I am writing in regard to these huge tourist buses that block traffic at Tha
Pae Gate every evening around 6 p.m. The ones that drive through the middle
of town always checking to see if they have hit a tree or pulled down
electric and phone lines hanging overhead. The buses that block the entire
road and really should not be in the center of town.
These monstrosities cause serious traffic jams and do occasionally pull down
electric lines and hit trees. There is a solution for this problem though,
and it is not to get rid of tourists! It is a solution that can be found in
the old city centers in Europe. Make the giant tourist buses park outside
the city. Then take half of the songthaew drivers and hire them to ferry
passengers to their hotels and to tourist sites around the city in much
smaller buses or minivans.
There are already far too many red trucks as it is and taking many of them
off the streets would help with pollution and provide the drivers with new
jobs. It would cut down on the heavy traffic as well, not only taking some
of the songthaews out of commission but taking these giant buses out of the
narrow Chiang Mai streets.
I realize that this is beyond the solution of the Municipality but perhaps
the Governor could get involved. Surely it is these kinds of simple
solutions that would make Chiang Mai a much cleaner, greener and nicer place
to live and visit.
Japanese WWII era train
Thank you for the article on the lost train. It is amazing that something so big
could actually be considered lost!
However, something I would like to add is that I hope that the Japanese
Consulate does not feel that their participation in bringing this magnificent
old train to light would be unwelcome in any way. My father is a veteran of WWII
and my brother a veteran of the Vietnam War and I can assure you neither of them
harbors a grudge. It is hardly reasonable to blame the children for the sins of
the father and so for me, I would like say to the Japanese Consulate, we welcome
your friendship and participation.
Japan has been a great and close ally of the both the United States and of
Thailand for many years. I know, from reading this newspaper, that the Japanese
have donated tremendous amounts of money to many very useful projects around
Northern Thailand through their Consulate and for that, I want to say thank you
for your generosity. Even after losing so much to the tsunami, they continue
their aid programs to Northern Thailand.
It is this behavior that should be remembered and not ancient grudges against
those people who are, in the main, long gone.
An American in Chiang Mai
Dengue fever update?
Thank you for your article on dengue fever last month but I was wondering if it
was possible to get an update on the latest numbers? Many of my friends have
come down with Dengue this year although I haven’t heard of quite as many as in
previous years I would like to know what the real numbers are?
I realize that not everyone goes to the hospital to get diagnosed but surely
enough must that it gives us an idea of the numbers. Who would I contact to find
out these numbers or can the Chiang Mai Mail do an update on the numbers?
Thank you for the re-minder, we have contacted the Municipality and the numbers
for September and the Mayor reports the numbers are actually pretty low. He said
that while these are simply reported cases and unreported cases are bound to
push the numbers up the numbers are still quite low considering it is still the
middle of the rainy season. He added that he hopes that every household in
Chiang Mai will take care to remove mosquito breeding grounds as spraying
pesticides is a short term fix that is not 100% effective.
Rewarding competence with what?
It was with great dismay that I read Governor Panadda was being transferred to
Bangkok to act as the Deputy Permanent Secretary. My Thai friends tell me that
while this is technically a promotion, the position has no authority and this
active and proactive man will be left sitting at a desk.
What is wrong with this government? All of my Thai friends say this is the best
Governor Chiang Mai has ever had. That people feel they can complain to the
government because he will listen, that this man, although not a Chiang Mai
native, loves Chiang Mai as much as the locals do.
Is this how the government rewards someone who does a good job? I am completely
confused. Surely the Prime Minister, as a Chiang Mai native herself, would want
him to stay and continue his good work? Do the wishes of the local Chiang Mai
people have no say in the matter? My Thai friends told me that a petition is
being circulated to keep him here. I hope it succeeds as this seems to be one of
the few government appointed officials who actually listens to the people.
In response to your recent headline of Formula 1 proposed for Chiang Mai some
would say we already have a Grand Prix here; every day around the moat and along
118 towards Chiang Rai!
I just wanted to write in and say how glad I am to see the Chiang Mai Mail back
in print. You are by far the best newspaper in town and it’s great to see you
back. I missed you while you were gone. I think that we don’t appreciate what we
have until it is gone so I hope everyone can remember what it was like to not
have a quality newspaper that addressed the issues of the expat community here
in Chiang Mai.
Thanks again and welcome back!