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  1. Work to begin on Thai - Japan "Bullet Train" in 2019

    Having watched this country develop for 34 years I have no doubt that they can operate and maintain a train. After all they will have 50,000 Chinese building the railroad and teaching them about the new technology. I felt a bit the same when we but Nakorn Strip Mill the latest state for art in a continuous steel making plant. We a little help it has been turning out a lot of hot rolled coil still since 1998. A train is not that much of a challenge. They are able to operate a complex train system like the BTS in Bangkok for many years. One train will be pretty straight forward.
  2. Work to begin on Thai - Japan "Bullet Train" in 2019

    Construction on the Laos sector is well underway. It is estimated that it is 10% complete. The tunnels at Boten Laos are moving along quickly. It looks like the Boten to Vientiene will finish about the time that the Nong Khai to Bangkok section is finished. When both sections are finished they will connect to the high speed train in Kunming. This means you can get on the train in Bangkok and go to Europe. Would be a nice sightseeing trip but long. The 3 long freight weekly trains from China to Frankfort Germany have been hauling a lot of freight for several months. People living in Thailand should think the whole train line not just Thailand. These trains follow the Old Silk Road to Europe.
  3. Work to begin on Thai - Japan "Bullet Train" in 2019

    I think you will find the high speed trains in China are world class. Thailand will accept no less. Not how the longest train in the world leaves China going to Frankfort and branching to the UK 3 times per week. The Silk road has been opened.
  4. Work to begin on Thai - Japan "Bullet Train" in 2019

    Tickets will be expensive but have to be reasonable. Time is money and people will pay for bypassing the airport. The Japanese will be here forever supervising the maintenance. This along with the Chinese train from Kunming will serve Thailand well. The Laos portion is well under way with 10% complete. The Chinese are digging 85 tunnels. It will cross over in Nong Khai going to Bangkok.
  5. Pattaya beach now dubbed "War Zone" by tourists

    Pattaya is the sex capital of Asia, always has been and always will be because that is the way the Thais want it. What do think people come to Pattaya for? I lived there for 5 years while working in Rayong. I enjoyed the city but not the dirty beaches.
  6. It is a long and mountainous trip. Recommend you spend the night in Pu Rua a lovely place.
  7. Baht depreciation expected

    Remember July 2, 1997? These controlling rich people and the military people do what they want when they want to. Truck loads of money was shipped overseas to Swiss banks. They let it go from 25 to the $ and in Jan. 1998 it was 56 to the $ and the rich brought their money back. Yes I had Economics 101 and 102. Plus I have had 34 years of Thai economics. Don't ever think that the people who control the show follow any logic except what benefits themselves.
  8. Baht depreciation expected

    I don't think the Bank of Thailand, the 25 rich families and the military that run the country pay a lot attention to the US$. In order to protect their wealth they have to keep the Baht at a high level. This is accomplished by the central bank controlling the currency.
  9. After being here for 34 years and working and living in 9 provinces I can never go back to the USA. I have been back 2 times, once when my mother died and the second when my now wife and I went to Hawaii and the mainland to get married. I said good by to all my old NASA friends and relatives and reminded them that the plane flies both ways. No NASA friends or family members have chosen to come.
  10. It is hard to find the truth here. When you ask a yes or no question you get a 15 minute answer.
  11. BBC journalist on trial for Thailand crime reporting

    Have you ever met a person here that would admit and accept the truth?
  12. Sausage rolls are small and very dry would you rather have a juicy hamburger. Sausages are the most consumed processed meat in the world and have been around for ever. Of equal importance is the US invented the hamburger. Fletcher Davis Fletcher Davis of Athens, Texas claimed to have invented the hamburger. According to oral histories, in the 1880s he opened a lunch counter in Athens and served a 'burger' of fried ground beef patties with mustard and Bermuda onion between two slices of bread, with a pickle on the side.[9] The story is that in 1904, Davis and his wife Ciddy ran a sandwich stand at the St. Louis World's Fair.[9] Historian Frank X. Tolbert, noted that Athens resident Clint Murchison said his grandfather dated the hamburger to the 1880s with 'Old Dave' a.k.a. Fletcher Davis.[17] A photo of "Old Dave's Hamburger Stand" from 1904 was sent to Tolbert as evidence of the claim.[17]
  13. As a former person in the food business in Thailand I recognize this as the true English sausage roll. I have sold a lot like this and they were great. A chef from Lincolnshire taught me this style in Phuket.
  14. Definitely is a hot dog roll. The English sausage roll is made and enclosed without the casing and taste a lot better.
  15. Automated distillery eyes 10% of liquor market

    Note that Thailand does not promote automation. Recently Ford announced the building of a new truck plant for export that will employee 10,000 people. Elon Musk at Tesla makes an entire car with 160 robots. Thailand is not ready for this.
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