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Does anyone know our friendly taxi driver?

Jewel and K. Achara in Chiang Mai in July 2011.

Dear Editor
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?

DDear Editor,
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 expires.
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 myself.
Regards
Tim D.
Editor’s response
Dear Tim,
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!
Regards
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor


Thanks!

Dear Editors
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
Melbourne Australia
(Founding member of the Thai Culture and Food Festival. Now in its 10th year)
Editor’s Response
Dear Leslie,
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.
Regards
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor


Traffic at Chiang Mai Gate

Dear Editor
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.
Signed
Fed up with traffic


Walking Street needs bins

Dear Editor
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.
Regards
Enough with the rubbish


No smoking not enforced

Dear Editor,
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 customers.
I would like to know how many establishments and customers have been fined for smoking offences; probably none.
Sincerely,
Graham T


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Does anyone know our friendly taxi driver?

What is going on at Immigration?

Thanks!

Traffic at Chiang Mai Gate

Walking Street needs bins

No smoking not enforced
 

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