Vol. III No. 47 - Saturday November 20 - November 26. 2004
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Night Safari Park back to old tricks

Thanks for recognizing our father

Night Safari Park back to old tricks

To the Editor,
I had to chuckle at the Chiang Mai Night Safari Park item (back page - November 13 - 19). It appears that Khun Plodprasob and others involved are at their old game of confusing the public again. He is the gentleman who decided that foreigners should pay 200 baht to enter the National Parks and the Thais 20 baht. Even he has been outdone as his suggestion that foreigners should pay 400 and Thais 250 baht to enter the night safari park may not come about. In the first paragraph of your article it was suggested, by the deputy governor of Chiang Mai, that both foreigners and Thais should pay the same fee. Fairness at last I thought but not for long when I read that the fee should be 800 baht!

There would be some doubt about the popularity of the park at the lower prices but at the grossly inflated price of 800 baht it doesn’t stand a chance. The Thais, I feel fairly safe in predicting, will not be in attendance and the only foreigners who might attend would be the package tour groups where the price is hidden in the cost of the tour.

I for one will not be visiting this park stocked with rented animals; they couldn’t even afford to buy them, after spending 1 billion baht I’m not surprised. Finally I am not surprised either that the private sector is not confident of the park’s success, it’s far easier to spend taxpayers’ money than ask businesses to part with hard earned revenue.

Finally, I noticed that Chiang Mai locals would pay 100-170 baht and now that we have done away with the difference between foreigners and Thais does that mean that us locally retired expats can get in for that price? Somehow I don’t think so!
Yours sincerely,
Tony Ball


Thanks for recognizing our father

Dear Chiangmai Mail team,
My brother, my sisters, and I have been deeply honored to have our father, Dorsey Traw, in your “Who’s Who” section. We already know that he is a wonderful husband and father, now more people know about him. Thank you so much for taking the time to interview my father. He has literally dedicated his life to God and to the Thai people. Anyone interested in more of his tales of yesteryear and promises of tomorrow may contact him at [email protected]
Thank you again!
Gloyjai Maxwell