Monday, 30 January 2017

Train from Surat Thani to Khirirat Nikom


Train from Surat Thani to Khirirat Nikom

That line was supposed to continue to Phuket, but construction was only completed up to Khirirat Nikom. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khiri_Rat_Nikhom_Railway_Station

There is only one train in each direction per day:
Train 489 Surat Thani dep 16:55 Khirirat Nikom arr 17:55.
Train 490 Khirirat Nikom dep 6:00 Surat Thani arr 6:58.

Article based on one trip on 28nov2016. By a friend’s car, go to Surat Thani railway station (15 km out of town!) and buy ticket for 8 Baht. I found the train only by platform number, no destination outside wagons (as all other trains in Thailand have).


3 wagons with wooden benches, about ¾ full, mainly pupils (now the times make sense: taking them to school in Surat Thani in the morning and back in the evening).

The trip was one of my greatest adventures in 2016. Search on the internet and in books did not show any hotel; I would arrive in the evening (with no means to go elsewhere) not knowing where I would spend the night. But when I arrived and asked at the railway station, they pointed me to a hotel that was fine for my needs. 

There is a way in and out other than the railway: van 8363 พุนพิน - คีรีรัฐนิคม (Phunphin - Khirirat Nikom, Phunphin is where Surat Thani railway station is; in Khirirat Nikhom van ends at railway station).

List of stops, from east to west:
(Romanized only when it was on station sign, coordinates for stations that are not on google maps)
1. Surat Thani สถานีรถไฟสุราษฎร์ธานี
2. Ban Thung Pho Junction Railway Station  
สถานีรถไฟชุมทางบ้านทุ่งโพธิ์
3. สถานีรถไฟบ้านทุ่งหลวง
4. Bankanai สถานีรถไฟบ้านขนาย
5. บ้านดอนเรียบ 9°04'44.3"N 99°02'41.1"E 9.078976
6. Klongyan คลองยัน 9°03'29.1"N 99°01'28.2"E 9.058078
7. Khao Lung ที่อยุดรถเขาหลุง (can’t find it on google maps)
8. บ้านยาง 9°02'51.3"N 98°58'42.4"E 9.047574
9. Khirirat Nikhom Railway สถานีรถไฟคีรีรัฐนิคม

Only Surat Thani, Ban Thung Pho Junction and Khirirat Nikhom have a station building, elsewhere passengers get off along the track:





The track extends about 600 m beyond railway station with a junction to change tracks. This extensions is visible on google street view Feb 2016, but not on satellite. The track and bed is new, which means the line is going to stay.


The end of the railway track:



Looking out westwards from the end of the railway track, plantations. Some maps show the track continuing westwards, that's either completely wrong or has been a long time ago with no visible traces left.



Now there are only 3 tracks left I haven’t been on: Kanchanaburi – Nam Tok, Trang – Kantang (closed for renovation when I went, van service instead), Hat Yai – Padang Besar.

On the subject of railway lines in southern Thailand, here is a video that shows train in recent flood (jan2017):


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Friday, 27 January 2017

Hin Pad in Khirirat Nikom

Hin Pad in Khirirat Nikom
หินพัด Hin Pad - Stone that looks like a fan.

There is a top-heavy stone near Khirirat Nikom, similar to the stone in Nakon Sawan (http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2015/04/weird-stone-at-thung-hin-tern-in-nakon.html)



Location of stone:
9.073911, 98.848501 = 9°04'26.1"N 98°50'54.6"E
Location of parking:
9.068853, 98.845977 = 9°04'07.9"N 98°50'45.5"E

From Khirirat Nikom railway station, it's 14 km to parking (can be driven with normal car), and from parking it's 1.1 km to the stone (need 4WD, however due to lack of parking on top they probably wouldn't let you go up). There is a driving service for 200 Baht (per car, up to 4 passengers), I didn't inquire if you can walk for free.

Along the road, there are signs to the stone (the website www.hinpad.com doesn't work):



And there are other interesting places nearby that I was not aware of:



Pictures of the stone from all three accessible sides:








and aerial pictures (thanks to friend with drone):





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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

OMG/WTF Mobile phone theft

OMG/WTF Mobile phone theft

I almost got my mobile phone stolen in 2014 in Phnom Penh (quoted from http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2014/07/cambodia-day-1-bangkok-to-phom-penh.html):

During an extensive exploratory first walk in Phnom Penh, I almost got my mobile phone robbed. I was standing at a street corner, waiting for green light and looking at my phone (map, waiting for GPS signal) when a motorbike drove past slowly and the second person tried to grab my phone. As usually (unless I operate it with a thumb!), I had it more than 2/3 covered with my hand, so he just didn’t have enough area to grab it (or he was a beginner, or missed the best moment). I immediately realized what was going on, and they were driving slowly, so even if he had grabbed it I would have been able to make a quick step to grab his arm. That would have ended messy or even bloody (the question is: whose blood?).

And in Jan 2016 I overheard other passengers on the bus (US-Americans, Phnom Penh to Saigon) talking about a theft out of pocket of trousers.

There are more sophisticated ways in Brasil, operating in couple as well:

from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWX9nWKqYFY 
and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2pdAIDLdDA

And less sophisticated ways in Brasil:

from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbH2Ek-SASY 

Shocking what violence over a mobile phone. And the disproportion of gain and loss (I had few cases of Thai boys stealing money from me, I was 300 THB poorer and he was 300 THB richer, but with mobile phone it's more like 10:1, and loss of data as well.)

But a recent (4jan2017) incident in Thailand where a person was murdered over a botched mobile phone robbery tops it all. Thai friend pointed out that this happened around 10 pm; usually such things happen past midnight. 

The event in Thai news:
http://www.thairath.co.th/content/828210
in Sukhontha Sawat 27 Alley สุคนธสวัสดิ์ ซอย 27 
(has changed since google street view, I might go some day)

Here the video (WARNING! Graphic violence!) From a physiologial point of view, it is remarkable that the robbee sustained several stabbings in his abdomen without effect, until stabbing in his neck finally brought him down. 

from a Thai friend on Line, can be found here as well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0146TVZ9lNs 

Update 21jan2017: 
I would have thought it can't get worse than a person killed over a mobile phone, but I was wrong:
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1183168/barber-killed-after-haircut-goes-wrong


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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Gay activities 2016 summary


Gay activities 2016 summary 

Details about boyfriend candidates, sauna, gogo, disco visits and sexual partners in 2016.

Having accounted for every fuck, wank and grope in my monthly reports, I now just have to add it all up to get an overview for the year.

What became of this year’s boyfriend candidates? Italic are quotes of what I posted before. 

BFC1in2016 in Phnom Penh Cambodia (facebook).

We met on 3jan2016 and again in Aug. Only quickies at night after university. Still running as BFC, but I don’t visit Cambodia often enough to deepen our relationship beyond fuck buddy. 

BFC2in2016 JJ in Pattaya or Bangkok (hornet).

Monday 21.03.2016 Meet a boy JJ from hornet in Tuk-Com 18:26. Money boy, my offer 1000 for short time immediately accepted. Interesting conversation, then undress. More body hair, but good in bed. Boyfriend candidate 2 in 2016 (provided he goes without money on future meetings). We cavort in bed and have a nap, finally leave my room 22:10 (!). He wants to drink with friends in Sky Bar, I go to Power Boys.

The boyfriend candidacy lasted only for hours. While we met several times after, once even 2d/1n trip to Hua Hin, and now sometimes without sex or money, I quickly realized that there is no intellectual basis for more than fuck buddy. 

BFC3in2016 A from Minburi (hornet).

19.07.2016 Tue Asanha Bucha day Meet a boy A from hornet and his sister in Chatuchak Park. Everything positive, he is boyfriend candidate 3 in 2016 (BFC3in2016).

Usually I sleep with the boys on first date, but nothing more ever came out of this. So this boy we met a record number of  3 times in public places, and then it was him telling me that he would like to do more. And we did so twice, but I just don’t get excited when I touch him. 

BFC4in2016 P from Korat (Macho Sauna)

3.9.2016  Saturday

Macho sauna 21:42-00:30, entry 160. No signs of party, no food left, no show, but spot two nice bodies and chat up a cute boy P, good English and interesting conversation. I would have left it at that, but he hints for room. Despite unfavorable conditions (light, temperature, I'm generally not a fan of sex in sauna) we have a great time.

He asks me to delete all my online dating accounts, which is a bit early, and which I tell him I will not do. My gayromeo has chats with people who don't live any more, that would be lost forever if I deleted my account.


5.9.2016 Monday
After the great time in sauna, meet P again as soon as possible, which is now. We meet for lunch at moonhouse, P eats everything on his plate: I think I’m falling in love and promote him to BFC4in2016.

Sightseeing together all day. Makes some drama about love/sex, I have to tell him to shut up as it's too early to discuss such matters. Then too my room, I shower and get into foreplay without him showering. The dried clean sweat on his neck is delicious, should do this more often.


Friday 21oct2016
At night, meet BFC4in2016 for a walk around the Royal Palace. By chance, he found my blog! But still wants to see me.


At the end, chat becomes too emotional and gives me headache. It’s like listening to a foreign language when your level is intermediate, however in this case my English is better than his. Or another comparison talking about grammar, him talking to me about emotional stuff is like me asking an average native speaker about grammar intricacies.

We separate and will meet some day in Korat (his stay in Bangkok was only temporary).
 


Still running as BFC, but our ideas about becoming boyfriends cannot be reconciled: I would take him as first gik and sleep around with other boys for a year, and then decide if I want only him in the future. He wants me to stop seeing other boys, delete my online dating accounts, and won’t even have sex with me again unless I commit to him (and only to him). 

BFC5in2016 N from Charansanitawong (Hornet)

Friday 28oct2016

Around 2 am disassembly [I mean stalls are being dismantled, see comments] at Khao San and places closing. Have dinner with NCS and he wants to come to my room. We go to bed and try to sleep, with the occasional touching, then finally around 4 am have sex. The following morning another round. My type and my style, BFC5in2016.

Take bus to Victory Monument and split there. He goes home and I go sightseeing.

And that’s the last I have seen or heard of him. Messages on Line not answered, can’t find his profile on hornet and our chat is gone.
 


We didn’t have time for much else than sex, so can’t judge about character. I’m busy with other boys and sightseeing, so couldn’t make an effort to find him again on hornet or elsewhere.

Summary: 3 from hornet, 1 from facebook, 1 from sauna. 

Saunas visits in 2016
Jan 8 sauna visits, 3 sex
Feb 15 sauna visits, 1 sex
Mar 4 sauna visits, 2 sex
Apr 10 sauna visits, 2 sex
May 9 sauna visits, 1 sex
(Jun away all month)
Jul 4 sauna visits, 1 sex
Aug 5 sauna visits, 1 sex
Sep 5 sauna visits, 1 sex
Oct 4 sauna visits, 2 sex
Nov 12 sauna visits, 2 sex
Dec 9 sauna visits, 4 sex
Sum 85 sauna visits, 18 sex

That’s approximate 5 sauna visits for 1 sex. If you assume these 5 sauna visits take 2 hours each and cost 300 Baht in entry + taxi (low estimates), that’s 10 hours and 1500 Baht for each encounter. 

Gogo bars, host bars, karaoke number of visits and boys offed 
Jan none.
Feb 2 discos, 1 karaoke. 
Mar 6 gogo; 1 boy from gogo (Screw Boys).
Apr 3 gogo.
Mar none.
(Jun away all month)
Jul none.
Aug 10 gogo, 2 host bar; 1 boy from gogo (Nice Boys).
Sep none.
Oct 6 gogo; 1 boy from gogo (Kawaii).
Nov 4 gogo.
Dec 5 gogo.
Sum 39 venues visited, 3 boys from gogo.

That’s 13 places visited for one encounter, at estimated average 200 Baht drink price and 1 hour spent in there, that’s 2600 Baht and 13 hours just to find the boy! But gogo bar visits count as general entertainment, even if I don’t find a boy nothing is lost. Even more time and money spent than for sauna visits. 

Disco 
One visit in months of  Mar, May, Aug, Nov, one boy. Sounds like a better ratio 1 in 4, but that boy was brought by a Farang friend and then passed to me. Previous years, ratio about 1 in 10. And I find discos a horrible place, too loud, too late; I don’t sing, I don’t dance, I don’t drink; if I don’t find a boy, I have wasted time and money in vain. 

65 Sexual partners in 2016 
How often did I meet which sexual partner, sorted by frequency then alphabetically, with comment what became of them. There might be some inaccuracies as reporting in monthly reports is not consistent over the year, and in some monthly reports encounters out of Thailand are included (but now I separate Thailand from other countries).

5 Kot (1000+300+300+1000+800, my type but not my style)

3 Top Suk62 (600+500+500) (meet about once per month, sometimes no sex)
3 Yoi (3x500) (would like to see him again, but doesn’t read my messages on facebook)

16 boys I met twice for sex in 2016:
2 BFC1in2016 in Phnom Penh (free, will meet again when in PP)
2 BFC3in2016 (free; oddly, I don’t get horny when I touch him)
2 BFC4in2016 (free in Macho and in my room, still running as BFC, will meet him when passing Korat)
2 BFC5in2016 (free, doesn’t read Line and blocked me on hornet)
2 Bom (1300+1100+300 stolen, will meet again despite theft)
2 JamesD (500+500 for taxi, not so much my type)
2 JJ Pattaya (1000+1000, met several times more, sometimes no sex)
2 June Cambodia (free, my type but not my style)
2 Lay (1000+1000, would like to see him again, but he has been in Cambodia throughout)
2 Lek Lao (1000+1000, might meet again)
2 Non in KK (meet again next time I’m in KK)
2 Pong (1100+800, will see him again when he comes to Bangkok)
2 TarA (free+500, not so much my type)
2 Win and Bom Nakon Sawan (free, will see them again when my travel leads me there)
2 Wit (free in Seed and in my room, will meet again)
2 X (800+520, lost contact on Line and facebook)

In approximate chronological order 41 singular encounters:
1 no name in Seed
1 TarT (free, not so much my type)
1 (in 39 underground)
1 (massage boy)
1 Tong in Ubon in Relaxing (not my style)
1 Xor in Seed (would like to meet again, doesn’t read Line)
1 Boss/Tang (300+T-shirt, would meet again, but my messages on Line not read)
1 Doy (500, straight, my type but not my style, wonder if it’s worth teaching him what I like or leave it)
1 Boss Vipa16 (700, doesn’t read my Line, might call him some time)
1 Kiw Screweboys (1700, after several long chats trying to get him to my room for 1000 I gave up)
1 Kit Royal House Pattaya (1000, worth a repeat, but I don’t go to massages that often)
1 Nus/Nat (1000, not so much my type any more)
1 massage in The Sun (1000)
1 no name in Farose 2
1 Nicky Minburi (1000 for taxi, would meet again, but not pay 1000 for taxi and he is unable to figure out which bus to take here)
1 no name in Waterboy Onsen sauna
1 no name in Seed
1 Kim gboysiam (1500, worth a repeat, but too expensive and don’t have his contact details, only via his pimp)
1 Jo (1000, I don’t remember details)
1 no name in Seed
1 Chok (300 taxi, meet again some time)
1 The Bridge Massage (800)
1 Ohm (1000, have known for years and met many times)
1 Wut (700, straight, my type but not my style, wonder if it’s worth teaching him what I like or leave it)
1 Nake in Pattaya (1000, have met several times over the years, skin too cold/wet)
1 A in Pattaya (1200, meet once or twice in 2015, will meet again)
1 Nice Boys (1000, good but not good enough to meet again)
1 M Taling Chan (1000, cold and wet skin, if we could overcome this could become a regular)
1 no name in Farose 2
1 Art in Kawaii (1000, might meet again)
1 Kot in Seed (free, long chatting but not met again so far)
1 Kuk from hornet (free, bordercase, might meet again)
1 Arty Rama 2 (100 for bus, might meet again)
1 no name Zy massage (1000)
1 Non in Seed (free, might meet again)
1 no name in MachoX
1 Love in Nake (would like to meet again and promote him to BFC, but doesn’t read Line and blocked me on hornet)
1 no name threesome in Nake (would meet again, but didn’t exchange contact details)
1 James Mae Sot (free, will meet again when I pass; actually I will plan my next trip to north so I will pass)
1 Ball (510, will meet again)
1 Bank Magic Hands (800, my style but not my type)

Some generalisations from above list (very similar experiences with different boys):
 2 Boys (BFC5in2016 and Love in Nake) all fine in bed, but blocked me on hornet and Line, and I don’t know why.

2 Straight boys Doy and Wut, I got them into my bed after about a year of courting them, but the experience was poor.
Several boys I would meet again, but lost contact on Line/facebook/telephone.

I spend a lot of time finding someone, but usually it’s just one encounter, because sex is underwhelming or the difficulties meeting him again exceed the effort to meet someone new. I would rather have fewer partners and meet those more often, but it’s not meant to be.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The narrowest part of Thailand (west)

The narrowest part of Thailand (west)
แคบที่สุดแห่งประเทศไทย or
จุดชมวิวแคบสุดแผ่นดินสยาม

(most maps and articles do not distinguish between narrowest part of eastern and western Thailand, but having been to both, I do)

In Prachuap Khiri Khan ประจวบคีรีขันธ์ province, near PKK town and Dan Singkon ด่านสิงขร border crossing, there is a part of Thailand that is about 100 km long and on average 15 km wide from the sea to the border to Myanmar, and the narrowest point is about 11 km wide. At that point, there is no access to the border (forest and mountain), but at Dan Singkorn (left end of the blue dot track in picture below) you can walk from the border to the sea, which I did on 3jan2016, 16:34-19:32 (I could hear the sea 19:15, but at that place it was dark, so I had to walk a bit longer to find a spot - Tri Shawa resort - where I could actually get my feet into the water, making total distance 17.4 km by google maps). During that walk, I had to reject 2 offers by cars and 5 by mocy to take me to in the direction I was walking.



There is a small park along hwy 1044 at
11.7237648,99.6730656 = 11°43'25.6"N 99°40'23.0"E
(where distance from border to sea is 11.5 km, about 1 km north of the really narrowest point) where you can see the border (watershed on mountain range) and the sea at the same time.



View to the sea (you can see two islands on the horizon that seem to float, I had a similar optical illusion in That Surat in Surat Thani):



View to the Myanmar border (top of mountain range):



There are several more, misplaced, signs for the narrowest part of Thailand (west). On Phet Kasem ถนนเพชรเกษม road (the same Phet Kasem that starts in Bangkok, runs through Hua Hin and all the way to the Malaysian border) at Ratchamangkhala Phisek Park สวนราชมังคลาภิเษก (where you turn to hwy1039 to Dan Singkorn):



At the Y-junction about 200 m before border crossing:



There are further signs for narrowest part of Thailand (west) whose location I don't know:


from internet, didn't note where and can't find it again


from: http://kaojaithailand.blogspot.com/2012/09/walk-across-thailand-in-day.html (who undertook a similar hike across Thailand in one day) probably at Wang Duan Railway Station สถานีรถไฟวังด้วน (this might be the most precise for narrowest point):


from: https://plus.google.com/photos/photo/102617056372351159742/6319709972742904290

The border crossing itself is a quiet one. I didn't inquire if foreigners can pass. The market for wooden furniture and plants is interesting (was open and busy on Mon 2jan2017 around 15:30).



There is van 8361 from/to PKK town, however they couldn't tell me where in PKK town it starts or ends and told me to call their phone number (on banner in picture) for pick up in PKK town.



Not to be confused with Kra Isthmus คอคอดกระ, the narrowest point of Malay Peninsula, in Chumphon ชุมพร province and Myanmar. 


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Sunday, 15 January 2017

The narrowest part of Thailand (east)

The narrowest part of Thailand (east)
ส่วนที่แคบที่สุดในประเทศไทย or
แผ่นดินส่วนที่แคบที่สุดของประเทศไทย

(most maps and articles do not distinguish between narrowest part of eastern and western Thailand, but having been to both, I do)

In southern Trat ตราด province, there is a part of Thailand that is about 50 km long and on average 2 km wide from the sea to the Cambodian border, and the narrowest point about 450 m.

View from Sukhumvit สุขุมวิท road (km 480; that's the same Sukhumvit that starts in Bangkok and goes through Pattaya to the Cambodian border) to the border (watershed on top of the mountain):



View from the park across Sukhumvit road to the Gulf of Thailand:



View north along Sukhumvit road:


The park is located at
11.720017, 102.907270 = 11°43'12.1"N 102°54'26.2"E
About 600 m from shore to border. The park is not on google street view Mar 2013, must have been build later. Probably that structure was there before:

from: http://www.bloggang.com/data/s/shiryu/picture/1432643971.jpg

The really narrowest part (judging by satellite view on google maps) with about 450 m width is about 500 m south of the park (no signs there). On neither point you can walk from shore to border (on the shore there is private property, and on the border there is forest). 

About 8 km south of the park is Cham Yeam to Baan Hat Lek border crossing http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2016/08/cham-yeam-to-baan-hat-lek-border.html where you can get van to/from Trat or mocy to the narrowest part of Thailand (east).

Having walked across the narrowest part of Thailand (east, this post) and narrowest part of Thailand (west, upcoming post) next step would be swimming across which would take too long, I will take the ferry Pattaya - Hua Hin instead.

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