I’m travelling Thailand now in the month of May 2022 when it appears the country is starting to recover from the pandemic with the rest of the world. My experiences here in Hua Hin has been a good one so far, although it’s a little bit different from what it was like in 2019, the last time that I was here.
Local businesses didn’t survive
There used to be a couple of businesses nearby that I would get my morning meals from, but I’m sadden to see that they are no longer there. I wonder what has happened to them or what other direction in life did they take? There are a couple of people out there now that I’m dying to eat their roasted pork skewer and Joke (congee in Thai) once again. I hope they return soon with all the tourists starting to drizzle back in. If not, I’m glad I at least had the chance to try their masterpieces.
Markets feel vacant
I had the chance to visit one of the local markets where people sell their goods every Saturday behind a temple. Most of the basic food vendors are still around (vegetables, meats, basic ingredients, etc.) but it’s clearly missing all the “fun” vendors who sold candies, draw your own pancakes, bubble tea, toys, gadgets, shoes, clothing, etc.
More storms in the weather
Climate change? I’m not sure. But I do know that this time around there are a lot more rainy days and storms. Not the tropical paradise I had imagined when I was making my way here from Bangkok. At least there are breaks in the weather for the sun to peek out behind the clouds, I’m grateful for those windows.
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