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What to wear?

Need legal advice

Songkran in Chiang Mai

Cycling in Chiang Mai

 

What to wear?

Dear Editor,
Its protest season again in the Land of Smiles. As things heat up you might wonder. What should I wear if I have to go out with all the different color groups protesting? My neighbor is modeling possibly the perfect outfit to slip through almost any protest. Thais have seen hordes of tourists for so long that if you dress like this and just walk right up to the guy holding the gun and say. Koh Samui or ATM and make a questioning face and point in any direction. Thais will point in the direction of the pier or ATM by reflex, often a Tuk Tuk will magically appear. Even the really bad guys don’t want to shoot someone dressed like this. You have just bought yourself time to walk away.
Life is short, enjoy it!
Rusty
Authors note
. North of Bangkok replace Koh Samui with Pai. The downside is, dressed like this you will definitely have to pay for female companionship.

 

Need legal advice

Dear Editor
I got to know a non-entertainment industry girl who lived with her family and visited her there every day for a month. I then had to go to the U.K. for three months and she and her parents agreed we marry on my return.

A gold engagement ring and gold necklace were given. In the time away I received continued text re-assurances of the situation and due to this verbal contract to marry, I sent more than 45,000 baht.

I now find all this time she had a Thai boyfriend she loved and that there was no intention of marrying me. Would this be viewed by the Thai police as intent to defraud or deceive or would money given under contract of marriage be considered “Sin Sod” and could I take the matter to civil court for recovery to teach them a lesson? Also, if the marriage doesn’t take place, is Sin Sod returnable by Thai law?

Surely this kind of behavior is not good for Thailand’s reputation.
Sincerely,
Defrauded.


Songkran in Chiang Mai

Dear Editor
As a first time visitor to this city, I somehow managed to arrive right on Songkran day. While I did get splashed with my entire luggage, most Thai people were kind enough to try to keep it to a minimum. However the many drunken foreigners didn’t seem to have the same consideration.

While I was aware it was a holiday, I didn’t quite realize it was that wet. I really enjoyed my time in Chiang Mai during this period but it was marred by the inconsiderate behavior of many foreigners who seem to think that it’s some kind of free for all.

Even though it was my first such holiday here, and I will be back – just not arriving on the day, I could tell the difference in the good humoured manner the Thai people had when spraying and splashing and the rather aggressive stance many foreigners took instead.

Perhaps Chiang Mai would be better off issuing guidelines to arriving foreigners about how to be considerate and not try to drench people with bags, and perhaps also, that no Thai person splashes at night, so perhaps they should consider following that clearly unwritten rule as well.

I have travelled to Thailand many times and have always noticed how many foreign tourists seem to think that because it appears that there are no rules, that there are no rules. There are rules, indeed, just not the same as ours. Guidelines on this kind of thing handed out to every arriving tourist might help cut down some of the loutish behavior and ill will such behavior inevitably arouses.
Signed
Drenched in Chiang Mai


Cycling in Chiang Mai

Dear Editor,
I am considering coming to Chiang Mai for a cycling trip around the area. I was wondering if the roads are good enough for bicycling and how safe is it? I know Thailand is well known for its rather scary drivers so am a bit concerned that it might be more dangerous on a bicycle. Are there bicycle lanes? Do motorists watch out for bicyclists? Friends of mine were bicycling in Thailand (not Chiang Mai but down south somewhere) when he got hit by a woman on a motorcycle, breaking his leg. She paid for his hospital but still, it ruined his holiday. He said the worst part was she hit him from behind so clearly she wasn’t looking.

Can any readers suggest safe routes or should I give up my dream of a cycling holiday in Chiang Mai?
Yours
B. Reed



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