Sightseeing in beautiful Thaksinaburi (formerly known as ‘The Rose of the North’)
taken right before Hillside 4, a beautiful construction, hiding the useless
meadow with the noisy cows.
In the Chiangmai Mail Mailbag of August 27, 2005,
Hillside Nick’s published letter of huge billboard dominating the city
inspired me. He invited Chiangmai Mail to publish more photos of huge
billboards, which make Chiang Mai so ugly.
I did consider it as a challenge to do some billboard
research and the result is some selected photos. Please feel free to publish
them under the header of: Sightseeing in beautiful Thaksinaburi (formerly
known as ‘The Rose of the North’).
from ‘near Airport Plaza’
I refer to Hillside Nick’s letter with photos in your
last issue. If Chiang Mai is to retain its title “Rose of the North”,
something will have to be done about this rampant commercial brainwashing.
In addition to his letter, I would like to ask the
following: what department is responsible for giving the go-ahead to these
oversized monstrosities, and how much are they getting paid for allowing it
It won’t be long before Doi Suthep is hidden behind a
giant billboard for skin whitening cream.
Chiang Mai Mike
Insulate for savings
The Thai government is, quite rightly, urging people to
save power. Insulation of houses and/or individual apartments is highly
successful in achieving this aim. I know this because, on the advice of a
friend, when I built my house I built cavity brick walls with polystyrene
sheets installed in the cavities. Now I find that I do not need air
conditioning. Similar insulation can be retrofitted to already built houses
and apartments. This involves fixing wooden battens to the interior walls to
which are then fastened plaster board sheets with sheet polystyrene under
the boards. This would be relatively cheap and the cost could be spread by
covering individual walls, one at a time starting with south facing walls.
A web reader’s thanks
Thank you for extensive flood reports! Thanks to all Chiangmai
Mail news staff for the extensive reporting and photos from the flooding
in Chiang Mai area.
As a regular visitor, I appreciated knowing how Chiang
Mai was really affected by this event, as flooding was worse than usual.
I will be back for my next visit as usual as I love