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ISSUE:  085
DATE:  August 31, 2002
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Survival Trip in Thailand - HOW TO ADVERTISE YOUR HOSTEL
TIP:  How to advertise your hostel
LOCATION:  Ranong, Thailand

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Survival Trip in Thailand - HOW TO ADVERTISE YOUR
HOSTEL
Issue 85 Hobotraveler.com - August 30, 2002
http://www.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
             ROAD TRIP TO AN ISLAND - Survival Island
~   HOBOGUIDE.COM (Go this way)
       A story of a good place to visit and other interest.
            THE BACKPACKER UNIVERSE
            LEFT HOME AND NO LONGER LIVE THERE
~   TODAYS TIP - HOW TO ADVERTISE YOUR HOSTEL
~   EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL -
           Dennis & Scott Bike Around World
~   TODAYS TIP FROM THE - “Peanut Gallery”
~   HOBO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
~   HOBO GOSSIP and/or Jaded Remarks

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PHOTOS OF KOH PHI PHI THAILAND AND MISC.
Main entrance dock and beach to Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
http://www.hoboguide.com/085ontheroadtotaratao02.shtml
Miscellaneous Photos of Koh Phi Phi
http://www.hoboguide.com/085ontheroadtotaratao04.shtml
The main sun bathing beach on Koh Phi Phi
http://www.hoboguide.com/085ontheroadtotaratao05.shtml
Party and Chan Guesthouse in Koh Phi Phi Thailand
http://www.hoboguide.com/085ontheroadtotaratao06.shtml
Chan Guest House - Movies - Koh Phi Phi
http://www.hoboguide.com/085ontheroadtotaratao07.shtml
Dive boats Koh Phi Phi and leaving the island
http://www.hoboguide.com/085ontheroadtotaratao08.shtml


SURVIVAL TRIP

Hello,
I have changed my plans and am making my
next visa run to Malaysia. I will leave Ranong and
go to the border near Satun, Thailand and get the next
30 days on the passport.

The border of Malaysia and Thailand is very close to the
the Island Ko Tarutao where they filmed the show survivor.
By going into Malaysia, I will save 500 Baht.

I will make a photo essay of how I find a boat and make
the trip from the mainland to this Island. I can expelling the
difficulties involved in visiting the Island of Koh Tarutao.

I hope to enlighten the readers to the nuts and bolts
of where and why this show was filmed. Hopefully remove a little
of the hype and write a simple story of this island.

I have been enjoying reading WebPages on the subject
and like a good story. It is fun to hear a story
that magnifies reality and makes things fun. I am having
lots of fun just trying to learn about this television show.

I will follow the path of the Survival cast and see if
can survive the trip. I will of course be on my normal
Hobo Barefoot cheap budget. The CBS crew spent
about a million dollars I think. I think it should cost
me 5 Dollars USA per day.


ANDY THE HOBO WILL SURVIVE
Now that sounds like hype to me. I am sure
I will have a good laugh and take some good pictures
for you readers. If you want a special photograph taken,
or wish me to pay special attention to something.
Now is the time to tell me. Click on reply and tell
me what you wish I will focus on in this new story of
survival. That word is a big sounding word. Hobo
seems just fun, and nosy. Like I will stick my nose
in your window. Take some pictures, and steal your
apple pie. Maybe a wink at your daughter.


SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM FOREIGNERS
I know most of you just want a pretty Thailand lady,
or to see colorful temples. I like to visit people and learn
about the culture of countries. I have learned that for
me it is absolutely necessary I separate and live, eat,
and associate with Thailand people and not spend my
time with the other foreigners in if I want to learn
about Thailand. This complete separation is drastic measures
but it is this or leave this country and know nothing of their
culture.
READ THE FULL STORY
http://www.hobotraveler.com/085theuglyamerican.php

The Monsoon rains are bad.
Every day it rains. It reminds me of being in Belgium.
I could leave home or the hotel on a bright sunny
day and it could start raining 10 minutes later.

KA-BOOM
She exploded.
She had her baby.
The Kaykai Internet family daughter had a baby this Friday.
The whole KayKai.com internet cafe is in flux.
The world has stopped to celebrate and enjoy
the new baby. I am very grateful to be this close
to the family and they wish to share a little of their
pride and joy with my life.

Our shared vocabulary of word is about 20.
We cannot use words to talk.
But we can communicate

TANATWAN PALACE
I have found the ideal place to stay in Ranong.
Cheap, friendly and they got a swimming pool.
Mark a friend I met in the internet cafe was talking
about the Hotel and how he really like living in the
place and all its advantages. I went back to take a look
and moved in the next day.

The lady that owns the place Wilaiwan
made me feel welcome, and now I have a place to
call home. I was looking for a places that was closer
to the internet cafe, and to nightlife. This place is
a short walk from the bars and restaurants of favor
in Ranong. It is conveniently located to all the reasons
to visit Ranong.

Ranong is on my must visit location for Thailand
if you want to stay a few months. In Thailand you must get
a LEGAL renewal of your visa. This is the location
to perform this task and for 500 Baht and you can
renew you visa easily.

Thailand is not an easy to country to just wonder
around and see things. It is better to
establish a base camp city and hotel. You than can
leave your Home and go visit other locations and return
back to your Home to prepare for the next trip.
Homepage of Tanatwan Palace.
http://www.stay-thailand.net/

HOME BASE - TANATWAN PALACE
I for some reason and think about
retiring and sitting on the porch. Look at people
walk by, and say hi to my neighbors. 3 places
come to mind to retire. Pipa Brazil, Panajachel
Guatemala, and now Ranong Thailand.

Ronong has Hot Water Springs. You can get
a massage for 5 Dollars USA. There is a great
market here in Ronong where you can buy
all sorts of fresh fish from Squid to Crab.
The Island of Koh Chang and Koh Panyam
are 1 hour away and you can see Cashew,
Rubber Trees, Bamboo, and lay on a quiet
beach with a Monastery full of Monk just
next door. Tanatawan Palaces is the perfect
home base to stage your adventure in this
part of Thailand.

A PARADISE FOUND
I took a ride in Wilaiwan’s car and she showed
me one of them new undiscovered paradises.
I will show you photos in the next issue.
Sort of rainy day. But with two beautiful girls.
One British and one French. It was difficult to
leave.
http://www.stay-thailand.net/NagaBeach.htm

A SAD CONVERSATION.
We are taking an hour drive to her private
paradise and in the conversation she tells me
how travel writers ask her for money.
She learned from my friend Mark that I write
this newsletter, and I think she is trying to get
to the point. Like....
“Andy
Do you want some money?”

She is wondering if I want some money to say
nice things about her Guest House or some special
favors like to have her buy a bus ticket to Malaysia
for me.

I say,
“Guidebooks ask for money?”
She says,
“Yes of course.”
I start to laugh, and say NO.
I like to have fun, and my opinions are
not for sale.

I am outside the loop, and not on the inside
of any group of travel writers. I do not know what
these nit wits do, and I am pretty sure. I do not
want to know what a travel writer does and how.

I do know, that to say a nice comment in this
newsletter about a business is of value.
People do offer me money, and I turn it down.

I do not get paid for my opinions.
I need money, and want money.
I like money just like the rest of you.
It is something needed.
(Peanut Butter is very expensive in Asia)

I have been teasing and joking about tours.
Yes... It would be fun to have some private
tours with people. I could guide them
into some adventure that could be fun.
Keep them safe, but also have some fun.

To get paid to write nice things about Hotels,
Tours or other WebPages. Well. I would feel
like a swine to get paid for my opinion. If I
got paid. It would not be my opinion. It would
be their opinion.

I have put in a couple of plugs
for Johnnyjet.com. He is a small guy that has
a great page. I am also jealous. He got some
good press with USA today and other media.
They do not say anything about me...
So Johnnyjet.com.
I am jealous.
hehehe

But.... the guy also has a great page.
I use it. So what can I say?

I am not sure how I will eventually make more
money to support the WebPages and my trip.
The private tours is just
an idea. I have not sold the first one yet.
So who knows?

I can tell you a funny muse of mine.
Names for tours, or mottoes for a tour.
What a fun game for me.
I just thought of a funny description for my
private tours. Here goes... what do you think.

Hobo Tours,
Come climb beautiful tropical waterfalls with
Andy the Hobo.
Like any good friend, just when you do not
expect it.... For you own good.
He will push you off the top.
Jump now or I will push.

What do you think?
Fun....

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

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THE BACKPACKER UNIVERSE

LEFT HOME AND NO LONGER LIVE THERE

There should be a complicated answer
why a person travels for years, and cannot
and does not want to return to the normal life
he or she left behind.

For me it was simple.
Grete from Norway sang to me.

What I felt told me I would never be happy
again in the normal world. There was hope
in this world of travel for me.

It was not complicated.
I was bored and a woman sang to me.
She told me about her 6 month trip,
and used words like guidebooks, maps
and backpacks.

I went home and returned.
I went home a second time.
Sold all my things and left.
Figuratively speaking I burned my
bridges and shot the prison warden.
I was free. I put my old life out of its
misery. Euthanasia.

I close my eyes and I can remember
flashes of sights, sounds, and smells.
I can return to the feelings, but more
important. I have now become obsessed
with the chase for these memories.

PEAKS OR SPIKES
I think people search for a peaks or spike
in our lives. A feeling or experience that in on the top
level, and will be remembered. When we
experience the rush of emotions. We will forever
keep our eyes and mind open with the hope
of a repeat performance. Like and addiction we
must have that feeling just one more time.

There is nothing logical and this
highly lacks of good sense. It is not a good
decision for a person to make. This life
is crazy,

A life for crazy people in a crazy world.
Somewhere in this crazy crap.
To believe there is an essential truth
that can be found in the middle of chaos.
There must be a reason why I travel.

It was more of a choice for me.

If I walked up to you and asked or said?
“You have your life planned out.
What would happen if you found a place
that was obviously more fun, more beautiful,
where life was simpler.”
Would you leave your present life?”

You may say yes.
But that is easy to say.
What happens if you actually find that life.
Can you do more than say yes?
Can you leave your present normal life?

I have people tell me every day all
these reason why they must to go home.
I say,
“Just don’t get on the plane.”
Stay.

I told you there should be a complicated
reason why people travel. The reason to
travel for years is not complicated.
The choice just sounded better than
returning to my normal life.

Are you clear on why you do not
walk out your door and never come back.

A life less normal.
Never go home.

Did you just make a list of reasons in your
head why you can not travel, or did you
want to get up and escape?

WHY THE WORLD TRAVELS
I am pretty sure the answers for other travelers
that leave home and not come home are similar.
Sort of simple in the end, it just seem obvious to
a traveler one day that life will be better traveling the world
than it would be returning to the same old, same old.

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

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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

ADVERTISE YOUR HOSTEL
I thought I would give my business owner friends
a good tip.

I do not know how many Hotels, Hostels,
Guesthouses, Pensions, or Residencials
I have lived in the last 5 years.

If I say only 1 per week.
It is 260.
IF I say 2, it would be 520.
I really am not sure.
Somewhere around LOTS.

THE BOTTOM LINE
There is always the one liner that explains
the most essential lesson. When you can explain
something in one line, you probably understand
the subject. I call that,
“Bottom lining it.”

HOW TO ATTRACT THE BACKPACKERS
So how do you get a backpacker to come to
your accommodations?

CHEAP FLYERS
The bottom line is flyers, or very very cheap brochures.
Black and white, and dirt cheap.
The type you post or can hang on the wall.

A flyer will have who, when, why, what, where
and hopefully a map. The goal is to make
it very easy to come to your accommodations.
Draw a map.

No doubt a good word in the guidebooks can make
your business. But to get the good word, you must be
the place that the backpacker like, and then they will
say that in the guidebook. All the stuff about internet,
directories, and guidebooks is good, but in the
end it more simple.

When a person enters your accommodation.
Hand them 5-10 brochures.
When they walk in the room.
There should be 5-10 brochures.
When they leave.
Say,
“Thank you for visiting,
Will you take some
of these brochures or flyers and post in the
next place you stay?”
Give them 5-10 more brochures.

Some of you will say this is too expensive.
I said cheap flyers or brochures.
The cost of 5-10 flyers should cost less
than 15 cents USA.
If it cost more. You are paying too much
or being too fancy.

Who, when, where, why, what and HOW.

Try to help me go visit the local attraction.
I go to cities to visit something.
The reason I go to your city is not normally
your Hotel. Help me to visit my main destination
or tourist attraction and I may stay at your
Hotel, Hostel, or Guesthouse.
My next HoboHideout.com

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

X     Hobotraveler.com was HERE!

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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On year 5 of Hobo trip around the world.
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~ EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL

DENNIS & SCOTT BIKE AROUND THE WORLD
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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.

Toilets in Asia are not self explanatory.
Get someone to explain before you need
to use one.

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directly to me... Andy the HoboTraveler.com

QUESTION:

Andy,

What do you think of Shakira now that she has
died her hair and taken on this western image.
Mary in Peru

ANSWER:
I am not able to watch television or do not even wish to
watch MTV. I remember the surprise for me,
“Who is that?”
When I saw here on TV in a
bar singing. It sounded like her, but did not look like
her. I am still enamored with the Latin Charismatic style
but I like her former exotic look and less made for TV
look that she had prior to this big success. But
nonetheless she is still welcome to come and visit
and follow the path with me while she learns
English better and become Hobo Woman.

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   ~   HOBO GOSSIP and/or Jaded Remarks

STUDY MEDITATION - People are studying Buddhist,
Meditation, Chakra and other semi religious thoughts.
I think they should learn about their own, before they
go to the second step.

WHERE YOU GO - Here in Thailand. Normal normal
question. I never answer. They never understand my answers.

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"Thank you, Lord, for thinkin'
'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."
I’m alive and doing fine.‘
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