I stayed at the Pullman there in Dec '19, which is right in the thick of it. Group of the usual bars focused on westerners, along with a Thai Disco that gets going after midnight. A very cheap night out compared to Phuket and Bangkok.
Sooo... the 2012 Mazda 2 we bought new needs to go in for a service.
I would normally do it myself in NZ but over here I take it to one of the local 'mechanics' and support the community.
Oil & filter, coolant change as that is probably due and get him to do front and rear pads while he has it.
All for about a 1/4 of the price you would pay in NZ.
I go pick it up late in the afternoon, give him a handful of cash and accept his offer of a glass of Lao Kao. It is really like a very yuk home brewed spirit with little flavour.
We chat and I politely decline a second.