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Ok Mr Businessman, you have spent $500 on a brand-spanking new air-con unit, well done. And yes, it is bloody hot outside like someone just had a new boiler installed and using the air-con unit is completely acceptable. However, it’s not necessary to blast it on 100% power, switch it to Siberia mode and refuse to alter it under any circumstances.


Nakhorn Chai Air Bus
A Nakhorn Chai Air Bus – One of the main culprits!

This wonderful feature of South East Asia doesn’t only apply to malls or shopping centres where you might work up a bit of a sweat and therefore the AC could be a welcome respite. Oh no, before they unleash the full power of these babies, they strategically wait until they have you trapped in an area where you can’t escape for hours – their preferred location for this heinous crime is movie theatres and night buses.

You literally have to be given a blanket for the bus – a blanket, in Thailand. It 35 degrees outside mate, spare me the blanket and turn the bloody AC up you lunatic, and tell your boss I said that.

Why in the world do these units even have the ability to go that cold!? Who actually wants to be painfully frozen to death while they watch Harry Potter or are making their way to Bangkok?! Not only that but it costs more bloody money to run the things on these settings! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! Do us both a favour, turn the unit away from -10 to a nice 25 degree thereby reducing your electricity bills and sparing me another bout of hypothermia (not to mention your horrible carbon footprint).  Take heed or I’m telling Al Gore.

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9 thoughts on “Tuesday Travel Rant: Air Conditioning in South East Asia

  1. I am Brazilian and for me it is just the opposite… No problems with aircon being too cold in SEA but when in Europe during colder months it is unbearable entering public transportation because of the heating. It is funny because I also used to think it was a waste of electricity.

  2. The best one we’ve had over here so far was in Phuket when we waited for the airport shuttle at the bus terminal-sweating for 15 minutes before the bus showed up. I know the bus was cold when it got in, but no, of course he’s going to turn it off and in 5 minutes its like a sauna in there. More people climb on, its stuffy, you try to to move around too much so you don’t sweat even more. You pray they will turn on the bus soon- I mean you are paying for a ticket and its supposed to have left 5 minutes ago, right? You gotta know we are loosing weight in here-its positively roasting outside. Lets make them suffer inside!
    Then, when they finally turn on the bus, its now arctic chill and your soaking wet clothes are now stuck to your body and you are freezing. I totally feel you!

  3. The damn coaches to Chiang Mai! I found it hard enough trying to sleep on them anyway, the blankets they give you aren’t big enough either. My advice, take a four seasons sleeping bag!

  4. Lol! Yep, cinemas are the worst xD

    At first, it is really a welcome chill to escape the 35 degrees. But then… Prepare!

    1. Yes roy – they lull you into a false sense of security right! You’re loving it for about 5 minutes “ahhh, escaping the heat – this is heaven”. 5 mins later “wtf?! why is it so cold in here?!”

  5. i dont think that’s just SE Asia! Every time I step into a building in the summertime, I need a sweater. They seriously over do the AC in my opinion. I get cold more often then most!

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