Thank you for your interest in Thaizer. My name is Roy Cavanagh and I’ve been fortunate enough to live in Thailand and travel throughout the Kingdom over a number of years. Just like any country, Thailand has its good points and its bad points and I try to offer honest and practical advice. Thailand is a beautiful and fascinating country, but at the same time can be bewildering and frustrating for anybody visiting here. The oft used ‘Land of Smiles’ could just as easily be ‘Land of Contradictions’ as you try to make sense of it all. Thailand offers a wealth of options and experiences whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned campaigner and I hope the tips, advice, reviews and information help you make the most out of your stay here.
Meet Roy (Thaizer)
Originally from the United Kingdom, I work as a freelance writer and also run a number of websites although I haven’t always been involved in this line of work. My first job after leaving school was for the tax office (boo!) before joining what was then called British Railways. I loved the job and the people working there, but it was the decision to take voluntary redundancy that set me on the path to self-employment. Since then I’ve owned a greetings cards business, worked as a courier driver and spent time on the London comedy circuit as a stand-up comedian.
In 2003 I made the decision to sell my house and spend a year travelling around Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. It was during my stay in Chiang Mai that I wrote the book which I’d always promised myself I would complete before I was 40. That book, Happy Days & Sundays, was written during my stay in Chiang Mai and was published in 2006. During the publication process, I had a chance meeting with an old school friend who ran websites for a living. I didn’t have a clue about websites at that time, but set about learning the ins and outs. I set up Thaizer in September 2006 with the sole aim of writing about my fondness for Thailand and Thai culture. Although it was a very steep learning curve, I gradually got to grips with running a website and I now run over twenty sites, many of which are travel-related.
It has taken me more hours than I care to mention to put this site together and to continue to keep it updated. Please respect my work by not stealing what is copyrighted material. If you want me to write for your website or publication, please contact me.
I try to keep thaizer.com as up to date and as accurate as possible and continually review information on the site. However, things can and do change quickly in Thailand particularly when it comes to prices which may sometimes differ slightly to those published. When reading articles on this site, please take note of the date they were written and check the relevant category on this site to see if there is more recent information. Please also remember that the information on thaizer.com is supplied in good faith, but I am not a doctor, lawyer or travel agent so keep that in mind when reading medical tips or visa advice. I am just someone who happens to have a lot of personal experience of Thailand and wants to share that with readers.
All of the photographs used on this site have been taken by myself unless otherwise stated. Where I have used a photo from elsewhere, I have duly acknowledged that and given credit with a link back to the original source. If anybody uses any of my photos, please extend the same courtesy by linking back to this site.
I only review places or things that I have had personal experience of. The review (whether it is positive or negative) is just my personal opinion, but I try to be fair and balanced and will always try to put the review in some sort of context to help readers decide for themselves. In particular, I find that restaurants and guest-houses in Thailand can change ownership quite quickly and what was once a great place may turn into a dive and vice-versa, so please keep that in mind.
Roy Cavanagh (Thaizer)