Friday, May 21, 2010
Going on a weekend vacation today, now that the violence is over. The obvious choice may have been to get out of town during the violence, but I think the connoisseur's choice is to be around for the interesting stuff and then relax during reconstruction. Pranburi is just a few hours south of here by van from Victory Monument, and it's supposed to be a-nice.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
This is what I woke up to this morning. It was all refreshingly normal, actually.
Hey tourists: come to Thailand. I mean, buy travel insurance, yeah, but please come. NO ONE WILL HURT YOU. You'll have a good time snorkeling, lying on the beach, visiting temples, and helping revive the economy of the country. Really. I can vouch for it.
Long story short:
"Is it safe to travel to Thailand?"
Safer than Brazil, probably safer than New York City.
"Will anything bad happen to me?"
You may get overcharged for a taxi ride. You may even get a sunburn. Take precautions (SPF 30 and you're good to go).
Sex tourists need not apply.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Today was a pretty rough day for downtown Bangkok. A lot of things got lit on fire. I don't have interesting video of that (sorry to disappoint) but it's all available online here and there if you're inclined to search for it. This is what I was doing this afternoon before the curfew went into effect (after which I was at home being a good curfew-abiding citizen*, of course).
*I'm not a Thai citizen, although that would be kind of cool.
Well only PARTS of Bangkok burning, really. Even more precisely, things being burnt in parts of Bangkok. believe it or not, I'm going out to Ekkamai to watch a movie now. Ong Bak 3, with Tony Jaa. If they start burning the theatre, I'm coming home, though.