Board: Festive Season

Festive Season is coming!

Start December with the cold weather in Thailand. It make me feel good to meet the real winter (just a bit cold than every year –“)

It’s great time to go the North such as “Doi Inthanon”  This is the highest peak in Thailand, and the national park that surrounds it is filled with some of the many natural wonders that make the country such a draw in the first place.

Doi Inthanon credit: http://www.chiangraivantour.com/

If you spend your Christmas time in Thailand this year, tracking in the North is recommend. Normally Thai people will do the good thing to start new year such as 

  • Offer foods to the monks
  • To pay respect to Buddha at the temple
  • Clean the house
  • Visit parents or family

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂

from all of Big Smile Team 🙂

Board: Plastic Pollution

 

Say ‘no’ to single-use plastic.

BOARD: PLASTIC POLLUTION

Q: What is plastic pollution?

A: Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles (e.g.: plastic bottles and much more) in the Earth’s environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans.

 

Q: Why plastic make pollution?

A: Plastic is a substance the earth cannot digest.

 

Q: How we can do?

A: There are many ways you can help stop plastic pollution. 

TAKE THE 4Rs PLEDGE

  • REFUSE disposable plastic whenever and wherever possible. Choose items that are not packaged in plastic, and carry your own bags, containers and utensils. Say ‘no straw, please.’ 
  • REDUCE your plastic footprint. Cut down on your consumption of goods that contain excessive plastic packaging and parts. If it will leave behind plastic trash, don’t buy it. 
  • REUSE durable, non-toxic straws, utensils, to-go containers, bottles, bags, and other everyday items. Choose glass, paper, stainless steel, wood, ceramic and bamboo over plastic. 
  • RECYCLE what you can’t refuse, reduce or reuse. Pay attention to the entire life cycle of items you bring into your life, from source to manufacturing to distribution to disposal.

STOP PLASTIC POLLUTION TODAY

Credit: https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/

picture credit: https://phys.org/news/2018-07-plastic-pollutioncould-ocean-technology.html

Board: Bangkok Transportation

Board: Bangkok Transportation

Surviving Bangkok’s Public Transportation System. If you have a flexible schedule, it is advised that you avoid peak rush hours because it’s very traffic jam few hours in morning and evening. Bangkok has many options transportation available, including BTS Skytrain, MRT Subway, buses, taxis, motorbike taxis, tuk-tuks, songthaews, express boats and khlong boats. Pick and choose the best public transport options to get to your required destination. 

Main Transportation

BTS Skytrain
          It’s famous in Bangkok because BTS connect with many popular attractions in downtown. So, it is convenient way to move around the city.

Open 06.00 am – 12.00 pm.

MRT
          It is subway/metro system that connect between downtown Bangkok to neighbor province of Nonthaburi. Thai known as “rodfai taidin” (underground train)

Open 06.00 am – 12.00 pm.

Taxi
          There are many taxis with variety of color. Taxis should use
a meter. If they refuse, walk away and find another taxi. A map or
GPS is the best way to know if you’re heading in the right direction.

All day and night

Local Transportation

Bus
          There are air-condition bus and non-air condition bus (cheaper). However, it is slower than other transportation because of traffic. It’s ideal for budget traveler.

Generally, run between 05.00 am – 11.00 pm. (It also has all-night bus, check more information)

Vans and Songthaews
          For van, tell a driver when you want to stop. For Songthaew, they are fares and fixed regardless of the distance covered. Alert a songthaew driver by pressing a buzzer. Both are pay with driver when you arrived.

Generally, run between 05.00 am – 10.00 pm.

Motorbike taxis
          Motorbike taxis can be a convenient and exciting way. They can drive through the heavy traffic. The drivers wear orange vests.

Generally. Run between 05.00 am – 10.00 pm.
There are all night motorbike taxis which are different of district to district.

Tuk Tuk
          Tuk Tuk is an iconic of transportation in Bangkok. Tuk tuk fares aren’t cheap and, unlike taxis, they do not have meters, but it is one of those must-do experiences for travelers.

Generally, run between 06.00 am – 10.00 pm

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Manage you trip and plan to survive Bangkok by yourself. It so much fun. 😀

Board: Rainy Season

Rainy Season

Rainy season in Thailand varies from region to region. It starts in June until the end of October. Everyday could be a rainy day, but sometimes it is only raining for a few minutes.

The average temperature is 23-36 degree Celsius.

Where you should visit during rainy season?

  1. Chiangrai

You can feel slow and peace life with the greenest time of year.

2. Petchabun

Petchabun has cool temperature with sea of fog. It’s a romantic place to drink some coffee in the morning among those fog.

3. Phitsanulok

There are many activities to thrill adrenaline junkies.

4. Koh Tao 

For those eho want to go to the island, you can be there! Rainy and heavy storms don’t last longer than 2 hours.

5. Bangkok

There are museums, cafes, shopping malls open all year round. Rainy season isn’t effect to those places except transportation. Some part of Bangkok is flooded.

TIPS

  1. Check the weather before going out.
  2. Be careful when you walk on footpath. It might be waterlogged.
  3. Protect your stuff.
  4. We cannot control weather, so be ready for any situation that might be happen.

 

Board: Basic Thai Conversation

Board: Basic Thai Conversation

Sawasdee Ka 🙂 I mean I say Hello to you. 

This time I have basic Thai conversation to help you easy travel in Thailand.

Normally in Thai, we will have “Krub” (male) and “Ka” (female) say in the end of sentence. Let’s go.

Basic Thai Word

  1. Hello (General Greeting) = Sawasdee (Krub/Ka)
  2. Goodbye = La Korn (Krub/Ka)
  3. Thank you = Khon Khun (Krub/Ka)
  4. Sorry/ Excuse me = Kor-Thod (Krub/Ka)
  5. Don’t worry/Never mind = Mai Pen Rai (Krub/Ka)
  6. Yes = Chai (Krub/Ka)
  7. No = Mai Chai (Krub/Ka), Mai (Krub/Ka)
  8. How are you? = Sa Bye Dee Mai (Krub/Ka)?
  9. Where is the restroom? = Hong Nam Yoo Tee Nai (Krub/Ka)?
  10. Can you speak English? = Khun Pood Pasa Ang Krid Dai Mai?

Eating and Ordering Foods

  1. I would like to order. >>>you can say like this>>>Sang Ar Harn Noi (Krub/Ka)
  2. Not Spicy >>>you can say like this>>>Mai Phed (Krub/Ka)
  3. Little Spicy >>>you can say like this>>>Phed Nid Noi (Krub/Ka)
  4. Spicy >>>you can say like this>>>Phed Mark (Krub/Ka)
  5. Delicious >>>you can say like this>>>A-Roi (Krub/Ka)

Shopping

  1. That’s very expensive >>>Pang Mark (Krub/Ka)
  2. How much does it cost?>>>Ra ka tao rai (Krub/Ka)?
  3. Could you give me more discount? >>>Lod ra ka dai mai (Krub/Ka)?

Accommodation

  1. There’s a problem in the room. >>>Hong Mee Pan Ha (Krub/Ka)
  2. Hot water doesn’t work>>> Nam Ron Mee Pan Ha (Krub/Ka)
  3. What time for check out? >>> Chan Tong Check Out Kee Mong (Krub/Ka)?
  4. Could you please call a Taxi for me? >>> Chuay Riak Taxi Dai Mai (Krub/Ka)?
  5. Can I change to another room? >>> Chan Kor Hong Eun Dai Mai (Krub/Ka)?
  6. I can not turn on the TV. >>>Chan Perd TV Mai Dai (Krub/Ka)
  7. Can I have Wifi password? >>> Chan Kor Rahas Wifi Duay (Krub/Ka)
  8. Do you have a hair dryer? >>> Khun Mee Dry Pao Phom Mai (Krub/Ka)?
  9. Do you have a battery charger? >>>Khun Mee Tee Charge Bat Mai (Krub/Ka)?
  10. Can you help carry my bag upstairs, please? >>>Khun Chuay Yok Kra Pao Keun Kang Bon Dai Mai (Krub/Ka)?

See you next topic ka… Bye…La Korn