After a week of heavy rain and flooding — sorry, I mean a week of waiting for water to drain — we’ve finally had some let-up over this weekend.
Happy Sunday, Bangkok, and here’s to the end of another great week.
While the rest of the world works themselves up into a frenzy over Brexit, life has seemed comparatively calm in Thailand over the last couple of days.
Sure, there’s been rats nibbling on donuts in Soi 33’s Tops Market, a high-profile visit by Aung San Suu Syi, and the news that Thailand will soon be getting durian-flavoured condoms, but otherwise it’s been pretty low-key.
Let’s take a look at what else has been occupying Thailand this week — here’s the best of the week’s news, views, videos and social media updates.
One of Thailand’s most contentious cases — where teenage, unlicenced driver ‘Praewa’ killed 9 people on the Don Mueang expressway six years ago, only to receive 138 hours of community service as punishment — has just got even more attention. The now-22 year old has admitted breaching the conditions of her probation and has requested to re-do her community service.
What’s better than partying on Khao San Road? Swimming in the dirty flood water on Khao San Road, apparently.
We’re not sure how much NOx must have been ingested to think that was a good idea…
Seriously guys; ew.
— ข้อความสุดท้าย (@Dickyman96) June 22, 2016
Thailand’s Royal Air Force have recently accepted their first ever female pilots and the five of them began their military training this week. This will last for a year at the Wing 6 Air Force HQ, after which they’ll be flying transport aircraft and choppers.
Phuket Town has seen an emergence of street art in the past year, including from the indomitable Alex Face. Jamie Monk, Phuket aficionado, walks us through the town’s most colourful images, accompanied by some great photos. Anyone from the UK might recognise some artistic reflections of Bristol — acclaimed graffiti artist Banksy’s home town.
The Bangkok Post get a little witty this week, providing sharp and honest taglines to some of the businesses and locations in this fine city. A few of our favourites:
- Soi Cowboy: Girl, boy, ladyboy; you’ll be riding something here
- Rocket: Hot Swedes inside
- Cheap Charlie’s: Every expat you know, all in one place
In one of the most WTF articles we’ve read for a while, a writer for Inspire Pattaya tries to convince us that luk khrueng children — awkwardly referred to here as ‘mongrel’ — are much better than their, ahem, ‘pedigree’ Thai counterparts, thanks to receiving the best characteristics of both their Thai and Western parents. Quite a bizarre essay on the whole, complete with nauseating pride at the writer’s own children.
This thread discusses quite a hot topic — if the UK requires immigrants to its shores to learn English, should those same Brits moving to Thailand make the effort to learn Thai? An interesting discussion about the value of language learning and the frank practicalities of its application.
Concerned with living costs and requiring “decent western infrastructure and a good level of English,” this poster wants to know where the most suitable Thai city is for his needs. He’s semi-settled on Pattaya — after all, that’s where all the Russians go, right?! Replies are quick to comment that a horde of Russian families does not a great city make.
A blistering assessment of dear Pattz:
Interesting discussion on racism in Thailand from around 3 minutes in…
For Thai women over 60, it’s mandatory to make one’s hair as big as possible during special events
— Lucky Erawan (@LuckyErawan) June 19, 2016
It always worries me slightly when I see a job ad that is looking for ‘a teacher who is patient, calm and understands Thai culture’
— Phil / Ajarn.com (@Ajarncom) June 21, 2016
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— Stickboy Bangkok (@StickboyBangkok) June 24, 2016
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That’s been The Week On Sukhumvit — see you next time!
Featured image is by Twitter User @Dickyman96