The stock market is falling. The SET is going down. The bars will be closed for the elections. Some party will win and another party will lose and Thailand will become unstable again. Earthquakes everywhere. What with all the doom and gloom internationally about the world going into a recession again, rice prices through the roof, petrol becoming a luxury, do you think this will produce an increase in costs in the red light areas in Thailand? Will this affect tourism and make things even worse? What is the answer?
Dear Check Bin,
I have to admit you’ve got me a little confused here. I am not sure what you mean, Petal. “Red light areas”? Do you mean the areas under the traffic lights, but they also go orange and green and are ignored by all road users as being unimportant, so I presume that wasn’t what you meant. If you mean the bar areas, then you should be more specific, Bin. With rice, the staple food in Thailand doubling in price, one must expect that beer, the staple drink in the bar areas, will also be going up in price. I cannot think of any other costs in the bar areas, as prostitution is against the law, and therefore does not happen. Perhaps donations to one’s favorite Buffalo Rehabilitation Unit (BRU) may have to be increased, but this I am not sure of. I suggest discreet questions to the Mamasans might yield better results than asking me, after all, I don’t really follow the international stocks and share indices.