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WoWasis travel field test review: Tumi Alpha Frequent Traveler 22″ Zippered Expandable Carry-On

We here at WoWasis have been carrying the Tumi Alpha Frequent Traveler 22″ Zippered Expandable Carry-On all over the world now for over a decade. This roller bag has sturdy wheels that handle the terrible sidewalks of Bangkok, fits into every overhead bin except for those on small commuter airlines, and is exceptionally tough. How […]

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Another man lives in my apartment with me and my girlfriend

The Good Manner: Advice on Thailand from WoWasis’ Pa Farang This week’s dilemma: Another man lives in my apartment with me and my girlfriend Dear Pa Farang,  My Thai lady and I are still getting used to each other, even after living together for a couple of years.  Last month, I got a surprise: her younger […]

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WoWasis book review: Harold Stephens’ ‘At Home in Asia: Expatriates in Southeast Asia’

Writer and sailor Harold Stephens sure gets around. He lied about his age so he join join the Marines and fight in the Pacific, was imprisoned by the Chinese communists, escaped on a junk, rode across Australia on a motorcycle, and built his own concrete boat, which split apart in a hurricane after seeing endless […]

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Russia invades Thailand: Big-bellied shock troops wearing thong bikinis storm Thai beachfronts

An estimated 200,000 Russian and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) tourists have come to Thailand within the last 60 days, spurred by tourism incentives directed toward Russia by Thai tourist groups and agencies. Veteran travelers to Thailand have long noted a strong Russian presence in the seaside city of Pattaya, but large Russian tour groups […]

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Vietnam tourists killed in Ha Long Bay boat tragedy

Twelve international travelers were killed this week in the sinking of one of Ha Long Bay’s ubiquitous “sleep-over” boats. The Truong Hai 06 listed precariously for several hours before finally plunging into the waters of the bay during the early morning hours as visitors were sleeping.  Scores of these wooden boats take visitors on overnight […]

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WoWasis cruises Thailand’s River Kwai: a confluence of indolence and history

WoWasis is on a 4 day river tour on one of Asia’s most storied rivers, accompanied by a cold beer as the sun begins to set. The boat we’re on is the RV River Kwai, a beautifully appointed river craft. The first inland cruise ship in Thailand, this newly-built colonial style river cruiser is based […]

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WoWasis visits Kyaingtong (Keng Tung) Burma

Welcome to Kyaingtong (Keng Tung), a rambling hillside city in the Shan State, close to numerous tribal villages.  It’s the center of the Khün tribal culture, filled with nice examples of colonial architecture, and has only been open to tourism since 1993.  The Khün people, whose traditional dress consists of horizontally-striped longhis and jackets with […]

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6 Tips to avoid being drugged & robbed Thai street women

Judging by news stories and interviews with a number of individuals conducted by WoWasis researchers, the practice of Thai street ladies meeting a man on the street, accompanying him to his hotel room, drugging him, then robbing him while unconscious, is rampant. In each case, the process is identical. While in the man’s room, the […]

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The Good Manner: How do I find an apartment in Bangkok for a 3 month stay?

The Good Manner: Advice on Thailand from WoWasis’ Pa Farang This week’s dilemma: How do I find an apartment in Bangkok for a 3 month stay?  Hello Pa Farang,  We live in Australia and wish to base ourselves in Bangkok for our winter. How can we rent a one room apartment, close to rail/skytrain transport. […]

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Bachelor in Bangkok: Khun Lee on the difficulty of moving your Thai girlfriend out of your home

No one wants to be James Bond! I have lived in Bangkok quite some time now, and the biggest shock in my expat life so far is that nearly every guy who moves to Paradise tires very quickly of the single life and moves a lass in to his living quarters and lives the same […]

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