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It’s all in the smile

No maps for Chiang Mai’s public buses

 

It’s all in the smile

Dear Editor and Fellow Farangs,
One of the reasons I love Thailand, and I suspect I am not alone, is it is “The Land of Smiles.” Look any Thai in the eye as you walk down the street and they smile and most say “Swatdee.” So, please explain why, when I smile and say “hello” to farangs, they pretend it didn’t happen? Maybe our big city existence has made us wary of a friendly stranger? Having lived in the semi-rural New Hampshire region of the US, I was used to a smile and a wave from all who go by.
You too can BE the SMILE and you will feel better too!
Smilingly yours,
Tom (the country bumpkin from New Hampshire, USA)

 

No maps for Chiang Mai’s public buses

Dear Editor
A newly arrived acquaintance asked me where to get a map for the government buses that cruise Chiang Mai. “I’ll get one for you,” I said.
Wow! Do I ever regret making that offer.
A Thai friend told me to go to Chang Peuk bus station. There, they didn’t know.
“Maybe Arcade bus station?” they asked me!
Then I found in Welcome to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai magazine’s February issue, a large ad with a telephone number for maps.
‘Go to Arcade Bus Station, 2nd floor.’
I went to Arcade. On the second floor they sent me to the Information Window on the first floor.
‘No maps!’ I am told.
‘Can you please tell me where?’
‘Maps finished.’
I still cannot tell my friend where our Government Buses depart from or arrive anywhere. But at least I now know why they cruise around this city empty!
Ric Richardson