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19 hours ago, lazarus said:

I met the guy living in this one. Said he's been at it for four years...

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I live in an area that relied mainly on rubber-tired tourist traffic from all over North America until Covid turned that economy upside down, and have seen just about every variation on the motorhome/trailer/camper theme  that you could imagine over the years, but I can't help thinking that these old Toyota motorhomes must be seriously underpowered - this generation of Toyota pickup wasn't even available with a V6 until its last model year in 1988; if this thing has the old 22R four cylinder, I'd hate to get caught behind it on a long uphill, lol...

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Camp with your friends...

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S.F. 'safe' parking site at Candlestick Point would host 150 homeless people living in vehicles

https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/S-F-safe-parking-site-at-Candlestick-Park-16459575.php

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The need is evident. Walton said that people sleeping in their vehicles accounted for two-thirds of the increase of homeless individuals in the city from 2017 to 2019.

In August 2021, the city counted 1,088 inhabited vehicles, with 677 in his district, he said.

The more than 150 RVs parked around Candlestick State Park and the neighboring areas have prompted concerns. In an email last week, resident Timothy Alan Simon said he had complained to Walton’s office and city agencies about the situation, worried about human waste getting into the Bay...

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19 minutes ago, lazarus said:

Pocket van / vintage Toyota...

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That's about my style. 

 

I hope to go for something like that. Buy a well maintained used tour van for peanuts, hire a quality Thai guy (company) to fit it out. I figure a reasonable deal all in could easily be $20-25 k.

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On 9/19/2021 at 1:45 PM, Glasseye said:

 

That's about my style. 

 

I hope to go for something like that. Buy a well maintained used tour van for peanuts, hire a quality Thai guy (company) to fit it out. I figure a reasonable deal all in could easily be $20-25 k.

So you really plan to camp out and sleep in a rig like this in the heat of Thailand? Doesn't sound too comfy to me, I am afraid...

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3 hours ago, Glasseye said:

 

I am not you.    WTF mate ?

Hey, I'm not trying to make a dig at you - it's just that most people like to sleep in a cooler environment such as an air-conditioned room - I can see small vans such as these being real sweatboxes in the tropical heat and while I don't mind heat while I am out and about during the day, I sure don't like trying to sleep in a hot space. 

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Fair enough, my apologies.

 

I recognize that the pics on that van did not show an AC unit. Without doubt any rig I may possibly have set up one day would almost certainly have an AC unit added.

In addition... It would be something used for primarily camping (roughing it up a bit). From time to time a few nights in a van is not that bad. Besides I would most likely be travelling/camping in higher elevation areas, in cooler seasons, and nighttime conditions can even get "cold" (even in Thailand). 

Hanging out on a beach during hot season is not my idea of a good time anyway. There is a ton more to SE Asia than the beach, and having a simple rig like that to explore gives someone great options to enjoy the splendors of Thailand, Cambodia and even Laos, and do so affordably.

Cheers !

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"There is a ton more to SE Asia than the beach, and having a simple rig like that to explore gives someone great options to enjoy the splendors of Thailand, Cambodia and even Laos, and do so affordably. "

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm told its virtually impossible to take a Thai registered vehicle across the border to neighboring countries . . .

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13 minutes ago, Proffesor said:

"There is a ton more to SE Asia than the beach, and having a simple rig like that to explore gives someone great options to enjoy the splendors of Thailand, Cambodia and even Laos, and do so affordably. "

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm told its virtually impossible to take a Thai registered vehicle across the border to neighboring countries . . .

I have travelled to Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia many times before on my motorbike, plus a couple of times in the car, and never had any problem at all.

As long as the green/blue book is in your name it's quite simple. Also at most border crossings you will find insurance agents so you can buy cover for whatever country you are entering.

 

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7 hours ago, Glasseye said:

in higher elevation areas, in cooler seasons, and nighttime conditions can even get "cold" (even in Thailand). 

There is a ton more to SE Asia than the beach, and having a simple rig like that to explore gives someone great options to enjoy the splendors of Thailand, Cambodia and even Laos, and do so affordably.

I totally agree with what you say.

And if you do visit Laos head north, you will find 'proper' mountains, not of the snow capped variety but certainly far more impressive than anything you will find in Thailand. Also whilst passing through the numerous small villages / communities you will see many people who are desperately poor ( by our standards ) but at the same time very happy and satisfied with their way of life. Look out for a Monk as they often speak English and are happy to give you advise on the local area.

 

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26 minutes ago, SteveBC said:

I totally agree with what you say.

And if you do visit Laos head north, you will find 'proper' mountains, not of the snow capped variety but certainly far more impressive than anything you will find in Thailand. Also whilst passing through the numerous small villages / communities you will see many people who are desperately poor ( by our standards ) but at the same time very happy and satisfied with their way of life. Look out for a Monk as they often speak English and are happy to give you advise on the local area.

 

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Nice pics on Flickr...

I had a great motorbike trip in Laos a few years back...out of Pakse...up over the Bolevan Plateau into the outback.

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48 minutes ago, lazarus said:

Nice pics on Flickr...

I had a great motorbike trip in Laos a few years back...out of Pakse...up over the Bolevan Plateau into the outback.

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Well done Laz'.

Although Pakse area is quite flat there are many good places to visit, some of which are on my Flickr. The impressive waterfall that disappears deep into the underworld is well worth a look.

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21 minutes ago, SteveBC said:

Well done Laz'.

Although Pakse area is quite flat there are many good places to visit, some of which are on my Flickr. The impressive waterfall that disappears deep into the underworld is well worth a look.

Was only in Pakse to pick up the motorbikes.

Yeah...stayed at that cool waterfall. Beautiful. Also stayed at a coffee plantation / inn up in the mountains. 

On the way out spent a few days at Champasek on the river. Very cool old temple up on a mountain there: Wat Vu. Will go back there to hang out on a deck over the Mekong. Not far from Rancho Isaan.

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2 hours ago, lazarus said:

Was only in Pakse to pick up the motorbikes.

Yeah...stayed at that cool waterfall. Beautiful. Also stayed at a coffee plantation / inn up in the mountains. 

On the way out spent a few days at Champasek on the river. Very cool old temple up on a mountain there: Wat Vu. Will go back there to hang out on a deck over the Mekong. Not far from Rancho Isaan.

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Thanks much to both of you guys ! Cheers !

 

The only place I have been able to find BeerLao in CM is at Mad Dog pizza. I go there often.

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2 hours ago, Glasseye said:

 

Thanks much to both of you guys ! Cheers !

 

The only place I have been able to find BeerLao in CM is at Mad Dog pizza. I go there often.

You poor chap, it's available in many places here in Pattaya, Big C, Foodland, Friendship and even Makro who also stock Beer Lao Dark, which to me is a most lovely brew and certainly gets the job done at 6%.

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2 hours ago, SteveBC said:

You poor chap, it's available in many places here in Pattaya, Big C, Foodland, Friendship and even Makro who also stock Beer Lao Dark, which to me is a most lovely brew and certainly gets the job done at 6%.

Thanks. I will have a closer look at the Big C when I get back to CM. There is a mid size one not far from my condo where I usually shop,

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