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Re: Is Farang an f word?

Sorry Barang, "It must have been borrowed by Thai around the 16 century when trade was flourishing between Asia and Middle East and Portugal." You assume that one etymological theory is correct while several others exist. The most common is that the word derives from the Thai mispronunciat...
by punter
on Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:16 am
 
Forum: Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in
Topic: Is Farang an f word?
Replies: 295
Views: 375451

Re: Is Farang an f word?

Well Barang, if only the Thai leadership was more interested in building infrastructure for the people instead of stealing the money for themselves you would be sitting as comfortably as I am. The word 'falang' is a derivaton of the unpronounable word 'francaise' resulting in 'falangset' or 'falansa...
by punter
on Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:39 am
 
Forum: Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in
Topic: Is Farang an f word?
Replies: 295
Views: 375451

Re: Is Farang an f word?

OK ..first the term 'Falang' is the pronuciation of the word ' Falangset' which was what came out of Thais inability to pronounce France. The French were never in Burma. Second, the Thai have always seen themselves as inferior to the west and have a huge 'chip on their shoulder' because they think t...
by punter
on Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:00 am
 
Forum: Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in
Topic: Is Farang an f word?
Replies: 295
Views: 375451

Re: Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept

Quite right Jed, you'd have to be as dumb as a sack of hammers to put any money into Thailand. Thats precisely why you don't have any large companies expanding into the country. The industries that have established themselves are continuously downsizing with many relocting to Malaysia. In Malaysia y...
by punter
on Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:37 am
 
Forum: Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns
Topic: Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept
Replies: 182
Views: 160133

Re: Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept

You're quite right Corky. The rich Thais feel that they are going to being shown to be what they are in Thailand, and that is small time hooligans when compared the average middle class foriegner or investor. The rich thais can go and buy offshore but that is hidden from the Thai people. They want t...
by punter
on Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:32 am
 
Forum: Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns
Topic: Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept
Replies: 182
Views: 160133

Re: Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept

deleted first line. Actually thats one smart observation. The land values in SE Asia can only go down over the next twenty years as transportation costs of finished goods go nowhere but up. Anyone notice that oil is hanging in at the $70 dollars a barrel during the worst global recession since WW2? ...
by punter
on Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:18 am
 
Forum: Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns
Topic: Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept
Replies: 182
Views: 160133

Re: Double pricing system in Thailand

Canada allows all foriegn students under the age of 25 to work. Income tax filings are treated in exactly the same way as locals. Becuase of the deductions for fees and personal exemptions 99.99999% of students pay zero income tax. The restaurants and ski slopes are full of foriegn students ( includ...
by punter
on Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:52 am
 
Forum: Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns
Topic: Double pricing system in Thailand
Replies: 474
Views: 620166

Re: Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept

I know for a fact that Johor region is not as expensive as some think. For example you can rent a quality villa-three bedrooms, full kitchen etc with a nice big garden in Johor, an hour drive from Singapore on a very good road access to good shopping, health , recreation etc ( no \\ //// thanks) for...
by punter
on Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:19 am
 
Forum: Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns
Topic: Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept
Replies: 182
Views: 160133

Re: Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept

Mike Williams, you were wondering how many retired British ex-pats there were in Thailand? The last number I saw reported was 42.000. Any should certainly entertain the idea of moving to Malaysia as a retiree as opposed to Thailand. It is far more civil to it's guests. There is none of the double pr...
by punter
on Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:32 am
 
Forum: Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns
Topic: Land purchase through Thai spouse forbidden: Land Dept
Replies: 182
Views: 160133

Re: Three Most Important Words.

How about these:
1) Mi ow - I don't want any

2) Mi me stang - I don't have any money

3) Noo noo Plah plah - ( snake snake fish fish) it doesn't matter in the gretater scheme of things.

sorry about the spelling if grossly incorrect.
by punter
on Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:31 am
 
Forum: Living in Thailand - adjusting + settling in
Topic: Three Most Important Words.
Replies: 40
Views: 58473

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