Saying howdy from Down Under
I have just read a letter of congratulations to you from
an old friend in CNX, Khun Basil McCall. I would like to join Basil and no
doubt legions of other readers in congratulating you on an excellent
publication which is both informative and entertaining.
As the former Western Australian representative of the
Tourism Authority of Thailand, I have many fond memories of CNX and the
people of your beautiful city.
Years before working for the TAT, I was the travel writer
for a daily newspaper here in Perth and thanks to Basil McCall and Marc
Dumur (both of whom were with the former Siam Lodge Group) I experienced the
finest of Thai hospitality in Chiang Mai.
I am also delighted to note that you are being supported
by SKAL Club International and as such, would ask that you pass on my best
wishes to all of my former colleagues in the Chiang Mai travel industry.
Once again, congratulations and kindest regards,
Murray C Dickson
Perth, Western Australia
People like to think of Songkran as ‘sanuk’
Please excuse me for my English, because its not very
strong, but I want to write to tell you something that I think about the
change that Chiang Mai Mayor Khun Boonlert wants to make about Songkran in
Every week I read your newspaper to try to help me make
my English better, but last week I read about the major want to change
Songkran to be same like old tradition. I think this is a very good step but
also very difficult, because people like to think of Songkran as ‘sanuk’
(fun) only, not as traditional custom anymore.
Maybe some do not like the idea and will not come to have
Songkran in Chiang Mai because they like to have only fun and not
traditional. But I like the choice and will go in Thai costume to play water
with my family in the old style way, I hope I am not the only one who does
like this. Thank you city mayor for trying to bring back custom and good
luck with your plan.
Classifieds have been a big help to small business
I would like to thank you for establishing an English
language newspaper. I know this letter comes a bit late, since your
newspaper has been around for half a year already, but I must say it has
been a major help for me and my business. Sadly, I have not had a chance to
advertise in the newspaper yet, but I have made use of the classifieds a
couple of times during the past six months.
I run a small restaurant here in Chiang Mai and am always
looking for new staff. At the beginning I made the decision to employ only
university students to work at the restaurant because I wanted them to be
able to practice their English, learn how to work in an establishment, and
help them gain some money. Before the Chiangmai Mail was established
I used to advertise in the Thai newspaper and received many applicants.
These students were, however, not what I had hoped for because their English
was usually very poor and they were shy. Now, since advertising in the Chiangmai
Mail I have received only students who were able to speak sufficient
English and who were willing to work and learn. This is a major compliment
to your newspaper because it shows that also the young people are reading it
and probably using it to help improve themselves and their English.
I herewith give a huge thank you to you and your team for
making this newspaper so efficiently and for informing the society and
helping little businesses like mine to improve their standards.
Thank you very much,
E. Brown & Som
Build more drug rehabilitation centers
I would like to comment on the ongoing “war on drugs”
about which you are always reporting in the Chiangmai Mail. I must
congratulate the Thai government on eventually realizing that there is a
major problem concerning drugs in Thailand, and that they have finally
managed to get their act together in order to try and fight this problem.
However, I do have a concern about how the government will actually solve
Catching small time dealers is not the answer to this
war. My question is, if you catch a person with 3 tablets, or a dealer with
30,000 tablets, which arrest will possibly help stop the consumption of
drugs on the streets? Unless my thinking process is hindered, I believe the
30,000-tablet conviction would do more damage. This damage would be good to
stop the usage of drugs but it would probably also cause the crime rate to
rise. Addicts need to fulfill their desires, and unless there are good
clinics which will help them recover from their desires, the addicts will
probably turn to crime in order to gain the money which will be crucial to
buy the more expensive drugs.
With this I would like to end by saying that the ending
to the “war on drugs” is most definitely not to catch all the dealers,
although it is definitely a start, but building more drug rehabilitation
centers will be a definite obligation in the future in order to help all the
addicts to recover. I hope the Thai government will also think of this and
take action before it is too late.
Visited the Pha Thai Cave
Re: Chiangmai Mail No. 14 - I am on holidays in Chiang
Mai and found you on the Internet about 3 months ago while I was looking for
interesting sights regarding my upcoming vacation. But I must say, in
reality, the newspaper is even more entertaining. I bought No. 13 in Bangkok
and on Saturday now No. 14 in Chiang Mai and on Sunday we followed your
recommendation and visited the Pha Thai Cave. When we read it, we thought
you exaggerated a lot but to tell the truth, the article written by Mrs.
Vogt did not include the beauty of everything. We just hope that our
pictures will turn out as good as yours. Another compliment on this week’s
Auto Mania. The article about the Bangkok Motor Show and the lecture about
the Malaysian GP were most entertaining! What a shame that Mrs.
Schumacher’s big boy did not make it again.
A Chiangmai Mail Fan