Arriving in Thailand the night was warm and humid, the smell was almost nostalgic, a feeling that came back from all those years ago. A special time that is cherished in our lasting memories, but this place now has changed beyond all recognition and the experiences that I remember cannot be repeated for my children.
After holidaying here in Thailand, I have noticed a few things that have made me not want to return in a hurry.
There is a noticeable class divide within the Thai people. The rich are evident and the slums are prevalent just outside city limits. The local voice shedding light on the sweat shops in the hills punching out cheap clothing and nick nacks and selling at exorbitant prices in the touristy areas. The rich are getting rich but the poor workers barely eat.
Sounds familiar right?
Big business eating lobster while everyone else eats baked beans..
In Patong, be it 14 years later, the people have a sense of entitlement now. I don’t know if that is because they work very hard and they see western society coming here on annual leave for a cheap holiday, or they believe they are more deserving because their products are quality. Either way I am surprised by the rudeness of some people (most have been great) who’s rolling eyes and rude body language leave a lasting scar.
This is just my opinion and I am sure other peoples will differ.
The streets smell and the public toilets at popular local markets are worse than a big day out port aloo. The cherry is that you have to pay money to use them.
The shirts and skirts are imitation but attainable at any shop sale within Stockland mall at the same price.
We are holidaying in a third world country paying first world prices.
Shopping makes me feel like I’ve been ripped off because things break or fall apart minutes after leaving the store.
I don’t want to turn people away from coming to Thailand as it does have some great attributes and can be a budget aeroplane journey.
But the fact is that if you think you are coming to Thailand for a cheap holiday you are wrong!
If you are think that this blog has no reason to be on an Albion Park Mortgage Broker website.
You are wrong!
After going to Thailand there is no doubt a refinance will be the first thing on your agenda when you return.
P.S The things that are cheap compared to Australia are.
Alcohol at 7/11 shops
Thanks for reading.