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Saying howdy from Down Under

People like to think of Songkran as ‘sanuk’

Classifieds have been a big help to small business

Build more drug rehabilitation centers

Visited the Pha Thai Cave

Saying howdy from Down Under

Dear Editor,

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’

Dear Editor,

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 Chiang Mai.

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.

Samnuck Kotsarueporn


Classifieds have been a big help to small business

Editor:

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

Dear Editor,

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 the problem.

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.

Sincerely,

Daniel Schulze


Visited the Pha Thai Cave

Editor:

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

Lars Meyer