C40's Journal

Where are you and where are you going?
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Post by Ego » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:45 am

Most people go with relatively fixed itineraries. They have a ticket into Bangkok, a ticket out of Singapore and six weeks to see as much as possible. You don't have that problem. You can buy a one-way ticket and book a few nights in a hotel in Bangkok then wing it. Southeast Asia is a place where winging it is very easy.

We did what 2Birds plans to do. We got to know the major areas the first time we visited in 2005 then stayed longer in a few places the second time. Our favorite hostel in Bangkok SUK11 closed not too long ago. We've stayed there at least 20 times over the years as Bangkok is the crossroads. Hostels with private rooms are common in the region. They are great places to meet other travelers and talk about places to go and how to get there.

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Post by bigato » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:44 pm

There are a number of characteristics of a country that you can easily learn through the internet, youtube and books. The touristic attractions being the easiest of them. But that is a small and unimportant part of what constitutes actually living there. And a lot of aspects, you may never know if you don't go there because people shooting videos for youtube or writing geography books and articles never thought they were relevant enough. I'd say that culture and the personalities of local people are among the characteristics that will have the most impact on your daily life and also happen to be knowledge that can be hard to acquire if not from first hand. I'd suggest you do all the research you can from home, and them roughly make a list of places and things you want to check out. And them walk around (that's important, actually walk not only ride) the places for one, two or more days, talk to people, see what they do, follow your intuition. Be exploratory. From that you'll acquire a type of deep knowledge that nobody else can grant you, because it is as much about you getting to know the country as it is about the country getting to know you.

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Post by C40 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:35 am

Thanks for the input, everyone :-)

A very brief update from a Starbucks while I'm waiting for images to upload on a Craigslist ad and for my tea to cool enough to drink.

  • I've left Portland. Loaded up all my stuff and the motorcycle in/on the van. I'm expecting to stay with some family in Denver and probably Phoenix for a bit, and try to sell my van, motorcycle, and maybe a couple bicycles. The main reason for not doing that in Portland is to drop off my other belongings in Denver, where the rest of my unused things already are. This way, I'll have everything in once place.
  • I'll have some last things to sort out before going to Asia. (Visa rules, bank stuff, vaccinations?, what exactly to take, etc)
  • I had a pretty good time in Portland, but right now I'm considering my jaunt there mostly a failure. Mainly, I ended up not wanting to live with my friends there. More on that later.

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Post by Gilberto de Piento » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:12 am

Congratulations on making a decision and taking the steps to make it happen. I've always admired your ability to act decisively. Good luck with your move. I hope you enjoy Asia.

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Post by Wads » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:28 am

Congrats C40!

I'm looking forward to your Asia reports. Chaing Mai is a potential FIRE location for myself.

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Post by wolf » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:35 am

Wow, I'm looking forward to read your reports of Asia. I find that you live a very interesting life. First working, then vanliving and travelling and then living in Portland. And now Asia! :-)
Besides your lifestyle, did you do a half-year financial summary (with all those great charts)?

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Post by 2Birds1Stone » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:59 am

That's exciting news! Trying to navigate the vaccination requirements ourselves, and it's hard to figure out what you really need vs. what is nice to have for different parts of SE Asia. Please let us know if you iron it all out.

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Post by Ego » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:39 am

If you decide to get vaccinations consider waiting until you get to Bangkok. We got our Rabies jabs (series of 3) there for a fraction of the cost of a US travel clinic. You can email them for current prices and to ask if they have specific vaccines. It is a good place to get a Yellow Fever vaccination if you might ever go to any country that requires it. Iirc, the Yellow Fever jab is now one stick for lifetime protection. Hep B is a series of jabs over a month(?) which works well if you do out and
back trips from Bangkok.

https://www.bnhhospital.com/medical-ser ... inic-itmc/

If you don't already have one, make sure to bring a Carte Jaune from your local health department.


Get a price sheet from both hospitals.

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