City trucks spraying water
Pre-Songkran the municipality used water trucks to spray the air in an
attempt to reduce the haze. While this may be a commendable idea, I am not
sure how effective it is. But I am sure how dangerous it is for motorists,
creating hazardous conditions for everyone on the road. It is especially
dangerous for those on motorbikes as the roads become wet and slick with oil
and water. Not only that but visibility is reduced, not just for motorbike
riders but for motorists too.
An added hazard comes from motorbike drivers cutting through traffic to
avoid the spray. Really, I would think given the hazards and the amount of
dust removed it would not really be worth the effort.
Chiang Mai old timer
From early 1963 to late 1965 I was stationed with the U.S. Army - 5thRRU, in
Chiang Mai and later, Bangkok. Looking back, from age 70, I must say that I have
never in my life enjoyed myself more than the time I spent in Thailand. The
country and its people were a joy. I have been to 16 different countries,
working or simply travel, since then, and none equal Thailand. You can be proud
of your city and your country. Maybe one day I’ll be back.
Scottsboro, Alabama U.S.A.
Jack noted that if anyone from that period does remember him to please
contact me as he would love to hear from you. [email protected]
Chinese tourists stop in the street!
Thank you for the interesting opinion on Chinese tourists but really, I must
wonder aloud each time I see one stopped in the middle of the street taking
photos or looking at a map. Surely they would never stand in the middle of the
street back in China! I imagine with their traffic that would be a sure fire way
to get run over!
It is not only me but many of my friends that have seen this behavior, stopping
in the middle of the street to check their maps! One friend of mine said he was
driving his scooter down the street when there was a Chinese girl standing in
the road looking at her map. Having nowhere to go he tooted his horn at her,
thinking she would move out of the road. He told me she just stood there like
she was standing on the pavements! He had to brake to avoid hitting her and then
swerve into traffic to go around. What could she possibly be thinking?
Perhaps the Chinese government needs to issue some kind of pamphlet on traffic
safety in all these flights that are now coming to Thailand? One of these days
one of these tourists is going to get killed.
Amazed at Chinese tourists
Retirement in Thailand
Following my letter about the wonders of social welfare (thanks for printing
it), a fellow farang aged over 60 passes on 2 important warnings.
The Thai ‘system’ expects everyone to retire at 60, so if you are still in
employment after that age, with a work permit, you must pay your own social
welfare payments because you employer is not allowed to do so.
Secondly, he has just discovered (to his dismay) that if you change employers
after the age of 60 you are excluded from the system completely. No more social
welfare at all, whether you offer to pay direct or not.
This seems totally unfair, but since when was life fair?
Clamp down on burning?
Please see my two photos. The fires you see are set less than a few hundred
metres from the Doi Saket Municipal Office. Indeed, the fires are a few hundred
meters from the Doi Saket Municipal Office “No Burning” sign!
Good to see the ‘clamp-down’ on burning is so successful!
Doi Saket resident