Rubbish dumped on the ring road
The 121 outer ring roads is not the most picturesque road in Chiang Mai, but
what makes it especially unattractive is the huge amount of rubbish that is
always strewn along the sides of this road. I wonder if it is known by Thai
people as ‘the’ place to throw away all their rubbish. Visitors always
comment how disgusting it looks - not to mention so bad for the environment.
Yours with concern,
Charlotte Broome, Chiang Mai
Children selling flowers on the road
Every time I go into Chiang Mai city at night time I am quite disturbed by
the (usually small) children who try to sell flowers. While it’s a little
reassuring to see that there’s often a parent or older person nearby, I feel
that these children should not be forced to be out late at night doing this.
The other night, in the old city, I saw that there was a healthy looking
young man in charge of two small boys who were hassling tourists with their
flowers. This young man is little better than a pimp and he should be out
working seven days a week if necessary to take care of the children so they
can be where small children belong at night, i.e. safely in bed. When I
drive up Huay Kaew Road towards the junction of Nimmanhaemin Road and the
Super Highway, there is always a small girl hovering dangerously in the
middle of the road who comes to the cars when they’re stopped for the
traffic lights. She looks exhausted and I’ve also noticed that she must have
been encouraged to put extra pressure on foreign drivers to buy her flowers.
Is there no social organisation in Thailand that can stop this exploitation
Takako Kanomi – Setting the record straight!
Chiang Mai friends of Takako Kanomi were deeply disappointed by the
Chiangmai Mail (Vol VIII, Issue 51 - December 22-28, 2009) article “Japanese
woman found dead in a guest house near Night Bazaar” credited to lead
reporter Supoj Thiamyoj.
Takako Kanomi was a frequent visitor to Chiang Mai for more than thirty
years, a long-standing favorite of Thailand’s Royal Family, and one of the
first foreigners to apply her talents as a researcher, writer and
photographer to a deeper understanding and appreciation of Thailand’s ethnic
minority peoples. In 1991 she published “People Of Myth: Textiles and Crafts
of the Golden Triangle” one of the first English language books describing
the cultures of the Hill Tribes and bringing them to life with beautiful in
situ photographs and numerous examples of their excellent craft skills from
her extensive private collection. Queen Sirikit, long-time supporter of Hill
Tribe peoples, wrote a glowing recommendation prefacing her book. Takako
loved Thailand’s people more than most of us will even pretend.
Thus Takako Kanomi is worthy of considerably more respect than allowed in
the Chiangmai Mail’s shallow 120 word article echoing rumors surrounding her
death—“dead in her bathtub”, “she might be alcoholic” and “ autopsy to
determine cause of death”. What is the reader likely to think from these
casually applied phrases? Your mental picture may apply to some desperate
Chiang Mai farang you know, but not Takako Kanomi. Takako was a happy and
gracious person with a lust for life.
A Daily News photographer pretended to accompany the police, and when
discovered by the guesthouse management he was requested on behalf of
Takako’s immediate family to NOT publicize her death. Sensitivity to her
dignity and her family’s grief was all that they expected. How would you
feel were she your loved one? Yet, the photographer broke his promise and
within hours the story was spread ever embellished with speculation
throughout the Thai media including the Chiangmai Mail. Is a farang found
dead in the privacy of their locked room really news? Pathetic.
Three more issues of the Chiangmai Mail have appeared since then and you
have made no effort to set the record straight. You did not manage an
apology nor accept any responsibility for your actions; you simply spread
more grist from the rumor mill. I see no evidence that you exercised any
responsibility in your roles as Managing Editors—overseers of media charged
with the responsibility of determining what is fact and what is not. If you
want to publish uncorroborated speculations then start another meaningless
Thai Web Blog and stop masquerading as a respectable Chiang Mai Newspaper!
Friends of Takako Kanomi
Disappointed in Life in Chiang Mai- Avatar
I write to you in respect of the Jan 26th edition and
Mark Whitman’s article on Life in Chiangmai - Love Cinema, Hate Airport
Major and Vista.
To me the article really portrays a sour, negative, whinging ‘farang’ type
attitude for which there is no need. If we as visitors to the Kingdom cannot
fit in with Thai culture and way of doing things) provide constructive
criticism when warranted - then we should remain quiet. Articles like this
do nothing to help portray farangs in a good light as far as Thais are
concerned) do not assist the local business community by likely deterring
other farangs from using the venues, iii) give ‘new’ farangs a skewed
impression of things at those establishments mentioned and in Thailand in
Surely we as guests and you as a local publication should do whatever to
support the local community and not deride it and or the Thai way of doing
Personally I find it astounding that a quality newspaper would print such
In respect of the specific comments in the article I and my family are
regular visitors to Airport Plaza Major, we book our tickets in advance,
have no problem collecting them, and deal with the cold air-conditioning by
taking appropriate clothing. Yes sometimes the queues are a bit long and the
service slow, not enough windows open, but Major is not alone in that - how
many 7/11’s have we all visited where there are 2 or even 3 cash registers
and 8-10 staff but only one register is open with a queue of 7-8 customers
Well, having been here in Thailand 20 years I can say many things have
improved dramatically, some have not changed and never will, - that is what
provides the fascination for living in Thailand - and learning the art of
Thank you for your time.
Chiangmai Supporter - name supplied.