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Thailand-Reisebericht: "Der Anfang" Explore Thailand with Travel Blogger Richard Barrow. Thai Fiction in Translation. Art in Southeast Asia. Somtow's World. Zashnain @bedlamfury. Written from heart. A rural road, in the depths of a province that I am unfamiliar with.

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Pathum Thani. Imposing highways, leading to narrow roads, and how I remember the small dusty town, somewhat a taint of resemblance of Phnom Penh, though not quite. The escape, away from Bangkok, was thankfully rejuvenating. The nap, a couple of hours in the moving vehicle, prepared me for the “rural” province.

Relaxing, despite the signs of the dry season in these parts. Thailand. This week, Jotman's Fox News Award* goes to CNN for its special investigation into something called “food stamp fraud.”

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Essentially, that's when impoverished Americans use their food stamps (these days a government-issued debit card) to pay for stuff that’s not food-related groceries. Some people use the cards to buy cigarettes, alcohol and — according to the CNN report -- condoms. (Can't have the government making it possible for poor Americans to practice birth control!).

The grocery store sometimes gets a kick-back for misuse of the card. Living in Thailand: Too much fun off the tourist track. Koh Talu There are several types of expats in Thailand, the corporate employees in Bangkok and the already wealthy who come to live a life that’s even grander then they could afford from wherever they came.

Living in Thailand: Too much fun off the tourist track

They exist in a world of TV reality, sequestered in gated compounds of luxury villas, served by live in maids, chauffeured around the city to well covered events in Mercedes. In a country with a staggering rate of poverty they vacation at exclusive resorts on privately owned islands, these are the expats the government loves. Then there are the pensioned retirees; hordes of aged men from Europe, England, Australia and America come to live their days out measuring their retirements glass by glass of cheap beer. They are often married to Thai women from poor backgrounds and set up in their home villages elevating the entire extended family to a level of modest upper middle class.