is mainly intended to be a practical, English language guide for expats living and working in Thailand. It also includes various travel guidance, commentary, advice, and other extras, but the emphasis is on helping people get started and oriented. It is written by an American expat who has been living and working in Thailand since 1994 in a variety of locations and occupations.

As an internet pioneer, some text on this website goes back to the 1990s, but it has been revised and updated over the past 20+ years, up into 2024. This is not a website created for the purpose of selling advertisements nor for paid biased reviews. It has been mainly a hobby, but I do mention my own businesses in an overt and transparent way, in the appropriate sections, and hope that readers who find this website useful will consider also using my services. I'm also happy to just make new friends. Occasionally, I find good business associates. Also, comments are appreciated.

Some popular sections:

The Thailand Guru guide is a completely practical guide designed for expats (and some tourists). Actually, it based partly on inputs from various gurus, such as many long term expats highly active in Thailand business and social circles who I have been fortunate to know since my arrival here in 1994 and learned a lot from, authors of academic studies, and various others, but it is mostly based on my direct experiences.

My views are often in disagreement with others (especially many vocal non-experts). Bad perceptions of Thailand often come from people who spent most of their time in tourist hotspots or other peer groups, rather than in mainstream Thai society. I have spent the vast majority of my time here in suburban mainstream Thai society, and a lot of time upcountry.

It is also important to understand that bad news travels much further than good news in the mass media, especially in today's sensational "click bait" marketing competing for attention, advertising revenue, shares and likes. Further, many inaccurate stories, falsehoods, and misunderstandings get retold and forwarded repeatedly until they become an "urban legend" and accepted perception, like propaganda and spin.

This website does not try to engage a high volume of visitors, nor does it use selfish tactics. I don't want to mislead a lot of people just for greedy and selfish benefit. I try to be selfless in this Universe.

As a scientist, analyst, and experienced world traveler, I am accustomed to relying on my own observations, exercising my critical thinking skills, and maintaining an independent viewpoint. Within all the diversity of life, perceptions, and sources, I value sources which try to be objective, considerate, complete, and truly expert. Direct observations and experiences are best. I also very much welcome critiques and inputs, and have been appreciative of many comments, ranging from other gurus to just newcomers who tell me their own experiences and/or viewpoints on my writings here.

Finally, I apologize that some information on this website is outdated. Nonetheless, it still has a lot of information which is not outdated and won't become outdated. It has grown into a huge website, whereby it has not been feasible to keep everything up to date, especially because I am a writer of many websites. I update things, but when users send me comments to point out things, that can be very helpful. Some sections I'm not very interested in updating, such as about Thai girlfriends (which is very outdated), politics (other sources are better for that, and as a foreigner I try to stay out of Thai politics), and current trendy places and things to do (other sources are better). On the other hand, I am very willing to update more general information on Thailand, and things which are helpful for expats coming to Thailand to work and for their families.

Bangkok apartments, condominiums for sale and houses for rent
Photo above:
The Thailand Guru author, Mark Prado, was on BBC World talking about the property market in Bangkok with BBC Asia Bureau Chief Jonathan Head. Mark has worked on many property development projects in and around Bangkok since 1995, and now guides expats on the most appropriate places to live based on their needs, preferences, and wide range of budgets. You can browse thousands of expat quality properties in the greater Bangkok metro region, houses, condominiums, and apartments in Bangkok for rent and for sale on our property database website.

Click here to add this page to your Favorites!

It took a LOT of work to help our website visitors, including 20+ years writing this website, so we ask that you kindly:

  1. consider us as a business service provider for your Thailand needs, and/or

  2. refer your friends and associates to our network, and/or

  3. help us by submitting useful information for adding to this website.

Our standard of quality, and willingness to work well for people, are proven by this website and past customers. ThailandGuru is well established in Thailand, and thus our rates are most competitive.


Copyright 1999 - 2024 by Mark Evan Prado, All Rights Reserved.
Notably, I get quickly notified of copies of tracts by the CopyScape / CopySentry automatic search engine & notifier.
Short quotes are often OK and can be approved, if there is a clear reference and web link back to my website from the quoted material, and if you send me a short message. I try to help people with good intentions, and try to help the world. Not thieves. Links back to this website are helpful for sustainable progress, thank you!
Please have honor and class by following intellectual property and internet protocols. Be a good kind of person in life.


Want to privately ask the Thailand Guru? Contact us.
Suggest information to add to the website? Submit info to us, thanks!
Click here to add this particular Thailand Guru page to your Favorites!
Join our mailing list for website updates. Policy and join procedure here.

Some of the services discussed on Thailand Guru are provided by our friendly staff in our 2 companies:

Lucky Lion Pride Co., Ltd.
Prado Property Co., Ltd.

Managed by Mark and Kanta Prado, American husband and Thai wife,
together with our Thai staff and associates.

Please click here for how to contact us
Meetings are by appointment only.

Ploymitr Bldg.
Sukhumvit soi 2
Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110 THAILAND

© Copyright 1999- 2024 by Mark Prado, All Rights Reserved.

More information on Thailand and some surrounding countries can be found in the Travels section of the personal website of Mark Prado, the author of

DISCLAIMER: Although efforts have been made to ensure the information on this website was correct at the time of electronic publication, ThailandGuru and all its associates do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss or damage caused by errors, omissions or misleading information resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. If you choose to take any of this advice, it is at your own risk and no other entity's. ThailandGuru and its associates will take no responsibility. The only thing we guarantee is that our website information can take bandwidth, memory and/or disk space, at least temporarily. Guru is relative.

          Menu: Site Map