Originally posted by Metamorphosis
Hi sonhouse. I have stayed in Nepal more than once, but am not currently there. I am in western Canada (and am Canadian by birth). I use the Nepali flag because in some ways I identify with that country more. Also, many of my spiritual influences are Himalayan (Tibetan Buddhist, and Hindu). I spent considerable time with my main spiritual teacher in Ka ...[text shortened]... ce ripped off in Durbar Square in central Katmandhu, I only had positive experiences there...
Wow, did you get totally ripped off, like how do you replace a stolen
passport in Katmandu? Is there a Canadian embassy there?
Did you have plastic or currency? travelers checks? I used to live in
Thailand upcountry and had an american girlfriend and she took
a taxi in Changmai and the driver pulled a knife on her and took
some bucks. She had a nice camera in a camera bag but it had a
bunch of paperbacks on top of it and he shuffled through a couple of
layers of books and gave it back. I guess she was lucky.
A buddy of mine, american, was caught by the thai cops with a joint,
they "arrested" him, drove him to within about 2 blocks of the station
and said well here we are, you want to go to the station or how much money do you have? I have 20 bucks. That sounds good to me.
He handed the dude 20 bucks and the cop let him go.
Money seems to talk in Thailand thats for sure. My girlfriend did not
have a work visa like me and every 90 days had to go across the border into Takek, a town across the Mekong in Laos, she would get
stamped out of Thailand, get a boat across the Mekong, go to the
guard there, get a Lao stamp, go back to the Thai side, get another
stamp and she was good for another 3 months. At first the guard
wanted a buck or two for the stamps but then the price started going
up, got to the point he wanted a case of whisky or such to allow her
to go across. We had to find another border crossing, not many on
the side of a river!
I had a nice time in Takek myself, wasn't supposed to go to a
supposedly communist country but I wasn't going to let that bother me. I was a civilian so the american military couldn't really do anything
about it. So I finds this guard, gives him 5 bucks, a nice sum for him
20 Baht to a dollar back then so that was 100 baht, enough to feed
his family for a couple of weeks or more. He takes off his apulet,
now he's a civilian, we both take a boat across the mekong, he gives
a buck to the Lao guard who takes charge of my passport, I go and
see the sights in Takek, nice town, French architecture. Did some
petty ante gambling, these dice, about 5 or 6 dice in a dome shaped
glass they cover with cloth, wiggle it around and plop it down and they
all look at the numbers and win and lose, etc. Saw some fighting
angel fish, they put them in quart jars and make bets, the angel fish
are bred to fight so they spin around each other and take little nips
and there are some arcane rules about just how many nips is
considered a win. Went back to the Lao guard at 5 PM, he was true
to his word, had my passport, took off HIS amulet, now HE's a
civilian, went across on a boat with about 20 people on board.
In the middle of the Mekong, the boat conks out and we started
drifiting towards Vietnam, not a good thing in 1972...
So the Thai's noticed the boat drifting downriver and sent a rescue
boat and we crossed over on the choppy muddy waters of the
Mekong, hoping I wouldn't fall overboard....
Yep, did have some interesting times there.
I never got robbed though, that was my girlfriends job