Where Do You Come From? Next stop Mukdahan มุกดาหาร Part 2

Vlog#845 Border Patrol has a few questions for me. An Amazing beautiful day in Thailand. Bike ride along the Mekong to Mukdahan.
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78 comments

  1. When I lived in patong I use to get so frustrated the way they.did things it use to drive me nuts I would think why do that or why do it that way ,in the end I gave up and just laughed,

  2. Great video Chuck thanks. I’m deaf in one ear now so I know all about tone deficiency. When I hear a sound I have no idea where it’s coming from. Sucks. It will be a challenge to learn the language, which I’m impressed with your progress by the way, but I will have lots of time to learn it. I’m babbling. Thanks again Chuck. All the best. Mitch 🙏

  3. My ears are fine and I still can’t hear my wifes intonations.. Thanks for the hint that reading it would be a help.. My boys speak both interchangeably which I feel is great.. In fact we give them extra Thai lessons because they go to International school.. We want them to be proficient in both as we intend to be living here for the foreseeable future.. Glad you stop and smell the flowers once in a while.. Keep up the good work.. Quit going barefoot.. : ) Thanks for the entertainment and information.. Bill G.

  4. Transliteration usually follows the workings of a British lady, Mary Haas, and her idea of what the sound is like so G becomes K. That also causes words to have an r in combination with a like in the name Porn (Americans and locals pronounce this Paan.) Very nice two videos, thanks.

  5. Essential to read and write if you want to get your speaking tones correct, it’s also fun to be able to read road and shop signs. If you do a full time Thai course, the first three months is reading and writing, it’s only after that, that you start speaking.

  6. Hey Chuck,
    I think the police at the check point were impressed you could speak Thai.
    God I don’t know how you ride so far in that heat and humidity.
    Really enjoyed part 2 .

  7. Really enjoy you videos, reminds me to fix up my own bike so I can get out and lose a few pounds I have gained staying in. Until next video take care

  8. Finally decided to comment on the poor parking abilities I left behind in Jacksonville, FL, USA. Some folks back there did not make multiple attempts. Only one and would end up snugged clear to the passenger side of the space, screwing the driver in the next space. I had to crawl in the passenger side of my car more than once. Or just wheeling in once at an angle and hanging over into the next space thus taking up two spaces. On and on and on…..;-) Thailand has no corner on the market of lousy parkers.

  9. Really enjoying your bike ride and your musings along the way.
    On a different topic, have you guys gone down to Nakhon Si Thammarat yet? Did a search on your channel and didn’t see any videos from there.

  10. Where’s Other Chuck?! I missed him in this episode. 555 just kidding. I know how hard you work to produce your vlogs. Thank you. I’m sharing this episode on my Facebook because I thought the police (military?) checkpoint encounter was awesome. And also, I enjoyed your commentary in general. 👍🏽👍🏽

  11. Thx for the vid 🙏🏻 my backside was getting sore just watching lol..love the flora and fauna there..some of the monkies can be aggressive so I’m with you on that..I’m sure you stopped for food and water but you didn’t show..and saw the cows grazing close to the highway with no fencing but, that’s Tland..thx again for the trip, I’ll put extra padding on the saddle 555..🙏🏻👍🏻✌🏻🕊

  12. HEY CHUCK AND PAIGE, NICE VIDEO CHUCK. I JUST HAD A BOUT WITH AN EAR INFECTION IN THE LEFT EAR SO I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT ONLY HAVING 10 PERCENT OF YOUR HEARING. I HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND HAVE THEM CLEAN IT OUT AND I HAVE MEDICINE I USE TWICE A DAY. I’M GLADE YOU MENTIONED ABOUT THE DRIVING. I HAVE A THAI FRIEND AS A BUSINESS PARTNER AND I GOTTA TELL YOU HE HAS TO BE THE WORST DRIVER I HAVE EVER SEEN. I ASKED HIM ONE DAY WHERE HE LEARNED HOW TO DRIVE AND HE TOLD ME HE LEARNED OFF THE INTERNET. THAT’S WHEN EVERYTHING MADE SENSE. I THINK MOST PEOPLE IN THAILAND DON’T KNOW WHERE THE LEFT SIDE OF THEIR CAR IS. THEY LACK SPATIAL CONCEPT AND SO THEY HAVE A HARD TIME PARKING AND GOING AROUND CORNERS. I ALSO NOTICE THAT WHEN PASSING A MOTOR BIKE THEY PULL WAY OVER IN THE NEXT LANE AS THOUGH IT WAS SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER. SOMETIMES I JUST CLOSE MY EYES. LOL

  13. Good video… Your “Mericun” Texas accent is showing… “Spelt” it.

    Is the traffic as dangerous as it looks?… Especially with the reputation there… When I ride, those one lane/no shoulder roads freak me out… Particularly the drop offs.

  14. I’ve been driving for a few years now and I used talk at other drivers the same as I used to in Austin. At least that’s what I told my wife when she was learning to drive, my version of do’s and don’ts in respect to safety. Hoping she would understand and be aware of the other guy when she was driving. So, before she got her license she hardly said anything about driving; now, sometimes she sounds like I used to “complaining” about the other guys short comings and she even corrects and directs me a lot more than she used to…. go figure. I think when your channel is about life in Thailand I don’t know how else you can compare the western and eastern cultures without being country specific. It makes the most sense if you think it through. Otherwise you would have to make racial references? Ya know what I mean? Heh …just saying. Looking forward to part three.

  15. Watching and enjoying your video, as always, with a nice cup of coffee in my hand, while the sun is slowly heating up my backgarden. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate a lot. Greetings from a small village in The Netherlands ☕️👌

  16. You really got to be careful riding on you r bicylce. All it takes is one idiot who will ruin your happy life. Stay in a car dude. Get your exercise on your machine or in your neighborhood.

  17. Now you are getting to one of the most irritating things that I hear in Thailand… It grates on my nerves when westerners use the TiT phrase as it is always used in a condescending or demeaning way… All of us in the world have customs/ways of doing things that were likely originally for a reason but over the many years the reason was lost and there is just the way it has always been done. Sometimes we even find out that we think it is not the best way and do it differently only to find out what might have been the reason why it has always been done that way …

  18. Really enjoyed your video. Those monkeys may carry rabies so be careful. Does your electric shocker that you use for dogs good to use on the monkeys? It’s bizarre that the Thai government builds this bike path with lights and it’s abandoned. Why ?

  19. Chuck this is your best video I have seen from you. It was very informative . I lived in Thailand for 11 months now . I agree with a lot things you had to say from my own experience , example being the culture and thai drivers , Lol. But it is what it is. Thank for this video and I loved the bike riding .

  20. I think most people generalize and they know that not every person from a particular community is like that. Grouping people can be used in a good way and sometimes in not so good way as history shows us. However, I am sure most of us know you love Thailand and these little things make it what it is.

  21. It can’t be “Thai People” that is objected to because they use that คนไทยชอบ… คนไทยคิดว่า … It is more likely the negative generalisation, คนไทยบางคน -some Thai people would probably be alright. I hope that I don’t get blasted for my superior attitude! Later I heard you correct it. “Thai people” to a Thai might as well be ‘you’ so, if a positive attribute use it but if not, say some Thai people.

  22. Chuck and Paige I am always inspired with your positive experience’s in Thailand. I am learning so much about the mindset required to live here. I live not too far away from you. Looking forward to your next vlog. Excellent production , by the way.

  23. thai is a hard language. i don’t think most english speakers can hear the tonal difference. if you ask a native thai speaker to say the words “white”, “news”, and “rice” in thai, most non-native will not hear the difference. it also doesn’t help that there are letters without an equivalent in english (the T for turtle in thai) and the fact that the english spelling of thai words make no sense at times. specifically exactly what you pointed out, they will use “k” or “kh” when “g” is a the correct sound (eg, the second syllable of khon kaen). you’re doing well, though. and, as you said, you try. so thai people won’t really care if you aren’t perfect at it.

  24. Next You will Have to Ride to Laos or Cambodia or Vietnam Chuck if Borders are Open of course bit like a tour of Asia following the Mekong River

  25. Really great thanks for the postings. So glad I found your channel😊 it really interesting to see a real life as a farang and not all the crazy bar vids. Keep em coming😃 a few more years and then I’ll be living the same life😃😃😃

  26. Yes the roads are definitely improving and there seems to be major projects underway everywhere you go.
    Although it may not seem like it but Thai road fatalities have actually dropped in comparison to vehicle numbers. So still sadly unacceptably high – but it is not rising with increase in drivers. I think the road improvements play a part in this reduction.

  27. Said the same thing last video but I just love these rolling shots of the Thai backcountry. Biking is a better speed than car for this as the scene isn’t flying by. Also, the way around the general statement thing is to always be ready to acknowledge that generalities have both truth and exceptions in them.

  28. Interesting point about generalizing Thai people. I think when any of of us start a comment with “they” it can sometimes open you up to offending people. However we all do it. Nobody’s perfect. In fact you treat everyone you seem to meet with respect and have a generous spirit. That’s why I enjoy your channel. Thank you Chuck

  29. Hi very much like watching the videos of your bike adventures I myself have thai girlfriend she back in Thailand small town east of khon khen think that’s correct way spell it I plan move to Thailand and learn the language in the near future any tips advice would be appreciated Would it better learn from family member or Thai language teacher thank you Anthony I’m presently living working Middle East Saudi Arabia

  30. You are a brave person to be riding your bicycle on a busy highway. I wasn’t impressed with the monkeys there and don’t trust them, especially the older ones.

  31. I will never ever be joining u on a cycle u would have to bring me home on ur bar of the bick if it has one I would get it hard to bo the in Acari brought back lot of good memories of ravelling around thiland page is wise to sit and t yoghurts

  32. I tell my buds back home that if you find yourself lost in the jungles of Thailand and you come upon a small market with less than 10 food stalls, then you are legally still considered to be lost in the Thai jungle!

  33. Chuck, you are so right about English teachers and I’ve met many. Entittaled millennials who will never work in a proper job in their own country but hey, they can speak English, look at me. So sad for them.

  34. I would love to come ride with you one day, this YouTube clips is one of most interests, because it’s goes along Mekong. It’s like Homeward Bound to me.

  35. Nice ride and I enjoyed your conversation with the check point staff. Interesting that some of your Thai friends take acceptation to the phrase “Thai people” because Chinese people that I know here in the US when they refer to the beliefs and the different way things are done they they themselves always say “Chinese People” do this or do that, or think this or that.

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