Research and Travel Wednesday October 12, 2005, 6:24 AM
I am a researcher at heart, I find I am constantly collecting data, most of it useless and I will never use, however some of it I do use. If nothing else it a way to learn about the world. The more information I collect the more I understand the planet.
What spurs me on sometimes is the over abundance of DANGEROUS information on the internet.
Just the other day I met a very nice Canadian couple in the internet caf้, this is also a place to buy bus tickets as is normal in Thailand. They just purchased a round trip bus ticket from Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia the location of Angkor Wat. They were having this annoyingly confused conversation with the person from Thailand that was selling the tickets. They wished to know about the Visa back into Thailand, or if their 30 day Thailand Visa would work for them to enter again.
NOW… The problem is the word Visa; this word elicits an idea that you received some type of special permission. They received a 30-day Visa to enter Thailand as they entered the Airport. It sounds like it was issued for 30 days and they control this.
It is just a 30-day permission I told them.
If you enter again, you start again and get another 30 days.
If you want to stay in Thailand for years, you just need to cross a border once every 30 days.
Burma cost 5 dollars last time I crossed, and Malaysia is Free, Cambodia and Lao are difficult and expensive. However, you can get the Cambodia, Permission to enter at the border.
The couple was genuine, wanted to find answers, however they was asking the wrong people. Just because they sell Visas does not mean they know what they are selling. Moreover, the Thailand people cannot speak English normally well enough to explain or understand anything more than yes or no, and you always have to suspect what they say.
Borders Crossing a border is probably the most complicated and hard to explain procedure on the planet. Being there are about 312 countries on the planet, there is also 312 types of passports, so there could be 312 separate types of rules for each country on the planet. The possible answers are crazy for most people. It comes down though to those in the … “WESTERN” world, which is a confusing word also. However mostly means Europe, USA. Australia and New Zealand maybe should include Japan.
I think literally it mean the WEST, as if England is the center of the planet and it was for most Sailors starting to explore the planet. All of this is confusing; however, I am doing research so I am trying to figure out the bottom line references. I have decided to collect all the borders crossing of the world. I already have all of the countries that have borders and know of many of the problems. For example if a person leaves by boat and goes to another country, is that a border crossing? Is all of the countries on the Mediterranean Sea bordered on the other countries, you can leave one and enter the other.
You could get on a boat and find you cannot enter one country however, everyone else on the boat can, and this is a big problem for Sea Captains.
What I need now is this.
An extremely good, not just good, however an extremely good, the best world Atlas possible to buy with all the cities on each side of a border down to the names of the road, numbers on highways, I need to know distances. There is essentially a city on each side of all borders. These are the cities that I need to know to help people cross a border.
Research or curiosity is needed to travel all the time all your life.