Much has been made of ‘teflon Thailand’- no matter the news, people continue to visit and holiday in Thailand. But does that still hold true?
The Nation newspaper published the YTD arrivals from Jan-Sep 2014, the data is attributed to the Immigration Bureau and is based upon arrivals at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
The chart shows a substantial drop from 2013 arrivals- a 19.5% drop- the majority of the drop came from Asia (-27.4%) with Europe moderately (-5.3%) and the USA dropping 11.3%.
To note- this is only for Suvarnabhumi airport- many of the regional airlines use the smaller airport- Don Meaung- so these are not representative of total arrivals.
I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok.
I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore.
I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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