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Long absence, apologies

Apologies to all who have written comments and only just had them approved. After quite an absence from this blog I’m hoping to be back and running shortly.

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Thailand – not so charitable!

The Bangkok Post reported results of a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) survey which showed the sad truth about Thailand’s propensity not to give.

Out of 34 countries surveyed Thailand came in last in terms of charitable donations, community activities and environmental/ethical changes made. This from a country that claims to be so charitable and be run according to Buddhist teachings. Caring for one another and caring for the environment is truly an alien concept in Thailand, the “Land of Smiles”.

From the Bangkok Post

“Only 11% of Thai companies donate to charities, well under the global average of 65%

Just 4% of Thai firms .. participated in community activities, compared with a global average of 55%.

Thailand ranked the lowest among 34 countries in terms of socially responsible behaviour toward the workforce, such as promoting flexible working hours and locations, as well as actively promoting workforce health, diversity and equality in the workplace.

Only one-quarter of Thai business leaders said they would change products and services to reduce their negative environmental or social impacts, well below the Asian regional average of 49%.

Although 47% of Thai firms said they had taken some action to improve energy efficiency, only 20% said the same for waste management, compared with the global and regional averages of 58%.

Notably, Thai firms said tax relief was the top driver of corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities for 94% of companies, followed by cost management at 78% and government pressure at 63%.

Top CSR activities undertaken by Thai companies last year included programmes to improve energy efficiency and sourcing local, ethical trade or organic products and services.”

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Wat Arun

Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn

Wat Arun

Address: Bangkok Yai, Thonburi side of Chao Phraya River
Opening: 0900-1700

Wat Arun, or by its full name of Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahavihara, is a Buddhist temple on the west bank of the Chao Phraya that has become one of the most visited temples in this part of Bangkok.

Wat Arun dates back to Thailand’s Ayutthya period and came to prominence when King Taksin moved the capital to Thonburi and changed the name of the existing temple from Wat Makok to Wat Cheang. Between the reigns of King Rama II to IV the temple underwent another two more name changes and a restoration.

The most striking feature of Wat Arun is the central prang, or tower, which rises approximately 80m above the surrounding area and a further four smaller prangs. The prangs are decorated with a mix of seashell and broken porcelain taken from Chinese trading ships that used them as ballast, as was common for the time. This type of temple decoration was commonplace for the Ratanakosin period.

The Ordination Hall next to the prangs contains the Niramitr Buddha image which is said to have been designed by King Rama II, whose ashes are interned beneath it, and various impressive murals dating back to King Rama V.

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Videos added

Slight change of layout here. Video and photo pages separate now and a few interesting videos added. Photos to follow. Got some interesting videos or photos related to Thailand? Send us the link and we’ll put them up. 

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The biggest question since the opening of Bangkok’s new airport has been how to get into town. Or more specifically, how to get to Khao San Road?  So, best way to Khao San Road from Suvarnabhumi Airport, here we go.

  • Limousine, anything from 700 baht to 2,000 baht depending on where you book and your bargaining skills. For on-arrival booking follow the signs in the airport.
  • Taxi, the easiest and most cost-effective stress free solution. All in with “surcharge” you’re talking the best part of 500 baht, with variations for time of day and traffic. Insist on a meter, don’t negotiate a fee – you won’t win. From Khao San Road to Suvarnabhumi is the same. A taxi off the KSR will likely only go for a negotiated fee, usually in region of 700 baht. Test your bargaining skills, you might get lucky.
  • Bus, the cheapest option.  The airport bus from Suvarnabhumi passing through Khao San Road area costs 150 baht and runs daily from 05.30 to 24.00. Alternatively there’s the 551 from the airport to Victory Monument and then 503 passing along Rajdamnern Avenue. Both buses are air-con and total cost for the two is 70 baht.  Though this might not be a good option if you’re carrying a lot of baggage.  
Any questions?

 

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Work in Progress

In case it hadn’t been noticed, this is a new blog. And being new it is kinda a little light on material at the moment, which it shouldn’t be for an info blog. Soon I hope to get lots of useful information here. All help accepted with thanks and a big hearty smile. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 

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A blog is born!!

So here it is then, all your questions about Thailand answered. Well hopefully anyway. Want to know what bus to catch? Best value hotel? Good website? How much a taxi ride is? Where not to stay? What not to do? And just about anything else you can think of, then hopefully it’ll all be here in the coming months. If you’ve been and want to share your experience drop us a line and we’ll share your advice/experience with the world. Writers and articles will be most welcome, along with youtube links and photos you might think worthy of sharing.And the first question please?? 

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