If you have a pram, or if you rely on a wheelchair to get around, you’re stuffed. Thai footpaths, and believe me that’s a very generous description, are more like a mountain bike track. There’s a great sky walk, but no lifts to get there.
And you can’t get a milkshake. Anywhere. Even in the giant food courts in the giant expensive shopping centres. But what you can get is great service. Unlike Australian department stores, where finding someone to actually help you, and to be happy to help you in the process, is like trying to put a saddle on a rattlesnake, in Bangkok help is always at hand.
And they’re happy to help.
At the bottom of one of these expensive shopping centres is OceanWorld. To quote 5-year-old Liam, it’s awesome.
No sign of any angry anti or pro-Government folk on the streets of Bangkok today. Plenty, though, to the east in Cambodia, where garment workers have gone on strike because they get paid diddly squat.
Their minimum wage was about $80 a month. The Government’s offered about $100 a month, but the workers want $160. For daring to strike for better conditions, four of them have been shot dead.
And to the west, lots of angry people in Bangladesh, where polling stations have been set on fire ahead of elections tomorrow.
I used to always say Australians should be more passionate about important issues. I guess you have to be careful what you wish for.
BTW, sad to hear of the death of Phil Everly. Anyone unfamiliar with their contribution to music should listen to the Everly Brothers’ version of “All I have to do is dream” – a truly beautiful version of a great song.