Does anyone know
our friendly taxi driver?
Jewel and K.
Achara in Chiang Mai in July 2011.
I hope you can help me. We live in Tasmania Australia. We have been to
Chiang Mai on 3 occasions and hope to return in the near future for an
extended stay of maybe 2-3 months.
Last time we were there we met a young lady who drives a taxi. She was very
kind to us and we kept in touch with her after we came home. BUT recently
she has not answered any of our emails and we are worried some of her
circumstances may have changed and she cannot get her emails.
We know she had husband/family problems and hope she is alright.
So we were wondering if through your newspaper you could help us
re-establish contact with her.
Her name is Achara Banditchoosakul. I have attached a picture of her with my
wife Jewel taken last visit in July 2011.
I know this is an unusual request but we do not want to lose contact with
any of our dear friends in Thailand. We hope to see all of them on our next
visit and therefore try and keep in touch.
Thank you in anticipation,
Paul & Jewel Beresford
What is going on at Immigration?
I understand there is now an online queuing system to obtain appointments for
long term extensions at Chiang Mai Immigration and congratulations on this. It
seems to be such a success that one has to book well in advance. This is fine
for me, and should be for everyone on a long stay visa since we all know when it
However, in the past year or so Immigration has been overwhelmed. It seems they
have run out of room or combined several offices into one. A friend tells me
that now the Burmese workers must also use this same small office. Surely the
Immigration Bureau realizes that the Chiang Mai office needs to be much larger?
I recall hearing, perhaps from you Chiang Mai Mail, that Chiang Mai Immigrations
issues the second highest number of long term extensions in the country with
Bangkok being number one.
Surely they can no longer expect these Immigration officers to work in such
cramped and overworked offices. This is ridiculous and its time that the
government in Bangkok started paying attention to what is going on here. Start
with moving Immigration to much bigger offices. Computerize everything. Add more
officers. The government wants to encourage foreigners to stay longer in Chiang
Mai, I can tell you, the office here would put off less intrepid souls than
Yes I have also heard that Chiang Mai has the second highest number of one year
extensions in Thailand. There is a very large number of Japanese retirees here
as well as Chinese students, retirees from other countries and business people.
Let’s hope that your plea does not fall on deaf ears in Bangkok as larger
offices are certainly needed!
I missed reading the Chiang Mai Mail. I am delighted to see that it is back
online and as good as ever. I congratulate you. Keep up the good work!
Leslie D Marmo
(Founding member of the Thai Culture and Food Festival. Now in its 10th year)
Thank you for the kind words, we have been updating online much more often now
and are in print every other Sunday, we hope that our readers find our Chiang
Mai relevant information and news helpful. We are striving to make sure that our
content remains relevant, interesting and informative.
Traffic at Chiang Mai Gate
That market that is on the bottom part of the moat, inside of the moat, across
from Wualai is the worst place in town to pass by.
Traffic is always jammed because the market is spilling out onto the street and
there are 10 red busses waiting in the middle of the street blocking an entire
lane of the road. Add the lazy housewife who is too dumb or too lazy to park
around the corner and walk and you’ve got a serious problem.
This is illegal, but the local police do nothing. I want the law enforced, take
the market off the street and allow only legal parking, make it a 500 baht fine
for any illegal parking and put a police officer on the spot, hire one if
necessary; he will pay himself back within 2 hours.
Fed up with traffic
Walking Street needs bins
The Sunday Walking Street Market desperately needs bins. I have heard that
shopkeepers won’t allow permanent bins in front of their shops but how about
temporary bins put in just for the market and then picked up after it’s over?
Even make ones for recycling to make things easier? This is a simple solution
for a smelly problem.
It would not be that expensive to put some at major intersections, people would
walk to a bin to throw things away rather than the complete lack of bins that
seems to be the case now.
Enough with the rubbish
No smoking not enforced
Welcome back to your much improved paper.
I am displeased by the lack of enforcement of the smoking ban in public places,
particularly in the night bazaar area where restaurants and bars even provide
ashtrays in prohibited areas. One popular restaurant doesn’t even have any “No
Smoking”” signs, which indicates a disregard for the health of their staff and
I would like to know how many establishments and customers have been fined for
smoking offences; probably none.