Thailand

Thailand Reluctant to Join Mekong Region Single Visa Scheme

Thailand Reluctant to Join Mekong Region Single Visa Scheme

0 by / on 02/10/2012, 9:08 am / in Thailand, Travel

Thailand has to revise its strategy concerning a regional single visa scheme, or it could lose millions of tourists to neighbouring countries, which are kicking off the “CLMV Single Visa” next year without the Kingdom’s participation. Five countries – Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar – agreed in 2005 to relax immigration procedures to attract more non-Asean visitors to the […]

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What Thais Need to Know and Learn about Laotians

What Thais Need to Know and Learn about Laotians

0 by / on 17/07/2012, 6:24 pm / in News & Events, Thailand

Of the nine other members of Asean, Thailand is most culturally, linguistically and economically linked to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The economic interdependence of the two nations is particularly important and Laos is clearly part of the “Baht Zone”. The baht can be used easily anywhere in Laos.

Thailand critically needs energy imports from Laos and the Lao in turn need many consumer goods from Thailand. Also approximately one third of the Thai population has Lao cultural and linguistic roots.

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Is Laos Expensive?

Is Laos Expensive?

10 by / on 10/06/2012, 2:19 pm / in Shopping, Supermarkets, Thailand

Is Laos expensive? Most Vientianers have felt the pinch at some stage as prices seem be ever on the increase. With only a small manufacturing industry, many of the products we purchase are imported, originating in Thailand, Vietnam or China. This includes the food we eat, the clothes we wear and even the fuel we pump into our cars. But […]

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Importing Pets to Laos

Importing Pets to Laos

1 by / on 05/06/2012, 9:45 am / in Permits, Thailand, Travel

Importing many pets to Laos, including dogs, cats and birds can be done with no quarantine period required.  Depending on where the animals have come from, however, a permission certificate from the Lao government may also be required. In general, the documents necessary at the time of import are  the following: 1. An original rabies vaccination certificate showing that the animal has been vaccinated […]

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Art Supplies in Vientiane and Bangkok

Art Supplies in Vientiane and Bangkok

0 by / on 15/12/2011, 12:52 pm / in Shopping, Thailand

Where can you get quality art supplies in Vientiane? Almost nowhere, apparently, according to one art gallery owner who I spoke with. There are two notable and convenient places to shop for art and craft supplies in Bangkok, however. The first is at the top floor of the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall Department Store. You can find a large range of most items, however it tends to focus more on stationery than arts and crafts.

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Ikea Has Landed! (in Bangkok)

Ikea Has Landed! (in Bangkok)

0 by / on 08/12/2011, 5:07 am / in Furniture, Lifestyle, Shopping, Thailand

Those stylish Swedes are creeping ever closer with a brand new Ikea center now open in Bangkok! For those who love the flat-packed, ready-to-assemble furniture and innovative gizmos made famous by Ikea, look no further than the center in Bangkok which opened in November this year.

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Makro

Makro Cash and Carry

1 by / on 24/05/2011, 3:00 pm / in Shopping, Supermarkets, Thailand

It is always cheaper to purchase goods in Thailand if you have the chance to get across the border. If you are part of a large family and stock a lot of food in your home, or you just don’t like shopping frequently, one of the best places to do grocery shopping is Makro. This is a ‘cash-n-carry’ chain that originates in Holland and sells everything from foodstuffs, groceries, cleaning products to electrical goods and office supplies.

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Smoke Alarms

0 by / on 17/03/2011, 1:39 pm / in House and Garden, Insurance, Thailand

Few people realise how quickly fire can destroy a home. In fact, the Vientiane Fire Brigade rencently issued a stern warning to all residents requesting them to replace old electrical cables, one of the leading causes of housefires in Vientiane.
Luckily there is a very simple, quick and affordable way to help protect your family in the event of a fire: the smoke alarm.

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Save Cash: Fly From Udon Thani

Save Cash: Fly From Udon Thani

0 by / on 08/03/2011, 3:34 pm / in Cars and Bikes, Thailand, Travel

Are you planning a trip to or through Bangkok? You can often save yourself a lot of money by heading out early, crossing the border and flying out from Udon Thani International Airport instead of flying directly from Vientiane. The airlines that fly to Bangkok from Udon Thani are Thai Airways, AirAsia and Nok Air.
Here’s the price comparison: Air Asia $96*, Lao Airlines $347* and Thai Airways $486* (tickets through local travel agents for Lao Airlines and Thai Airways are around $260). With the saving between $164 and $390 you easily cover your accommodation and entertainment in Bangkok.

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Premium Outlet

Premium Outlet

0 by / on 20/02/2011, 5:32 pm / in Clothes, Shopping, Thailand

Premium Outlet is a new semi-covered shopping complex which has opened in Udon Thani that features direct factory outlet shops for many clothing brands including Adidas, Nike, Lacoste, Levi’s, True Religion, Guy Laroche, Lee, Roxy, Echo and more.  
Prices are heavily discounted; some items up to 70% less than the ordinary retail price.

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