Smiling Through a Coup
This story just gets more entertaining. The coup in Thailand is officially the friendliest on record. As I’ve said here before, this is not a nation that spills blood in its capital city easily, and everyone from the deposed Prime Minister, right down to the soliders that executed the coup understands that tourism is this country’s cash cow. Take down the mega-rich media magnate prime minister? Sure. But don’t do anything to make the tourists uncomfortable! That’s why the coup leaders urge Thai soldiers to smile.
So next time you’re passing through Bangkok on your way to Chiang Mei, be sure to say Sa-wa-dee to the occupying soldiers you pass and ask them how the overthrow is going. Don’t worry, they’re under orders to be nice.