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Vol. XII No.26 - Sunday December 29, 2013 - Saturday January 11, 2014


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Christmas doesn’t have a lot to do with Christ in Thailand

Dear Editor,
I see on one of my favourite charity’s Facebook page some ultra PC person has taken offense to a Christmas party the charity held for its students. Apparently they feel this is some kind of missionary, Christian attempt at brainwashing children. This person really needs to learn to get a life and understand that it is possible to learn about other cultural traditions, especially one so widespread and public as Christmas without it being some sort of brain washing activity.
To make such a fuss over something that involves fun, fellowship and food and to condemn it because it does not fall into that person’s preconceived notions of how kids should celebrate is beyond ridiculous.
Dear PC person, it is SANTA hats for heaven’s sake. Get over yourself, you are not the arbiter of all that is charitable and educational. You make the Grinch look mild
Signed,
Used to be a Grinch


Bridge at Chiang Khong for motorbikes

Dear Editor,
There’s, justifiably, some excitement about the opening of the new bridge from Thailand to Laos (and back!) at Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai.
However, as we motorcyclists have discovered, it is not open to us if we want to cross into Laos! Yet it is from the Lao side into Thailand.
Apparently we bikers have to take the ancient barge and pay a fee that has increased 100% to 1,000 baht if we want to cross! And the barge won’t leave until it’s full!
We can not think of any logical reason why the Thai authorities are doing this, so I’m wondering if you have resources available to enable CMM to check on the situation or if anyone in authority can explain.
I’m aware that this current situation may change by the time this letter is published.
For example, I now hear that the Thai authorities have asked the Lao side to disallow bikes from crossing into Thailand!
Let’s hope that common sense prevails and motorcyclists are soon allowed to use the bridge.
Signed,
Motorcycles can cross too!


Traffic, traffic!

Dear Editor,
It is high season and the weather is cold and it has brought a plethora of Bangkok vehicles who seem to drive even more foolhardily and dangerously than the locals! Today I nearly got sideswiped by a Bangkok visitor who suddenly realized he needed to be turning right around the moat and so decided to cross over three lanes of traffic at the last minute to make the turn. Perhaps not realizing that all he had to do was continue on and get the next U-turn without nearly wiping out me and the motorbike that was in the center lane!
One other aggressive Bangkok driver decided that his lane switching at a speed of around 80 km an hour around the moat cutting off cars and nearly knocking one lady off her bicycle. I realize you are used to Bangkok traffic but I would suggest you tone it down a bit here. The speed limit is 60 km an hour around the moat and most people find that conditions make 50 the safest.
I realize that the Bangkok people are here to enjoy the cold temperatures and that Chiang Mai roads are a bit confusing for those who are unused to them. So perhaps our esteemed visitors would find it safer for themselves and everyone else (and reduce traffic considerably) if they left their cars at their hotels and took a songthaew! At 20 baht a trip it is certainly affordable and will save themselves and everyone else endless trouble. It would help the local economy and reduce the incredible traffic jams that they cause when they all drive up from Bangkok and then get lost around the city.
Thank you for listening and let us hope that someday our Bangkok visitors can see the logic of my suggestion, although I doubt it.
Signed,
Take a songthaew


The rickety barge that is the only means for bikes to cross the river to the Lao side

Editor responds

Dear Reader,
As you said, things may change yet again, when something is as new as this it is often the case that policy is written, re-written and re-written yet again. We can certainly ask around and if any of our readers has more information please feel free to write in.
Yours,
Shana Kongmun
Managing Editor


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Christmas doesn’t have a lot to do with Christ in Thailand

Bridge at Chiang Khong for motorbikes

Traffic, traffic!

The rickety barge that is the only means for bikes to cross the river to the Lao side

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