High tech platform revs-up used car auctions in Thailand
Motto Auction was established in Thailand in 2002 and took over the office of world renowned international vehicle auction company Manheim which began in this business in 1945. Across Motto’s 13 Thailand locations, every year, the company handles over 100,000 vehicle transports, processes over 4 million documents, supports over 3,000 dealers and generates around 6 billion baht in transactions. And that’s both in facilities like this and online. With all the data gathered through Motto’s sales, and the new normal brought about thanks to the Covid 19 pandemic, creating an online marketplace made perfect sense. The result is MottoRaka.com. Supporting the governments ‘Thailand 4.0’ directive, it’s the first AI-driven data website to facilitate fair pricing deals for those wishing to sell their cars or buy a second-hand car in Thailand. Compiled from over 20 years of data, the Thai-language website not only assists, buyers & sellers but also dealers along with financial and insurance entities. It incorporates Classified Car Listings, editorial content and a Dealers’ platform – in essence a digital manual to refer to for fair and trustworthy depreciation value of any vehicle brand and model.
Dreaming about Lamai Beach - Koh Samui Thailand
Lamai Beach is Samui's second-largest resort area after Chaweng. It is quieter and less bustling than its big sister, but still with plenty of accommodation, dining and shopping options, and some great spas and tourist sites to explore. Located in the central area of Samui’s east coast, the beach at Lamai is considered by many visitors to be the most beautiful one on the island. Downtown Lamai is pretty small and features an agreeable dining, shopping and bar scene; a great place to wander round after sunset. Lamai is also close to one of Samurai's tourist attractions - Hin Ta and Hin Yai
Patpong Museum - Art in red-light Bangkok Thailand
Patpong Museum is a well kept secret in the heart of Bangkok’s red-light district. Despite its location, its an attraction that’s safe enough for the whole family. We take a look, through the eyes of the owners own children, at a collection of unique and rare memorabilia. In this episode Olivia focus's on popular pieces of art hanging in the Patpong Museum including items by Thailand's high profile Tawan Wattuya.
Patpong Museum - Red-light Bangkok
Patpong Museum is a well kept secret in the heart of Bangkok’s red-light district. Despite its location, its an attraction that’s safe enough for the whole family. We take a look, through the eyes of the owners own children, at a collection of unique and rare memorabilia. Ben’s story focus's on the history of Air America during the Vietnam War.
Samui - Racing with EasyKart in Chewang Beach Thailand
EasyKart has several adrenaline fused go-kart racing complexes around Thailand. The first EasyKart branch was opened in Bangkok in 2004, an indoor complex on the 2nd Floor of a Royal City Avenue shopping center and their second opening was their extremely popular Pattaya out door-complex next to the famous Walking Street. Their most recent branch is in Chewang Koh Samui. We highly recommend that give it a go. Highly professional and a great day out!
Charming Bophut Beach - Koh Samui Thailand
Bophut Beach and its famous Fisherman’s Village is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Koh Samui Thailand. Located on Samui Island’s north coast, its three kilometre long beach faces Koh Phangan and, despite its ever-growing success, it still holds its original rustic authenticity In the evenings, the narrow Fisherman’s Village Walking Street comes alive and its adjoining streets are crammed with restaurants, market stalls and shoppers visiting from all across Koh Samui. The atmosphere is fabulous!
Bangkok Expats surviving Covid 19
While the number of Coronavirus deaths in Thailand has been significantly lower than many nations, the economic impact has been immediate and severe. Millions of Thai people have lost their jobs – especially those employed in tourism and entertainment industries. For many Expats too, the results have also been devastating. When Mike Major and Steve Ross of the Bangkok Expats online business community saw the situation facing many Expats in Bangkok, they founded an initiative called 'Helping Hands'. A positive look at how, in the midst of crisis, true generosity shines. www.bangkokexpats.org Bkkfightscovid19.com
Hungry Monkey's amok in the city of Lopburi Thailand
Due to a food shortage through the current lack of tourism, thousands of monkeys ran amok and maraud through the Thai city of Lopburi. Concerned locals deliver supply fruit to the hungry creatures
Venturing out in Bangkok during Covid-19 lock-down
Bangkok is a much quieter city these days as Thailand closed all non-essential travel and business in an effort to curb the spread of corona virus. Some restaurants are now starting to open but entertainment districts remain closed and tourism remains badly affected. Raine Grady takes a walk through her own inner city neighbourhoods
British photographer and writer Ben Davies has made it his mission to capture the hidden charm and old-world splendor of parts of Bangkok. From the winding alleys of Chinatown to grand riverside mansions you can glimpse the extraordinary history of Thailand’s yesteryear. Over 5 years, using a large format Linhof film camera he captured images like this – which he then published into his recently launched book Vanishing Bangkok. After spending two decades working on assignments all over Southeast Asia Ben was shocked by the speed with which old buildings like this were disappearing.
Koh Chang - A Jungle Island Paradise
Koh Chang is Thailand’s third largest island after Phuket and Samui. It is located around 300 kilometres east of Bangkok in Trat Province, in the Gulf of Thailand near the Cambodian border. Koh Chang is also known also as ‘Elephant Island’ named because of its elephant shaped headland, and is part of the Mu Ko Chang National Park. Despite its increase in development and tourism in the past decade or so, it has retained its remote and rugged character. In this enticing episode we take a mountain bike tour through through the jungle, visit a herbal forest garden, go body surfing and visit a stunning rustic fishing village
Bangkok's historic Customs House re-development
Bangkok’s old Customs House is a familiar site on the banks of the Chao Praya river in the city heart. For years it’s been a magnificent crumbling ruin with an uncertain future. Hotel Group U City, will spend 3 billion Thai Baht or around 1oo million US dollars to turn the landmark into almost 16,000 square meters of upscale hotel with 100 rooms, including construction of a new building. The new opening is scheduled for 2025.
BMX jump and pump playground outside Si Racha
It doesn't take many kilometers off the Bangkok to Pattaya motorways to find a much less hectic green, peaceful environment east of Chonburi. The rural undulating region is perfect for bicycling. Just outside of Si Racha is a huge reservior called Ban Bang Phra, a popular cycling destination. We take several video shots of an ideal coconut lined training park & coffee stop for extreme bicycle enthusiasts! - Band Bike Shop Bang Phra - Coconut Bike Park
Thailand Island Paradise - Koh Lanta & Koh Rok
Koh Lanta is an exotic island with pristine beaches and balmy weather. Its comprised of 52 islands in the southernmost region of Thailand's Krabi Province, of which the largest and best-known is Koh Lanta Yai. The island is approximately seventy kilometres from Krabi, and offers an appealing escape from highly popular tourist destinations like Phuket and Phi Phi. Located 30 kilometers south of Koh Lanta, Koh Rok island is actually 2 uninhabited islands: Koh Rok Nok and Koh Rok Nai separated by a hundred meters which allows you to go easily from one to the other. No locals live on the island. There are only rangers from the national parks. Ko Rok offer beautiful beaches with turquoise and crystal clear water, a real postcard landscape !
Luxury Escapes - Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa
On the west side of the Gulf of Thailand you'll find the modern seaside resort of Hua Hin. This is a destination that truly inspires romance and the resorts here are stunning, such as the Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Situated on the pristine and golden sand stretch of Pak Nampran Bay in Pranburi, just south of Hua Hin, Aleenta Hua Hin Resort is a comfortable 2.5 hour drive southwest of Bangkok. This special boutique luxury resort is located within mere footsteps of the beach and offers commanding views over the Gulf of Thailand.
Samui - Angthong National Park Day Tour
Established as a marine national park in 1980, Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park is an archipelago of 42 islands covering 102 km² at the shore of the Surat Thai Province in the Gulf of Thailand Most travelers experience Ang Thong on single-day guided tours from Koh Samui or Koh Phangan to Wua Talap Island and its famous Emerald Lake. These guided tours are the way to go, and most day trips include lunch, snorkeling gear, park admission fees, and hotel transfers. Some people prefer the speed boats for convenience. For example a trip from Koh Phangan to the Marine Park usually takes only 45 minutes while a large slow boat takes between 2-3 hours. Of course, a slow boat is more relaxing and it depends upon your own budget. Sometimes the journey should be part of the adventure, not just the destination
Ko Tao - Thailand's diving Paradise
The smallest of the Samui, Phangan and Ko Tao trio, Ko Tao is particularly well known as a diving destination. With it's warm waters, tropical ambiance and dotted with diving operators it's an ideal place to get your diving licence. The island is consistently gaining in popularity and going more upscale, but for now this jungle-topped little island has the busy vibe of Samui mixed with the laid-back nature of Phangan. Close offshore from Ko Tao is stunning Koh Nang Yuan. A 15 minute long-tail ride to this small cluster of rock islands takes you to one of the most beautiful beaches and aquamarine water you can experience in Thailand.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Bangkok
The Thailand based Maximum Performance Wellness Clinics use American protocols to improve the negative effects of low testosterone in the body. As one gets older, testosterone levels gradually decline typically about 1% a year after age 30. It is important to determine in older men if a low testosterone level is simply due to the decline of normal aging or if it is due to a disease. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is available in two convenient Maximum Performance city center clinics based in Bangkok and Pattaya www.maximumclinic.com
Cooking Thai food with Bo Lan - Thai Rice Noodle with Prawns
Chef couple Duangporn Songvisava (Bo) and Dylan Jones (lan) have been serving royal Thai dishes to much fanfare for nearly a decade. The heritage of the cuisine is respected, but there is a touch of modernity in the presentation. In this episode Ian prepares Thai rice noodle with pineapple, chili and prawns
Cooking Thai food with Bo Lan - Spicy kafir lime salad with cured prawns
Chef couple Duangporn Songvisava (Bo) and Dylan Jones (lan) have been serving royal Thai dishes to much fanfare for nearly a decade. The heritage of the cuisine is respected, but there is a touch of modernity in the presentation. In this episode Ian prepares a spicy lime kafir salad with cured prawns