I knew Thailand would be hot. This isn’t me complaining or feeling sorry for myself, but I’ve been feeling weak and ill adapted as the season changes from hot to hotter (over 35 degrees without counting humidity), and I’m not even in the hottest area of the country. Some of my quirky thoughts on the matter are as follows:
- My opinion on best coffee shops are now very influenced by the quality of their air conditioning. If I can’t see myself cooling off in there, I choose somewhere else no matter how good the coffee is!
- I feel like I could legitimately pass out if I walk further than across the street and back between the hours of 11:00am and 5:00pm.
- A cold water bottle is a god-sent. I often buy new, cold water bottles instead of refilling my used bottle with warmer water. I know it’s not environmentally friendly and I do feel guilty for it every time. Judge me if you will.
- When I walk into businesses in a sweat, the employees and I exchange a smile and light chuckle. Then, I express what limited Thai I know and say “Lon mak mak mak” which means very very very hot!
- People walk around with umbrellas for reasons I now completely understand, the sun. People also manage to drive their motorcycles with one hand on the throttle and the umbrella in the other. Skill!
- I spend most of my days lately in varying ‘degrees’ (ha!) of discomfort and sweat.
- Cool night markets are very much appreciated
- My initial goal to travel south to the islands in April has now changed to going north to Pai and Chiang Mai where I can escape some of the heat.
- I take only hot showers. I quite literally cannot take a cold (or a lukewarm) shower. The water container gets too hot from being in the sun all day. On the bright side, the hot water cycle on the washing machine now happens ‘naturally’ and free of the extra charge.
- I now understand why people wear layers in the heat. This seemed counter-intuitive for a while, but I understand now that it is for protection.
- Eating, sitting and drinking are all I have the energy to do.
- When I get home from school in the afternoon from teaching every day, I immediately put on less clothing, crank the AC and lay for at least an hour.
- I understand why ice is so expensive.
- I only drink beer with ice, as the Thais do.
- I’m sure I’ll be buying the cold, moist cloth sold in a plastic bag at 7-11 sooner rather than later.
- I shamelessly eat ice cream at least once a day.
- I feel an incredible amount of respect for farmers, food vendors, labourers and even stray animals who are in the heat all day.
- In Canada, tinted windows are illegal. In Thailand, you would burn from the sun without them.
There you have it. The heat has been a bit much for me lately, but I still appreciate and love Thailand for all that it is.