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Vol. XII No.19 - Sunday September 22 - Saturday October 5, 2013


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Annoying LED signs part 2

Dear Editor,
I wrote to you some weeks ago in regards to the government campaign to dim the lights of the highly annoying LED lights. It was with great amazement that I saw the police installed their own LED light at the Rincome intersection promoting, of all things, traffic safety!
Are they serious? If they really wanted to promote traffic safety they would not do so with a highly distracting brightly lit LED blinking sign at one of the busiest and most congested intersections in the entire city.
Even more ironic is the fact that the sign actually has a number to call! People should not be calling on the phone when they are driving! I guess we should all be grateful that there was not a “text this number” ad as well.
That intersection has one of the longest change times in the city. It is easy to get mesmerized by the traffic police sign as you want interminably for the lights to change. They have recently added a video of tourist sites around Chiang Mai. Certainly entertaining but when the lights do change you are too busy staring at the sign to notice the change.
If the police were truly concerned about traffic safety they would take down that sign, get out of the booth and enforce traffic laws beyond simple helmet and seat belt checks.
Yours
Mesmerized by the Police sign


Digging up the road

Dear Editor,
Why is it when the water company digs up the road near my house they never then fix it properly afterwards? They create these holes, fair enough if they are repairing the water pipes then I am all for it, but why can’t they then actually fix the road afterwards?
Why do they fill it in with dirt? It is the rainy season and all that happens is the dirt washes away leaving a dangerous deep pothole. I saw a poor woman on a motorbike fall into one of these water filled potholes and seriously injure her leg.
I have included a photo of a recent repair and their solution to the dangerous hole is some tape and a cone. Better than nothing I suppose and it might have saved the woman I saw fall into one of these holes if they had done so but really, why not just fix it?
Does the water company not liaise with the people who fix the roads? Given that these potholes can remain for some weeks, I think they must not.
And if they are not willing to inform the road crew of damaged roads then why not just fix it themselves? It is downright dangerous and some day, if it has not already happened, someone is going to be seriously hurt by this negligence.
It would appear that there is no proper system in place to deal with coordinating water repairs and road repairs. I realize that the Thai government is highly centralized and that these two report to different departments. However, I am afraid that this is really not a good excuse, somebody must have enough initiative somewhere to see that they communicate, surely?
Signed
Potholed out


Chiang Mai museums

Dear Editor,
Yesterday I had the good fortune to visit the National Museum which was very interesting and well done. After that we visited the newly re-opened Tribal Museum because it was very close to the National Museum. It is a lovely setting surrounded by a lake. The Tribal Museum has been done with state of the art display techniques. t started with a short film that gave us an overall view of the various tribes but the exhibits we saw afterwards were stunning. As you entered each alcove for that tribe, sensors would start the lights and the wooden instrument music and beautiful life like figures would move doing what ever task whether it be playing a musical instrument or children playing with a top. In each area there is a display of the woven fabric for that tribe and they are excellent examples. Much better quality than you see in the shops.
What a lovely surprise to visit this museum and a great way to spend a couple of hours. I think other visitors to Chiang Mai would greatly enjoy both of these museums as well as local Thais if they have not seen them.
Signed,
An ExPat in love with Chiang Mai


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Annoying LED signs part 2

Digging up the road

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