This American Expat living in Chiang Mai, Thailand hails originally from the San Francisco Bay Area in California (40+ years), in the past lived part time in Bangkok and part time in Chiang Mai, and is now living full time in Chiang Mai.
GOT QUESTIONS? About Chiang Mai, about Thailand, about leaving the USA? How much money to bring to Chiang Mai? How do you find an Apartment? What about medical insurance, your own transportation, kinds of food available? Anything. I will do my best to give you a straight answer, and won’t try and sell you anything. I will just help if I can. Send any questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Try to keep the questions short and specific as I get quite a few of them to answer every day.
COMMENTS on anything published in the blog are also always welcomed. Comments do not have to agree with this website, but any deemed as spam or not related to the subject of the post will not be published. We make the determination of what is considered spam comments. Links in comments are OK as long as it does not go to crazy sites (porn, selling shoes, etc.). All comments are moderated, meaning no comment will appear until we approve it (so Spammers, quit sending me your junk. I get about 200 spam comments daily, and they are all trashed immediately. It will never be published, and you are wasting your time and mine.) I will not publish comments that are personally attacking me or anyone else. I will not publish any comments that are vulgar, rude and grossly impolite.
GUEST POSTS - AmericanExpatChiangMai.com welcomes Guest Posts.
Tell us your story!
If you are an expat, please share your experiences, difficulties and accomplishments. Others want to hear about them. If you have visited Thailand and have had good or bad experiences, please share them on this blog. If you are still in the US and looking to go overseas, please tell us about what you are going through: your plans, your frustrations, your reasons to go.
For proposals or information, email email@example.com. You don’t have to be a perfect writer because we can edit the article (with your approval). You can mention a commercial interest with a link in the story as long as it does not dominate the article, and the story must benefit the reader and not be for the sole purpose of achieving a link back to a website or product. .You can advocate a political cause if that fits well into the story.
Guest posts of 1000 to 2000 words are most preferred, and pictures and videos are big pluses. It must be original work — not plagiarized from any other sites (will be checked). Should not be distributed to any other sites other than this one.
Content can be R rated, but not X. Good subjects would include: expat life in Thailand, information about living in Thailand, Thai relationships, Thai food, travel within Thailand, Buddhism, making money in Thailand, teaching English as a foreign language, historical facts about Thailand, trip reports, hotels, etc., etc.. I am open to new ideas and am able to think “outside of the box”. We do not want boring travel articles that are like any of millions elsewhere on the internet. The article should be interesting or controversial or personal or opinionated so that it will motivate people to read it. Personal anecdotes are terrific. It does not need to agree with my political slant (which is a bit off the edge sometimes with my Libertarian free market, small government, independent thinking); it can be completely counter to that. Diversity of thought on my blog is appreciated. You can have wild theories that may provoke reactions from readers. Just make sure that bold statements are grounded on facts with sources for claims. I am open to almost anything that would be of interest to expats in Thailand or anyone thinking of leaving their homeland and becoming an expat. Secondary group would be readers wanting to learn more about Thailand for a vacation. The only subject that will NOT be written about on this blog is anything negative towards the Thai Royal Family, historically or current.
Best Guest Posting Published each month is awarded USD $20 (or 600 Baht), payable via paypal as an incentive. Good stories are really worth a lot more, and this little award is just a little recognition to good writing. Hopefully I can raise this award as time goes on and the site makes more ad income. Winner is decided by the American Expat.
Number of viewers - currently running about 1200-1500 hits to the site daily, with monthly hits running around 45,000. Google Page Rank is 3 (meaning posts are usually on page 1, 2 or 3 in a search.
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- Link http://americanexpatchiangmai.com to your site, in the blog roll on some other way.
- Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to link up. I will personally check it out.
- If appropriate, it will done quickly. You site will be added to our blogroll, and our readers will be encouraged to visit your site if we like it. No porn, super weird sites, sites that get me in trouble, sites that are nothing but advertisements or stupid sites. If it works out, traffic will grow for the both of us..
REPRINTING ARTICLES on this site on your blog, including pictures, is always permitted and allowed for any legit use on another site, as long as credit is made to this website as the source (http://americanexpatchiangmai.com) and a link is made to our site for to anything used. If you use our material without crediting this site as the originator, that is considered theft. Also, no changes should be made to our writing when reprinting without our permission.
WRITER FOR HIRE. Have keyboard, will travel. We welcome freelance writing jobs. English language writing by native English speaking Americans. We have several educated people, including the producer of this blog, that is available. We don’t charge outrageous amounts, and for a good cause will even work for free or for barter. We are experienced and we are passionate about our writing.
- Web Content writing. Blog writing.
- Editing of prepared material.
- Article writing for magazines, newspapers newsletters or websites. Can do news, commentary, reviews or product/service promotion on almost any topic. Prefer quality writing over just volume.
- Public speaking, lecturer, educator on a variety of topics, including motivational..
- English language teaching in a classroom situation, in a business venue or privately.
HOTELS, RESTAURANTS AND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THAILAND, CAMBODIA, AND LAOS: Let us review your establishment. We have a team of writer contributors spread all over Southeast Asia that are happy to review your business and write an article for this website and our Top Thai Tour company site, with pictures. All we ask is for complimentary accommodations, a complimentary dinner for a restaurant review or admission to your attraction. Contact me at my email: email@example.com. We can promise a large readership. Check out other reviews we have made on our site.
Greg’s story in brief: After coming to Thailand regularly for a very long time, my wife & I decided to make the Land of Smiles our permanent home, so we built a beautiful house in ’07, shipped our precious belongings by slow boat, and started living full time here in 2011. Greg & Tena own a small fashion boutique shop — Tena Fashions and dabble in a few other fun entrepreneurial activities. I welcome any questions about living in Thailand. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a private question or ask in the comment section below for a public one.
A Little History – Back in the States, my wife & I started a Thai Restaurant in our US home town of Castro Valley in the Bay Area in 2005. We started it on the cheap, with little encouragement from family, but with the help of some good friends. My wife and I painted the restaurant ourselves with paint bought in garages sales (mostly half used cans). The restaurant, Top Thai, became very popular and we had a lot of fun running the place. It was a winner for us financially. We sold our US business in 2011 to a Thai family and Top Thai Restaurant is currently operating with them. Prior to us selling the restaurant, my wife & I would escape to Thailand as often as possible (not very often, unfortunately, because our business kept us working a lot). While we have fun operating our small businesses in Chiang Mai with extended Thai family members, we consider ourselves to be semi-retired, and our main job is to enjoy life.
We currently live just southwest of central Chiang Ma in the Hang Dong area, living in the Home in Park Moobaan (home village) just off the canal road. We are fortunate to have made lots of Thai and expat friends in Chiang Mai, and if you are in our area, we hope you will stop by to say hello. Just shoot me an email and we will meet up somewhere in our town.
Here is an interview taken recently by an international magazine website about my life in Chiang Mai: Holiday Homes International interview with Greg Miller.
Thanks so much for visiting our website, and suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
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They’re called Gravatars. If you’re not keen on being recognized as an unrecognizable blob or strange bug, and it is not the good-looking person you really are (or want to be), then go get your own Gravatar here. It’s extremely easy and only requires two things, an image and an email address. It will take you approximately one and half minutes to complete (maybe less if you are more computer savvy than me).
Of course you don’t really need a Gravatar in order to comment. It simply makes it easier as you won’t have to insert your email address/name each time you comment here or on any other blogs you may find interesting. This way blogs you comment on recognize you immediately and your Gravatar and name is inserted automatically. Your email address is not disclosed on the page. You can find an interesting picture which you think fits you best, and you can use that as your representation. Like usually I use a silly drawing of an elephant because…because…oh, for no damn reason at all. Just ’cause I like elephants, and I ain’t no Brad Pitt.
What’s that? You’re in the witness protection program? No problem. Most of my readers are too! It’s easy to remain anonymous. If you don’t want to divulge your personal email then create a ghost email account specifically for commenting. Then no matter what blog you comment on you will be recognized by the blogmaster and other readers by your unique Gravatar.
Now, if you want a Gravatar, go get it here and be recognized!
If you don’t mind telling the world about yourself, and want everyone to know about you, maybe how you came to Thailand, or if your planning to go Thailand, or if you have any radical political ideas about life (and that’s a good thing by me), then send me an email about you and let me know if you want to have me publish it for the WORLD. I can even put a link to your blog if you would like. Just no commercial stuff. If you want to sell product on my blog, you’ll have to pay me (albeit a very small amount).
Almost anything can be discussed on this blog, EXCEPT anything that might get me or anyone else arrested, and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that can possibly be interpreted as negative towards the royal family of my adoptive home. Actually, I prefer to not discuss the royal family at all to avoid wrong understandings. Also, I try to stay clear of Thai politics. I am a guest in this beautiful country, and I do not want to wear my welcome out.
Here are some pictures of my best assistant, granddaughter Emily. She is my inspiration….