More Chiang Mai-related news, please
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.
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.
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.