Gift for someone moving to Thailand?
October 12, 2010 1:28 PM Subscribe
What's a good gift for a dear friend moving from the United States to Thailand?
He plans to spend the first few weeks backpacking around the country (with possible forays into Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos), and eventually settling in Chiang Mai to work and attend university. Depending on how things go, he may end up living there for anything from a year or so to forever. He is basically leaving all of his belongings with his parents or in storage, so I don't want to give him anything bulky or heavy that he'll have to carry around (or ditch).
He's lived in Thailand before, in his early teens, and traveled there extensively as an adult. So he's already familiar with the country and its general customs. He does want to learn to speak the language proficiently, so perhaps something to help him there could work. However, I don't want to load him down with a book, and he won't be taking a computer with him (only his Android phone), so lessons on a CD won't help. Are there mp3 language courses available?
Other ideas I've considered include Skype credit, or a nice camera (he's a good photographer, though currently without a camera), but even the cheapest digital SLRs are outside my budget. He's not a big reader of books, is into two-wheeled vehicles, loves music (and will be leaving behind an extensive vinyl collection), and also has a background as an artist and performer.
What would be a thoughtful and useful gift for someone making a huge life change like this, won't be a pain to carry around in a backpack, and won't involve spending more than $2-300, tops?