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About aircooledflat4

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  1. Disgraceful. Ashamed to be an Aussie right now. Totally Un-Australian thing to do. Stand down the whole touring party, root and branch.
  2. Yeah true, but I always seem to return home with a couple of thousand baht unspent
  3. Yes, I get picked up from the airport upon arrival home :))
  4. No, next trip in February is costing $2370.96 all up, ex Brisbane. Flight 820.10 Accommodation (26 nights) 714.89 Spending money 814.07 Airtrain to BNE Intn’l Airport 21.90
  5. ^ yes I’m serious. $1064.62 AUD per month to be exact. Yes own my own home.
  6. I think that’s expensive. I live comfortably in OZ on 27k a month. Major city, excellent infrastructure etc. That includes two cars and travel to Thailand 3 times a year, staying a month at a time. Admittedly your 45k is for two people, but your holidays are on top of that? Yeah expensive I reckon.
  7. Lady advice?!

    Instant dismissal right there
  8. Set up a portable karaoke on the street and belt out some tunes together. Dress up like Devo. Invite others passing by to join in. Organise a scavenger hunt around the old town.... eg, find the biggest Durian and bring it back to the hotel later to compare. Record how many times the door goes ding dong at 7/11 in a 2 minute period.... see who can take the most photos of people wearing elephant pants etc.. Go swimming in the moat.
  9. Is life in Ubon boring?

    I tried Ubon for 3 months and was underwhelmed. I tried to like it, but it feels to me at some point this town has had the stuffing knocked out it, and it hasn’t recovered. Difficult to walk anywhere, the place is strictly designed for cars. A distinct lack of green space, gardens and recreational places for families or exercise, even just places to sit and relax. The Mun River is the jewel of the crown but is terribly underdeveloped, under-utilised and neglected. A simple boardwalk or cycling track along the river bank would transform this city and give it some much needed vibrancy. Sadly everyone just stays in their cars. You don’t see pedestrians in Ubon, the infrastructure is rundown and the footpaths can swallow you whole. There’s no local bus service, only taxis and songtaews. Difficult to get a taxi after dark. The old town is all Chinese and I was surprised how little food options there are there. The place should be buzzing with hot pot and bbq, but after dark it all shuts down behind their metal shutters. On the plus side the Chinese seem to have managed to rid the streets of all dogs. In places like Warim however they are an ever present menace. The central park in town is in a constant state of neglect and disrepair, as is the outdoor gym equipment which is rusted and dangerous. The moat surrounding the park is a sad looking remnant of better days. The street food beside the main park in town is not particularly inviting and the night markets are dull. Like a lot of towns in Thailand, Ubon is completely overrun with traffic. There’s very few places to go to get away from the noise. It’s a town with big potential, but it feels like people have given up. There’s a distinct lack of cultural activities, street music and street art, apart from Loi Krathong and the Candle Festival. The museum and library are under-utilised and devoid of patrons. I went to the museum and I was the only person there. I get the feeling Ubonites prefer to go to Central Plaza which is sad. I gave it a go there, but for me beach towns offer a better alternative.
  10. OP what do you do when you find out the guy sitting next to you on a plane paid less than you for his ticket. Same journey, same everything, like for like. No probs wth that? Ok cool. But what if the guy happens to be non white? Start another overcharged for being too white a different racism thread?
  11. They got a work permit for that?
  12. Chinese

    Clearly you’ve never boarded an aircraft in China. Forget about calling row numbers, any and all announcements are promptly ignored. Oh, and be prepared to swap out your seat a few times so all the rellies can sit together. And/or lay down across all three seats as the case may be. With their feet up almost in your lap. And doncha love the collective “click” of the seat belts as soon as the wheels hit the tarmac? In perfect harmony and exquisite timing, you can almost set your watch to it. Then up they get, grab their overstuffed luggage, the moon cakes and tea and boxes of apples jammed tight into the overhead lockers which were just barely able to be closed, and try and be the first one out the door. Don’t matter the plane is still taxiing... Or that the stewardess is pleading with them to SIT. DOWN. Oh and of course the phones are all turned on before landing, gotta check my messages, I’m very important. From Shandong to Shitsville, every flight’s the same. Notice though it’s these “nouveau rich” - the ones that can afford these flights and holidays that are the worst behaved. I suspect these are the same types that finally make it out of the zoo and into Thailand, overseas for the first time. The Nong Min in China, by comparison, the dirty farmers and labourers that travel the K Trains overnight, these are far better people and WAY better behaved. Who’d have thunk it?
  13. Sounds like white privilege has served you well up til now. Now you’re in Asia the boot’s on the other foot. No beg pardons in this part of the world mate.
  14. Relax and don’t fret over it. Even at 65c US it still goes a long way in Asia, you still get plenty of bang for your buck. If and when the ass drops out of it just adjust your living standard to suit. Worry about what is now... not what might be.