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Is the rainy season over?

Dear Emma,

I am fairly new to Chiang Mai and this year the weather has me a little confused. It would seem that the rainy season is now over and yet, it remains quite hot! I thought the cool season would have started by now but my friends who have been here for years tell me that the cool weather should start around mid to late November. Don’t get me wrong, Emma, I am from Canada and the weather here is far preferable in November to the weather in Canada. However, it does feel rather hot.

Signed

Hot hot!

Dear Hot,

The weather is quite normal this time of year although I would say that the rainy season ended a bit early this year. The Thai weather department is forecasting a very cold winter here, so it is most likely yet to come. You must note that while it does feel quite warm the temperatures are actually fairly reasonable with highs around 30-33 and lows of around 18. The weather has also been very nice with blue skies and the occasional rain storm cooling things down. Our friends to the South are not so lucky, Bangkok has rain every day. However, Emma must confess that the early end to the rainy season has her concerned for the smoky season come March. Perhaps we will get lucky and cool rainy temperatures will hit Chiang Mai and dampen the haze and fires like it did two years ago when we had a very cold Songkran!

Yours,

Emma

Wing 41 pass

Dear Emma,

Not a question or complaint but I would like to pass on information for your readers that Wing 41 is now taking applications for the annual pass. You will need a copy of your passport ID page, a copy of the green book of your motorbike or blue book of your car – both the information page and the page showing the latest registration, as well as a copy of your driver’s license. The building is not marked but if you drive along you will see a small low building off to your right with a parking lot out front, turn in there and go to the last office to the right. You will need to fill out the application there and pay 65 Baht. You go back in January or so, the date will be on your receipt, to pick up your sticker. It won’t be in the same building! Tell the security guard that you are there for the Wing 41 sticker and they should let you in.

Regards,

Jim

Dear Jim,

Thank you so much for the reminder and the instructions. I must go do this right away, it is such a useful shortcut from Airport to Nimmanhaemin and allows one to avoid the mess that is Suthep Road. It was quite a pleasant surprise when I first moved here to find that the Royal Thai Air Force allowed such a thing, certainly it is very generous of them to allow it.

Yours,

Emma

Is it really her brother?

Dear Emma

This may sound foolish but I have met this beautiful girl who seems very close to her brother who is a few years younger than her. I have heard many stories about this kind of thing and how its not really a brother but a boyfriend and sometimes even a husband! I have, of course, asked her, but she insists they are just close.

How can I tell the truth?

Signed,

Smitten

Dear Smitten

It is not a good idea to start out a relationship with distrust. You are a grown man, or rather I assume you are since you are currently in Thailand and not your home country. Don’t let your infatuation overtake your common sense. If something seems dodgy then most likely it is. If you can’t trust her now, what makes you think you will trust her later?

Step back from the relationship, give yourself some time to think and then reconsider it very closely with a more impartial eye. Only you determine how far you are willing to go in this relationship.

Yours,

Emma

Document legalisation

Dear Emma,

I recall recently that you wrote about getting married in Chiang Mai and were unsure if the foreigner had to go to Bangkok to get their affirmation of freedom to marry legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Well, I have good news for anyone need documents legalised they now have an office at the Sala Klang on the ground floor next to the passport office. 053-112-748. It costs 400 Baht a page to legalise and takes two days. There is an express service for 800 Baht but to get it the same day you must turn in your paperwork before noon. And if you pay they will even mail the documents back to you via EMS. A very handy service!

Signed,

Thomas

Dear Thomas,

Thank you so much for the information, Emma had no idea this service was now available in Chiang Mai. Now I wonder how many consulates will provide the affirmation of freedom to marry? Surely the US Consulate does but I don’t know if the British, Germans or Canadians do since they are honorary consulates. Certainly worth checking into, however.

Yours,

Emma