Is the rainy season over?
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.
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!
Wing 41 pass
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.
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.
Is it really her brother?
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?
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.
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!
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.