Thailand: Amid this current state of quarantine, or self-isolation or lockdown that most of us are in, the one common issue that a lot of us are facing right now is, a clear shortage of ‘me time’.
Given that most of us live with our families, and now that we are all under one roof 24/7 thanks to Coronavirus, it can get a bit trying as this constant closeness can get on one’s nerves.
But, for the king of Thailand, that is the least of all problems as he is self-isolating in a luxury hotel in the Alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.King Maha Vajiralongkorn booked the entire Grand Hotel as soon as the four-star hotel was granted special permission from the district council to serve the king. Not only this, the 67-year-old king’s party of people, who will be joining him during isolation, includes a harem of twenty concubines and servants.
While all the other women will be living with him under the same roof, we are still unsure if his four wives are living in the same hotel as the rest of the group. However, all the other guesthouses and hotels are shut due to the pandemic but the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl was an exception as the guests are “a single, homogenous group of people with no fluctuation,” said a spokesperson of the local district council. However, around 119 people of his entourage have been sent back to Thailand under suspicion that they have come in contact with the virus.
It’s not a surprise but the Thai people are not really happy with their King’s luxurious lifestyle during the self-isolation in Germany and many criticized him on social media for the same reasons. However, Thailand is still a Monarchy and according to the laws, anyone who criticizes the monarchy or insults it could face around 15 years of imprisonment. In Thailand over 1400 cases of Coronavirus have been reported, so far, and across the globe, the cases are dismally increasing every day and the death toll keeps on soaring.