Thailand Travel Stories, Page 31

Thailand Traveler Conversations

Thailand Traveler Conversations
Kevin from Switzerland, Tony from England with Jocella his girlfriend. Interesting people on the island of Koh SiChang.

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Koh SiChang Thailand - Southeast Asia
Island South of Bangkok 120 Kilometers
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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I have had more interesting conversations in two days of being on this island than in two months of hanging around Bangkok.

All three of these people sort of shake their head and said they had to leave Bangkok as quick as possible, as it was not the place for them. I am learning there is no place for me in Bangkok, it is not me, and really just annoying, yet I spend too much time in this city. I truly need to become clearer on where happiness is…

The search for happiness is about being extremely judgmental and leaving quickly, not trying to make the best of situations.

Thailand Traveler Conversations


White Asians and Tan Foreigners

White Asians and Tan Foreigners
The foreigners see being tan as a sign of being rich; the Asian people consider being tan as being poor.

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Koh SiChang Thailand - Southeast Asia
Island South of Bangkok 120 Kilometers
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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Similar to the deep south of the USA before the Civil War, the aristocrats could and would judge people on the color or their skin.

A person with a Tan or brown from the sun was a worker, had to work, while a pasty white person did not have to work.

This is the same now in Thailand or Asia, a person that has to work in the sun is considered labor, not upper class.

I see cleaners in the streets of Bangkok, every part of their body is covered, it is intriguing to know if they are truly trying to stop the sun so that they will not appear poor or the working class.

White Asians and Tan Foreigners


Anna and the King of Siam

Anna and the King of Siam
The first movie made was Anna and the King of Siam. The second movie made was
- The King and I-
with Yul Brynner.

Both movies were based on a book by Margaret Langdon and as the gossip goes, the Thailand people are not too happy with the book or the movies.

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Koh SiChang Thailand - Southeast Asia
Island South of Bangkok 120 Kilometers
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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The Island of Koh SiChang has former Palace of Rama V who is the model for the King of the movie. This man stopped slavery in Thailand and has his picture on the money.

“Margaret Landon’s book about an English woman who becomes the governess of the King of Siam’s many children, set during the 19th century.” (2)

What is interesting to me is almost the impossible love affair between the King of Thailand and a white person from England. In that time and the present time period, the people of Thailand or the Kingdom of Siam more or less consider the foreigners an inferior race.

Moreover, in many ways the movie portrays the English people as a superior race, therefore both race play on their own racism to create a humorous anger between the two.

The English woman thinks she is superior, the Thailand King thinks he is superior and truly an impossible situation to visualize as being possible and truly is fantasy.

Anna and the King of Siam


Koh SiChang Island Thailand Close to BKK

Koh SiChang Island Thailand
We left the Khao San Road room in Bangkok at 11:15, and arrived on the Island of Koh SiChang at 3:45 pm. Porthole to Porthole is between 4 and 5 hours.

This is still not an enjoyable day trip; I truly do not enjoy the work that is needed sometimes in life to enjoy life.

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Koh SiChang Thailand - Southeast Asia
Island South of Bangkok 120 Kilometers
Monday, February 18, 2008
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Koh SiChang Island (Redundant)
24 hours per day Electricity, there is one ATM machine for sure.
The people are great, friendly and not the normal you do not exist Farang style as is normal on Khao San Road.

Easy price to find for rooms is 550-650 Baht.

Transportation in the main poplulated area is easy, with Tuk Tuk or Motorcycle Taxis.

The resorts so far seem to be the gouge, go to a resort and have no way to escape. The Thailand girl says,
- Resort California. -

There is one beach, we will go there today and search for a room on the beach or very close.

We are in a private home room for 300 Baht, the owner asked,
- Do you want me to clean the room? -

There is plenty of fresh water, and bottle water is cheaper than Bangkok.

There are boats to this island every hour during the day, it appears that a person could live on the island and work in Siracha or whatever the name of the city is. It is not a fisherman port; it is a large ship port, and not a problem for the boats or fishermen.

The island is great, just no beaches and the price of room is triple the cost of the Islands near Ranong or Burma, by the name of Koh Change. It is not hard to see that Koh Chang is five times the value for one-third the price.

An annoying community radio system plays continuous music in the populated area and is rather noisy.

This is not a sunbather’s beach island.

I am on a GPRS Cell Phone connection with AIS or One-Two Call.
Mobile Office


Koh SiChang Island Thailand


I Want a Water Pollution Map

I Want a Water Pollution Map
I am going to Koh SiChang today, an Island about 4 hour from Bangkok. Jeroen tells me he saw a map that shows the Gulf of Thailand as being one of the most polluted waters on the planet.

I keep thinking this would qualify as a WayFinding Map.

Eric has created some great maps and is the brains of this idea. I collected a couple and the number of maps to help find the way is growing.

Hobo WavFinding Maps

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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In the way Jeroen said, Koh Tao and Koh SiChang are both in one of the worst places to dive on the planet for pollution.

I went to Koh Tao, kept trying to see the bottom of the ocean below the boat. I was in Belize, and I truly love looking at the bottom of the ocean. I have never been able to see the bottom of the ocean in Thailand, therefore have no desire to snorkle in Thailand. Jeroen says the true diver go to the Simian or Andaman areas.

On the other hand, in a way though Tourist and Travelers come to Thailand to see the crap of life, so not easy to say, do not go see crap. I will leave Thailand soon to stop seeing crap.

I Want a Water Pollution Map


Road Junky Travel Handbook

Road Junky Travel Handbook
I vaguely remember reading some helpful information on the Road Junky website….It is possible it could be of interest to a long-term traveler. Seems to be priced 15 dollars too high for me want to purchase.

The Road Junky Travel Handbook
by Road Junky Guides (Paperback - Jan 15, 2008)
Buy new: $19.95

Road Junky Travel Handbook RoadJunky.com

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Sunday, February 17, 2008
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I just surfed around the RoadJunky.com site for five minutes, could not find anything but Travel Writer type articles appealing to the wanna be vegetarian, wanna wear diapers, wanna save the world and wanna to smoke dope and sell books group.

A site can either be a voice to readers, or give a voice to readers, or continually sell something.

As a real traveler, there is no way for me to buy books online, so no point in me reading about books for sale. Then again, I am a traveler, and these are books about people who want to travel, not people who travel.

I am tired of books about the illusions of travel, truly reading Wilbur Smith may help more to learn how to travel.

Road Junky Travel Handbook



They sent me this book, I recommend you read it:


Do Not Feed The Trolls

Do Not Feed The Trolls
Is there a difference between a Troll and a Hobo?

Please do not feed the Trolls.
Please feed the Hobos.

Words are fun, intriguing and can be used as weapons.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Saturday, February 16, 2008
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"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer"
- Michael Coreleone
- The Godfather Movie

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
Sun-Tzu - Chinese Book
Chinese general & military strategist (~400 BC)



THAILAND and PHILIPPINES Trolls

On this trip into Thailand and the Philippines the blog has picked up a lot of Trolls.
Wikipedia defines a troll as:

Quote:
An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial and usually irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, with the intention of baiting other users into an emotional response[1] or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.[2]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll



Words are fun, and often the black sketch in this graphic is used to represent a Hobo.

I just blog away, normally think of blog post as helpful and interesting, while in Thailand this time I have found a lot Thailand blog poast readers that are Trolls. I tend to thing of them as Flamers or Flaming because of this is what I think of them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_%28Internet%29

Thailand is becoming the San Francisco of the planet.

When I was 20 years old, I used to dream about going an living in Southern California, surfing, and enjoying the beach life. There was this song called California Dreaming, I am cautious as dreams can turn into nightmares. I now have zero drams of Southern California.

Paradise can turn into Hell.

What is the future? I just know I want to be on the next planet, out the back door, before the mob arrives. I want to be in Paradise two years before the tourist trap closes.

Do Not Feed The Trolls


Error on the Side of Obvious

Error on the Side of Obvious
Error on the side of caution.

I live by my instincts, I trust my first impressions, and I make good judgments. I constantly wonder if it is possible to teach this skill to others.

I had a confusing conversation with Andrew Boy Genius from India about making a web site.


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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road Area
Saturday, February 16, 2008
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I tried to explain:

1. People who make bad decisions, make bad decisions.

2. People who make good decisions, make good decisions.

We go for a walk towards Khao San Road, and as we are walking along, I say to Andrew,
- Pick out a happy person that would be fun to talk with. -

He stalls, he does not start to point, so I try to lead by example.

No
No
No
No
No
No

I say,
- See that girl over there, simple, calm, has a nice look on her face, joking with the venders. -

He agrees, and then starts say,
- Yes, but this could be wrong, the others people could be better. -

I say to Andrew,
- Andrew, I only have one day in my life, today, and I need to optimize my chance of enjoying it. I only start conversations with good people, and quickly as possible stop conversations with bad people. -

In a way, I live every day searching for obvious decisions to make, I try to write something that is simple and obvious, in a way, and writing is about pointing out to people the obvious truths of life.

With Andrew, I was lucky, I could use the word
- Optimize. -
This word is used as jargon in the world of making internet pages as we are told to optimize the pages for the internet. SEO, we need to make pages Search Engine Optimized.

I try to live my life optimized for satisfaction.

I think if Mick Jagger singing this song,
- I can’t get no, satisfaction. -

Saying to the world, the goal is satisfaction.

Note finding obviously well wrapped and sane individuals in the Khao San Road is a hilariously funny thing do search for.

Note: I am trying to explain to Andrew that when a reader gets on a page, the theme or subject needs to obvious to a Chinese person. We are making pages for 5.5 billion people who do not read English, yet want to advertise their hotels to English speakers.

Error on the Side of Obvious