Although I had mixed feelings on the concept of importing
wild animals from Kenya to support the new night safari venture, I had more
or less persuaded myself that the new attraction would be worth the
experience, and worthy of support when I visit Chiang Mai in January, given
the aims of conservation and education that had come through clearly enough
in the advance publicity.
But a report in ‘The Nation’ of 17th November that
“Visitors to the park’s Vareekunchorn restaurant will have the option of
tucking in to an “Exotic Buffet” of tiger, lion, elephant and giraffe,
for just B. 4,500 a head” is decidedly unpalatable! The seriously mixed
messages that this hair-brained idea sends out will simply serve to confirm
the wildlife lobby’s worst fears that the whole venture is nothing more
than naked commercialism. If this report is true (you don’t have an
‘April Fools’ Day in November do you?) then I for one cannot possibly
support the venture and will have to give the night safari the thumbs down
in favor of ‘eine kleine nacht musik’ at the Riverside.
David Fallows, Seann Dachaidh, Scotland
Thank you from the Red Cross
Dear Chiangmai Mail Editor,
After our campaign when the Red Cross Committee asked all
magazines and newspapers in Chiang Mai to assist in publicizing information
in regards to blood donation to have sufficient blood for treating patients
in Chiang Mai and nearby provinces, we are happy to announce that the
cooperation we received was tremendous.
On this occasion, Chiang Mai Red Cross would like to
thank you for publicizing the above event. We pray to Buddha and all sacred
things in Chiang Mai to protect you, your family, and all staff from all
harm and wish you happy, progressive, have a good health, and achieve
whatever you wish.
Chiang Mai Red Cross President
Shocking and Disgusting!
I have read an article in the newspaper this morning that
a zoo in Chiang Mai is actually serving up animals such as giraffes and
crocodiles in its restaurant.
Although I have heard that Thailand has a bad reputation
regarding the treatment of animals, I don’t know whether to believe this
However, if it IS true I think someone really needs to
call a halt to it extremely quickly or it will kill your tourist industry
stone dead. I - and many other people - wouldn’t dream of visiting a
country which engages in such barbarity.
It’s bad enough to imprison animals which belong in the
wild - what right does anyone have to do that? But then to eat them as well!
I think that anyone guilty of that isn’t fit to be called a human being.
No electric due
to the Night safari?
Are Night Safari Park and our electricity cuts related in
any way? These last two years we have had only “natural” electricity
cuts in Chiangmai Lake Land on Canal Road during or after heavy rains or
storms. I read in the Chiangmai Mail that on 16 November, the Prime Minister
introduced the Night Safari Park to 200 Thai businessmen.
‘Coincidentally’, on that same day, the electricity was cut for several
hours. The same thing happened a few days earlier, which I suppose coincided
with the time when the officials were practicing this presentation. If Night
Safari Park is to open on 1 January, will this mean that we will have the
same electricity cuts every day when the park officials are using their
lights? Or have they included a sufficient amount of their monster budget of
1.16 Billion Thai Baht to prevent such a situation?
A reader from Lake Land
Boycott Night Safari
I want to urge all foreign residents of Thailand and all
justice-minded friends to boycott the Night Safari as long as the safari
managers charge “250 baht for adults and 400 baht for foreigners,” for
tickets to the wildlife zones as stated in your November 19 issue. Many
long-term alien residents of Thailand receive Thai salaries and pay Thai
taxes. They already support the National Parks service by paying ten times
the Thai price for entry to Thai national parks. A policy of determining
price by skin-color (will Asian aliens be questioned about their
nationality?) is unfair and unfriendly. Tourists are left with a bad taste
in their mouths when prices are set by prejudice.
Chiang Mai resident
Runners without care
To the Editor,
On November 12 there was some kind of jogging event in
the neighborhood of Mae Rim; the villages of Ban Hong Nok and Mae Ram. I
don’t know who the organizers or the runners were. However, evidence of
their outing came to my attention when I went on my own daily walks in this
area a couple of days later. All along the roadside of these villages are
mounds of paper ribbons. I don’t know what purpose they were meant to
serve but surely a more eco-conscious solution could be found. I hope that
next time this group comes through I will not know about it because they
will have left ‘nothing but footprints....’ and acted more mindful of
keeping the environment in the state which attracted them to the area in the
Environmentally Concerned Resident
Paying for college
for international students
To the editor:
After reading CMIS College Counselor Jon Hartmann’s
advice on “Paying for college for international students” in your
November 19 issue, I wanted to add my comments about U.S. educational
Because Mr. Hartmann stated that “U.S. education is the
most expensive in the world”, let me first address the issue of money. If
price is a student’s main concern, I hope that college counselors explain
that some of the most expensive U.S. schools are also the ones most likely
to provide scholarships. Several of the top U.S. universities even have a
policy of providing full scholarships to qualified students in financial
On the other end of the financial scale, U.S. community
colleges offer a low-cost alternative for international students and many
have agreements with four-year institutions to accept community college
credits. More information about this alternative is available from the
IC-ACE educational advising center at Chiang Mai University’s
The fact is that more than 500,000 international students
from around the world are furthering their education in the United States.
Here are some of the reasons:
Quality: U.S. colleges are known worldwide for the
quality of their facilities, resources, and faculty. Accreditation systems
ensure that institutions continue to maintain these standards.
Choice: The U.S. education system is unrivalled worldwide
in the choice it offers of types of institutions, academic and social
environments, entry requirements, degree programs, and subjects in which you
Value: As an investment in your future, a U.S. degree
offers excellent value for the money. A wide range of tuition fees and
living costs, plus some financial help from colleges, have made study in the
United States affordable for thousands of students.
Flexibility: One of the most distinctive features of U.S.
universities and colleges is the flexibility in choice of courses within a
college or university, but more importantly there is also the option for
students to move between one institution and another. Completing the first
two years of a degree at one institution, usually a community college, and
then moving to another, is very common.
U.S. Consul General Chiang Mai