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Laundry Soap in Small Bags Travel Tip

Laundry Soap in Small Bags Travel Tip
Buy the smallest bag of powdered laundry detergent possible when traveling, it is the wise decision. Never buy liquid soap; for sure, that is a recipe for disaster.
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Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road - Center of Backpacker Universe
Southeast Asia
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Hotels on Khao San Road
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I hope you folks appreciate the sacrifice I had to make to write this travel tip… (Too much soap) hehehe, someone click on the donation button.
(Omo is the soap that too-stupid-for-words woman keeps talking about in the book the White Masai.)

I can save money if I buy the big bag of Omo in Kenya, Africa. However, after years of hand washing clothes, I give up, it is not worth it, and I think I lose money by purchasing larger bags.

What happens is this, when I open a large bag I never use the whole bag in time of washing. I then try to save the soap for my next washday; however, the bag of open power tends to:

1. Spill
2. Spill or empty inside my backpack.
3. Get wet and hard to use.
4. I cannot be bothered to pack up and just leave in the room half full.
5. I need to give the bag of soap to the cleaner, some people require I provide the soap, I have yet to have any of them return the unused portion.

Yes, I can store in a ziplop bag, I can use bread bag ties, I can use rubber bands, and I can as the Brits say,
"Not be bothered."

Etc.

Nevertheless, buy the smallest bag of laundry soap possible, it is the best decision.

Massage Bangkok Review


Police Corruption in Thailand Rises

Police Corruption in Thailand Rises
Policed corruption appears to be increasing since Thaksin Shinawatra the former prime minister of Thailand was forced out of office by something resembling a Military Coup.

Normally, if someone says a country is corrupt, I nod my head and say,
“Yes, most countries are corrupt.”

Of course, my answer means nothing and is just a boilerplate answer; it is not possible to compare countries unless maybe you have visited them all…. Hehehe, done some business, stay a few years in each.

However, in this situation, I have another method of learning that has spiked.

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Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road - Center of Backpacker Universe
Southeast Asia
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Hotels on Khao San Road
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This is a dangerous photo, please, please do not take photos of police, and it is a great way to end up in jail or paying bribes. (Thai Style..)

Thailand police do not seem corrupt, my vision of police is a fat Mexican, and for sure, Mexico is 10 times more corrupt than Thailand, I have spent over a year in each of these two countries, Mexico is the corruption champ, one of the most dangerous countries on the planet.

WHY I BELIEVE CORRUPTION IS RISING IN THAILAND?

On the general HoboTraveler.com site, people can submit anonymous comments and one of the topics is corruption. A person can choose a country and submit. In the last month couple of months the submission to the Thailand Corruption page has suddenly become active, there are more submissions.

Thailand Corruption

This is the general corruption link, whereby you can choose a country and submit comments or links.

Corruption

Corruption is an incredibly interesting example of human nature, if you observe and study corruption patterns will start to be obvious. The majority of people on the planet will quickly say,
“I am not corrupt.”

However, corruption happens when one person has more power than the other does, they can than force people to do unjust things. I am almost positive the majority of people reading have had a boss who took advantage of his power.

I do not believe people hate corruption; I believe generally they wish to be the person performing the corruption. Often in countries like Thailand, family and friends will collect money and purchase the right for their son to become a police officer, this will then allow the son to go collect bribes and share the profits. It is the way the world works.

I believe Thaksin slowed corruption, he knew that if he increased business, increase tourism, he could increase the money he makes with his business. It is like the USA Weapons Factories, probably as corrupt as you can get, however at the same time, I would say they all play by the rules, they abuse the rules and their power.

What percentage of humans will take advantage of a situation if they can?

Often people will say to me, I play by the rules, truly a misleading statement.

Police Corruption in Thailand Rises


Two Farmers in a Field

Two Farmers in a Field
I am from the State of Indiana in the USA, I am aware that many people think people from Indiana are country bumpkins.

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Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road - Center of Backpacker Universe
Southeast Asia
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Khao San Road
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I realized today I am extremely naïve, I had three people today tell me today it was unfair to expect people to do what they say. I just do not understand, what is the point in talking…

Two Farmers in a Field


Buddhist vs. Islamic Architecture

Buddhist vs. Islamic Architecture
Religion is about marketing, they make sure they brand their product well; normally there is some noise involved.

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Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road - Center of Backpacker Universe
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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I see one of these curly things, I think Buddhist.



Buddhist Architecture, there are some noisemakers inside that thing.



The Buddhist Monks have the most beautiful building in Thailand, often just outside the gate is some other world.



I took this photo in Kericho, Kenya when I see something that looks like this; I again look around for the noisemaker. I believe this is Islamic, strangely, it was a little vague and questionable, and however normally religions are not a problem to identify.

Are all religions noisy?

Do you know the name of these architectural features?

Buddhist vs. Islamic Architecture


Baggage Rapid Transfer Travel Tip

Baggage Rapid Transfer Travel Tip
Request a rapid transfer tag, if you need a rapid transfer, if nothing else it is best to keep the workers airline check in counters thinking.

My Qatar Airlines flight from Kenya to Thailand had a 45-minute layover in Doha, Qatar. I asked two travel agents, the one in Kenya and my friend Jeroen here on Khao San Road.

I said,
“There is only a 45 minute layover.”

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Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road - Center of Backpacker Universe
Southeast Asia
Monday, June 15, 2009

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I guess I said it wrong, they both said,
“If for some reason you miss the flight, they will put you on another flight, do not worry.”
I replied,
“I am not the least bit worried about my body, I am not sure my luggage will arrive at the same time as me.”

Contrary to any belief you have, not all luggage is later delivered to you Hotel on International flights.



Qatar put these “Rapid Transfer” tags on my bags, the bags were managed great, they arrived with my body.

I never thought about this tag, however, I will not forget, and when there are questionable layover problems, I will see if they will prioritize my bags.



I have needed to return to pick up a bag in:

Acapulco, Mexico
Cusco, Peru
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Istanbul, Turkey… the bag was damaged.

On the other hand, I went through the Tokyo, Japan airport in 20 minutes and the bag arrive with my body. The USA will deliver the bag, however the USA has the most problems.

You body will always arrive with your body, however when luggage arrives late the problem can last for days.

Baggage Rapid Transfer Travel Tip


Zipper Repair Travel Tip

Zipper Repair Travel Tip
Is your zipper jumping off track, here is a solution

This may be the most important travel tip I have ever written, there is nothing more important than a zipper to a backpacker. When the zipper on your backpack breaks, you are screwed.

Or at least I thought I was…

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Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road - Center of Backpacker Universe
Southeast Asia
Monday, June 15, 2009

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The two sides of the slider of a zipper can widen, when this happens it allow the zipper to jump off track. If you carefully squeeze it back together a little it will force the zipper to align properly again.

I have a special Computer / Camera bag, the zipper was jumping track and I was truly worried. I was in Isiolo, Kenya, up to my ears in travel and it was no time to have a broken day bag. I found a shoe repairperson in the market and was hoping the person could replace the zipper. There was another huge problem, there were no long zippers to be found in the city, I was going to have to purchase another backpack, cut the zipper out of it and use it to replace the zipper.



The man who did the repairs in Isiolo, Kenya was gone, only an assistant woman was there. I told her I would return later. As I was walking down the road past the Mosque, she comes running after me. She says,
“Come, I remember how he fixes zippers.”



She squeezed the two sides of the slider together and I was back in the safety zone.

I was skeptical this would work, however it has held now for about three months. This small process of squeezing the sides of the zipper pull has allowed me to continue to use my Computer / Camera bag.

I was excited about this Travel Tip, however, I have learned my lesson, make sure a good idea last before I open my mouth. Since Kenya, I have visited Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania and then flew from Kenya to Thailand; this was truly a welcome lesson to learn.

Zipper Repair Travel Tip


Andy You Talk Too Much

Andy You Talk Too Much
Since returning to Khao San Road here in Bangkok, Thailand, I have realized that I talk a lot. Amazing, I can sit and eat Chicken Fried Rice and talk to anybody, I am not prejudice, if you are close enough to me, then I will talk to you.

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Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road - Center of Backpacker Universe
Southeast Asia
Sunday, June 14, 2009

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I wonder if there is a correlation between me talking a lot and me writing a lot? I think of writers like Michael Crichton, I wonder if he was a blabbermouth. What about Paul Theroux, does he have verbal diarrhea. I cannot say I know many writers up close and personal, maybe they are not talkers, maybe they just walk around talking to themselves.

What a lot of rambling, like I said,
“I talk too much.”

I did a search on Google.com for HoboTraveler.com and I read a lot of comments about me talking, other sites will talk about me talking…

Andy You Talk Too Much


Check the Salt Travel Tip

Check the Salt Travel Tip
I discovered a habit of mine the other day and thought that maybe a few readers would find it helpful. I do not trust salt or pepper shakers in restaurants.
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Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road - Center of Backpacker Universe
Southeast Asia
Saturday, June 13, 2009

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Without thinking, I take the saltshaker and try it in my hand before I try on the food.

I am sure readers can tell all sorts of funny stories about salt shakers.

Check the Salt Travel Tip