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ISSUE:  072
DATE:  June 20, 2002
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Koh Pha Ngan Thailand - Beach Towel
TIP:  Beach Towel
LOCATION:  Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Koh Pha Ngan Thailand - Beach Towel
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A NEW HOME & CULTURE

I made it.
I am on the beach in Koh Pha Ngang, Thailand.
Beautiful women, blue skies, and sandy beaches.
Just another day in paradise. I have found paradise
everywhere I have went. Although I have to admit
some places are just a little more paradise than
others. I am a beach type guy, so this is my best
form of paradise.

The trip from Bangkok was extremely easy.
I am slowly finding the travelers path.
I have never been to Hawaii, but I would think
that in many ways, Thailand is the cheap version
of Hawaii. Lots of small package trips on sale
everywhere to for various tourist locations.
Koa Ta, a trip to the beach, Scuba dive, visit...?
The biggest obstacle to traveling here
so far has been..
ME

Spending about three to four years traveling from
Mexico to Argentina, and I have developed habits.
I have pre-conceived ideas that stop me from doing
what everyone else is doing, or sometimes even
trying to do what they do. I am the old dog, and
need to learn some new tricks. Most travelers I meet
have travel from 1-6 months. Very few of them travel for
a year, or years. So I am the old timer.

But that is the problem. I need to learn and adapt.
Well... I am changing.

In Bangkok I walked by 100�s of small travel agencies
or places that package trips to various locations.
In the Latino world that was the best way to
pay triple the price for everything. If I wanted to travel
to the next city, I would go to the bus station and buy
a ticket. I would get the normal local fares and save half the
price. Not as convenient, but a big savings.

So what has happened here? I spent 3 days walking
around Bangkok frustrated. Trying to find the
bus or train station. I do not speak the language.
The do not speak my language. Oh yea..., sort of,
but in reality NO, their English is very very bad. They
have that habit of saying yes, and not understanding.
But wanting to act like they understand. I will say
some stupid comment like.
�What will you do for Christmas?�
And they will say,
�Yes, the bus picks you up at the hotel.�
This is fine, if you are asking about the bus
and 90 percent of the questions they answer
are the same, but ask a strange question
and you will be in trouble.

So when I finally ask them?
�Will the bus pick me up in front of the hotel?�
I was in business. I asked the correct question
and got the correct answer.
Easy for me, and easy for them.
The little van picked me up in front of the hotel.
Took me to the large air conditioned tourist bus
full of other travelers. Took me to the Chumphon
a small city in the south located on the Gulf
of Thailand. We waited again and then they load us
up on the back of a pickup truck. It had a bench seat
along both sides. And in the early morning, before sunrise
they carry about lot of �Farang� loaded, backpacks,
and bodies to the tourist boat. Another wait
while they rounded up more �Farang� and then a
2-3 hour trip to the island of Koh Tao.
On the trip from Chumphon to Koh Tao a friendly
type Aussie, that was a local dive master hit you
you up for diving reservations, and tried to get
a deposit. Diving cost about 12-19 dollars US
according to the number of time you went.
They would then discount the room to 200 Baht
or about 5 dollars US. I paid 150 Baht for my
room.

Lots of transfers and lot of connections.
This all cost 280 Baht. Or about 6.75 dollars USA.
42 Baht to the USA Dollar. So you do the math.
I took 5 vehicles to get to the Island of Koh Tao
and in my hotel. It cost about 1 dollar per trip.
They arranged everything. All I had to do was sit
back, relax, follow instructions and flirt with Israel
girls. Life is good.
Just another day in Paradise.

The package trip is not my normal method.
But I cannot imagine me saving enough money
by doing it by normal public transportation.
When I buy a plane ticket. I want a lot of transfers
and the plane ticket is cheaper. If I am hopping
a bus, or train. Every time I have to change trains
take time and more money. Better to find that
one long distant train. If I need to catch a train,
a boat, and a bus. Maybe better to get a package
trip. I usually try to by some package trip to go
across the borders of countries. They get you
through customs easier and quicker.

What I have not seen yet... in Thailand?
Is normal people. People working, living their lives.
I have seen Thai people selling things
to tourist.

But I will not complain. Luxury beach vacation
with my own private bungalow for 150 Baht
or 3.5 Dollars USA per night.
Air Conditioning is available for a few
more Baht.

CLICK TO OPEN PHOTOS
BUS LEAVING BANGKOK - TOILET AT ROAD STOP
http://www.hobotraveler.com/072kohtao01.shtml
HOTEL IN KOH TAH - BAY PICTURES
http://www.hobotraveler.com/072kohtao02.shtml
SUNRISE OVER KOHTAH
http://www.hobotraveler.com/072kohtao03.shtml
WAITING IN CHUMPHON FOR THE BOAT AND TRIP
http://www.hobotraveler.com/072kohtao04.shtml
HARBOR OF KOH TAO - HOTEL - BUNGALOWS
http://www.hobotraveler.com/072kohtao05.shtml
A WALK FROM MY HOTEL TO THE CITY OF KOH TAO
http://www.hobotraveler.com/072kohtao06.shtml
HEIDI FROM NORWAY - BAY OF KOH TAO
http://www.hobotraveler.com/072kohtao07.shtml
GIRLS ON KOH PHA NGAN BEACH
http://www.hobotraveler.com/072kohphangan01.shtml

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THAILAND

If you travel east from Europe you will slowly
enter Asia. There is not a clear separation between
the continents and this makes geographic terms
vague and open to various interpretations.
What is the Middle East? What is Southeast Asia?
What is the Orient? What is the Near East?

The world is like a big bowl of soup. Various vegetables
floating around and different flavors. All through the history
of the world groups of people have traveled to different
parts of the world. As they stirred up the soup, they created
a mixture of flavors, customs, colonies, and cultures.

The countries of England, France, and Holland either
invaded or colonized various countries of Asia, North
America, and lots of Islands. Spain and Portugal
went mostly toward Central and South America.

Now imagine yourself in Europe.
Talking to the Queen,
�Queenie, I would like to sail my boat East,
I will find great riches and bring them home to you.
I will spread your empire throughout the world.
I want to travel to the eastern part of Eurasia.
Please give me money for a big boat?�

So if you look at the world from this guy talking
to the Queen. Then the terms like
�Near East, Middle East and Southeast Asia
will start to make sense. hmmm Far East?

The Western World is more or less the
European nations and know the Western Philosophies
of Socrates, Aristotle, etc. And for the most part
are Christians..

The Eastern part of Eurasia has the Eastern Philosophies
on life with all the overtones of Buddhist, Hindu, and
Islamic religions.

Thailand is located near the East coast of Eurasia
in the South. Normally called Southeast Asia.
Thailand is located just north of the Equator
in the Northern Hemisphere. China is to the north,
Australia to the South, Japan to the East, and England
is to the West..... Western.
And if you really go directly east... USA

It is warm all year. Most of the major cities are
located on land close to sea level with abundance of
rain. The population is approximately 65 Million
and most speak the language of Thai. 95 percent of
the population is Buddhist which lends a wonderful
spirit of safety and happiness. You will need to
remove your shoes before entering many business
establishments. Everything is very clean and safe.
Laying on soft padded mats on the floor is normal.
There is a competition amount the restaurants
and hotels to show the latest western movie to
attract the tourist enter and enjoy a dine, drink and
watch a movie.

Thailand's economy evolves around Agriculture with
it being a major grower of rice. Tourism is everywhere
and is a major force. The infrastructure of railroads,
roads throughout the country, and a cheap labor force.
It is prime for large scale industrialization.

Thailand is friendly and prosperous. Rich in food,
vegetable, fruit, and the basic needs of life. Life
is simple but efficient. With a tropical climate there
is no great battle with the weather so the house are
simple wood structures mostly constructed for protection
from the Sun, Animals, and Insects.

The tourist industry appears in the last 20 years to
have stabilized the country and helped to slow down
corruption. Western influence and the desire to make
money by selling to the Tourist make the people tend
to agree and political problems seem small.
Large investors need for both financial and personal
safety. The nation has a history of a vacillating leadership.
It has been a Monarchy, Dictatorship both military
and private. One of the few nations though that is
not a former colony of England, with very little
colonialism influence. Although they do drive on the
left side of the road, like England.

The nation is still evolving its government, and leaning
towards a western type democracy. It is very safe
with an overwhelming number of tourist in the country
the line between western and eastern culture is
becoming blurred.

People travel to Thailand for many reasons.
It is very affordable with the Hotels starting for the
Hobo or Budget travelers at around 3 dollars USA per
night and having accommodations available for any western
need of the coldest air conditioning, or pizza requirements.

Beautiful Tropical Beaches, and Scuba Diving.
Buddhist temples and to learn of Eastern Philosophy.
A Thai Massage available on every corner or
stop into a 7-11 convenience store for an Ice
Slurpee to cool you off.

Come to Thailand !
Stir up the soup as you wish.
There are many cooks in this country.
You will be able to find any flavor of travel,
you desire.

Just another day in Paradise!
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TRAVEL TOWEL

A towel is necessary travel gear.
Whether on a 300 USA dollars per day
budget or a Hobo Budget Traveler 10 Dollars.
You need a towel.

For the Hobo Travelers it is an need. Not a want.
For the Tourist a nice addition to be able to leave
the hotel without stealing or borrowing a towel
permanently.

They sell towels specifically designed for travelers.
Made of a special quick drying material, small,
compact, and light it will allow you to wring out most
of the water and then dry quickly.
I have never used one, and to me have ZERO desire.
After seeing the size, texture, and hearing travelers
I have not found any need. Plus they are always
hanging on line, and have little black marks on them.
I am suspicious that if you do not give them a real
healthy hand wringing...(They were made for this.)
They will rot.

So for you Hobo�s... Be practical. In the end.
A towels is a towel. Not a new thing.
I have often wondered though about the showers.
If you practice taking a shower for 25 years.
How can it take so long for you to shower?
You have had 25 years of practice.
Why have you not learned to do it faster?

OK.. Back to the towel?
I carry what I call a �Beach Towel�
It is big or the biggest. I like a heavyweight one
but a lightweight material is probably better for
the Hobo Travelers out there. Smaller an easier
to pack. The sizes is about either 60 inches long
or 170 centimeters. They will vary in size.
Here are some reasons for carrying
this type of towel.

10 REASONS TO CARRY A BEACH TOWEL.

1. BEACH
Huh... Oh yes. The reason a big towel is good for
the beach is so that your legs, and body are completely out
of the sand, and life is more comfortable. I carry
a blanket I purchased in Mexico also. Which is perfect
for the beach and holds 2 people. I can help accommodate
that pretty girl that carries that expensive lightweight
travel towel very easily.

2. WALKING TO SHOWER (Bath Robe)
50-90 percent of the showers in Hobo Hostels,
Hotels or Guesthouses have the shower outside
the room. That means there is a small walk in public
to the shower. These type of showers are not dry,
comfortable, or always clean. I prefer to complete
my dressing and drying in the room. So I use my
Beach Towel to cover my body very good.
I do like it though when the female travelers walk
to the shower with small towels.
(Please do not read this one)

3. CHEAP
A beach towel is common and cheap to purchase.
They are not color matched towel, and specially
made to fit in with all your house decor.
The often have advertisements on them
like the beach you are at, and can be found
almost anywhere and in any country.

4. SOUVENIRS
If you have purchase that small, expensive,
quick drying towel and need a souvenir that
is practical. Buy a beach towel from your favorite
destination. It will remind you of your trip when
you return home, and is a good excuse to ditch
the little towel.

5. BORROW ABLE or FINDABLE
Beach towels are not what interior designers
want. They are extra things in the home.
Only needed when you go to the swimming pool
or beach. So every home seems to have a few
extras. If you are on the Hobo budget and you wish.
Ask any of your friends to borrow one permanently.
Beach towels are also �findable�.
This means.... If you are walking down the beach
just after sunset, or at sunrise. You will find lot of
beach towels that the owners have forgotten.

6. CURTAINS
I use my beach towel often as a curtain for my room.
It helps to keep the room cooler or warmer.
Keep me safe from robbers prying eyes,
and lens a little more privacy.
(If this seem strange that you would need a curtain
and you say to yourself... �I would never stay in
hotel without curtains.� You are not a traveler
you are a tourist.. One week an you go home to work.
Travelers stay for months... hehehe

7. BEDROLL (Extra Storage)
I am not sure what to call this.
You know the Cowboys had that rolled up thing
on the back of their saddles. They laid it out to
sleep on. Well...If you need carry extra thing
you can roll up your clothes in a Beach Towel,
place in a bag of sorts, and fasten to the outside
of you backpack. When you are on the way home
an have way too many souvenirs or gifts. This is
a great way to find extra space in your backpack.
Plus it is very safe. It is almost impossible to reach
or unroll a towel to steal something. But to open
a small carry on is easy and quick.

8. BACKPACK COVER
Lead us not into temptation.
( I will find my own way...)
OK... Your have your valuable in the room.
The cleaning lady comes into to change the
sheets, and clean.
All you things are in wide open view.
Cover them up with your Beach Towel and
place in the corner.
This will not tempt the cleaning people to steal.
Trust me...
All hotels have cleaning people steal.
Do not tempt them, cover up your backpack or
luggage. If the towel moves.... aha

9. TOWEL FIGHTS
I wanted this to add up to 10.
So I thought of this. In that towel fight
where you are snapping the towels at each
other you will have an advantage or that
quick drying, small, expensive towel.

10. BLANKET


THE FAST DRY ISSUE
Nothing dries fast enough to shower and leave
on the bus immediately. You will have funny
smell, and mildew if the trip is extremely long.
If you wish to take a shower before you leave,
and I highly recommend it...
( Especially recommended for a few un-named
European countries)
I recommend to use the sheet off the bed
as you towel. It is your last day in the hotel
and they do need to wash them anyway.

(If you have heard me say that before...
It was one of my very first tips.
Many, many moons ago)

PHOTO EXPLANATIONS
http://www.hobotraveler.com/072kohphangan02.shtml
Just another day in Paradise!
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As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
�One mans paradise, is another mans hell�
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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