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Chiang Mai busses are ‘super cool’!

Another word on double double prices prices

Chiang Mai busses are ‘super cool’!

The Editor,
Hearty applause to Chiang Mai for introducing public bus routes. Recently I resolved to give them a try. Firstly, on their website www.chiangmaibus.com, they provide the excellent public service of offering and ‘English’ version. Except it doesn’t work - cannot even get to click on it.
I nevertheless boarded a bus on Maneenoparat Road to find they provide the excellent public service of air-conditioning. However this was as high as the ‘freezing’ stage, so dressed for summer weather, I was so uncomfortably chilled as to fear catching pneumonia. I hence travelled only two stops before catching a tuk-tuk home. So sorry, Chiang Mai Buses, but I will continue to use my car to get around our city until reading in Chiangmai Mail that the air-conditioning has been modified to comfort-level!
Ric, Chiang Mai


Another word on double double prices prices

The Editor,
I bought your April 29th edition only yesterday, otherwise I would have responded earlier. But hope you will print my comment.
I was astonished to see so many foolish comments on the issue “2-way-prices” by foreigners who seem to have more money than common sense.
A 2-way price policy that allows Thais to buy at half rate is by all means discrimination.
What justifies to charge double from foreigners at the Zoo, for example, and to assume that all foreigners are rich? How (and why) on earth should this be generalized? There are lots of Thais who have a car of their own. Sometimes even an expensive one. The average foreign backpack-traveller or student visiting Chiang Mai could never afford his or her own vehicle back home. They spent their last penny on the ticket already.
According to the TAT over 50 percent of the tourists in CM account for Thais from Bangkok. And while most of those (acc. to my sources) travel by airplane, many foreigners come here by train or bus, to save money.
“Thai rak Thai” also means that those Thai visitors prefer Thai Airways (flights are usually full!) despite the fact that there are cheaper airlines.
Having spoken to many guesthouse owners, they all tell the same: No Thai stays with them - only foreigners; as it suits their budget. Thais prefer to stay at hotels - even though this is double in price.
Charging more from one group and less from another automatically means that latter ones are poor and others rich, regardless their actual income. That is not only discrimination, but also - as the figures show - very wrong. And in no way in line with the teachings of Lord Buddha who speaks of the non-judgmental, non-discriminating mind and opposes dualistic thinking. If Thais had learned this at school, there would be no 2-way price policy.
Prof. Krames
Hillside 4, CM