Thailand Blogs – February 2010 Review

The hottest news story in Thailand during February was the long awaited Supreme Court’s verdict on former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s 76 billion baht of frozen assets. The court cut the financial cake much to be as predicted by returning 30 billion baht to the exiled former PM and so keeping all parties concerned making noises of discontent but in reality quite happy.

The next big political date in Thailand is March 14th when red shirt pro Thaksin supporters are hoping one million protesters will converge on Bangkok and peacefully voice their displeasure at current Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his Democrat Party’s government. The photographs for this month’s review have the theme Thai markets.

The colour of your shirt in Thailand can pinpoint to where your political loyalties lie, but it can also mean many other things. Thailand, Land of Smiles and Keeping Score in Thailand offers a very amusing look at the colour coded factions of Thailand. You’ll be red faced with laughter after reading this highly commented post from American master blogger Talen.

When there’s a King Cobra on the loose most people would head for the safety of their home. Mike from My Thai Friend grabbed his camera from the office and took the reverse route and headed out of the house to try and capture a few pictures of his neighbours efforts in disposing of the six to eight foot long snake. The King Cobra Thailand has a four photo collage of Thailand’s most dangerous and deadly snake tagged to the post. This is another story that attracted a fair share of readers comments.

Jonny Foreigner has a story which you would think is foreign to Thailand itself. The Land of Smiles is known for its relaxed way of life which is largely attributed to the country’s mainly Buddhist beliefs and aggression is not a trait normally associated with its people. However sport has a habit of putting a different perspective on many things. A video of some off the field action in a recent football game between Thai Port and Muang Thong United has scenes of rival supporters clashing in Thai football violence.

Thai Sex Talk for St Valentine’s Day is an appropriate title for a February review, especially for the romantics amongst you. Women Learning Thai…and some men too reviews author Kaewmala’s much acclaimed book Thai Sex Talk which focuses on expressions used in the Thai language of love. A ‘ dog barking at an airplane ‘ and ‘ lucky mouse falling into a rice bin ‘ are just two of many intriguing phrases contained in the book and explained in detail by blog author Catherine. Dim the lights to a low loving level and learn about Thai Sex Talk.

If you are feeling a little tired and sorry for yourself then read a story about a lady who goes to bed at 2 in the morning and gets up at 5:30, 7 days a week, and never takes a day off. Her work is unpaid as well. A Day Trip With Friends to the Bamboo School from Retired In Thailand and Loving It tells the tale of Kat who runs a clinic and school for under privileged kids in Kanchanaburi Province. Malcolm takes a big bag of brown rice for the kids and also his new friend Jerry for his first visit to the Bamboo School.

Expat Udon Thani Thailand has a long train journey through England’s snow filled pleasant lands to the Royal Thai Embassy in London but not before swapping the cold for warmth with a stay at a travel lodge in the capital. It’s passport renewal time for his family and with his wife and son for company John heads down to London in new Thai biometric passports and escapes the rush at the Thai consul with an early morning visit. If you’re planning a Thai consul trip in the UK then reading this one could save you a lot of time and money.

Siam Rick opens his heart and mind in Make changes and the world changes with you as Rick’s vow to be more open, friendlier and easy-going finally bares fruit. My February pick from Behind the Noodle Curtain compares the insular ways of western people against the warmth and receptiveness of the Thai’s and Rick explains how his transition slowly evolved.

Thai Life in Phana headed north on a 15 hour bus ride for a business meeting in Chiang Mai which left Lawrence longing for his more familiar surroundings of home. However on his last morning he met  Madge Davey an English woman who runs a little charity based in Leeds, England who was visiting Thailand to arrange surgery in Chang Mai for a young Karen girl who has a huge growth on her nose. Karen Girl in Chiang Mai Hospital unfolds the story of KidzinKampz charity worker Madge and toddler Buk Paw.

Ben of The Thai Pirate fame polished his boots and shook the mothballs from his rugby shirt before travelling to Chonburi to gear up for a Rugby game in Pattaya. The Panthers lined up against the Goosers in a game which pitted the middle aged expats experience against a team of young fit Thai’s linked to the British Club association in Bangkok. Would youthful exuberance or old cunning guile win the day.

Camille is on an errand to take his son to visit his wife’s parents on the island of Koh Samui where they all live and he stumbles upon an island ceremony which dates back 50 years or more. Tambun Sala Koy is an interesting post, explaining the ceremony at Plai Laem village which involves placing hair, nails and a man made captain into a small boat to sail away bad luck from the village. Camille’s Samui Info Blog has the story.

Life in rural Thailand and Ubon, then and now looks back at life in Ubon Ratchatani during the Vietnam War through the eyes of an American GI. The post takes the form of a series of emails received by blog author MeMock from ex Vietnam serviceman Rob and offers a fascinating insight to life in Ubon 40 odd years ago. An excellent post.

Finally I would like to make a request to all my fellow bloggers who are included in my Thai blogroll. For future Thai monthly blog reviews I would very much like to include some photographs from your posts in the reviews. If you are happy to grant permission then could you kindly email me at or drop your approval in the comments box below. Thank you and that wraps up my Thailand Blogs – February 2010 Review. 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.

18 Responses

  1. Catherine says:

    First off Martyn, you have permission to use the post photos from WLT for your end of month reviews (and thanks for asking 🙂

    And what a varied post this month: Colours, cobras, football, sex, missionaries, passports, fruit, noses, rugby, boats, and emails.

    What a fine collection of posts our community produces. And once again, what a wonderful roundup you’ve put together. Thank you.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Learn Thai with Benjawan Poomsan Becker =-.

  2. malcolm says:

    Martyn, go for it !!!!!m I would be delighted and pleased to have any of my pictures show up on your great blog, and thanks in advance for sharing my pictures with your raeders , and I always look foward to your days off and the time you get to write your post , most of them keep me laughing for a few days , keep up the good work . your blog friend Malcolm
    .-= malcolm´s last blog ..ONE MAN (I MEAN WOMEN) ENTERPRISE =-.

  3. Jon says:

    Nice review HD, always enjoy your take on the Thai blogosphere… privileged to be included too, thank you.

    If you want to take images from my blog you are more than welcome.
    .-= Jon´s last blog ..Thai football violence =-.

  4. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine thanks. A very assorted mix this month and very good quality as well. I think anyone who reads all the links will walk away one happy soul having learned a lot more about Thailand than they knew already, I know my Thai education has grown in leaps and bounds by reading the blogs I do on a regular basis.

    I won’t forget the kicking a can loudly quote from your post.

  5. Hoo Don says:

    Malcolm thanks for your permission. The thought that my posts give you a chuckle from time to time is the kind of compliment we all need from time to time and I thank you for that. I’ll see if I can come up with a little humour for my next post.

    I have included a link to the Bamboo School website in the review as I thought you and Kat might like that.

  6. Hoo Don says:

    Jon cheers for allowing the use of your photos for the review and I think you’ll agree the blog posts on offer this month are a good selection. Possibly the best selection I’ve read so far.

    I recently read that the fans violence shown in your post was partly caused by gambling on the outcome of the game going against some big money bets.

  7. Mike says:

    Martyn thanks for the mention, a great review as always. Feel free to use the pics if you think any are worth it.

    Don’t work too hard 🙂
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Wat Phanan Choeng (วัดพนัญเชิงวรวิหาร)Ayutthaya =-.

  8. Lawrence says:

    Martyn, I always look for your posts and feel a bit deflated on the ’empty’ days. You certainly have a unique way of looking at things which makes me question some of my own assumptions. That’s what good reading should do, I think.

    I really appreciate the mentions of my blog on your monthly reviews, as well as the comments you make along the way. Please use any of my photos, it would be a pleasure to see them on your site … even though there’s always a chance of a bit of piss-taking.
    .-= Lawrence´s last blog ..Ten Years! A Lifetime … to be continued … =-.

  9. john says:

    hoo don the updates are always worth a good read but as you say this month.s a good one when i get home i will go and read the lot as i always enjoy fellow bloggers posts keep up the good work everybody
    there are a lot of readers out there looking for some decent hands on info including myself
    regards john
    .-= john´s last blog Thai biometric passport in london =-.

  10. Hoo Don says:

    Mike you have kindly offered the use of your MTF photos before and I haven’t forgotten that, thanks. They are definitely worth it.

    I was fascinated by the photos and story of your King Cobra post because as you know snakes scare the hell out of me. Even though the snake was dead I think I’d have used the zoom feature to its maximum effect. Rather you than me on that one.

  11. Hoo Don says:

    Lawrence flattery will get you everywhere. I think a ‘unique way of looking at things’ could be replaced by what Pete the FrogBlogger once described as a Jack Daniel-esque style of writing. Thanks for allowing the use of your photos and rest assured there’s never any piss taking on the review.

    I thought your post was very touching even though you may have lost a few Chiang Mai readers with your views on their city (never been there yet myself). I have included a link to Madge’s charity website.

  12. Hoo Don says:

    John thanks for the read and I’m certain you’ll enjoy reading my picks for last month, there’s some real good quality posts in there.

    I would strongly advise anyone in the UK who is from outside London and has an appointment at the capital’s Thai Embassy to read your post. The accommodation you used is well worth a stay and your advice about turning up early could save a lot of time. Thanks.

  13. Talen says:

    Martyn, I always look forward to your monthly roundup and always appreciate being included.

    You have my full permission to use any photos from Thailand, Land of Smiles.
    .-= Talen´s last blog ..Thailand Tourist Visa’s Free Again =-.

  14. Boonsong says:

    A very interesting collection of blog news. Thanks for this
    .-= Boonsong´s last blog ..Street Pedallers =-.

  15. Hoo Don says:

    Talen thanks for your permission. I think using the photos will enhance the review a little bit more and tempt readers to click on the links more often as they can see a picture relating to a particular story.

    Your post is clearly one of the classic funny ones and will give anyone who hasn’t read it a good laugh.

  16. Hoo Don says:

    Boonsong thanks for your first comment. I had a look at your blog and thought the five on a bicycle photo was really great. They all looked to be enjoying it. I’ve bookmarked your site. Thanks.

  17. Siam.Rick says:

    How am I going to get the time to read all these fascinating blogs. I have work to do you know. Whoops, here I am talking to a guy who works 12hr shifts. Sheesh! Working and blogging, Martyn. Do you get any sleep. Well, even if you don’t, the quality of your informative, entertaining posts doesn’t suffer, that’s for sure.

    Should I be chosen for a worthwhile post in your roundups, you may certainly use my pix.

    Welcome to the Thailand blogging community, Boonsong. I see you’ve just started blogging, in Feb. 2010. Keep it going!
    .-= Siam.Rick´s last blog ..Canadian boys need to toughen up =-.

  18. Hoo Don says:

    Rick I do sleep and quite well at times but not for long periods, 5-6 hours does me at night because I’m one of those who likes an hour in the afternoon as well, when I’m not working. You know yourself that blogging and work don’t make the perfect marriage but it’s a cheap hobby and a very enjoyable one too.

    Reading your latest post…. Canadian boys need to toughen up….I think a picture is guaranteed and thanks for your permission.

    I thought your post included in the February review showed the good you could take out of Thailand and carry back home to wherever you live in the world. Slowly I’m lugging a little bit more home myself with each trip I make.

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