Expat stories

  • Ko Chik: A pair of obscure, charming islands near the Welu wetlands of Chanthaburi

    An old man in a leather cowboy hat and baggy red pants pulled up above his waste greeted us as we arrived at Ko Chik (also spelt Jik or Jeek) in December 2020. “Welcome foreigner,” he said. “Ko Chang has…

  • How a solar eclipse viewed from a beach in Prachuap changed Thailand forever

    Battles, coups, elections and revolutions are what typically come to mind when I think of pivotal moments in national histories. Would you believe that one key event in the history of Siam/Thailand was a full solar eclipse observed at a…

  • Ko Chang (Trat): Hiking the unfinished road to Wai Chaek Beach and beyond

    Ko Chang, the “Elephant Island” of Trat province, has long been my favorite out of the five Thai islands that are both large and popular. For me, it edges out Ko Phangan and Ko Lanta mainly because of its natural attractions: a bundle of waterfalls, 700-meter…

  • Bus Travel in Thailand – Vacation Tips

    Bus travel in Thailand is one of the lesser-known ways for tourists and expats to get around the country. Since we don’t take the bus very often in our own countries, it is also not our first thought here. But…

  • How tourism and a national park pushed the indigenous people of Ko Lipe into a corner

    More than a century ago, boat-loving people turned a tropical archipelago into their home and lived off the sea and jungle. After a while, outsiders pushed them aside in a burst of state-sanctioned conservation and profit-driven tourism, two things that…

  • 5 Reasons to enjoy a Pattaya Family Holiday

    When we think of Pattaya, a family-style holiday destination is not what initially springs to mind. We usually think of beers, babes and nights out. What you don’t realize is that Pattaya has some of the best family-attractions of any…

  • Rockclimbing in Krabi, Thailand

    Almost every climber with outdoor aspirations has either been to, or dreams of scaling the rocks in, the southern Thailand paradise of Krabi, adorned with dramatic rocky landscapes, thick jungle and epic off-shore island vistas… One of my personal favourites…

  • Pattaya and its 7 best beaches explained

    Pattaya and its 7 best beaches explained There are 7 main beaches in the immediate Pattaya area, where to find the best beach for you Pattaya may have a rather nefarious reputation but if you are looking to get out of…

  • Discover Bang Saen

    For us expats we are blessed with an abundance of things to see and do in Thailand and it is very much the spirit of Thaivisa’s Expat Explore campaign. We were delighted to receive this review of Bang Saen from…

  • Hot Springs, Roadside Dining to Ferry Crossing – Phuket to Koh Lanta Road Trip

    My family and I flew into Phuket from Bangkok airport for a crazy low fare of 2,200 baht for all four of us, and decided to do a road trip South to Koh Lanta. Phuket was, like every tourist destination…

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