Burning has started in Doi Saket
‘Burning off’ is a daily occurrence out here (Doi Saket). The ‘farmers’ do
not care where their smoke goes; in through house windows in my case. They
are completely oblivious to any consequences of their actions. And this
occurs near the alleged ‘Village Head’s house and also close to the local
But they are too busy with their whiskey and their TV by late afternoon to
get off their arses and actually enforce the law. To say I’m annoyed is an
Any farmer should know, surely, that what they are burning could and should
be put back into the soil. Not here!
Then there’s the neighbours who seem to enjoy burning their domestic
rubbish; again in complete ignorance of where their wretched pollution is
Promises of Municipal committees to combat this practice is a total ‘smoke
screen’ (pun intended). Only ‘Farang’ will lodge a complaint and every time
I have tried to lodge a complaint I either get no answer or the ‘officer’
has no English.
Rural offenders, I suggest, need to be dealt with at the rural level. That
means Pooyai Bahn and local police actually enforcing the law.
Sadly, I simply do not see that ever happening.
(Yet my ‘Pooyai Bahn’ will soon be harassing us to support the Red Cause in
the forthcoming elections. He’ll do this by screaming into a loudspeaker at
It’s a matter of priorities and pollution and combating it is simply not a
priority to them.
Also, I often wonder how all this smoke effects our local bird life. Poor
little things must suffer.
Sick of the smoke, already!
Double parking in Chiang Mai
I love the NAP Fair, it is great fun every year and they do try very hard to
find parking for visitors. Unfortunately, those visitors do not always avail
themselves of the options and feel the need to double park in a street that is
already crowded with parked cars on both sides and heavy traffic. One such
Mercedes Benz did so on the third night of the Fair, blocking the road for
anyone trying to enter Nimmanhaemin from the Superhighway. I guess they were too
lazy to park at the CMU Art Center and take a free songthaew down.
This notion of double parking because it is more convenient for the driver is
not one exclusive to Nimmanhaemin or even to drivers of Mercedes Benz saloons,
it is one that seems to be practiced by all and sundry. The night food market at
Chang Puak Gate is one such place where not only do people double park they even
triple park leaving the road down to one lane sometimes. Usually at rush hour.
The fresh market at Chiang Mai Gate is also particularly bad. It is just a pity
that there is no way to go around the moat in the late afternoon or early
evening without encountering one of these bottlenecks.
I have never understood why people do this. They have eyes and they can see the
incredible inconvenience they create for others. Perhaps they just don’t care so
long as they are not inconvenienced.
It would be a public service on the part of the police if they cleared these
areas every single evening, I think they would find that eventually people would
learn to find a parking spot and walk to the markets.
Frustrated with double parking
Disappointing Thanksgiving dinner
I would like to make a complaint about Rimping Market (main branch). I had very
good service last Christmas when I ordered a Christmas dinner from them.
Everything cooked to perfection and all my dinner guests raved about it as I
But this year at Thanksgiving the meal was quite different much to my
disappointment. The turkey was much over cooked, with the meat so over cooked
that bones fell off the meat, dry and not good tasting. The stuffing was rolled
into a ball and also dry. The vegetables were all cut in cubes and cooked
together including the “baked potatoes”. The gravy was only the juice of the
My Thai wife called them and after talking to 4 or 5 people finally talked to
the store manager who said she was sorry but they changed cooks and the one last
year was transferred to another branch.
So buyer beware!
Unhappy Thanksgiving customer
Overdose of festivals!
I love a good festival, I really do but last weekend was more than a bit much.
There were at least 4 festivals of some kind or another all within a three day
period. Do these people not talk to each other? Do they not realize they are
diluting their attendance terribly by not coordinating their dates?
I like Jazz but then I really wanted to go see the hot air balloons too. NAP
Fair is on at the same time every year and everyone knows it so to ask them to
change would be unfair. Besides it’s a five day event giving everyone plenty of
time to get stuck in Nimmanhaemin traffic and enjoy free live music, food and
really interesting handicrafts.
The other events all seemed to fall on the same days, really limiting my ability
to go to all of them.
So, to all these event organizers, maybe you should communicate in advance and
see if you can schedule your festivals to coordinate rather than compete. Your
ticket sales would certainly rise and you would get a lot more exposure if you
Thank you to the Royal Thai Police
I am not Thai and I know that I do not understand the culture of my generous
hosts well enough to know how to give proper honor when I believe honor should
I am a foreign guest in Thailand and I know that sometimes the foreigners make
difficulties for our Thai hosts. Recently I traveled to Pai to help take care of
a friend of mine who had, as a result of a medical condition, made some
difficulties in Pai.
I have had the opportunity to work with the police in many parts of the world. I
must say how grateful I am to have had the honor to work with the Royal Thai
Police in Pai. They have a very difficult job. Because of the international
tourism in Pai they not only have the eyes of their community and national
superiors on them but they have to keep the peace with the eyes of the world on
them. I must give them honor because in a very difficult situation they worked
with true professionalism, deep kindness, and more generosity than they needed
to show. It was a true honor to have the opportunity to work alongside them in
my small way.
I believe that the Royal Thai Police in Pai are a shining example of the Royal
call for wisdom in the Kingdom and the true kindness of the Thai people.
Aaron J Blue
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