We started www.thailandvoice.com at a time when there was no comprehensive blogroll for blogs about Thailand. The only sites listing Thai blogs also listed blogs from around the world. There was no one site that was dedicated to promoting blogs from Thailand. With Thailand Voice we surf the Internet daily looking for quality articles about Thailand. We maintain a large blogroll which we are always adding new sites. Every day we post excerpts from popular blogs with links to read the full story. This is a good source of information about what is happening in Thailand at the moment. There is also a Top 100 Thailand Blogs list to help people find popular blogs. If you have a blog about Thailand, whether it is new or well established, then contact us at Thailand Voice and we will do our best to help promote it. This is a free service.
One of my favourite websites is our own www.thailandguidebook.com. It started as a student project where they put together information on every province in Thailand. A large group of students worked together to type up information provided to us by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). It was a simple site with no high ambitions but the Lonely Planet for Thailand gave us a good plug in their guidebook. Over the years the guidebook website has grown immensely. Although the Thai students are no longer involved, two of the original team have now graduated from university and are working on this project full-time. We are constantly updating the website with information gathered from tourist attractions around the country as and when we visit them. Unlike other websites, 100% of the photos were taken by our own team. We still have a good relationship with the TAT who sometimes invite us on press trips to visit new tourist attractions around the country. However, we are proud of our independence. If we don’t like a place or we don’t think it is good value for money, we will make that clear.
One of the first Thai bloggers in Thailand was Panrit “Gor” Daoruang who started back in 1997 when he was only 12 years old. He was blogging about his daily life at a time when people didn’t really know what blogs were all about. For him it started as a school project to write a mini website which had at least six pages which described in words and pictures his life in Thailand. Most students left it at that, but as it turned out, Gor had a lot more to write about. Over the years he wrote about the ups and downs of his Thai life at school and then his married life. He also wrote about his dark side about when he became addicted to drugs. He became so famous that he was often interviewed for foreign newspapers and a few television shows. He was also contacted by the Bangkok Post to write a regular weekly column for them called “Gor’s World” when he was only 16 years old. He published part one of his autobiography, called “Gor’s Thailand Life”, when he was 21. Although he has been in prison for the last three years, interest in his story still grows. Gor has now been released and will soon be writing about his life in prison as well as his Thailand life.
Thailand has many natural and man-made wonders that are worthing visiting if you are on holiday in Thailand. Some of these are well-known to tourists while others are more off the beaten path. If you have ever been to any of these “wonders” then we would like you to help vote for what you think should be the “wonder of the year”. Votes are automatically updated every day and the competition will finish at the end of the year. If you have never been to Thailand before, then this is a great opportunity to see what other people see as the best of what Thailand has to offer. All of the “wonders” on the website have been nominated by visitors to the website. This is another of our non-commercial websites in the Paknam Web Network. You won’t find any advertising as it is one of our hobby sites that we set up with no intention to make any money.
The www.ethaimusic.com website started out as a way for people to learn the Thai language. We have a popular website at www.learningthai.com for people wanting to learn the Thai language. So we were always on the lookout for new ways for people to learn the language. Listening to songs seemed a great way to do this. So, we provided some sound clips of popular songs with the lyrics printed out in Thai. For the next step we provided the “karaoke English” so that people could try and sing along. Then, after people started asking what the song was about, we put a team of volunteers together to translate many of these songs. Today the website has developed into one of the most popular Thai Song websites on the internet with over 1,000 songs. Now our aim seems to be more promoting Thai songs and musicians to the world. Many people fell in love with Thai music while on holiday and when they went home they searched for more songs. On the site we have links for each song where you can buy the music CD on the Internet. This is an affiliate link and judging by the statistics, we have been responsible for the sale of thousands of dollars worth of Thai music.