US Consulate’s 4th of July
event praised by Brit
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 !!!
Expat praise to the Royal Thai army
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
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