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  1. For posterity, as many pluses that the aerox had (better overall style and color, better handling which includes bigger tires and better brakes, and a smoother shifting engine) this scooter just was never comfortable with 2 up riding and my 5'5" girlfriend had to shift back and forth for a stopped and riding position with just her driving, so we purchased a PCX 150. PCX 150 at one of the Mityon's in Pattaya was 84,000 for the scooter but came to 93,000 out the door which included 2 years theft.
  2. the dangers of Beach Road traffic

    Of course no. However, streets belong to vehicles. Sidewalks belong to pedestrians. Sometimes you have to walk across a 'car-owned' road. I just think the burden of crossing the road is the responsibility of the pedestrian given the absence of a crosswalking light or policeman directing traffic.
  3. the dangers of Beach Road traffic

    Big, heavy vehicle vs old person crossing road... maybe the frail human should be the careful one and take on less risk. Personally, I see the issue as the pedestrian holding up traffic and instigating a larger risk for a multi-car accident vs them getting hit in the 3rd lane of traffic where the motorist may not see you - seeing 2 other cars slow down/stop isn't unusual - cars pull over constantly on any road in Pattaya. Agree with the earlier post that the cross-walk markings need to go, however, to alleviate the entitlement issue, especially given the tourist nature of the area and differing rules on who has right-of-way combined with foreigners renting vehicles and driving with their own country's mindset.
  4. Where were you pricing the Yamaha's at, Jip? I just stopped by one of the Mityon's just to look at the paint choices in person. The gf talked to the sales woman and when I was glancing at the calculator, it lookes like they priced the abs aerox initially at 78,000 then 81,000 out the door (assuming, as I didn't care to clarify and naturally there is some farang pricing in there as well). I heard 74,000 was closer to the going price which is what you mentioned in Pattaya. Also debating buying in town here or buying later in the gf's town in Maha Sarakham. Maybe I'll have her dad go up or call a local dealer and see how the price compares to Pattaya.
  5. Shop to rent yamaha aerox?

    Agree that the aerox is styled way better. Better dash ABS, keyless (well, my rental is an R, but I'd get the ABS version so still include this as a plus) Engine sounded better and seemed smoother Handling TBD until I ride it more and just get used to the difference from the pcx Then there is... Smaller gas tank isn't awesome. The high passenger seat kinda sucks. Passenger's knees are an inch from the driver's elbows when in an natural driving position. The foot pegs for passenger suck and are uncomfortable. Plus, if you put your heels on them, your toes are basically in the drivers calves. A less than 6' person on the back basically has to skydive off the back seat to get off. My girl was kinda scared, lol For the gf who will be the primary driver of this scooter...she's 5'5" and has to slide down the seat at a stop to touch the ground. Then slide back up the seat when driving Annoying that I have to position two helmets more carefully in the aerox as the middle portion of the storage cavity isn't as deep as the pcx where I'm basically able to toss 2 helmets and the seat always closes 1st time vs Aerox where it takes actual consideration. PCX just...works... without thinking about it. I want to like the aerox more and thought it would win by a longshot, but I'll have to drive it more and hopefully get there. Would go the PCX if a gun was to my head now, even with the older styling/engine/options and inflated price.
  6. Shop to rent yamaha aerox?

    Yep, they had a couple. A bit of a drive to get to, but now I can compare properly. Against popular opinion with all the praise for the aerox, I think the PCX will win this after an initial drive.
  7. Looking to buy an aerox but I want to rent one for a few days to compare to a new pcx150 I've had. Speedbike had one I saw from internet but it's rented out for a while. I drove by half a dozen rent shops around soi buakhao but they didn't have any. Anyone know of a shop with location??
  8. Where can you buy Shark helmets in Pattaya? I read a post about Pattaya Superbikes selling them, but looks like they went out of business. I wish I could buy in the US (as it's probably cheaper), but I don't know how it would fit my thai girl's head. So, I'll need to find a shop she can try them on and buy from them locally. Specifically looking for the shark evoline 3 as modular seems like a good choice in Thailand (and for a scooter)
  9. perfect. that matched up to a few reviews I read on tripadvisor - not having to go far for bathroom or pay for water/beer seemed like a nice perk, but I'm there to watch the race, so Grandstand it is. I may just wait to but tickets there vs paying the 3% online fee; can't imagine it will get crowded for the small time race.
  10. Unfortunately, I won't be in town for the October GT race, but I will be there for the 3 September TCR race. One day tickets are B1500 for VIP or B500 for Grandstand. Don't really care about the price difference, but from a bit of reading, the VIP lounge is possibly ground floor viewing inside a small room with some complaining they couldn't get a spot to see. Grandstand gets a nice elevated room, but it's general seating, and probably gets a little toasty... Anyone have the scoop on how the seats work at the track? Some tracks that don't have a good VIP viewing booth also reserve a nice spot of roped off seats for in the grandstand, but I don't know how this track works. Pic of layout since it can't get it to embed: http://imgur.com/a/GvnLM
  11. Clover to replace turf?

    Thanks! I'm reading a lot :) Not a knock against your work or lawn. I truly believe it is probably a good lawn in Thailand between the dirt, heat, and rain seasons and you work hard for it. I would just be too depressed to work and spend money on the lawn if that is what my effort gets me. Considering my minimal effort now leaves me with a perfect fescue-only lawn after pulling maybe 4 weeds a year on the edges of my property all season long... Compared to the dirt patches I see in my gf's pictures, your lawn is an oasis, haha.
  12. Clover to replace turf?

    Coming from the US midwest, If that is what counts as beautiful grass, I'm putting landscape rock everywhere when I eventually have a home built. Rocks, fruit trees, raised beds for veggies. Done.
  13. Crazy how one can have completely different experiences. I'm 39 and have traveled in over 20 countries. I've spent 50 days in Thailand since Nov 2016 (Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Samui - and I can promise I'm not staying in my hotel or only traveling during daylight in these places...) and will spend 30 more in Aug/Sept in Pattaya and driving myself around Isaan... I would state in a heartbeat Thailand has been the safest country by far for a lone 30-ish year old male traveler. I can only think of 1 time I was even slightly nervous and that was walking from a club to my hotel in Chiang Mai when me and a girl I found had to walk by four 20 year old thais at 3:30am that were just hanging out. They definitely eyed me, but didn't say a word to me or the girl. I've been lost on the skytrain once, something has slipped out of a bag or my wallet twice... all returned to me on the spot by a passerby. I can't even think of a single time someone even started to act tough or say something to me on the street in Thailand. I mean, can many people name a single city in the world that would duplicate the feat of the corner Buddha shrine in Bangkok where no one steals the figurines from it? I can't think of a single city in the US where all those things would be gone within any 6 hour period of the day. And for the people that were 'scammed'. I can't even imagine how that's possible unless you're massively unintelligent/naive; but I would be willing to bet you'd also be scammed in your home country just as quickly with telemarketing scams or home remodels. I had to lookup what the jetski scam was - so it's just like car rental places in every country saying there was a ding that wasn't there before? Yeah, take a picture, that isn't unique to Thailand, but I guess I can see that happening and it would suck. Usually I have a local girl with me so maybe that's why I never feel hustled like some other posters with scams.
  14. Questions about Burriram.

    Khao Kradong Soccer match/Car race if something is happening when you visit Phimai (may be bit of a drive) Wat Khao Angkhan then Phanom Rung/Prasat Muang Tam (may be a bit of a drive) They have some bars/discos (a few with ladies) like Speed, Bamboo Bar, Curve, Tawan Daeng, etc. (http://www.buriramtimes.com/nightlife-in-thani-alley-in-buriram/)
  15. Want to plan my 7 days in lower Isaan?

    Nice write-up on Tohsang Khongjiamagindfidnfidgniad. I got it for $58 a night after taxes for 3 nights (but that's in September, not exactly prime-time). Also good news about finding the town nearby. I can relax and enjoy a bit of scenery in the daytime, but I'll need an escape at night so the bar area you wrote about will at least let my eyes wander a little bit. I was thinking about staying 1 night in Sirindhorn, but I guess I'll skip that and just get an extra night in Ubon. Usually when I travel to cities, I'll pick one hotel for a few nights in one area, then 2nd hotel for a few nights in another part of town. However, throughout my hotel searches for Ubon, everything seems to be pretty well centered west or southwest of the airport. So far, I think I'll grab 2 nights At Come-Pang and 2 nights at V Hotel. I didn't think Rapeepan Ville or Suree Grand rooms looked as good that I see mentioned on here, and the locations are all within a 2-4km of each other in any case.