“Ladyboys’’ in Burma and Thailand Life Realities

Burma has four classes of citizens: Monks are considered first-class citizens, men are considered second-class citizens, women and nuns are seen as third-class citizens, and finally, ladyboys are seen as fourth-class citizens. Most Myanmar ladyboys have not fully undergone a sex change operation, but in their clothing, personality, and behavior are more like a woman than a man. They are different from transsexuals, because they … Continue reading “Ladyboys’’ in Burma and Thailand Life Realities

2 favorite tourist attractions

  Not to be missed, even if some people might think that this white temple is somewhat “kitsch”, the Wat Rongkhun in Chiang Rai been designed by the charismatic artist Chalermchai Khositpipa. A beautiful set of white lace and mirror pieces, surrounded by huge pond populated with Japanese carps. Around the temple, hands emerge from the hell. The interior murals are painted with humor, also discussing … Continue reading 2 favorite tourist attractions

Traveling off the beaten tracks in Thailand

Thailand, despite being a quite touristy destination, still allows you to travel off the beaten tracks… Ideally with a guide and driver through a private tailor made tour! We would like to offer you a brief itinerary allowing you to enjoy the tranquility of the Pakwang forest station; trekking trough the jungle among waterfalls, dense bamboo forests and fields of lychees; going down the Kok river by canoe … Continue reading Traveling off the beaten tracks in Thailand

Thailand’s Red & Yellow Conflict

Red shirts: United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) This political party supports Thailand’s former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra whose influence still controls the party with the help of some of his family members within Thai politics. The members are primarily rural works from outside the capital city of Bangkok and who are mainly located in the Northern regions of Thailand. Students, left-wing activists as … Continue reading Thailand’s Red & Yellow Conflict

The Impacts of prostitution in Thailand

As many of you may know, the rate of prostitution-tourism in Asia is extremely high. Particularly in Thailand, where prostitution attracts more than half of the tourists to Thailand. The origins of Thailand’s severe prostitution problem, as well as its rapid expansion, can be traced back to the Vietnamese war in the 1960’s, during which time the Thai government had a contract with the American troupes to rest in Vietnam. This sudden drastic off-set in the male to female ratio resulted in a boom for sex trade and played a major role in the rapid industrialization of Thailand’s economy in the 1970’s. By 1982 tourism had become the country’s largest industry for foreign exchange, and along with it; the sex tourism industry. Continue reading “The Impacts of prostitution in Thailand”

Impacts on Thailand’s Tourism Industry after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern times. On December 26, 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck 30 km below the surface off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake occurred when the tectonic plates beneath Burma and the Indian Ocean collided causing a seafloor rift of several hundred miles, shifting trillions of tons of rock, and triggering one of the deadliest tsunamis in recorded history. The tsunami was so damaging, it was estimated by the U.S. Geological Survey to have released the equivalent energy of 23,000 atomic bombs. Reports show that around 230,000 people were killed in 14 countries, including: Indonesia (which was the most affected), Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.
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Quick facts about Thailand

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Territorial boundaries: North-East: Laos; South: Malaysia; South-East: Cambodia & Gulf of Thailand; West: Burma; South-East: Andaman Sea

Area: 510 000 km2

Most important waterways: Mekhong River, Tonburi River, Gulf of Thailand, Andaman Sea 

Capital: Bangkok (City of Angels) 

Important cities: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phuket 

Highest point: Doi Inthanon (2 595 meters)

Lowest point: Sea level (0 meter)

Time zone: ICT (Indochina time) (12h ahead of Montreal time) Continue reading “Quick facts about Thailand”