Very pleasant here
I have just arrived in Chiang Mai and expected to be sweltering in the heat.
I was told that April and May are very hot and uncomfortable months here . .
. but, since I came it has been cloudy with a very pleasant temperature. The
rains have, however, prevented me from doing some things I wanted to do and
the lack of storm water drainage has ruined a good pair of Gucci shoes. All
this, together with the kindness that all the Thais I have met have shown
me, not to mention the astounding Thai smile, is going to make my visit a
I have enjoyed reading Chiangmai Mail, particularly the sports pages and
look forward to reading the next issue of the paper.
P.S. It took me only 14 minutes to do the crossword whilst devouring my
first fresh Durian (smells vile but tastes like a hint of heaven).
Bangkok is dangerous for Businessmen!
Just a little info on the dangers of being drugged and robbed in Bangkok,
and the problems with corrupt and inefficient police:
OK, it’s my fault that on my second night in Bangkok I was drugged when
someone slipped something in my coffee - in a Subway sandwich shop near Nana
Sky train station! I had gone to Bangkok to attend the Bangkok International
I woke up 14 hours later in my Bangkok City Inn hotel room. I had been
robbed and the room ransacked. I went to the reception desk to report the
robbery and was told to walk to the nearest police station. I walked a total
of 8 kms that morning as I had no money.
I asked the hotel about the security video so I could understand how I got
to the hotel. They refused to show me, or the police. They later said the
video was “lost”. The hotel told the police that I had the key in my
pocket (not true), that I often stayed there (not true) and “always”
took prostitutes to the hotel (not true). Later the hotel manager said I had
picked up the key from the desk, but the register was not completed.
Now my real problems started! The police were worse than useless! I have had
no success in getting the Thai authorities take any notice. The Police have
now “lost” fingerprints and urine tests, looking for Rohypnol. They did
not interview staff at the subway shop. They have told my Thai speaking wife
that they were not interested in following up because they had learnt the
“truth” from the hotel about what happened.
I later spotted the woman I suspect of spiking my coffee. She also matched
the description given me by the Subway staff. I called the tourist police
but they refused to come.
Last week a Bangkok policeman was drugged and robbed. He died. I can only
hope it was the scumbag officer who failed to investigate my report.