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Friday, 19 October 2012 13:02

Rules for Driving In Thai


If you drive a car or motorcycle in Thailand, or are planning to, here are some humorous considerations to prepare you for this awesome experience.


It all flows somehow????

Keep left except to pass!

Having Gas in the Tank helps.

Intersections are an opportunity for doing something.

Exactly what, is the question.

Changing lanes is strictly optional at all times.

Driving the wrong way for a short distance is just fine.

Traffic signs and signals are strictly recommendations.

A Policeman with a whistle is probably someone to listen to.


Road blocks and check points do not apply to Farang.

53 motorbikes can fit between 2 rows of cars at a light

Children can sit anywhere on a motorcycle, handlebars, basket, front and/or back  rack.

The maximum occupancy for a 125cc motorcycle is 7 persons and a week's worth of groceries.

Motor cycles keep in the left lane, sometimes....

Flip flops are good footwear for riding Motorcycle.

Ladies sitting on back of Motorcycles have magnetic butts.  Proof is that they can sit side-saddle with one hand resting in drivers lap and a high heel on the foot peg at 60kmh.

Maximum Occupancy for a small pickup truck bed is 35 persons. With a hot BBQ for in flight meals.

Never load a truck to just full always put at least twice as much on.

If you load soo much in the back of the truck, so that the front wheels will not steer have a few friends sit on the hood. The affects on driver visibility is nominal compared to being able to actually steer.

Red Lights mean go faster.

Yellow light means go faster.

Green light means go faster.

You always have to be in front.

All lanes are passing lanes.

Passing is best done on Blind turns, especially on mountain roads.

Bigger means you have the right of way.


Forgot a few:

If it ain't broke don't fix it.  Trust in the gods!

If something mechanical is going wrong with the car, be sure to purchase the Buddhist flowers by the roadside and put them on the rear view mirror. People sell these at intersections all over the place.

When you get a car the first stop is the Wat/Temple to have the monks bless the car.

All cars have Buddhist blessing strings around the steering columns.

Rental cars have huge bundles of blessing strings to protect the farangs who can't drive in Thai.

Also blessings are written on the headliner over the driver and sometimes in the glove box.

Many have amulets on the dash or hanging from the mirror.


Dogs and Cars:

Dogs can and do sleep in the middle of the road any time of day, as no Thai would ever hit an animal if they can help it.  They, the dogs, think the roads are there for them exclusively to lounge about.

Often a dog will climb under your car as soon as you park to take advantage of the new shady spot.

Don't worry he will get out as soon as you get back in.

I have never seen more traffic savvy dogs. You see almost no animals of any kind dead along the road.  This is probably because the Thai, being good Buddhists, strive not to harm any.

Of course you often see them sleeping on top of cars at night to get the warmth and a good view.

Dogs can and do ride on the seats or in the baskets of motorcycles.

Though they have not learned to drive yet. Soon... Soon...

Cattle also believe that the roads are made for them and will walk into traffic any time. Be alert.

In closing think about this; passing a truck in a blind mountain corner with cattle strolling across the road and an oncoming car in the other lane!

Just a normal day on the road.

Scott Willoughby

Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:55

Health Insurance


A lot of Joe Lizzerd’s friends have asked about health insurance plans available in Thailand. A little research will yield hundreds of insurance programs, with a wide-range of services and of course costs.


We ran across a little-known program that was recommended to us by a teacher. It is quite reasonable in coverage and cost, and offers three different plans. Thousands of foreign teachers living in Thailand subscribe to it, although fortunately it’s not restricted to teachers. Check it out and compare.


AJARN.COM GROUP INSURANCE PROGRAM or for more offers have a look at Group Sickness & Accident Insurance Plans




Individual Sickness & Acciident Maximum Payable per Disability

Basic Hospital Inpatient (IPD) Coverage (max. per disability)

800,000 400,000

800,000 400,000

1,200,000 600,000

Room and Board, including nursing service (Maximum payable per day, limit 60 days)




ICU Room and Board, including nursing service (Maximum payable per day, limit 15 days)





12,000 360,000

- Room and Board, including nursing service and ICU (Maximum payable per disability)

General Expenses including OPD follow up within 30 days (Maximum payable per disability)













- Emergency OPD Treatment for accident - first visit within 24 hours after accident,

including follow up within 15 days (including in General Exenses)

-   Special Consultation Fee (including in General Expenses)

-   Ambulance Fee (including in General Expenses)

Surgical Coverage




- Surgical Fee (Maximum payable per disability/time/year, as per actual expense) - Special Consultation Fee for Surgery (included in Surgical Fee)







Doctor Visit Coverage (Inpatient only)




- Hospital In-patient Doctor Visit Fee (Maximum payable per day, limit 60 days)




Inpatient Major Medical Coverage        (max. per disability)




(Pays 90 percent of the treatment expenses in excess of the IPD benefits)

Out-patient Coverage (OPD)    (doctor visits)

No Cover


No Cover

- Maximum Payable per Day (Maximum 1 visit per day, limit 30 visits per year)




- X-ray and Labaloratory Test Expenses (Maximum per year)




Worldwide Emergency Assistance Coverage (by SOS International)


USD 1,000,000


Personal Accident Coverage (PA 2)    AD&D only not treatment




- Accidental Death, Dismemberment, and Total Permanent Disability (AD&D) (100 percent payable for murder and assault) (100 percent payable for riding or being a passenger of a motorcycle)








Premium must be paid in full at the time of enrollment. Partial premiums are not acceptable. We cannot accept credit cards. Premiums must be paid in cash at either Siam Commercial Bank or Bangkok Bank and proof of payment sent to us by fax or e-mail. Do not phone us or text message us to let us know that you paid - this makes it too difficult for us to monitor and control. We will submit your application for approval, or notify THI you are renewing, once we have received your proof of payment.

For new applicants, coverage for accidents will begin on 15 October. Coverage for illness will begin 30 days later. The hospital cards will not be issued until the end of October. Until then, you will have to pay for any treatment yourself and then submit a claim to us for reimbursement.

For those renewing, and who pay on time, coverage will continue uninterrupted. You will be able to use your old card until you receive your new card.

For those renewing who fail to pay on time, your coverage will stop on 15 October and your old card will no longer be useable. You will still be able to renew once payment has been made; but, you will have to pay for treatment, and then get reimbursed, until you get your card.

New applicants can e-mail their application to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Or, fax it to 02-990-8356. Also, send a copy of the ID page of your passport or Thai ID card

Friday, 12 October 2012 09:13

Life in Thailand - Thai Fruits

Thai Fruits

Today we’re going to share with our Joe Lizzerd friends 10 awesome  fruits to eat this season (doesn't include some of the more mainstream fruits like pineapple, bananas, or watermelon)!

While Thailand is a paradise for fruit year round, there's even more of an abundance through the months of May - July.

1. Sweet Tamarind (Makaam Waan มะขามหวาน) - I think of sweet tamarind as raisin jam filled into a shell. You could probably spread it on a piece of bread!


2. Rambutan (Nga เงาะ) - Available everywhere in Thailand in huge piles, this attractive fruit is fun and addictive to eat

Thursday, 11 October 2012 09:05

Keeping Informed & Plugged-in

Today we share with you Joe Lizzerd’s favorite list of essential multi-language newspapers available online and all linkable for your convenience!

Thailand Newspapers

[In English]


Friday, 28 September 2012 13:06

Useful Thai Website


For Joe Lizzerd's clients and customers, here is a list of all the useful websites in Thailand you'll ever need! Print it out and keep in a handy place.


* Phuket Property and Real Estate Agents

Thursday, 27 September 2012 10:56

Life in Pattaya - Walking Your Way To Health

Life in Pattaya - Walking Your Way To Health

One of the advantages to living in Pattaya, is having the opportunity to walk on the beaches, and the surrounding hills overlooking the Pattaya Bay.

Did you know that every minute you walk can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes? In addition, many studies show that people who walk regularly live longer, weigh less, have lower blood pressure, and enjoy better overall health than non-walkers.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 10:31

Going With The Feng Shui Flow Makes Sense


Even for those who don't subscribe to the beliefs, many principles of the ancient art are rational and in line with buyers' preferences.

More and more property developers and buyers are paying attention to this ancient Chinese practice.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:32

TAT promotes medical tourism in Thailand

TAT promotes medical tourism in Thailand

TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni opens the Thailand Medical & Wellness Tourism Trade Fam Trip 2012 and tours the exhibition hall featuring over 110 Thai medical and wellness providers.

Nearly 90 tourism facilitators, health tourism organisations and health insurance companies from 18 countries recently gathered at the Centara Grand at CentralWorld in Bangkok for a “Thailand Medical & Wellness Tourism Trade FAM Trip 2012” organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

In addition to the meetings, the TAT also organised a three-day trip that provided an opportunity for the influential guests from around the world to experience Thai health and wellness providers, hospitals, spas, and specialised clinics first hand.

During the first day of the event, the visiting tourism facilitators had meetings with over 110 Thai medical and wellness providers to learn about the range of services available in the Kingdom.

“The Thailand Medical & Wellness Tourism Trade FAM Trip is the first trade event to target medical tourism organisations and health insurance companies,” announced TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni. “Thai medical providers are well prepared and ready to expand into the global market,” added Svetasreni.

Mrs. Vilaiwan Twichasri, Deputy Governor for Tourism Business and Products for the TAT, said, “Prospective buyers visiting Thailand are interested in a wide range of medical tourism products, including wellness spas, medical spas, and especially integrated medicine and anti-ageing products. Thai herbal medicines and therapy, as well as an array of Eastern medical knowledge, are also focal points for many international tourism operators, especially in the Russian market. The TAT believes that this is a great opportunity for the Thai health tourism sector, since the high standards of the Thai medical profession are well-known around the world.”

Governor Svetasreni concluded that, “The Thailand Medical & Wellness Tourism Trade FAM Trip 2012 has been an excellent opportunity for Thai medical providers to meet their international counterparts to help expand the market into countries such as China and Russia. The trip had helped to emphasise Thailand’s reputation – in the eyes of tourism facilitators from all over the globe – as the world leader in wellness tourism and beauty” he added.

The TAT believes that the Thai health and wellness tourism sector will help generate a significant portion of the total expected national tourism revenue of two trillion Baht in 2014.

Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:21

Tips for Dating Thai Women - Part Two



Today we’re going to share with you two of the Best Resources for Successful Dating and some more Advice for Dating Thai Women

Approach One: Local Guy Friends

Go out right now and make some Thai guy friends that have jobs, are socially apt and educated. This is important because most Thai girls are shy and would never imagine approaching a foreign man no less talking to one on the street, even if they are interested in dating. Your Thai guy friends will provide a gateway to a good group of girls, from good families, with good values and more often than not – sexy.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:41

Tips for Dating Thai Women - Part One



Many of Joe Lizzerd’s clients and potential customers, want to live in Pattaya because of the availability of many beautiful Thai women. Today and tomorrow were going to share with you some of the wisdom we’ve collected on Dating Thai Women, which you can use as guidelines to be successful and avoid problems.

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