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Where to play tennis in town?
Dear Emma,
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.
Tennis lover

Dear Tennis,
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 guest.
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.
Best regards

Police incompetence
Dear Emma,
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 standing.
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 other countries.
Reporting on the police

Dear Reporting,
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 input.
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 but worldwide.

Online 90 day reporting?
Dear Emma,
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.
Disappointedly yours,