|Traffic upcountry in Thailand|
We are living in North Thailand and that is about 700 km from the home town of my wife. Normally we would go there a few times per year, but due to the Corona Crisis lockdown we had not been to my wife's family for more as 7 months. So last Sunday it was time to go again, so we left in the very early morning and had a famous breakfast at a 7-11 along route 101. We did drive via Phrae, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok and then a short-cut to route 21. This is a route from Saraburi to Lom Sak. And to my surprise route 21 was busy with Bangkokians going home after a weekend in Khao Kho, Phetchabun, Phu Thap Boek and Loei. It seems that people are happy to finally be able again to travel and it looks like 1.000's of people had taken the weekend for a holiday trip. So at least at the moment domestic tourism is doing fine in Thailand. And as long as the economy will be fine in Thailand the middle class and upper class of Thailand will be traveling in Thailand as for the moment they can not travel elsewhere.
We did stay for 2 nights in a small resort with only 8 rooms, all almost brand new and clean. For only 500 Thai baht per night. And breakfast at the family house of my wife. When I did come there now about 20 years ago for the first time it did feel & look like the end of the world. Nowadays modernisation & change are coming even to this small town. There are now 6 ATM's, 1 24hr supermarket and I can even eat pizza! And in the meanwhile there is being build an electric wind-farm with huge wind-mills. All build with materials from China and build by people from China. And they spend a part of their salary at the local villages.
|Vast rice fields in the countryside of North-East Thailand|