Saturday, 30 May 2015
Going to live in Thailand for 3 years
Our 18 months in South Africa, we agree, was the most amazing time of our lives. Beverley and I visited all 10 provinces, and also toured in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, and Swaziland. You can go on holiday to these places, but living there and experiencing the people and culture for so long, was breathtaking.
Back in the UK now for a short while before the next great adventure, Thailand, and this time it's for 3 years! From Bangkok we can reach out to Australia, India and Japan in just 6 or 7 hours, but within a 1 to 2 hour flight are amazing countries such as Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Borneo, Burma, China, Vietnam and Singapore, just to name a few. Comparing Johannesburg to Bangkok is difficult, they both have millions of inhabitants and a wet season, but nothing else is the same. Where Jozi is around a mile above sea level, hot and very dry, Bangkok is at sea level, even hotter and extremely humid. Thailand is positively safe when compared to South Africa, but no harm in staying cautious when traveling anywhere abroad these days. When I get there, I'll give you a taste of what it's like.
Thailand has strict rules about criticising the government or royal family and it's not allowed in any way, any where, ever. You can end up in prison quickly, so as a blogger, I intend to stay completely respectful to Thai laws, customs and regulations. All my research indicates that the country is most welcoming and a cultural feast to outsiders. The cost of living is even cheaper than South Africa, but I'm told to buy my clothes and shoes in the UK because they don't cater for men my height.
After Thailand, what next? Well, who can plan ahead more than 3 years?