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Chiang Mai Hotel numbers worst in 10 years

Thailand Hotel numbers

The crazy figures put out by the Thai tourist Authority are ridiculous compared to reality… Pattaya and Phuket are well down and Chiang Mai are saying its the worst they have ever experienced in 10 years

See article Here.

Even in Issan and Khon Kaen the North east of Thailand 2019 has most definitely been the worst year yet..

Hotels are empty… Price cutting is pointless as

  1. there are virtually no customers and
  2. Hotel ruining costs out weigh the returns.

But guess what… in crazy Thailand they are still building hotels and apartment buildings that sit empty.

In Bangkok there has never been so many new apartment complexes for sale ….

Maybe it’s the government creating a strong Baht…. but the whole country is suffering from Hotels to Tourists to imports and exports and all the small businesses that support the larger businesses and tourist industry…

Pattaya as an example is empty… the bars and girls and don’t forget all the food vendors… cannot survive with no customers.


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There is absolutely nothing in Maha Sarakham and many other major cities in Thailand (newspapers, websites or business directories) where anyone can go and find the shop or business that are looking for.

UNTIL NOW  – Check out – 

Why did I set it up?

Well, firstly I was bored and because I create websites, I  saw a need and decided to do something about it. 

I was searching for a shop that “sold fish” and I eventually found one on GOOGLE.  No answer when we rang the number, so we decided to click on the Google maps and directions and drove to the shops location. It only turned out to be a house in a normal road with no other shops nearby and when the owner answered the door, he said… “Oh we closed the business over 1 year ago” !!!

So I looked online again for other businesses, as there is no local newspaper or any medium for shops to advertise where they are…  All I found, were the occasion Google listing that directed me to a dead Facebook page that had not been updated for a year or more!

Anyway, I realised that this would be a good business for the city (not that I am interested in running it as I want an easy live and am semi retired, but I am good at setting up businesses and websites)



So now that it is all set up and I have done 3 months work by going around taking pictures and uploading 175 businesses and shops onto the site. I am ready to SELL it and let someone do the marketing and expand it to other cities all over Thailand.

As I am now working on another business website that is all about yachts and boats, of which. is my lifelong passion. So I now spend several hours a day working on that website. is to for sale

I will accept 15,000 Baht (£300) 

This is how I would get it up and running if I was going to run it myself..

  1. Find a smart Thai who can run a sales team with sales and marketing experience This person would be the manager 
  2. Two or three THAI Sales agents. Their job will be to visit all the businesses in Maha Sarakham (or in another city if you live elsewhere) 

How do the agents make money?

Leaflets and stickers would need to be distributed in Maha Sarakham or your city to build the awarness. Other marketing methods are large posters around the city and Internet / Social media marketing.  The stickers are for the shops to place in their shop windows and many more will be all over the city.

All businesses can register and get a 3 month FREE listing on

A 1 year listing costs 950 Baht (which works out to less than 20 Baht per week)

However, the sales agents can visit the shop and show them the listing (Already uploaded) and give them a sticker and a leaflet. They can then offer the shop owner the special deal of upgrade today and get 1 extra year FREE.

So that’s 2 years 3 months for only 950 baht = 116 weeks at only 8 Baht per week

The sales agents make 25% of any money generated

So a basic 1 year listing will earn the sales rep 250 Baht approx, but there are also featured listings and power listings. So that means the agent could make over 500 Baht per shop.

How many shops can a sales agent do in a day ? Probably 40 or 50 but they will not all want to go for the deal. so assuming only 25% say YES = 10 x 250 Baht = 2500 Baht per day

There are also a few categories that are 5000 baht per year 
New Cars or Motorcycles – Property and Land for sale – Hotels and Rooms to let and a few others. These types of businesses will generate even more money for the sales agents.

The Marketing manager will get a % percentage from each sale the agents do.

If you know anyone that may be interested in this business / website anywhere in Thailand 

Please get them to contact me here 


Although the site is set up for the Maha Sarakham area, I have created categories for all the major cities in Thailand so it can be operated anywhere in Thailand. I have translated all the major sections and categories to THAI and ENGLISH and uploaded 175 businesses to date. The website is based on the WORDPRESS platform and you can transfer it to your own hosting service or leave it where it is and just pay the hosting costs about $20 per year. 

Some knowledge of wordpress and or website building is required but there are also many people available on (for example) who can help you in you don’t want to manage it yourself.



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Lambs to the Slaughter – Love, Scams and true stories of Thai girls and more

I have deleted a lot of my Thai girl and scam posts as they are now all my book available from Amazon… Read for free on Amazon Kindle Unlimited  

!Lambs to the Slaughter

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I am posting this because I think it s important operates on one rule: if political speech is legal in the United States, that speech is allowed on

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Men Who Fall In Love With Thai Hookers Are Clinically Sick

Here is an interesting article I came across that may interest some guys. The writer rambles on a bit so I have highlighted the most important sections.

young thai girls

Consider an all-to-familiar and often talked about scenario. A man somewhere between the ages of thirty or thirty-five and forty-five or even fifty-five goes to Thailand because he’s heard numerous stories about all the young and attractive Thai girls that are available for sex and the semblance of love (the well known girlfriend experience), and all for a relative pittance.

This foreigner—this farang as he will be known in Thailand—swears to himself that he will not get involved romantically with a hooker; after all, he comes from the West (Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Great Britain, the United States, Canada) where prostitution and prostitutes are roundly and strongly proscribed. The man would almost never think of marrying a hooker that he met in a brothel or on the streets of his own country. But once in Thailand —in Bangkok , Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai—he quickly discovers that Thai hookers are uncommonly irresistible. They are nothing like the prostitutes he has known or heard about in his home country.

Thai hookers have several things going for them. They are younger than any woman he could possibly date at home. Many of them are strikingly attractive, and lovingly small and cuddly, and not at all like the fat women (whales in the vernacular of middle-aged men in the West) he has come to dislike, especially in the form of ex-wives or lovers.

Furthermore, Thai hookers, initially at any rate, seem happily subservient, and full of unbounded love, and they make great love—or so he convinces himself. And then too among many other attractive traits, Thai hookers don’t seem bothered, or only minimally so, by the great age difference—ten, fifteen, twenty years or more in some cases. Or at least they are not bothered in ways that the farang is familiar with in his own country. In fact, he will conclude that the only people that will be preoccupied, even obsessively so, with this matter of age difference are all those people back home who, when learning about what he is up to, will conclude that he is just another “dirty old man.”

The typical man in this all-too-familiar scenario is one who is coming off one or more bad relationships or marriages in his home country, and he is often deeply bitter because he is making heavy child support and alimony payments and often has had to relinquish half or more of total household assets in a divorce settlement. But now that he is in love with a Thai hooker he suddenly feels that he can start his life over, and in a way utterly unimaginable in his homeland. So, going against all that he told himself before coming, and all that he’s heard from others about how he will be almost surely played for a sucker by a Thai hooker, he falls madly in love with one. And in so doing he quickly convinces himself of several things. He believes he can overlook her sordid past–all those scores or even hundreds of men that she has slept with and sexually done everything imaginable with.

He convinces himself that he is as good a lover as any of the men the young hooker has ever had. He also convinces himself that whatever great cultural differences there may be between this young adorable hooker with a sixth grade education who probably spent most of her life on an impoverished rice farm in Isaan, and who has a different concept of family and dealing with interpersonal issues than anything he grew up with, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that cannot be easily overcome in the name of “love” and all that he has to offer this young woman in a mutually loving relationship. He can either stay in country and provide a new and rich and unimaginable life for himself and his new partner, or he can take the hooker to a strange country where she will not for some time speak the language fluently or easily make friends and will have to learn to live in a climate that is trying if only because it is so different than what she is used to.

But love is love, and love lasts forever, does it not? Or so imagines a man in those days and weeks and months of blinding passion that only those in love can truly understand.
Now what is never admitted, or even really known about in any rational or quasi-scientific sense in this new life with an alien hooker from a largely unknown culture, is that the man is, in fact, clinically sick.

He is sick in the same sense that a schizophrenic or a person suffering from chronic depression or bi-polar disorder is sick. There is a chemical imbalance in his brain, just as there is with schizophrenics and the millions, tens of millions of people worldwide, who suffer from chronic depression. But unlike people everywhere with mental illnesses that we now know are principally the result of brain chemistry imbalances rather than problems rooted in twisted childhoods and bad parents, it never occurs to the farang madly in love with a Thai hooker that he could be sick in the very same way as mental patients are sick. Love is, in fact, a sickness that looks a lot like someone with a compulsive—obsessive disorder, or one seriously addicted to the most dangerous drugs known. Love is a sickness that can commonly last in rather severe form for a period ranging from twelve to eighteen months.

There’s an old and familiar saying that men everywhere, when in the presence of young (and even not so young) and attractive women, think with their “little heads;” their dicks, in other words. They don’t “think” straight, or rationally. We now know that the idea of the “little head telling the big head what to do” is much more than a crude street joke often voiced among men. We know because of tests with functional magnetic resonance imaging that chemicals called serotonin and dopamine and norepinephrine show up in quantities in the brain when “in love” that one does not see in people not “in love.”

Now one can easily come up with some quite good evolutionary reasons for this change in the chemistry of the brain upon falling love, but that is not my purpose here. Rather what I want to emphasize is that being in love is a genuine sickness akin to many mental illnesses, and such a sickness—being in love–serves an important function in the mammal mating game. And mating, of course, as Darwin so clearly saw, is at the very heart of evolution or what he referred to as descent with modification.

At the risk of repetition, and the addition of a few details, it needs to be noted that being in love is not merely the alteration of just any kind of brain chemistry. Rather, when one is in love, elevated dopamine levels are evident in the nucleus accumbens, that part of the mammalian brain associated with craving and addiction. That very part of the brain, in fact, that cocaine and heroin so effectively work on. (For more on this argument among humans and in species as different as elephants, bats, butterflies and chimpanzees, see Helen Fisher, Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love, New York , Henry Holt, 2004).

So, to summarise at this point, we have with whore-mongers in Thailand a rather sizeable population of vulnerable (some might say highly vulnerable) males who quickly see an opportunity to begin their lives over with a young and attractive woman who seemingly has everything that an ex-wife or two didn’t have, and that women at home that he might have reasonable access to as a future partner just do not possess. But when the man falls “in love” with that very person—a Thai hooker—that he finds so desirable, he is, in fact, like men everywhere and for long stretches of mammalian evolutionary time–clinically sick. He is, in his sickness, drugged, doped if you will. And, yes, blind and easily gulled.

Because the man in love is sick, and the sickness can easily persist for more than a year, he will tolerate an unusual amount of lying and deceptions from the hooker, or anyone else he’s in love with for that matter. He will repeatedly overlook all of the many obvious signs that would suggest—and do clearly tell those not similarly affected–that he is in for a great deal of emotional trauma and financial loss in the not-too-distant future.

The in-love man refuses, adamantly refuses, to believe that he is anything like any of the other men who have fallen in love with Thai hookers. His situation is, he will be quick to tell anyone who will listen, “unique.” His Thai hooker girlfriend that he’s in love with is “different,” never, in his mind, like all the other scamming hookers he had heard so much about. This man in his own mind is most certainly not sick; he is merely deeply in love. He even heartily embraces the addiction of love—just as those on coke and heroin love their addictions. Anyone, then, who wishes to advise a person in love of his or her condition, and draws attention to altered brain chemistry and the many and obvious perils of what any truly addictive sickness entails, “just doesn’t understand.” Indeed, such a person to a person in love may sound like a certifiable quack, or like someone who simply takes too seriously the biology of our species and evolution by natural selection.

Enter the Thai hooker as loved one. She, of course, has no concept whatever of sickness in the mind of the farang as I have just outlined it. Rather, what she and those like her quickly learn is that foreign men who get involved romantically with them are simply the best and biggest gulls or marks imaginable. They will accept an unending string of deceptions and lies, and they will go on accepting them even when the lies and deceptions are baldly transparent. Thus, a farang in love can be milked, and repeatedly milked emotionally and financially. Until finally one day there’s a large fatal misstep—one or two lies and deceptions too many, perhaps a lie or deception that is just too big following on all that preceded. It is at this stage that the brain chemistry itself may be changing, and perhaps quite rapidly. The direction of the chemical positive feedback loops have been reversed.

The farang is “coming to his senses,” he’s beginning to ”understand” how badly he’s been taken. And before long he and those around him will, in their own words, see that he is once again his normal, rational self. All will go well, until he once again falls in love and serious changes in his brain begin to take effect, and then chemically magnify altered brain states to such an extent that the man is once again “blind.” He will no longer be receptive to friendly counselling and all the obvious evidence around him that he is being financially milked and repeatedly taken for a sucker.

So much has been said or written about the “dumb,” the “stupid,” the “irrepressibly stupid” farang in Thailand . But using these kinds of unflattering and heavily judgemental words is the wrong way to characterise the predicament of any man or woman in love.

People who are sick are not stupid; they are, well, just sick. They are no different than the tens of millions of people all over the world who have mental illnesses because of “bad” brain chemistry. People who, with good medical attention, can be diagnosed and treated with medicines. Thus, distasteful as the idea may be, romantic love is a sickness and should be seen as such. (Hookers, I should note, may also share many of the problems that come with love sickness, because many of them do in fact genuinely fall in love with farang. At least long enough and convincingly enough to get what they so desperately need—or come to need—money.)

Is there a way to avoid this sickness or deal with it, such that fewer farang will find themselves hopelessly strapped with this sickness called love not long after meeting and sleeping with an irresistibly young, charming and beautiful Thai hooker? I think there are two main ways to avoid this “drugging,” this addiction based in the biochemistry of the brain. One is to literally use drugs such as Prozac that blunt or attenuate love sickness. In other words, add to the Viagra or Cialis or alcohol cocktail that so many whoremongers use a manufactured drug that has just those properties and in sufficient doses to keep dopamine and serotonin and other key brain chemicals at “normal” not-in-love levels.

Another way to deal with the problem, and one followed by a great many whore-mongers who have no knowledge whatsoever of what I have outlined here, is to butterfly. And do so with discipline. Simply follow the rule that no Thai hooker (or any person for that matter to extend the argument), no matter how attractive or unusual or good is bed, should be seen more than two or at most three times. To break this rule is to invite disaster, allow the brain chemistry to be sufficiently altered such that one simply cannot resist the incredible high that is no different that a coke or heroin high but which we so innocently and naively call love.

Here is a free ebook that you can download and have a good read.

private-dancer  – <<< FREE ebook.

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Typical Thai gold digger

Here is a good video I came across on YouTube that shows how really STUPID some guys are when it comes to meeting and marrying a Thai girl.


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Loy Krathong festival in Kantarawichai

Here is a nice little video of the Loy Krathong festival in Kartarawichai, Maha Sarakam opposite our little bungalow pool resort Coconut Palms the other night. 

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

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How to get a Thai Driving Licence

Well, I was not going to bother as I have always got by on my UK driving licence but because I fell in love with and felt compelled to buy a new Kawasaki Vulcan S 650cc motorbike the other day… I was told that the free 1 year fully Comprehensive insurance was only valid if I had a Thai driving licence or an International licence, I realised the easiest option was to get my Thai licence. 


So here the amazing story begins… We  go to the ministry of road or traffic or whatever and they tell us what we need to provide (documents)

Off we go to get a doctors medical certificate and copies of my passport, UK driving licence and Immigration letter to prove residence. 

The Doctors medical

We go to a doctors clinic and speak to the receptionist, she starts filling in a form and asks to see my passport. Then she calls the doctor who appears from his office and he looks at me from his side of the receptionists counter, looks at the passport to confirm it really is me (I suppose). Then he puts his stethoscope in his ears and leans over the counter and places it on my chest….  I looked at him and said “Am I alive”? He laughed and just went back into his office. The receptionist said 30 Baht (Less that £1)  and we walked out with the medical certificate… About 5 mins in total. I was in total disbelief as in the UK when I had to get my HGV medical every 5 years it cost £120 and took a good half an hour of tests etc. 

Immigration letter 

This was fairly easy as it was just a case of showing reams of paper work that my wife Jiya had already accumulated for my one year visa, so after about 15 mins we had the official piece of paper showing my address and picture and about 10 documents signed Total cost 500 Baht. 

Back to the Driving licence centre

We take our numbered ticket and wait in the que again. When called they start sifting through all the papers and then start discussing in Thai something about my visa… They don’t know if it should be 3 months or 1 year or whatever… This goes on for another 15 mins and phone calls are made and eventually to cut a long story short.. They decide I can get my driving licence with my 3 month visa today.

Driving test – in the same building 

Go to room no 2… off I go and there is a mock up traffic light on the wall. Jiya is translating for me.  I was expecting at the very least a basic driving test in the car park or whatever…. but no… the driving test is all conducted inside the building. I am told to say what colour the lights are when the girl changes the traffic lights with her switch. GREEN, RED, GREEN, ORANGE….. she looks at me….. OK YELLOW I said…. YES YELLOW and she laughs. Passed she said. Go to room no 1, we walk into the next room and there is a chair in the middle of the room. On the floor is a mock up accelerator and brake peddle (like in an automatic car) At the front of the room is a box with some green lights that go up and down (when the accelerator is pressed) . I am told to watch the lights and slowly press the peddle….. when I see the green lights going up to press the brake (like an emergency stop) OK …. I press the accelerator and the lights start going up… so I press the brake. The girl jumps up clapping and says yes yes very good Passed. 

Now we take all the papers back to the 1st woman we saw with all the passed stamps etc. pay 310 baht for two licences – I wanted Car and Motorbike . 

Go to room no 4 – 

In room no 4 I have my picture taken while the girl is typing all my info into the computer  and then within a few mins two official Thai plastic driving licences pop out of a machine behind her and she hands them to me.

So a lot of paperwork and running around and absolutely ridiculous medical and driving test but at least I am now legal on the road… 

However, the crazy thing is there are loads of children that look to me to be about 8 or 9 yrs old racing around on honda waves and similar motorbikes with no licences and obviously under age… 100’s of crazy people driving the wrong way on the left in the motorcycle lane thinking it’s perfectly normal to drive like that.. 100’s without helmets and the police do absolutely nothing….. Unless of course it is car or motorbike tax checking day where they stop virtually all cars and bikes and if you don’t have your tax disc… 200 Baht fine (£5) … Same for helmets if it’s helmet day, you will get a fine of 200 B but once you pay and have your receipt… you can continue to drive around all day without a helmet. .  If there are  no police around in large groups stopping people, then you are free to ride around with no helmet, children, dogs cats or whatever you can load onto your motorbike and the police will not bother you at all. 



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How to Avoid the most common SCAMS in Thailand

So here we have a great video on how to avoid the scams in Thailand

Scams in Thailand

Scams in Thailand video


Our own story –

We were also ripped off by the first builder that quoted for us on our pool and resort build… The scam is very simple, they quote you a price for any building work and then you agree to pay in stages obviously, 1/3 up front to buy materials etc. 1/3 about half way through and the final 1/3 at the end. We handed over £7000  initially for the start of the pool build and on the day of starting… NOBODY showed up… After several heated phone calls and excuses, it was obvious the builder had no intention of doing anything… 

He then blocked our calls and we had to take him to court to try to recover the money.. The lawyer wanted 40,000 Baht (£1000) and after about a year we eventually got a court hearing date and flew back to Thailand.. Of course the builder did not turn up and it was his lawyer and ours in a hot and sweaty courtroom where there were 4 cases going on at the same time!!! At our turn the two lawyers approached the Judge and after about 3 mins they left the room and were chatting to the builder on the phone. (my wife told me what had transpired after the ridiculous court case) They then came back in the room and a few more mins chatting to the judge and next thing I know… they are announcing the next case as we and our lawyers exited the court room… 

The judge had told the builders lawyer he had 3 months to pay back 50% of the £7000 or go to jail.. I was livid and my wife was in tears… so after the lawyer and court costs, our flights and ” if  “he paid back £3500… we would basically get  back about £1500  for all this hassle… It took another 3 months but the builder did pay back the £3500 Cos I had started a website about him and posted onto loads of Thai forums. Two months later, he actually rang my wife and begged us to take down the website and posts as he was obviously losing work and he reputation (if he had one) and he would pay up… I did as he asked, only because, I was also warned that slandering him in Thailand could have caused me even more problems. (so he paid up and was spared a Thai jail sentence) 

I then found out – what he did was a very common – scam in Thailand as one of my wife’s friends is a loan officer of 20 years at the Bangkok bank. He borrowed  20 million Baht (£450,000) at an employees special very low interest rate and proceeded to buy a chunk of land and build a 6 story apartment block of about 156 units. Well during the last 6 years (it is still unfinished and still just sitting there as he tries to find a buyer) this Thai guy who is about 45 yrs of age and very experienced in the Thai ways had got conned himself no less than 3 times from various contractors.

At one stage he took a builder onto the roof and pulled out a hand gun and said… If you do not finish what you contracted to do I will have to kill you and then kill myself..  This did not work as the contractor promised to finish the work but never did… 

So these things happen even between the Thais themselves so have a good watch of the video and learn about the most common scams in Thailand

On a more humorous note 

Scooter rental in Thailand

It is still perfectly OK to ride a bike with your family in Thailand
but do beware it is not “Helmet day” when all bikers get stopped by the mafia style gangs 10 or more police officers all capturing the un- suspecting non helmet wearing riders around specific corners…. But do not fear… once you pay your 200 Baht (£4 ) fine, you can carry on riding your bike all day long (without a helmet) as you have the police receipt proving you paid your fine! LOL

If your looking for Swimming Pool Installers in Thailand

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Coconut Palms Hotel in Maha Sarakham is now on tourist website and in guide book

Coconut Palms (our small hotel resort in Thailand) is now in the Maha Sarakham government tourist guide book and website. Here are a few of the professional pictures taken whilst the government reps were visiting Coconut Palms hotel with swimming pool in Maha Sarakham 

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