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More Horizon Pollution

‘Development??’ Jet Skis on the Ping?

The Land of Smiles welcomes you but ......

More Horizon Pollution

Dear Editor,

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 your attention.
Best Bob


‘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.

Disgusted


The Land of Smiles welcomes you but ......

Dear Editor,

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 thumb.

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.

Kevin Kemp
Chiang Mai