Monday, May 08, 2017

Bangkok Places To Visit - Rod Fai Market and Papaya Vintage Shop

I have been browsing the web today and came across articles about two places in Bangkok worthy of a visit if you are interested in markets selling old, peculiar, vintage and other such items. The two places are the Rod Fai Market ( Train Night Market ) and the Papaya Vintage Shop. The Rod Fai Market not only sells old retro and vintage items, it has bars and food as well. A great place for an evening out. It is situated in an old Bangkok railways station - hence the name.

Both are best travelled to by taxi (make sure the meter is on).

I will not repeat what the articles say but you may well be interested in reading them. It is funny, I lived in Bangkok for well over a decade and have only just found these hidden gems. I was probably more concerned with Soi Cowboy, Sukhumvit 22 and beer!

They are on my list of things to do when I go back for a few days.

Monday, May 01, 2017

After 15 years In Bangkok I am Out - Chaing Rai Is Now My Home Town

Its been a great 15 years or so in Bangkok, but it is time to move on. The headaches of day to day living in BKK are getting worse :)  The value of the pound is low, inflation in Bangkok is increasing, so all in all its not good for me.

But don't be put off, if you are working for a multi national in Bangkok or coming to BKK for a holiday its still a great place to be. But I have had enough....if you see what I mean.

I have moved to Chiang Rai, rented a brand new 2 bedroomed house only 10 minutes from the town centre, bought a cat and love it here. There are bars aimed at farang, about 20 of them ( normally quiet), there is a Big C and Tops supermarket, and a Central Plaza shopping mall.  Everyone in BKK said there was nothing in Chiang Rai - bullshit ! There is everything you need in Chiang Rai but unless you have a car or motorcycle its not easy to get around.The bullshitters are just scared of leaving their comfort zone.

The taxi service is good in Chiang Rai but no where like BKK, but as the way of life in Chiang Rai is slower what's the problem with calling a taxi and waiting 20 minutes for it to come. They are normally on the meter. Some drivers try it on but so do some Bangkok drivers.

This is the view from my front terrace

Our cat

The rent for the house is less than half what I was paying for my 2 bed condo in Bangkok. A change is as good as a rest.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

No Short Term Rentals Of Condominiums

It is great to see that many laws, rules and regulations are being enforced now after a long period of selective enforcement and sometimes a non existence regard for rules and the law. One such law prohibits people from renting condominiums by the day or week.

For too long condominium dwellers have had to put up with people renting out their condos for a few days at a time to any Tom Dick or Harry. This has been against the law for ages. The problem with short term rentals is that many of the short stayers had no respect for the other residents as they were only staying for a few days.  Likewise, the authorities had no idea who they were. Noise, mess and anti social behaviour was prevalent. I am pleased to say that this notice has appeared in the lobby of the condominium in which I live which is a good start in enforcing the law.

Unfortunately it  was mainly westerners who were at fault where I live. I am really encouraged by this notice and hope for the best.