We’re hearing and seeing the aftermath of the high value of the Thai baht across the international stage. Not only is it making it more expensive for western retirees on fixed incomes, but Thai exports are suffering too. The ‘gift’ from the government is intended to spread the wealth and get Thai’s to visit other provinces to boost local tourism. I’m not sure they thought this through properly, given that mother just wanted to do some grocery shopping. A quick 15-minute drive for us put us in a different province where Chanya’s mother could pick up some household essentials. Chanya was more creative and found a hairdressing supplier on the program which gives her the opportunity to make 4 times the value of the products she purchased. The plan is to incentivise the Thai’s to take trips to different places and spend their own money by kickstarting the deal with a handout. Alas, like most of these hairbrained ideas, it is not working and it now looks like there will be a third phase of the program over the new year.
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Chanya wasn't feeling up to going house hunting this Wednesday, but there was a warehouse sale on near us so that's where we went too.
Thailand and the Thai's have a thing for ghosts, and it seems they are getting into the Halloween spirit these days too. Today we check out Halloween at the Seacon Bangkae
My buddy Joe from Sydney was in town so we organised a meetup with Tim out at the Seacon Bangkae and checked out a Lego battle robot exhibition that was being held there.