Songkran 2014 in Ubon


Songkran was slightly more subdued this year in Ubon. I don’t know if it’s the economy, political environment or the overcast skies, but there was a noticeable drop in water throwing. I do mean slightly though and much fun was had by our family and friends.

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Lotus Exchange Rate

If you use a foreign credit card at Lotus like I do, here’s a pro tip to save a little money. They have started asking if you want to pay in Thai Baht or your home currency. This is a recent change I think. I’ve never been asked in the last decade nor have I ever seen one of these signs pictured below in Lotus. I’ve checked the difference between paying THB vs USD at the point of sale at other businesses in the past and paying in THB has been cheaper 100% of the time. I would assume it would be the same for other currencies. I think it has to do with the difference between an offshore and onshore exchange rate. IMG_9234

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Mt. Dew’s Accidental Marketing in Thailand


Have you noticed bright green bottles popping up all over the road in Thailand recently? A few months ago Mt. Dew officially came to Thailand; a guilty pleasure for this expat who grew up sneaking a bottle whenever possible. I don’t know if Thais enjoy the taste but they sure enjoy using the bright green bottles as reflectors. Go ahead and stand out on your street. I bet at least 1 out of the next 5 trucks you see has the green bottles hanging off the back. I’ve even seen food stalls start using them to draw attention to their business and our nearby junk yard is making a separate pile of them for resale. So is it accidental or clever marketing? Whatever it is, it’s working.

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Ink Fail


In 2011 I declared that the ink well side containers on printers were the greatest thing since sliced bread. Sure I saved a little money by not buying ink cartridges but these containers have been nothing but trouble and required frequent maintenance. I can admit it when I’m wrong and I definitely was. The other day I reverted back to ink cartridges and now have wonderful colored pages. :)

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Trakan Tiger Zoo

Ubon has two zoos now. The newest is Ubon Jungle Park but there is another zoo that has been around much longer; the Trakan Tiger Zoo. It’s on the road to Khemmarat (see map below) and only costs 20b if I remember correctly. No double pricing either! It’s not the most well kept zoo you’ll ever see but seeing the tigers is worth the visit and if you’re lucky they might let you hold the baby tigers. All you have to do is ask.

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