In Phuket there must be thousands of bars and restaurants. And I noticed that most of them don't have walls, or a front wall at least, and therefore no doors. And its nice to sit in an open atmosphere and not be shut away in a room with freezing airconditioning blasting through dirty filters on you.
So at night when they close they just put the chairs up and go home. There was even one bar that left all the bottles of grog sitting along the bench on the back wall. It was amazing really. I can't think of many, or any, places where you could do that in Australia. I can only imagine if you did that you'd come back the next day and find your place trashed, chairs and tables thrown about, alcohol gone and the walls decorated with graffiti.
And I love the fans. They have fans everywhere. When you go to the markets, in these sweltering tents, as soon as you walk into someones store area they run over and put the fan on for you.
It was hot, but not bad for us. We'd had a few days here before we left that were over 110 degrees so we found it pretty pleasant. Must say though, it must be bloody hot there in summer. And it was funny to see these big billboards promoting face masks and hand washing to stop the spread of flu and swine flu as it was winter there so the season for it. Hard to imagine anyone being sick with colds in 90 degree heat.
This was interesting. This one was set up in an outdoor eating area. And this was probably the hottest day we had there. They had it set up with a hose sticking through the front of the fan so it sprayed a fine mist of water over anyone sitting there.