March 2009 Archives

It's been a busy last couple of weeks, as you might have guessed by the lack of posts here. Most of my time has been spent working on ITS4Thai. And I have to say that I have finally marked a few big items off my to-do list.

From the very beginning of building the site, I wanted to provide a way to subscribe to all of the content for a low monthly fee. Some people shy away from monthly subscriptions, but I am one who prefers them. So now that we have over 200 lessons at ITS4Thai, we finally had enough content to offer a subscription to everything for only US$6.99 per month.

We also added an option to buy all of our courses at once. That is now listed at $79.99. And of course, people can still buy individual courses, which range from US$5.49 - US$14.99.

In other ITS4Thai news, we also joined Facebook this week. If you have a Facebook profile, please help us spread the word by becoming a "Fan" of ITS4Thai. You can find us by searching for "Thai Language" in the search box in the upper right corner of any Facebook page.

We'll be sure to post ITS4Thai updates to Facebook, so it's a great way to keep in touch with us. There's more to come, so stay tuned!

Three Reasons to Go to Luang Prabang

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I have spent the last week in what is definitely one of my favorite places in the world: Luang Prabang, Laos. It was a spur of the moment trip, but I had three good reasons to go.

The first reason was to join some new friends from the US on the Lao leg of their trip. James, Todd, Paul, and Beth were friends of a friend. We had such a good time hanging out in Bangkok last week that I decided to take them up on their offer to join them in Luang Prabang.

My second reason to go was to try to drag along some of my few remaining friends who have never been to Laos. Only one (Vic) was able to go, but he ended up loving it so much that he extended his trip and is still there!

The third reason was to visit my Lao friend Sack who was doing a three month teacher's training in Sayaburi province, south of Luang Prabang. He invited me to come visit him and see where he is doing his training, and since I had been wanting to go to Sayaburi, I thought it was a great opportunity.

By the way, I have no idea how to spell Sayaburi. At the bus station I saw both Sayaboury and Xayabouli. Lonely Planet calls it Sainyabuli. And Google Maps lists it as Xaignabouri. And I thought translitterating Thai was difficult!

In any case, the first few days in LPB were great. I took my friends to all of my favorite places: lunch and beers at Noy's family guesthouse, BBQ grill at Mali's, dinner at Lao Lao Garden one night and Blue Lagoon another, and dancing at the infamous Dao Fa (Blue Star) Lao disco. A trip to the Kuang Si waterfall and rope swing was also a well-received outing for the group.

All in all it was another great trip to Luang Prabang. And, as usual, I can hardly wait to go back!

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