Thailand Travel Stories, Page 86


Hi Andy,

Ants hate pepper. Ground pepper & the fresher the better. It interrupts

their scent trails, so they back out and leave. What I do is sprinkle it

down where they are entering the room and then go about mopping them up with

a wet paper towel or tissue, then throwing that outside or flushing them

byebye (taking them swimming). They don't re-enter the room, but for a few

stragglers staggering around confused by the black pepper and by the next

day they are gone too...and if any remain I physically evict them. How's

that for "Ahimsa"? I have no experience with fungus powder, but I can't

help but think there is some human toxicity blood level building up there,

especially on your head.

Since you are in the land of hot food you might try something like Tobasco

sauce at their entrance points. If all else fails, there is ant poison in

small containers made to lay at the baseboards that will send them on to

their next life on the karmic wheel of transmigration (the Wheel of

Transmigration always goes forward, never backward). At least you don't

have Army Ants that will carry off your bed (and with you in it). Jeje.

- Chris

I think anticide or some form of genocide is needed.

The problem is I cannot even see these ants.

I need to kill them all first before the pepper.

The huts in Thailand have about 3000 holes to enter... or more.

So how do you block them. I must coat my body somehow.

I got a special mosquito net, and I am thinking I will kill them inside.

They get on my head and cruise around. They drive me crazy.

The are so little.

I agree with the toxic thing. I will not adhere to any "Ahimsa" doctrine.

The die.. Army Ants

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There are various ways to return to Bangkok from Had Yai.

1. Train 850 Baht

2. Bus to Khao San Road. 450 Baht

3. Normal bus to normal bus station in Bangkok. 650 Baht.

I suppose the 450 Baht option that is only or easiest to purchase at the Cathay or Cathy guesthouse is the best option for me. But the train is comfortable. I am told though that some single or solo traveling girls got raped on the train last year, so for women the bus seems the best option. Hard to get raped on a train.


In the middle range and I am sure often in the 5 Star Hotels of Thailand there is a room or set of rooms built into the Hotel set up specifically for people to go have a Thai Massage. Now being that this is inside the Hotel and there is a small jump between getting a massage and paying a prostitute, you can understand this is not a leap or brain power to know that they deliver to the room.


I do not understand how some cultures decide or adopt a English word. They have adopted the word “Darling” as a word to describe a type of Massage. I would say this rings of sex, but I do not think they associate the word with sex. It is something different I believe, but really I not know what they mean and this line of reasoning take months to understand.

Darling in the dictionary means a “dearly loved person.”


I have learned that there is some what seems to be copy cat terrorist that are blowing up building in southern Thailand. I do not really understand the situation, but there appears to be some groups that are copying the Islamic terrorist factions of just causing terror. There are Muslims in southern Thailand but from my understanding it is not them, and the groups are basically just copying the crazy methods of just blowing up bombs. But I guess there is less tourist from Singapore and Malaysia than normal.


I was bringing up in conversation with a Thai person that if the war on terror is not continued by the U.S.A. than the Terror will rule the world, but even more important if one large bomb explodes in Bangkok then the whole economy of Thailand will be devastated for a couple of years similar to Bali Indonesia.

She said, “Just bomb in Koh Samui.”

I became aware that I really was not informed of the real subtle nature of how much the Thailand people are cognizant that they are in danger. They are very intelligent people in a save-face not talk about it way. Hard to have a good discussion on danger to yourself when you will not talk about anything that would make yourself look bad.


I needed to use the feature of Windows XP that restores the computer to former settings.

What I have done:

1. Installed Thai Fonts.

2. Had a directly LAN connection to the Internet here in Had Yai. I think that Microsoft tries to do auto updates.

3. I allowed Steve to connect up his Palm Pilot and utilize some features.


I have been working on my website a lot and not really going outside as much as normal, but than again I am in an room that is cool, color TV, and very comfortable. I do like air conditioning, but it does sort of make a person want to stay inside and do less, I am not sure this is good as I am working more and spending less time playing at being a tourist. I am not really a very good tourist. Tourist are suppose to like to look at beautiful Temples and such, I like to look at strange things.

I have spent the last 15 minutes trying to photographs some micro-Ants, I do not know how to describe these Ants, but Thailand has some Ants that are about the size of the top of a needle.

I really do need a special camera to take photos of Micro-Ants, or a zooms lens that magnifies. I do not think I captured any good photos that give a good perspective of the size of these extremely small Ants.

These little Ants drive me crazy. They crawl around on my body and get in my hair. The are so small they are almost impossible to kill. I can only hope that an extremely hot shower washes them away or the anti-fungus soap I now use regularly drive them crazy. I have fungus powder that I know they do not like. I will put some in my hari also.


Dear Andy,

I want to buy that money belt/pocket combo but

is not formulated to allow a foreign address to be entered!

I'm in Thailand, any suggestions?





Thank you for the what’s up or notification of glitches in the system.

I am not happy with the "MONEY BELT" situation or belt I am selling.

In fact I am going to stop selling it as a money belt.

The secret pockets are good.

I really do not want to sell you the money belt combination.

I am going to remove or separate them out and sell them as just "Fanny Belts." or hip belts or whatever they should be called. They can be worn inside or outside.

I am not happy at all with the "money belt world." The more I study the Money Belt and how people use them, the more I am sure that these money belts help people to lose money and not protect money. I am about to come out with an opinion that money belts should not be used. Fanny belts are dangerous also, but according to the country.

Any bag a person carries can be nabbed. But money belts have a special problem:

They are uncomfortable and because people can remove them....

"The remove them."

So what happens is they sit down in a restaurant. Then the feel the uncomfortable money belt in their pants. It is hot or sticky and they take the money belt out of their pants and put it on the table or in their bag.

NOW - The money belt becomes a liability and not an asset.

People see them do this and they steal the belt or grab it.

But probably more likely is they leave it on the table and walk out.

I know of a girl in La Paz, Bolivia that this happened to and she was quite distressed with herself. I am sure that way too many travelers or tourist have their money belts stolen or lost.

The secret pockets are so much better because you cannot remove them. It removes the temptation. I suppose secret pockets sown in a persons pant are sort of a pain for a 2-week tourist, but not for a 6-month traveler.

There are so many people that get robbed it is ridiculous. People do not advertise...

"I was robbed."

It is like saving face, they do not want to admit they were stupid or they lost the money belt. I would say about 75 percent of the "robbed" were really, "I forgot it" and not "I was robbed."

I am the absent-minded professor. I am sure that I would leave any bag if I do not have it tied to me. I have this little red bag I carry now that I can clip to my belt loop when I am sitting down in a restaurant or more likely the Internet cafe. It has funky items like a book to read, my floppy disk, or other miscellaneous things.

So because I cannot remember what I am doing, I must not have a money belt that I can remove. The one time I was robbed in 7 years was because I took off my neck money pouch and put in the top of my bag. I now do not use the neck pouch. I use it by putting in a special pocket of my travel pants.

I wrote a tip on the travel pants. They are the military ones that I modified.

But for the solution to your pockets you want to buy.

Send me your address. I am in Thailand and I will send you a bunch for Free.

Oops. solution.

I will try to see if I can make sure there is a “Comments” area includes in the payment. has some real problems, and it is made for people that have only one address. The really do not address the people that live all over the world or the expatriates.

There are so many glitches in selling a product worldwide that I cannot count that high. I have learned a lot of them, and will soon add more and more products I design to sell, in fact that is one reason I am going to Vietnam to see about some backpacks.

I will think about the problem and see if I can come up with a system that is very easy for people. I hate to ask them to fill out a separate form that sends me their present address.

Andy in Had Yai


I watched the Fox News Channel here in Thailand yesterday, being that it is only one of three channels in English and the others are basically about nothing, it is my only real choice. What is strange though is that I watched the channel for about six hours or more yesterday while in the hotel room and the advertisements were almost exclusively about raising money for “Save the Planet” organizations or maybe just NGO - Non Governmental Organizations that suck cash from people.

The Fox Channel seems to have the USA format and they even say good morning to the viewers although it is night here, so it must be the same Fox Channel as the people are watching in the USA, but now way to know. What is weird or ironic is that I noticed that 90 percent of the advertisements were for one of these three organizations:

Save Mother Earth and other such noise.

Commercial about Bears that have bile being harvested in China

Save the water, because we are water Planet.

The other 10 percent was on some travel-booking engine Website about booking Hotel room in Thailand. The booking webpage made me believe these were


I would think that advertising on Fox New in Asia would be one of the most expensive ways to advertise in Thailand or Asia. So when the whole advertising market is filled up with .ORG websites or “Save the Planet,” make the people feel guilty advertisement so they donate money this is a concern. There is so much corruption in the NGO and “Save the Planet” sector of the world that it is hard to believe they raise money in this fashion. It is like an attorney promoting themselves by advertisement on Television; it always has the ring of not being proper.


I also noticed when I am on my page here in Thailand that the have the same “Save the Planet” advertisers in the Google Adsense Ads.

For instance go to pages on Laos…. Look at the Google Ads at the side. They may be for TOURS in the USA or Europe or wherever you live. They serve up the ads that make the most money according to WHERE you are in the world, but here in Thailand they are a lot of non-profit sites popping up.

The concern I have with these ads is that NGO are not monitored in the world. Anyone can start and NGO in the world with no problem.

For instance in India there is some 60,000 plus NGO’s. Now tell me that is a little on the too much to be real side.

I like to know how WebPages make money, and I am constantly watching the methodology, and some of the ways they make money is just too shifty or dodgy. Hehehe… I can start and NGO to stop NGO’s from being dodgy. (JOKE)


Tonight I am planning to visit a market with my friend Gai. We asked where it was yesterday and now we can go there tonight before they close after she gets out of her seminar. I think they sell CD players and things like that. Had Yai is a very good city to purchase supplies and small items that you may need for your backpack. I am buying or restocking here with all sorts of small things like duct tape, copies of keys, a mirror and other strange things that I want or need.

I have a mirror that I have been carrying by putting directly on top of my computer, and it being flat protects it, but now it is all scratched and hard to use. I am going to buy another one and tape up the back very flat with duct tape to protect the mirror backing.


I want to have some words typed in the Thai Language so I added the fonts of language to my computer. I can now change the fonts to Thai characters when I want to, and a person from Thailand can type words into my computer. I really do not like to do this, because the computer is not a perfect device and especially with languages it will get confused, so I was very reluctant to do this, but in the end I want to type in differently language like Thai, Hebrew, and Chinese. I will only do the Chinese when absolutely necessary and then maybe on the computer in the Internet Café.

Strange as it may seem, I have had a dirty computer screen for almost three months. There was a very persistent and dirty spot on the screen. Yesterday I purchased some rubbing alcohol to clean the screen. I am always amazed at the cost of rubbing alcohol, in the USA a huge bottle of rubbing alcohol cost less than a dollar, but in other countries of the world it cost one dollar for a very small bottle. Since I am in a not-so-touristy city the cost of the larger bottle is one dollar or 50 Baht and half the price of the tourist places. I used this to clean my screen.

I have a direct connection here in Had Yai with my computer just around the corner from the Cathay Guesthouse. Go toward the train station from the Cathay Guesthouse and turn left and there is the Internet Café.


I am in some Hotel called the Pacific Hotel it is directly down from the Cathay Guesthouse that is the “Popular with Backpackers” Hotel of the Lonely Planet and the Hotel where I stayed last year. It cost 200 Baht for a double or single in the Cathay and the Pacific is 420 Baht per night. I am going to share the room with my friend Gai and she wants “Air Con” as they call it here in Thailand that means Air Conditioning. I end up paying the same more or less, when you split the price between two people. I would pay 200 for the Cathay by myself, but I pay 210 splitting the cost with her.

She is a Pharmacist and works in a Hospital; she is coming to Had Yai for a Pharmacist or Doctor convention of some kind in the Lee Garden Hotel.

So I have:


1. Color TV with Fox New.

2. Hot Water.

3. Air Con or Air Conditioning.

4. Small closet with 5 hangers. Like that will remove the need for my backpack organizer… Hehehe. That is 5 more than normal.


1. NO - HASP: I cannot put a lock on the door and that means I have to worry about getting robbed. I am putting all my valuable in my bag and chaining it to the desk when I leave the room. Stops the cleaning ladies from stealing.

2. The window does not have a lock and they can come in from the balcony.

3. No Shower - For some reason there is a large tub and a sprayer, but no proper stand up shower with a curtain or door. I can spray myself by holding the handle. Most cheap hotels in Thailand have showers.

3. Light switch it turned on with Keyboard. I insert and the lights stay on. That means normally that I have to rig it to stay on so the battery in my computer can recharge.

What to see in Had Yai? I have no idea, but I have a free guide that speaks Thai. The only thing that is funny that I know about Had Yai is that they have male prostitutes here that proposition women and I think old European women comes here.

Why people come to Had Yai? Staging point to jump to Malaysia for a Visa Run.


I arrived in Had Yai about 4:30 PM in the afternoon after having a mini-van ride that was interesting. We made 7 separate transfers but the ridiculous ones were in Surat Thani when the Thai people kept transferring us down the line until they filled up a Mini-Van to make the trip. In the end we went from a Farang filled van to a mixed or normal mini-van of the Thailand people. I suppose the paid one-fourth the price that we paid. What these Mickey Mouse transfers did is devalue the reason to buy the package and also increased the time. I could have taken a boat and went straight to the bus station and the trip would have been quicker. It took two hour more than they said it would take.


Mini-van to Boat

Boat to Bus to Surat Thani

Bus to Mini-Van

Mini-Van-to-Mini-Van Station

Mini-Van to another Mini-Van Station.

Mini-Van to the third Mini-Van Station

Changed at the stations from one Mini-Van to another - Trip to Had Yai

All this is humorous in a way, but dangerous for the bags. Each transfer is a way to lose a bag.

SATURDAY NIGHT 9:45 PM Koh Phangan Thailand

I am going to bed, but thinking about the island of Koh Pha Ngan. It is a great island, although I am thinking I am getting a little old for this Island and would enjoy a little more cultural and older crowd. But is it still one of the great beaches of the world for me.


I will arrive about 3:30 in the aftenoon in Had Yai, Thailand

All is great.


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I am off to a new place on 28th.

The tan is up to speed.

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