Thailand Travel Stories, Page 76




we cannot seem to find one to print and it would mean hours going

through your newsletters to find one. Thanks love prayers mom

The maps of above are the result of my mother wanting to have a map.

The map problem is...

1. Continent

2. Country

3. Major City

4. When you get to the local level the maps break down and are not good.

So who knows, some day there will be good maps of other places besides

Europe and USA.

But here are some solutions or where I put the solutions

Go to


Search for "Thailand Map"

2 Go to

Click on maps in the directory.

On this page there is a digest of maps I have collected.

The direct link is:

3. The country I am in page. Bookmarnk.

This link changes and is should be the country I am in unless I am lazy and have not changed.


I will leave Koh Mak very soon and go to the city of Trat, Thailand. I will stay around and look at the market for a day, then make a one day Border Run to Cambodia. I have to pay about 1200 Baht or 30 Dollar U.S. to enter Cambodia and I will immediately return to Thailand and back to Trat.

This is a BORDER RUN.

Not a trip to enter a country, but a trip to get the visa stamp, you could call is a Visa Run also, or whatever you wish.

Nonetheless, I will leave Thailand so I have 30 more days of legal time in Thailand. If I wish, I can stay over illegal and they will charge me 5 dollars or 200 Baht for each day. I did this once because the 2 days over was cheaper than leaving the country.

Hat mean Beach, and for the most part I cannot find the place on the map I have. It is on the Lonely Planet Map in the guidebook. I do not have a guidebook, but nab a few to look at occasionally.

The trip from Trat to Hat Lek is suppose to take one hour, but I am planning on the whole round trip time from port to port or Trat and back to Trat as taking about 5-6 hours. Therefore, it will take at least half the day. I will leave Trat around 8:00 AM so I can be at the border before all the always a day late, or dollar short people, or the drunks cross the border.





Two French boys, notice the new second generation hippie dreads.

Picture of the coastline near or in front of the Lazy Daze Guesthouse or AO KAO Resort. Not much of a beach and not a great place to sunbathe, Great place to sit around and smoke joint if that is what you do. Probably better as a couple than an independent traveler.

MY home for 150 Baht or 3.5 U.S. Dollars.


Friday December 31, 2004 6:37 AM

The sun is slowly rising somewhere on this island, I can tell because it is light, but I cannot see the sun. There are many small islands and high coconut trees, therefore between the trees and the other islands, I have no idea unless I go work to find the sun why there is light. I will do this maybe some day, but today no. It is light, the waves are slowly breaking, and in the early morning, I listen better and realize there is a constant breaking of waves. This sound is always with you in the Lazy Daze Hotel, Huts or Bungalows. I am not sure what they call this place; I sure hope it is not the Lazy Daze Resort, but it is possible, because it is the same as the so-called resorts on the island.

Nonetheless, there is a constant breaking of waves and the sun is slowly lighting the area. Time to walk to the toilets and look around to notice that no one is awake. This is a small difference between Bangkok or a city and the islands. In a city, you do have early risers on an island you have nobody that rises early, except for taxi drivers. This island is short on taxi drivers so there is nobody around. At about 7:45 the whole island though starts to move because the morning boat must leave around 8:30, they day at 8:00 but that is the projected or scheduled time, but that has to be impossible as I have not seen two groups of people leaving at 8:00 from the huts and the hut is about 20 minutes from the pier. Therefore, there is a general agreement among the people that they are leaving at 8:00 am from the pier, but they do not leave the huts until 8:00 am, I suppose this is a great ploy whereby people can fool themselves. I personally do not like to play games with myself like this, as I believe it leads to dysfunctional behavior. Hehehe.

There is nothing functional about Thailand travelers, this is a world where dysfunctional is normal and functional behavior is considered bad. I would consider myself functional, but normally smart enough not to explain how I live or what I do with most people as they consider it weird to get up in the morning and work. The think they need to go home and be forced to work by their employers and this is normal, even though I get to stay in these paradise situations and they must return, what is normal to them is to work in a place they do not like.


This is a saying, which goes more or less, that

“If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.”


“If anything can go wrong, it will.”


“I had never had a piece of toast

Particularly long and wide,

But fell upon the sanded floor,

And always on the buttered side.”

James Payn (1830 - 1898)

British writer and editor.

Chambers's Journal

If something happens, if is possible to be bad, it will be the wrong that happens. I may be a proverb….

So how does this apply to me? Well, before I left for this island I decided to lighten up my backpack a few kilos of things I thought I would not need. Therefore, I went through all of my pack and pulled out things like long pants, jackets, electronic equipment, software, and things I believed I could live without for a week. But here I am at 7:00 AM on this island and if I would not have removed my boy scout cooking kit I could be drinking coffee cooked over an alcohol flame and not sitting here waiting for the restaurant or the electricity. The restaurant will open at about 7:45 or in another 45 minutes and the electricity will come one so I could use my little one-cup coffee heater at 10:00, but now I am without coffee. I thought for some reason I did not need the pans. I carry them with me constantly and to be truthful I only need them one time per month and extremely rare in Asia because the food is so cheap. But I have many uses for them and carry them because I suppose like a boy scout I think I should be prepared.

So this goes wrong, what was meant to be a good thing, lightening up my backpack turned wrong… no big wrong, but would be nice to have cup of coffee right now, Tempted to drink cold coffee… yckk.

NOTE: I am thinking about taking a couple of photos to put on the blog of Koh Mak, I am procrastinating until I see if the internet is stable, I have so far accessed that it is not real stable, because of a one in two trip to the place and it worked. But it was pretty good when it did work, although all the people tell you how slow the internet is, I believe they have no idea. The internet here is just a normal speed for a dial up, and only has four computers on the one line so very fast in reality. It is when they put 50 people on a DSL that is slow, or 20 on a dial up. Most people are typing messages and not using the internet wavelength anyway, it is the heavy surfers or people like me that publish 5 megs of photos that uses wavelength and I think the internet here is find, just too expensive at 3 dollars an hour, but in Europe this would be extremely cheap. A great price in Thailand is 15 Baht per hour or about 20 cents U.S. per hour.

I suppose there should be law…

“If a perceived that they should complain, they will complain.”

People access, that the internet should be slow on an island and therefore in their mind it is, but that is not a necessary correlation. The mobile phones are working.


Thursday, December 30, 2004 1:39 PM

I just walked over to the Sunset Bungalows from my bungalows. I am in the Lazy Daze Bungalows and was under the impression that just around the corner was the Sunset Bungalows, but after about a half hour walk and burning feet I am sure it is not just around the corner, but a good jaunt. I was walking down the small beach of Lazy Daze and thought I would meander down to the Sunset. Then I left the beach, kept anticipating a new set of bungalows to spring out of the coconut trees, and appear. Soon my feet were hurting from walking down the sand or small-pebbled road of coral rocks. On the long stretches of sandy road, I had to walk real fast between the fingerlike stretches of shade of the palm trees to keep from burning my feet. Therefore, walk fast barefoot, then stand on the finger of shade, walk real fast, stand on the finger of shade. I finally ended up at the sunset. Not a very good place to stay, as there is no beach or place to lie on the beach or the sun is in the wrong place so far. I did not go looking around, as it seemed quite barren although there was a lot of straggler hanging around and few Thai girls. I just finally went into the kitchen and paid for the water I wanted to buy and left.

I am amazed that travelers will walk along a deserted road on a deserted island and do not have the compulsion to say hello to a passing person. The world is not so personal, but most of these people are city kids who are trying to escape the city, but brought the city with them.

Lazy Daze is by far a better place, the beach is better, nicer surrounding and the internet is close to here. However, Koh Mak is more or less a smoker’s island like Koh Chang where you smoke dope and hang around, so maybe I am on the wrong island since I do no smoke. Not much to do, but swim and hang around and the bikini situation sucks, so I should have went to my regular island of Koh Phan Ngan skipped Koh Mak, but too late now and next time. Koh Pha Ngan has movies at night and tons of bikinis, and about the same price, I do admit though having a bungalow right on the beach is nice, and if I had a girl this would be ideal, but alone sort of monotonous. But then I am in a set of bungalows by the name of Lazy Daze or Lazy DAYS.

I will go down now again and see if the internet is working, at 10 this morning the satellite or something was not functioning.


Thursday December 30, 2004 7:07 AM

I am on the island Koh Mak in Southeast Thailand close to Cambodia and the popular island of Koh Chang.

I arrived two days ago at about 6:30 at night, the trip was very long and terrible in a little van that drove very fast starting and stopping and weaving down the road. I just about vomited from motion sickness and I was in the second set of seats back and not in the back. The back is the worst place or the best place to get motion sickness as you get the up and down bouncing motion. The hour or so it took to leave Bangkok with the morning traffic was torture and the road dipped and dropped and bounced as we was in rush hour traffic. I boarded the van at 8:00 am, but I do not think we left Khao San road until 9:00 as we drove around picking up 12 people including me and the driver, so the van was very loaded and all the bags on top. I think the van is about the worst way of traveling or about the same as a car, the nice part about a car or van is you can stop and look at things if you are driving, but with a paid trip you never stop so the ride is pretty miserable, cramped prone to motion sickness. I am going to try to take a full size bus when I return to Bangkok and hopefully a night bus that will arrive in the morning. This was all day and there is nothing to see between Bangkok and Koh Mak except for traffic, so better to take the night bus to Trat and go to the pier independently. I am not sure Khao San may sell this type of ticket, but Khao San road is more about making money than about comfort, and definitely not about service.


150 Baht for the Lazy Daze Hotel and the ones around or the next one down called the sunset has private huts for 200, so you can live cheap right on the beach. The toilet is common or communal but having a stink toilet in your hut is not always a benefit. I have a double bed, mosquito net, lights from 10 in the morning until past midnight at least, I am not sure because I went to sleep. There is internet on the island for 2 Baht per minute or about three dollars per hour so pretty much a simple easy life and all is possible. The Lazy Daze is the same as all the places here on or appears to be the same as they have a restaurant in the common area and everyone here on Koh Mak goes to dinner and eats as the entertainment like night. Very touristy in the style of eating and I passed on this last night as I have an allegoric feeling to tourist activity. However, the other traveler and families all like this, but I am not a tourist. Koh Mak has families, which is very nice for me; it is the first time I have been around children in ages. The Lazy Daze must have maybe 3-4 complete families with lots of children, this is nice as it takes the edge of the pot-smoking environment of Koh Chang and Koh Mak as this area of Thailand is a smoke a joint sit in the hammock type situation. There is really no beach on Koh Mack other than a small strip of dry sand, which is nice, but being there are not large groups of people the bikinis situation is an absolute minimum, although ideal for a couple or a man and wife traveling together. There are kayaks and bikes for rent, and private huts on the beach. Probably great honeymoons get to know your partner place, and lots of quiet time. I almost read one book yesterday and did not touch my computer or internet for one whole day.

I am presently typing on Battery power and the electricity will not come on for another 2.5 hours I believe. I can go to the common area and drink coffee for 15 Baht or maybe 20 cents US, so the area is cheaper on food than Khao San road by about 30 percent, but is still tourist prices and not local prices. CChicken fried rice cost 50 Baht while in the market of Ayutalla, I only paid 25, but I was with a Thai person and we went to a real Thai Restaurant. Strange, the Thai food is always best when you pay the least, more spices and vegetables, and cooked better. There is no correlation for me between paying more for food and getting better food, it is the opposite in Thailand. If you want a great meal, you need to somehow get totally away from any foreigners. However, the same type of thoughts apply, you must look for the better restaurants of the cheap places.

There are no Israeli people here, and the manager is Thai, so I am not sure what the guidebook was saying. Lots of French and Italians, which is good.


Tuesday 6:15 AM December 28, 2004

I leave for the southwest part of Thailand to an island called Koh Mak. Koh means island in Thai and I do not know what Mak means. It is just west of Koh Chang, which is sort of getting famous, so I am trying to get closer to Cambodia and still have a few people to talk to, but to stay away from the main group of lemmings.

I purchased a ticket in the New Joe Guesthouse that is on the Palace side of the Khao San Road on the alley. I talked to a few regular places to purchase bus tickets like the Peachy, which is normally the ultra cheap place to leave from, but the least on service and they said I needed to go to Trat and find my own way or get a different boat. I suspect I go to the same pier as Koh Chang but they just take me to a different island. Well, the ticket cost 550 Baht and that includes Air Conditioned Van to Trat and the Boat ticket to Koh Mak, so it is sort of a mini all-inclusive trip to Koh Mak for what is 11 U.S. Dollars.

I think I could go cockroach cheaper if I would find my own boat from Trat, but I am feeling lazy and saving two dollars is not a big deal today, maybe tomorrow. The one reason I was tempted to do this though was for hotel and safety. The van leaves here at 8:00 am and I am due to arrive in Koh Mak at about 6:30 at night or late afternoon. Arriving at a strange destination at 6:30 at night is neither safe of a good way to get a cheap hotel, they know you are tired, need a room and they take advantage of this. If I was to go to Trat and stay the night, then get up in the morning and catch a boat I could do better. Plus no competition with the other travelers on the boat. On the other hand there may only be one boat per day to the island, so who knows. I did some searching on Koh Mak and there was almost no-good information other than a few too high prices hotels or resorts or something. I finally asked Mr. Joe for a Lonely Planet and he has one of only Thailand and the new one mention a LazyDaze Hotel on Koh Mak ran by an Israel person, so this is perfect. Israelis run in clusters and I like Israeli girls, so a cluster of Israeli girls on an island seems perfect.

The say the rooms are 100 Baht and that is right up my Hobo Price range, I am just hoping they are not all full all the time. The other crap I learned on the internet was for room around 700-1000 Baht, and as normal the internet is the place to gouge.

I am spending a lot of brain juice lately thinking about how to put the cheap hotels on the internet. The problem with the cheap hotels is they do not help themselves in any way, they just sell price and hope someone comes. They are terrible with reservations, service can be nil, and they can be the best place and the most fun of any hotel, so they are full.

The Lonely Planet, Roughguide, Footprints and most guidebooks will tell you the cheap hotels because they must, but the internet is about commissions and hard to make a commission from a cheap hotel. I personally have steered my internet page away from the commission idea, as it would tend to steer me away from telling the truth. It is hard to be honest when you know you lose money by being so, but since I do not earn commissions, except from and not enough to care about, then I can say whatever I think. On the other hand, it is not my nature to give bad advice.

Soon I hope, when my tetchy from India get here we will plot and plan on how to make a super cheapie hotel site or subcategory of I guess we will put it on

However, it is complicated, because we have to spend a lot of time getting rid of the booking sites, and the liars on the internet that want to submit crap so they can get business. We are getting very very good at banning sites though and this if fun, because they get their just reward. One of these days, I will publish my list of banned sites, which would be interesting and beneficial to other travel sites. Hard to want to ban a site, I only do so after they just are so obnoxious I have no choice, and then it is a pleasure.

Andrew not me, but the name of my tetchy that helps from India will come to Thailand on January 13. I am getting excited as we can sit around and plot and plan the next year of In addition, we will set up the Web Cam on Khao San Road and he can help me make my life less stressful. This web cam is a pain and many small glitches, multiple levels of snafus, and a web cam is not an easy thing to set up, in fact the whole process is just plan complicated. Andrew is extremely smart so this is great and he will push me through the learning gap, or I will help him push me.

I found an easy way to make sure I have socks or all of my clothes when I leave the room. What happens sometimes is I pack away sock, or some piece of essential clothing, then when I go to leave; I have to open up all of my bags to get one piece of clothing. I got completely dressed which is hot here in Thailand and I avoid wearing all of my clothes until I leave the room, but nonetheless I got completely dressed and ready to leave, then took off all the extra clothes and put in a pile, that way I will not forget and accidentally pack.

Took a shower and used the sheet to dry, as I do not want my towel to mildew in the bag.


Ok, it is settled, I go to Koh Mak Thailand. Close to Cambodia for a visa run and isolated enough to be fun.

There is a possibility that there is no internet. Maybe an internet vacation or withdrawal.

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Hi Andy,I was glad to see your post about the earthquake and to see that you are OK. Please continue to update your web site with news of the disaster and how people are coping with the devastation. I think your wed site is one of the few places I can find a personal account of news taking place.


Thanks Martha,

The situation in Bangkok is mostly about watching either BBC or CNN and talking, nobody has returned yet from Phuket with first hand knowledge. I am considering going to Ranong to the island of Koh Chang close to Burma to see how they are?

They are farther away, but a big fishing port, I have to renew my visa by the 10 of January by leaving Thailand, so I could kill two birds with one stone.

Penang in Malaysia and Bali are also tempting. I will check with

Penang is close and Malaysia does not charge for entering country.


There has been an Earthquake in Indonesia and all of the travelers in Thailand are sitting around watching television. Many people move up and down in Thailand and it appears that Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and many other places were affected.

A Switzerland girl in the New Joe Guesthouse has been crying and very upset as her boyfriend was Koh Lipe where there are the Chau Lay or Sea Gypsies. When I was down there chasing around on or about Survivor Thailand with Koh Tarutao and Koh Lipe.

He text messaged her on his cell phone to say he was ok.

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