MAILBAG
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Travel insurance

Rain and wind

Violence in Chiang Mai

Internet, phones and Chiang Mai

 

Travel insurance

Dear Editor,

I read with trepidation the most recent travel warning issued by the U.K. government. I understand that any time a travel warning is issued that travel insurance will no longer pay out. So, now that they have had the audacity to issue a travel warning for the entire country, does that then mean that anybody who now comes to Thailand and travels anywhere in the country will no longer have travel insurance? Surely some bright spark in the Foreign Ministry could have done a bit of research before issuing such a warning?

I’d like to know if this then also invalidates the travel insurance of anyone currently travelling in Thailand or will the insurance company still pay out of the person was actually already in Thailand when this ridiculous warning was issued?

I realize that pockets of Bangkok could be dangerous and that the current protests there are causing serious problems with bombing the skytrain to the closure of major tourist areas. But surely anyone can see that there are plenty of safe places in this country and that to issue a warning for the entire country is more than overkill?

Consider me, Dumbfounded.

 

Rain and wind

Dear Editor,

What a relief to finally have some wind and rain to blow the smog away. The wind storm last week was pretty intense, and the few drops of rain today were nice but imagine my surprise to see a fire on the lower half of Doi Suthep.

I can’t begin to imagine why someone would think its now safe to burn despite the little bit of rain we have had. Surely that person can see the clearing air and appreciate having some oxygen to breathe for a change? Surely that person must realize we are still in a drought and the temperatures are still quite high and that maybe, just maybe, now is not the best time to burn?

Perhaps it was a forest fire sparked by some careless smoker but I suspect it was one of those faceless burners who has made the lives and lungs of Chiang Mai residents so miserable for the past month or so.

So, in an open letter to that faceless, nameless soul and all his brethren burners: Please, STOP BURNING!

Signed
Singed lungs have had enough


Violence in Chiang Mai

Dear Editor

I write with concern about the recent reports of bombings in Chiang Mai. My family and I were planning on a holiday in Chiang Mai but are now reconsidering given the recent occurrences not only in Bangkok but also in Chiang Mai.

The recent U.K. Government travel warning advising British citizens to avoid travelling to Thailand causes me great worry. It seems that the violence is not just in Bangkok, but everywhere. Reading of highway checkpoints manned by red shirt people, streets closed, the skytrain being bombed, and now bombs in Chiang Mai, I am seriously considering taking my holiday closer to home and in a far safer place.

I have been to Thailand several times and love the country. But, I must put the safety of my family and myself first and, for now, I think Thailand may not be the right place for a holiday. I sincerely pray that Thailand finds peace.

Yours
Unwilling to travel


Internet, phones and Chiang Mai

Dear Editor

As a recent transplant to this lovely city I am finding it difficult to obtain a phone line. TT&T tells me my neighborhood is full. TOT apparently does not service this area. Good thing the mobile phone service here is pretty extensive.

I have been researching various internet options, True doesn’t service my area either, so I am looking at either the highly expensive, and from what I hear, somewhat unreliable AIS 3G or a CAT cdma router.

A friend of mine lives out in the boonies in Isaan and has finally managed, after several years, to get a dedicated line strung to his house. Imagine his consternation when they ran short and told him they’d be back in a few days to finish it. So, he sits, praying they do return and finish those last few hundred meters.

With all the protests, disruptions and other troubles plaguing Thailand today, you’d think they’d see the value in upping their game when it comes to infrastructure and service in an effort to woo back all those investors who must now surely be looking at less troublesome and cheaper countries to locate their businesses.

Yours, internet less