What a week it’s been in the Land of Smiles.
With temperatures toasty enough to fry an egg on the pavement at one moment, and storms threatening to bring down our houses at the next, it’s fair to say that Thailand is suffering a phase of mildly unpredictable weather.
It’s best to be equipped at all times with both sun cream and a 7-Eleven waterproof poncho, we’ve found.
In other news, there’s been shock at the video of the violence in Hua Hin, worry about the end of days after a fire broke out on the Dinosaur Planet ferris wheel (no humans or dinosaurs injured, thankfully), and hope for the three women attempting to become the first female pilots in the Royal Thai Air Force.
But as always, there’s been plenty more keeping us busy in dear old Bangkok, so we’ve rounded up the best of the week’s news, views, videos and photos to keep you tiding over.
Take it away…
With temperatures hitting over 44° Celsius this week, it’s fair to say that it’s been a tad hot. So hot, in fact, that the mercury hasn’t been this active since April 1960. Hot season’s not over yet…
There’s been a sense of incredulity at the news of a passenger stopped at a departure gate at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, and refused permission to take aboard a gas tank on to his waiting plane. Whether he managed to take the tank all the way through security or if the structure was picked up on x-ray in his hold luggage has not yet been confirmed.
A tax on sugar-laden beverages is currently up for consideration before the cabinet, in a bid to reduce Thailand’s significant sugar intake – it’s currently boasting the dubious title of 9th worldwide for sugar consumption. Drinks with 6–10g of sugar per 100ml would be taxed at 20 percent, and those with over 10g of the sweet stuff at 25 percent.
A great, comprehensive round-up on how to score a job teaching English to Thai people – the chosen profession of many an expat in the Kingdom. Taylor takes you through the motions right from getting certified through to acquiring the correct visa. Required reading for all would-be teachers.
This pithy listicle runs through a few #ThailandOnly phenomena you can expect to experience while you’re in Bangkok – whether you’re a long term expat or a two-week tourist. Particularly on-the-nose observations include how not everything here is cheap and will that food give me diarrhea?
Some tourists headed for Thailand are adverse to spending too much of their holiday time in Bangkok, preferring instead to simply transit through the city on their way to more beach-worthy destinations. This blog seeks to illuminate some of the high points of Bangkok, taking us through a few days exploring the city’s most beautiful spots and attractions.
This thread walks us through the practicalities of paying your girlfriend a salary every month – right from how much you might expect to pay and how the girlfriend will feel about and appreciate this financial effort. Explaining his reasons behind this, the poster details how it means his girlfriend wouldn’t have to ‘cajole’ him for cash every month and also,
So we learn that by paying a salary, you can be lover, provider and boss all rolled up into one neat package. Er… hurrah? The thread replies are interesting, varying by some people appreciating the honesty of the poster, others debating his position entirely and a quick look at the Thai concept of Mia Noi.
— Glenn (@_GlennCollier) April 25, 2016
Manny Pacquiao moonlighting as a #Bangkok cabbie?
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— Stickboy Bangkok (@StickboyBangkok) April 25, 2016
— Signore Sammy (@signoresammybkk) April 24, 2016
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That’s been The Week On Sukhumvit – see you next time!
Featured image is via YouTube/Ricky Nelson