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About sunny17

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    no i will be staying in khaosan road. So it has to be day trip
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    Meanwhile - " There are many stray dogs roaming the streets. Whilst the vast majority are very placid, some can become aggressive and will charge at people and attempt to bite. Take care and be alert around them. Keep to well lit main streets at night as the dogs seem to become territorial and very aggressive down the small side roads." OMGGGG!!!
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    do you know of a tour operator that offers a good day trip of kanchanaburi/bridge on the river kwai from bangkok?
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    My plan includes staying on khaosan road, ayuthya trip, bridge on the river kwai trip, bangkok day trip, samui trips, including koh tao zip lining and reserve (and one night FMP), one nights stay in phi phi, phuket trip - including james bond island, possibly simian island, and also rilay beach and 4 island sunset trip from krabi.
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    I am not going for the FMP's - they are just an add on.
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    FMP = Full Moon Party
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    Hi all I had once asked a long ass question about planing a trip around the FMP - but I have bad news - I cannot go during new years. I am not sure its a bad thing either - New year's time is too crowded and things are a tad expensive. But now the question is what is the best alternative time to go - I want to go after the winter/peak season but not during (or after) Sonkran - most shops are closed then. At the same time I want to attend a FMP. So question is should I plan the vacation around the 2nd March FMP or the 31st March FMP If I go around the 2nd march date, then the FMP will be early in my trip. IF I plan around the 31st march date, then the FMP will be towards the end of my trip. Can the experts please advise .
  8. Whats it about "Asian" countries

    Many of the predictions came true. The "S" of brics does not really belong to the group - the real term should be BRICMIN* Yes the ride for them wont be smooth, but unless one or more of them face USSR style disintegration, they should account for 7 of the top 10 economies of 2050. * = Mexico, Indonesia and Nigeria
  9. Typical thai incomes

    And the battle rages on..... I started the thread to ask about the incomes of a third "second world" country, but now the debate has morphed into matters of the "fourth world"
  10. Whats it about "Asian" countries

    A very good post, but there are couple of hits and misses in it. Asians ARE a collectivist society, not individualistic like the western world. But a very good point, that maybe its their collectivist mindset, which makes it easier to "manage" them. It is the easiest thing to prove that China, India and East Asia were richer than Europe, throughout known history (except selected parts of Europe, like Rome), till about the 16th century (when Europe started its colonial expansion). Again fantastic point, that its all about harnessing the core values. btw, this bit is true everywhere not just in SE Asia. The best results are obtained in the west also, by harnessing the core values - eg - best way to harness the core values of an individualistic society is to foster private entrepreneurship. Yes, from 1960 onwards, East or South-East Asian countries have been the 3 fastest growing economies in the world and this is expected to continue till 2050. Ireland is an exception. Question is why cant other under-developed parts of the world (including many parts of Europe) emulate this growth rate? Could it be because others are "neither here nor there" - they aren't so individualistic like western europe/north america - so encouraging private entrepreneurship doesn't do much for them, AND nor are they collectivist enough for "sustainable state sponsored capitalism" to make much of a difference ? PS - Japan is an exception. They ARE a collectivist society, but with great private entrepreneurship culture. But then Japan is a peculiar mix of east and west in so many other ways also.
  11. Whats it about "Asian" countries

    I think know what you are talking about. And their consequences were disastrous (even Russia tried it) Maybe we could call it "sustainable state sponsored capitalism" - that was certainly not perfected by the Germans of yore. Only in the hands of East Asian countries, did they have lengthy periods of growth, using this technique. So back to square one!
  12. Whats it about "Asian" countries

    China is communist only in its power structure. Not in its economic outlook. The economic policies of communism DOES NOT work, as evidenced by ussr, east germany and north korea. The last two are significant, since their blood brothers were doing very well, whilst they were floundering. The type of economy China has is called "state sponsored capitalism". In fact that may have part of the answer to my original question. This "state sponsored capitalism" is very much an "east asian" thing.
  13. Whats it about "Asian" countries

    The Chinese "horror story" involves 300 millions people going from subsistence income to becoming middle class consumers. And such a meteoric rise in GDP, that it has displaced USA as the biggest economy. If Ireland is only "thank you EU", then maybe the EU can bail out the Belarus's and Albania's also - fat chance! As for "different countries", most of the rest have a "flat" (i.e <4%) growth story.
  14. Whats it about "Asian" countries

    right. As we discuss, Belarus, Kenya, Bolivia and Greece are at the lower end of the GDP ladder. Will they be doubling their economic output/GDP in 12 years? Think about it. PS: Japan did so in the 60ies, Korea in the 70ies, China in the 90ies and India in the last 12 years. Ireland in the 90ies.
  15. Whats it about "Asian" countries

    I am not talking of Western European countries like UK, France, Germany, USA, Canada and Holland (most of whom live off their colonial loot or were born out of genocide) I am talking of eastern European countries, Balkan and Mediterranean countries, I am talking of Latin america and Africa and Asian countries that are not "mongoloid". As for per capita, I have clarified before, except japan and Korea no one can match the "Atlantic" countries. However the article makes no mention of per capita income - you are creating a straw-man argument here. Whether they can or cannot sustain the growth or whether resources run out - is another question - and for the future. The fact of the matter is this - it is already a fact (i.e. it has already happened in the past, so you cannot wish it away) that first japan, then Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, then China and India have grown at 8% or more. Also Ireland. MOST ARE MONGOLOID/"Asian" countries - that was my moot question. Why only them? And Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam are going to follow at breakneck speed from here on. Why doesn't the list say (for example) Ukraine, Bolivia, Kenya and Vietnam are going the be the fastest growing for the next 30 years - then it would be a more demographically balanced list.