Thank you Mr. Baxter
I would like to thank you for publishing my letter of last week in regards
to the Spirit House review that appeared in your paper. I would also like to
thank Mr. Baxter for his enlightening response which clarified the finely
nuanced semantics of his article that I had inadvertently overlooked. Much
appreciated. Mr. Baxter recommends further explorations of the Chiang Mai
culinary scene and I can fully appreciate the wisdom of this sagacious
suggestion. What I am therefore wondering is if Mr. Baxter can be of
assistance to me by allowing me the opportunity to make use of his
invaluable local knowledge? What I am specifically asking is what would Mr.
Baxters list of six “must visit” restaurants in Chiang Mai consist of? I
know that this may be difficult to do because of so many great choices and
different dining experiences on offer, but if an elite half dozen was to be
selected what would be his choice? I thank you for indulging me this fancy
and promise that I will visit all of the restaurants that he suggests.
Thanks once again and thank you for providing a valuable forum for informed
Why not a pedestrian-
and cycling-friendly Old City?
Chiang Mai has one of the most beautiful old cities in Thailand. A lot of
tourists like to walk or cycle there as the roads aren’t very long and so
you can reach every point in the old city in about 15 minutes (walking)! The
problem is that to walk or cycle in the city is very difficult and
dangerous. The sidewalks are mostly in bad condition (ditches and holes) and
full of dog mess, small shops, parked cars/motorcycles, trees etc., so you
have to walk in the middle of the road. Also the traffic causes a lot of
pollution. I think we need some motor-vehicle free zones or at least a
reduction of traffic in the old city.
A pedestrian- and cycling-friendly city would have a lot of
advantages—economically as Chiang Mai would be more attractive and draw more
tourists; energy usage as people would use less fuel; environmentally as
pollution would be reduced; health-wise as people would be healthier through
walking and schoolchildren would be less at risk of obesity. I know that the
new Mayor of Chiang Mai is willing to change the city in this direction, but
she needs also the support of us all—Lanna people and expats.
Max Felix Keller
Dear Max and friends,
Thank you very much for your letter regarding your problems about and
suggestions for Chiang Mai City. May I inform you that all the information
you gave is already in the city plans under both the governor and the
Mayor’s responsibilities. Some issues may take time but the problems are not
being ignored, but tailored to available budgets. Please be patient,
everything will be attended to. Thank you for your support.
Chiang Mai Friends Group
Has the Rooftop Charity
dinner event lost its way?
I have supported the Hillside Rooftop Party Charity for four years but am
concerned about the direction this organization is taking. Every year with
friends, I have looked forward to the Amari dinner to have a chance to vote
for the foundation to benefit from our donations. However this year I was
most surprised to find I had no say in the matter and that the decision was
solely down to the faceless committee. Why has that changed? Why make
foundations present to 200 diners when only a small group of people decide
the outcome? What purpose did the event serve other than to allow everyone
to have dinner at a nice hotel where only 100 baht went to the charity fund?
I am becoming disillusioned with this fundraising event. When Mr Stevie
Arnold ran things it was all about the foundations. I remember the Schools
for Life year when all the kids were involved. Now it seems to be about
people going to fancy dan restaurants and 5 star hotels all the time.
This is an event that has lost its way.