ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
By David SwartzentruberAseanAffairs 21 October 2011
Thanks to a high pressure system in China, there’s a decided drop in humidity and the sky is a beautiful blue shade without the rain clouds that have been so prevalent recently.
It’s a picturesque scene along Khlong Phra Kanong (Phrakanong Canal) as it winds its way between two Buddhist temples. Kids are swimming in the khlong and fishermen are casting their lines in the canal’s deep and clear water using bread as bait I observe.
As I stroll toward my residence, the staffs of the restaurants are preparing this evening’s vegetables.
Will all of this change overnight?
That’s the big question that lurks as a huge amount of flood water makes its way toward the Gulf of Thailand.
On this beautiful day, that fact creates a certain amount of tension but after a rocky start, the Stock Exchange of Thailand rose 7.24 points at closing. This is a good vote of confidence considering the impending deluge on Bangkok’s doorstep.
In 24 hours whatever is going to happen and the world and particularly, Bangkok, will change, hopefully for the better.
The “better” meaning greater emphasis on environmental issues, particularly how to manage Thailand’s yearly monsoon season.
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