Traffic Violation

After driving here for over 7 years, I got my first traffic fine a few days ago. I did a U-turn at an intersection that had a sign prohibiting this.

One of Thialand’s finest was obviously watching the intersection waiting for drivers like me! Of course i said I didn’t see the sign! (Not true).

Standard practice here is for the copper to take your driving licence to the local police station. You are then required to go to there, pay the fine and retrieve your licence.

This being Thailand however, I asked the copper if I could pay the fine right now! Sure, he said, B400 (A$13.50). I said that I only had a B500 note, It’s OK he said I have B100 change!

The whole thing was carried out with much laughter and “sanuk”. Everybody happy.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has made an historic visit to Bangkok, her first visit outside Myanmar in 24 years.

The former political prisoner, who won a seat in parliament in historic April by-elections, is expected to meet the Thai prime minister, attend the World Economic Forum on East Asia and meet Myanmar communities during several days in the country.. Continue reading

More Rain Coming


BANGKOK, 16 May 2012 (NNT) – The National Warning Center has issued the latest advice on the possibilities of scattered heavy rain throughout the country during the next couple of days.

The National Warning Center, on Tuesday, issued its first “Heavy Rain in Thailand” warning, dated May 15th, 2012.

The warning stated that high pressure front from China is now covering the upper part of Thailand’s northeastern part, while the southwestern monsoon active in both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand is currently getting intensified.

As a result, Thailand is expected to experience more wet weather and also heavy rain in the country’s northern, northeastern and eastern regions as well as the western coast of the South from now until May 18th.

The National Warning Center has asked people residing in areas prone to risk from heavy rain, including flash and wild flood to be extra-careful.

Today in Chiang Mai is fine but the cloud is building up this afternoon.

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“In the evening around 5:30p.m. on 15th May, thunder and extremely strong winds caused damage with some local businesses taking a hit. The popular UN Irish Pub on Ratchavitee Road reported on Facebook that it has had to close to repair the roof after a tree fell through it, while it was also reported that a large tree at the grand house of the Chief Judge of Chiang Mai, near the Governor’s official residence, fell into the road blocking traffic.

The Meteorological Department has issued a warning saying that there might be more intemperate weather up until May 19th, so hold on to your hats.”

Travel Club

139 Pillars House

After a break last month for Songkran, last night’s meeting of the Travel Club was held at a posh new venue. We used the meeting room of the 139 Pillars House  . The hotel has a rich heritage and is quite expensive. Read about it’s history here.

Last night’s speaker was Paul Sullivan who told us about a
journey he made some years ago from Cape Town to London by train,
ferry, cement barge, taxi, bicycle and on foot. En route he spent five
few days in prison in Zambia and bumped into Henry Ford twice.

The journey took place in 1982, so it was a bit dated but a fascinating story.

Cajun Evening


Pern's Restaurant

Last night there was a themed night at Pern’s Restaurant. A menu of Cajun food was served. It seemed a bit strange a Mediterranean restaurant serving Cajun food! I was at a table with four of my friends.

The food was very good and plentiful. The chicken jambalaya consisted of half a large roasted and seasoned chicken each, served on a platter surrounded by rice and prawns.

Cajun Night at Pern's Photo by City Now!

I ate too much and was sick about 2 am in the morning. Just too much food, spicy as well, and I think my body just said it didn’t have enough insulin to handle it and decided to eliminate everything. My blood sugar level was high this morning-The joys of being diabetic!

 Cajun Evening Menu


Tuesday 8th May

Louisiana Special – Black eyed peas Soup with

Creole seasoned fresh bread


Chicken Jambalaya


Seafood Cajun Salad


Mississippi Pecan Mud Pie with Hershey Chocolate Topping and cream!


It is raining in Chiang Mai. Beautiful soaking rain. It has rained steadily for hours with the coolest morning in months. It’s what we once called  ” farmer’s rain” – steady and long. The air is a delight.

The first good rain for months.

Hopefully it is an early start to the rainy season and an end to the oppressive heat. I hope it lasts for a day or two but looks like it is just a low pressure system giving us the rain and not a seasonal change.

 Today’s forecast is below….


Heavy rain. 25°C at 01:00. Light air, 1 m/s from west. 9 mm mm rain between 01 and 07.


Heavy rain. 23°C at 07:00. Light breeze, 2 m/s from north-northwest. 11 mm mm rain between 07 and 13.


Heavy rain. 24°C at 13:00. Light breeze, 2 m/s from west-northwest. 12 mm mm rain between 13 and 19.


Rain. 22°C at 19:00. Light air, 1 m/s from north-northwest. 2.1 mm mm rain between 19 and 01.