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XI No.14 - Sunday December 16 - Saturday December 29, 2012


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Noise pollution and traffic hazards

Dear Editor,
The ubiquitous advertising trucks with the panels and the blaring loudspeakers are an evil of life in Chiang Mai that could easily be done away with, I believe! Not only are these annoying trucks filling the air with unspeakable noise, noise nobody can really understand anyway, they block traffic as they drive slowly through the city streets. And why is it necessary to have not just one or two trucks but usually three or four, travelling in a caravan? They cause terrible traffic jams and terrible headaches.
Please please ban these awful things, I doubt they are a very effective marketing tool anyway considering how much trouble they cause for everyone else!
Signed
Too noisy!


Entrance fees at Doi Suthep

Dear Editor,
As a long time working resident of Thailand and Chiang Mai I must confess I am rather surprised that Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep actually charges a 30 baht admission fee for foreigners. An admission fee to a temple? I am happy to donate and usually do but find the idea of an admission fee to a place of worship to be very disturbing.
Perhaps the surly man who collects this admission fee would be put to better use guarding the temple bells from unruly and unregulated children who play with them and break them?
The general lack of respect shown by both Thais and foreigners when coming to this holy place deeply disturbs me. The foreigners are often ignorant, which is not a good excuse but surely a better one than the disrespectful Bangkok Thai people have. Shouldn’t they know better?
I am a Buddhist and often like to visit the Wat for a moment of mediation and prayer but find the rude man at the gate to be off putting and more than once have decided, instead, to take my prayers to a more peaceful and welcoming temple such as Wat Umong.
It’s a sad loss and one that makes this seem more of a commercial venture than place of worship, perhaps this explains the disrespectful attire and behavior from visiting Thais, maybe they think its commercial so its ok.
Signed
Doi Suthep lover


Red Truck smog

Dear Editor,
Are these red trucks regulated in anyway? In general, they produce more thick, choking black smog than any other vehicles on the road. Many is the time I have been stuck behind one on my motorcycle gagging on the fumes. I realize they belong to some kind of co-op, I see the emblem painted on the doors. What does this co-op do? Does it require them to do regular mainentance on their vehicles? Or to change their oil so that everyone around them isn’t polluted?
Inside the city the biggest culprits are the red trucks, outside it is the big trucks carrying sand, dirt etc. to construction sites. These big trucks not only emit the thickest black smog but often spray sand onto the road.
I recall last year during the height of the terrible haze that filled Chiang Mai that trucks and cars were being spot checked for emissions. I would suggest that it is done more than once a year. Try doing it now, for instance. And make sure you check everyone, including the red trucks.
There is a 2500 Baht fine for this kind of pollution in Bangkok. Chiang Mai would do well to impose the same fines on polluters.
Signed
Smogged out


The cool weather has finally come!

Dear Editor,
This is not a complaint but rather an observation and a joyous one at that. The cool season has finally arrived, albeit rather late I believe. I have not lived here for as long as some have but in my mind, November is the start of the cool season, or winter as the natives like to call it. December seems quite late, and it rained every day during Loy Krathong. The parades and festivities still went on, but it did dampen things a bit.
I am grateful that it is cool now but I have to wonder if the Thai weather department’s prediction of this being the coldest winter in many years will actually come true. They failed to predict that it would start nearly a month late or that rains would continue long past their normal period. I realize that meteorology is part science, part voodoo but this seems to me to be less science and more voodoo!
Signed,
Ed


English language abilities need to improve

Dear Editor,
Chiang Mai is becoming more of an international city with many resident foreigners, tourists and business people visiting. The level of English here, while certainly better than in many other areas of Thailand, is really not good enough to offer the kind of service that people need, and this in businesses that cater to foreigners.
The fact is, if a company is going to court the foreign customer, even target them for their services or products, then the level of English and the service that goes with it really needs to go up. Too often I have been in businesses that are geared towards foreigners and the staff have been unable to communicate in any meaningful way.
Yes, I do speak some Thai but not everyone does and tourists most definitely will not. Additionally, if Chiang Mai wants to attract long stay residents such as retirees then these companies really need to train their staff to speak English, much less better English.
This is not an impossible task and given the profits some of these businesses must make then surely an eye towards improving the English of their staff could just be seen as an investment that will result in ever increasing sales?
Regards
John


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Noise pollution and traffic hazards

Entrance fees at Doi Suthep

Red Truck smog

The cool weather has finally come!

English language abilities need to improve

 

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