Peter Kowalke

In Bangkok Until Covid-19 is Under Control

By on July 31, 2020

Remember everything I said before about my travel plans this summer? Forget all of it.

Right now I’m in Bangkok until at least October, and I might stay here until 2022 if the pandemic situation doesn’t change drastically.

I’m in a massive holding pattern at the moment given the global flight situation, the closed border in Thailand, and the rampant covid-19 infection rate in the United States.

The original plan had me back in the United States by late July, but Thailand is mostly safe and the United States is definitely not. So Thailand has us all in a walled garden while things blow over, with no flights and extended-stay visa amnesty. And the U.S. is a place I want to avoid as long as possible, ideally until there’s a vaccine and things are under control (read: early 2022). So I’m here in Bangkok indefinitely until things get better or I’m forced to leave.

Technically I have a flight to Ohio booked for late September, but the smart money is on me staying in Bangkok until things get better. Why would I leave a normal life that is safe from the virus for lockdown with a rapidly spreading virus? I wouldn’t. Hence, I’m still in Bangkok as things develop.

Stay tuned.

Peter is a relationship coach, writer/producer, and R&D monastic. He splits his time between San Francisco and Asia. Read more about Peter.