somtum16

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  1. Not sure if it's against the rules to post links to personal blogs on here, but I like to write about Thai food in my spare time. Especially dishes that go beyond the standard Tom Yum Goong and Pad Thai that most people sample on their travels here. Yam naem is one of my favourite Thai salads - here is my article on it, would like to know your thoughts http://www.ronanmahony.com/yam-naem-an-incredibly-addictive-fermented-pork-salad/ I don't intend this to be self-promotional by the way. My blog isn't selling anything. If it's inappropriate to link to it, my bad.
  2. Seriously? Wow. If ever a paragraph summed up everything that's wrong with the overtly cynical dimwits that frequent Thai visa forums, this is it. Instead of enjoying your night out,you stressed over whether your ice bucket was 100% full or 75% full. All in the name of saving a grand total of 5 baht. Thailand really does attract the absolute dregs of society. Dude.. Check the sarcasm antenna.. Seems its a bit off.. Sarcasm doesn't really translate that well to the written form, especially when the only actual clue of sarcasm was in the name of the bar that the poster mentioned. It's actually more of a damning indictment of expats in Thailand that I genuinely thought there was a guy over here moaning about how full his ice bucket was. It honestly wouldn't surprise me.
  3. Yep! Paid more attention to the whole checking the ice bucket segment. Kind of stood out. My point still stands even if it's not applicable to the original person I replied to. Thailand seems to attract a host of the stingiest people on the planet. It's embarrassing seeing people argue over the price of a beer in town sometimes.
  4. That wasn't clear at all to me. Sarcasm is hard enough to detect on the internet, his post didn't seem to contain any traces of it. If he was joking,I apologize. If he wasn't - my comment still stands.
  5. Yes, a reservation is what I am looking for. It is not easy to make a flight reservation without paying for it - most airlines require payment up front. And for those that don't, they will usually only offer reservations on refundable tickets, which are a lot more expensive. I've heard travel agents in Thailand can make 'dummy' flight reservations for people who need to show them for visa purposes.
  6. Thanks for your reply. yeah for Ireland it's outlined by immigration that proof of return flights is needed. I've read on the net that you can walk into a travel agent in Thailand and they will make a booking for 300THB, but I don't know how true it is.
  7. Seriously? Wow. If ever a paragraph summed up everything that's wrong with the overtly cynical dimwits that frequent Thai visa forums, this is it. Instead of enjoying your night out,you stressed over whether your ice bucket was 100% full or 75% full. All in the name of saving a grand total of 5 baht. Thailand really does attract the absolute dregs of society.
  8. I'm going to attempt the rather daunting task of applying for a visa to Ireland for my Thai girlfriend soon. Instead of being lazy and forking out a crapload of money to pay a company to apply for the visa, I'll be doing it all myself. The first problem I'm seeing is this stipulation that the immigration department in my country wants to see a flight itinerary. I'm asking if it is possible to go into a travel agent in Chiang Mai and ask them to make a reservation for my girlfriend between Bangkok and Dublin? I don't particularly want to fork out loads of money on a refundable flight. Ideally, I'll make a dummy reservation with a travel agent and then buy a cheap return ticket with the same dates closer to the time of her visit. Is the feasible?
  9. What a delightful thing to read considering I have a flight with them to Bangkok this Saturday evening. Although I've used them twice before - both flights were comfortable and on-time. At 800THB (same price as a ten hour bus), can't really go wrong. (I hope)
  10. It's very easy to find cheap flights from my home city (Dublin) to Bangkok, but not the other way around. In November 2015,I paid 300 euro for a Finnair flight to Bangkok with a 2 hour layover in Helsinki. both flights were extremely comfortable. Going back with the same airline, I've had to fork out 500 quid, which is quite pricey. I don't know if I booked too late, or the departure taxes from BKK are extortionate.
  11. Songkran is great fun. I am quite an introverted guy and generally don't enjoy mingling with huge groups of people, but I make an exception for Songkran. This is the second year running that I have been lucky enough to be in CM at this time of year. It is a very fun experience. Tuesday was spent on Loi Kroh drinking beer and partying. Yesterday I went to Doi Kham, watched a parade at Tha Phae and then partied very hard on Loi Kroh. The crowds on that road are always huge for Songkran and I enjoy the drunken fun. Today I'm staying in the apartment to recharge my batteries before one more day of madness tomorrow. Haven't gone out partying at night but was considering Zoe as it attracts my age group (twenties). Maybe tomorrow after Loi Kroh if I have the energy.
  12. Feeling a bit homesick today in particular as an Irish guy. Moved to CM a month ago and apart from the odd passing conversation with other foreigners at bars, I've not had much social contact over here. I'm living with my girlfriend and keeping busy with other things so I haven't had a lot of time for making new friends. That brings me to the point of this thread. Is there any decent Paddy's day celebrations on in Chiang Mai tonight? Preferably with friendly people and discounted Guinness would be a nice bonus. Thanks.
  13. I'm from Ireland and I have zero interest in subjects like U.S politics or Syria. I find the news to be generally depressing as <deleted>, so I stay away from it as much as possible and have no opinion about any of it. I prefer to talk about topics that I am passionate about such as food, travel and football. I've never had a problem having a decent conversation with a Thai person on these subjects either because the majority of people I have met here are interested by them. It might surprise American people, but the world doesn't centre around your country. In fact, a lot of us couldn't give a flying <deleted> about America or world politics. I find that Thai people are passionate about the every day pleasures in life - good food, participation in sports, motorbikes, and money. Stuff like that.
  14. Living here for the next five months. I miss playing football on a once per week basis the same as I did at home, and living with my girlfriend here is great but I need a social outlet. I'm free any day of the week so I'm just wondering if anyone here knows of a team looking for an extra man to play? I'm 25 years old and average skill level. Thanks.