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BANGKOK 19 February 2019 02:25


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  1. I am booked for Saigon to Quy Nhon the end of this month. It was a close choice between Quy Nhon and Hoi An, which is farther North, close to Da Nang. Never heard of them? I had not either - which is why they are supposedly not flooded with tourists - until I started to do my research online. Lots of info online for you and forums. If you need a smaller community, it might be worth it to start at one of these - easy enough to get to from the main cities and find accomodation and get settled and rent/buy a motor vehicle and learn about beach towns that are smaller and more remote and affordable. Sri Lanka might be worth consideration too - beach towns on the SW coast sheltered from the monsoons. I am waiting though for the political situation to calm down, or for the civil war to start.
  2. I think you are wrong about that. A short circuit, by definition is a means for the current to go through a shorter route - not through the electrical motor or appliance it was circuiting through - and back to the source or to ground, which could be through the person cutting into the wires. So, if the live wire was not cut then the current continued through the narrowed pathway, while some pieces of metal - the sparks - flew elsewhere.
  3. I have been reading this post for two days and I still have to say you people who are arguing against the hotel manager are still 100% wrong and he is still right. This is a black-and-white issue. The laws - of Thailand and of your home country - state that you carry your passport. Period. The hotel manager - in accordance with the laws of Thailand - requires that you hand over your p.p for him to make a copy of the required pages. Renting a m.c. is a different issue. If you are adamant that you have a right to hand over your p.p. to every m.c. rental agent then you are breaking the law and putting your self at risk of losing your p.p. and of getting hassled -legally - by the Thai police for not carrying your p.p. It is not the hotel manager's job - or mine - to advise you to check in to your hotel first and then go to the rental shop and then deal with them, with your p.p. in hand and give in to his demand to keep the p.p. thereby overriding the law with his procedures - or to tell him take take a copy or take a walk. That is your responsibility. You people are acting like a little kid who has put on his shoes first and cannot figure out how to get his pants on over his shoes - and you want to act like some grown-up is supposed to change the rules because you don't want to learn how to do it right. If you really need help to figure this out then I will give you some advice: STAY HOME.
  4. Thanks to Orang for starting this discussion. For me the plan is to go to Vietnam, the end of this month. Once there I will have to decide on making the trip a visa run (to come back to L.O.S.) or to stay there - if the visa process is really as simple as people have been saying. Veterans tell me they don't hate Americans there anymore, though people everywhere else have not gotten over the American war in Vietnam. Next on my list would be Costa Rica. Lived there for one month,, about 16 years ago and I don't know what was I thinking to return to California to the desert slum of Slab City. So many nice things about that country, like the peacefulness and women so fine and available, without a lot of hassle. I remember being told the lawyers could get me permanence there (I was on a one-month visa) for a cost of only hundreds of U$ dollars. Language is not a big deal, since I have studied Spanish here and there and it is not that difficult for an English-speaking person to learn and a lot of people know English there. Easy-going atmosphere and non-imposing government. After that it would be Spain I think, just because I have heard a lot of good things about retiring there - and the language, again, would not be awfully hard to get a handle on. Seychelles is also on my list. I stopped there for too short a time in 2014 on the way back to the U.S.A. from Thailand, completing a round-the-world trip. Tiny island nation where people of mixed ancestry have learned to get along. Climate is dreamy-mellow-moderate tropical. They speak: French (which I have studied and could learn with some practice), and a Creole French which is interesting, and (of course) English. Not cheap, but if the Seychellois can afford it - I could get by on my V.A. disability. But, being old and decrepit and looking for a place to lay down and rest for my last days, I think of Vietnam as being only an hour's plane ride away. Hate to go through the madness of airports and customs agents any more to get to other continents. I learned the basics of the language 50 years ago. But if Vietnam does not work out for me and if I am still alive this summer and able to travel I will go down the list. Thanks again for opening up this topic and for the replies it generated.
  5. Me too. What is this about? The Andaman Islands? A boat service from the Khao Lak beach area ? to the Andamans for a border run?
  6. God, I don't know what is wrong with you people making these silly rebuttals to the man who is stating the law in this country. You have to have your passport with - you must carry your passport always in Thailand - you are subject to a lot of trouble if a cop asks you for your passport and you don't have it with you........ all else fit in with this law..... If you are American your U.S. passport is the property of the U.S. government and must be surrendered to an agent of the government on demand......... so you cannot have given up the passport to some twonk - whatever that means - if you need to surrender it to an authorized person. There are no "what if's". By a different token when the rental company demands your p.p. you don't have to explain the law to him: you tell him to take a walk; then you take a walk - to a rental agency that will accept a copy of your p.p. and a deposit. Get your priorities straight: housing and legal status come before risking your life riding a m.c. on Thai roads. Which is a better scene?: to be stopped by the cops for a routine check, whether or not you have been in a collision - and you don't have your p.p. - or to be stopped and you do have your required legal document but you have left a deposit with the rental company - when the amount it will cost you at that point is likely to be higher than the amount you should have left in deposit at the rental office?? I wonder if the people who wrote these inane comments are the same people who walk out onto the roads without looking, pushing bicycles, or riding them as if they were in a park, oblivious of the dangers that they are creating by interfering with the flow of dangerous drivers in bad streets. DId they leave their brains in the home country?
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