Karnjana Karnjanatawe is a travel writer for Life section.
The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. While there had been signs that the tourism industry was about to pick up this year, along came a second wave of Covid-19. It may be hard to predict what lies ahead, but allow me to gather some thoughts and list my travel trends for 2021.
Last week, I visited Wat Chak Daeng in the Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan to make merit. Instead of donating cash, food or monk robes, I donated paper boxes, UHT (ultra-high temperature) boxes and a big bag fully loaded with single-use plastic bags that I had collected for two months.
The Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare of Japan recently found pesticide residue in exported durian and other processed products. It issued a warning letter that if Thailand's durian is not safe for the consumer, all durian from the country will be quarantined.
As Thailand is the first country in Southeast Asia to amend the narcotics laws and allow cannabis, still a narcotic drug, to be used for research and medical purposes, another issue is raised if we will lead other countries in the region to legalise cannabis.