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Brother Bear in Chiang Mai?

Road conditions in Chiang Mai

More traffic jams

Brother Bear in Chiang Mai?

Dear Mailbag,

The little bear being transported in a very unprofessional manner.

I am a foreigner living in Chiang Mai and I enjoy it very much. One thing I miss though, are ‘normal’ amusement parks and other places of interest.

When I heard about the Night Safari project I was really happy about it. But one thing I saw last week really disturbed me. A pick up truck drove past me on the Canal Road going in the direction of Hang Dong. Now the shocking part was that on the back of that pick-up was a cage with a bear cub in it and two guys sitting next to it.

Where was this bear heading or better where were the ‘soldiers’ heading with it? Why was it going there? Who were the people? They didn’t look properly equipped.

I’m not sure if this is really related to the Night Safari but since it took place at the Samoeng intersection I’ll assume it was. I’m just a little worried and disturbed about the bear and why it was being transported away from the Night Safari place and away from the zoo direction. In Thailand you never know…

I was lucky enough to have a camera with me so I took a picture.
Sincerely,
Rose Summerfield


Road conditions in Chiang Mai

Dear Editor,

I would just like to take the time to point out the bad condition of the road on Nimmanahaeminda Rd. It is so bad when it rains there. The whole street is under water when it rains for more than 10 minutes! Last week I had to meet somebody there and it required me to cross the street. I was wearing a suit with some nice shoes but they got totally drenched because the stupid street was under water. I know it’s a lot of water to get rid of in the streets but there doesn’t seem to be a problem in most other parts of town to drain the water. I went back the next day and there was still water in the streets but the best thing I saw was a truck which was stuck in a storm drain opening because there didn’t seem to be a lid on it. I don’t think it would’ve happened if either a) there wouldn’t have been 20 cm of water in the street or b) there had been a lid on the drain. I would just like to share my opinion about the fabulously messed up road conditions in Chiang Mai. Risking my neck in traffic is one thing, but having to risk it because the storm drains don’t have lids on them is another.
Frank A. Gordon


More traffic jams

Mailbag,

I am writing in response to the article featured in Chiangmai Mail No. 30, page 2, about the new roads to be built. Now, while I do admit I am a very big fan of anything new, this article horrified me when I first read it.

I think everybody who hears the words ‘road’, ‘construction’ and ‘Thailand’ in one sentence will immediately have a few nightmare-like flashbacks about some construction on a road here in Thailand. A quite recent experience of mine was that giant gap on one side of the Canal Road which made you take a detour down the side of the road where you couldn’t even see the road leading down there, much less at night. After a few weeks the gap was filled up with rocks and sand but the tar layer hadn’t been applied yet, the result being two uncomfortable bumps when these were tackled at too high speeds because of the visual obstruction of the curve just before.

And I don’t think I have to say much about the Khwan Singh intersection…

But now to my point: why does the Thai government think they need to spend millions of baht on constructing new roads when, first of all, the roads they want to expand are perfectly capable of accommodating enough cars, and second, the currently existing routes are filled with potholes which should be repaired first. They should at least invest money into road repair before spending money on new routes which are going to be lined with potholes a week after they’re finished anyway.

Another problem I wish to point out is the general strategy of road repair in Thailand. It’s just not smart to start paving three out of four lanes of a highway during Friday afternoon rush hour when everybody behind the wheel is agitated from work and wants to go home. A better way of doing this would be to do it in the middle of the night, midnight onwards.

But all in all, I must say that the government is trying to improve as much as they can and I’m pretty happy with the way everything in Chiang Mai is and works.

Fritz Peterson



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