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US Consulate’s 4th of July event praised by Brit

Expat praise to the Royal Thai army

US Consulate’s 4th of July event praised by Brit

Dear Editor,
I write in support of the letter published recently about the Queens Birthday party held in Chiang Mai and organized by the British Honorary Consulate. I too felt very annoyed by the principle which seems to have resulted in what I feel sure must have been a rather expensive event held at one of the more exclusive hotels in Chiang Mai and attended mainly by people who were not British, and who frankly, until their invitation arrived would probably not even have been aware when the British Queens birthday was!!
I am also a long time British Chiang Mai resident, properly registered with the British Honorary Consulate and living I think a good and responsible life here, as are a number of friends of mine, yet not one of us knew anything about this party for OUR Queen until the photos of the event appeared in the Chiang Mai Mail.
These days it is not often that I find myself praising the USA, but I have to say that it is to the absolute credit of the US Consulate here in Chiang Mai that on the 4th Of July, ALL American citizens living in Chiang Mai are invited on an open door policy to attend a commemorative party held at the American Consulate, and not I hasten to add a lavish champagne style event, but a family day with hot dogs soft drinks and fireworks, and, most importantly, an opportunity for American citizens living in Chiang Mai to meet and get to know each other.
Well done, USA, not at all well done UK !!!
Postman Pat
Chiang Mai


Expat praise to the Royal Thai army

Dear Editor
The Royal Thai Army has come in for much criticism lately, so it’s good to be able to report one of their outstanding good deeds.
On the Phayao-Lampang road in streaming wet conditions last week my wife lost control of our pick up and skidded off the road. The car overturned and came to rest at the top of a vertical drop into a river. Alone in the car, suffering from a dislocated shoulder, bruising and shock, she was totally unable to climb out unaided.
Happily, a following Army truck fully laden with personnel stopped at once, the soldiers carefully got her out of the car, stayed with her for almost 3 hours until a tow truck arrived and then escorted her to hospital in Lampang.
So we wish to pass on our grateful thanks to the men at the Army base at the Chao Pho Pratu Pha monument and show why the Army is so genuinely popular among most Thai folk here in the north.
Grateful Expat in Chiang Mai