Thailand Blogs – May 2010 Review


What words can best describe the events in Thailand during May. Heartbreaking, tragic, ruinous and cataclysmic are just a few which sum up the death and destruction in Bangkok that finally severed Thailand into two separate halves. Let’s hope the political surgeons can stitch them back together. Enough said. Let’s get straight into my pick of the best Thai posts during May.

Catherine Wentworth and Bernd Mechsner set alight Women Learning Thai…and some men too with Bernd’s latest update from life living in the shadows of Ratchaprasong. Update 2 : Expat’s Eye-witness Report : Ratchaprasong has an excellent account and stunning photos (picture right) of the day when the red shirt leaders surrendered and Bangkok started to burn. Did I mention stunning photos….they really are.

If you are heading to or currently staying in Thailand’s capital and you feel the need to forget the country’s current political dilemma then check out Thailand Musings post Club Culture Bangkok. Next month Club Culture open a new four storey nightclub in Bangkok near to the capital’s Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Road. Each floor of the club will have room to accommodate 500 people and each level will also have a different theme. I wonder what music will be playing on the top floor, the Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ or Simply Red’s ‘Maybe Someday.’ Check it out.

Michelle author of Brit in Bangkok left her readers will no doubts about which camp her hopes were with in last month’s Bangkok conflict. Thai Government Shooting Civilians? echoes her thoughts and includes some disturbing photographs from Ratchaprasong.

This month’s blog review is struggling to work its way out of Bangkok and Siam Rick doesn’t help matters with Cheap to live in Bangkok? Not so much. If you live outside of Thailand and have wondered how your local prices compare to those in the  Land of Smiles, Behind the Noodle Curtain may have the answer. Rick compares a range of products and services in his home city Toronto to those in Thailand’s Big Mango (Bangkok). This one’s a handy guide for those of you considering a trip to Thailand in the near future.

May is the time of the year when many Thai men have their heads and eyebrows shaved off, take vows and temporarily commit themselves to life as a Buddhist monk. Jonny Foreigner and Monk ordination ceremony in Saraburi finally get us on the road and out of Bangkok. Ordaining as a monk in Thailand is something men are expected to do at some stage of their life and it is seen as a great honour for their family. Jon has a stack of quality photographs with this one as well as some well written words. Now lets try and stay out of the Big Mango.

Ubon Ratchatani is next and a post which is not for the squeamish. BBQ chicken Thai Style ( Gai Yung/Gai Ping ) is a harmless enough title but some of the photos may ruffle your feathers. Life in rural Thailand takes a couple of live tough country chooks (chickens) and serves them up BBQ style. Their blood is even kept to make another dish. Blog author MeMock captures the whole process in photographic stills. For some readers this one may be a little too detailed.

Next we’re off to the north east of Thailand to join up with John who has a few tips on building your own home in Thailand. John has written a good post with lots of great advice on location, building materials and essential things that people tend to forget. John reminds us on making sure your desired plot of land is in a flood free area, as well as checking out there’s no major industrial builds about to take place next door. Grab your work bag, sandwich box and get over to expat Udon Thani and expat build your own home Thailand.

If you’ve never fell out of a hammock then there’s every chance you’ve never been in one. Hammocking…(The art of) from Malcolm and Ciejay’s Kanchanaburi blog Retired in Thailand and Loving It casts an expert eye over getting the best out of your hammock (picture left) and avoiding the bumps and bruises which come with learning this skilled art. As always Malcolm provides plenty of smashing pictures.

Thai Life in Phana places William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 and buffaloes into the same post in Falling in love again in Thailand. It seems an impossible match but Lawrence pulls it off with his usual charm and with a claim to being the first Thai blog to include a complete work by William Shakespeare. All’s Well That Ends Well and this one accomplishes just that.

If you love a story with a happy ending then check out My Jungle Life and Golf is off to university. Golf is a young Thai teenager who came into the life of Jungle Jill four years ago on their island in Southern Thailand. Golf is described as a bright and tenacious character from a poor family background, but she is finally off to university after generous backing from kind souls who have helped with her tuition fees. Mark this one with a big tick.

If you are ever on Koh Samui island and your hunger pangs are starting to bite, checking out Camille’s Samui Info blog might just put you right. Camille has lived on Koh Samui since 1999 and knows the very best places to wine and dine on the island. Lebanon Station, Lebanese restaurant in Chaweng is another recommended eatery on Camille’s growing list. Here’s Camille’s own words “It’s a very small place, almost a hole in the wall kinda place but if you’re in to Middle eastern food, you will find what you want right here.”…..Sounds delicious.

Ben from The Thai Pirate finds himself in a Hua Hin hotel and out of beer. Ben heads out into the evening delights of Thailand’s popular coastal resort and stumbles upon a Muay Thai Fight Night. Muay Thai Youngsters has its main focus on a bout between two Thai schoolboys in a sport which is described as being as disciplined as it is tough. Another knockout post from boozy Ben (joking).

My Thai Friend hit the road in May on a four day trip which took in a visit to Amphawa floating market, a monks ordination in Samut Sakhon and a ride up a mountain on a rack railway. Unseen Thailand Road Trip covers parts of Thailand unspoilt by the popular tourist trail and is a good insight into Thai life beyond the beaches. Crazy Thai music and whiskey galore are part of a monks ordination before the more serious stuff begins. Mike is given the honour as one of only five lay people chosen to witness the ceremony. This one’s a good read from a man who was recently described as a Thai blogging legend.

We go from one Thai blogging legend to another and a post from Talen author of Thailand, Land of Smiles. Talen writes an excellent regular weekly round up of all things Thai and in his last May report, he covered the Thai government’s charges of terrorism against its former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a Brit who is in big, big trouble in Thailand and a lovely story about Linping the panda who celebrated her first birthday on May 27th at Chiang Mai Zoo. If you’ve not read Talen’s weekly review before then make Thailand in the News Week Ending 05/29/10 your first view of what I’m sure will become a regular read for yourself.

Finally before signing off this month’s Thai bog review I’d like to offer my congratulations to Catherine Wentworth and Women Learning Thai..and some men too on being chosen as Thailand Voice’s Blog of the Month for May. Catherine, well done and well deserved.

That’s it until next month. Happy reading.

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14 thoughts on “Thailand Blogs – May 2010 Review

  1. Hi Martyn, as always thank you for the mention. Lets hope June turns out a bit differently. Reading on some of the links it seems to me that the troubles got a few expats hot under the collar too.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Wat Thong Kung Samut Songkhram =-.

  2. Mike I don’t think June could be any worse than May. If it is then you will be on the railroad heading for Malaysia. There’s trouble ahead but my guess is it won’t be for a few months.

    I got a bit hot under the collar last month in Thailand. The weather was so hot. It was in the forties some days. How do people make babies in those kind of temperatures.

  3. Martyn, May certainly was one scary month in Thailand. Some of us are still shaking ourselves over it.

    At one point, my site went offline from the deluge of visitors arriving to see what was going on. And it didn’t help being targeted by a political group (I now know more than I ever wanted to know about certain mindsets in Thailand).

    Again, thank you for the lovely writeup and mention. And a double thanks for noting that WLT was Thailand Voice’s blog of the month for May. What a month.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Review: Three-Way Talking Thai Dictionary: Mac and PC =-.

  4. Martyn , thanks for the review , I know it takes a lot of work to do a review RIGHT, and you nail it every time and this month was a great post , what with all the problems of May , the bloggers did a great job with all their post , thanks for the photo (one of my favorite ) and the mention , and yes I have it down to a science and pratice it almost every day just to be sure I keep the ART of Hammocking alive . Malcolm
    .-= malcolm´s last blog ..THE DOCTOR —–IS IN =-.

  5. Another excellent monthly wrap up Martyn but it’s just not complete without your story on Udon Thani burning: http://www.thaisabai.org/2010/05/on-the-scene-udon-thani-burning/ or one of my favorites…It Started with a Kiss: http://www.thaisabai.org/2010/05/it-started-with-a-kiss/.

    You have a great way of bringing the best in the Thai blogoshpere to light Martyn and it just keeps getting better.

    Grats to Cat as well for the much deserved Thailand Voice blog award for May.
    .-= Talen´s last blog ..Thailand in the News Week Ending 06/05/10 =-.

  6. Catherine you must have had one hell of a lot of hits to force your site offline. I’ve done a few red shirt posts over the past few months and I’ve been surprised by the amount of hits they generate. My latest one pick up over 300 individual hits in the first five days which is good for this site.

    Perhaps you should buy a trophy cabinet for WLT.

  7. Malcolm thanks for the thumbs up on the review, and yes it does take more work than a normal post.

    I think May produced some great blog posts and in my opinion was the best month so far since I’ve been doing my review.

    I like the photo of you in the hammock, not only is it a picture of a master at ‘work’ but the view looks bloody marvellous.

  8. Talen thanks for taking time to add my stories with links. It Started With a Kiss was a post I really enjoyed putting together but my favourite for last month was Durian Durian and a Boy Band, that’s the one I had most fun with.

    Grats to Cat and also to yourself for picking up the June award. Well done.

  9. Boonsong thanks for the read. I like the title of your latest post, that’s the sort of play on words I like in some of mine.

  10. Catherine – I think your trophy cabinet will be getting built a lot quicker than you say. I’m guessing you’re a bit more fluent in Thai than you admit to. Modesty is apparent in your Successful Thai Language Learners interviewees, maybe you’re just as diplomatic yourself. I reckon the wood and nails are already sat in the hallway.

  11. It was terrible to see these events unfold in the news. We love Thailand and have been there on vacation many times.

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