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Why are some people so violent?

Flights are “fully booked”

City needs plastic containers with lids

Where are the suicidal swallows?

Who is checking?

Why are some people so violent?


If I would say that the Doi Intanon Mountain was built from specialized Swiss mountain makers, would you attack the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok?

Just because (Cambodians thought) the Thai actress Suvavan said that Angkor Wat is of Thai origin, thousands of Cambodians put the Royal Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh in flames. Flags were burned and even pictures of the King were destroyed. Thai Airways offices were also attacked, and many Thai restaurants. People had to be evacuated and over 400 Thai nationals had to be flown back to Thailand.

How can people be so violent all around the world?



Flights are “fully booked”

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you because I do not understand what is wrong in Thailand. The second time now during the last couple of weeks I try to fly up here for the weekend. I live and work in Bangkok and just need to get away from the traffic and smog. The air outside Chiang Mai and the temperature is awesome, wouldn’t there be this ‘hick up’ with the flights. They are always full. I cannot make a booking 5 weeks in advance, never know if and when I can get away but it is almost impossible to get on a flight. I fully understand that the flights have to be full in order to make profit but I bet, even with 2 or three more flights scheduled during the weekends, they would be full.

The answer I received from the Thai inter office today was to go to the airport, may be I can get on it on stand by. Maybe … after asking deeper, she told me, they are overbooked in the afternoon by 30 people and in the early evening by 18 and 12 seats. So, now, I drive to the airport and at night I drive back home or what?

Can they not schedule more flights? The demand is there. This dilemma is an ongoing one and not only a ‘holiday weekend’ one. Who would be the right person to request? May be we are lucky and someone in charge reads this and starts thinking.

Right now I am just frustrated.

As a last and not bitching remark to you: it is very much appreciated that Chiang Mai Mail is now sold at all the big supermarkets in Bangkok. At least I know now what is going on.

William Santosa


City needs plastic containers with lids

Dear Sirs,

I have been in Chiang Mai many times and have a place here. My concern is the problem with the garbage. Many vacant stalls are full of garbage people have brought in. A real need is to have plastic containers with lids throughout the city. That way the many stray cats and dogs would not be able to scatter the garbage all around the place.

Another concern is the lack of recycling used motor oil. People throw the oil into the streams and waterways around the city. I saw someone had dumped a large amount of used oil in the landfill in the Nong Koi area.

Garbage is dumped and not picked up all around the city and people do not seem to care. What a shame!

A concerned person...

Larry Peterson, Chiangmai

Where are the suicidal swallows?


I’d like to respond to the letter from Niels Hansten about suicidal swallows in Chiang Mai. How did he come up with that?

Since I bought the newspaper on Sunday and read this letter I keep looking for the so-called ‘suicidal swallows’ but happen not to get in contact with them. May be Mr. Hansten saw some UFOs?

The most stupid thing is that I don’t get them out of my mind and keep looking. By the way, other than that I love your publication and really look forward to read it every week. Most appreciated was this week’s IT section.

Gary Ivory

Who is checking?


I am referring to the letter in CMM Vol 2 No. 5 from Mr Tom Brandt about ‘Double Standard’. To me it looks like this is a normal Thai policy. Everywhere we read about Road Safety awareness, Road safety Seminars, police volunteers taking care and reducing accidents in the street. But who is enforcing the law? Who is checking? Where are the police when young motorbike hooligans are racing down Nimmaheminda Street like it can be seen every weekend?

Or where are the police to check on all the noise pollution in the many cafes around the University area?

Or why is nobody telling the vendors in department stores to turn down their music, so someone who wants to shop in peace can do so and is not disturbed by a noise level which rather belongs to a discotheque but for sure not in a department store.

I could go on and on, but I don’t want to sound like the typical farang who comes to Thailand and just complains. But this noise pollution is a matter of safety for our children who will be deaf by the time they are grown ups and adults.

So it should be a matter of enforcement, and who can do that? Of course, the Thai police and the many volunteers, who ‘should’ be patrolling our streets in order to let us sleep in peace and safety.

Best regards,

Celia Snyder-Thomlinson