How high can we go?


Dear Hillary,

No problems at this end, just an observation.  The cost of living in Thailand has been going up alarmingly.  Compared to when I was in Thailand 12 months ago, it seems as if everything has gone up at least 50 percent, and some items even more.  Little roadside stalls that used to sell a decent plate of food for 20-25 baht are now charging 35-40 baht for the same dish.  Even the items in the local fresh market are becoming expensive.  How do you see this going when the AEC comes into being in 2015?


Dear Kevin,

I do agree with you, Kevin, but there’s nothing you and I can do about it.  Every country seems to be going in the same direction.  Rents are up, cost of houses is up, gasoline and diesel is up, bus fares are up.  As far as the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) is concerned, will it really happen.  I don’t know, my Petal, I really don’t know, but I am the wrong one to ask.  Speak to someone in the Chambers of Commerce.  In the meantime keep reading the Dining Out column and get information on cheap eats!