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Very pleasant here

Bangkok is dangerous for Businessmen!

Very pleasant here

Dear Editor,
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 memorable one.
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).
Anchorman


Bangkok is dangerous for Businessmen!

Editor;
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 Gift Fair.
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.
Disgusted



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