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Don’t forget to bring along your common sense

Smoking on the streets

University games

 

Don’t forget to bring along your common sense

Dear Editor

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!
Signed
Not Amazing Thailand but Amazing Tourists

 

Smoking on the streets

Dear Editor

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 enormous improvement.

John


University games

Dear Editor

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?

Thanks,
Sports lover

Editor response:

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.

Yours,
Shana Kongmun

Managing Editor



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