Landed in Bangkok airport and stopped by one of the many, little restaurants offereing a wide selection of Asian foods. Four of us, on our way away from a Bangladesh where another Eid holiday is on the way, felt like having some good food and beer. To our surprise the waiter told us that no beer was available. We looked down at the menu in front of us, offering a selection of beers and wine.
-Why, we asked. Dont you have any kind of beer availabe?
The polite waiter then explained that because of the elections taking place right now in Thailand, alcohol is not allowed to be served.
Interesting. As well as the elections. The outcome of this election, after the former prime minister Thaksin was ousted in a military coup last year, is important in showing the future path politically for Thailand. Many interesting elections around, hopefully later this year in both Pakistan och Bangladesh. Not to talk about the election of a new president in the US. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what 2008 will bring when it comes to political leaders.