Don’t forget to bring along your common sense
It’s often that we hear stories of tourists who manage to
get themselves into some kind of strife and more often than not an
outpouring of sympathy for the person occurs. However, after the sight I saw
today driving down Huay Kaew Road, of an older western man hanging off the
back of an empty songthaew, I think perhaps these tourists find strife
because they forgot to pack their common sense in the bag along with their
flowered shirts and sunscreen.
His wife had more sense, sitting inside the songthaew,
but I wonder she didn’t say something to him. All it would take would be for
a sudden braking motion from the driver, a common occurrence on these roads
as we all know, from the weaving motorbikes and the occasional hardy
pedestrian crossing the road and that man would have gone flying. Preferably
back into the songthaew but more likely out into the road and the traffic
and then most assuredly, his holiday would have been ruined.
And yet, I see tourists take risks like this regularly
and always want to ask them, “Would you do this at home?”
I think we all know the answer to that question!
Not Amazing Thailand but Amazing Tourists
Smoking on the streets
I live on Loi Kroh road, which has dozens of bars and
restaurants. I can only patronize a very few of them, because about 1/2 the
people in them smoke. I don’t simply dislike smoking, it makes me ill, and I
have observed the bad effect of passive smoking on the many employees in
these establishments. Smoking should be confined to the sidewalk. It will
still carry into the inside of the establishment, but it would be an
I have seen signs around town for the upcoming Asean
University Games but not much publicity for it. I do hope that we will be
hearing more about this and that games will be open to the public? I really
enjoy some of the Asian sports, with the amazing takraw being one of my
favorites. Is there anywhere to find a schedule of sports and venues?
Dear Sports lover,
A daily English language newspaper published daily in conjunction with the
Chiang Mai Mail will cover all the events and hold the schedule for each
upcoming day. Be sure to keep an eye out for one. Additionally, there is a
website: www.2010aug.com/ where more information can be found.