, Dinning and Pampering

Pattaya shopping with its air-conditioned malls and high-end boutiques has everything to keep the ladies busy (as well the gents, for those who like myself, enjoy the occasional shopping session). And what is the good life without good food? You are never far from top restaurants serving both Thai food and international gourmet cuisine. Finally, for those times when you need to really relax and recharge, the luxury spas of Pattaya are there ready to cater to your every need. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing like a good foot massage after a long day of shopping.


Party Capital of the South

Pattaya is unquestionably party central in the Gulf of Thailand. Famous for its wild go-go bar scene, the resort also boasts hundreds of nightclubs and bars sure to suit every taste. Then there are the spectacular ladyboy cabaret shows:  mix between Las Vegas variety shows and burlesque, they are a must do, trust me on this one.


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Pattaya Beaches and Islands

Pattaya’s reputation as a party destination, sometimes overshadows the fact that it also has miles of clean, sandy beaches perfect for swimming and relaxation. For those, like myself, who prefer more a little more action, the beautiful islands just around Pattya: Koh Larn, Koh Pai, Koh Si and Koh Samet, offer plenty of snorkeling, diving and other fun activities.


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Jomtien: A Great Opportunity for Budget Conscious Buyers

Only 2km South of Pattaya, the tranquil community of Jomtien Beach has long attracted visitors looking a for a more laid back atmosphere, however since the unveiling of the recently built Jomtien Road 2, the area has really opened up for large scale development.

Geared mostly towards more budget conscious retirees, a number of condo developments have gone up in the area over the last few years with many more on the way. In fact, the majority of the estimated 6000 new units that went up in the second half of 2012 were located in Jomtien. Following this building frenzy, new shopping, dinning and relaxation options are popping up all the time, offering more variety and abundance. Even the nightlife is scene is developing healthily too, although it will not be catching up to that of its wild neighbour, or the party scene of bustling Bangkok, any time soon.


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The condo market in Pattaya is proving increasingly popular with both domestic and international buyers and there are no signs of things slowing down anytime soon. Naturally, the upward pressure on prices is tremendous, which makes this the ideal time to buy.

I’m definitely considering several top condominiums in the area, as my next investment and I highly recommend investing in Pattaya’s real estate market to anyone moving to Thailand, especially for those looking to retire here in style.


5 Must-dos in Bangkok

So you have finally touched down in Suvarnabhumi (aka Bangkok International Airport). Your flight was long, possibly over 30hrs if you are coming from the US East Coast and you are exhausted. Fight the temptation to hit the pillow, get out of your hotel and enjoy the city! Whether you are headed South to the islands, or North for some peaceful nature and temple hoping, you must do these five things in Bangkok first.

Khao San Road

Even if you are not a backpacker, you have to check Khao San Road. The sheer madness of it all is worth it. It is loud, dirty, and packed with crazy, drunk people from all corners of the planet. Work your way through the street shops selling tourist nick knacks, and head for one of the sidewalk bars for a well deserved, ice-cold Chang beer. When you get hungry from fighting off pushy vendors, get a pad thai from one of the stalls. Don’t be fooled by the paper plate – this is one of the best places in Bangkok to have this staple dish.

Visit Wat Pho

For a little culture, grab a tuk-tuk and head for Wat Pho – Bangkok’s largest and oldest Buddhist temple, famous for the massive, gold-plated Reclining Buddha statue (at 151ft long and over 15ft high it’s indeed impressive) it houses. This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage at the adjoining massage school. Note: when visiting this or any temple in Thailand, make sure to follow the dress code: no shorts for the guys and no short skirts or bare shoulders for the ladies.

See a Live Thai Boxing Fight

Speaking of culture, few things are as deeply ingrained in Thai culture as Muay Thai. Apart for the fact that the fighters wear gloves and boxing shorts, this ultra violent martial art has little to do with boxing in the West. Vicious kicks, knees and elbow strikes are used along with traditional boxing punches to decimate one’s opponent. Locals follow the sport religiously and once you see a live fight you’ll know why. It’s a thrilling experience. The best place to see a fight in Bangkok is Ratchadamnoen Stadium (close to the Royal Palace and Chao Phraya river). Fights start at 6pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends and cost between 200 and 1000 baht depending where you want to sit. For $30 (1000 baht), I will take ringside please!

Party with the Locals

The nightlife options in Bangkok are endless. However, if you are only in town for a couple of nights, you got to see how the locals get down. There is no better place to do just that than Slim & Flix Club on Royal City Avenue (RCA). This massive venue is actually 3 clubs in one, each offering a different sound experience: Slim is all about the latest hip-hop and R&B, Flix blasts house and trance but for the real Thai experience, head to the live lounge where Thai bands cover everything from modern pop to and classic rock. The crowd is young and trendy and believe me, Thai people know how to party!

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Chill out in Lumphini Park

If you had one of those Bangkok nights that ends at dawn the following day, consider stopping by Lumphini park on your way back to your hotel. Watching some tai chi as the sun rises is the perfect way wind down before crashing in the soft bed of your luxury hotel. Of course, the park makes an equally pleasant destination to relax during the day in between bouts of heavy duty shopping and sightseeing.


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Welcome to

Hello and welcome! Stay a bit and share my experiences of living in Thailand, my thoughts on the real estate and business environment here, and of course my idea of the good life and how to live it.

My Project

My name is John. Back in the US, I was a real estate agent with one of the large franchise companies. I was doing alright but not as good as I wanted to. It’s no secret that the US real estate market has been a total mess since the sub-prime mortgage bust. One day, it just dawned on me: I’ve had enough of waiting for the market to bottom out, of dealing with bargain-hunters and foreclosure deals. Mostly, I was fed up with my boring, monotonous life. I needed a change, I needed a new project. So I sold my condo (which was nice enough but nothing like the place have now) and my investment properties and decided to hit the road. I travelled around Asia for a while, starting with Hong Kong and China, and then making my way down to Vietnam and Cambodia. However, once I got to Thailand, I knew right away that this is the place for me. ‘So what makes Thailand so great?’, you say. Well, many things.

Climate and Nature

For one, there is the climate. With average annual temperature of 82°F (27.7°C) and nearly constant sunshine, it is pretty hard to beat. Even during the so called “wet season”, it barely ever rains in many areas and when it does it’s for an hour or two per day, and it’s back to the sunshine! Then there’s the gorgeous nature which as varied as the many ethnic groups inhabiting the land. From the post-card-perfect beaches of the South, to the lush green mountains of the North, Thailand has it all.

Business Opportunities

As one of the fastest growing economies in the region (and the world), Thailand offers many opportunities for doing business and investment. A booming real estate market and rapid infrastructure development make it ideal for anyone with a bit of capital to invest.

Quality of Life

Thailand combines all the comforts of the West (nice roads, modern transport that is constantly improving, excellent internet connectivity and every possible shopping outlet) with plenty of exotic fun to keep your life from getting stale. Best of all, you can enjoy a fantastic quality of life for a fraction of the cost back home. I’m now living in a luxury condo with a huge pool, every amenity you can imagine, and it still costs me only a third of what I was paying for my modern but tiny place back home.

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It just gets better from there. I’m surrounded by affordable, high-quality restaurants offering every cuisine imaginable (I am yet to cook at home, even though I have a large, fully-equipped kitchen), excellent shopping, massage places and spas (it costs just a few bucks to get pampered like royalty) and of course crazy, exciting (not to mention cheap!) nightlife. Add to all that an abundance of hot, exotic women, that for some reason happen to love foreign white guys (even those of us with a bit of beer belly) and it all adds up up to a lifestyle that is pretty hard to beat, don’t you think?