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Message from Mr. Udomphant Chantraviroj

About time!

Relief from Economy Class Syndrome

Hopefully someday all public transport will be electric powered

Too expensive for some

Keep Chiang Mai cheap

Know what you are doing before trying to start a business

Message from Mr. Udomphant Chantraviroj

Chief Executive of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization On the occasion of the opening of Chiangmai Mail newspaper, the introductory edition

On the occasion of the launch of the first published edition of the Chiangmai Mail newspaper on this day, I would like to congratulate all the organizers and staff who lave sworn their devotion to become the people’s representatives in public relations including surveying, searching and seeking out information, knowledge and the truth to reveal and to inform the general public, and in maintaining the everlasting unity of the nation, religion and the beloved Royalty.

On this greatest occasion, may the might of the Three Gems and all sacred things that Chiang Mai people pray for, including Doi Suthep Temple, Gracious Monk Sriwichai, and the Three Kings Statue, as well as the might of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen bless all the organizers of Chiang Mai Mail newspaper and the readers with great success and prosperity.

Mr. Udomphant Chantraviroj

Chief Executive of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization


About time!

Dear Sir,

And about time too! In case that sounds like a complaint let me quickly add that I welcome the appearance of Chiangmai Mail, as I did that of Pattaya Mail. I lived in Pattaya in 1992 when Pattaya Mail hit the streets for the first time and watched it grow from strength to strength. Now, as the Chiangmai Mail is born, I live near Chiang Mai and look forward to your paper becoming as interesting and informative as Pattaya Mail was (and, I suppose, is). I’ll be sure to get it every week.

All the best,

Charles Fairmont

Chiang Mai


Relief from Economy Class Syndrome

Editor;

Suffering from ECS, I had to contact 4 doctors before I got treatment for Thrombosis. Fortunately it saved my life, but I am still suffering from Post-Thrombosis leg pain and heart irregularities and wateroedems.

I would really be thankful, if you could name a specialist here in Chiang Mai, as I am not satisfied with the doctors I contacted.

I had to smile about the last sentence in that article, because it is not easy at all to get the right diagnosis.

Thanks,

ECS

Dr Corness replies: Dear ECS, I am sorry to hear of your plight, but glad that you did get the correct treatment for the condition. Professional etiquette precludes my recommending different doctors for various conditions, but as a general rule, the larger hospitals have a greater number of specialist doctors to draw upon, therefore are more likely to have a specialist in the discipline you may need.


Hopefully someday all public transport will be electric powered

Dear Editor,

Let me start out this letter with kudos for a great first issue of your newspaper. I’ve enjoyed reading it and look forward to every Saturday perusing the news, features and social events of my second home in the north of Thailand.

I was positively surprised to see your front-page article on the electric school buses. Not only will they prevent our environment from deteriorating further, but also cut down on the noise level of our busy streets. It is a good step in the right direction and I truly hope that the pilot project will succeed.

I’ve read in a recent article that people living in metropolitan areas of Thailand are exposed to twice, sometimes triple the amount of carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide than people living in Europe. In a single day around the metropolitan area a person breathes as much polluted air as a smoker who smokes 3 packs of cigarettes.

This article stated that there are around 70,000 buses with totally environmental damaging diesel engines and around 50,000 three-wheel vehicles (tuk tuks) on Thailand’s streets. It probably won’t be in my lifetime that I will see all of them powered by electric engines, but I can only hope.

Best Regards,

Barrie Bonnes


Too expensive for some

Dear Sir (or Madam):

Welcome to Chiangmai! There is a large expatriate English-speaking community here and, I am sure, that sheer curiosity will make them buy your new publication.

I would like to comment on the restaurant - Baan Suan - you chose to review in your initial issue. With prices of appetisers ranging between 100-150B, Thai main dishes between 90-260B, and wines under 2,200B, this puts Baan Suan in the totally unaffordable range for most of Chiangmai, including the foreigners who live here. Surely a more reasonably priced restaurant could have been chosen as the very first restaurant you have reviewed in Chiangmai?

Yours Truly,

Sombat Kapeng

Reply from Miss Terry Diner. Dear Sombat, Thank you for reading the column. Chiang Mai has the full spectrum of restaurants, so there will be expensive ones and totally budget ones, which are reviewed. This week you can have a 30 baht, all you can eat buffet, which is surely affordable for all, including the foreigners who live here. Please go and try the “affordable” restaurants reviewed, and get the tourists to take you to the others! Even though we may feel some of the restaurants are high priced, for the tourists, all of Chiang Mai’s restaurants are a bargain!


Keep Chiang Mai cheap

Dear Editor,

Referring to your article on Boonlert Perera being elected president of Chiang Mai Tourist Business Association. In your article you quoted Perera as saying, “... increase of goods and tourist services ... so that Chiang Mai comes off the ‘Cheap Destination’ list”.

I’m outraged at such a dull comment. If this is the best Perera can do, I think the tourist business association made a unanimous mistake.

I come to the north, and Thailand for that fact, for its reasonable prices. If prices start to radically climb I might as well choose another destination in the south or maybe even another country for my holidays.

Thailand’s prime minister has already destined a tourist island for the upper class of society on the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand.

Don’t take away the charm of the north and turn its citizens into greedy business people.

Greetings from Europa,

Boris Kyraznivla


Know what you are doing before trying to start a business

Editor;

Re: James Hawthorne’s “Caveat Emptor when dealing with franchises letter” last week. It sounds like he was writing from a bad experience. I hope he wasn’t tangled up with the same cleaning people I was a couple of years back, who seemed more interested in cleaning me out than establishing a cleaning franchise.

That aside, James wrote how the government is just now beginning to address the franchise situation in Thailand and is passing new laws. I agree that this is good; however, there have been laws on the books for a long time to deal with business transactions, laws supposedly written to protect potential investors. The problem is, if you are a falang and should something go wrong, just try and get those laws enforced!

It seems that most of the time it is foreigners who take advantage of gullible (like me) foreigners, and when that happens forget about any recourse, especially if the taker either knows his or her way around the loopholes in the law, or just plain disappears from the scene faster than a driver involved in a traffic accident.

James also wrote that there are some good, reputable international franchises here in Thailand, and I do agree, but it is the same here as it is in any country, you really must know what you’re doing before handing over any cash. If, for instance, a bunch of hotdog stands looks like a good idea, if you’ve never been a vendor before, chances are you won’t succeed just because the idea sounded good.

The best advice is to stick with what you know. If you’ve been in the cleaning business or Amway or whatever for 20 years, then chances are you will be armed with enough knowledge to at least begin investigating Thai laws and customs to supplement your already hard earned knowledge so that you may begin investigating doing something similar here.

Good luck on your new newspaper.

Sincerely,

Pete George