I’m 64, have heart disease and had a “procedure” and stent two months ago
which I hope not to repeat. My doctor tells me I need more exercise and I’m
taking him seriously. So I got a bicycle and ride it at least an hour every
day and am feeling much better. I used to play a good bit of tennis and
there is a beautiful community center with tennis courts very close to where
I live on Tung Hotel Road that doesn’t appear to be too busy (at least in
the morning, when I visited). My question: is there a tennis association or
club here in Chiang Mai? I’m interested in joining or putting together a
foursome that could play for an hour or hour and a half, once or twice a
week. Any suggestions or ideas?
Social Security benefits for expats
As medical fees rise and none of we expats get any younger I’d like to pass on a
few tips I’ve accumulated here recently.
Many foreign employees with work permits don’t seem to realise that they qualify
for “social welfare”, ie virtually free health care in the province to which
their work permit applies.
Even fewer seem to realise that they can nominate just one private hospital in
the province, at which all the benefits apply. I nominated Rajavej (pronounced
raja-wait), the big hospital opposite the Holiday Inn, a while ago and am
delighted. Minimal waiting periods in ‘outpatients’ and Dr Chatchai has fluent
English, a sense of humour and is a delight to deal with.
I’m told this ‘private’ option does not apply to company directors now, which
seems like an anomaly, but a visit to the Social Welfare office, near the Labour
Office at the Sallaglang, will sort you out. (The Sallagkang on the Mae Rim road
is the Provincial Hall, but always wrongly labelled and referred to as the City
Hall, which is actually the Tessabarn on the river next to the US Consulate).
For those not on Social Welfare, Rajavej now offers a VIP Member Card costing
100b for one year. It gives a 10% discount on rooms and all medications and
covers the whole family. I can’t imagine better value for we foreigners in the
Driving down the wrong side of the street
Where are the traffic police? Do they only enforce helmet laws and registration
checks? Why aren’t they out there actively policing the roads? I have an office
near Mahidol Road and every day, all day in fact, I see people driving down the
wrong side of this very busy road. It is extremely dangerous and more than once
I have nearly been hit by one of these people trying to make my way to work.
These people drive on the wrong side of the road so often it has become normal!
Surely the police should be cracking down on this extremely dangerous behavior?
They could certainly catch many people doing it since it happens regularly every
I am sure Mahidol is not the only place this happens but I must say it happens
more here than anywhere else I have seen in the city. People don’t want to drive
down for the U-turn I guess, and think it is just easier to drive on the wrong
side of the road.
So, a call to the traffic police, if you really want to catch people breaking
traffic laws, come patrol Mahidol for a few days. You will get a lot of people.
Scared of dangerous drivers