Thailand Travel Stories, Page 5

Travel The Daily Regime of Problems

Travel The Daily Regime of Problems
I thrive with a challenge, however I do not enjoy having the same problems daily. I would bet the majority of people have a note taped next to your computer, may a post it note, maybe you are old fashioned and use a thumbtack, maybe a legal yellow pad, I am positive you have someway of remembering information. (Maybe your wife or husband)

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Bangkok, Thailand Khao San Road
Sunday, November 23, 2008
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Now imagine somebody comes in daily and moves or removes these notes, this is travel. There is a reason many travelers carry almost nothing in their backpacks, this makes life simple.

Share a room with someone and these problems double, or are halved depending on the person.

Travel The Daily Regime of Problems


Is GPRS Internet a Solution

Is GPRS Internet a Solution
I left for the beach, confident that I had a truly wireless internet connection anywhere in Thailand. I use the GPRS connection offered by AIS - One Two Call Mobile Phone Company.

I wake up the other day at 6:00, use the internet for an hour and it stops; it does not work for another 24 hours until I discovered the problem.

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Koh SiChang, Island Thailand
2-3 Hours Tribe by Bus South of Bangkok
Sunday, November 23, 2008
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Is GPRS Internet a Solution
or, is GPRS an endless bombardment of problems?

I finally turned off my phone, turned it back on, and it worked.

It would connect, however the data was extremely slow in uploading or downloading, it looked as though I had a connection. As best I am capable of explaining, the mobile phone works as a fragile modem, there are so many ways this connection can fail it is close to impossible to list them all, it is a maze of problems to solve. Definitely a problem child and not for prime time users, it is truly difficult to keep the connection working.

I Blog post almost daily, I miss very few days, there are very few travelers who Blog daily, and the reasons are numerous. However, I suspect the two big reasons are

1. They failed to find an internet connection.
2. It is not natural for them to write, Blogging is work, so they avoid it.

What is sad for me if the naturals, the ones who can pump out the words, they will become frustrated with a Travel Journal and give up. I will be happy when fourth generation of internet that works anywhere on the planet arrives.

First - Dial Up
Second - High Speed
Third - GPRS on Mobile Phone
(I am not counting the PCMIA Card you have to buy for 100-300 dollars this is not financially feasible for a traveler.)

Where is the Fourth Generation, I am ready?

No connection, frustrated, I pulled the computer out from under my bed and it was full of super small ants. I had it on my lap working and finally had to stop because of the ants, the problems of using a computer while traveling never end.

Mobile Office

Is GPRS Internet a Solution


The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life
Is a Travel Journal a bunch of good stories? Recently I learned a few more ways to make money from my Travel Journal.

This has caused a dilemma for me; I now have two paths in the road.

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Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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I did this Story about the Fake Monks as a test, it was not a Blog post, and it was a Travel Article. It was not made in 15 minutes, it was researched, and I tried to choose my words for a premeditated reason. I suppose this is the operative, I made an effort to choose my words, I tried to remove my convoluted way of thinking and dumb it down, I remove most of the real me out of the post.

I was writing the other day that the word Travel Journal is the wrong words; they should call it Travel Articles. I am 100 percent sure; the vast majorities of casual readers would rather have Travel Articles than me using this Travel Journal as my Web Log or my Diary.

However, I realize to from a Travel Diary point of view, I must turn the comments off to enjoy the cathartic process of writing a journal or diary. The comments are annoying, they do not make me happy, however valuable if I want to make money.

Well, shall I continue to blab away about what I think and feel or should I start to write Travel Articles? I suppose it possible to make two Travel Journals, one for Travel Articles, and another for me. I have always said and admitted, I have a Travel site, I make web pages to make money so I can afford to travel.

I have many readers who write personal emails to me, they are real, authentic and helpful, these are people who want to be my friend. Yes, maybe about 25 percent of comments are from people who wish to be my friend, the majority have some weird agenda, some social media thing I do not wish to avoid and skip in this life. Friendship is valuable to me, and inside a social network would be the last place I go looking for a friend.

To say the least, I am not happy with the world of Travel Journal readers; I do not think they want to hear the unedited truth about real travel life, the story of my life.

The Story of My Life


After the Party go to Koh SiChang

After the Party go to Koh SiChang
There is a visceral excitement to being on Khao San Road with all the crazy Tattoo, Dreads, and competition to be Freak. Many tourists in Thailand opt to go to Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Pha Ngan and Pattaya, and realize, wow one Boom Boom Girl Bar after another, or more Freaks from Khao San Road.

What doe a normal person do in Thailand?

I keep thinking this, if a man goes to Pattaya, rents a girl, does he stay in the rental shop? Why don’t they leave and go to anywhere different?

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Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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Trust me, as a normal WASP from the USA, Thailand is not the place to find normal people, it is the last place that you should go, the word you should remember is Freak.

However, I have found an Island that is only about two to three hours by bus straight south from Bangkok. I will make my second trip to this Island today, spend a few days in real Thailand and see if I can get the word Freak out of my vocabulary.

I in many ways have become disenchanted with the Human Animal. With each year of travel that passes, after I have taken my wonder of it all glasses, I realize there is little nobility on the planet, but I am still searching. I find more of this stuff in primitive cultures of Africa, or in the Amazon Basin of South America.

Map of Koh SiChang

KOH SICHANG
A Trip to Koh Si Chang
Ko Sichang Map with neighboring islands
Ko Sichang's home page--guide to a wonderful island
Koh SiChang Island Thailand
Koh SiChang Thailand Beach
Koh Sichang
Primitive Culture Eating down to the fish's eye on Koh Si Chang.
Rama V Koh SiChang Thailand

After the Party go to Koh SiChang


Traveler Happiness is the Bed and Bus

Traveler Happiness is the Bed and Bus
Nomadic travel is not possible, unless you are a millionaire. However a travel is happy when the Bus and the Bed are comfortable, these are the two places where we spend most of our time.

If I can choose the proper bus I am happy, if I can choose the proper Hotel room I am happy.

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Koh SiChang, Island Thailand
2-3 Hours Tribe by Bus South of Bangkok
Friday, November 21, 2008
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How important are the Bed and Bus, just look at the largest Travel sites to learn about travel. If you look at most large Travel Sites, such as Travelocity.com, TripAdvisorcom, and VirtualTourist.com, you will see a common thread. They seems preoccupied with Transportation or Hotels, the actual Travel Destination is lower priority.

Travelers use buses as their primary form of Transportation, yes a Trains is nice, but these are only available for about 20 percent of the planet. They are only good in Europe, and that to me is questionable, because the bus or Eurolines is cheaper, and even the LCC - Low Cost Carriers are becoming cheaper than the Train.

The bus is the primary form of transportation for the normal traveler.

I came to the Island of Koh SiChang, I could have accepted the first bad deal offered for a Hotel, however,
“I Just said No.”
I want to be a happy traveler, so I focused on the Hotel.

We found a room for 500 Baht, no air, Thai language TV, and they would rent us a motorcycle for 250, and they said,
“we are discounting, we make special deal.”

Well, so what, found an Air Con Room, with Cable TV, a couple of movie Channels for 500 Baht and a Motorcycle to rent for 200 Baht. The bed and transportation are good, I am happy.

I am tired of the Tourist Industry always saying they are doing me a favor and giving me a discount, I truly wish they would just give me a good bed and bus, no more and no less, without needing to listen to them make noise.

Traveler Happiness is the Bed and Bus


Thailand Disabled Sell Lottery Tickets

Thailand Disabled Sell Lottery Tickets
Not the type of Photo I want to take, however it is for a good cause, so I became Paparazzi, took the photo, then purchased a lottery ticket.

This disabled person is selling lottery tickets.

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Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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I thought this was a “Global Size Idea” that needs passed around.



This is man who sits on his Motorcycle selling lottery tickets here in the Khao San area of Bangkok, Thailand.



If you look close, you can see a wheelchair.

The way I understand it, there disabled people in Thailand have a special right to sell lottery tickets. This gives them job and a way to be productive, this is good idea that needs passed around.

If you care about someone, if you love them, giving them money is not the answer, you can enslave a person with Love.

(Note, I am dumping this Fuji Camera and buying a Sony again because of failure to focus problems and lack of quality problems.)

Thailand Disabled Sell Lottery Tickets


Somebody Needs to Warn Wikipedia.org

Somebody Needs to Warn Wikipedia.org
I attended a WikiPedia.org convention in Frankfurt, Germany a couple of years ago and left concerned about legal issues of copyright and violation of rights of people and companies.

Today I read an article about a German court temporarily taking down WikiPedia.org for a few days.

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Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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I want Wikipedia.org to prosper, continue to be a great resource of knowledge for the world. Presently their non-profit status protects them in a clouded way from mass copyright violations, as it is often legal to use copyrighted information for learning without a problem.

However, I was in one meeting in Frankfurt where they was discussing how to take photos of museum painitngs without being caught, this was could be interpreted as conspiracy to break a contract. There are many photos of mine that end up on Wikipedia.org and slowly over time, they put them in the wash cycle of the internet.

The young of the planet often fail to understand the true power of the world’s legal systems, whether it is music downloads, pirated software, or just stealing a photo from a site, there are limits to this behavior.

I do hope that Wikipedia.org implements a better oversight on legal procedures, one day this non-profit aspect of the site will not protect them. There member sent thousands of emails to intimidate the German legal system, this is not the way to do business. Just because you can do something, does not mean it the just and right thing to do, just because you feel to be on superior ground, does not give you the right. (hmmm Germany?)

The site has this “We are too big to fail Mentality,” and if anything history it telling us right now, even the big dogs can fail.

Somebody Needs to Warn Wikipedia.org


Mafia of Fake Monks Prey on Thailand Tourist

Mafia of Fake Monks Prey on Thailand Tourist
“One of the most deplorable scams aimed at tourists are the fake monks. They walk around tourist areas soliciting donations. How can Thai people tolerate this?”
StickManWeekly.com

A Mafia of Fake Monks from China has entered Thailand in September of 2008. Local Thailand vendors are reporting a big jump in the number of Fake Monks. Although encountering Fake Monks has always been a small problem, as Thailand people sometime dons a robe to earn easy money by requesting alms from naive Tourist, however now it has become organized.

If Thailand Tourism has not suffered enough in the last couple years with a Military Coup, Protesters being killed, Border Disputes with Cambodia, Bird Flu and skyrocketing price of Jet Fuel doubling the price of Plane tickets from Europe and the USA. Now we can add the to the list a,
“Mafia of Fake Monks”

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Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Monday, November 17, 2008
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I first became aware of this growing problem when walking into one of my favorite breakfast restaurant the Merry V Guesthouse behind the Buddhist Wat Chai Chana Songkhram. As I was eating my cheese omelet for 50 Baht I looked up from my table and see this sign.



I look around and see another sign, then another, there are three of them posted inside the Guesthouse Restaurant. Then a short time later a Monk tries to enter and the fantastic breakfast waitress shoos him away. I did not put two and two together for a few days, however soon various Monks started asking me for money on my daily walk around the Khao San Road area.

This has never been a problem for me, I just say,
“I am Christian, go ask a Buddhist,”
my philosophical view has kept me save, it never crossed my mind they were fake, until now…

It is the custom of Thailand Monks to walk around near the Monastery collecting Alms in the morning from sunrise to maybe 7:30 in the morning, after this time you rarely see the Monks asking for Alms, the generally stay in the temple.

Being a curious person, I started to study the differences between these new Monks and the normal Thailand Monks. I soon discovered that normal Buddhist Monks from Thailand do not collect money, except with specific license or permissions, and I not from foreigners as a general rule.

These Fake Monks from China walk around during at all times of the day and walk directly up to tourist and push there bowl out to nearby Foreigners, in many way extorting money by guilt, while totally ignoring the Thailand people.

Here is a video showing some real Thailand Buddhist Monks collecting foods on Thanon Kraisi near Khao San Road between sunrise and 7:30 am in Bangkok, Thailand. Please take note of the following about the real Thailand Buddhist Monks of the Khao San Road area Thailand.

1. They collect food only from Thailand people.
2. They did not approach the Thai people, they people came to them.
3. The Monk were not wearing shoes in this process.
4. The Thailand people would often kneel, and take off their shoes before making their offering.
5. No money is given to the monks.
6. The Thailand Buddhist Monks robes do not have sleeves to cover their arms.

VIDEO BELOW SHOWING REAL AND FAKE MONKS




PHOTOS OF REAL MONKS



Photo taken on Thanon Kraisi near Khao San Road.



Photo taken on Thanon Kraisi near Khao San Road and featured in a prior Blog posted titled “Morning Alms for Thailand Buddhist Monks

PHOTOS OF FAKE MONKS



One of the local vendors who is married to a Thailand women assisted me in taking this photo, as the Fake Monks only request money from the Foreigners, not from the local Thailand people.



In conclusion, the solution to this problems is easy, Tourist entering Thailand need told they should not give money to Monks, please tell your friends.

LINKS ABOUT FAKE MONKS IN THAILAND
Bangkok Beggars - The Good, The Bad, and The Fake
beware fake monks sign, Bangkok, Thailand
Beware Of Fake Monks - Thailand Forum
Buddha Boys - TIME
Fake Buddhist Monks Uncovered - Thailand Forum
Fake monks ... - Thorn Tree Travel Forum - Lonely Planet
Monk's robe - Paknam Web Thailand Forums
Morning Alms for Thailand Buddhist Monks
Thailand's Rules, Regulations & Laws

HELP THAILAND END THIS PROBLEM
I hope to help Tourist and the people of Thailand by educating the world to this problem. Therefore this post is free to use in whole part online or offline providing you credit the site with a live website link when possible.

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Mafia of Fake Monks Prey on Thailand Tourist