Sent: Saturday, August 02,
2003 4:53 AM
what a silly fiasco with the gas detector. If I hadn't already paid for
it I would probably say forget about it. I don't have an address to send
it to. I think it will have to wait along with the credit/debit card.
I might spend a little time in Trengganu as it is supposed to be one of
the Muslim cultural centers of Malaysia. That is interesting to me and
I would like to see what it is about. If I do I will get an address there
and let you know.
Yes, the cell phone will work in Malaysia and I don't have to change the
"sim" card but I think it might be wise to test it out. I will
give you a date when I should be completely out of Thailand and you can
try to give me a call. I still need to look into it some more but we will
see. I have asked a lot of people and cell phone shops and the general
answer is yes but you will be charged international rates. That is OK
if it is just used in emergencies but it would be wise to make sure. I'll
let you know.
I will look up that article you mentioned about the Malaysian crack down
and get back to you on it. I doubt there is any activity in Northeastern
Malaysia as it is a heavily touristed area which is quite similar in atmosphere
and condition as the Koh Samui area. Well, at least the Parhetian islands
are that way. I had a long talk with a few people who had just traveled
from there. I will still find the article though. Thanks for the warning.
I am going to write a little more on my general letter so I will leave
it at that. OH, I almost forgot. The boat is anchored just south of Hin
Semila where the mermaid and the cat and mouse statues are located. It
is a nice beach but the jellyfish abound to such a large extent that I
am afraid to swim off the boat much.
climbed to the top of a small mountain on the coast with a temple on it
near Leam Semila and had a great view of the city of Songkhla. I like
it a lot. It has a great number of well laid out parks and maybe has a
slightly more Malaysian atmosphere then most Thai cities I have seen.
I like it distinctly better then many I have visited. Unfortunately it
doesn't have that much to see in a tourist sense but the people are quite
friendly. I have been here three days and was invited to a house for a
nice simple dinner. I am paying two young boys who work at one of the
seafood restaurants to look after my dingy and keep an eye out on the
I set my crew free to wander and explore Songkhla while we are here so
I am not exactly sure where they are at the moment.
Take care mom,
PS Give me a call anytime.