to play tennis in town?
I am new in town and love to play tennis but don’t know where to go to play
or where to find partners who can join me in a match? I don’t speak any Thai
but tennis doesn’t really require a lot of language skills! Can you
recommend anywhere? I would be happy to pay for the court so long as I can
find someone fairly skillful to play against. I am afraid that I am losing
my edge in tennis by not having played a match in so long.
Well you are lucky, we are entering the cool season or “Winter” as we like
to call it here in Chiang Mai and it is definitely the right time of year
for outdoor sports. There are quite a few tennis courts around the city,
including at Chiang Mai University, 700 Year Stadium, Chiang Mai Land the
Chiengmai Gymkhana Club and a few hotels as well. A popular local favourite
is the Anantasiri Tennis Courts off the Superhighway across from the
National Museum. Lanna Golf Course is another golf course with tennis
courts, as does Prem School with their tennis academy but that I am not sure
if they allow non- students or staff to use. Some hotels, including the Four
Seasons Hotel in Mae Rim have tennis courts but most likely you must be a
I checked out Facebook for you and found a group called Fun n Fit with
tennis that seems active and might be interesting for you. Alternatively,
just show up at one of the public courts in the early evening (when most
people will be playing) and see if you can find someone to play with. Whilst
many here bemoan the level of English I have found that it is actually not
too bad and that it is often possible to communicate in some small way.
If any of our readers know of tennis courts, groups, or wishes to play
tennis with our reader just write in to [email protected] com with the
subject line tennis.
My expat friends are all abuzz over the incompetence of the police
investigation of the murders in Koh Tao and the subsequent confession of two
migrant workers followed by the young men recanting their confession saying
they were beaten. There seems to be this perception among expats that the
only people this happens to are Burmese and that there is some kind of
conspiracy to always blame migrant workers.
Having had some experience with this in Thailand through my work I can
assure people that migrant workers are not the only ones being beaten by
police. This kind of “police work” is not uncommon among the poor, the
itinerant and the powerless. These young men were in the wrong place at the
wrong time but if they had not been there I am quite sure that the police
would not have hesitated to arrest some Thai men of a similarly equal social
Certainly not all police resort to beatings but it is not as unusual as my
compatriots seem to think, and certainly not limited to migrant workers from
Reporting on the police
Thank you for writing in about your experiences working with those who have
been abused by the police. I have no opinion one way or the other since I
lack the information and experience you have but I am glad to have your
One thing is certain to Emma is that the uproar over this by the expat
community would make one think that people never get raped and murdered
anywhere. As the poor young woman who was the initial assault victim was
British then Emma would like to point out some rape statistics from the
United Kingdom so that those who are so upset may want to consider also
turning that rage onto their home stage as well as in Thailand.
In January of last year the Home Office released some disturbing statistics
for the United Kingdom noting that approximately 85,000 women are raped on
average in England and Wales every year, over 400,000 women are sexually
assaulted each year and one in five women between the ages of 16 to 59 will
experience some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. That is around
230 rapes each day. Sadly 90% of the most serious rape offences say that
they knew the perpetrator according to the Home Office report.
Certainly this is a horrible heinous crime and one that should put all
sexual assaults in the spotlight. One can only hope that the international
spotlight on such a heinous crime will raise awareness on not just the
bungling of the Thai police, or torture of suspects but the horrific crimes
perpetrated against women not just in Thailand or in our own home countries
Online 90 day reporting?
I read on a forum recently that the Immigration will be instituting 90 day
reporting online. Do you know when this will be implemented? I am partially
disabled and find the whole Immigration process quite difficult and
exhausting so the ability to report online would be wonderful. I have tried
reporting by post but again, that requires me to go to the Post Office and
queue there. Often actually entering the Post Office itself is difficult
enough. Thailand is certainly not handicapped friendly that way!
90 day reporter
Dear 90 day,
Perhaps I misunderstood but Emma believes that this was a proposal made to
the current government and not currently law. Online 90 day reporting would
certainly ease the congestion at the very busy Immigration Office near the
Airport as well as make life much easier for those who are disabled, are
ill, must work or attend school. However, I do not believe it has been
enacted yet and whilst I applaud the notion Emma does not hold out much hope
for its implementation.