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ISSUE:  077
DATE:  July 22, 2002
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Krabi Thailand Field Trip - Designated Travel Pants
TIP:  Designated Travel Pants
LOCATION:  Krabi Thailand

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Krabi Thailand Field Trip - Designated Travel Pants
Issue 77 Hobotraveler.com - July 22, 2002
Hobotraveler.com
A Hobo trip around the world. Year 5

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~   HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)
        Location of Hobo and opinions
BOUGHT THAI PHRASEBOOK
~   HOBOGUIDE.COM (Go this way)
KRABI, THAILAND FIELD TRIP
Caves and rocks protruding out of the ground.
       A story of a good place to visit.
~   TODAY’S TIP - Designated Travel Pants
~   EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL -
           Dennis & Scott Bike Around World
~   TODAY’S TIP FROM THE - “Peanut Gallery”
~   HOBO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
~   HOBO GOSSIP and/or Jaded Remarks
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~   HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)

KRABI THAILAND - PURCHASE THAILAND PHRASE BOOK

Hello,
Made my way south a few hundred Kilometers
to Krabi, Thailand. Still on the Andaman Sea and
the West Coast of Thailand. I am so far South it
cost only 3 dollars USA for a bus to the country of Malaysia.
I have been hanging around the pier area of Krabi.
This is where the boats depart for the Island of Koh Phi Phi or
Railey beach in Krabi. I am staying in another 100 Baht
per night Guesthouse. I would call this a Hotel,
but everyone here calls it a Guesthouse.
If I am a guest? Let me use the Kitchen.

Finally bought a Thai Language Phrase book. Very
good book and Hobo cheap. 59 Baht or about 1.50
Dollars USA. The price of English books here in
Thailand is about 3 times that of South America.
They also wrap them in plastic, and make it impossible
to peruse the book before buying. For a Dictionary or
Language book this is really bad. They sell the
Berlitz, Lonely Planet, Rough Guide Phrase books,
but they cost about 250 Baht. So I at 59 Baht I got
a great value.

I have learned Spanish already and am pretty much
fluent. I have been closely associated with Flemish from
Belgium and the German language of Switzerland.
Plus lots of Portuguese in Brazil. So I have a real
good idea on how to learn a language.

Learning a Language is a commitment. Lots of
time, energy, and mental frustration must be devoted
to the task to get even a basic conversational level.
This is my first experience with a complete change
of letters or alphabet. Just when I thought I really
understood the world. I realize that I have no clue.
In this language every word needs to be explained
or told to me by a native speaker. I am averaging
about 6 new word per day. I think a person needs
about 2000 words to talk conversationally.

A language for me is the representation or noise
of a culture. A culture is the language, and a language
is the culture. I do not think you can learn a language
and not learn the culture. The way they think and talk
is the culture, or explains it well.

I am searching for some Thailand people that have
no desire to sell me a tour, or Phai Thai Noodles.
I am sure one of you is thinking,
“Andy go to Northern Thailand.”
Not that I know for sure, but I would guess it is more
normal culture in the north.

There is no beach in the north. I still need
some beach time. I am still planning my travel route
and making sure I understand the term Monsoon
Season. So far the Monsoons are Ok. They make
the place a little cooler, and clean up the streets.
Sort of scattered daily showers. Like parts of Europe but
a lot hotter. I carry my umbrella with me most
of the time. You can leave with clear blue skies
and it will be raining 10 minutes later, and stop
in another 10 minutes.

TIME WORKS AGAINST ME
I have nothing to do, then I am too busy.
I am trying to keep my balance on the edge
of time. Not too busy, and not too bored.

I am trying hard to learn how to write this
newsletter once per week, and not have
a real push, or time crunch. I got a real
taskmaster for a boss, and he told me
today.
“Andy, You will send your newsletter
Monday at 9:00 PM Thailand time, so
them people on the other side of the world
can read it, just as they get to work and
settle in for the day.”

I tell my boss,
“Aaaaah come on? Relaaaax. Nooo problem.”
This goal oriented, buzz word knowing person
has trouble not getting up too early in the morning
and feeling a need to accomplish something.
The supposed sin of Western society is guilt.
We all have guilt if we do not feel we are doing
something. The “human doing” is the only human
of value. The “Human doing nothing” has no value.

5 years of travel and I still feel guilty when
I do not try to accomplish something.

Before you readers think I am busy.
Please remember. I am laying around on
beaches and you are working Do not feel
the least bit sorry for me. I am spending
3 hours a day working, and the rest of the time
taking pictures, reading, and looking at everything.

After everyone empathized with me for
having 159 emails (MOSTLY JUNK).
I get these great letter. That say,
“I am sorry, I know you are busy.”
etc. etc.
Do not worry people. I have an overabundance
of time to do nothing, and love to read
e-mails from people. Please write me whenever
and whatever you think.
E-mails are my friends, and family.

The overwhelmed thing is more about
the over-stimulation of new things.
Perceptions, opinions, and observations.
Computer overload. (My Brain)

Perception and introspection.
You looking a me,
me looking a you.
I am a people watcher in
the Mall, and every day is the day
before Christmas.
Just lots of people to look at.

VALUE OF A BUCK
A buck is USA slang for 1 Dollar USA.
The value of a buck depends on how much you
earn, and how much you spend. To me a buck
means 1/3 my rent for a night.. 5 dollars USA is
my cost to live for one day. 10 dollars USA is about
my budget per day to travel including transportation.
So strangely. When I was robbed 75 dollars.
It was like taking a weeks pay.

Being able to roam the world has a lot to do
with this disparage between the cost of living
and how much we earn in the western world.
Lots of travelers are very happy to earn 1-2 dollars
per hour for work in countries like Thailand,
because it buys so much. But would not even think
about working for this pay when they return home.

I am still learning a lot about Thailand.
But my best understanding so far, is that the
average Joe Blow worker is earning
about 100-500 Baht per day, or about 10 Dollars.
They can live very good on that, as I can live very
good on 10 dollars per day.
420 Baht EQUAL 10 Dollars USA.

I will go to Railey beach next tomorrow to see if there
are good photos of people rock climbing
and scenery on the beach. I think I will then make a
Visa run again to Malaysia. Get the stamp on my passport
and return north to Trang. A place popular in the 12th century
and then to the Island of Koh Phi Phi to see where they made
parts of the Movie “The Beach.” There is another place close
where parts of the James Bond movie. “The Man with the Golden
Gun” was made.
(Phang Nga ? No one speaks English? Maybe correct)
Life is good here.

The Thailand people are a clever people.
This is good and bad.

PHOTOS OF MY MAKESHIFT OFFICE IN MY ROOM
Alcohol cooker - Ranong office - Krabi Office
http://www.hobotraveler.com/077thailandkrabi02.shtml

Read about the funny rocks that point their
fingers out of the water here in the next section.

Read the tip below about my
DESIGNATED TRAVEL PANTS.
Or why I will now wear the same pants everytime
I leave one place and go tot the next.

NOTE:
I was just finishing this letter.
A guy from next door was knocking on my door.
They had their camcorder and normal camera
stolen out of their room. Explaining to me to be
careful, and wanting to know If I saw anything.
My instincts tell me it was the management or staff.
I never trust the hotel.

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

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~   HOBOGUIDE.COM GO THIS WAY !

KRABI, THAILAND FIELD TRIP
LIMESTONE & WATER - ERGO FUNNY ROCKS
Caves and rocks protruding out of the ground.

Take a pile of seashells. Lots of pressure. Squeeze
if very hard by for millions of years and you have Limestone.

Or how is this explanation?
Take a bunch of shells. Stack lots of earth on top of the shells
until they are smashed for millions of years,
and you will have Sedimentary Rock.

TRAVEL AND LEARN
Southern Thailand has beautiful and unique
rock formations. There are layers of Limestone or
Sedimentary rock below the surface.

It looks like a Jolly Green Giant took his fist
and smashed the think crust of the earth. When
the fist entered the land. It made depressions and the
layers of rock broke and stood on end. Where the fist
entered the ground there is water. Around the fist there
would be splinters of rock standing pointing up or in different
directions.

People enjoy a travel destination for different reasons.
People coming to Krabi Thailand enjoy the beach,
rock climbing, caves, and the beautiful topography.
Full of large rocks, islands, and inlets of water.

Boats come and go from the docks. The atmosphere
is relaxed, and there are numerous shops, street side stands,
and restaurants to sit and talk, muse, and
dream away the day.

I am in awe of the rocks that point up into the air like
large fingers. White, and rough, with grooves, and caves
carved into the stone, then a little green vegetation interspersed
to cover up and add contrast to the colors, and make it
feel a little softer.

Travel can be relaxing, but also an opportunity to learn
about the world, and attempt to get some answers to
questions about world.

Why do the limestone rocks protrude
out of the ground here in Krabi Thailand?
Why are their volcanoes?
It this the result of an earthquake?
What is a sink hole?
Have you every heard of Karst Topography?
Do you think there are underground rivers?
How are cave formed?
Is Andy really a Caveman and not a Hobo?

GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY
What did they call that in school?
Oh yea.... A field trip.
We went out into the field and the teacher
talked and we played, joked and laughed.
Some of the students paid lots of attention and
others just enjoyed the day of walking and looking.
Much like normal tourist and travelers.

Krabi, Thailand and the surrounding regions are my
field trips. I am out in the field and looking around.
We laugh and joke. Climb some rocks, and we all
see something different. I look at the stone formations,
another person looks at the beach, another person wants
to learn to climb a mountain, and thinks.
“Great place to practice on the edge of that cliff.”

I WILL NEVER LEARN ALL THE ANSWERS
There is so much to see, and so little time.
I need a few more lifetimes.

When you are on a field trip. The teacher explains things.
One of the well read student explains things, or
you carry textbook, flyers or pamphlets explaining the
subject of the particular field trip.

Krabi Thailand is a Geography and Geology
lesson for me the Hobo Traveler. The lesson is heavy on
the field trip side, and very little book learning. But I am able
to say,
“Been there, done that.”

I did not bring my textbooks.
And my teacher went on vacation to a different place.
I am sure that the Discovery Channel on television has
a show about the things I am seeing, and in National Geographic
they are stories that would be very interesting. This would
be a great time to go to the library at home.

I am in Krabi, Thailand.
A world away from home. Very different.
Looking at this world and trying to understand.
One question will beget another question. My curiosity
often builds up, and I think I will explode.

I have taken just a few pictures of these stone formations.
So that maybe you can explain to me?
Where am I? What am I looking at?
Why....Why... How...Who?

Look at the photos of a stone. A large stone formation.
In the water, and pointing at the sky.

Krabi is about words like...
Limestone
Caves
Karst Topography
Calcium
Shells
Rivers
Rock Climbing
Beaches....
Thailand

And finally the big question
James Bond
Where and what did that man do here in Thailand?
British secret service agent 007
License to Kill...

Go to a library. Search the internet and soon
we are both on are on the same field trip.

TO LOOK AT THE PHOTOS OF FUNNY ROCKS
http://www.hobotraveler.com/077thailandkrabi01.shtml

TO SUBMIT ANSWERS OR INFORMATION
ABOUT GEOGRAPHY GO TO MY WEBPAGE
http://www.hobotraveler.com/geography.php


Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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Life is good.
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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

DESIGNATED TRAVEL PANTS
Or why I will wear the same pants every time
I leave one place and go to the next.

I use the word designated, then realize
I will need to explain. This mean I am going
to use a specific, or indicate by name the
exact pair of pants I will use to travel.
Everytime I travel I will wear the same pants.

OK. I am a traveler. But I do not travel every
day. I travel from place to place then stay
a few day in each location.

So the DESIGNATED TRAVEL PANTS are to
be used when I get on a bus, plane, or train
etc. Pretty much any time I carry with me
my backpack and valuables.

Most tourist or backpackers have their money,
passport, and valuable on them. I keep all my
valuable in my room. 95 percent of the time
only rent a room that allow me to use my own
lock.

But from destination to destination.
I carry all my valuables.
Small backpack. Computer and digital camera.
Big backpack, clothes and miscellaneous.
Cooking supplies, fingernail clippers, etc.

MONEY - PASSPORT - ATM CARDS
I carry these things on my body.
In a pocket. Neck Pouch, or secret pocket.

I am in some ways making the idea of
using a neck pouch obsolete for myself. I do not use
a money belt. I find them just too uncomfortable
and not quick to put on or utilize. I can put the neck
pouch around my neck, and in my shirt quickly.
The money belt takes more time.

I will put my NECK POUCH inside a
secret pocket now, and not around my neck.

WHY HAVE A NECK POUCH?
I take my passport out for immigration offices.
At checkpoints by military police.
By a policeman that wants to check me in the street.
To check in at the Hotel.
At the airport.
Lots of times.

I could put it away... In my secret pocket.
But this take more than 1 second.
I can put the strap around my neck.
The officials do not like it when you put
things away before they are done.
When I am out of their sight. I will put it
in the correct secret pocket.

WHY NECK POUCH?...
NO TEMPTATION TO PUT IT DOWN
There is a huge temptation to put the passport
and holder down on the desk.
At the check-in at the airport.
On the counter of the immigration office.
On the reception desk of the hotel.
WHAT HAPPENS is then.
I leave it.
I pick up my backpack. Talking with a friend.
Walk away. If I always have it around my neck
until I am completely finished with the process.
I will not forget it.
Unless I forget my head, and my neck.
My mother told me I was lucky it was attached.

DESIGNATED PANTS
A pocket needs to be:
1. Cut proof, or razor blade proof.
2. Pickpocket proof.
3. Difficult to put things in and out.
4. Secure from things falling out.

So I have specially altered my pants.
I have sewn in 5 pockets.
4 of the full size pockets, and 1 credit card
pockets. I have also chosen a pair of pants
that for different reasons.

REASONS I CHOSE THESE PANTS
1. They are old and used pants.
2. The have large pockets on the side for guidebook.
3. They are normal pants in Thailand and
would be considered cheap, and not mean
I have any money. All the Thailand guys where
these pants.
4. The wallet pocket on the rear has material for
the pocket, and it is difficult to cut 2 layers.
5. The large pockets on the side are big enough
to sew in another secret pocket.
6. The pants have belt loops. I can hang them up
on a hook and I like a belt.
7. I like them, and they are comfortable.
8. Normal military pants. Used and cheap.
9. Military pants are designed very close to what I
ideally want for the perfect travel pants.
(Note: The military are probably the best
trekkers and travelers.)

I HAVE A 2 TYPES
I have made two pairs of DESIGNATED TRAVEL
PANTS. One pair of shorts and one pair
or long pants. The zippered type pants where the leg
can be removed are nice but they say,
“I am a tourist, and I have money.”
I like a little less flashy, and an uglier appearance.

HOW I WILL CARRY THINGS?

RIGHT FRONT SECRET POCKET
Wallet or billfold. Keys. One ATM card.
I have 2 ATM cards. One is credit card.
(Automatic Teller Machine - For Bank)

RIGHT FRONT NORMAL POCKET
Small coins, and 2-3 dollars taxi fair.
Pen, paper.

LEFT FRONT SECRET POCKET
Maybe keys, or when I have too many
coins. Sometime bus tickets, or check
in stubs for baggage.

LEFT FRONT NORMAL POCKET
Card or piece of paper with the address
of the hotel I am going to try to find
in the city I am entering. This way I do
not have to get out my guidebook? Maybe.

RIGHT LARGE SECRET POCKET.
Pocket camera. Digital by Creative.
150 photos and good.

RIGHT LARGE POCKET
Maybe guidebook. Umbrella.
Language Phrasebook. Pens.

LEFT LARGE SECRET POCKET
Passport money pouch. One ATM CARD.

LEFT LARGE POCKET
Junk...Stuff. I am right handed.

I do not carry or use travelers checks, and do
not have a plane ticket home.

REAR POCKETS
Notes. Junk paper. Telephone numbers.
Brochures and pamphlets.
IF I WANTED ROBBED !!!!
I WOULD CARRY MY WALLET HERE.
MAKING SURE IT WAS LARGE
Note: Some of you need to volunteer
to do this, so that there are people who are
easy targets for the thieves, and they do not
choose me. Thank You in advance.

SMALL CREDIT CARD POCKET.
I do not use this pocket.
I have never been that paranoid yet.
But good just in case one day I am that paranoid
about getting robbed it is there and ready to go.

Where you keep your stuff is not that important.
Having a reason why in your mind is important.
All of these ideas change. They are a guide
to help you and not the answers to all problems.

But I will now wear the same pants on
all my travel from location to location.
This way I will always be prepared.

RULE OF THUMB
If you are worried. You need to search for a
better way I do not worry about being robbed.
Think yes about it, Worry no. If you are worried
and feel unsafe at your destination.
Leave.

I RECOMMEND YOU LOOK AT THESE
PHOTOS AND EXPLANATIONS OF PANTS.
CLICK HERE
http://www.hobotraveler.com/077thailandkrabi03.shtml

MORE PHOTO AND BUY SECRET POCKETS
http://www.hobotraveler.com/indexproducts.shtml


Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

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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~ EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL

DENNIS & SCOTT BIKE AROUND THE WORLD
In Europe somewhere
http://www.theargonauts.com/argonauts/dennis_scott/archive.shtml

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TODAY’S TIP FROM THE
“Peanut Gallery”
Fun tips - Here's a little tip from me, to you,
as an experienced traveler.

“I love you”
If I say these three words to the locals.
They laugh. Smile, and life is good.
Universally recognized words
like OK, and Coca Cola.

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~   HOBO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Just hit reply to this e-mail and you can send a question
directly to me... Andy the HoboTraveler.com

QUESTION:
...I have often gotten
"you are so brave to go to ________ on your own, etc.....
" whereas, waking up every morning to the same traffic
and desk job sounds much more terrifying.
Funny, though, some of the common experiences.
I first heard (and saw the video) of that Shakira song
(Forever, whatever) sitting in a web bar in Hanoi,
almost directly across from the old "Hanoi Hilton".
So has she (Shakira) written?
Summer

ANSWER:
I do also think it is terrifying to work and have a family.
My parents, family, and friends at home are much
braver than me. I am sort of avoiding life, and hoping
to make a few dollars, to get to the next place.
I was probably too afraid of commitment.
Never married.

SHAKIRA has not written.
“She never calls,
she never writes,
she never comes to visit. “
You would think she does not like me.
I would think...
Maybe she does not know I exist.
Dreams can come true.
Whenever, wherever, forever.
I try to tempt my readers to come visit me.


QUESTION:
Subject:
Importance of getting stamped OUT on passport

Hello there! Love your letters.
        I frequently cross in and out of mex. to USA,
but on a semi tourist bus. I dont see any Mexican
officers to stamp me OUT on my passport, as we go
straight cross to US line. What potential problems
could this give me later on???? Thanks.   Yanngo.

ANSWER:
Mexico... The bite.
The Mordita.
The Soborno.
The BRIBE.
A Fine.
There is no same same system as they say in Thailand.
Every country has a different system for entering and
leaving their country. So the rules change.
I think Mexico give you a sheet of paper.
You have to have that paper when you leave.
Nobody at borders explain anything.
Enter. Keep your mouth shut. And leave me alone.
That is what happens at all borders.

I was at the border of leaving Peru and going into
Chile. The guy counted the days. I stayed 90 days.
Exactly. He counted the number of days in every
month. Added them up. My colectivo taxi driver helped
me go through as the bus drive of your semi-tourist bus
probably helped you get in and out of the country.
The exit officer wanted to collect 15 dollars USA if
he could show me, or make me think. I was one
day late. I did not pay.

In the end. Keep every paper they give you when
you leave. Look for a stamp. Do not enter or leave
a country without going to the immigration office.
Make them look at your passport and papers.
Stay until you are happy, and YOU understand.

But the answer to your question of
“What potential problems?”
90 percent of the time. 20 Dollars or less.
5 percent of the time.. More money, and lots of questions.
5 percent of the time...LOTS OF MONEY
This could be a legal fine, or an outright bribe.
If you have NO respect of the law, or rules of the
country. i.e. stay 200 days over the time allowed.
You can have lots of problems.
Losing your tourist card. Not getting a stamp is serious
but happens ALL the time. If you are really worried.
Go to an embassy of your country and they will
help. That is their job.
A MEXICAN Jail is mostly for the movies.
It happens though, but mostly for people begging
for the opportunity. The ones that argue, fight, or
get too drunk.

With a little respect for the country.
Remember your are a visitor.
All is OK.

Andy

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~   HOBO GOSSIP and/or Jaded Remarks

HAVE NICE LIFE - This is a common way for me to say
goodbye. People seem to never believe that we will never
see each other again. They do not like the phrase although
for me seems truthful and hopeful.

NEVER SEEN A PERSON - The Thai people think I am
different. I do not think they every seen a "Farang"
that does not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes.

TO RICH FOR MY BLOOD - Very few people
drink Heineken the Dutch beer in the USA because
it is considered too expensive. In Thailand it is a
standard beer to drink for people.

WORLD IS TOO TOLERANT - I am told to be more tolerant.
It would appear that the world needs less tolerance.
Examples: No tolerance for men that beat women.
(Middle East) No tolerance for Noble CLASS systems.
(King & Queens) No tolerance for throwing trash on the ground

and...
hehehe Cutting the Queue (Cutting line)

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"Thank you, Lord, for thinkin'
'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."
I’m alive and doing fine.‘
Song by: Five Man Electrical Band

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