More Horizon Pollution
I hope your newspaper will continue to publish the
‘Horizon Pollution’ in Chiang Mai as in previous issues and letters.
This photo shows an empty billboard with only a telephone
number on a huge display next to Chiang Mai National Museum. It is so ugly.
This photo is taken from a balcony of Hillside Condotel 4. Thank you for
‘Development??’ Jet Skis on the Ping?
Dear Chiang Mai Mail
I am wondering if Chiang Mai Mail can help our community
in at least slowing down the rapid destruction of our city and her
environment through rampant pollution and through the egotism and
carelessness of a few against the majority of their fellow citizens.
I am living on the Ping River in San Pee Suea. I rented
this place a bit more than a year ago as one of the most beautiful places in
Chiang Mai, a pristine environment with old trees, reeds, birds, breeding
herons etc. A week later this beauty got irreversibly destroyed through the
river-’regulation’ which resulted in the massive damage of this years
floods. The former beauty of the river got replaced by a row of burning
garbage piles on both shores! And now, as the most recent ‘development’
jet-skis (apparently leased by a nearby resort) are roaring up and down the
river with the most horrendous noise and pollution! To live on the river
became a nightmare.
The beauty of the river unfortunately is gone for ever,
but I wonder what one possibly could do to halt at least this latest
insanity. Would be grateful if you could give me any advice.
The Land of Smiles welcomes you but ......
With reference to your story “Thailand needs to do more
advertising in Middle East” (Chiangmai Mail Vol IV No. 38 Sept 17 - 23
Travel and Tourism Section) I would agree that Middle East tourists will
bring much needed tourist-baht to Chiang Mai but unfortunately that may come
at a price. I have spent many years working in the Middle East and consider
myself au fait with the Arab customs and idiosyncrasies. Although I have a
great respect for the Arabs and have many as friends they do possess a
manner, which, when in the company of non-Arabs, (especially female) borders
on discourteous and arrogant. In the Middle East this may not be so obvious
and is easier to tolerate, given that it is their country. But here in
Thailand and in particular Chiang Mai, these traits stick out like a sore
Recently two friends from UK came to visit me and stayed
in a hotel in the centre of Chiang Mai. During my frequent visits to the
hotel I was surprised at the number of Middle East tourists staying there.
What I wasn’t surprised at was the rude manner of their relations with the
staff, in particular the front desk and restaurant, where by the way they
had been allocated a separate dining area. (Could this be viewed as a shrewd
diplomatic ploy by the hotel management?) This together with ill-mannered
and ungentlemanly like behavior towards fellow lift (elevator) travellers,
again especially female and their brusqueness in queues etc may not be the
image that the Land of Smiles is keen to promote. So although their
tourist-baht is most welcome maybe an added section in their local travel
agency brochures highlighting the essence of Thai culture and the rewards
for politeness would not go amiss.