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I have been in Chiang Mai for a few years now and have noticed an increasing
trend among the older, retired crowd (of which I am one, I should add) of a
growing amount of curt, rude behavior.
These people are testy not only with fellow expats but also Thai people whom
they seem to think are here to make sure their lives are comfortable. The
other day I saw one man (I will not use the term gentleman since he most
certainly wasn’t) castigate the poor waitress because she couldn’t
understand his thick German accent. He actually yelled at her that he wanted
his water and he wanted it now. She was mortified and so was I, I must say.
It is very embarrassing to be a foreigner here when some of us behave in an
incredibly rude manner.
I see people behave in ways that they would never do in their own countries.
Or perhaps they do and that is why they had to leave; nobody wanted them
I would like to remind people that we choose to live here and that we have a
responsibility to behave in a civilised manner that makes people happy to
have us here. Living here is certainly not our right, regardless of what
some may think, but a privilege and one that some abuse horribly.
So, I remind people to behave in a civil way, with good manners, surely
something those of us who are older were taught to do.
Had enough of rude people
Work permit for a bank account!
I went into two Kasikorn Bank branches today and each Manager told me that it is
now not possible for a ‘Farang’ to open a new Savings Account without a Work
Permit!!!!! Apparently K Bank is only the first to implement this policy.
I would be interested to hear if any other foreigners living in Chiang Mai have
encountered this recently and if so was it at any bank other than K-Bank? Is
this a new policy or is this just a few random managers who think you need a
If so, how can a foreigner moving to Chiang Mai then fulfill the bank deposit
requirement for Immigration?
Account-less in Chiang Mai.
Passport office closed?
My girlfriend went to get a passport last week and was told the office was
closed because of the demonstrations in Bangkok. I must admit I was quite
surprised by this, apparently the Bangkok office is the only office that
actually processes the applications and the office here merely accepts the
There are over 65 million people in this country, more than a fair few of them
travel. The closure of the passport office has meant that we have been forced to
cancel our trip altogether. I did not get a full refund on my tickets either.
How on earth can a government run with only one passport office processing all
applications for the entire country? This seems the height of folly! Is there
any notion of when the passport office will re-open? My girlfriend went every
day for about a week and finally gave up. Mainly she gave up because we had to
cancel our trip.
I would like her to still get one so any information on when the office finally
plans on re-opening would be most welcome
Frustrated with the Passport Office
The Passport Office re-opened on February 3 but is only accepting 200
applications per day. I understand the first day the office was absolutely
overrun with applicants. If your girlfriend doesn’t need it immediately you
might want to wait until the backlog of people desperate for their passports
gets cleared before she goes to the office.
Incessant barking dog
I live in a small mooban and there is one neighbor who has three dogs, one of
whom barks incessantly. The dog then sets off the other dogs which then sets off
every other dog in the neighborhood.
This person, even when home, never yells at his dog to stop. He seems to not
hear it, or not care. It is worse in the middle of the night when the dog starts
up and gets all the other dogs barking their heads off at 3 a.m.
I know it is just the one dog because he barks constantly. I suspect the other
dogs get too tired to join in with his barking so he just continues to bark
away. Non-stop. I just can’t understand such irresponsible and inconsiderate
owners. I have left notes at their house to no avail.
Next option I guess is to then go and knock on their door some night, perhaps at
3 a.m. when their bloody dog wakes up the entire neighborhood again.
Dog lover but not that dog
Struck by a pedestrian
Well I have lived in Chiang Mai for quite a few years now and traveled all over
Thailand and this was a first even for me. I was driving slowly down a soi and a
Chinese man was so busy looking at his phone that he walked into the side of my
motorbike. He walked into me hard enough that he knocked me off my bike.
He did not bother to help me up, nor did he apologize for walking into me as I
was driving down the road. His answer? “I was looking at my phone.”
Not any interest if I was injured by his actions or if my bike was damaged. Just
that he was looking at his phone. I was stunned by his callous disregard for
anything beyond himself and what he wanted.
I hope this is not indicative of the many Chinese tourists that come to Chiang
Mai because if so, we are all in big trouble.
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