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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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Building scams in Thailand: Why is my concrete structure falling apart?

We here at WoWasis first discovered a remarkable example of mass building fraud when we began looking to buy older condominiums in Bangkok. We probably looked at ten structures in the Sukhumvit Soi 1- Soi Asoke area. All condo structures had one thing in common: they were all literally falling apart.  The most grievous structural […]

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A colonial hotel and great restaurant in Vigan, Philippines

The picturesque northwestern Luzon city of Vigan is a colonial treasure, highly recommended by WoWasis for her outstanding architecture. While there, we stayed at the Villa Angela, a wonderful rambling colonial house that’s been turned into an inn, and found an exceptional restaurant, Café Leona.  Villa Angela, on Quirino Boulevard, is within easy walking distance […]

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WoWasis visits the temples of Myauk U, Burma

WoWasis visitors to Burma will love Myauk U (also known as Mrauk U), an enchanting hill area dotted with dozens of temples. Myauk U is off the beaten track, but the intrepid traveler will be richly rewarded for taking a few hours of travel time to see one of Southeast Asia’s unspoiled archaeological zones.  On […]

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WoWasis visits the lovely town of Sittwe, Burma, on the Bay of Bengal

WoWasis visitors will love Sittwe, a pleasant but simple Burmese seaside town, with lovely traditional buildings sporting a rustic charm.  Sitting at the opening of the Kaladan River to the Bay of Bengal, this trading town is the gateway the old temple city of Myauk U, a day’s boat ride up the Aungdat tributary of […]

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A hotel tourist rip-off to avoid in Sittwe, Burma

We here at WoWasis had some major issues with the Prince Hotel, in the town of Sittwe, Burma, which advertises air con rooms (which don’t have working air con), prophylactic-filled landings, and a shell-game run in conjunction with shady boat operators, plying their trade to the historic Myauk U site nearby. The hotel had arranged […]

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Visit a traditional longhouse in Sarawak, Borneo while you still can

Visiting a Dayak Longhouse is, by everyone’s account, one of the highlights  of a visit to the state of Sarawak, Borneo. Some westerners, though, have an aversion to “roughing it,” and elect to go for a day visit, rather than an overnight stay.  This is a mistake for several reasons, the chief of which is […]

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Resort and hotel Spas in Cambodia

Note: for all medical procedures, remember to consult your own doctor.  We do not recommend participating in any medical procedure without first discussing the situation with a professional.  The data on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute a recommendation.Resort/Hotel spas offer professional spa services within a hotel or resort environment.  […]

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A clean execution: is this the world’s most dangerous shower?

From our ‘How do I tell your mother how you really died?’ dept.  Here at WoWasis, we’d wager that most shower electrocutions occur in Asia, and this photo, taken in a hotel in Bontoc, Philippines, explains it all. Just imagine soaping up, raising your arms for a rinse, then snagging that nasty electric cord just […]

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