Thailand Travel Stories, Page 30

USA Citizen Travel to Cuba

USA Citizen Travel to Cuba
A friend who talks with upper level USA Government people wrote me to explain about how to travel to Cub providing I do not use his name.

I would like to travel to Cuba; I have met many people who have traveled to Cuba. Three USA citizens, two New Zealand, one Belgium, and many Scandinavians on Sex Tours as is their cultural nature.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I do not feel the USA is in danger from Cuba; however, I do believe they have some friends that want to cause trouble for the USA. I will be very glad when Fidel Castro and all his family dies, and hopefully the people of Cuba decide they should be friends of the USA as a democratic nation with freedom for their people.

I do feel a responsibility to all citizens of the USA to be a good citizen, a good example, and to represent myself in a way that would make my country proud. The normal USA Citizens or World Citizens are normally committed functional treason to their home country saying,
- I have nothing to do with my government. -

I believe every USA Citizen says something with their actions; the continuous represent our cultural tribe.

However, as Peter Denied Christ, the wide majority of tourist and travelers deny any allegiance to their country unless is a total benefit.

Ironically, me and Andrew the tech from India here in Bangkok met a girl from Puerto Rico, an America Citizen who traveled to Cuba yesterday while eating inside the Wat area.

Mara the girl denied most anything to do with the USA. This struck Andrew, an India citizen who dreams of going to the USA as hypocritical. The girl was traveling the world with a USA passport, obviously benefited greatly from being a USA citizen, however even went so far as to deny being from the USA. Andrew has a difficult time traveling, every step, every Visa, every movement has to be carefully planned, so he see clearly the benefits of the USA citizenship.

I Andy of HoboTraveler.com am very grateful to come from the USA; this country has given me opportunities very few countries on the planet enjoy. I guess I could live in Norway and pay 50 percent of my money in taxes, hehehe

I am 100 percent made in the USA. The USA when compared to the 77 countries I have visited is the best countryt. I have another 175 and then maybe I can say conclusively that it is the best on planet Earth.

I said to Andrew, about Mara the Puerto Rico girl.
- She looks at the world like a child, it is normal, it is not normal to be adult, the normal citizen of the USA thinks as a child, they are not grateful for what they have always had. -

Freedom

There are people in Cuba who get in boats and risk dying to go to the USA; this is a good example of the USA.

I have read a few articles about Responsible Travel, Ethical Travel and other trendy things about this idea from children writers, denying any responsibility for their governments. I am responsible for my government’s actions, I went to Iraq to go check up on what they are doing, and even when we disagree, I am still in support.

I never had any opinion on Cuba, seems like a stupid country to me. If they would have been friends with the USA, instead of having many problems for 50 years, they could have been something. They are defined as CASTRO; they are not defined as Cuba. When Castro dies, they can then maybe become Cubans, and not a Castro, a Castrated nation.

FRIEND WROTE ON TRAVEL TO CUBA:

Here is the specific info on travel to Cuba from the State Dept and Treasury Dept Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which oversees this ridiculous restriction. Reagan started tightening in 1982. Clinton didn't have the balls to cancel it and Bush2 tried to slam the door in 2005 - all in the pursuit of votes and donations.
http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/87354.pdf
http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/programs/cuba/cuba.pdf

You can legally go there now by applying under "OFAC General License" as a professional

"whose travel transactions are directly related to professional research in their professional areas, provided that their research 1) is of a noncommercial, academic nature; 2) comprises a full work schedule in Cuba; and 3) has a substantial likelihood of public dissemination."

The State Dept Cuba page is at
http://www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/c2461.htm
and a detailed info can be found at
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2886.htm

The only problem is that the OFAC license may involve giving big brother more info than you want. Or you can simply fly in from Nassau, the Caymen Is or Cancun by showing Cuban Immigration an ID from your fitness club, orchid society or anything else with a name on it and getting no passport stamp. Our lovely gov't just wants the big fish; not the small fries. Just take cash and don't make any electronic financial transactions. (Feel free to post for all w/o my name.)

If you go, Andy, I'd also an alias while there. Just tell everyone on the website that your good friend, Marco Polo, is down there and will be writing Cuban bulletins for the website during his travels. (Name edited)

USA Citizen Travel to Cuba


Police Cleaning Khao San Road

Police Cleaning Khao San Road
The Thailand Police are closing down all the street vendors and a few shops behind the Buddhist Wat off Khao San Road.

Saturday 23, 2008 Monday

Are the venders not paying their bills?

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I was watching a Policeman collect four sleeping bags from an on-the-street pawnshop the other day, it appears he was buying four sleeping bags to carry on his motorcycle.

Strange, curious and how this works is a mystery.

The sidewalks are for vendors.
The roads are for working.
It is the way it is…
Or is it?

Police Cleaning Khao San Road


Can I Blog about Cuba

Can I Blog about Cuba
I was try to figure out, can I legally travel to Cuba and blog about it? I have been tentatively thinking about traveling from Mexico to Cuba.

USA citizens are not allowed to fly from the USA to Cuba, however as I understand it Cuba has open arms to allow us to enter… hehehe

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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I will have to dwell on this issue, how I feel, what I think. I just want to go and see Cuba. I on the other hand 100 percent support the USA political stance. It would be fun to see Cuba before and after Castro. There is a rumor about a big party in Cuba when the government changes and opens up, if it does open after Castro...

Can I Blog about Cuba


Koh SiChang Thailand Beach

Koh SiChang Thailand Beach
A video of Tam Pang Beach Resort on the Island of Koh SiChang in Thailand. This is the only beach on the Island and rooms rent for 550 Baht per night for two. A person needs to rent a motorcycle or be Resort California stranded. (Hotel California) This is four hours travel by bus from Bangkok and nice swimming. This is a Thai style resort beach and opposite from the bar girls style of Phuket, Pattaya or Samui, more for relaxation, Kayak, snorkeling.
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Koh SiChange Thailand
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Posted from Bangkok
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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This is in front of the Tam Pang Resort on the Island of Koh SiChang. There are room on this Island from 200 and up, in a way best to rent a taxi and drive the whole island before you choose a room. Motorcycles rent from 200 Baht up per 24 hour day, including gas.



Sunday night through Friday morning this beach is probably great, I would say on the weekends it turns into one of the largest beach bars you ever seen as hundreds of Thailand people change bar locations for the day.

Video of Koh SiChang Beach 12.5 MEGS wmv (Follow-Mom)
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Video of Koh SiChang Beach

This is not a cheap beach, a person can go to Koh Pha Ngan, the full moon party beach and live for half the price with five time the travel time to get to the beach. We lived on Koh Chang near Ranong for 250 Baht per night on the beach.

Koh SiChang Thailand Beach


I Fly to Acapulco March 11

I Fly to Acapulco March 11
I purchased a one-way air ticket to Acapulco, Mexico on March 11, 2008. I have been writing emails to my friend Nancy, and sure hope the prices of Mexico beaches has not become unreasonable.

I will fly from Bangkok on March 3, then to Mexico on March 11.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Saturday, February 23, 2008
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Mexico was over-priced 10 years ago, I sure hope it has tourist inflated the prices too high to compete with global room values. I now know the true value of good rooms on a world market.

Americans and Europeans pay comparable prices to their home countries and make the locals rich, and right next door there is often hotel rooms properly priced.

I remember the breath of fresh air I breathed the first time I left Mexico, and entered Guatemala.

Mexico is inflated in price because of American tourist willing to overpay and say thank you.

It is also makes me weak in the knees to think I feel the need to buy a ticket to Mexico in Bangkok, because it is easier and cheaper.

I Fly to Acapulco March 11


Spirit of the Thailand House

Spirit of the Thailand House
I start to take a photo of this Buddhist statue thingy and the Thailand girls say,
- No, that is the spirit of the house. -

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Friday, February 22, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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This round mound of concrete and stones was to the left of an older house on the Island of Koh SiChang. If you look real close you can see small steps that are wrapped around the house.




Inside the home are a couple figures of humans, I took this with the 18X zoom camera and tried to be quick.



This is the home and what we call Typical Thai Style, made of wood, and has front porch, with chairs built into the side. The island of Koh SiChang seems to have an inordinate amount of older houses still intact and standing. The island was a Palace Island for the Rama V around 1892. Interesting and intriguing location as there is no bridge to the mainland.

The Thailand girl said, no, but the Thailand people often say no first and then understand the question, she more or less started the sentence with no, a language quirk of Thailand and can be very confusing. This used to be a problem for my German or English type brain, I now think more abstract and less literal and understand by body language and intention.

This may or may not be Buddhist, it takes weeks to separated these ideas into clarity of culture opinions and for sure you just cannot ask and get a correct answer.

Spirit of the Thailand House


Pie de la Cuesta Mexico Possible from BKK

Pie de la Cuesta Mexico
I am back in Bangkok, after a great few days at the fun and inspiring island of Koh SiChang.

I have wandered too far from the beach life, I need to find the path.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Thursday, February 21, 2008
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I have two friends living on the beach at Pie de La Cuesta, Mexico north of Acapulco in a house they built. I think I will swerve to miss some potholes in my road and go rediscover a beach I know very well. This will be after I stop in the USA for a week.

I am thinking maybe Cuba, maybe Haiti, over to Europe, then to Africa. As normal, I will change my plans.

Pie de la Cuesta Mexico


SiChang Beach Helps me to Remember

SiChang Beach Helps me to Remember
There is a great little beach on the Island of Koh SiChang at the Tam Pang Beach Resort. There is only beach on the Island and we found it and a room with a balcony looking at the ocean for 550 Baht.

I have finally found a sunbathing, read a book, enjoy the good life beach after two years of searching. I spent about three months in the Caribbean and never found a beach as good as Koh SiChang.

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Koh SiChang Thailand - Southeast Asia
Island South of Bangkok 120 Kilometers
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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It in incredibly nuts that I have not found a good beach in the last two years worth a darn.

I am also 100 percent sure that only about 1 in 20 people would call this a good resort. Too funny sometimes, however I truly do not believe people go to beaches to see beaches, they go to beach to say they went to the beach.

This beach on the other hand could be torture on the weekends when invaded by 300 beer drinking Thailand umbrella people.

SiChang Beach Helps me to Remember