Guide to Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport

  • Posted on: August 24th, 2016

SuvaFor the vast majority of people, the first experience of your Thailand trip will be your arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. One of the most modern and stylish airports in the world, it promises to be an impressive beginning to your Thai adventure. Guide to Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport

Top Tips for Tipping in Thailand

  • Posted on: August 4th, 2016

tippingWhen planning your first trip to Thailand, tipping probably isn’t something youll spend much time thinking about. Even many of those on more strict budgets never give the concept of tipping in Thailand a second thought. However, tipping in Thailand is something that most travelers and visitors will end up spending lots of time to debate and discuss. Top Tips for Tipping in Thailand

A guide to Bangkok Tuk Tuks

  • Posted on: March 10th, 2016

Ah Tuk Tuks, love them or hate them (and we understand a lot of you certainly hate them), there is something very special about a Tuk Tuk, and while many will warn of the reasons not to use a Bangkok Tuk Tuk, it’s fair to say no Bangkok holiday is quite complete without experiencing one, once. A guide to Bangkok Tuk Tuks

Your first trip to Bangkok

  • Posted on: May 16th, 2015

Bangkok postcardPlanning you first trip to Bangkok can be a little bit stressful. Search for ‘things to do in Bangkok’ and you’ll be overwhelmed with tourist options and recommended sites to see. Then there are the warnings and scams you’ll hear about (though trust me these are mostly scare stories, this is one of the safest and friendliest capitals in the world), and then there are all the local rules and etiquette. Everyone wants to relax and enjoy their first trip to Thailand and Bangkok, as you would anywhere, but there is always this slight nervous energy of anticipation when heading in to the unknown and the exotic. Your first trip to Bangkok

Is Thailand a Third World Country?

  • Posted on: June 27th, 2014

hiso hotelI’ve recently had a couple of long conversations with friends (both expats and regular tourists to Thailand), debating whether Thailand is or isn’t a third world country. It has surprised me just how split opinions are on this topic, so I thought it’s something worth investigating and sharing with you. Is Thailand a Third World Country?

Thailand Visas

  • Posted on: June 6th, 2014

Thia VisaIf you’re planning your first trip to Thailand, or simply wanting to stay longer than previous trips, you may well be scratching your head, trying to understand the different types of visas available and the many rules, regulations, and requirements that come along with applying for a visa to Thailand. Thailand Visas

Curfew? – Our escorts to the rescue

  • Posted on: May 23rd, 2014

As I’m sure you are all aware there is currently a military coup in Bangkok and a nationwide curfew which requires all residence and guests to Thailand to remain at home or at their hotel between 10 PM and 5 AM.

The first thing you need to be aware of is that this is very much a peaceful happening and will not put any current or coming visitors to Thailand in any danger. We advise that you stay away from any large gatherings and protests and that you obey the curfew hours, but other than you can still enjoy Bangkok during the day and sleep safely at night.. or party all night in your room with our girls.

While Thailand’s many bars and gogos may be closed our Escorts are still very much working as normal, so if you can’t get to the party let us bring the party to you! Our escort service is running completely as normal and you can still make bookings at any time for any duration. So, don’t spend the night trapped in your hotel alone, let us give you that one night in Bangkok to remember!

Famous Thai people

  • Posted on: May 16th, 2014


I recently had a debate with a friend over who was the most famous Thai person, as in best known around the world rather than best known within Thailand. We decided not to include the King or royalty, and to be honest, we didn’t come up with the huge number of names you many other large nations around the world, but there were a few candidates we debated over.

So I thought I’d bring our results to you, and give you my list of the most famous Thai people (still alive):


James Wattana

Most Americans or people outside of Europe will have no idea who James Wattana is, in fact most European and Thai people won’t even know. But to those of us who are fans of Snooker, James Wattana will be a very familiar name.

Back in the late 1980’s when snooker was totally dominated by British players, along came a quiet, young, long haired Thai boy by the name of Wattana Pu-Ob-Orm, who took a lot of the top names by  total surprise, winning his first major tournament in 1986, at the age of 16. Wattana’s career peak around the mid-90’s where he rose to number 3 in the world, but his presence in the game certainly paved the way for other Asian players who now compete at the highest level, and helped snooker gain in popularity here in Thailand. While he’s not exactly a huge global name, and even some snooker fans may have forgotten him, he still has some infamy with those who watched the sport avidly in the 80s and 90s.


Paradorn Srichaphan

Another famous sportsman, and perhaps better known globally, is Paradorn Srichaphan, a professional tennis player who broke into the world’s elite. In 2003 Paradorn was rank as one of the world’s top 10 players, amongst the likes of Sampras, Agassi, Hewitt, and Federer.

As well as being known for his sporting achievements, Paradorn’s celeb value increased in 2005 when he married Russian supermodel Natalie Glebova, who was Miss Universe in 2005. They divorced in 2011, the year before which he retired from professional tennis, and so faded out of the world spot light. However, Paradorn still remains something of a Thai celeb, making occasional guest appearances on TV shows and sports programs.


Tony Jaa

Thailand’s answer to Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa is an accomplished Muay Thai fighter and martial artist, stuntman, and action movie star. Known in Thailand as Jaa Panom, he rose to fame in 2003 with the fast-paced action flick ‘Ong Back’, one of Thailand’s most successful films, internationally. Several sequels and spin-off films followed with varying success, but Jaa’s status as Thailand’s top action actor was by now undisputed

Though Tony Jaa has yet to make a big name for himself outside of Thailand, at one stage choosing to put his acting career on hold to spend time practicing as a Buddhist monk, he is set to make his Hollywood debut in 2015, in the blockbuster Fast & Furious 7.


Thaksin Shinawatra

Love him or hate him, Thaksin Shinawatra’s political movements and business dealings over the past 8 years have seen him gain some international fame for a number of contrasting reasons. From ousted prime minister to chairman of Manchester City Football club, Thaksin has certainly made a name for himself in the global news headlines.

Today of course, he is best known for his involvement in the current political protests, which were partly started when his sister (Yingluck), tried to pass a law allowing Thaksin to re-enter Thailand with previous allegations and convictions of corruption squashed.  There probably isn’t a single adult in Thailand who doesn’t know who Thaksin is (and have a strong opinion about him).

 

Tata Young

It would be wrong not to include at least one Thai female in this list, and when it comes to ‘who is the most famous Thai female’ it was much harder to come up with many names. If we were talking about famous females within Thailand I could name many, with the likes of Aum Patcharapa and Sonia Couling immediately coming to mind, but outside of Thailand I’d say it would be between singer Tata Young and supermodel Pancake.

For the sake of this list I’m going to that say Tata Young just edges it. While she might not be a household name in the Western world, she has had a great deal of success elsewhere in Asia,  with several chart topping albums and singles reaching number 1 in countries such as Japan, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.

 

I’m sure there are a few big names I’ve missed out here, including boxer Khaoosai Galaxy and violinist-come-Olympic skier, Vanessa Mae (though technically she was born in Singapore and raised in Britain). So are there any famous Thai people you’d also include?

Bangkok’s Rich List

  • Posted on: May 9th, 2014

Bangkok rich listI hinted at this on a recent article regarding myths about Bangkok, and one myth I didn’t really include is the fact that Thailand is a third world country. I guess it’s still up for debate and something for another time, but one thing is for sure, Bangkok is one city not short on millionaires (and I mean Dollars not Baht), in fact make that billionaires!

Some of the big media moguls and entrepreneurs in Thailand have amassed huge wealth, not just for a Southeast Asian country, but for any country in the world. Here’s a list of Bangkok’s top 5 current richest residents:

Channel 7Number 5 – Krit Ratanarak – Net Worth $3.9 Billion

The head of the Bangkok Broadcasting & Television Company, Krit Ratanarak is what you would call a media mogul. He owns and runs Thailand’s biggest TV station ‘Channel 7’, which has a massive one third share of the national viewing figures. He also has his hand in several studios and media companies, and has the controlling stake in BBTV.

In addition to this, he inherited the Bank of Ayudhya, which was founded by his late father, Chuan, which he recently sold a controlling stake in, to Japan’s biggest bank, the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, for an estimated $5.6 billion. Ratanarak also owns a large percentage of Siam City Cement, the second largest cement company in Thailand, and Eastern Star Real Estate.

Red BullNumber 4 – Yoovidhya family – $7.8 Billion

When Red Bull cofounder Chaleo died in March of 2012, he left an enormous estate to his family (which is yet to be fully divided amongst its many members). Soon of a poor Thai-Chinese family which raised ducks in the small city of Pichit, Chaleo started out as an antibiotics salesman, and went on to form his own small company, TC Pharmaceuticals.

Chaleo then invented the Red Bull drink many of us know as the ultimate 7/Eleven pick me up. That was around 1976. A few years later it was discovered by a German Businessman, Dietrich Mateschitz, who found it cured his jet lag, and set up a partnership with Chaleo, helping to turn Red Bull into the huge global brand it is today.

As well as inheriting a 49% stake in Red Bull, the Yoovidhya family also now own a number of other investments in hospitals, real estate, and sports teams.

Chang BeerNumber 3 – Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi – $10.6 Billion

Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi was raised as the son of a street vendor and went on to become the king of Thai alcohol, with his popular Chang Beer and Sang Som Rum. His brewing company, Thai Bev, is the largest in Thailand, and without doubt the most successful.

Charoen has since made further investments beating off competition from Indonesia’s wealthy Riady family to buy Fraser & Neave, property and beverage conglomerate, for an estimated $11 billion. As a result Charoen now owns the most Marriott Hotels in Asia Pacific, as well as an additional six InterContinental hotels. He also owns the Pantip Plaza in Bangkok, where many of us head for our tech needs.

CentralNumber 2 – Chirathivat family – $12.3 Billion

A Thai family of Chinese decent, the Chirathivat family’s vast fortune has come from retail and real estate, owning a number of Bangkok’s huge department stores and the famous Central Group.

The family has also seen huge profit increase in their three largest companies, Central Plaza, a hotelier group, Central Pattana, Thailand’s largest retail group, and Central Retail, which is run by Tos Chirathivat.

The family is actually pretty huge, with the head of the family, the late Tiang Chiravat, having had three wives and twenty-five children, several of which now have major stakes and holding in other successful businesses in Bangkok and beyond.

TrueNumber – 1 Dhanin Chearavanont & family – $12.6 Billion

Thailand’s richest man, Dhanin Chearavanont, has recently been a man on a mission, making huge investments and leading a number of major takeovers both here in Thailand and abroad. In fact, such are his recent acquisitions, Dhanin was responsible for over half the $31 billion spent in Thailand on business sales and mergers in 2013.

Dhanin’s main areas of business and investment are food, telecommunications, and retail. Notably, he is third-largest operator of 7-Eleven stores in the world, and anyone who has ever been to Thailand will be able to tell you about the mass of 7-Eleven stores you’ll find here, and how popular they remain. He also owns discount retailer Siam Makro, and has a 15% stake in Ping An Insurance. The jewel in his crown is perhaps his telecommunications company, True, which is one of the leading mobile networks in Thailand and the nation’s largest residential broadband network.

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