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My life with wheelchair in Thailand

About me

I can help disabled from everywhere in the world to have a great holiday in Hua Hin

I like to spend time helping other disabled people who want to come to Thailand on holiday. I even offer to booking the cheapest airline tickets that work for the disabled, as well as booke hotel, taxi from / to bangkok, and excursions from Hua Hin.
Of course everything at no charge. I just want more disabled people to experience this beautiful country.

Living cost for longterm stayers Thailand ?
Is it possible to live for  550-600 us dollars per month in Thailand, including house rent food and daily needs ???   
YES IT IS, if you can live mostly on Thai food, and don't feel need to go on bars to much. you can find a Thai apartment for less than 180 us dollars per month includind water and electric (get use to not use aircon, that will save you a lot money). a

And if you eat on small Thai places away from the tourist reasturants  you can easy live for under 10 dollars per day.
Then you wil still have about 200 dollars to daily needs and to go out sometime and get a beer.
If you have money, it will be a good idea to buy a bicycle or motorbike. You can buy a secundhand 125 scooter for about 500-600 dollars, or you can buy a new bicycle for less than 200 dollars, and then you will safe alot money for transport with tuk tuk and motorbike taxi in the future, and you have good opportunity to get around  and see the area where you live. ( I drive on 1 day trips more than 250 km).

I am a spinal cord injured man from 1966. I got a virus in my spine in 1989 (30 years now).  With this website I will attempt to share a bit of my knowledge, to travel / stay in Thailand as a wheelchair user.
I have for many years dreamed about traveling to Asia, but have not quite had the courage before, because I imagined that it is rather difficult to travel in Asia as a disabled person.
But then  on internet I found a handicap accommodation I could rent in Hua Hin (about 220 km south of Bangkok). It was booked for the whole month of January 2009. This trip made me ready for more, and then I went back out there four months from November 2009 until March 2010.
Since that, i have been in Thailand 6 month every year, and it have really change my life to the better. I can't stand cold winter weather in Denmark, before i was indoor most of the time about 5 month per year. Now i can live the outdoor life in Thailand most of the winter season in Denmark.
I like the climate, nature, people, food and more.
You can find  advice and helpful tips for people with disabilities and others who want to holiday in Thailand on this website.
And I will be helpful with all kind of questions, so everybody are welcome to contact me.

YouTube video with some of my expirences in Thailand.

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Trips I've been on:
Big Buddha,
about 20 kilometers from Hua Hin. Temple with a giant Buddha. In the temple you can get insight into the monks' lives, and you can see how Thai people act to their religion.
100 % wheelchair suitable.

Bridge on the River Kwai. The famous bridge in Kantanaburi which was bombed during 2nd World War. I was on train trip across the bridge and out through the jungle and mountains. A trip that gave a little to think about, when the railway was built by war prisoners  and forced work, and there died more than 100,000 people in the inhuman working conditions they had in the jungle, with over 40 degree humid heat. At the museum in Kantanaburi we could see everything about the railway construction, and a lot of war effects from 2nd world war

Kantanaburi city and museum is available for both manual and electric wheelchair. However, wheelchair user with the train over the river Kwai bridge is a little cumbersome if you cannot use your legs at all, because the doors are very narrow. Are you not too heavy or wide on the bum they may lift you aboard. The trains door opening  is only about 45 cm, so this trip is not for big and heavy people… I weigh about 72 kg and 176 tall, and there was 5 Thai men to carry me in to the train, it was not a pleasure. But it was a beautiful train ride.

Floating Market. In a large area with rivers and canals  there is Thai floating market, where they sell everything from their small boats. I was lifted into a boat and we sailed a nice ride.
A great experience that is accessible to people in manual wheelchairs. Electric wheelchairs cannot be lifted aboard. But you can then experience the atmosphere from the riverbank.

Monkey Mountain. A few kilometers south of Hua Hin is a small village on the mountain top, where it is teeming with monkeys. They are really cheeky and they're not afraid to "steal" from street vendors stalls or from the tourist’s handbags.
When they get too cheeky the local residents try to keep them away by shooting pebbles at them with a slingshot.
100 % available for both manual and electric wheelchair.

Elephant show. Also in the area of Hua Hin. You can come out and ride on the elephant in the wild. And they have a show where they show a lot of tricks elephants have learned. Including run on 3 wheel bike, play soccer, basketball and bowling, paint real paintings and much more.
100 % available for both manual and electric wheelchair.

Night market, and local marked. Hua Hin has a large night market where you can buy all sorts of stuff for cheap money. There are also many good restaurants. There is a really good atmosphere and nice to just sit and look at people. You can make a good deal here, but some products can be pirate copies. In Thailand you can buy pirated copies to almost everything. Clock’s  and things like that is always copy product  on Thai marked.  So beware not pay too much, and be sure you can bring it legal to your home country.
100 % available for both manual and electric wheelchair.

There are also a big local Thai marked in Hua Hin (ask a taxi driver or some local people where you find it).
Personally I prefer the local Thai market. It is not as touristy, and it is much cheaper to shop there. They have everything, clothes, electronics, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meat. The place is open every Tuesday from afternoon to midnight.
100 % available for both manual and electric wheelchair.
 

Sam Roi Yot. National Park 40-50 km south of Hua Hin. Very nice place with many mountains and temples. In the valleys there are shrimp and shellfish farms as far as the eye can see. There are some beautiful beaches too.
You can sail out to some small islands or out to a place with caves and grottoes.
Sailing cruises are cumbersome. But otherwise, Sam Roi Yot also possible to see as a wheelchair user.
 

Bangkok is crowded with people a lot of traffic. I have not yet seen much of the city. But have visited the Royal Palace and the associated large and impressive temple area. Here's temple buildings covered with gold and precious stones.
When visiting here you must remember to be dressed in clothing that covers legs and shoulders, and show respect for the king.
Bangkok is not the very best place in wheelchair, because most places you have to drive on the road, and the traffic is dangerous. So If I’m in Bangkok for a few days, I always go around with taxi. It’s very cheap with “TaxiMeter” taxi.
100% available for both manual and electric wheelchair. However, it’s not possible to enter the temples with a wheelchair.

Cha Am. Cozy tourist and fishing town 20 km north of Hua Hin. Here are a several miles long beach promenade with small hotels, restaurants and resort. Cha Am have many Thai tourist, specially people from Bangkok come here on weekend and holidays.
If you like fish and seafood restaurants Cha Am have great selection.
The town, fishing port and beach promenade 100% available for both manual and electric wheelchair.

Jail House. Danish restaurant in the center of Hua Hin. Should you need some great Danish food, then I recommend visiting Kurt in '"Jail House ". He also sells fresh made rye bread (black bread) and “Danish liver pate” out of the house.
Here are a few steps. But the owner is nice to help the wheelchair inside.

Thai boxing (Muay Thai) is a good experience if you like martial arts. In the center of Hua Hin is a boxing arena to host matches each week. It is a very aggressive sport, where both punches and kicks are used.
There are very loud music, shouting and screaming during the game. Thai people are very happy money playing and you will see the way that money changing hands.
There are stairs outside, but the staff are very strong athletes is friendly  to assist wheelchair users.

Corona, Martz 2020 was it time to close dowm for my life in thailand. I have sold everything. And are full time in denmarrk again, Hope it will be possible to come back soon, to the warm weather and the kind people

It has been a huge happiness for me that I "found" Thailand. It has changed my life a lot, and in all 10 years I have been in Thailand 3 x 2 months. I stay in a permanent (rented home), which I have made perfect for wheelchair users with little changes.
 

I have 2 motorcycles, 1 small 125 cc Yamaha where I sit in a wheelchair and drive it, and in 2018 I have built a Honda Forza 300 cc with sidecar, where I drive up in sidecar with wheelchair and jump on the motorcycle seat and drive it. This new MC has much better comfort for longer trips, so I can now drive around in all Thailand. Both motorcycles are my own design, and have also made a large part of the conversion to wheelchair by myself.  It's unsually to see in to see this kind of vehicle Thailand. Pictures and videos can be viewed under photo and video.
 

Over the years, I have had many family and friend visits. And I have helped some disabled people from different countries with information so they could book the right hotels / guesthouses that work for the disabled.

My first Thailand travel, one month, Janury 2009.Went to Thailand 30-12 2008 and came home 28-1 2009.Flew directly from Copenhagen to Bangkok, and then 220 km in Taxi to Hua Hin. We had booked for New Years Eve at a fine restaurant. It was a really nice start to the holiday.

We had rented a house on the outskirts of Hua Hin (about 6 km from the city center). It was a lovely place with fine for the disabled. Even with a lift at the pool and spa.

I was a little bit shocked at how much traffic there was in town, so it was a little scary having to drive around with hand bike on 3-lane roads and left side driving. But I went in to it on the second day and it went really well.

It was a fantastic experience to be there, and I soon found out that I could do with only half of the medicine I eat in Denmark, because of the climate. And I feel much better than I do in Denmark.

I was a bit concerned about traveling all the way to Thailand, because I had no idea about it was possible to get around by wheelchair. But it turned out that could easily be done and absolute not more difficult than travel in south Europe. And Thai people are very friendly to help if you are going up some steps, or you have other problems.

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