My Own Top 10 Thai Blogs (4-6)

The Heroes of Bangrajan

I don’t know about you guys but I’ve been suffering from an awful cold for the past few days brought on by the hellish freezing cold weather. So cold in Suphanburi that half me students have been coming to class wearing a Liverpool scarf, gloves and a big wooly miner’s hat. A couple of days back the temperature dropped to 14c shockingly low for the central plains! I always say, as a foreigner, you know when you have been in Thailand too long when you find yourself waddling around complaining to the likes of “Darned cold weather!”

Over the past year thai-blogs has certainly been through a few ups and downs and witnessed the coming and going of many a blogger who finally fled the scene never to be heard of again! What I do know is that a couple of bloggers did feel rather pished at the lack of comments posted. But geez, I felt a bit the same way here when I first starting blogging. Stuck up that massive pretty confidential ‘Working Undercover’ blog and got one darned comment (at that time)! And, even that was posted by the Webmaster. So, for any budding newbie blogger – don’t be distracted by any lack of comments. Just believe in what the Webmaster has to say on this matter, and that is “Don’t worry about it, your blogs are being read”

So, for the second part of this mini series here are the next three:

6) Gimme A Break Part One

Not only one of my own personal favourites, this was the blog that set the trend of delving into a treasure trove of quack-wack stories from Thailand’s newspapers about quack-wack criminals with an IQ count of a beaver. Not one for just bashing Thai folks, the unwanted scummy foreign elements also got a hiding in part two. Personally, even though the blog holds some of the wackiest stuff to hit the media over the years the pitiful blog graces an….astonishing – ONE comment! The story of ‘Ai Dum’ the ferocious beast of ‘Taling Chan’ which terrified the capital, made national headlines for weeks on end and even secured the intervention of the Prime Minister at that time. Personally, the story of ‘Ai Dum’ is my all time favourite and an absolute classic case of a complete national balls-up. Have a look. Other stories on that blog including the naughty goings-on of the nation’s monks, govt lottery players and boys-in-power set a precendent for future blogs. Part Three will be out next year.

5) How To…..Write A Thai Soap Opera

Sure, i had to post at least one recent blog in this top-ten and after a bitta consideration i chose this one. Even though i’ve acted as a main character in a few of the country’s soapies, i’m thankfully NOT a big fan. I just sat down one night and thought “What about writing a blog on Thai Soap Operas?” i surprised myself with this one and was pleased with the result. I think it is one of my better blogs as, as one commenteer posted – something along the lines of…. “I haven’t read anything like this before”. The blog is not only a complete pish-take of Thai Soap Operas in general but it is also serious in its own way. I wanted it to explain the sometimes quite blatant stereotype of different classes and regions of people within Thai society itself. Soap Operas anywhere have a deep influence on how people think and especially Thailand. ‘How To Write a Thai Soap Opera’ snatches number five, one – for ‘originalities’ sake and two – ‘it’s one of my favourites’.

4) Learn 300 words of Thai in 5 Minutes!

Without a doubt, ‘Learning 300 words of Thai in 5 minutes’ was the most time-consuming and brain-wracking blog i posted this year. I ended up spending 2-3 days endlessly grating my brains thinking of imported English words used within Thai language. Then on top of that, i chose to differentiate all this vocabulary and break it up into three sections. Quite a task, but the result in my opinion, was better than anything else i have seen written on this subject, and im not one for usually complimenting myself. In fact, my biggest critic is myself, im rarely satisfied with my own blogs. Cause of refers, this blog ended up to be one of my most viewed blogs helping to bring in a whole load of newbie readers. My other blog on learning Thai was ‘Farang Speak Thai’ which, according to my journalist blogging buddy – The BKKInkslinger, perhaps the best stevesuphan blog of the year – with ‘How To Write a Thai Soap Opera’ running a close second.

Will be back very soon with my own Top Three.


10 responses to “My Own Top 10 Thai Blogs (4-6)

  1. I had better leave a comment then, Steve ! 🙂
    Many thanks to all you bloggers who have kept me entertained throughout the year with the doings and non-doings of Thailand. For me it has made up in some way for not being there.
    I think a lot of readers are very interested in the blogs, Steve, but many do not have the confidence to leave a comment, possibly due to poor english or lack of any knowledge of the subject of the blog or anything new to say.
    I hope to return to Thailand soon and be able to do a worthwhile blog or two -problem is that many of the things the short term visitor encounters have already been covered in depth.
    I am sure, by the number of people hitting the site daily, that the efforts of yourself and the other bloggers is very much appreciated, I look forward to continually reading-and commenting in 2006
    A happy holiday to all. Keep warm, guys -wish I was there, cold weather or not !

  2. Well, I have a cold Xmas too. Folks at home have all left for Singapore leaving me home alone. Merry Xmas.

  3. When you enter Steve… its a class!

  4. Hi Steve,

    My husband I are taking a 5-day short trip to Bangkok next Frideay. While looking for some information about the city, I accidentally bumped into your weblog, which I took a quick glance. I bookmarked it so I can come back to read it at length during the next few days.

    I’m sure I will find your website very useful. Thanks in advance.


  5. Stevesuphan,
    Happy Holidays to you and Su.
    You have been more than you could imagine for me.
    A gracious host, a nice person, a good guy, a wonderful blogger, and a personal friend.
    Thank you much for all you that you are.
    A Christmas blessing, please, to all the children and staff at Suphanburi School.
    A special hello to the folks in Suphanburi.
    Thank you,
    Richard S.

  6. Steve I was sort of hoping that the soap opera would be a bit higher on the list, that has always been my favorite having read it several times to cheer me up on boring days.

    While considering your top 3 don’t forget you wrote that great one about the in-laws and their perception of the Isaan and Lao folks. Ohhh dating a proper?? Though it would likely offend a few again, it was probably the most read blog about Thai relationships ever written.

    I am sure you will make some great choices, maybe even a few I have either missed or forgotten about I hope.

  7. Hey Steve

    I always enjoy reading your tales from off the beaten path………I live close to Ang Thong so I can relate to many of the things you have to say………I dont as yet live in Thailand full time so it is great to get little tastes of what I am missing when I am away…..You and Richard give accurate portrayals of how life is in the LOS.. as wacky and wonderful as it is to our farang senses………and ya its been darn cold lately

  8. Yes I don’t always leave a comment, but I read just about every blog, specially if there written by Steve or Richard.

  9. Hi Steve,

    What you say is right on the dot. I never leaved a comment, but as per what Paul have said I also read just nearly about every blog being written.

    I took special attention especially from your blog regarding Suphanburi (very much interested to learn from that province) and also from Richard regarding Samut Prakan and Khun Gor.

    So keep on writing, appreciate the effort from all contributors .. and maybe later (very much later) when I got the courage to join in and submit my own blog.

    P.S. Dear all, pardon my grammar .. I am seriously not good in it. Have a good holiday ..

  10. Thanks for all the thoughtful comments. And a warm welcome to a few new commenteers.

    Will look forward to reading any feedback from my own top three blogs.