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Walking Street Market planned for Night Bazaar

Where do we go from here?

 

Walking Street Market planned for Night Bazaar

The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar has seen a drastic drop in tourists and the municipality hopes that plans to open a Walking Street Market will revive the area.

Supoj Thaimyoj

Another Walking Street market is planned at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar to help revive tourism to the area, Chatree Chuamanocharn, Deputy Mayor of Chiang Mai reported on July 24 at a press conference held at the Kalare Night Bazaar.

“Governor Amornphan assigned the Municipality to work together with Night Bazaar business operators to help restore tourism to the area” Chatree said.

The group plans to set up a Walking Street Market as well as beautify the landscaping in the area.

The Walking Street Market will be held Saturday and Sundays from Wat Uppakhut temple to end Panthip Plaza intersection and Changklan road will be closed from 4 p.m. to midnight.

A one month trial period will be held to set the market up with trolley operators, shops and other sellers joining in. After the one month period an assessment will be held to determine the best way to promote the area and utilize the market.

 

Where do we go from here?

Can an ex-pats “social needs” be met in Thailand or Sicily?

By J.P. Boyd

In previous articles, comparisons of Thailand, in general, and Chiang Mai in particular were evaluated for retirement purposes in the context of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with retirement in Sicily, Italy. The physiological needs of shelter, food, water and air were discussed, as well as the second level of needs, regarding safety and security (protection from physical threat and psychological safety). In this article, the third level, social needs and esteem are explored for Thailand and Sicily.

Many people work all their lives with an eye toward retirement, but have not thought beyond the day they retire as to what they will do once they retire. It’s like planning a big wedding without considering how the marriage will be. Being retired is one of the best chapters in your book of life and a last chance to maximize your personal potential by making a lasting and significant contribution.

So whether you are in Thailand, “the land of smiles”, or romantic, old world Sicily, social needs are a consideration. Particularly if you left family and friends behind, your new support system needs to be readily obtainable “on the other side”.

Social needs include friendship, a feeling of belonging and acceptance of the group.

Contrary to Sicily, many people in Thailand speak English. There is a very large group of ex-patriots in Chaingmai who belong to the Ex-Pats Club that meets twice monthly. (Phone number: 053 343 7790 www.pfm-international.net). The Ex-Pat Club has subsidiary groups to cover any interest including photography, textiles, a writers group, a travel group, etc. The age group: 40 to 90, with many accomplished professionals in journalism, art and culture. The Club is a good jumping off point for transition information.

In Sicily, a new group has been formed called The English Conversation Club and has quickly garnered 1000 members. (See Belinda MacLurg on facebook for more information). Especially for English speaking women, being surrounded by gorgeous Italian men is a perk.

The Villa I moved into is divided into six family units. My landlords assisted with emergencies and transportation, as well as calling the utilities to set things up. The rest of the family lives on the premises (adult children). Together, they do mani/pedi’s, clean my house, and handle heavy yard work. There’s a sense of kinship and belonging. Other ex-pats tell me my experience is the rule and not the exception.

In Thailand, I see ex-pats who have carved out a niche and live among the people, but not really with the people, as I do in Italy. In Sicily, I’m Dottoressa Boyd, the title of Doctor being bestowed on everyone with a University Education. I have self respect, recognition and self confidence.

Next week we discuss appreciation, competence and status, the last three factors on the fourth level of Maslow’s Hierarchy.



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