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More Chiang Mai-related news, please

Don’t get things mixed up!

Adapt to Thailand’s culture and way of life and be happy!

 

More Chiang Mai-related news, please

Dear Editor.
I have just bought this weeks paper. How boring, reduced size, no colour middle pages. Maybe you are trying to save money, OK - but it is called the Chiang Mai Mail - and should include things to do with the city - not stuff from other papers. If you do not count the columnists - there are less than 4 pages that have anything to do with Chiang Mai - please try to get more stories, events, that concern people who live here. Even after the event it is nice to read what is going on in my adopted town.
Regards
Edgar Ellis

 

Don’t get things mixed up!

Clearly identifying visitors to a Condo is not racism, as Mr Schoenkopf asserts. It is security.
An example of racism (amongst many in this country) is charging foreign visitors and residents hundreds of percent more than Thais to visit National Parks, zoos etc.
Ron Lister


Adapt to Thailand’s culture and way of life and be happy!

To the Editor
After experiencing two years living in Chiang Mai as a retiree, it has become abundantly clear to me that if farang are to enjoy a happy lifestyle here, it is necessary to adapt to the country’s culture and its peoples. Accepting Thais as equals is the first step on the road to a better quality of life. Sadly too often farang alienate themselves by displaying appalling lack of respect and aggressive bad manners. The most sickening aspect of their general attitude is the perpetual negative criticism directed at so many things that are charmingly Thai and make this country so different from the West. Whilst it is acceptable in our own countries to adopt an in-your-face style of addressing complaints, it is deeply offensive to Thais to have this meted out to them. Rather adopt a conciliatory approach with a few pleasantries in the Thai language - surely this is not too difficult - and always smile. Whatever your problem, Thais will happily try to meet you half way if you just respect their ways.
In the interests of Thai–Farang relations let us try to pull together. If we witness bad behaviour from one of our own, we should intervene to correct the situation as Thais are too polite to challenge unacceptable conduct. Always remember that we are guests in this country.
Liz Spring



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