Filming of The Coup in Chiang Mai
The big news for the past few weeks is the new Hollywood production being filmed right here in Chiang Mai called The Coup. Don't be surprised if you see Owen Wilson one of the stars in the movie walking around he's even got a double here doing stunts as well. Most of the filming has been done around a lot of the hotels in the city including the Imperial Mae Ping hotel. Apparently the movie is along the same lines as the movie Taken, in The Coup it's an american family that moved to South East Asia but a coup in their new country happens and now foreigners are being killed by ruthless mercenaries. Sounds like a good movie and although the production company assure us that no mention of the country Thailand will be in the film even an idiot will figure out it's Thailand. Think about it "The Coup" in South East Asia, Asian dudes killing foreigners sounds a hell of a lot like Thailand to me! Unlike the Chinese film "lost in translation" I don't think this movie is going to make anyone wanna come to Thailand anytime soon. Anyway the crew of the film have been super strict about photos. Big shout out to Dee for getting these photos at least, thanks mate.
Video of the week - Scammed for 46,000 baht
Shout out to Micheal who sent me the video! 4 hours in a Karaoke bar in Chiang Mai apparently costs more than 10,000 baht an hour...yeah right. Even if girl drinks are 250 baht each this poor sucker would have to buy them more than 130 drinks. That's just impossible! See the Tom in this video, yeah wish this guy would have called me up his Thai is pretty bad after 4-5 years in Thailand so when they ask him what exactly is wrong with the bill he just says overcharge. The news reporter on this story is too scared to name the shop involved in the original news story. Phuket as Tuk Tuk scams, Pattaya jet ski scams well Chiang Mai has the Karaoke scam. Funnily enough I was at Aie Karaoke one night whne they tried to add 3000 baht to my bill, I laughed told them it's illegal to charge me that i'm not paying. Noone beat me up! If you're a VIP member remember only to go to the clubs marked on the map all others will screw you over, good luck. In the end this guy paid 20,000 baht. Too bad he doesn't read this site.
Thai Girl of the Week - Minnie
Location: Din Daeng, Bangkok
Height: 5' 1" - 155cm
Weight: 99 lbs - 45 kg
Body Type: Few extra pounds
Education: Bachelors Degree
Drinking: Only in company
English ability: Some
Thai Ability: Excellent
Have Children: Don't have Children
Book of the week - Pattaya Beach
Almost every man who has visited or lived in Thailand has book just waiting to be written. In the case of author John Elray, that book takes the form of a first rate novel that accurately portrays the personalities, peculiarities, and problems the average Farang finds in the Land of Smiles.
In Pattaya Beach, Fah, a twenty-two year-old farm girl from Thailand's rural northeast moves to Pattaya City to do the one thing that has any hope of bringing her decent money – work in the sex trade. Her goal: land a well to do foreigner who can deliver her and her family from a subsistence life. Ed, a recent arrival from America, looks like he might just be the one. What Fah doesn’t know, however, is that Ed is a deeply disturbed man who has traveled to Thailand to kill his nemesis, Bill (Fah's employer), in retaliation for an imagined betrayal. What Ed doesn't know is that he's about to fall in love – and that's when all the trouble begins.
John Elray’s Pattaya Beach is a tutorial in excellent writing, well plotted with dialog that flows naturally and quirky characters that endear themselves to you… even the nasty ones.
Movie of the week - Ender's Game
OK so I was a bit cheap in not going to the movies for this but I was discouraged because I went to see the movie Gravity and honestly I was disappointed. I can't understand why the gravity movie sold out more than this movie. I really enjoyed it. Torrent.
Thai Word of the week - ทะเยอทะยาน
Have you tried to use a translator? I know the hardware translators work better than the online ones that said Google does do a good one with this translation. Pronounced "Tayer Tayahn" Means ambitious. *Tip: When you have enough basic Thai instead of going to the dictionary to figure out what something means ask a Thai person to explain this way you'll practice your Thai as well as understand the true meaning. Going to the dictionary is like trying to remember a phone number. Understand the true meaning of what your saying. This particular word I would explain in Thai as someone who is diligent and dreams big.
Thai Song of the Week - 25 Hours
Question of the Week
This week i was asked what a good boutique hotel in Bangkok is if you've read long enough I recommend Sasha Uno but because it's high season it's going to be difficult to get a room, instead you might want to check out The Muse.
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