His story gets better:
"I sat outside talking with our driver. He asks me where I am going next. And I say, "VN." And the first thing he says is "What are the gas prices like there?" Ha. Even people here have an almost compulsive fixation with gas prices. I do the math converting Dong into Dollars into Baht. And he smiles and says, "It's cheaper here." I can almost imagine motorbike taxi's in VN driving to Thailand for cheaper gas even though they are negating the cheaper price by driving to Thailand. It's kind of like when people drive from Marietta, OH to Parkersburg, WV for gas that is $.03 cheaper. Mom?"And better:
"But earlier in the day, I had asked the tuk-tuk driver how much he pays for gas in one day. He told me 100 baht ($2.50). That's high. He was only charging us 10 baht for an hour of driving us around. At that pace, it would take 10 hours of work to pay for a day's worth of gas."