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Rubbish in the streets
I walk regularly; Chiang Mai is fairly enjoyable to walk in as the
temperatures are not so high. It is more difficult in the rainy season as
the puddles can be quite large but mostly, it is fine. However, I wonder who
I can report to about a person who regularly leaves all their garden rubbish
in the middle of the pavement? This person leaves branches and leaves, all
his garden rubbish it would seem, right in the pavement forcing anyone who
wishes to walk out into the road.
Surely this is not legal. I would love to report this person to the relevant
authorities since he (or she) does it on nearly a weekly basis.
There is another place that leaves food rubbish in plastic bags on the side
of the road, it is not in front of a restaurant so I suspect it is some
small restaurant or other that does not wish to pay to have their rubbish
picked up since I see no other place that does this.
Chiang Mai is in general a very clean city and it is people like this who
make it difficult for the rest.
Fed up with rubbish in the pavements
Over the last few weeks there have been a couple of reports regarding Chiang Mai
Airport. It would appear that AoT has some excellent semi-fiction writers
preparing comments for senior officials. The non-fiction is that Chiang Mai
International Airport exists and has many flights arriving and departing. The
information regarding flights per hour is useful since it means that within the
hours of 0600 to 2359hrs some 342 flights can be handled without any need to
move into the early morning (although occasionally flights take off now after
the official closing time of the airport). The comments referring to the future
provision of more arrival bays, more parking, and expansion of runways (plural!)
may well be correct and, apparently, the plan also includes a road network to
‘handle rush hours’!? Really – does anyone believe that given the present chaos
It appears to me that AoT is not only pulling the wool over as many eyes as
possible but is also attempting to put the proverbial “quart into a pint pot”.
Given the seriously restricted land area and the buildings surrounding it, the
suggested plans would create long-term discomfort and stress to many Chiang Mai
people given the number of flights suggested for future years – including severe
disturbance for 24hrs each and every day!
A few years ago there was talk of a new airport site but this disappeared – WHY?
Chiang Mai really does need to have an International standard airport for the
long-term NOT a cramped makeshift option that eventually will be limited and
have to move anyway. Why not bite the bullet NOW and provide the visitors with a
welcome in keeping with the Chiang Mai area – tourism relies not only on the
city! The city already has several good roads into the city which could be
linked to an out of town airport. The likely areas for a new airport would still
be within easy reach of the city although not ‘just down the road’ as now.
Indeed the new sites rumoured earlier would still be closer to the city than
most international airports around the world. Given the planned developments of
other public transport, Chiang Mai needs to ensure that its long-term airport
future is secure – the present comments from AoT give no confidence that this
will be the case.
The present airport would be extremely valuable as a development area and the
income would be very useful in initiating the new airport funding – please let
us not hear the RAF ‘ownership’ story or even the difficulties of the change –
the nation owns the site and Chiang Mai would not be the first to face moving to
a new airport – there are numerous examples that could provide useful guidance.
There are to be future ‘consultations’ – I can only hope that they are what they
claim to be and that common sense together with a genuine interest in the
long-term future of Chiang Mai prevail over the present vague promises of no
more parking problems and no rush hour delays with considerably and people to
and from the airport. The report fails to mention anything about the additional
noise and pollution continuing 24hrs each and every day of the year!
Songthaews not abiding
by new prices
I read your recent reports on the new prices for songthaews and the routes that
they are supposed to follow and must say I have not yet met one who has not
tried to overcharge me. I was trying to go to Immigration the other morning at 8
a.m. and one driver tried to charge me 150 baht from inside the moat.
He was definitely not running a regular route as there was no sign on the
songthaew. I looked for one running a route to near where I wanted to go but
couldn’t find one. I’ve never had to pay so much for a songthaew before, I was
I should add that these days they now want between 40 and 80 baht to go from
Chang Puak Gate to just past Kad Suan Kaew Mall. The other day they all wanted
40 baht to go from Chang Puak to Tha Pae! It takes multiple tries to get a
songthaew that will go for 20 baht. I don’t ask them how much, I just tell them
where I want to go and they demand a ridiculously high price.
I think the Land Transportation Department needs to check into these problems as
many others have also said they are not even following the old prices much less
the new ones.
Unhappy songthaew passenger
There is a hotline that consumers can call, 1584, to complain about exactly this
kind of problem. We strongly encourage our readers to note down the license
plate of the songthaew and report them to the Public Transportation Passenger
Protection Center. The hotline number is 1584.
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Rubbish in the streets
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