Well, sure helps to make sure of your references--always!
I just had a chance to reread that e-mail from Bob DeStatte and just had to say: Bob, what are you saying?!
Rach Gia is a coastal town on the WEST side of Vietnam (not the east), just south east of the Cambodia border town of Ha Tien. And if Schooley was captured with Thais, then for sure he's still going to be in the Thai Gulf.
Funny that Senator Kerry went in after a drug dealer, such as Schooley was. And $100,000 ransoming and bribing?! Yep, Vietnam was still at it's old piracy business, LOL!
For me my ransom was $10,000, but I wasn't being backed by drug lords like Schooley. :)