Sawadi krub, everyone! If you haven’t heard, I’m stuck in a hotel room in Bangkok for a 15-day quarantine. This is mandatory for anyone coming into Thailand. I’ve been here for a week and it hasn’t been too bad. I get 3 meals per day, a good internet connection, AC all day, and nice indoor plumbing. What else do you need? Yet, many visitors choose to compare this to being in jail. That’s the wrong way to look at it. Instead, I choose to stay productive and use this time to achieve some of my 2021 New Year goals. Today, I’ll tell you more about the quarantine and share what I’ve accomplished so far.
State-sponsored Quarantine VS Alternate State Quarantine (ASQ)
First of all, I want to tell you about the 2 types of quarantines in Thailand. State-sponsored quarantine is only for Thai nationals. ASQ is for foreigners or Thais who want better accommodation. The cheapest ASQ hotels are comparable to the hotel I’m at. The big difference is the level of service and care. Here is a handy chart.
|State-sponsored quarantine hotels||ASQ hotels|
|Who can stay|
I choose the state-sponsored quarantine because it required a lot less paperwork and it’s free. From what I heard, the cheaper ASQ hotel isn’t any better. Of course, the higher-end hotels are nicer. They have bigger rooms/suites, balcony, kitchenette, microwave, optional exercise equipment, and more. You get what you pay for. The big difference for me would be the 45 minutes outside the room. That would be nice, but not necessary. I can deal with it for 15 days.
Ok, on to the review. If you want to visit Thailand, you can find more information at the Thai embassy site.
The food isn’t bad at all. I’d say 20% really good, 5% bad, and 75% okay. What can I say? Mediocre Thai food is better than mediocre American food. 😀 The serving size looks small, but it’s just right for me. I don’t feel hungry at all. At home, I eat way more than this which isn’t very healthy. Now I know we need to reduce our serving size and not go back for seconds…
Best meal so far
- Panang beef. The kaffir lime leaf and panang curry paste give this dish a wonderful fragrance and taste.
- Soft tofu soup was good.
- They pack a ton of rice. I try to eat just 25% of this.
Worst meal so far
- Chow Mein noodles with tofu and vegetables. This was too salty. The kitchen must have messed up somehow.
- 3 fried tofu cubes. They were ok.
This was the only bad meal I had. It was just too salty. It would have been fine if they used less salt.
All in all, I’m happy with the meals. They’re like meals from the food courts in Thailand, cheap and pretty good. Famous restaurants cook much better food, but I can wait until I get out. Also, I didn’t pack any snacks at all because I want to lose weight. I had some cravings the first few days, but not anymore. Mindless snacking increased my weight last year. Having no access to junk food is actually very helpful.
Check out my recipe page for easy Thai recipes.
I feel pretty good so far. I had a mental checkup through the quarantine app and I checked off all the right boxes. This quarantine is physically isolating, but I can still talk to my family through the internet. It isn’t bad at all. I can handle 2 weeks of this. Quarantine would have been much more difficult with no internet.
I’m still jetlagged. It’s hard to get over it when the bed is right there 24/7. Normally, I’d go out and about and wouldn’t sleep that much during the day. This time, there is nothing to stop me from taking a nap. Also, I’m working on revamping Retire by 40. I haven’t touched the backend in years and it’s very different now. The initial hump was tough to overcome and I was discouraged for a few days. However, I persevered and I’m making good progress now. Hopefully, I can finish everything before the quarantine is over.
Guests can rent exercise equipment in some nicer ASQ hotels, but they aren’t available here. I brought a yoga mat from home and it’s been very useful. I exercise before breakfast and do yoga before dinner. Actually, that’s more exercise than I got at home! I can’t be too noisy when RB40Jr and Mrs. RB40 are working/schooling from home. Check out my Day 3 video at the end of the post.
Best things I packed
- Yoga mat – extremely useful.
- Tea – Thank goodness I packed 25 tea bags. The hotel provided a hot water pot, but no coffee or tea. I could order Lipton tea bags via room service, but I’m glad I already have nicer tea.
- A canteen mug – I can brew tea in my canteen and skip the paper cups. It’s great.
- A spork – I don’t have to use the included plastic utensils. They use so much plastic in Thailand.
- Laptop and phone – Extremely useful. Quarantine would be a lot harder without these.
- Audiobooks – These are awesome. I can listen to books while I rest my eyes.
There are some problems too, but they are all minor.
- Plug – I forgot to bring a plug converter for my power strip/surge protector. Oh well. My charger plugs fit so it isn’t a huge deal.
- Laundry detergent – I didn’t bring any so I’m using body wash to do laundry.
- AC – The AC fan blows right onto the desk area and dries my eyes out. After a while, I can’t keep them open. I need to rest my eyes much more often than usual.
I have 3 main goals to accomplish during this solo blogger retreat.
- Revamp Retire by 40 – I’m making good progress here. Hopefully, I can implement the bulk of it this weekend so you can check it out next week.
- Reduce weight to 135 pounds – There is no scale here so I don’t know how I’m doing. It feels like I’m making some progress.
- Detoxification – This one is great.
- No alcohol – check
- No snacking – mostly check. I got a few snacks from the flight.
- No junk/processed food – check. The Thai food they serve seems very healthy.
- No coffee – check
- No soda pop – check
- Minimal dairy – check. No dairy at all.
- Minimal gluten – check. No bread, cookies, cake, or anything.
Alright, I’m 50% done and I’m still doing quite well. The rest of the quarantine should be a breeze. I don’t know what people are complaining about. This is quiet time for me to do some deep focused work. I haven’t been able to do that in 2020. It’s been a great blogger retreat so far. You just have to have some goals and the right mindset to keep you busy.
If you’d like to see more of my travel and quarantine experience, follow me on these channels.
- YouTube – I plan to eat awesome Thai food and post some videos.
- Instagram and Facebook – You can see what my quarantine meals look like.
- Twitter – Check to see if I become unhinged after 15 days in the hole.
Have you been through a solo quarantine? How did you do?
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