Jomtien Beach – Koh Larn – Moving

It is almost 11 AM, I am all packed and just waiting for Earthie, to arrive.  Earthie is the person I rented my condo from.  I am very curious at how much my electricity, water, and cleaning bill will be for the month.  The entire month I was tried to only use the air conditioner when I was over hot, and during the night so I could sleep.

Earthie arrives and we check the readings on the meters.  After doing a quick calculation, I am very surprised.  The total comes out to 1500 baht ($58.00 CAD) for all 3. Not bad at all, and that means I get 3500 baht back from my deposit.

If you ever come to Jomtien Beach, I highly recommend renting from Earthie.  Check out the video of my room.

We wrap things up and I say goodbye to Earthie.  He is a pretty cool guy and I hope to see him again in the future.

It’s 11:30 AM and I want to catch the 12 o’clock ferry to Koh Larn.  If I miss it, I have to wait 2 hours.

I waddle as fast as I can with my backpack to the closes motorbike taxi, and we head off to the ferry.

This is a new experience.  I am comfortable on the back of a scooter, but adding my backpack, and laptop in my hands, is more of a challenge.  Especially when we are going through traffic as fast as it will go.  And down hill, he pulls in the clutch to coast, because we were at red line, and now we can go faster.

Oh yes, this is fun, and exciting.  I am glad I do not have a helmet on, that would slow us down anyways.

We make it to the ferry, with 10 minutes to spare.  The cost is 150 baht, but I give him 160 baht, which makes him really happy.  Back home this would be an insult to give 40 cent tip, but here, not so much.

I jump on the ferry and get a good seat, where I can see my bags.  I love this ferry, it only cost 30 baht ($1.15 CAD), and has decent seating for an 40 year old tug boat turned into ferry, with wooden seats.  So cool!

For some reason every time he blows the horn, I do the same in my head. Beep Beep! … maybe to many years of watching Thomas the Tug boat.  (You know you are Canadian when you get that reference!)

From the port to my hotel is about a 12 minute walk, but it is peak heat time of day, and a motorbike taxi only cost 30 baht.  So, this is my option.

I show the young guy where I am going, he says he knows it.  As we pass my road, I wonder, maybe he knows another turn.  Nope.

We arrive at a different hotel.  I show him were to go and he says… Ohhhh.  No problem.  He knows a short cut between the two road.

OMG, he was not kidding.  The short cut would be difficult to walk down, let alone taking a motorbike, with two manly men, and my packs.

As we are going down the path, a tree grabs my hat!  I am not loosing another hat! I tap his should and ask him to stop.  He stops looks back and sees my hat hanging 8 feet in the air.  He is laughing so hard, and says many things in Thai.  I laugh as well as I jump and grab it.  How the hell did it get 8 or more feet up?  Anyways, he thought it was pretty funny and keeps laughing as he is driving.

2 minutes later we are at my hotel.  He wants 30 baht, I give him 40, and say, no change.  Again, this makes him pretty happy.

Motorbike taxis in Thailand have a bad reputation for being angry, and trying to rip people off.  I honestly do not know where this comes from.  I have never had that.  They tell me a price before I get on, and they always keep to their word.  I never haggle, because the price is very fair, and most times I feel it is too low, so I give a nice tip.

So, if you are in Thailand, do the same.  Don’t haggle to save $1 dollar, when it cost you nothing, and to them it is the world.  You will get the same great experience that I have!

The owner of the motel/hotel/homestay, is not here, and the receptionist does not speak any English.  She can tell I am wanting a room and keeps talking to me in Thai, while smiling.  I smile back.  I have no idea what she is saying, then she pulls out her phone and makes a call.  Now I know we are going in the right direction. A few minutes later she grabs a calculator and shows me 3500.  From this I know she knows who I am.  This is the correct amount.

I give her 3500 baht ($134 CAD) for 7 nights, and she takes me to my new room.  I have named this room, the Love Shack!

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Later I will update the blog with my video of the room and area, but I have found out the free WiFi is a shared 56 K modem.  So, yeah, I won’t be posting any vids as I am using my phone data to write this blog.

I am cheap.  Here on the Island I get a 70 mbps (8000 KB/s) connection on my phone, which is amazing, but it cost me $1 CAD per 1.5 GB.  I need that for porn in my Looooove Shack! hahaha kidding!

The remainder of the day I walk around and explorer my food options.  My favorite place is closed though. 🙁  Not sure why.

9 PM, and I am starting to wonder what I got myself into.  I am truly living with the locals.  At around 6 pm, all of the tourist left the Island, and I am sure I am the ONLY non Thai remaining.  Normally I will see at least one other person, but here, none, not a single one.

It is a little weird because on the mainland, you will find half of the locals speak a little English.  However, here I think it is like 1 in 5 maybe.

This is going to be a very interesting week, and I am going to make the best out of it and see if I can make some local friends.

Wish me luck!

 

Pattaya – Jomtien Beach – Russians?

The last few days have been uneventful, as I am really just waiting to go to Koh Larn on November 8.  I have explored pretty much the entire area here, except for the paid tourist parts and I will say, I do enjoy the area, but it is time to move on.

Another 5 days until I move to Koh Larn and I thought these 5 days were going to be a bit boring, until my ride home from the Market today.

A young Russian girl is sitting across from me in the back of the truck, and out of the blue says, “I think we are neighbours!”  I respond with a smile, “Paradise Condo’s?”, and she says, “Yes!”  This turns into a nice conversation until we reach the elevator where we say goodnight and nice meeting you.

I am really happy, this is the first time I have had a conversation with a Russian.  Normally they will say hi, but that is as far as it goes.  That might be because they don’t all speak English, I am not sure.

Anyways, a day goes by and I didn’t see her around the condo.  I was hoping I would, I really enjoyed our conversation.

The next morning I am a little bored and decide I will walk down the street, catch a truck bus and see how far it goes.  This is a good way to explore a new area.  Basically, get lost, and then find my way home.

As I am walking out of the condo building, I see Anastasia.  She is also walking towards the truck Pattaya bus.  I say hi and ask what she is doing today.  She tells me she is going to a market in Pattaya, one that I have never been too.  She then asks if I want to come with her.  I say yes, of course.

When we get to the market, we first look around to find her sister.  We did not think we would find her in this massive market, but we do.

Her sister Olga I have seen around the condo before, but have never said hi.

Olga seems really nice, but doesn’t speak a lot of English.  However, we do speak a little here and there.

We all spend the morning wandering around the market, while the girls shop for clothes.  I was just enjoying spending time with people again.  I think it has been around 4 weeks since I actually did this.

Shortly after lunch, Olga leaves us to go meet another one of her friends.  Anastasia and I walk around a little more.  She helps me find a few items I have been looking for.  I didn’t buy anything, because she also tells me back in Jomtien, it might be cheaper.

Eventually we decide we have had enough walking around and head back to the condo building.  Before leaving each other, we agree to meet again tonight to go to another Night Market that she knows of, that I have never been too.  I am excited for this, as I am getting tired of eating at the same place.

Around 7 PM we meet up and head to the Pattaya Park Night Market.  It is only another 10 minutes by bus past the Jomtien Beach Night Market.

When we arrive, I am very happy.  It is a lot bigger, nicer, and more seating.  Also tones of different food, including Greek and Russian.

We meet up with her sister Olga, and her sister’s friend, who I have no idea what his name is, but he turns out to be a pretty nice guy and not just because he gave me drinks of Rum. Lol.

We sit in the market until after 10 PM enjoying some drinks and really good food.  I had Greek food, and chicken skewers.  Mmmmm, me so happy!

By the end of the night, Anastasia and I have already made plans to meet again tomorrow night for dinner.

During the next day Anastasia was away on a day trip to one of the Islands, and I spent it swimming, and planning where I am going after Koh Larn.

Around 6 PM I meet her at the Jomtien Night Market where we sat, ate dinner, and had another couple of drinks of Rum.

I have to say, I am really enjoying her company.  She is always smiling and has lots of great advice about traveling in this part of Thailand.  She and her sister have been coming here for the last 3 or 4 years, and not just for a month or two.  They are normally here for the entire winter.  What an amazing life!

After dinner we head back to my condo where I am going to give her some movies I have on my laptop.  Tomorrow she is traveling 12 hours on a bus to Laos, where she will extend her visa for 90 days.  She will definitely need some movies to entertain her.

Unfortunately when she arrives back, I will already be gone to Koh Larn.  But, we make new plans!  She is going to come to Koh Larn during the week for a visit.  This will be awesome!  Now I have so many cool things to look forward too over the next week.

It is getting late and she will have a long day tomorrow.  So she gives me a nice hug, and we say goodnight.

Until we meet again on Koh Larn!

Koh Larn Island – Thailand – Day trip

The last few days I have been wanting to go to Koh Larn Island for two reasons.  1 is to see what the beaches are like, and 2, is to see if I can find a homestay or apartment rental for a reasonable price.  Researching online, this seems not possible, but I am going to try.

When I woke up and I noticed sun in between white clouds.  The forecast is calling for heavy rain, but this is the best I have seen in a few days now.  This is my chance, I am not waiting another day.

I get dressed, which means I put on my shorts and a shirt.  I then toss my GoPro and money into my day bag and start walking towards the beach, where I can catch a Pattaya bus.

I love the Pattaya bus.  All you do is hold your hand out, if they see it, they stop and you jump into the back of the truck.  You never really know exactly where they go, you just know when you get on, they are going in the right direction.

These buses, as they call them, cost 10 baht (38 Cents CAD) per jumping on.

While on the bus/truck I check every few minutes my GPS to see where I am, and to make sure I am going in the general direction of the ferry.

About 20 minutes or so later, the bus is within a 10 minute walk to the ferry and I guess this is as close as it will go.  So I press the buzz button and the bus stops.  They don’t pull over, they just stop, and you jump off and hand 10 baht to the driver.

10 minutes later I am at the peer.

Too reach Koh Larn Island, there are a few ways, but all are by boat.  I can take a speed boat, which is the most expensive option, but fastest.  I think around 1000 Baht ($38 CAD), and a 15 minute ride.  Another option is to take the ferry.  It cost 30 Baht ($1.15 CAD) and takes somewhere around 45 minutes.

The speed boats are geared towards tourist, and the ferry is more how locals travel.  So, if you know me, I am not taking the tourist option.

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You pay as you get on the ferry, and there is no walkway or anything like that.  The boat is tied to the peer, and you just jump from the peer onto the boat.  Simple, and safe. 🙂

Too my surprise the ferry is full of tourist.  🙁 all Russians, which is 90% of the tourist in Thailand.  So, not as authentic as I thought it would be, but that’s OK.

45 minutes later we reach Koh Larn Island.

The first thing I do is grab a scooter for 200 baht ($7.64 CAD) for the day.  This includes a full tank of gas, and detailed instructions on how to ride it.

Instructions: He points to the throttle and says, “go that way!”, and then he pulls the left handle brake and says, “No more going that way!”.

I can see why so many Asian tourist get hurt on scooters every year.  Scooters are the highest cause of tourist deaths in Thailand and this is why.  Anyone can rent one, even people with no concept of how to ride.

Helmets are law in Thailand, but try and find a helmet!

During the day, I see first hand at how bad some people are when riding.  One incident was on a fully open road, which is wide enough for 3 cars, with only myself going one way, and two tourist on a scooter coming towards me.  Oh, one detail, is they drive on the left here!  So, anyways, I am on the left, riding against the shoulder, when I see them coming at me, in the middle of the road.  For some reason, I knew they were going to come right at me, instead of going stright, and they did.  I stop against the shoulder, and wait!  A few seconds later, they come straight at me.  I point to the other side of the road, but nope, they don’t seem to know how to steer.  Luckily they are only going about walking speed as they drive up onto the curb 3 feet in front of me, where they finally stop.

I laugh, shake my head and continue driving on, as I go around them.

This happens more than once, over 3 hours of cruising around.  All you can really do is laugh and be happy the Island has no cars, for there sake.

One cool thing, I got the scooter going 65 KM going down a hill.  I was really proud of myself and was smiling and laughing the entire time.

The first thing I did was drive to the quietest beach, to see if I can find accommodations.

It only takes 8 minutes to get to Nual Beach, and I find there are no hotels, homestay or anything like that at any of the beaches, from what a local tells me.

This is good and bad news. I now know I only have to look in one area, but the bad is, I was hoping for a place on one of the beaches, outside of the little town.

For the next hour I ride around to Monkey Beach, and then onto Samae Beach, just to see what they look like, since I have time.

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Then back to Koh Larn town to start looking for accommodations.

I stop at about 6 places and see the price range is between 1000 and 1500 baht per night.  Way more than I am going to pay, as I am currently paying 400 baht.

My luck panned out, and I find a place for 900 per night, which includes a breakfast and free scooter for my stay.  However, 900 is still more than I am willing to pay.  So I start my negotiations, and tell them I am staying for 7 nights or more.  He then drops it to 800 baht.

I don’t need a scooter or breakfast, so I tell him I will do 500, no scooter, and no breakfast.  he calls his wife, she comes over and says.  Yes!

Perfect!  This place includes unlimited WiFi, with AC, and at 500 baht a night, this comes out to $134 CAD per week.

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So now my plans of going up North Thailand is on hold.  I can come live on an Island, go snorkeling everyday, relax, and be far away from tourist.  I love this.

On November 8, this is this will be my home for 7 days or more.  Who knows!

My next stop is for a smoothie.  Riding a scooter in 34 degrees Celsius heat, makes me thirsty.

I find a nice local street restaurant, that has smoothies for 40 baht ($1.53 CAD). I order a Kiwi smoothie and relax, while watching the local girl entertainment.

From what I can tell, there is a mom, and two daughters running the place.  The one daughter, who I am guessing is in her 20s is a total instigator.  She makes me laugh so much, I love it.  I am coming here more often.

She teases her sister non stop.  She was either flicking water at her, or trying to scare her, and then when she noticed me laughing at her.  She started at me.  I was looking at my phone, and all of a sudden, someone grabs my sides and goes, boo!  Yep, it was her.  This girl was funny as shit.  Just an all around good person.

After my smoothie I decided to drop of the scooter and head back to the ferry.

It was only 3 pm, but I am done with the heat for today.

Getting home was easy.  After the ferry, I walked back to the area where I got off the Pattaya bus and found another bus going the other direction.  I hop on it, and 15 minutes later, I see it does not go back the same way I came, but goes close enough.  I ended up about a 30 minute walk from my condo, but since I started to feel rain.  I jumped on a scooter taxi, for 30 baht ($1.15 CAD).  The guy took me right to my condo, and just in time.  A few minutes later we had a massive storm.

Check out the end of the video below.

Well, that was a pretty cool day, and I cannot wait to move to the Island in 9 days.

Pattaya – Jomtien Beach – Extending Visa

My original plan was to spend a month in Jomtien Beach, and then extend my visa for another 30 days, and spend most of that time up in Chiang Mai, which is in northern Thailand.

Well, one day when I was filling up my water jug, I met an Aussie who owns one of the condos in this building.  He tells me I can only get a 7 day extension because I am on a Visa On Arrival, and not a tourist Visa.

That changes my plans a little and I wonder if it is really worth the hassle for another 7 days.

Fast forward a few days, am I am walking past the immigration office. I don’t have my passport with me, but decide to step in and see if they can tell me how long I would be able to extend it.

The officer at the information desk tells me, I can get 30 days.  Just come back with 1900 Baht and my passport.

So, if this is true, I am back to my original plans, but I do know not to plan until after I actually get the extension.

Monday arrives and I head over to the office.  When I get there, the parking lot is a little empty.  Weird!  Then I see it, a note on the door.  It is closed until Wednesday for holiday.

I ask a few locals what holiday, and they don’t know either.

A few days have passed and it is now Wednesday, so I head back to the immigration office.

When I arrive it is busy as shit, and I am starting to wonder if I should wait until tomorrow.  Then I think, screw it, I am here.  How long can it really take!

I walk in and ask where I go to extend my visa, and the officer asks, for how long.  I say 30 days.  I might as well try for 30 right!

He then hands me a stack of about 10 papers to fill out.

I fill out the first one and then flip to the second page.   I have no idea what this page is talking about.  So I walk back over to him to ask, but then a young Thai girl says, come with me.

OK!

She takes me into a room with several desk, and other people filling out the forms.  She takes my form and starts filling in the second page, and so on.  She then asks for proof of address, and I show her a picture of my condo agreement.  She says, go across the street and print it.

I walk over and the shop already knew what I was there for and we print a copy.  This cost me 40 Baht.

When I get back to her, she has finished filling in the forms for me, and says, I need a picture, “Stand here!”  She then takes my picture, and she gives me 8 copies.  Cost was 165 Baht.

Everything is going very quickly.  I have only been here for 25 minutes and already my forms are filled in, I have pictures, and am now waiting walking over to the waiting area, to meet with the immigration officer.  This person decides if I can extend or not.  Oh, I almost forgot.  The girl that filled in my forms, also gave me a number to wait with.  174.

Just as I sit down in the waiting room, 174 is called.  The immigration officer takes my forms, 1 picture, and asks for 1900 Baht. She then says, “Please sit and wait.”

Less than 5 minutes later, another girl calls, 174.

I stand up, she walks over to me, and hands me my passport and says, “Thank you, enjoy Thailand.”

So, that is it!  A total of 2115 Baht ($80 CAD) and approximately 35 minutes later, and I have a 30 day extension.  No questions asks.

While in the office I never knew what I was doing, it was very fast paced, and I just followed directions.  However, it was painless and easy.

So, if you ever want to extend your stay, just head to the immigration office. Easy as that.

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Pattaya – Jomtien Beach – Sick!

Since I got 1 in the stink and none in the pink, I have been felling sick.  At first I thought it was the 3 hours a night sleep, but then after a few more days, I realized I was actually a cold.

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The one day I woke up with a sore throat, and felt extremely lazy.  I had plans to go to the local Water Park, and then onto the Night Market, but now I just don’t feel like it.

After coffee, I decided to go anyways.  It is only 100 Baht to get in and the fresh air will help burn off this cold.

All the reviews for this water park are pretty bad, and later I see why.  This is not a tourist park, it is for locals, which means it is very cheap.  Tourist expect way to much!

The park has 6 water slides, but two are closed.  It also has a massive lazy pool going around the entire park, and tones of seating areas with shade.  All of this for $3.80 CAD! It’s clean, so who can complain!

I hit the 4 water slides a few times, and then swim around the lazy river.  I like it here, a great place for families.  Even better, is watching how crazy local people are.  For example, there are no rules on the water slides unlike back home.

The one time I wait for a kid to go all the way down, and I see him swimming away from the slide exit.  I go down, and as I see the end of the slide, I see that kid again, playing and splashing right where I am going to be in another second.  There is no stopping me, “I AM ON A WATER SLIDE!”.  I smash right into the kid.  I ask if he is OK, he is laughing and I look over, his parents are laughing.  No one cares.  It’s OK if you almost killed the kid.

This was not a 1 time accident, almost every time I went down the slide, some kid was playing at the end of it.

After the second time, I no longer care, and laugh when I hit them.

If you can’t beat them, join them!

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Oh, but even here I can not get away from Ladyboys!

While floating in the lazy river, a ladyboy sees me and starts to come over to me.  When it gets about 5 feet from me, I quickly say, “No, go away!”  It still comes towards me, with its stupid smile.  I then just swim faster away from it.  It finally gets the point, but still keeps following me.  I eventually get out of the lazy river and go back to the water slides.

In Thailand, there are so many amazing things to see and do, but being a guy.  There are two very annoying things.

1. You can’t just go to a pub and just have a beer.  You will either get a bar girl/street hookers asking for money and sex, or you get a ladyboy who doesn’t understand, “Fuck off, don’t touch me!”

Also, the bar girls will order drinks and then tell the bartender you said it was OK.  If you tell the truth and deny it, they will get mad, aggressive and try to get more from you.

2. You get harassed for massage, and for money from every local, no matter where you are.  They never take no as an answer.

These two reasons are why I stay away from the tourist areas.  I like Jomtien Beach!  It is locals and some expats.  It might be harder to find food my body likes, but it is much more relaxing.

Anyways, back onto my day.

It’s almost 6 pm and the Night Market will be opening soon, so I start walking that way.

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The night market is a great place to find local food, at reasonable prices. A little busy, but if you get past all of the Russians and Chinese people pushing and shoving, you get a nice place, and some really great food.

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I grabbed some shrimp, a smoothie and of coarse some fried octopus.  Mmmm.  A great meal!

This was really the only day I did anything exciting.  The remaining days since I last blogged have been spent going for walks by the water, swimming in the pool, and drinking smoothies.  Trying to get over this cold.

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As soon as I get over this cold, I will be heading to some of the Islands for snorkeling. 🙂

Video of the day!

Athens – Bahrain – Bangkok – Pattaya – Jomtien Beach

I wake up late, knowing I am just going to be wasting time until 5 pm, when I head to airport to catch my flight to Bahrain.

My checkout time at the hostel is 11 AM, but they have a locked room where people can store their bags during the day.  This is great.  I lock up my bag, pull out my laptop and almost start to work, when the crazy Aussie sits down beside me.

A few minutes later a German couple also sit down.  We chat all afternoon, until just after 3 pm when they all have to leave.  I decide I might as well as do the same thing.

I catch the two buses to the airport, check in, and head through security and then customs.  Both are very fast, as I am one of only 4 people for some reason.  Good timing I guess.

Time flies right bye and I am on my plane.

The plane is full, and as I guessed it, I got an annoying guy beside me.  He has no concept of space, and consistently puts his arm over the arm rest into my seat.  I can’t stand this.  We all have our own seat, the armrest is the border, don’t CROSS IT!.  I try several times to tell him this seat is my seat, not his.  He doesn’t understand, and continues to elbow me the entire flight.

The hardest part is you can’t even say, “Excuse me!”, so they get the hint because they don’t understand any English.  Thank god the flight is only 4 hours long.

I arrive in Bahrain at 11:30 PM, and have a 9 hour layover. Sleeping in helped, I am not tired.

I walk around the airport looking for place to relax, but there is nothing.

I check the prices at the two lounges, to see how much it is to rent a bed for a few hours.  If I remember she said 80 Bahrain, and I thought great, until I found the conversion.  It is $168 CAD for 7 hours rental.  Screw that!

Well it is now 1 AM, and I need to find a toilet.  I find the only one that is not locked, and there is a 4 man line up, with 2 stalls.  I cramp up, but make it into a stall just in time.

I don’t know if you know or have seen what clean toilets are like in Persian countries, but they are more nasty than the overfilling squat toilets in Asia.

Picture this!  A toilet with no seat, no toilet paper, piss and shit sprayed all over the bowl and tank.  A garden hose to wash your brown eye with, that people who should be experts in using, still spray water everywhere but in the toilet.  The floor is half an inch of water.  Oh yes, I am wearing flip flops, not half an inch thick!

Well, at least I made it into the toilet, get my business done, spray my third eye clean, and leave with a wet ass.

This actually clues me into why these guys where long tailed shirts.  It is to cover there stained wet pants!

Let me explain one thing here.  This is not a dirty airport!  Bahrain is a rich country and it shows.  They have 3 guys in the washroom with mops cleaning constantly, but they can’t keep up, with how the people are.  I think they are just used to having people clean up after them.

Yes, you can win this in the airport!

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That is where the excitement ends and the 7 hours of boring wait starts.  I just sit, listen to music, and go for little walks, for the remaining time.

My next flight is there, and I am so happy to be getting on.  Now, just another 7 hour wait until Thailand!

This plane is full again, and the guy sitting beside me is a big dude.  All I can think of, please no, not another annoying dude.  I have not slept in 24 hours!

BUT! I am wrong.  He tries hard to keep from putting his arm on me even though the seats a little to small for him, and “Thats whats I appreciates abouts hims!”  Another bad quote!

Half way through the flight he and I start talking.  He is from Bahrain and is a retired flight attendant.  We have some really great talks.  This flight is 7 hours long, yet, I enjoy it, even with a sore back, no feeling in my ass, and neck pain.

We land in Bangkok and I am so excited.  Within an hour I will be at my hotel sleeping 🙂

Customs again is very fast.  I am second in line, and my bag came out quickly as well.

I walk out to the taxi pickup and the next taxi guy in line asks where I am going.  I show him it is only 5 KM away and he says, “No No, not from me.”  He explains he has to pay an entrance fee into the airport and he has to charge me that on top of my taxi ride, which is less than the airport entrance fee.  He then walks me to the airport arrival area, and gets me a taxi from there.  These taxi’s never enter the airport, so no fee.

If I would have taken his taxi, it would have cost me 300 Bhat ($10 CAD), but the taxi he got me, cost me 150 Bhat ($5 CAD).

Online you read about all of the taxi scams, but here is a perfect example of a good Thai person.

My hotel had bad reviews, but I am getting great a reading between the lines.  A lot of people expect 5 stars in Thailand for $20 a night.  I am sorry, but get real!

I paid $19 for a night for a clean room, comfy bed, and even with a very nice pool.  Check it out!  Oh yeah, and everyone was super nice, unlike the reviews said.


The next morning I leave the hotel at 10:30 AM to the airport, where I catch the bus to Pattaya.

Bus to airport was 150 Bhat ($5 CAD), the 2 hour bus to Pattaya was 120 Bhat ($4 CAD), and then a shared taxi to my condo was another 100 Bhat ($4 CAD).  These were all luxury, clean, new buses.  Can you get that in Canada for this price?

I meet Earthie, the young Thai I am renting my condo from.  He is a really nice guy, and he gets me settled in quickly.  This is a place you have to see!  12,000 Bhat ($447 CAD) for 31 days, plus the service fees, which he has no control over.

Can’t believe this is where I am living for the next month!  Right on the beach, with an amazing pool!  Jealous, I hope so. 🙂