I saw your article online recently that the city government was looking into
dimming the incredibly distracting and intrusive LED billboards that are
popping up around town like mushrooms in the rainy season.
Thank you for that measure, albeit however small. A better measure would be
to make them illegal. The Mayor said that they were not against the law so
he was limited as to what he could do but really, he should get the City
Council to pass a law making them illegal.
They are dangerous and distracting. They make it hard to see at night and
the moving shapes confuse my peripheral vision making me think there is a
car or motorcycle there when there is only just the big screen.
So, thank you for this first step but I do hope somehow they find a way to
take it all the way and make them illegal in the city. Chiang Mai is already
struggling against the overwhelming tide to keep what remains of its charm.
Don’t let these billboards take the rest.
Anti LED billboards
I saw your recent update online that the city is removing invasive weeds from
the canals and rivers and must say I was surprised by someone’s comment that
they thought these plants should not be removed. It would seem this person does
not understand the danger of these kinds of invasive weeds. Perhaps he should
look up Lake Victoria in Kenya before extolling the benefits of such plants and
the idea that they should not be removed.
Additionally, the idea that these plants should be cultivated in an open river
solely because they can be used to make furniture is incredibly short sighted
and shows a lack of understanding about how invasive and dangerous they can be
to the eco-system.
It would be good if people learned more about such things as ignoring the
problem can cause a lot of problems. So, well done to the city for removing
these noxious weeds.
Not a fan of weeds
So much for even/odd parking
I recall several months ago that the police removed the one way soi system on
Nimmanhaeminda road stating that they would strictly enforce the even/odd
parking days on the side sois. It is true I didn’t really believe it would last
and that eventually they would stop doing it and it is true. They stopped doing
it. There is no enforcement of parking regulations whatsoever and the entire
mess that started the whole notion of one way sois is back.
Frankly, the one way soi system was a darn good idea and the removal of it
because a few residents thought it made the roads too “fast” was short sighted.
The sois are back to the perpetual traffic jam that they have always been and I
imagine that there are far more fender benders and accidents with the removal of
the one way system and the lack of parking enforcement than there ever was under
the one way system.
I talked to a friend who said when they instituted the one way system around the
moat there was a lot of resistance but with police enforcement people finally
got used to it and now everyone thinks it quite normal. This would have been
possible on the Nimmanhaeminda sois were it given a real chance. Too bad, I
avoid Nimmanhaeminda quite a bit more now because it is back to being such a
horrific traffic jam.
Please see my photo for a mid-day view of the total lack of enforcement of
Disgusted with traffic
Litter on Doi Suthep - Why the garbage ?
Dear Editor and Dear Disgusted with rubbish,
Yes I understand your sentiment, 20 years ago when I worked at The YMCA of
Chiang Mai I have had the same bad impressions and feelings when I went out. But
nowadays things are getting better and better. My friend Erik came from Pattaya
and wondered how clean it is in Chiang Mai. He could not believe how people in
this city can do it!
What you can do for the sake of yourself and to the surprise of (Thai) people is
to pick up the rubbish in front of them in public (don t be ashamed), they will
be astonished about what a Farang is doing and they start to think. At least
they stop littering at this moment and they think. Also just picking up the
plastic bags will give you a good feeling. We did this time by time many times
and we are happy to find this gives ourselves satisfaction. And it is moving
your body. And if you go to buy something always take along your own bag and
refuse the plastic bags! Don’t forget!
Michael R. Boeder
Last week I witnessed the most incredible scene, two Chinese tourists on a
motorbike who were trying to get into the turning lane and rather than yielding
to the truck that was already there, started hitting it with their bike. At
first I didn’t see what was going on but I heard the banging noise and thought
that they had been struck by the small truck but as it passed I could see that
instead these tourists were bumping the truck with their bike to get him to
move. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Neither could the driver because at that point
he stopped and off they drove as if it were the most normal thing in the world.
We have all heard stories about how the Chinese tourists stand in the road,
don’t look where they are going when they do drive and generally seem unaware of
how to drive in a safe manner but this event utterly flabbergasted me. I do hope
that the Chinese government will consider issuing a few more guidelines to their
citizens when they leave China, number one being, don’t drive like a completely
crazy person. Maybe, even better, don’t drive at all. Rent a bicycle. Hire a tuk
tuk, but please, for everyone’s sake including their own, get off the