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Displayed prices are for multiple nights. Check the site for price per night. I see hostels starting at 200b/day and hotels from 500b/day on agoda.

Gary

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    Loei/Jomtien. Born in Ohio, USA
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    Citizen of the USA. Living a long life and being as lazy as possible.

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  1. Avocados are kind of like good beef steaks. I like them but I can easily do without them. I refuse to pay the price for them here because they are definitely inferior to what I had in the US.
  2. I constantly hear what bad drivers the Thais are. That may be true, BUT, they fail to mention how some lunatic farangs drive. I have seen the stupidest most dangerous driving by farangs.
  3. A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale ' He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there. 'You talk?' he asks. 'Yep,' the Lab replies. After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?' The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.' 'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.' 'I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.' The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog. 'Ten dollars,' the guy says. 'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?' 'Because he's a Democrat and a liar. He never did any of that shit. The dog has never been out of the yard.
  4. I blame the so called health experts. They say a hard mattress is the best. I say they are full of shit.This old man has lots of morning pain from sleeping on a "firm" mattress. My wife thought I was crazy for spending a LOT of money on a seven inch thick latex mattress. They have different hardness's available, I regret that I didn't order a softer one than I got.
  5. I had a stroke several years ago. My wife took me to the provincial government hospital. Three days there and a dozen tests even including a chest X-ray. They have a body MRI machine and a smaller one for apparently whatever will fit inside it. My head fit in with no problems. Anyways I was afraid they were just running my bill up with so many tests. When I was discharged I went to the pharmacy and they gave me a bag full of drugs, then to the cashier. My total bill including the drugs was 7,000 baht. Based on that, the MRI on my head couldn't have have been very expensive. The Thai private hospitals will gouge the hell out of you.
  6. I'm fairly adventurous and will try to eat most anything, BUT, I draw the line at rats and insects. The girls tell me not to confuse rice rats with city rats. I see it as a rat is a rat regardless of where it came from. My wife doesn't eat rats because they are far more expensive than chicken, fish or pork.
  7. Typical government work. "Hi, we're from the government and we're here to help you".
  8. I recently watched a video that showed how to clear up headlight lenses. The magic treatment used WD 40 and it worked wonders.
  9. The thing that bothers me the most is the eyewitnesses reports that the plane had parts falling off and that there was smoke. There were a number of witnesses. Are they all wrong? I was sure that the flight recorders would clear that up but there is no mention of it yet. If there was a structural failure while in flight Boeing will deserve to have their tit in the wringer big time.
  10. I learned a lesson from lost baggage. I always carry a backpack as a carry on. I keep a couple changes of clothes plus anything small or expensive as well. The last time my luggage was lost was on Thai Air. I was working in Thailand at the time. I got a call while working that I could go to the airport to pick up my bag. I told them that they lost it and they could get it back to me at my work place. That afternoon a Thai limo came to the factory and gave me the suitcase. It wasn't a disaster or anything but it was irritating. And yes, I have a bright pink piece of twine tied around the handle. There are a lot of Travel Pro suitcases but only mine has the florescent twine marker tied on the handle.
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    My loving wife put Line on my phone. When I got a look at all the crap that came from Line, I took it back off. I told my wife that if it is important enough to call me that she can spend a few baht. My wife loves all that social crap and she uses it all.
  12. Most farangs likely know that they cannot own land in Thailand in their own name. There are many bent lawyers that will tell you that there are ways to get around this. Regardless of which scheme they use, the farang will get the short end of the stick and the scheme will be illegal. Even condos have ownership rules. If the farang allotment is used up (49 percent) you cannot own the condo in your name. I have also noticed that some corrupt companies are still offering 90 year leases. The maximum length of a legal lease is 30 years, period.
  13. I used True for several years, then started having problems with the WiFi Internet. I discovered that their service department sucks big time. I had a hissy fit and cut up three True SIM cards, credit and all. The office where my wife signed up for post paid refused to cancel the post paid and she had to drive 50 kilometers to a bigger shop to cancel. They charged her an extra month to cancel. I'll NEVER use True again. I now have four AIS Sim's. I think AIS has the best coverage and signal strength. I was a little irritated when AIS got into a pissing contest with 7-11 and you can no longer top up at 7-11 shops. As far as service I think D-Tac is the best but unfortunately out here in the boonies, their coverage is limited with no Internet in many places. AIS is far from perfect but at least it always works no matter where I am at.
  14. I too was sitting through the video. After 20 or 25 minutes a lady who works there asked me if I understood Thai. I told he that I did not and she took me out of the room to get my reflexes checked. That wasn't a problem and I got my new license. All in all not a difficult deal.
  15. I have a story about the Louis Vuitton shop in Paris. I was in Paris with my Thai boss. He was going into the Louis Vuitton shop. I told him that I would wait for him in a restaurant across the street. I was the only customer in the place. I ordered a beer and was told that if I didn't order food, I had to sit outside to drink my beer. That didn't do much for my mood. My boss came from the shop and asked me if I would go back to the Louis Vuitton. He explained that he had bought his quota and he needed one more item. I started laughing and told him that I had never heard of a store that had a quota on such overpriced things. I did go and buy the item for him (a wallet) and nearly threw up when I found out the price. I should add that when we tried to get a taxi from the hotel, none would take us. I went back into the expensive hotel and loudly complained. The guy at reception went out and talked to the drivers. The drivers had a discussion and one agreed to take us. We got in the taxi and the driver stunk so bad that I had to roll down the window. I asked my boss to roll down his window. My boss was whispering that we may offend the driver. I don't know if the driver spoke any English but I told my boss rather in a loud voice that the driver really DID stink big time. I will never visit Paris again. I can't criticize the entire country because we went to the south of France and it was like a different country. People were friendly and helpful.
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