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Nov 9th, 2007, 07:26 AM
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haha- hi!
It's wonderful, the land of Smiles!
I'm totally fascinated by that title-
And I encourage you to continue writing report, cause if you don't do it, they are completely gone. My firt trip to India was just like that....

so.. go on!
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Nov 9th, 2007, 06:34 PM
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Please continue, I too will be making my first trip to LOS in January and very much interested in your report. Very much enjoyed so far.
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Nov 9th, 2007, 08:47 PM
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i too am reading..

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Nov 10th, 2007, 12:28 PM
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Thanks all, I appreciate your posts! The jetlag was beating me up mentally, but I am about 90% now

James- There's not a lot of things to do in Khon Kaen unless you know a "native" like I do! There are some Khmer ruins around and some parks, outside of KK. If you are interested in rural traveling and seeing the heartland of Thailand, then rural northeast is pretty nice, and FLAT!

Part II: Pattaya

We hired a taxi-van for a 3 hour drive to Pattaya, once we returned from Bangkok. It was a nice ride and we stopped and had some delicious Thai noodle soup (fiery hot!). If you ever have the opportunity to do it Thai-style (having a Thai friend take you around), then do it! Hands down, it is the BEST way to experience Thailand...and I don't mean to hire someone because they will only take you to restaurants catering to the "farang"!!

Pattaya, simply stated, is hooker central. Dirty, loaded with unattractive older men. But has its scenic sites, despite these distractions. We were there for 2 nights and that was more than enough!
On the first night we went to Tiffany's transvestite show. I must say that I was expecting some cheap, tawdry production, but I was surprised by the lavish sets and costumes. It was very extravagant and blew me away(and I don't fancy ladyboys!). Make sure you don't miss this show, if in Pattaya. One drawback was at the end of the show , where all the ladyboys congregate to the front of the building to be photographed. I was looking for an especially attractive katoey that was in the show, but I was accosted by 4 of them before I could reach him. They wouldn't let me go! My wife snapped away the photos and when we tried to leave, we were confronted by the biggest one who wanted money for the photo session. I looked at the wife hoping she would know the best Thai response. She handed them a 100 baht and told them that she didn't have any small bills. Boy, were they quietly spitting venom when we left! Totally cheapened the experience, but it was really quite terrific prior to that.
The remainder of the time we spent walking around buying and eating stuff...I must have put on 10 lbs on this trip.

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Nov 10th, 2007, 02:04 PM
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You are sooooo right about letting Thai friends show you around. My dear friend Maeng is a great example of that. It really is the best way to find out about the true Thailand and its people.
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