Thank you for your interest in Thaizer. My name is Roy Cavanagh and I’ve been fortunate enough to live in Thailand and travel to every region of the country over a number of years. Thaizer.com is where I share my knowledge and experience with you. Just like any destination, Thailand has its good points and its bad points and I try to offer honest and practical advice to help you plan your trip.
Thailand is a beautiful and fascinating country, but at the same time can sometimes 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. Thaizer aims to provide answers and insights for anybody planning a trip to this beguiling country. Thailand offers a wealth of options and experiences and whether you are a first-time visitor or a Thailand regular, I hope the tips, advice and information helps you make the most out of your stay here.
I’m a freelance writer and website publisher although I haven’t always been involved in this line of work. My first job after leaving school in England was for the tax office (yeah, I know!). The job wasn’t for me and I moved on to what was then known as British Railways working at Euston station in London. I loved the job and the people working there and would never have discovered Thailand if I’d stuck to the sensible career path in front of me.
It was the decision to take voluntary redundancy that set me on the path to self-employment and a journey that would ultimately lead to Thailand. There were plenty of bumps in the road on the way, but it was all good experience. While I was figuring out what to do with my life I 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. The idea was to get the travel bug and mid-life crisis out of the way and return to the UK. But when I returned I was itching to hit the road again. And as much as I enjoyed all the countries I visited, it was Thailand that stood out.
With no previous computer knowledge, I started learning the skills I needed to work online. I found a temporary job working the night-shift in a warehouse and during the day I taught myself how to make websites. My social life took a hit and so too did my health as I struggled by on lack of sleep. But the incentive to get back to Thailand again made it all worth it. For the next few years I repeated the pattern of working night and day in the UK for six months, saving money, and travelling around Thailand for the other six months.
I set up Thaizer.com in September 2006 with the sole aim of writing about my fondness for Thailand and Thai culture. This eventually led to me making other websites and working as a freelance writer. In 2019, I was honoured to design the new website for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (UK & Ireland) and take on the role of editor.
If you’d like me to work on your project or need advice on Thailand, please get in touch.