Kjartan Mæstad

One house was not enough

Norwegians Hanne-Kjersti Jørgensen and Reidar Sten Nilsen have bought two houses in Pattaya. One to live in during their long stays in Thailand – and one to rent out. Both houses cost around half a million Norwegian kroner (3 million Thai Baht). For that kind of money you can buy anything from a small apartment…

Norway’s top culinary experts impress Singapore

Eyvind Hellstrøm is responsible for securing the restaurant Bagatelle in Oslo two stars in the prestigious Michelin Guide. This is the only two-star restaurant in Scandinavia. Until recently Terje Ness was working at the restarant Oro in Oslo, a well-known establishment with one star in the Michelin Guide.      Ness won the Bocuse d’Or competition in…

Prostitution with compassion

For hours, night after night, Steinar Nilssen has visited beer and go-go bars in Pattaya and investigated the meeting between Western men and Thai bar girls.      And there are plenty of both in Pattaya.      In central areas of town you will have to search a bit in order to find bars that do not offer…

The ultimate senior citizen challenge

70 year old Norwegian Kristian Bo started by the end of January on an 18,000 kilometer bicycle ride from Bangkok to Norway.      The journey is expected to take him six months.      He undertakes this adventure without any form of outside support. All his clothing, equipment, tools and satellite telephone is kept in two bags that…