Some thoughts on the Chiang Mai Art Museum and how the city has been overrun by Chinese tourists. I'm noticing a large number of Chinese tourists in The Mall Bangkapi now and while Americans are often stereotyped as loud and obnoxious, many of the new Chinese visiting Thailand make Americans look like timid little choirboys. Everybody loves Thailand but several Thais I spoke with clearly dislike the new wave of Chinese tourists invading the country.
special? I've always been of the opinion foreigners love Thailand because of the intangibles; the smiles, the care-free attitude, and the difference between how they think and we think. We all want the same things but we often go about getting these things in a different manner. However, I now believe people choose to move to Thailand because it represents a lifestyle and freedom that is unavailable in their own country. Then again, there are some who feel their country sucks, the women suck, and they need to escape. So what is the real reason people move to Thailand?
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Having the surgery done at a V.A. hospital would be free but it would take three to four flights to the U.S. and several months to before it would be completed. While I was surprised to learn I have free V.A. medical benefits for the rest of my life, if I'm outside of the U.S., it doesn't do much good. The V.A. only provides care outside of the U.S. for veterans with service connected disabilities.
I've talked about hospital prices in Thailand previously. While prices are generally lower than those in the U.S. and Europe, costs are rising. Hip replacement surgery at Bumrungrad Hospital was quoted at between 350-450K baht ($11,000-$14,000) while Vejthani was 500-550K ($15,625-$17,200). Rajavej Hospital in Chiang Mai is 250-300K ($7800-$9400) and the orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Chanakarn, has an excellent reputation. When talking about medical care, quality of care is more important than price but clearly, it pays to shop around.
But Scott, don't you have medical insurance?
For a little over a year, an Israeli named Oz has been emailing me asking for advice on Thai women. He first stated he wanted to export a Thai woman to Israel to cook and clean for him, then changed his tune and made it clear he was actually looking for love - in all the wrong places. Oz went from bar girl to bar girl, never listening to my advice, apparently thinking he could find a sparkling diamond somewhere in the muck. He never relented but always asked what I thought. I told him to move to Thailand, spend some time learning the culture and stop trying to export a woman to Israel.
For some reason, perhaps because Oz is a nice guy, although extremely gullible and naive, I decided to continue pressing him to change his thinking. When will I learn? You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. This has never been more appropriate.
If oysters truly boost the libido but you're repulsed by the thought of slurping them down raw, I've got just the answer - the oyster omelet. The tiny shop house restaurant Nai Mong Hoy Tod in Bangkok is world renowned for it's fantastic oyster omelets (among other things) and is on my places in Bangkok that shouldn't be missed. Not far from Chinatown, the Nai Mong Hoy Tod Restaurant is open daily and any motorcycle taxi worth his salt will know the place. Definitely worth the time and money.
Nai Mong Hoy Tod Restaurant
539 Soi Prapachai,
Bangkok (Near Chinatown)
Hours: 11:00AM - 11:00PM
Phone: 02 623 1890 or 089 773 3133