To Our Readers
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)