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Nimmanhaemin is in terrible shape!

Dear Editor,
I realize that there is an effort by CityLife to solve the pavement problem on Nimmanhaemin but the truth is, the roads are in far worse shape than the pavements. I drive a motorbike, a Honda Scoopy, in fact and there are several areas along the side of the road that are impossible to drive on. I have to swerve out into the road to avoid giant potholes, deep potholes, or worse down by Soi Sukkasem, a series of potholes that take up an entire block.
Kudos to the city for filling in the giant pothole at the Think Park corner, but really, there are several very bad spots that make driving a motorbike like mine dangerous.
Is there a phone number I can call to get these fixed? Some kind of hotline? I don’t speak very good Thai but I can say enough to tell them where and what! I realize it’s been the rainy season but again, some of these holes are downright dangerous and need to be fixed sooner rather than later.
Signed,
Tammy S.


Rumours?

Dear Editor,
Sometimes it seems there are more rumours swirling around Chiang Mai than facts! Thank you for the Formula 1 story a few weeks back, it’s good to know that the Royal Flora Park rejected the idea. It’s a bad one! The Royal Flora is supposed to be for learning about plants, not engines!
However, there are rumours of Isle of Man TT style racing coming to Chiang Mai, of course the rumour that F1 will definitely be coming to Chiang Mai which seems now no longer to be the case since Bangkok is talking about holding one there, and welcome to it, they are! Then there is the rumour that Warner Brothers is coming to Chiang Mai. What happened to the Chiang Mai wood project? I even heard a rumour that they are planning an underground. While it would certainly be welcome I find it amazing that some people believe these things!
I would love to hear what amazing rumours some of the newspaper’s readers have heard. Perhaps you could request that people write in with the amazing rumours to go with the quirky photos?
Yours,
Ed
Editor responds
Dear Ed,
Thank you for the suggestion and I must say I had not heard the Isle of Man TT racing rumor. I know that many think F1 could still take place in Chiang Mai, however, the expense of not only building a track but also paying the fees just to hold it are really extremely high and I would hope that it would be realized there are far more pressing matters in Chiang Mai than a once a year very expensive race.
However, if readers want to write in please feel free to email [email protected]
Signed,
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor


Black smoke on the roads

Dear Editor
Thank you very much for the latest article on the efforts to combat smog in Chiang Mai but I have a suggestion that should be done year round and not just when it gets smoky. Fine any vehicle that is spewing black smoke. Get out those testers they used last year when it was so bad and start testing and fining!
In Bangkok any vehicle that is visibly spewing black smoke is fined 2500 Baht. This could be a good money spinner for the city and clean it up at the same time. I drive a motorcycle and sitting in traffic next to one of these polluting monsters is just awful. I feel like I am being gassed. Frankly, I am being gassed!
It would be easy enough for the police at the helmet/registration checkpoints to also pull over any vehicle that is filling the skies with that awful choking black smog.
In fact, they could consider doing it every day. That would certainly force people to fix their cars and change their oil!
Signed
Smogged out


Looking for business info

Dear Reader
My name is James Vandenberg, and I own a small shop here in Canada ( Halifax, NS ) that sells cultural goods from various countries, including, clothes, scarfs, gloves,blankets, ornaments/decorations and small amounts of jewelry and art.
I am in search of Names and Addresses (Email or Post) of business’s (of any size) who would be interested in expanding, and exporting some of their goods to sell in my shop and in other stores around. Please email me at [email protected]
Sincerely
James Vandenberg


Tree branch problem in Nong Hoi

Dear Editor,
Normally the Municipality cleans up the broken tree branches along the old Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road, however lately they have been falling and not being picked up. Also, the tree branches are normally pruned so that we don’t have so many fallen branches and that hasn’t happened either. They fall in the road, on cars and on buildings. I hope that the city can come soon and get this cleared up, its beginning to be a big problem for people who park in the road because they are afraid of the trees or or when traffic gets slowed down because there are branches in the road.
Signed
Like trees but not branches!


Classic cars

Dear Editor,
I am fairly new to Chiang Mai and am astonished by the large number of classic cars that can be seen driving around here. Most of them in very good shape as well. Today I saw a convertible VW Beetle driving around, which surprised me no end, I must say. Additionally there are some great old Minis driving around. Mostly the old cars seem to be Beetles, Japanese cars, Minis, Australian cars and the occasional European car. I can’t say I have seen many American cars.
Are there any classic car clubs? Or someone I can get in touch with to talk about finding a car to buy? I am afraid I don’t speak Thai very well at all, I am still just learning but would love to find a classic car of my own!
Yours,
Car lover
Editor Responds
Dear Car Lover,
I share your love of classic cars and I can give you at least a partial solution. Although you missed this last one there is a group of classic car owners and lovers who come with their fabulous cars on the last Sunday of every month to park at Rimping Supermarket Nim City. They start arriving around 10 a.m., and usually disband around noon. They occasionally have special trips where they all caravan in their cars to some location or another. They can surely point you in the right direction of finding a car of your own; the group consists of both expats and car loving Thais. I am sure you will find kindred spirits among them.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Nimmanhaemin is in terrible shape!

Rumours?

Black smoke on the roads

Looking for business info

Tree branch problem in Nong Hoi

Classic cars
 

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