A possible solution offered
Is there any solution in the near future regarding the
abnormal rise on the visa fees for farangs?
Don’t get me wrong - I do not ‘bitch’ and complain
and I do not want to go back to where I come from but ... As I wrote earlier
- this is abnormal’.
If this ministry of interior or the PM gives an
explanation why they quadruple prices that even at the immigration offices,
the officers do not feel at ease anymore and almost try to look for excuses,
than I will try to do my best to understand.
But last weekend - while sitting with friends who share
my opinion - we thought about a solution:
Some of us live outside of town near Hang Dong. The Canal
Road (which you can not really call a road anymore) is extremely dangerous
with deep potholes, no safety lamps, dark at night and crazy drunk motorbike
and truck drivers still speeding and overtaking.
If now all this extra money would be used to speed up the
completion of the road plus the leftover in training of young drivers and
finally freeze the raise of traffic police salaries until they do what they
are supposed to do - get those suicidal drivers off the road - than we would
say: Yes! Quadruple the prices and do something, but until then...
Still loving Thailand but afraid that Thailand loves only
Public announcement from U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai
Planning to travel to the U.S. on the Visa Waiver
Program? Starting October 1, 2003, you will need to have a machine-readable
A machine-readable passport has two rows of digits
running along the bottom of the biographic information/picture page, and all
biographic information is in typeface.
You are eligible to enter the United States without a
visa if you are planning to visit as a tourist (not study or work) for 90
days or less, have a round-trip ticket, and are a citizen of Andorra,
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,
Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia,
Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom.
Please plan ahead for travel after October 1: If you are
otherwise eligible for the Visa Waiver Program but do not have a
machine-readable passport, you will still need to apply for a U.S. visa.
Enjoys our sub-heads
I just came back to Chiang Mai after spending most of the
summer holidays in hot Europe and the US. I am happy to have found the big
pile of newspapers at home waiting for me and while getting rid of my jet
Please allow me some comments:
The Queen’s Special edition was one of the nicest
things I have seen in a long time. What a charming idea of so many companies
to just send birthday greetings to the ‘Mother of the Thai nation’. It
was a great way of showing respect for her majesty and it was a great way of
your ‘still very young’ paper to think of something so lovely. It also
reflected your concern for the country and proved once again that Chiang Mai
does not have to rely anymore on the national newspapers but has really got
a foot on the ground regarding information.
What I find most amusing are your bylines [read: sub
headers] (they are getting better and better) and also the reading between
the lines. Please keep that up. It does not hurt anybody and it shows a
sense of humor which is lacking with 80% of today’s population. I
especially mean the article Vol. 32 regarding the job opportunities for
elephants and the last paragraph.
Please keep us readers informed and follow up if the
salary of 10,000 baht is for single elephants or for couples and whether you
get a confirmation if the patrol elephants will have to wear Wildlife
Conservation uniforms and hats.
Your faithful weekly reader,
Worried and angry
I read about the rise of the charges at the immigration
office, which is ridiculously high. Whoever or wherever can you quadruple
Can people do anything to stop that?
Does the government want to chase tourists and long
staying tourists away? Last year, all we read about was ‘Amazing
Thailand’ and let old people come to spend the winter in Thailand, but -
like this - it will never happen!
When was this new regulation at the ministry of interior
signed? At 5 a.m., when nobody could think straight? It does not fit. How
can you try to promote tourism on one side and just slap your tourists in
the face with these kinds of unjustified regulations on the other side?
I am seriously thinking of spending my money in a country
where I feel more welcome than here.
Worried and angry,