Yesterday I cashed in the last of my travellers cheques. I received 50.94 baht for every British Pound, an exchange rate that has remained fairly stable throughout my 20 day stay in Thailand. I will be flying back to England today just inside my normal Christmas holiday baht budget. In terms of sterling pounds it has cost me 400 pounds more equating to a 20% increase in spending.
Luckily I can bite the financial bullet but there will be plenty of tourists over the coming months who will struggle to keep their heads above water. If you are relatively new to Thailand and you are arriving soon then please take currency devaluation into account with your holiday budget. Make sure you have some form of monetary back up available.This may be the Land of Smiles but the yim (smile ) will become very dim if you run out of money.
With plenty of baht in my pocket I set off to return to where my holiday started with a tourist check around a few of the lunchtime bars. Things have picked up tourist wise since my my last daytime stroll just before Christmas, however there was still an end of January rather than New Year look about the bars I visited. I met up with Wonderful Wi for an afternoon Sizzler steak at the Charoensri Shopping Mall and she insisted on settling the bill at the end of a very pleasant meal.
Evening time and another night out at the Centre Point Night Market. Wi was full of hope about finally finding a puppy dog she really wanted and I was full of a cold, with a very runny nose and two green florescent socks in my chest. Wi left with no puppy love and I’d managed to rid myself of one sock at three baht a time in the toilet. The market bars tourist count was very low but that was not to surprising on a night of no live TV football.
Today I’ve got an afternoon flight to Don Muang Airport and a taxi ride to Suvarnabhumi arriving at about 4 pm. My evening flight is at 9 pm which leaves me plenty of time in the guest lounge for a few JD’s and some high speed Internet. Signing off with a photo of myself and Wilai and a few words stolen from that great British comedy duo The Two Ronnies.
It’s goodbye from her and it’s goodbye from him.
Thanks for taking the time to read my holiday blogs and thank you for some wonderful comments. The biggest thank you is for Thailand and your wonderful land full of wonderful smiles. Thank you.
Footnote Next week camped back in Team UK I intend writing a blog that will look back at my 20 day stay in the Land Of Smiles. The blog will be of a question and answer format, I can collect my questions from my Team UK family and friends, I would much prefer to receive them from you. Favourite location, best meal, funniest moment, whatever. If you have a holiday question for me then please email it to email@example.com or leave it in the comments box. Your question(s) will contain a link back to your site.
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