Thailand Travel Stories, Page 38

My 9600 Dollar Budget for Airplanes

My 9600 Dollar Budget for Airplanes
800 dollars per month, that is what I want to spend on Airplane Tickets, however, there is a difference between what I want and what I do.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Sunday, January 13, 2008
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I do not plan well, but I do budget, I try to keep my mind focused on the number. For the last couple of years I have said to myself, I will spend about 300 dollars per month on plane tickets, which is 3600 U.S. per year.

The price of long plane trips has increased a lot, and now I am pressed to reevaluate this number as it is becoming very difficult to stay focused on this number. The variable travel agents do not seem to have any grip on is time; this number is relevant to time.

Example: 300 per month Airplane Budget
1500 Round trip Ticket from Bangkok to Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire meant, I must spend five months in West Africa.

1500 divide by 300 is 5, to average using about 300 dollars per month on plane tickets.
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Now to be fair to the travel agents, they close to never sell a plane ticket to a person that can stay long as they like in a place. I find travel agents have this two weeks time period hard-coded in their brain. My friend and travel agent Jeroen outlined a trip to Yemen, by land, etc, one month and fly out of Ethiopia to USA. I keep trying to say this is too fast and very expensive, but reasonable if I did this trip in five months and not the one-month he proposed.

However, if I adjust my budget for increased jet fuel cost, and raised it to 800 dollar per month, then I only need to stay 2 months.
Now, if you are a critical thinking reader, you remember I qualified this as saying,
- There is a difference between what I want and what I do. -

I had a person write me yesterday and ask how I pay for my trip; they wanted insight into how to fund a long-term continuous trip. In the end the insight was, it about 20 time easier to save and not spend money while traveling than to try to earn it.
Sustaining Yourself On The Road Insight

Note, a person should be able to live on less than 15 dollars per day, or the feasibility of continuous travel is almost fantasy.

How much do I spend on Airplane Tickets per month?

My 9600 Dollar Budget for Airplanes


Americans on Khao San Road

Americans on Khao San Road
A couple, a women of 69 years, and a man of 76 arrived today to the Khao San Road area. Two men, one about 42 and the other 50 are running around lose also, they are readers and friends.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Saturday, January 12, 2008
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They are from the USA and surprising as it may be, this has become a very annoying culture to me. The USA tourist or traveler can micromanage the travel experience that converts a vacation into work.

Amerians make a legal pad list of things to do…
I think the word itinerary is synonymous with the word jail.

I was teasing another American as he has penciled in goal for when he travels a longer time.
He said,
- I have a list of books to read.-

A good project is great, however the spontaneous life is for me.

I told my friend, please earmark this conversation, I want to hear you repeat it to me three years from now, after you have traveled the planet. I want you to say to me again,
- I have a list of books to read. -

This desire to control, plan and utilize a life is an intriguing idea, however what does that have to do with travel?

A list of books, hmm, even if I had the list, I could not buy the books, and for sure the normal traveler is way too lazy to carry around 10 books.

America is the land of rules, and self administered, accompanied by daily mental floggings. I am sure I will fill a little bit guilty for the rest of my life for not obeying the rules. Like, I have said before, this thinking outside the box is silly, gee whiz people, get out of the box.

Americans on Khao San Road


Man Climbing Coconut Tree like a Monkey

Man Climbing Coconut Tree like a Monkey
Video of an incredible feat of strength as a Thailand man on the beach of Ban Saen, Thailand climbs a tree to clean old coconuts and branches. The beach has trees lined up for a few kilometers, not just a couple of trees. South of Chon Buri and North of Pattaya.
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Ban Saen, Thailand
North of Pattaya and South of Chon Buri
Beach in Southeast Asia
Saturday, January 12, 2008
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I was walking by and luckily had the camera close, this man just suddenly jumps on the coconut tree and starts to shimmy up. He has no ropes, nothing but his bare hands. I have seen this a few time, however normally the tree is leaning over or short, these tree were tall. In addition, the trunk was wider so more or less a bear hug all the way up.

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Man Climbing Coconut Tree like a Monkey



These are photos on Baen Saen Beach and the sand is not as nice as it look, however this beach was a well-planned beach and the palm trees are perfect for the Thailand culture. However, I would almost assume someone has a coconut fall on him or her each year.



This man climbing the tree is a much-needed job. I remember sitting in a hotel in Pie de la Cuesta, Mexico, North of Acapulco when suddenly a coconut came bombing through the roof of the terrace area. Dropping, bouncing and banging it way across the floor, with large chunks of red clay roofing strewn around.

This is like dropping brick on peoples heads, whenever I am around coconuts tress I will forever remember that one falling a few feet from me, thinking wow I was lucky.

Man Climbing Coconut Tree like a Monkey


Chasing Zippers in Philippines

Chasing Zippers in Philippines
Zippers for backpack that is, I am going back to Manila on January 19 to chase down zippers. Rodney has found some samples of Number 10 Hasp Sliders for zippers that we need to make backpacks.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Friday, January 11, 2008
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I have been chasing this windmill a long time; I am hoping to soon have a good example of a great zipper pull in my possession. Plus the good part, we can now order them and a couple of months later, I am two steps closer to being able to make a great backpack.

It is every hard to search for these pulls, as I was never before able to show anyone an example only photos. Plus we can test drive them.

It now looks like it is time to get serious about what materials to use, whether Spectra, Cordura, etc. I feel good about the other clips; strangely, there is store besides the grocery here on Khao San Road that has a good selection of clips, buckles, ropes, cord, and strapping.

Next is the need to get all these parts in one location on the planet next to a sowing machine, with a person who is skilled in how to use it. I am sure Rodney can make a great pack, if we can get the correct raw materials in front of him.

I am sure many men in Philippines have paid up 200 dollars for zippers, but this my first time. The round trip ticket from Bangkok to Manila is 7500 Baht, about 200 USA. I was not willing to risk having these shipped to me, I have hunted too many places for this zipper pull. Strangely, I have talked to tons of YKK distributor people and shown them the picture, and finally we got one to get serious.

Now with an example we can also commission companies to make them to our specs.

The Asia gouge sales mentality is goes out of control when the think I am buying something I cannot buy from anyone else. Truth is, I feel a trip to Japan is on the way.

Chasing Zippers in Philippines


Hotels you get what you for

Hotels you get what you for
I have traveled for about 11 years, the first 9 years the hotels were great. These last two years have been good money years, and because of this, I have upgraded from 3-5 dollars a night room to 5-20 dollar rooms. I am now thinking of returning to the cheaper hotels.

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Friday, January 11, 2008
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When a person lives in one city, they learn, this is the place to buy bread, this is the good restaurant, this is the good this is and that. When you travel, you sample all the places the locals know better than to visit, The faster you travel, the more you sample. One reason to return to a city is to return to the good hotels.

What I want to feel is,
- I got my moneys worth -

Nothing-in life, feels worst than to feel you made a bad deal, paid too much or just plain got cheated. I usually got my moneys worth when I was paying 3-5 dollars per night. Now I must fight tooth and nail to get my moneys worth for a room.

I just realized, this might be the reason people surf for days, write me, ask me, and call me to find good rooms. In the end, they refuse to be cheated. This is a little annoying, and I truly feel you must accept in tourist areas that people cheat, I actually work less to find rooms than the average person.

I am 52 years old, have been self-employed all my life, traveled for 11 years, and I can say, you do not get what you pay for. You get what you work for in life, if I want a good employee, I must work hard to find this person. If I want a good room, I must work hard to locate the room.

Sadly, when a person goes cheap, they normally get what they paid for, the amount of money they paid correlates to the value. Then about 50-70 percent of the time with some savvy choice inside the hotel, I get 10-30 times the value.

I now only believe, there is the best room in the hotel, if I do not get that, better to go to another hotel. I give almost zero value to opinions or recommendations from tourist.

Ok, what you are telling me, you are an expert at hotel rooms?
Ok?
- How many days last year did you live in a Hotel?-
- Oh, 2 weeks in Cancun... yes, you are an expert.

I spent about 355 days in hotels room, and in many countries.

I do use guidebooks, the Internet is still almost worthless to find rooms. What tourist and the Internet does is give clues to where the good rooms are located. The prices of rooms on the Internet is a huge scam.

I do not get what I pay for, best to stay in cheap room and be happy.

Hotels you get what you for


Use Calendar to buy Airplane Tickets

Use Calendar to buy Airplane Tickets
I find there is two features of buying tickets online that is almost always better than a travel agent.

- The Pop Up Calendar
- Next day and previous day option

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Thursday, January 10, 2008
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The travel agents of the planet love a person that says, I am leaving on this date, sell me a ticket. I see buying a ticket as work, every hour I put into the job, I save normally about 100-500 US dollars per hour, and for sure I never just trust any travel agent, I check their work.

The better online Airplane booking sites include two features that make it easier. The pop up calendar that allow me to choose what I think may be the cheaper day of the week. The next and previous buttons, I will click up about 10 days and down about 10 days and see what is the lowest price offered.

Sadly, the price of taxes is now more than tickets, so there is this real next hazard, I must get all the way to the end before I know the true price. Nonetheless, shopping dates is easy online, which is just a great way to annoy the travel agent. I laugh when a travel agent gets annoyed for me shopping price, days, times, etc, because doing this online is easy, and if they make it difficult, well, the fact is this, I will buy online.



I do not enter the date; I click on the calendar pop up and choose Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.



After I see the price, I then click on the Previous 10 times, down, the I go up Next about 10 days. After I am through, I have a good feel for prices. This is the last thing a travel agent wants, is you to know what is the going price for tickets.

I can still walk into the travel agent and buy the ticket from the same company, minus his or her ability to feed me the bull.

Sadly, I tried to buy a ticket, and the credit card was refused, said to use a different one. I did this and still refused, well, it is not a perfect world, I will wait a few hours, I suspect the Philippines are not open for business as of yet, or who know, maybe the bank is in some mid-cycle crisis. Nonetheless, they say there is a problem, I find often it is on their side, not my side. Nevertheless, I am not going to complain about to much security on credit cards, and seems silly to complain about too much security in an airport.

Use Calendar to buy Airplane Tickets


Finding Love in Thailand

Finding Love in Thailand
Not being able to talk the same language sometimes makes communication profoundly clear.

I know a man, who wants to know,
- Is my Thailand Girl a nice girl? -

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Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Thursday, January 10, 2008
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I asked for advice, to help of my Thailand friend who is a girl, she said,
- Is he a nice man? -

Finally falling down laughing as the lightning struck me, wow, what clarity. First things first, the man has to be a nice man, before it is possible for him to meet a nice girl. She went on to say, most of these mens list of wants are the as if they hired a maid.

Finding Love in Thailand


BanSaen BanSen BanSan Beach Thailand

BanSaen BanSen BanSan Beach Thailand
I am at a beach, nobody can seem to decide how to spell in English, but this is Thailand... I sort of search often for a good Beach close to Bangkok, one where I can just spontaneously visit when I am in Bangkok.

No planes, trains or hassles, just leave, one that is a couple or hours from Bangkok.
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Ban Saen Thailand - Southeast Asia
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
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This is a map of the region around Bangkok; I am not keen on 5-8 hour bus trips to get to Koh Chang or Koh Mak near Cambodia. Moreover, they are now past prime time for good beaches. Too long on the market, the Pattaya Beach is known as a world class rental of boom boom the girls location and may have good beaches, I have never been there. But a good beach is more than just sand and water.



A Thailand girl got some recommendations from co-workers and I am now in Bang Saen for two day and one night. (She just corrected my typing in English, and for sure this English spelling is under debate.

Ban Saen
Ban Sen
Ban San
Bang Saen
Saen Suk

My method is to find these types of places is to get some nice unsuspecting Thai person to write the word in English and then hope we agreed.

Ban Saen is a weekend warrior beach, typical Thailand beach, a rent an umbrella, stay out of the sun beach. A good boardwalk, plenty of Hotels behind the beach and no reason to rent a room on the beach. Because there is no room on the beach, the road is between the beach and the rooms.
Very easy to find an AC, TV, room for 200-400 Baht one block off the big monument that announces the beach and take a left.

I would believe on the weekends this place is full of Thailand people sitting under umbrellas avoiding the sun, and drinking beer.

It is funny in the world; most beaches on the planet are avoided, because the world doe not want to get tan, they want to stay white as possibl, however go to a beach to get some sun.

I have an AIS One to Call GPRS internet connection, with this connection it makes wandering around Thailand possible, without the continue hunt for Internet Café.

BanSaen BanSen BanSan Beach Thailand