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Posted by Major Paul from on July 08, 1998 at 02:54:55:

In Reply to: Re: They know Indy in Thailand posted by Rob Roy on July 07, 1998 at 09:57:33:

: That's a pretty cool account of your travels, MP. I just saw a news special on Thailand a few days ago and was also impressed by how modern Bangkok was. Tell us more about these Burmese bandits! Did you have the urge to enter any of the places you weren't allowed to?
: When I was in the Navy, my ship went to the island of Okinawa just south of Japan. While walking along the beach (I could swear the water was pool blue), I noticed signs near the cliff-side hills that said "Sacred burial caves. Do not enter." There was no one around and no chain or door to stop me. I was THIS close to wandering inside when I realized I had no flashlight on me (shame on me, I know), and I suddenly remembered reading somewhere that one of the worlds most poisonous snakes lives on Okinawa. Why did it have to be snakes?

: Rob, forgot to answer your other question about going into places I wasn't allowed. Yes, I was very tempted! I wanted to cross over into Laos but that country is pretty funky. You have to leave your passport at the border and then reenter Thailand at the same checkpoint. It sounded a little sketchy to me. If there had been some amazing ruin or the like in Laos then it would have been worth it. But I had no objective really. Some of the temples I visited in Thailand where awesome but I was always mindful of the Buddhist monks who were praying and did not bother them or show any disrespect. I try hard not to be the "ugly American" while visiting other cultures. I also try hard not to set off booby traps in temples and ruins either(smile)! -MP

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