Tuesday, July 29, 2008

ADSL Speedtest TOT 2048/512 7/29/2008 4:33 AM GMT

Rawai - Phuket - Frankfurt - Germany

From 9:48AM - 11:35AM Internet was down at all

Friday, July 25, 2008

ADSL Speedtest TOT 2048/512 7/25/2008 2:50 AM GMT

Rawai - Phuket - Atlanta - USA

Rawai - Phuket - Bangkok - Thailand

Rawai - Phuket - Frankfurt - Germany

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ADSL Speedtest TOT 2048/512 7/23/2008 1:42 PM GMT

Rawai - Phuket - Bangkok - Thailand

Rawai - Phuket - Frankfurt - Germany

ADSL Speedtest CAT 4096/1024 7/23/2008 10:31 AM GMT

Phuket ICT - Phuket - Bangkok - Thailand

Phuket ICT - Phuket - New York - USA

Phuket ICT - Phuket - Frankfurt - Germany

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Visa Run to Penang with the Motorbike

I am back and it was a nice trip! :-) Nice weather, very low traffic, nice roads and clean air all day long.

Yep, on July 14th I started at Phuket at about 6:45. My Honda Phantom 200CC was packed and fueled and it took me only about 2 hours to reach Krabi. An our later I stopped in Trang to take some nice Passport/Visa shots. Two 2" sizes are required. They took the head and the rest was Photoshop liquify. Finally I was wearing a nice suit without even changing my cloths.

Another 2 hours later I stopped again in Sadao after having a very enjoyable ride over the mountains to HatYai. Sadao is a small village just at the border and a good place to change some money to Malaysian Ringe. The banks don't have Malaysian Money so you have to go to some special exchanging places inside of shops and offices. It is best to change your money in Thailand and before travelling back don't forget to change your Ringe back to Baht in Malaysia as most Thai Banks won't accept 1, 5 and 10 Ringe Notes.

Crossing the border couldn't be easier. Actually I had to drive back! With the motorbike you simply can cross without even stamp your passport and nobody will remind you. Don't forget to leave your departure card with one of these officers!

The first impression of Malaysia is GREEN. The Motorway is nearly empty and and the whole landscape looks really green. About 1km after the border you will find a gasoline station. In Malaysia Gasoline is much cheaper then in Thailand. (Thailand at the moment 45 Baht 91, Malaysia 27 Baht 97) I fueled up with 97 and my Honda drove much quieter and faster too. It took me only 1 1/2 hours to the bridge connecting the mainland to Penang (Pinang) Island.

The bridge costs you 1.40 and the ferry back was even free (normaly about 1.60 to Penang with the ferry).

I stopped by at Hotel Continental. It is a nice and clean place, has a swimming Pools for relaxing after this nice motorbike ride and in the morning a breakfast buffet. Also it provides a guarded Motobike Parking on 5th Floor - costs 86 Ringe/Night.

As the hotel is situated directly in the old town of Penang it was a good idea to take a walk around after having a swim in the pool (opened from 8AM - 7PM). Many old houses, which formerly might have been looking quite nice, are meanwhile broken and you really have to search for some nice heritage places.

Next morning 15th I took the bike to the Thai Consulate. It couldn't be smoother. Drop by, leave your papers, passport and workpermit and of course your money between 9 and 11 AM (they should be completed!!! check before you start even to do a Visa Run). On the next day you can pickup your stuff again between 2 - 4 PM. A three month nonimmigrant B costs 250 and a 1 year multiple entry 550 Ringe. They will refund you the money when you can't get a multiple Entry one - if you are lucky.

I used the day to travel around the island with my Motorbike. Traffic inside town is very high but as soon as you leave George Town with its 600.000 Inhabitants behind you it will be really empty and quite. Nature takes over the lead.

After the first 15 km you will reach the Holiday Concrets of Penang. I don't like these tourist blocks but ok it's a very small place and then the road will bring you to a lake and its dam. It climbs higher and higher and here it is really really nice to ride your bike. Fresh air, wonderful temperatures and absolutly no traffic and wonderful curves.

The road will lead you over the mountain to the west cost with some very nice small quiet villages. Many local people are living here. The beaches are way not so nice like on Phuket Island. Absolutly no comparrison but the mountain road is something you won't find in Phuket at all!

Riding back to Georgetown will take you again over a mountain and down thru some satellite villages. Art in Concrete - They really look awfull. About 30 - 40 Stories high blocks with thousands of inhabitants in it. It really reminded me to Hong Kong.

I stopped by at the Penang Hill Train but unfortunately it was broken. In the evening I met a nice Indian who showed me around some places. He was actually a driver for students from Saudi Arabia, Jemen, Jordan. Rich Boys which come to Penang to learn English. Most of them can't talk much when they arrive. But they seem to enjoy the livestyle of Penang as it is much more liberal than in their home countries. Some of them are pasing tests for university or return back home after 2-3 months.

Penang has a lot of schools of all kind.

The next morning I took a nice breakfast and swim before riding to the Thai Consulate to pick up my papers. 2:15PM I was ready to start back north.

This time I took the ferry to Butterworth. The Motorway will take you back to the border in about 1 1/2 hours. Don't forget to refill your tanks in Malaysia. Last Gasoline station is about 1 km before the border!

This time - again - I would have been able to simple cross the border without even stopping with the motorbike. You really must pay attention to stop and walk to the booths to get your arrival card and stamps for your passport.

I drove to Hat Yai to meet Ale - a friend and Missionary - and his family. He has 4 boys and a lovely wife. Ale and his boys are running a skateboard group. It was really good to be with friends like him.

On the next morning (about 9 AM) I left Hat Yai to visit Sonkla and take the ride up north along the beaches. Sonkla has very nice beaches, but unfortunately you weren't able to see most of the beaches along the 120km up north. About 40km before Nakhon Sri Thamarath you turn left to cross over to the weather side of Thailand :-) Yeah weather side - the west - Krabi. While the east was totally sunny the sky turned more and more dark the further I came to the west. Riding down the Mountain Range it even started to rain a bit. I was really lucky that it were only small showers. The road between Krabi and Phang Nga City isn't in a very good condition at the moment as they are building 2 more lanes. So you can ride only about 90-100km/h.

Finally I was back on Phuket Island at Home in Rawai at about 4 PM.

ADSL Speedtest TOT 2048/512 7/19/2008 9:47 AM GMT

Rawai - Phuket - Singapore

Rawai - Phuket - Frankfurt - Germany

Friday, July 11, 2008

ADSL Speedtest TOT 2048/512 7/11/2008 2:15 AM GMT

Rawai - Phuket - Bangkok - Thailand

Rawai - Phuket - Frankfurt - Germany

Rawai - Phuket - Washington - USA

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New Functions on Phuket Phuket - ICT Innovation Paradise

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ADSL Speedtest
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ADSL Speedtest TOT 2048/512 7/10/2008 7:15 AM GMT

Rawai - Phuket - Frankfurt - Germany

Again vey slow download and very difficult to work with!

Honda Phantom 200cc Big Inspection

I was riding meanwhile 16.000 km so it's time to have a great inspection. Especially when you intend to go on tour soon. They changed all break pads front, back and its fluids, changed oil, checked air, chain and light. It took 1 hour and cost 680 Baht. Now I am ready to go for the next 3.000km until the next oilchange. Fine! This evening my bike gets also complete cleaning for 120 Baht so it looks a gain as nice as it sounds at the moment. :-)

ADSL Speedtest TOT 2048/512 7/10/2008 1:26 AM GMT

Rawai - Phuket - Bangkok - Thailand - Asia

Today we have brilliant Download Results even international - BRAVO. Uploadspeed international could still improve. Upload actually is very important for companies working here on the island and also for collaboration with people abroad via Video Chat, VoIP and Groupware applications. Green Outsourcing would only be possible with a high upload rate. Today only South Africa and China had still big problems to get connected to Phuket.
Rawai - Phuket - Frankfurt - Germany - Europe

Rawai - Phuket - Washington - USA - North Amerika

Rawai - Phuket - Vancouver - Canada - North America

Rawai - Phuket - Buenos Aires - Argentine - South America

Rawai - Phuket - Johannesburgh - South Africa - Africa

Rawai - Phuket - Sydney - Australia

Rawai - Phuket - Tokyo - Japan - Asia

Rawai - Phuket - Mumbai - India - Asia

Rawai - Phuket - Manama - Bahrain - Asia

Rawai - Phuket - Shenzen - China - Asia

Rawai - Phuket - Hongkong - Asia

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

ADSL Speed in Thailand - an Overview

In the last days we struggled a lot to get a good connectivity. Meanwhile we have a good speed inside Thailand and this morning even to Germany. But lets have a look to some snapshots taken with speedtest. Why do you think is Rangsit so fast and Phuket even not appearing in this statistics? If you know the answer I would be glad to read it.
Thailand Download
Phuket is unfortunately not visible in this Chart!

Thailand Upload

Pathum Thani Rangsit Download

Phuket Kathu Download

Pathum Thani Rangsit Upload

Phuket Kathu Upload

TRUE - TOT Download

TRUE - TOT Upload

Going abroad with a Thai motorbike

Yeah a great idea! Even it is rainy season - unfortunately. But before you can leave Thailand with your motobike (or car) you need to get a lot of paperwork done.

1. You will need an International Drivers License
I went down to the place where you can make your drivers license. I brought my two Thai Drivers Licenses and they gave me a paper. With this formular I went to the Phuket Immigration first floor. The officer there wrote another paper. Therefore I needed the Passport including my not expired ThaiVisa, 2 Pictures midium ones 2" and my notification certificate. If you don't have the notification certificate you will need your house registration papers. It will cost about 100 Baht and then you can go back to the Drivers License place near Saphan Hin. They filled out the forms for me and charge about 300 Baht. They also needed 2 copies of your passport and 2 from your valid Visa. Finally I took a number in the room around the corner after paying another 450 Baht and waited. When you get called they will take pictures of you and charge you 105 Baht. Then I needed to wait again and depending on how many people will be waiting with you, you can pick up your new international smart card drivers license (valid for 3 years) quite fast, like me. You don't need to pay anything here and they will also provide nice covers (1 per card only) free of charge.

2. Next is getting International (translated) Papers for your vehicle - in my case a Honda Phantom 200CC motorbike
Therefore I needed again a copy of my passport and valid visa, company-papers and company stamp as well as signatures and IDcards and houseregistration papers from your thai or other managers (i.e. if your vehicle is registered on the company and you have a thai manager), otherwise you will need your houseregistration papers and workpermit. It took about 1 day to get the translation and it costs only 25 Baht!

Enjoy your trip beside the Thai Borders with your Thai Motorbike. I will too :-)
(All information provided as is and it happened to me it might be different when you apply for it - please keep this always in mind)

3. Going with a Honda Phantom 200CC
Yeah the Honda Phantom is made in Thailand and very very solid and good. It consumes only little gasoline and best of all - all around Thailand you will find nearly every 5km someone who could repair your machine. During our Motorbike Diaries Tour 2006 we never needed this assistance and oil changes where made in a breeze of time in about 20-30 Minutes. We drove 7500 km one time all around Thailand in 24 days. Check out our nice Motorbike diaries Videos we made from each day of our trips.

If you wanna really see and meet Thailand and its pleople then go by Bike. You won't regret it. Our 2 boys Anakin and Sky Bird were sitting each infront of my wife and me and were mostly sleeping on the tank ;-) but they loved the tour and still like to sleep on the motorbike.

ADSL Speedtest TOT 2048/512 7/9/2008 11:13 AM GMT

Rawai - Phuket - Bangkok - Thailand ...

... is still fine! But ...
Rawai - Phuket - Frankfurt - Germany ...

... getting unfortunately much slower again then this morning.

ADSL Speedtest TOT 2048/512 7/9/2008 1:41 AM GMT

WOW - I am so happy! Today we have bestnotes in connectivity inside Thailand and to Europe. Phuket is a FAST Island as you can see! With very HIGH SPEED! and GOOD SERVICE!
Rawai - Phuket - Bangkok - Thailand - Asia

Rawai - Phuket - Frankfurt - Germany - Europe

Rawai - Phuket - Washington - USA - North Amerika

Rawai - Phuket - Vancouver - Canada - North America

Rawai - Phuket - Buenos Aires - Argentine - South America

Rawai - Phuket - Johannesburgh - South Africa - Africa

Rawai - Phuket - Sydney - Australia

Rawai - Phuket - Tokyo - Japan - Asia