Choosing tom yum over Big Macs


Choosing tom yum over Big Macs
By Zan Azlee

SEPT 21 — I’ve always had the indie spirit in me. I like being unique and one of a kind instead of being part of a corporate dinosaur. (Yes, for those who know me, I do work for a corporate dinosaur now but I’m still doing things the indie way!) I’m also quite the seasoned traveller, even if I do say so myself. And recently, I had the opportunity to travel to one of Southeast Asia’s favourite destinations — the island of Phuket in Thailand.

I had been there once before, but that was almost 20 years ago when I was still a teenager. Of course, I wasn’t expecting everything to be the same, what with the unfortunate tsunami and all. But what I saw wasn’t what I expected either. The famous Patong beach strip was swarming with people, and almost none of them were Thai. Most of them were visiting tourists consisting of Caucasians and other Asians. As for local businesses, Indians were running them.

Twenty years ago, I remember that there was one McDonald’s on the Patong strip, which was fine since it’s the last resort for desperate and homesick tourists. Now, that same two-kilometre stretch has four McDonald’s and two Starbucks. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

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