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24 Nov 2015

The Most Fantastic Bombastic Jim!

Everybody Loves Jim!
And there should be no reason not to.
Besides Jim’s own quote, - and I quote; Fall in Like not in Love !

Jim is the Penang Visa Guru!

We all go to Jim! Ha-ha maybe we don’t go from the very first visa trip, but eventually we all end up at Jim’s place.

Jim’s place feels like home. When I say home, I mean of course Phangan. Chillaxed, Friendly and Loving.



And Everything about Jim himself is loving and friendly, happy, handsome and fantastic bombastic!

In the famous Chulia Street in Penang, where all of us visa runners eventually end up, the Phangan family seems to also eventually meet up at Jim’s place.
This is our second home from Phangan.

A room, a bed, a couch, an ear, a loving friend, a golf teacher and most of all a fantastic bombastic being helping an enormous amount of visa runners everyday who are obtaining their new visa’s allowing them to stay a little bit longer in our common paradise, Phangan!

Weee thank you Jim!

An honest man with a warm heart which has brought an extra beat to many lady hearts around the world. A handsome traveller in his young days and a magic man in his wiser days ;)

Second generation, Indian born in Malaysia. Owner of Jim’s Place in Penang, Guest house and visa run service. Return tickets and a safe stay!

He grew up in Penang with his family, his mum, dad and brother. The British army was around and in his early years of labour he was a carrier boy.  


He later went on to travel to Scandinavia and spend a couple of years in Sweden, near Gl . Strand.

He eventually became a popular golf teacher in Sweden.

He was a rare sight in Sweden in those days, as he expresses it himself 'being a handsome golf teacher from the middle east' gave him a few extra points on the popularity scale there.

Those were good times he says! Bombastic fantastic!

He spent some years travelling Europe and Asia before he returned to Penang to open his Guest House.

His brother stayed at home with his parents and Jim told me that he is very grateful for this, his brother stayed back home in Penang with them all the time.”He was the one taking care of them. I was not here. He took very good care of my mother until the end. I am both very proud and very grateful for him.”

At the time, when their mother died, Jim shaved all his hair of, as tradition tells you. “Nowadays,” he says, “you can easily get around just shaving a few armpit hairs off but I did not want that.

I would like to show her the full traditional respect. At least I could do that when I hadn’t been able to be here as much as my brother.  At that time I had very long hair. It had grown since I was a child. I cut if of to honour my mother.”

Today Jim is back home in Penang in his guesthouse. He still travels, now mostly on vacations or to visit a friend or a Lover.

He has a sweet rumour of amour about him and many times I have heard a lady speak kindly about Jim. He recommend to fall in Like and not in Love and many lovely ladies on the way have learned that lesson. 

He regularly comes to Phangan and visits the Full Moon Party and all of his regular guests and friends from his guest house in Penang.

He welcomes you to his guest house and fixes your visa and your safe return. He will become your friend and your brother and you will visit him every three or six months!

When visa running there is only one place ... Jim’s Place ;) !!

I was just there!
Yet another bombastic visa run at its end!

As always I feel special when I am at Jim’s place. I am welcomed as a friend and family and I have VIP lounge every time.

I Stayed with lovely strangers who became lovely friends in less than two minutes, as always hopefully.


Felt at home in the Lounge, was treated like family, got my visa on time, had Indian and Chinese food from Little India and Little China just around the corner, Jim brought me Malay tea, which I unfortunately never got because I went out for a late night snack just at thesame time ha-ha.


Went out the first evening with a French speaking crew, visited a friend, played a few cards, which I sucked at, went back home to Jim’s, stayed up for most of my first night with Ipad and Movies in the special VIP lounge, fell asleep on the couch in the Special Lounge among drinks, smokes, snacks and others with the same kinds of interests! What a smooth ride so far .. ;)


Went out for a coffee, ouch a bit steamy, watch out for the very varied prices in a short distance on that same Chulia street. A meal can vary from 4 RM to 65 RM within a few meters so look up if you are on a budget ;) Me? Budget of course! and Yes yes,  Lucky as always - of course ;)


Slept through the day and went out for a night snack. Went straight back home to Jim, to enjoy my last evening in Jim’s House. With our new Koh Tao friend we stayed up a couple of hours and talked about life and death, love and dreams in Jim’s Bombastic Room and Guest House.

Highly Recommended by Phanganist

See you next month on Phangan Jim ! ))

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