loofa

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  1. Hello everyone, I'm doing a research project and am looking for traditional Thai midwives (หมอตำแย) to interview in a few different locations around Thailand, one of them being Chiang Rai If anyone knows of any midwives in/around Chiang Rai I would be very appreciative of any information you can share. I'm also hoping to find midwives in Ayutthaya and Mae Hong Song areas (and will post in local forums there), and am open to possibly interviewing midwives in other areas as well if time allows. Many thanks for any help :)
  2. Hello everyone, I'm doing a research project and am looking for traditional Thai midwives (หมอตำแย) to interview in a few different locations around Thailand, one of them being Ayutthaya. If anyone knows of any midwives in/around Ayutthaya I would be very appreciative of any information you can share. I'm also hoping to find midwives in Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Song areas (and will post in local forums there), and am open to possibly interviewing midwives in other areas as well if time allows. Many thanks for any help :)
  3. I'm curious about how all over Thailand I hear the terms "taxi mafia" and "tuk tuk mafia". I can see from recent articles how the drivers being arrested in Phuket do seem to fit the definitition of "mafia" (organized crime mostly dealing with protection rackeering and product trafficking), but is this really the case with drivers all over Thailand? I've had friendly taxi drivers call themselves taxi mafia laughingly while pulling a blatant illegal driving move (yes, even more blatent than most here), but from my nieve foreigner view of course the only ongoing crime I see them commit is overcharging - which if that's the reasoning for the term then we need to start calling much of the country mafia (as in, damn papaya seller mafia!). Okay, thanks for any illumination. Oh, and I know rules are being more strictly adhered to here these days, so if mentioning mafias isn't allowed for any reason, then feel free to delete my post- I was just curious.
  4. Hi there, Our family is moving back to the U.S. in a few weeks, and we are bringing our adopted temple stray cat with us. He has his vaccinations and micro chip, so my question is just about the animal quarantine office in Chiang Mai. We are flying out of C.M., but we don't live there, so we are hoping to minimize how many days we have to stay there, with a cat in a hotel/guesthouse room. Do any of you by any chance know how many days it usually takes to get your paperwork from animal quarantine? Other threads I've found say 3 to 5 days, but they are old, and I'm wondering if people have recent experience with the timing. If we have a late night flight out on a wednesday, could we conceivably go to Animal Quarantine on Monday and be finished in time? Otherwise we have to go on Thursday or Friday and stay through the weekend, all the while suffering through having a cat in a hotel. Also, if anyone happens to know of pet friendly guesthouses and hotels.... Huge thanks for input!
  5. This is the e-mail I just sent my husband. We are moving home in a couple of months, which I am not sad about - I love both countries - but I am having those acute moments of feeling the little things. "For some reason I clicked on this thaivisa forum and started reading this thread - guess I’m just really interested in rain scrolling through the comments, watching a whole country talking about rain and drought, and oh, now it’s raining in this part of the country, oh lucky you, wish it was raining here, oh hey, we just had a 90 minute monsoon, oh all we got was thunder and lightening, no rain, but oh, now it is drizzling here… for some reason I found tears in my eyes. I suddenly realized that as much as I think that the expat forums are confusingly full of a**holes, they are also full of people from all over the world, connecting on this one little thing, that we all are here in this weird country that is not our origin. This rain conversation just made me teary, because I will miss being a part of this." P.S. in the northcountry, we had a lovely downpour last night that has left us with the coolest morning we've had in ages
  6. Has anyone here flown Korean Air with a cat or dog that they are bringing in the cabin? I'm specifically trying to figure out how strict they are going to be about weighing the carrier (with pet inside). My cat plus the weight of the carrier is about 1 kilo over the limit. Normally carry on isn't weighed, but they seem strict about it when you look at the website. It's a 25 hour journey, so I'd really like to avoid putting him in cargo - that's just too long in cargo I think. Thanks so much for any input. (and yes, the carrier is about the lightest I can find, and no, I'm not going to put him on a diet - he is a healthy weight, so that would be cruel)