I was sorry to read in Chiang Mai Mail 18-24 August about the theft of
Richard Ypenberg’s passport at a city hotel pool. I can imagine the
difficulties he will be going through.
However, theft of this type is surely a world-wide problem and so it is
slightly disingenuous to single out Thailand as having its safe reputation
undermined because of a few local passport thefts.
Why should he assume the poolside as a secure environment? And why criticise
the hotel or Tourist Police when the serious inconvenience Richard faces is
as a result of his own basic security lapses.
It is a comment on yourself, Richard, that you feel the need to blame
someone else for your own shortcomings.
Where’s your common sense?
I would like to reply to the gentleman that wrote a letter to the Editor in
the August 18-24 edition, ‘Watch out, there’s a thief about!’ August 18-24
In reply, my most basic comment is:- Ask yourself this - if you were
anywhere else in the world – England, USA, Canada, Vietnam, etc., swimming
in or hanging out around the local pool – would you bring your wallet, and
obviously your passport with you? No, you would probably leave it locked up
either in the car, locker room or at home or the hotel safe. Why should you
be surprised that here in Thailand they would be stolen when you bring them
to the pool with you – whether in the backpack, or sitting on a patio pool
table? Thefts happen just as easily in Thailand as they do anywhere else.
Common sense is what seems to be lacking.
As for the lack-lustre response from Thai authorities – do you really think
you would be treated any differently in any other country? This is a bit of
a rant because it gets very tiring listening to people complain about this
sort of thing, when its obvious they just don’t have any common sense. This
is on par with flying to Goa in India then coming home and complaining that
there was curry food everywhere or that the beaches were too sandy.
An anonymous reader of Chiang Mai Mail
a master pianist
This is Sek Thongsuwan - you wrote about my piano recital in last week’s
First of all I would like to thank you that you support me in everything.
I am very happy with your kindness and understanding.
It’s true that on that day the instrument was bad and some people kept
annoying me and the other audience, but I did what I can the best on that
day, so I hope that next time when I have a chance to perform in Chiang Mai,
I’ll do better than this time.
Thank you very much, and if there is anything I can do for you please ask
My work is here:-