Make mine a 95, neat

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On an evening stroll up Phra Barami and down Rat Uthit, I noticed there seemed to be quite a few stalls selling what appeared to be Thai wine, in red and green coloured bottles. On closer inspection, the bottles were labelled as whisky.

Now, I never harboured any illusions as to the drinkability of Thai alcoholic beverages. After all, elephant’s head beer (Chang) tastes like it may have come from the opposite end of the elephant. But when you see people pull up on their motorbikes, purchase a bottle, then proceed to pour the contents into their fuel tanks, you suspect something else might be going on.

As it turns out, the bottles are part of a scheme devised by some rather ingenious Thais to circumvent the new government laws requiring petrol stations to close at 7pm  (presumably in an attempt to encourage drivers and riders to use less petrol) �" which explains why these stalls only appear after dusk. The green ‘whisky’ bottles are regular 91 octane unleaded petrol and the red ones are premium 95 octane petrol.

WaltJake says:
Ha! where there's a will, there's a way!
Posted on: Feb 25, 2007
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