As a travel and lifestyle journalist, I am constantly sent to vast locations all around the world, often spending more time outside of Thailand than I do inside it. My reason for returning to Bangkok as often as I do: my wonderful Thai partner. But due to my frequent entering and exiting of Thai borders my passport now gets flagged at immigration. Something no foreigner ever wants to hear.
As a foreign woman dating a Thai man everyone, including Thai immigration officials, said how easy it would be for us to get married. Women, supposedly, do not need to prove their income or have a large sum of money in the bank. All I needed was a letter from my embassy confirming that I was single and able to marry, have it translated into Thai and then certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
The trials and tribulations of Thai marriages
By Abigail Harker
Top men’s and women’s rugby teams from across the globe return for the annual Bangkok International Rugby Tens
Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, and kindness in feeling creates love.
- Lao Tzu
BUILDING on the success of the Expat Entrepreneur Awards 2014, the BigChilli is joining forces with the British Chamber of Commerce
Thailand (BCCT) to launch a new initiative aimed at recognising Thailand’s most successful and dynamic businesses and entrepreneurs.
Awards exist in order to acknowledge excellence in performance, process and creativity, to compare against peers,
to highlight best practice and to reward supporting staff.
By participating in TIBA you will raise your profile, grow your networks and develop new commercial opportunities.
A team of independent judges will review the nominations and select the winners in each of the categories.
All nationalities of company and individual are welcome to enter whether they are nominated or self-nominated.
Nominations are open to any company registered in Thailand regardless of size or affiliations. For more information see:
Heavily armed and threatening to execute hostages, a group of Burmese dissidents who took over the embassy eventually negotiated their way out of Thailand in a Thai police helicopter
By Maxmilian Wechsler
ON October 1, 1999, a group of gunmen stormed the Embassy of Myanmar (then commonly called Burma) in Bangkok and held scores of hostages for about 26 hours. The bold operation was the work of a band of young political dissidents calling themselves the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors (VBSW). Formed in opposition to Myanmar’s then-ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the group was allegedly orchestrated and supervised by Western intelligence agency operatives.
The tense standoff at the embassy compound was totally out of character for Myanmar opposition groups operating in Thailand and soured the image of the large exile population in the country. Fortunately the bizarre incident ended peacefully when all hostages were released unharmed.
This was actually the second seizure of a foreign embassy on Thai soil. The first took place on December 29, 1972, when the Palestinian terrorist Black September Organization took over the Israeli embassy. This incident also ended bloodlessly with the release of all hostages.
Breath-taking views and scenery along with freezing cold temperatures and treacherous paths, Adisorn describes what it takes to conquer Thailand’s Doi Chiang Dao
THAILAND’S cool season is the perfect time to head for the hills, and Doi Chiang Dao in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai is possibly one of the most enticing places to tackle, particularly since it is only open to the public five months a year, from November to March.
Dominating the skyline at a height of 2,175m (or 2,225m if you take into account Doi Luang Chiang Dao peak), Doi Chiang Dao is the third highest mountain in Thailand after Doi Inthanon (2,600m) and Doi Pha Hom Pok (2,285m).
Diplomat: His Excellency Mohsen Mohammadi
Words MAXMILIAN WECHSLER
Famous crime stories from the past by Maxmilian Wechsler
On March 11, 1994, what could have been one of the biggest catastrophes in Thai history was averted because of a minor traffic accident. That morning motorcycle taxi driver Boonserm Saendi was clipped by a six-wheel truck. The truck’s driver panicked and fled, leaving the truck abandoned on Chidlom Road outside the Central Department Store, about 250 metres from the Israeli embassy. The vehicle was impounded and almost a week later it was discovered that it was carrying fertiliser and metal tubes filled with enough explosives to devastate several city blocks
AT 12.30am in the wee hours of Friday, March 11 a six-wheel truck, license plate number 71-7888 Bangkok, transporting a square object covered with a tarp, entered the underground parking lot of Central Chidlom. The truck exited the car park at 9am on the same day, turned left onto Chidlom Road and promptly collided with the motorcycle taxi owned by 21-year-old Boonserm, who had just let a customer off at the department store and was parked in an entry-exit zone. The collision caused considerable damage to the motorcycle but left Boonserm unharmed.
The truck continued on its way but after it had gone only 15-20 metres it was forced to stop by two other motorcycle taxis who had witnessed the collision. One of the motorcyclists approached the driver of the truck and asked him why he left the scene of the accident.
According to their testimony, Boonserm soon joined them. The driver opened the window and without saying anything offered him three green banknotes of a foreign currency, probably US bills. When Boonserm refused the pay-off the driver reluctantly stepped out of the truck and walked slowly towards the rear of the vehicle. A very upset Boonserm insisted that they walk back to the spot of the accident. The truck’s driver, who spoke in a foreign language, gestured that he needed to make a phone call. After the driver entered Central Chidlom he was never seen again.
Bangkok is a city full of wonder and excitement with bars, restaurants, cafés, and clubs on almost every corner.
To help you decide where to spend your next night out we present to you walking guides to five of our favourite urban villages in Bangkok