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Old 09-29-2006, 09:49 PM   #476
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:50 PM   #477
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(thai is tonal so its hard to spell to how it sounds)
Do you mean like Chinese? Where a single word has four meanings depending on the intonation of your voice? Ugh. I've tried learning some mandarin, it's really really hard.
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:54 PM   #478
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I didn't have that big of a roll at the time so I had to play. I was grinding out $50 SNG's from internet cafe's for much of the trip.

I have to say that was quite an awesome experience.
Awesome experience playing $50 SNGs from internet cafe´s or just the trip in general? If the former you must have alot of fun playing SNGs and yeah.. the food, I crave the food now.

Am I wrong when I imagine grinding it out at internet cafe's to be boring?
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Old 09-29-2006, 09:54 PM   #479
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Dam all this talk about ThaiLand really makes me want to go there asap
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:23 PM   #481
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I had put my company on hold (essentially quit my job) a couple months before. Playing for a living was something I really really loved at that time. Now its kinda meh and normal, but for me then, it was the best feeling in the world.
Then it makes a little more sense

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Ya it sucks playing that way...cafe's aren't 24 hours and internet can be crappy and computers worse (lotta places you can't use the laptop) etc, but it was still awesome.
Mm, yeah. It sounds like if I want to go backpacking it's probably best to just take a month off poker and just enjoy Thailand. The alternative is to get some apartment/hotel with high-speed internet connection and grind away.

The best choice seems to be to go backpacking one month (without laptop) return to Sweden and return later on to the place you liked most with laptop in hand, agree?
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:33 PM   #482
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I get the satellite package "UBC" for TV, and I think its AWESOME. I get a bunch of movie channels, and they show lots of sports, and old american TV shows I never watched. There are a LOT less commercials t odeal with.

You can get DVD's for about $1.50 to $2.00 depending on where you go and how well you bargain.

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In my village we have a married couple that does security for our neighborhood of about 15 homes. The husband rides around on a bike at night, and makes sure everything is safe. These people are really nice, and they would do absolutely anything to help. The woman is the one who cooks my meals for me regularly. She is the best cook I've ever had. (My wife and I are currently debating whether to hire her permanently to be our chef/maid for $75/month.) .. Anyway, the interesting thing is that they are the most well liked people in the neighborhood, despite the fact that they would be considered lower class. It seems like all of the residents of the neighborhood are so busy trying to impress one another, and watch whatever they say cause Thai's are HUGE gossips, that when they're around the security people, they can just relax and enjoy their company... I go over to their little station and swill back a bunch of beers with them, and they love to try and get me drunk. I try and teach them engrish, and they try and teach me thai. Its definitely one of the better things going here for me.
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:36 PM   #483
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*grunch*
Hey I'm in Singapore now. Should I go to Thailand?
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:10 PM   #484
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When in Thailand, what do you miss from America?
A good [censored] breakfast. Don't get me wrong, you can get scambled eggs and toast everyday, but I want a goddamn sasuage biscuit or gravy biscuits or a bagel with cream cheese that doesn't taste like ass.


quick question (if no one sees this within like 10 minute ignore it)

Where is the best place to buy an airline ticket from Chiang Mai to BKK? I'm about to go to a travel agent because the internet isn't helping me
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:12 PM   #485
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bangkokair.com

the first and last flights of the day are half price
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:13 PM   #486
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1,600 baht if you get the promo fair. 2,300 is the normal rate
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:17 PM   #488
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Seems like we need more videos in this thread

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2lJJ9kdslE
(NSFW)
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:20 PM   #489
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Mexican food.
Miguel's in Chiang Mai

the rest of the list I agree with though
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Just go to the street travel agents. These are actually one of the few people in Thailand who are somewhat unlikely to overchage you.
Alright thanks
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:25 PM   #490
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More dancing girls (with wacky voiceover)
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:29 PM   #491
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There is a great mexican restaurant in BKK called Charley Browns. Its around sukhemvit 11 or so. [censored] bomb food
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well I might have to consider moving there afterall, stupid [censored] gov't
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Do you mean like Chinese? Where a single word has four meanings depending on the intonation of your voice? Ugh. I've tried learning some mandarin, it's really really hard.
Yeah its similar to chinese (though i havent tried learning mandarin, my stepbrothers are taiwanese so i hear a fair amount of it) though it definitely isnt as complicated - reading and writing for eg is fairly simple if you know the alphabet and basic rules (for the tai that is commonly spoken, the thai they speak on thai new and the thai they use for political speeches is different but fairly easy to understand if you understand basic thai). overall i'd say its more gutteral than chinese..or less delicate...dont really know how to describe it. also, chaing mai thai probably sounds closer to chinese than thai from the south, which is more gutteral

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Old 09-30-2006, 01:00 AM   #495
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Pug where in Thailand are you located?

And just incase there are not enough reasons to move to thailand in this thread I will present you with one more:
McDonalds delivers and you dont have to tip! I actually prefer subway (they deliver too) but there isnt a subway in samui.

Food is available everywhere in Thailand 24x7. I dont even have a full kitchen but I can go and grab some rice/meat/veggie/thai food/whatever. There are food stalls everywhere. They also have fruit carts everywhere which I really enjoy. I got this fuit man trained to come to my house everyday now (kinda out of the way) and bring me fresh juicy pineapple for 25 cents a slice. Thais have some amazing fruits too. My favorit is Monkut (Mangosteen)


When you live here its cool to goto the markets and pickup all kinds of food. My tastes have changed quite a bit since living here and now I can eat SUPER spicy food like the thais. I eat thai food everyday and enjoy it quite a bit.
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Old 09-30-2006, 01:13 AM   #497
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So what does that actually mean?

Are you planning to extend your 3 week trip here?
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Old 09-30-2006, 01:14 AM   #498
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No basements in Thailand. But if you are tight on cash you can rent a small studio for $75 a month. My girlfriends sister rents a small 1 bedroom setup for $75 a month in Samui. You can live like the thais if you need to.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnQAm1XPXc4

everyone needs atleast trip up to Isaan to catch some of this music live and get pissed on rice whiskey!
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