#ThaiCoup #Thailand: It’s About Survival

Latest news out of Thailand is that the military curfew has been lifted in many of Thailand’s holiday locations, though the etymology of ‘holiday’ as a ‘holy day’ takes a severe beating here, as elsewhere, more like feast day, feasts of the flesh and other assorted entertainments, not the least of which is food, Thailand’s second most famous export…

On a more practical level, that means the Full Moon Party at Koh Pha Ngan is back on for June 12, which means I have no interest in going any longer. A Full Moon Party under curfew sounded truly intriguing. I guess the military doesn’t want to disappoint thousands of gap-year backpackers under the influence of alcohol and psilocybin mushrooms. Hey, you gotta’ have priorities…

Conspicuously absent from the list of normalized locations include Chiang Mai and most of the north, headquarters of the Taksin-led anti-coup resistance–and Bangkok itself, the Big Mango, “Mangu” in Chinese. We can only hope that continues, for Bangkok at least, given the post-Apocalyptic scenario that prevails after midnight on Sukhumwit Road. It ain’t pretty.

Meanwhile, the military has to maintain morale, of course, so the Royal Thai Army band is doing double-time to assure everyone that nothing’s really changed (as if we really had any doubts; many entertainment venues never really shut down at all). That’s coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha on tenor sax, while military spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree does time on trumpet, and deputy spokesman Col. Weerachon Sukondhapatipak breaks bad on the slide trombone (just kidding about the band line-up; the rest is true).  Hey, it’s Thailand. You gotta’ have fun. 🙂

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