Thailand Blogs – June 09 Review

In England the sixth month of the year is known as Flaming June and last month the English weather did live up to that title on a few occasions. It was more flaming June for me when the second day of the month arrived and I flew from Bangkok back to England and work. Thailand enjoyed a rather quiet month on the news front with the biggest news story being the death of actor David Carridine under mysterious circumstances in a Bangkok hotel. I remember David for his excellent characterization of Grasshopper in the Kung Fu series and his sudden death was very sad news.

This month’s review has I hope some good news for you in the form of a few posts that you may have missed during the past month and one or two blogs that have escaped your past attention. All the photographs in this June 09 review are from Wonderful Wi’s village in Udon Thani Province.

Is there a better place to start this month’s review than My Thai Friend, it’s the blog that I always start my day with and one of Mike’s June posts took a look at Thai nicknames. Have you ever wondered how someone gets named Porn or Plah (fish), Thai Names has all the answers and a link that offers even more insight into the confusing Thai name game.

Peter Garwood is a name that is big on the Thai blog scene and Peter returned to Thailand last month and his Chiang Mai based script FrogBlog Thaidings will be the big winner from his mixed bag repertoire of blogging tricks. Thailand’s tourism industry has taken a massive knock in the past year and Thailand’s tarnished image abroad: Thai tourism in decline gives many of the answers and the reasons why.

Brit in Bangkok enjoys a day trip with work colleagues in Amphawa Floating Market and Wat Phra Kaew Trip. The smiles in the photographs prove what an enjoyable day was had by each and everyone of the work buddies and the post includes an absolutely stunning picture of the floating market. Plenty of foreigners arrive on Thailand’s soil with dreams of big business success and return home with their tails firmly between their legs and their dreams in tatters. Expat udon thani offers a few reasons why in common expat mistakes – udon thani – thailand.

Saraburi is the hometown of Jonny Foreigner and Get to know Saraburi, Thailand goes a long way to proving that outside of the tourist hotspots, Thailand’s towns and cities have a lot of good attractions and nightlife that is relatively unknown to most foreign visitors. Life in rural Thailand had a special day last month, MeMock and his family moved into their new town house and it was also a very special day for another reason A second birthday for Marisah part 1 has some sweet photos of Marisah and sister Ariya enjoying the birthday girl’s special present.

Talen has opened his heart and mind and started to tell his and girlfriend Pookie’s story in a series of posts. My Thai Girl and I Part 1 starts with their first ever meeting in Pattaya and the series looks at the bonding of their partnership and the cultural differences that arise when the hearts of two very different nations become one. An excellent read from Thailand, Land of Smiles.

We move from the language of love to learning the Thai language and Women Learning Thai…and some men too. Learning a language doesn’t have to be all about studious bookwork, sometimes there are fun ways of learning too. Everyone loves a crossword and Catherine’s post Webster’s Thai to English Crossword Puzzles is a novel way to learn new Thai words and make giant strides into learning the complex Thai writing system.

If you have ever thought about taking a boat ride down the famous River Kwai then Retired in Thailand and Loving It gives you a free ride in River Travels And Sightseeing. There are 14 glorious photographs accompanying the post and avid readers of Malcolm and Ciejay’s delightful blog will know that means quality pictures.

Thai TV commercials really are first class when it comes to humour and The Thai Pirate has captured a wonderfully funny one in Warning – Don’t watch if you like Jing Joks. I won’t spoil the story line but this is a must view post if you are in need of a good smile.

It’s busy times indeed for Bulgarian Slivatree – An Expatriates Eye in Bulgaria as we delve into the delights of the World Blogroll. Martin is a Brit living in Bulgaria and he has no hunger to return home. Martin’s hard work on his produce farm is now harvesting much deserved reward and Very Busy But Bulgarian Food Still Rules goes through the vegetable plot and finishes with a fish and shopska salad meal.

It’s not like Adullamite to moan is it, well not everyday. Enjoy a shot of his wit and charm in Now I am Not One to Complain, But… enjoy Adullamite doing what he does best. Bodhi Bum returns to blogging with a post about a trip to the rather arid looking land of Oman. Fujairah, East Coast, UAE & Musandam, Oman covers the road to Musandam. After missing the boat for his scuba diving trip Bodhi Bum heads up into the mountains and deeper into Oman.

Are all Hollywood stars flash and arrogant Johhny Depp: not such ‘a Public Enemy’ proves otherwise. A Malaysian Abroad records Johnny Depp’s visit to a Chicago Steakhouse.

The final two posts from my world blog scene take us to Europe and two Brits living in rural France. Jon writes with his usual whimsical charm in his story Est-Ce Que Le Big Mac En Train De Conquerir La Belle France ? The Vendee Blog has been cynically proven to produce some of the best laughter lined posts on the blog scene, left click and enjoy another marvellous entry from the man who teaches English in the panoramic countryside of France. Animal lover Frances and France and the Unknown have a mouse in the house, How The Mighty had fallen… is the tale of Mighty the mouse who is found abandoned outside, but will he survive through the night.

Guest spot for this month goes back to Thailand and a well written blog named Behind the Noodle Curtain. Needing to escape the intensity of Bangkok if only for a short while Rick explores Isaan country and Images: bars and other features in Surin, Thailand, Part 1, takes a look around a town deep in the heart of one of the poorest regions of Thailand.

That’s it from the June 09 Blog Review written from a very bright and sunny England. Enjoy.


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

11 Responses

  1. Catherine says:

    Thank you for putting such a lot of work into your monthly reviews. I know that if I miss out on some of the highlights around, I can always come here to get a nudge to catch up!
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Book Review: Language is Music =-.

  2. Hoo Don says:

    Hello Catherine, sorry I’m a little late posting my reply but the nightshift and trying to sleep during a very hot sunny day makes a bad combination. I do enjoy writing the review but my blogroll is getting a bit lengthy now so it takes a bit longer than before. Thank you.

  3. Malcolm says:

    Martyn, thanks for the monthly report and comments , I always look foward to them and yes all of our blog rolls are getting longer , I LOVE IT , Sorry I haven’nt been around in a while but,my computor one day last week, just decided it was working to hard and just quit, I took it to the shop for a oil change and grease job ,now it’s as good as new . Stay funny and creative thats what we have come to expect from you and we love it . FYI the rainy season is really here . Malcolm
    .-= Malcolm´s last blog ..NO PAIN NO GAIN =-.

  4. expatudon08 says:

    great article and i respect you for taking the time to view other bloggers work and report back about it
    i guess not of us profess to being experts in any choosen field but we post with passion about Thailand
    issan as its problems but so does the world so keep your brain in your head and life can be good for a expat in issan
    and if you read this blog why not make a comment and get involved in a small way i am sure your most welcome
    regards john

  5. Martin In Bulgaria says:

    My goodness Martyn, you have been working overtime here on the revues and links. Bravo! Thanks for the inclusion amongst the many worthy posts that you have covered.

    Looking forward to autumn to be quite honest, too hot right now, Thailand weather in Bulgaria!
    Take Care
    .-= Martin In Bulgaria´s last blog ..Home Grown Crops On The Dinner Table =-.

  6. Catherine says:

    I don’t envy your having to sleep during the day. Were you able to purchase the liquid melatonin? I ordered mine in the UK and when I’m stuck for sleep, it works. I have to keep it to one drop, not four, or I’m fuzzy for most of the day.

    Again, thank you for your update. I look forward to them every month.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..A Year’s Worth of Women Learning Thai… and Some Men Too 😉 =-.

  7. Hoo Don says:

    Malcolm I am pleased you have got your computer fixed as I’m sure people were waiting for your latest post and missing your absolutely delightful comments. I think the blogrolls are getting longer because the whole blogscene is getting more popular.

    John there are plenty of passion bloggers around and Malcolm is one for sure. You also have a great passion for Udon Thani and Thailand which shows with the dedication and time consuming effort you give to your blogs.

    Martin your blog will always get a mention and come the winter you will be crying out for some summer sun on your back.

    Catherine I tend to avoid pills and potions unless absolutely neccessary, any sleep inducing aids I steer well clear of because of an incident years ago in Pattaya. Thanks for calling by again.

  8. Talen says:

    Another great roundup Martyn and thanks for the inclusion as always.

    The Thai blogging community has to be one of the best going…so many awesome bloggers in one place.
    .-= Talen´s last blog ..Thai Sticky Rice Containers =-.

  9. Hoo Don says:

    Talen it is a great community and I think it is growing, what is your opinion on that one.

  10. Thanks Martyn, though if you read my last blog you’ll discover I seem to have dropped both my magic wand and my lucky charm from my bag of tricks, and may even be winging it back to France rather sooner than expected, for a short trip at least…

    Hopefully that will not transpire, and blogging will be up to speed again soon 🙂
    .-= Pete, frogblogger´s last blog ..Coming ‘home’ to Thailand – ups and downs =-.

  11. Hoo Don says:

    Pete I have read the bad news in your post and dropped a comment in. I hope everything turns out okay and you can safely unpack your bag of tricks in Chiang Mai.

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