Friends back home are always asking about our day to day life here, so I’m planning to create a weekly update of what’s new, funny, cheap, expensive or whatever.
Normality is slowly returning to Thailand. We visited Bangkok recently, and while some parts were quiet, the business and shopping districts were definitely getting back to some kind of normal.
On the way home from Bangkok, we stopped at Cha-Am beach, and it was fairly busy with mainly Thai tourists. Domestic tourism is being encouraged, and we are seeing many more Thai people taking short breaks within the country. It won’t make up for the lack of international tourists, but it does help a little.
Back in Hua Hin, the night market was pretty busy on Saturday evening. It looked almost back to how it used to be. There were a lot less foreigners around though. Above is a short clip of the top end of the market.
What’s Expensive In Thailand
I was pretty shocked at the price of this Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky. It was 200,000 baht, which is around $6,290. I guess there must be people around that are willing to pay for this. I don’t drink whisky, so don’t have any idea whether this is more expensive than in Western countries.
What’s Cheap In Thailand
Cheap and delicious. I think this noodle soup was 30 or 40 baht, which is $1 or so. At 40 baht, you could choose between 5,000 bowls of noodle soup or one bottle of Chivas Regal. I find that quite astounding.
What’s Funny In Thailand?
Take a look at the photo above. This is how Thailand does social distancing in the men’s toilets. I’m not sure who comes up with these ideas. At least it provides some entertainment while you’re relieving yourself.
Whenever there is a huge downpour, Phetkasem Road in Hua Hin tends to flood. The video above was from a few weeks, ago, but last week the flooding was even worse. It doesn’t last long though. Drive past 30 minutes later and it’s usually back to normal.
Head to Soi 51 after a heavy downpour and you’ll be greeted by the scene above. Those are step to walk down to the beach. What a difference some rain makes. It also washed away large sections of sand.
If you’re in Thailand at the moment, now’s the time to go traveling around the country. There are some amazing hotels deals, and the lack of foreign tourists makes for a more relaxing time. We recently stayed at Holiday Inn, Silom, and got an awesome room for a rock bottom price. The hotel was pretty empty. Holiday Inn at Hua Hin seems to be pretty busy these days though, and we were told that many of the Bangkok staff had gone to help out at the Hua Hin location.
We’re going to plan a few weekends away soon, and take advantage of these amazing prices.