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    Consumers Unite!

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/01/2012

    » What do you do when sen lek arrives at your table instead of the sen yai that you ordered? What will you do in protest when dtac's service inevitably goes down again? How about taxi drivers who won't take you to your destination unless you accompany them on a joyride to a gem store first?

  • LIFE

    Off the beaten track

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/02/2012

    » There are certain must-see attractions for first-time visitors to Thailand: Patpong, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Khao San Road, an elephant show, ladyboy cabaret, Hua Hin, a Full Moon party, some more beaches... But with all this distraction, visitors might miss out on the atypical attractions your average tour guide doesn't know about. To do our part in promoting the miracle that is Thai tourism, we have selected five lesser-known villages where visitors can discover Thais living in unique ways.

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    Puzzling Pricings

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 15/06/2012

    » I was on Silom Road recently when I came upon a farang man, probably in his 20s. He asked a motorcycle taxi driver how much he would charge for a lift to a nearby hotel. The driver mimed out a price of B30 with his hands. The guy mistook the gesture for B300 and became upset. The driver was offended too that the farang thought he tried to rip him off. Only after another driver explained that there was no extra zero, he gestured a wai to the driver to apologise. Both men swallowed their bruised pride before they agreed to complete the B30 transaction.

  • LIFE

    The lame blame game

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 06/07/2012

    » We all have done something in the past we have not wanted to admit to, and then tried to come up with an excuse to avoid the blame. You might have said the dog ate your homework instead of admitting laziness to your teacher. Or maybe you told your parents the cigarette pack belonged to your friend, which was technically true since you both chipped in money to buy it. Or perhaps you blamed being late to work on a taxi driver taking you on a detour when you were actually up until 4am partying.

  • LIFE

    Bangkok's best taxi drivers

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 14/09/2012

    » Hailing a cab in Bangkok is like playing reverse Russian roulette - you want the unlikely to happen to you. The reality is that you never know if the first driver will agree to take you to your destination; or the second, or the third....

  • LIFESTYLE

    Moving the masses

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 26/04/2013

    » Earlier this month, the cabinet approved a plan for the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority to purchase 3,183 NGV buses. PM Yingluck Shinawatra has also reportedly tasked the bus authority to come up with measures to encourage people to use their buses more in order to ease traffic.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Up-And-Comer

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 05/07/2013

    » TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY TO THAILAND.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Hic, hic, hooray!

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 02/08/2013

    » Today (Aug 2) is indeed one of the most important dates of the year - it's International Beer Day. Hooray! Beginning in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California, the brew-fest has grown into a global celebration that takes place in 50 countries, including Thailand. While the Thai authorities may appear super vigilant when it comes to drinking, we think this day can be celebrated so long as you're responsible about it. So that's why we're here to help you honour International Beer Day (IBD) like a mature adult. Bottoms up!

  • LIFESTYLE

    Through Thai eyes

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 11/10/2013

    » Some ordinary objects that have a straightforward use elsewhere in the world seem to have more application or deeper meaning through Thai eyes. This week we search for ordinary objects with extraordinary uses in Thailand.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Cab connector

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 22/11/2013

    » The smartphone app called Easy Taxi was originally developed in Brazil in 2011 to help people find cabs. Since then, it has rapidly expanded and is now available in 18 countries. Felipe Kasinsky, 31, is the young CEO of Easy Taxi in Thailand. He talks to us about how the app benefits both passengers and drivers (but most importantly, saves us all from face-to-face taxi rejection). Go to facebook.com/EasyTaxiThai, Twitter @EasyTaxiThai or www.easytaxi.com for more info.

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