Thailand Travel Stories, Page 48

Who is Krung Thep

Who is Krung Thep
I get nervous when I do not know the name of someone; I feel shame, a fear of being found out. I sometime say,
- I am very sorry, I cannot remember your name.-
The person says, my name is
- Krung Thep -
I then proceed to repeat the name in my head about 20-30 times, this is rote memory in action, and when I really want to remember I will write the name down.

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Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Thursday, November 8, 2007
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I was reminiscing of being in Ranong, Thailand about three years ago, I kept asking Thai peopla on how to travel to Bangkok. It was a very enlightening day, a cultural epiphany.

Who is Krung Thep


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Pure techie post…
We finally made a sitemap or xml file that adheres to this and that and other techie things of this site.
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Submitted today November 7, 2007 for the USA
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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
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I am amused by organization or structure, I found it intriguing to think about how to make these sitemaps, and the process is forcing us to understand our own navigation.

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Number of Persons Ignored Per City Block

Number of Persons Ignored Per City Block
I sometime think of what I call the,
- Jerk Quotient. -
Normally I use a word that starts with A and ends with Hole. This is the percentage of people in a culture that are jerks. Contrary to any politically correct beliefs of justice, fairness and we need to treat all people equally,-------- I say equal, I do think it, and I do try, however less tell the truth, let us be honest… Ok, I know that is not natural anymore for many people.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
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Do not stereotype
Judging people
All men are created equal
Give them the benefit of the doubt

I was walking around with Robert, a man I met in Spain on Khao San Road, he is now is a Buddhist and Vegetarian.
http://robertstravels.blogspot.com/

Robert kept talking to the Taxi Drivers at the entrance to Khao San Road.

I said,
- Robert you know better than to start conversations with Taxi Drivers, you have been traveling too long to do that.-

A good traveler knows how to stop people, stop a beggar, stop a tout, stop any annoying person dead in their tracks. It is amazing ability, and a good book to read that explains about the Traveler phenomenon is a book:
Are you Experienced ? - by William Sutcliffe

A person that believes all people deserve to be listened too, are probably people I do not listen too, as I cannot be bothered.

I have people apologize, Andy, I did not read your post, or I do not read all your post, and I say,
- I put titles on them to help you, come on, I know you do not, please pick and choose, this is like a newspaper, read what you like and disregard the rest. -

To disregard people, ignore people, and walk on the other side of the street.

I have decided, the A - Hole Quotient is difficult, too subjective, it would be better to count the number of people I ignore per city block or 100 meters. As I was walking down Khao San Road yesterday, I think I ignored comments from about 1 person per 10 meters. I thought to myself, I know why I seldom walk down Khao San Road, it is not that I do not like Khao San Road, it is I do not enjoy ignoring people, it is not natural for me. I did not grow in in London, New York or Los Angeles, or Bangkok where people have upper levels advanced training in this, and it becomes their nature.

I can experiment for fun; I will count the actual number of people I ignored on specific tourist blocks of the planet.

The reason I walk down Khao San Road here in Bangkok, Thailand is because I want to see just how crazy people can be, it is good voyeuristic pleasure. There are people who look, and those who volunteer to become the entertainment. NOTE: Engage brain, in Africa, I was the entertainment for the locals.

I remember a women in Las bringing her children to view me, they walked around and pointed at me as if I was a cow.

Hmmm… I wonder, does this qualify as being a cheeky comment as defined by them British Lawyer girls in Tamale, Ghana?

Cheeky ---- trying to get away with saying something, hmmm or maybe it is the truth, is the truth cheeky?

Number of Persons Ignored Per City Block


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Travel Tips from MobalRental.com

Travel Tips --- Newsletter
A company that sells cell phone SIM cards, also publishes a travel tips newsletter… I think…. ? I am not able to consistently monitor what companies are doing, I am a traveler. A great way to market and sell products is to publish newsletters of value, sadly 99 out of 100 are more or less junk, however this one seems tourist good, not so much traveler good, but up to snuff for the average tourist.
http://www.mobalrental.com/newsletter/

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
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I purchased a use-only-in-emergency world cell phone SIM Card, I hope it still works, I have never used it. The card is supposed to work about anywhere on the planet, I suspect the cost is from 5-20 dollars per minute. I know one thing, when I need it, and I use it, I will not care; it will be I need a phone time, and the cost is irrelevant. I have not had this moment in the last two years of owning the card. I think my debit card is attached to it, to allow the money to flow.

One good part is they publish this 50/50 yes or no newsletter of travel tips. I am not sure how to subscribe, but the guy, maybe his name is Michael is now sending it, I have never noticed a name before.

Nonetheless, for the curious, it does have some merit, please do not take any travel advice carte blanc and think to yourselfe, this is a newsletter that is selling products, therefore there are some money-making reasons to steer you toward things to buy.

“Never trust 100 percent a company that can make money by giving you bad advice.”

What is a SIM card?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subscriber_Identity_Module

Travel Tips


I stopped Trusting

I stopped Trusting
I was having a Skype conversation with a friend, we was discussing the problems of Pakistan. I thought to myself,
- Why would people trust Pakistan? -

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Monday, November 5, 2007
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I was having another conversation with another friend in the USA, when I said,
- Why do you trust the people of Kurdistan? Iraq. -

A contract outside the USA is about worthless...

I realized, when I hear a person from 99 percent of the countries talk, I know they are not to be trusted. I am hard pressed to say who I can trust anymore, it appears people are in the habit now of saying only what helps them, not what is the truth.

I suppose I trust Norway, a little with England, for sure, I trust Australian and New Zealand people, sometime the Germans and never the rest of Europe, and for sure, I do not trust Switzerland or France. The other continents are not considered.

Is there a difference between a government and their people, it is like saying I am not from the Tribe of the USA, I do not differentiate, I do stereotype the tribe.

Each individual person needs to be observed first, watched, then listened too, see if any correlation between their actions and their words. Then given a fair chance, if my bullshit meter does not go off, then I go to step two.

I hear the word Pakistan or Journalist and my bullshit meter starts to wail. The world is getting safer, but not because honesty is held in high regard. People laugh at honest people and ridicule them, this is tragic.

I stopped Trusting


Koh Chang Island Ranong Thailand

Koh Chang Island Ranong Thailand
What a mess of words, there is two or more Koh Chang Islands in Thailand, the popular one is near Cambodia. A Thai girl and I went to the Island of Koh Chang near the city of Ranong, Thailand that is on the border of Thailand and Burma, not the popular Koh Chang.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Monday, November 5, 2007
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A word, what are words, the best way to confuse people is to use words. Koh is the Thailand word for Island, and the word Chang is the word for Elephant. There are elephant statues strewn around the country of Thailand, therefore the word elephant and the word Chang are difficult to use without confusion.

I learned some Thai words on the Island of Koh Chang.

Koh Chang - My Mee Change - Mee Tae Mah

I do not care if I Thai English spell them right, I suppose a person that reads understand English will pronounce them right. This means.

Elephant Island - No have Elephant, have Dog

Hmm, maybe I should say dogs as plural, there are many dogs on Koh Chang, however not any Elephants, and I cannot remember seeing any statures of Elephants. I would say there were about five good dog fights to watch and my Thailand friend says 20, not too important, however there are too many dogs on the Island of Koh Chang, and it needs and elephant or two.

My brain is full of scrambled English from speaking Thai English for a week, this damages my normal English.

Ok, the Island of Koh Chang is one of my favorite Islands in Thailand, this must be true or I would not have gone to the Island five or more times. I believe the reason I like this Island is that I am an idealistic person when I have nothing else to do.

The island of Koh Chang is the only place on the planet that I have personally visited that promotes Agro-Tourism, or more correctly, they use the words Agro-Tourism. Eco-tourism is a normal phrase used, which for the most part means, beware, we are trying to convince you we are nice ecological people, but all we really want is money.

The problem with all these words is Agro and Eco tourism is supposed to be an alternative way of earning money for the locals. The money given by eco-tourist is supposed to supplement the locals family income so they stop doing ecologically damaging things like slash and burn farming, dynamite fishing and other fun things.

If I do not hear the words alternative or help the local stop this or that, then I more or less know I am being green washed as normal. SNAFU Eco Tourism.

Koh Chang Agro-Tourism is probably a way to attract a few tourist like me to the Island of Koh Chang… If I knew it existed before I went, I did not, so I guess what attracted me was it is the closest Island by boat I could fine while in Ranong, Thailand on a Visa Run on first trip to Ranong many moons ago.

Nonetheless, I think Koh Chang is a great Island for the curious about the planet people. I eat Cashews, I love Cashews, and I would like to understand how Cashews are grown. It baffles me when people do not want to learn about food they eat.

NOTE: MARCH or APRIL is the months to go visit Koh Chang if you want to see Cashew Apples or the nut growing on the tree, and maybe being harvested.

From the great sidewalk that wanders around the Island of Koh Chang you can see many Cashew Trees, Rubber Trees, Coconuts, Bananas, Bamboo and a few other plants used by the world. They say Herbs, but I saw no Herbs, however the other words can be seen easily. There is tons of Rubber Trees and if you want to see them collect and make into rubber mats so send to the mainland this is the place.



This is a map of the Agro-Tourist path.



This is an example of how they collect rubber in a coconut shell.



Rubber Trees



Rubber Trees



Rubber Tree



This is Cashew Trees, a person needs to come in March and April to see the actual Cashew Apple or Nuts on the trees.



Bananas are a staple of the Thai diet.



Coconut Trees



Bamboo growing along side the walk way.



The boat come to the South of the Island during high season and drops people off, the farther you are located from the mouth of the river, the more you are resort trapped.

Koh Chang Island Ranong Thailand


R Deficiency in Thailand

R Deficiency in Thailand
Good with L not well with the R, there is a definite deficiency in Thailand of the letter R. I think Big Bird from Sesame Street needs to be called in for the epidemic… Oops sounds like an NGO, this R Deficiency is not an epidemic, it is endemic.

Easy to avoid, the Thailand people have no need to speak English, it is maybe a want, there is a big difference.

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Bangkok, Thailand Southeast Asia
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Andy of HoboTraveler.com ---
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The Thailand people regularly pronounce the letter R as an L, the word Farang is pronounced Falang. R and the letter L are related in the mouth and tongue. It is interesting to travel the world and hear the letter R and L intermixed or used as the same letter. I have learned to anticipate words. Similar to speaking Spanish in Argentina and needing to change the sounds of sh to yah, whereby I understand the word. Sometimes I need to think to myself, what is the word if I use an R and not an L, then I understand.

The Thailand girl I am traveling with here in Ranong explained a joke made in Thailand, she said there is some test where they ask the person if they had Rice, and the person says in English.
- Yes, I have Lice.-

I have known my friend for about three years, and I have accepted she is not going to stop; it is a humorous idiosyncrasy of the Thailand culture.

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R Deficiency in Thailand