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What do you do if you’re working a crane in Bangkok and your dinner is on the ground, 13 stories below? The question answers itself:

Bangkok dialogue

I am apartment-hunting. The landlord of the place I’m looking at points to a sign in the lobby of the building.

Landlord: This building also has a shuttle bus, it can take you to the BTS [elevated metro system], only 15 minutes.

Me: It takes 15 minutes to get to the BTS?

Landlord: Yes, very convenient.

Me: But the nearest BTS station is a 5-minute walk from here.

Landlord (laughs): You know, Thai people don’t like walking.

Me: You don’t say.

A nation mourns

October 5th was the last day mourners in Thailand were able to pay respects to the late king’s royal urn. The royal cremation ceremony will be held on October 26th. From SCMP:

The funeral of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was known as Rama IX, will take place over five days in October with hundreds of thousands of mourners expected to attend.

For many Thais it will be their first experience of a royal funeral of a monarch. King Bhumibol ruled Thailand for more than seven decades and was widely regarded as the nation’s moral compass during decades of on-off political unrest.

King Bhumibol, 88, died on October 13, 2016. The country has been in an official year of mourning since then with many Thais choosing to wear black.

A comfortable escape

From the Bangkok Post:

Security border officials are quite certain that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra left Thailand by sea during her escape from Thailand.

A source at the Royal Thai Navy said it was unlikely that Ms Yingluck crossed an unmanned land border, such as those in Chanthaburi and Trat, as they feature mountainous terrain which are thought to be infested with landmines.

“I believe a VIP like Khun Yingluck would not choose such a channel to slip out of the country,” the source said. “She would surely have chosen a comfortable way.”

Ms Yingluck failed to turn up at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders on Friday to hear the ruling on her alleged negligence in the rice-pledging scheme.

The source added that it would be even harder for Ms Yingluck to leave the country via an official border post, as these are permanently monitored by soldiers, immigration police and customs officials. […]

Whatever method and route she used, it is generally assumed that Ms Yingluck crossed in to Cambodia before catching a flight via Singapore to Dubai, where her brother and fellow former PM Thaksin Shinawatra lives in exile.