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
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, in an open letter to that faceless, nameless soul and
all his brethren burners: Please, STOP BURNING!
Singed lungs have had enough
Violence in Chiang Mai
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.
Unwilling to travel
Internet, phones and Chiang Mai
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
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