To Our Read­ers

Thailand Tatler - - CONTENTS - —Napha­lai Areesorn Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

Come de­cem­ber and thoughts turn right away to par­ties and hol­i­days. And why not? A quick glance at the cal­en­dar shows two long week­ends plus one more day off in the mid­dle of the first week. But re­ally, af­ter the mid­dle of the month, not much work is go­ing to get done any­way as ev­ery­one will be plan­ning and join­ing in Christ­mas/New Year get­to­geth­ers, and wind­ing down af­ter that.

Peo­ple will also be tak­ing off for the hol­i­days. Tourism is a rel­a­tively re­cent de­vel­op­ment. I re­mem­ber in the old days, un­less you were su­per rich, you spent the hol­i­days at home. Now this could mean trav­el­ling back to your orig­i­nal place of res­i­dence if that wasn’t where you worked, but travel as a leisure ac­tiv­ity was not some­thing the masses par­tic­i­pated in. All this has now changed. With the ad­vent of low-cost air­lines and cheap pack­age tours, ev­ery Som­chai and Chi­tra now spends their work­ing hours dream­ing about where they are go­ing to spend their days off. And it’s not to just do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions but over­seas as well, de­spite the Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land’s best pro­mo­tional ef­forts.

Some peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who travel of­ten, go a step fur­ther. They get their own hol­i­day dwelling, whether in or out of the coun­try. The four per­son­al­i­ties we talk to in this is­sue have homes away from home in in­ter­na­tional lo­cales, to which they es­cape when they want to get away. A good idea, but I have al­ways been against get­ting a hol­i­day home as I can see ev­ery­one re­lax­ing and en­joy­ing them­selves there while the wo­man of the house—me—has to take care of the do­mes­tic de­tails like clean­ing, wash­ing and cook­ing, nor­mally done by the maids. But I sup­pose those who can af­ford a res­i­dence in the ma­jor cities of the world can also af­ford to pay for house­keep­ing ser­vices, so no skin off their noses.

The end of the year has come around re­ally fast—too fast, ac­tu­ally. 2019 is just around the cor­ner, and be­fore you know it, the se­cond 20 years of the not-so-new cen­tury will be upon us. Whether you are stay­ing in town or gal­li­vant­ing to a far-off des­ti­na­tion, we hope you take some of the pre­cious time to en­joy the fes­tive sea­son. Merry Christ­mas and Happy New Year to all our read­ers.

Cosy Cud­dle Stay warm and snug­gle in style this win­ter with Her­mes' Avalon Tan­gram blan­ket in soft cash­mere.

Soar­ing sights The restau­rant on re­view this is­sue of­fers spec­tac­u­lar vis­tas as you dine (see p 160)

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