Thailand Travel Stories, Page 16

Growing Up as a Traveler

Growing Up as a Traveler
As I look back on my 10-11 years of travels my understanding of has changed. I am no longer a man out living some adventurous life whereby I scrimp, save, tough it out to see the world.

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Khao San Road - Bangkok, Thailand
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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I still scrimp, save and tough it out, when I need to...

Nothing has changed dramatically with my travels, my life is about the same as it was 10-11 years ago when I started. The quality of my living conditions has changed over time, it is funny, it has nothing to do with money, it has only to do with the lessons I learned about travel.

I know how to choose the best hotel quickly, and transform my room into a better room by a few adaptations.

I do not tolerate bad Hotel management, bad buses, bad travel agents, or any other tourist related person or company.

What has changed from when I first started to travel is my perspective of how I need to travel. I thought I had to endure the trials and tribulations relations of the traveler. I thought it was required that I torture myself, that it was rights of passage that I needed to pay to travel the planet.

I still have to take some really torturous trips, deal with bag managers of hotels, and want to slap clueless travel agents for trying to rip me off for plane tickets.

However, when I started, I asked for problems. I believed I needed to endure and tolerate these people. I am happy I know I am wrong, there is not true need to give the time of day to bad people or companies of the world. You enter and the moment you realize you made a mistake, you leave, you do not give them the benefit of the doubt, you do not be nice, you do not be tender and caring.

I only get out of life what I expect.

I see many travel blogs bragging and dreamily explaining their travels as if their travels are some exotic life, nobody on the planet will ever experience. Where do they go, they go to Thailand, Guatemala, Peru, Australia and Europe, which means they went where hundreds of thousands of people have already gone.

Do people really want to hear the world as seen filtered and edited, no reality to bite you in the face?

I remember when I thought one years travel was a lot, now I do not consider a person even on the road until they have been outside their country for at least three years.

I have accepted I am at home, I am doing what I do in life, I travel the planet and enjoy my life.

My daily goal is to live nice, enjoy the day, and to avoid the ugly of the world..

Growing Up as a Traveler


University Housing is Good for Travelers

University Housing is Good for Travelers
I will move from an apartment building close to Thammasat University here in Thailand back to Khao San Road to prepare to leave for Taiwan on Thursday.

The University Travel Room Experiment was a success in Thailand.

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Rangsit, Thailand
Thammasat Rangsit University Apartment Hotel
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
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I now feel that a long-term travelers would save a great deal of money by searching for Housing near Universities, and the quality of the Housing will double for half the price.

99 percent of the young travelers are tourist with backpack, they are not long term travelers so this recommendation does not apply to them. However, if you wish to visit a country and possibly live two to three months in each country to absorb the true culture and not the tourist culture, enjoy the life, then living near Universities is a great choice.

What has been the greatest reward is being able to leave a Tourist Trap culture of the Tourist World and enter the real life world of Thailand. I am not surrounded by people in a hurry to go nowhere fast. I have not talked much with students, I have associate more with the locals who live around the University. It is truly wonderful to be a human again and not a U.S Dollar with legs.

I need to return to Khao San Road to place a bag in storage for 10 baht per day, then when I return to Thailand, I will recover the bag and again return to some form of University associated housing on my next visit to Thailand.

University Housing is Good for Travelers


Ripstop Fabric for Traveler Bags

Ripstop Fabric for Traveler Bags
Don’t you just hate it when someone says some jargon like,
“Ripstop Nylon.”

Great, the material of my Travel Pack is made with Fabric that is supposed to stop Rips. Hmm, go figure, but how does it do it?

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Rangsit, Thailand
Thammasat Rangsit University Apartment Hotel
Monday, September 8, 2008
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Ripstop as defined by Wikipedia.org
Rip-stop nylon is a light-weight nylon fabric with inter-woven Ripstop reinforcement threads in a crosshatch pattern, so that the material resists ripping or tearing.

They lost me on the word “Crosshatch,” I have never used that word in my life.

Well, they said Hot Airs Balloons are made from it, but trust me, I am still lost, what is Ripstop?



The balloon photo, nice photo, probably made of Ripstop fabric and this seems like a very good idea.



Ok, this is a photos of what best I can understand and determine is Ripstop Fabric. See the little white thread, they are made into little square, what must mean “Crosshatch,” however, I am not sure, and I do not really care, because I am not going to use the word again.

Each white thread is the STOP, ripstop has little squares.

So you cut, and it hit a thread that slows the pace of a rip. The Traveler Bag I am making presently is with Spectra Thread, this is one of them 10 times stronger than steel thread, like Kevlar with a different name. What is funny to me, I can cut the stuff, however it will dull a pair of scissors very fast, I cannot rip it, I must cut it.

So if you are looking at your Travel Bag, the hope is you see some little squares, you should kind of hope it is not just flat looking. Now there is another word, “Denier,” this means the size of the thread. The bag I showed a few days ago has a 500 Denier thread, the 500 is bigger, however in a way more porous, so water will go through it, while if I used a 70 Denier, it would be about the same as an umbrella, however not as strong of thread.

Small number 70 is small thread
Big number 500 is big thread.
It is the diameter of the thread.

The bigger the thread, the harder to cut, I am not sure, however Spectra is more difficult than Nylon and I think the same as Kevlar.

I can make a bag out of 100 percent 200 Denier Spectra Fabric that would be very light and strong, but one problem, the Spectra Fabric does not take dyes well, so it would be a white bag. I am not sure how many people want a white bag, it would not bother me, however not sure I am normal...

I would recommend a lesson I have learned many times, if you do not want your bag to rip. Make sure the bag is not wider than your body. My first bag had two large side pockets that caught on everything, I think I cut that bag about 10-15 times, the shoe repair people like me. The bus doors were the number one offender, jumping down from a bus, and rip.. with a stop.

Will a Spectra Ripstop or Nylon Ripstop stop a knife slash?

My answer would be NO, but it would slow them down unless their knife is very sharp.

CORDURA
Benefits of CORDURA® Fiber
Cordura - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
CORDURA® Brand Home Page
DENIER
Units of textile measurement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
KEVLAR
BBC NEWS Americas Colombia's bullet-proof tailor
Kevlar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kevlar cloth Manufacturer exporting direct from China
Kevlar® Ballistic Laminate - GILFAB 1360A - Buy Here
Kevlar® brand fiber is an innovative technology from DuPont
Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
weasel.com Reviews of Hiking - Backpacking Packs
RIPSTOP
Ballistic nylon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ripstop nylon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
SPECTRA
DSM - Dyneema® - Home
DSM - Innovative products and services in life sciences and materials sciences
Hexcel.com - Fabrics - Aramid and High Performance Data Sheets
Spectra Fiber in Custom Applications
Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ripstop Fabric for Traveler Bags


Fingerprint Identification in Thailand

Fingerprint Identification in Thailand
I am from the USA, security is lax, normally there is almost zero compared to the rest of the world. I was rather amazed to see this space age type fingerprint identification at a Apartment Complex here in Thailand.

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Rangsit, Thailand
Thammasat Rangsit University Apartment Hotel
Monday, September 8, 2008
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This is a good thing, and a bad thing, seen as we were entering an Apartment complex where large rooms cost 150-200 US Dollars per month in a brand new building what do I see,
“Fingerprint Identification Security System.”



Now, I am not sure, some would say this is good, and I would maybe say it is bad. No security means a place is so safe you do not need a guard or machines like this, while extreme security mean the place is dangerous.



This is ten time better than in Manila, Philippines where guards are walking around with machine guns.

I believe in many way, Thailand has to be the cheapest country that can give you all the developed world conveniences. I would not say Thailand is developed, I still see a lot of people pissing on the streets, and the rules of law are not enforced.

Thailand is an extremely safe country, however, I am still always wary, I know the more security I see, the more dangerous the country.

Of course I am from Indiana, not New York City, so I am not sure what they do in New York City, I am sure they lock the doors.

Note, we looked at 8 apartment complexes near Thammasat University, every one them had provisions whereby you could have Internet in your room. I truly believe Tourist Hotels specialize in giving the least amount of benefits for the maximum amount of money.

Fingerprint Identification in Thailand


Where do Tourist Go

Where do Tourist Go

Is this a Geography question?

“98% of tourist only go to 5% of the places of any country”
Wade of Vagabondjourney.com

“99% of tourist only go to 1% of the places of any country”
Andy of HoboTraveler.com
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Rangsit, Thailand
Thammasat Rangsit University Apartment Hotel
Monday, September 8, 2008
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There is life inside the box and outside the box. It is difficult to know you are in a box until someone outside the box call into the box and says,
“Come out and play, get out of that box.”
I then truly expect the people in the box to say,
“I am not in a box.”

Wade wrote me an email with some astute recommendations on how to help HoboHideOut.com.
http://www.hobohideout.com

HoboHideOut.com has 6.5 million cities and will collect every hotels in all 6.5 million cities to be entered on the site which we estimate to be 25-35 million hotels.

Normal Hotel Booking site has less than 15,000 cities and less than 40,000 Hotels.

15,000 dived by 6,500,000 is 0.0023

“99% of tourist only go to .0023 % of the places of any country”

So really the truth is this, booking sites represent only 1 in 500 cities on the planet, my 1 percent is truly 434 times too much. The majority of Hotel booking site are not really trying to find all people Hotels, they are trying to help people find Hotels in only the Tourist Areas.

If there is one thing I know in life about Travel, some of the worst the planet has to offer is in the Tourist areas of the planet.

I try to prod and poke, and push people around to think, there is no reason on this planet that you or your family have to travel to the exact same location as 99 percent of the rest of the planet.

I am hoping the doors of the world are opening….

Where do Tourist Go


A Reluctance to Enter Developed Countries

A Reluctance to Enter Developed Countries
I realized a few years ago, the quality of life in the Developed Countries is less than the under-developed countries. I now strive to earn money from the Developed Countries and spend it in the Under Developed.

Easy to understand if I say,
“I earn money in the First World, and I spend it in the Third World.”

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Rangsit, Thailand
Thammasat Rangsit University Apartment Hotel
Sunday, September 7, 2008
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The power of introspection is not a normal human trait, I see it in about 1 in 1000 people, they other 999 just follow the mass of humanity trends and fashions. There is a competitive and jealous in the human spirit that is extremely normal, the average person is jealous and envious of their fellow man, whereby they enter into a competition to see if they can be the leader. They want others to be jealous of them, this is in my opinion the motivating forces of the world, jealousy and competition.

I often think of the Bibles Ten Commandments and see they are the solution to this jealousy and competitive nature of humans. The commandments tell you to stop being envious of others, and still the majority of people refuse to accept they are a envious and competitive person.

Henry David Thoreau one of my life long vicarious mentors said to simplify, and in my life, this is what I have done. My life is simple, by default it is simple, because I have no possessions, I have no big need for money, I do not want to buy anything.

The world does not live to enjoy life, the majority of people on planet earth live to go shopping, whereby they hope to somehow elevate their social status to a level where they can stop being envious of their neighbors. A mindless, continuous spiral of purchases in the hope of one day being OK.

I am reluctant to enter Taiwan, South Korea and Japan because I know this construct of Envy is socially enforced at a great magnitude and the quality of my life will decrease.

A Reluctance to Enter Developed Countries


The World's Most Extreme Travelers

The World's Most Extreme Travelers

I just realized that Peter and Kay Forwood may be finished, or very close to finishing a very complete visit to planet earth.

The World's Most Traveled Motorcycle

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Rangsit, Thailand
Thammasat Rangsit University Apartment Hotel
Sunday, September 7, 2008
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Peter and Kay’s Motorcycle trip is an absolutely amazing trip, truly a work of travel Art,

You really must look at the map at the bottom of this page to realize what it means to draw a perfect circle.

The World's Most Traveled Motorcycle

If possible, when I return from Korea and Japan, I am going to fly to Australia and visit them, I hope this happens, some true travelers of planet Earth. I know one thing, I would never argue Geopolitical issues with this these two people, they may know the world better than anyone else on planet Earth. There is a different between flying to a country and driving across a country on a motorcyle, flying to a country is just saying Hello...

I enjoy my travels, I feel every country deserves one month of my life, it takes years to understand a country and the culture.

The World's Most Extreme Travelers


When Street Level Sucks buy a Condo

When Street Level Sucks buy a Condo
I never understood why the world has this love of Condos, I finally understand why, when street level sucks so bad, they only way to escape is up, then you go up to buy a Condo.

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Rangsit, Thailand
Thammasat Rangsit University Apartment Hotel
Sunday, September 7, 2008
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I have never been in cities long enough to learn to hate them or the people in them, and I still do not hate them. However, I do realize if for some doomsday reason I ever needed to live in a large city, maybe I would buy a Condo. I mean, I would want to skyrocket myself to the highest floor possible, and maybe,
“I could forget I am a city.”

Spoken like a true country boy, I have never understood the city.

When Street Level Sucks buy a Condo