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Old 08-25-2007, 09:55 AM   #1726
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I am now 100% going to Thailand at the end of the year because of this thread. I got the Pimsleur Thai language set, and I have the brand-new (just published this month) Lonely Planet Thailand in the mail from Amazon. I am so hyped it's ridiculous. I plan on staying 90 days, and traveling everywhere. The only constraint is money, but I can live cheap and I don't drink.

One thing that hasn't really been addressed by this thread unless I missed it is any contemplative resources. Thailand is one of the strongholds of Theravada Buddhism, which is the tradition that my meditation practice comes from. I am not so much interested in seeing temples and so forth, though I'm sure that I will, but in maybe studying with Thai teachers for some period of time. Apparently Goenka Vipassana offers the same 10-day course that I have taken here but I would like to do something different.
Dude if you have a lot of time (which you do), just find a forest monastery, walk in, and ask if you can stay. If that particular one can't help you it's likely that they will direct you to someone that can. Will be a million times better than any course that's offered at some city monastery where the monks all have cell phones.
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:57 AM   #1727
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Previously unmentioned ladyboy detection technique: ladyboys tend to hang out with other ladyboys, so that cute girl hanging out with a bunch of ladyboys isn't a girl. Same thing if you see a pair and one is an obvious ladyboy.

What about the other way around? By that I mean do real girls hang out with ladyboys? So a group of 4 girls, 3 for sure girls and 1 possible ladyboy (I mean some girls are hot yet look sorta mannish ie fergie, keira knightley imo)
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Old 08-25-2007, 11:33 AM   #1728
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Offdabeat, Please show me a 4 bedroom townhouse in Sathorn area close to BTS for 25k baht a month.

I love the Sathorn area and Im currently looking for something 2+ bedrooms around that price range.
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Old 08-25-2007, 02:27 PM   #1729
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Offdabeat, Please show me a 4 bedroom townhouse in Sathorn area close to BTS for 25k baht a month.

I love the Sathorn area and Im currently looking for something 2+ bedrooms around that price range.
Check the bangkok post 3 or 4 bedroom townhouse for 25k ( was still in the classified section last time i checked ) there also a house to rent near my place i'll check the price.
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Old 08-25-2007, 11:23 PM   #1730
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I think price varies a lot in BKK by locations. It generally costs a lot more to live in the city center although why you would want to is another matter it's so crowded,congested and polluted.
That Riverside Win apt looks a cut above even the Centerpoint Serviced apartments I stayed at on Lumpini near all the Embassies.
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:44 AM   #1731
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Are Chinese people lighting [censored] on fire in Thailand too?
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:09 AM   #1732
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Are Chinese people lighting [censored] on fire in Thailand too?
Last saturday a bunch of guys from the US were tipping dancers from my usual haunt with 1000 bahts notes... The mamasan latter told one of them the short time room is 900 ( it's 300 or free if they know you ) and the actual short time with the girl was 6000... they paid
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:44 AM   #1733
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I'm talking about some kind of pagan ritual where Chinese people are burning paper and [censored] in kettles in the street. WTF are they doing?
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:55 AM   #1734
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yes same same here.
smells good though
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:34 PM   #1735
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not too shabby.
Plenty of other choices if i have time i'll post a list.
please do so

luckychancer > what do you mean by "center"? only nana/ksr or the whole red zone on that map? http://www.foodbyphonebkk.com/map.html
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:57 PM   #1736
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Since i got a few pm asking " what can i rent for 1000bucks"

My first choice would probably be the riverside Win long apartment( next to the oriental/shangri la and bts ), for 1k ( 30 bahts ) you can have the "presidential" suite, sorry no pics. But here is a pic of the executive suite :

they don't seem to provide internet connexion in the room?
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Old 08-27-2007, 03:54 PM   #1737
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while I'm at it, do you know lowcost airlines based in South East Asia, other than the following ones, I'm compiling a list:
http://www.airasia.com/
http://www.jetstar.com/
http://www.oasishongkong.com/
http://www.tigerairways.com/
http://www.jetstar.com/valuair/home.html
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Old 08-27-2007, 04:21 PM   #1738
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How often have any of you seen king cobras or tree vipers? I would be worried hiking or something away from the city.
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:04 PM   #1739
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I'm talking about some kind of pagan ritual where Chinese people are burning paper and [censored] in kettles in the street. WTF are they doing?

Me surprised at your insensitve wording.

Pls to not be insulting Buhddist rituals or observances.

How do you think a SOuthern Baptist "dunk em in da river" baptism might look to a native Asian?
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:45 AM   #1740
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Are you leveling? I'm pretty sure this wasn't Buddhist.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:48 AM   #1741
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How often have any of you seen king cobras or tree vipers? I would be worried hiking or something away from the city.
Lol, I literally lived in the jungle and didn't see any snakes. I saw plenty of geckos, some toads, and even a walking stick. Nasty stuff.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:55 AM   #1742
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they don't seem to provide internet connexion in the room?
Just ask them and they will
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:00 AM   #1743
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How often have any of you seen king cobras or tree vipers? I would be worried hiking or something away from the city.
I wanted to post a joke about how i see a king cobra each time i go pee but i won't.

Instead please enjoy this picture :

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Old 08-28-2007, 09:43 AM   #1744
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Damn I miss Thailand. Living there for nearly 3 years really spoiled me. I will be buying my ticket back very soon.
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Old 08-28-2007, 11:46 AM   #1745
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Instead please enjoy this picture :


Ugggh. I'm pretty sure I'd rather see king cobr everytime I go pee rather than another douchey, tatted up, "sokopo" farang.

PS I'm assuming that's not you ofdabeat.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:02 PM   #1746
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Just read that :

Saudis Ban Thai Tourism...
Due to wine, women & crime

Based on an article from Arab News

Travellers and travel agents were not informed of a ban on Saudis travelling to Thailand and so many Saudis, who visited the country at the beginning of the summer, have returned to face questioning from the Kingdom’s authorities.

Thailand has for the past 12 years been on a list of countries that Saudis are not allowed to visit. The list includes Israel, Iraq and Bosnia.

Many Saudis still continue to apply for tourist visas to Thailand, which are easily obtainable. There are no direct flights from the Kingdom to Thailand. Connecting flights are available in Dubai and Qatar. The Thailand Tourism Commission states it received 9,000 Saudis tourists in 2006. People this summer have once again been asked not to visit Thailand unless for business reasons, a rule that many members of the public are unaware of.

People believe the ban has been reinforced because of men who visit Thailand to drink alcohol, visit prostitutes and then be robbed and at times murdered.

The administration has stressed that those who have travelled to Thailand as tourists and come back will be questioned about why they travelled there. They would also be prevented from travelling for six months to three years and fined SR5,000 for breaking the ban.

However, not all visitors to Thailand have been questioned on return but an employee at a travel agency said: Those who have not been questioned will most likely be questioned when they renew their passports.
LOLZA hadn't seen this.

ESP LOLZA since an uber drunk Saudi guy bought me a beer at one of the "after hours" beer cooler stands on the beach a couple of nights ago. As soon as he found I was 'Merican he couldn't stop saying "FK Bush and FK Saudi gubment! We, the peoples of the countries be friends!" He was also uber thankful that I informed his super drunk son that the "Lady" he had chosen for the evening was in fact a katoey.
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:46 PM   #1747
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Hi everyone, im a thailand enthusiast as you all are.

I emailed degen and he has answered most of my questions.
-Those are the ones he thought i should ask here


-Which site would you recommand to find a studio downtown bangkok that is in a secured building w/ internet,gym,pool and that looks a little baller(furnished)? Can i rent it before actualy showing up? if not.. where do i stay the first nights? random hotel?


- what's the name of the adaptor i need for my computer/monitors

cars... how much are cars there? like skylines or wahtever you can only get imported here? can you rent them ? if so do you have to pay much in advance?
i know about the roads and that taxis are the best but im just a sick fan of speeding and high end cars, id like an estimate.. i was on the verge of buyin a g35 here


-health insurance. is it worth it or doctors are cheap enough? (where to find a good one?)


Thanks, ill be there soon!
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:49 PM   #1748
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Hi everyone, im a thailand enthusiast as you all are.

I emailed degen and he has answered most of my questions.

Any chance you can post the answer on the questions he did answer? :-)
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Hi everyone, im a thailand enthusiast as you all are.

I emailed degen and he has answered most of my questions.

Any chance you can post the answer on the questions he did answer? :-)
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- what's the name of the adaptor i need for my computer/monitors
Mine worked fine since my power adapters for both take a variety of currents and voltages. For example, the brick that powers my laptop says Input 100-240v, 50-60hz. Depending on what country you're from, you may need an adapter so you can actually plug it in because the shape is different.

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health insurance. is it worth it or doctors are cheap enough? (where to find a good one?)
Travel health insurance is really cheap if you're young. I would just get some. I'm not sure about this, but I think you get taken to the crap public hospital if you don't have insurance in case of an emergency.
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