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MAIL OPINION  By Shana Kongmun


Looking forward!

This past year has been a tough one. Not just for me personally but especially for Chiang Mai and Thailand as a whole. Chiang Mai was hit by bad flooding late last year, not nearly as hard as Central Thailand and parts of Bangkok downstream were. The non-stop rains of last year’s rainy season started early and seemed to never end.

And while the government is predicting that there could be more flooding this year, we are all hoping that this is just them covering themselves in case “once in century” floods happen more than once.

Thailand, and Chiang Mai, seems to be, as a friend noted, Weeble Wobbles. Some of us may recall the toy from our childhood; “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”. The Chiang Mai Mail has also seen its fair share of ‘Weeble Wobble’ ups and downs in the past year.

We have strived to remain relevant and provide information for the foreign community here in Chiang Mai online and now return to print. The trumpeting of the idea of the “death of print media” has been a topic of discussion for nearly 15 years and yet, people still buy books, magazines and newspapers (who was it that predicted there would be no more printed books by 2013?). The truth is a community oriented newspaper that offers its readers relevant information will not go out style any time soon.

With a renewed sense of vigor and a deeper knowledge of the community as a whole, I and Nopniwat Krailerg, a seasoned Chiang Mai reporter and editor, hope to cover those things that matter to you.

Everyone has different interests and while we can’t attempt to cover all of those interests every issue, if you see something that needs reporting, a story you are interested in learning more about, or a personality you think worth knowing, please feel free to email us at [email protected]

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Looking forward!