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Double pricing continues to annoy

Night falls and hair flies free in Chiang Mai

Some thoughts on Songkran in Chiang Mai

Double pricing continues to annoy

Dear Sir/Madam, 
I am writing in regard to the report that tourists are staying away from Mae Sa Waterfall. My family along with our Thai daughter-in-law have been disappointed at many places in your beautiful country by the double pricing and now will not visit places that we know do this.
 The British press have talked about this and now first time tourists will know and plan their journey to avoid double prices. English people will speak well of Thailand and its people but will talk louder about the unfair price system. It would be illegal in England to charge one price for residents and one price for visitors, in fact English people would refuse to pay the lower price in protest. 
I hope my e mail gives you an insight into how people feel about this issue.

 Yours Respectfully 
Mr Jim Carter-White


Night falls and hair flies free in Chiang Mai

There is a phenomenon not peculiar to Chiang Mai, but very marked here. During the daylight hours many road junctions are manned by our doughty keepers of the law in tight shirts and pants revealing bulging beer bellies stopping the occasional (perhaps more than occasional) motorcycle with driver or passenger bare headed and relieving them of a few baht each. However, as dusk falls these hard working fellows melt away to rest after their labours (or to enjoy the fruits thereof in their favourite bar) and the bikers come out in force with hair streaming unfettered in the wind. Has it not occurred to the police that the night hours are the most dangerous ones for the motorcyclists, at least during the day they are mostly sober, or is the beer belly replenishment too important to interrupt?

Chuck Pringle


Some thoughts on Songkran in Chiang Mai

A joyful occasion and enjoyed with gusto by the residents and many of the visitors alike. Mostly the revelers are more polite in Chiang Mai and tend to hold up a warning hand before throwing a dollop of water on a passing motorcyclist—unlike Pattaya where, wham, a full bucket load hits you in the face and sends you skidding.

I did notice that on the 11th, the moat was lined with youngsters, the bare-chested boys in boxers and the girls in wet T shirts, having great fun either in the water or splashing passers by. By the morning of the 12th, however, there were so many vendors selling buckets and other more fearsome looking implements, that there was hardly room for the fun loving youngsters to do their thing. Having once been the wounded recipient of a bucket of water containing a lump of very hard ice, I found the appearance of a truck selling large blocks of ice on the roadside ominous indeed.

Charles Fairmont



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