Travel in Thailand status, Aug 2022

john.b

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A notice brought me back here to see a comment and I thought I would update how travel status goes in Thailand, since we've been out to two different parts of the country in the past month. That ties to how Thailand is taking the later stages of covid experience, which varies a lot.

We first went to Nakhom Phnom, a rural Isaan (Northwest) small town across the river from Laos, in part to drop off a computer for my wife's friend and IT specialist guy to look at. Most of out of the way places in Thailand seem relatively normal, except for people still all wearing masks, and foreign tourism largely not returning to normal. No one goes there anyway, so that wasn't so different. It's nice out there; it reminded me of where I'm from, in Pennsylvania, although of course it's not exactly the same.

Next we visited Phuket, for my wife to take our kids to have surf lessons. It's the largest island in Thailand, and a main beach resort area. Foreign tourism not returning to normal hit them really hard, of course, with the limited renewed visitation breathing some life into the economy, but not sustaining it at anywhere near the former level. Half the local businesses are closed in some places. It's not that US tourism dropped out; there are usually more visitors from places closer on the globe. Traveling from most parts of the US to there would be arduous, not something that would be easy to accomplish in less than 24 hours.

It's not that I'm a wealthy retiree here, but since I work from home (generally; we go back in to the office some now) it's not difficult to travel locally and just work from a hotel somewhere. We had two holidays over the two weeks I travelled so both times it was nice having an extra day out, since the weekend we used for travel days.

In Bangkok things seem a lot more normal, since tourism is only one of a large number of economic inputs here. If you don't go to where foreign tourists are it's easy to not notice differences, beyond people wearing masks. Omicron strains are less dangerous so people just keep getting vaccinations and dealing with it when they get covid. Case counts and deaths never were equivalent to back in the US, and I suppose people still do take it more seriously here. But the end effect is probably similar; ongoing economic impact for some, and restrictions tapering off beyond that.

My wife spent some time in Hawaii not too long ago and she said their tourism is doing much better, but that's a different story.
 
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john.b

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Something reminded me of a part that may be interesting to others, if they haven't had a chance to travel in other countries, about how road travel differs elsewhere. We drove down to Phuket from Bangkok, which is crazy, since it's 900 km down there, or about 600 miles. On a good US interstate system you could get that far in 8 or 9 hours of driving time, easy, but Thai roads aren't quite as good as some US national highway routes, beyond all being 4 lane.

There is no ramp access version in most places, road quality is poor, there are some traffic light stops, and how people drive is worse than all the rest combined. Most people drive in the "fast" lane, so you have to pass in the slower lane, where very slow traffic also drives, so every pass weaves between trucks going much slower. It's a bit much. Related to those limitations it took about 15 hours of actual driving time over two days to get there and back (each way), slowed a bit by construction and such here and there. A major traffic obstacle relating to damage to an overpass structure added nearly an hour on the way back, with that related to taking a longer alternate route, not being stuck in traffic, since we avoided it and re-routed versus staging in a queue there.

Road infrastructure varies country to country; most of SE Asia is like that, or even worse in places like Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Main highways are on par with the US in Malaysia; they do better. Places like Japan, Korea, and Taiwan are fully developed countries, so their road systems are fine. In China it would probably vary, depending on where you are, but the roads I've encountered there were in perfect condition. Rail and air travel infrastructure is fine here, and maybe the former is even better than in the US, so that taking a train down there would've been faster, inexpensive, and comfortable, just definitely not direct and complete since Phuket is an island. Ordinarily people would fly instead, but we did save cost driving it, and it's really nice having your own car there, versus having to rent and use an unfamiliar version.
 

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My family just visited Phuket, a sea resort area in Thailand, so I can fill in how tourism is doing locally. That's a bit problematic related to it being the low season, the monsoon or rainy season now, so it's supposed to be slow, but I got a sense that it's slower than it usually ever gets. There were plenty of closed restaurants, and even closed down condo buildings, which I would expect would ordinarily ride out the slow periods, but instead shut down over the last 2 1/2 years. Of course the sea is the same; maybe even better to experience than it had been when it was busier. And there are less locals but not no locals; people are around.

We visited a brand new mall area to go to a grocery store, and it was interesting to see that developed infrastructure so quiet. My kids love IKEA food (it's Western; that theme comes up, but not as often as in "the West), so we visited a new shop version that just went in maybe 3 years ago, and it was empty too. A lot of the local infrastructure or business to support tourism was the same, there and ready for use, but really quiet. People will be back, it's just hard to say if that will ever return to the former levels or not. Probably, but maybe something shifted related to perspective on all that which will be hard to adjust back.
 
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