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Old 10-24-2007, 02:10 AM   #2176
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:17 AM   #2177
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what do they eat for breakfast?

if i smell fish or meet, or something like that before noon I will puke. Eggs, waffles, baccon? etc..
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:23 AM   #2178
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what do they eat for breakfast?

if i smell fish or meet, or something like that before noon I will puke. Eggs, waffles, baccon? etc..
You can get the "American breakfast" anywhere in Bangkok, which is like eggs, bacon, sometimes cereal, juice, coffee, 2 pieces of toast...
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:38 AM   #2179
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...also, how [censored] baller a lifestyle can you have on a $200-230k income in a place like thailand? Crazy baller or moderately baller?
$200K/year = INSANE in the membrane balla lifestyle here.
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:45 AM   #2180
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what do they eat for breakfast?

if i smell fish or meet, or something like that before noon I will puke. Eggs, waffles, baccon? etc..
If those smells make you puke, this may not be the place for you. Of course you can find pretty much any western convenience you might want in Bangkok, but waffles and scrambled eggs are far from the Thai standard.

Oh and bacon is meat, is it not?
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:49 AM   #2181
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so I tried a midget trip report:
-was actually 1m45 so 50cm difference with me basically my palm is bigger than her whole hand - to me that counts as midget
-non pay4play kind. told me her ex was a 40yo unemployed UK guy, wtf (she was 25)
-somehow was waiting for Chris Hansen to walk in on us screw!ng someone so small is, like, weird
-anything else than midget on top is just not that practical

basically, interesting but not that good.

oh, I've met several "older" girls (like 25-35) with good jobs - architect, doctor, business owner (real business, not pad thai stall) either single or dating a 50yo white dude cuz they can't find anyone suitable, this makes me sad (even though it makes things easier for "us")
Shagging a midget ahah you rock!
About the 25-30 good looking with good situations : middle and upper middle class woman have a hard time finding thai men. They can't marry up and they won't marry down hence the situation.

Being a 20 something white male in thailand = you can shag anygirl, anywhere, anytime except for the upper upper class which very hard to infiltrate.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:21 AM   #2182
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Hotel OK?

Going for a weeks holiday in bangkok next week and wondered about the following hotel/apartment. They currently have a 40% discount before the december and was wondering about the location for good night life.

http://bangkok-sukhumvit.frasershosp...ommodation.php
38/8 Sukhumvit soi 11, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:51 PM   #2183
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you'll be fine but you'll want to take motorbike taxi to go from your place to Nana BTS station cuz it's a bit far and streets are packed full of stalls at night there so not easy to walk.

Also you don't see it but on their map http://bangkok-sukhumvit.frasershosp...cation_map.gif
where soi Nana crosses water there's a express boat stop, giving you good access to interesting part of the city http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khlong_...p_Express_Boat
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:16 PM   #2184
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cool thanks. ya would definitely be interested in more info. do you just kill animals and walk through the jungle? or what is it that you do? from people who pmed me a while back if i remember correctly they seemed to really recommend it, so trying to get an idea if i'd like it.
Oops lol no it's pure coincidence that two of the pictures involve dead animals. I suppose I just found those photos cooler than the others. The top picture was a sacrifice for an animist ritual, and the bottom was when the guy in the photo nailed a bird with his slingshot.

The guide (3rd picture down, on the left) spoke English, Thai, and Karen (the tribal languague). He also happens to be a really good cook. He cooks all of your meals with the help of a village family and other guides he brings along (who he brings along presumably in case he gets injured somehow and to pay them).

The hiking is very variable. Sometimes you're on a jungle path, other times you're out in the open.

The place I went is called Pooh's Eco Trekking, which is located on Ratchpakinai road close to the south moat. I did three treks with them, all with Tee (3rd picture on the left) as guide. What distinguishes his treks from the common touristy ones are:

1. Tourist treks always include elephant riding and bamboo rafting. If you want to ride an elephant, I'd go to the elephant conservation center so you know the animals aren't being horribly mistreated and exploited for tourists to ride on them. I didn't go bamboo rafting, but I hear it is quite the sleeper. You just coast up the river standing there. Whitewater rafting is the way to go in my opinion.
2. His language skills and knowledge. Tee spoke the best english in terms of vocabulary of any Thai person I met. Speaking Karen and being Karen himself is also an awesome characteristic. He knows how they live and how they do things. He is their friend, and not simply a business acquaintance.
3. The villages. Villages close to Chiang Mai have a lot of tourists. Tee drives you far as [censored], close to the Burmese border. In the touristy villages the villagers have coca-cola, try to sell you stuff, and many can even speak a bit of english. No pepsi where we went. A selling point for a lot of treks is the interaction with the villagers (an overnight stay with a tribal family!). On touristy treks, that interaction is likely to be limited. You might drink with them a bit, but then they go back home and you go to bed in what is essentially a village guesthouse. I stayed with a family, in a sleeping bag on hard bamboo two feet from the fire.
4. Group size. The treks I went on had 3 people including myself. Expect 8+ for touristy treks.
5. Additional guides. On every trek I went on, Tee brought along other people for certain legs of the trip. It's cool seeing them interact with their home environment (like jumping rock to rock with sandals while you're slooowwwly making your way in shoes). If something were to happen to Tee or a trekker, it also has to be a huge benefit to have people who know the area ready to help.
6. Cost. You can probably find a 3 day/2 night touristy trek for like 1500 baht or less. The 3 day/2 night eco trek will cost around 4k baht.

Ask away if you have any questions.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:19 PM   #2185
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How is the level of the universities down there, not that I need anything extraordinary. I saw that they opened a new college of management at the Mahidol university (looks to be in a central city location) that looks to have a good international orientation and some interesting courses, so I was wondering if it could be worth to spend a period of my graduation study there, as exchange student or indipendent. Better that I look for another country to study abroad or Thailand is also worth from this point of view, with the great advantage to be a pretty cheap place and with links to nice touristic locations all around?
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:41 PM   #2186
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schmitty,

thanks for the great detail. after i read it over again later maybe i will think of a couple other questions on that.
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:42 PM   #2187
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Am I going to be throwing up and [censored] ing for a few days when I get there? I heard most people do when traveling to different countries. Is this true?
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:56 PM   #2188
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Am I going to be throwing up and [censored] ing for a few days when I get there? I heard most people do when traveling to different countries. Is this true?
I think that diarrhea is often a problem, but that was the only medication I brought. Didn't need to use it the whole time I was there though.

Some people bring malaria pills.

And one more thing. I think a lot of the fun of it is not knowing exactly what you're gonna get into, so I don't like posting super specific information. I make an exception for the treks though because I really think that Pooh's has the right philosophy.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:51 PM   #2189
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Am I going to be throwing up and [censored] ing for a few days when I get there? I heard most people do when traveling to different countries. Is this true?
NewTeaBag and I had no problems the first month we were there, then both had digestive problems throughout the second month. It's more a problem of moderate diarrhea rather than a "I couldn't leave my hotel room for five days" nightmare. Just go to the nearest pharmacy, describe your symptoms (they all speak English), and take whatever pills they give you. You'll feel better within a few hours.
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:18 PM   #2190
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Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand

I gotta leave the country for a visa run...anyone got any suggestions for places to go? Is cambodia worth going to?
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:22 AM   #2191
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I gotta leave the country for a visa run...anyone got any suggestions for places to go? Is cambodia worth going to?
Do you just need to cross the border or do you need to go to a Thai consulate? If you're just crossing the border, you're spending maybe 20 minutes in the other country so it doesn't really matter where you go.
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:27 AM   #2192
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i should have said "forced vacation" instead of visa run...i want to go visit somewhere
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:20 AM   #2193
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i should have said "forced vacation" instead of visa run...i want to go visit somewhere
So the cops are after you...

Vientiane is 5-6k baht round-trip flight from Bangkok and is awesome. There's also a sleeper train but the flight is only about an hour.
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:59 AM   #2194
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I heard Myanmar has good nightlife right now

no suggestions, but http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm is good to plan your train travel.

u been here 3month already or your getting a work visa
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:29 AM   #2195
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I heard Myanmar has good nightlife right now

no suggestions, but http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm is good to plan your train travel.

u been here 3month already or your getting a work visa
been here 1 month
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:51 PM   #2196
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whats a cheap way to get to thailand from usa?
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:35 AM   #2197
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Old 10-26-2007, 03:27 AM   #2198
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Old 10-26-2007, 03:47 AM   #2199
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anyone with money questions should stick to backpacking to mexico or brasil by foot.
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Old 10-26-2007, 05:01 AM   #2200
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I just found out a friend from my high school is in Thailand right now. She's in Bangkok, "near the MBK mall" She wants to know where the best place to go on Friday is?

Also, she's there for like a week. Anything she should make sure she does while she's there? She'll probly be in Bangkok most of the time. I think they may hit up "ko samet or ko chang" too.

Thanks in advance.
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