It was with amusement I read your pandamonium story and that the Panda
Channel has been cancelled. I must say that for the life of me I could never
figure out the panda fever that has gripped Thailand for 3 years. She eats,
she sleeps. She eats some more. And she gets a birthday party every single
month from the looks of it.
Don’t get me wrong, Editor. I like pandas. I think Lin Ping is cute but I
wouldn’t spend my time watching her on television. I wouldn’t spend my time
watching her parents either, for that matter. I would however, be happy to
take my 3 year old daughter to go see Lin Ping in person. She loves Lin Ping
and a trip to the Zoo is one of her favourite things to do.
However, she doesn’t watch the panda channel either! She says to me that it
is much better in real life than on the TV. So, Chiang Mai Zoo, follow the
money trail and encourage visitors to come to Chiang Mai to see her. It’s
more fun, it makes more sense and it brings a lot more money to the Zoo and
to Chiang Mai.
Electric school buses?
It was with great interest that I saw your photo of the very first edition of
the Chiang Mai Mail published ten years ago. I looked at the headline “Electric
School Bus Project switched on” and wondered to my wife, “What electric school
So, I ask dear editor, does anyone know what became of the project? Or the
buses? Why did a decent school bus system never get implemented all those years
ago? I am not sure if you can find the answers, or if anyone these days even
knows the answers from so long ago but it would be interesting to find out.
The Editor responds:
Yes I wondered at that headline too. It was well before my time here in Chiang
Mai but I will certainly ask around to see if anyone recalls these buses or has
an inkling where they ended up. Any readers who might know please feel free to
email me at [email protected] with any information you may have!
It was with great relief that I see the Chiang Mai Police have decided to take
the problem of drunk drivers seriously. It is a huge problem and many of my
friends have had accidents caused by drunk drivers.
However, I am concerned that this will fall into yet another “crackdown” that
goes on for a few days, weeks or even, if we are lucky, a couple of months and
then fizzles out.
I strongly encourage the police to stay the course and keep up the breathalyzer
checkpoints as it is only through the regular implementation of the law that
drivers will start to realize that driving drunk is not acceptable. The
imposition of heavy fines can make up for the overtime payment of the police and
I would encourage them to arrest and imprison anyone who is driving drunk
without a license immediately. Drunk drivers with licenses should have their
licenses suspended for a period of time and a heavy fine. If they do it again,
treat them the same as those drivers without a license: prison and heavy fines.
It is only through consistent, regular, long term enforcement that attitudes and
behaviors will change.
I am very delighted to convey my warmest congratulation on your 10th anniversary
of the Chiang Mai Mail.. I knew that your magazine would get this success due to
the many years of your service and hard work for your readers in many ways. My
Colleagues in the ThinThaiNgam, District 3360 Rotary Club join me in sending you
our best wishes for your anniversary.
PDG Waewdao Limlenglert
Dear Chiang Mai Mail,
Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning and Prem Tinsulanonda
International Boarding School, congratulate Chiang Mai Mail on ten years of
successfully celebrating important community events and articles of local
interest. We look forward to your continued community contributions.
Lynda Rolph, President Traidhos Three Generation Community for Learning
Lanna Dog charity dinner
Thank you so much for reporting on the great success of the Lanna Dog Welfare
Charity fundraiser in your last issue. I am a huge dog lover and have followed
Roshan and Lanna Dog for many years. Although I only return to Chiang Mai
infrequently these days, I was devastated to hear of the sudden passing of
Roshan, she was truly a kind hearted woman and was quite concerned for the
future of Lanna Dog.
I am so glad to see that the supporters remain despite the changes and that they
continue their good works in treating and sterilizing the street and temple dogs
around Chiang Mai.
Please keep up the good work! And for those who wish to help may I please
include a link to their website?
Roshan was a lovely woman whose passion and dedication to Lanna Dogs was admired
by all who knew her. I too am a “dog person” and, in fact, a “cat person” too!
Anyone wishing to learn more about Lanna Dog can go to www.lannadog.net.