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How to Register the birth of your Thai baby.

How to Register the birth of your Thai baby.

Before I explain step by step how to get a Thai birth certificate, and how to complete other associated tasks, I would like to suggest some classic German literature as…

Our Thai baby is very very ugly

Our Thai baby is very very ugly

Bringing Home a Newborn Baby in Thailand We have recently brought our new baby home from the hospital. The first thing my wife did was stock up on food and…

Yu Fai: Lie near the fire after child birth

Yu Fai: Lie near the fire after child birth

Yu Fai, which literally means ‘lie near fire’, is a traditional practice for Thai women after child birth. The practice is rooted in superstition but it also a real therapeutic…

My Thai mother-in-law has come to stay: day 1

My Thai mother-in-law has come to stay: day 1

I get on OK with my Thai mother in law, and I think I am the only ‘farang’ in Thailand I know that does. We cannot communicate very well. Communicating…

Getting Married as a Catholic in Thailand

Getting Married as a Catholic in Thailand

I have to tell you from the beginning I am not a Catholic, or particularly religious. I was baptised in the Church of England and went to a Church of…

Traditional Thailand Engagement Ceremony

Traditional Thailand Engagement Ceremony

Getting married in Thailand, the Thai way, is a complicated process in so many ways. As my wife to be put it: ‘A Thai Wedding has many steps’. It is…

Visiting the house of my Thai wife’s parent

Visiting the house of my Thai wife’s parent

There are lots of different types of families in Thailand, and what the family home of the Thai person you visit is like will depend on a number of things…

Sin Sod

Sin Sod

Unlike in many other Asian countries, or indeed amongst the upper classes of Europe centuries ago, a marriage dowry is paid not by the wife’s family, but to the bride’s…