Measured shoes in 2 days
Thank you for putting together a Chiang Mai FeMail page. I enjoyed reading
it and look forward to future editions. ‘Shoes, shoes and more shoes!’ was
very interesting except the writer forgot to mention that ladies (and men)
can make to measure shoes here in Chiang Mai. Recently my Thai friend took
me to a small shop on the Chang Puak Road, opposite the Rajabhat Institute.
I had an excellent pair of high heels made for five hundred baht - beautiful
silver ones - made within 2 days. The Thai lady does not speak very much
English - however I took a picture of the shoes I wanted from a magazine. I
am sure she is not the only one in Chiang Mai; however if someone cannot
find the ideal shoes in their size - I can definitely recommend her.
Call for campaign against air pollution in Chiang Mai
At a meeting of some fifty concerned Chiang Mai residents, both Thai and
international, on 4th January, it was made abundantly clear by many
speakers, (again both Thai and international), how lacking is the concern
shown by our disseminators of local information, e.g. our newspapers, in
reporting the seriousness of air quality in this polluted city... a city
that but a handful of years ago gloried in the pride of being Thailand’s
least polluted city.
And why the current pollution? Surely, apart from deforestation, the main
cause is the still persistent burning of rubbish throughout the province,
even within the Doi Suthep National Park, despite the law which now forbids
Passing laws and feeling smug that obligation is fulfilled does not attack
the problem. Drive into the country any day of the week and simply count the
columns of smoke! You will be astounded at how flagrantly laws enacted to
preserve our people’s health can be so irresponsibly ignored. Also count the
number of police driving along those same roads and totally ignoring the
same columns of smoke. There you have the reason for laws being broken with
If our newspapers are to earn the respect of Chiang Mai’s citizens, surely
they should be the voice of protest and accept accountability by campaigning
for the benefit of the populace, at least until their editors are satisfied,
not only that something is being done, but that, due to their persistence,
we again have a chance to enjoy clean air.
If Chiang Mai Mail is to deserve credibility as a voice for the people,
please put your best reporter on to this problem and serialise weekly
reports regarding what action is either ensuing or not ensuing!