Happy to see Chiangmai Mail
As a Chiang Mai resident for ten years, I am very happy
to see the Chiangmai Mail published in our city. It’s a good and
satisfying read, with a pleasing balance of regional news, interesting
features, environmental concerns, entertaining articles, plus a bounty of
recommendations, information, and useful classifieds.
For English-speaking residents, local companies, travel
agencies and visitors, this newspaper is a welcome weekly window on the
North of Thailand, and an excellent addition to the previously limited scope
of other publications. I must add that it’s a real treat to have it hand
delivered, crisp and fresh off the press, by your polite messenger boy.
Congratulations on providing this service, and every good wish for your
undoubted future success.
More government racism in Thailand
I am a resident of Chiang Mai. I had guests from Canada
and Wales. We went to Doi Suthep only to find a sign that said,
“Foreigners 30 baht”. My friend from Canada got right in for free. He is
Chinese and they didn’t ask him for money. Is Chinese not foreign in
Thailand? My friends from Wales had to pay. I asked at the ticket counter,
why did foreigners have to pay? The girl, struggling with her English,
claimed that foreigners do not pay tax here. I showed her my tax ID card
showing my tax number in Thailand and she said, “you are still a
foreigner”. I then showed her my employee identification for being an
ajarn at a Thai government owned university and she still said, “You’re
foreign”. I said, what happened to the reason that foreigners don’t pay
tax here. I pay tax here and have been for many years.
If a Thai goes to England, Wales, Scotland or America, I
have never heard of anyone asking your nationality when you paid for a
museum, national park, religious institution or any other reason. If this
isn’t racism, I don’t know another word that would describe it.