90 day reporting
I just read the article about the lengthy waiting time at the immigration
for the 90 days report and the queue number etc... This is not correct.
I went 2 weeks ago to Immigration Department at 11 am and went to the
counter on the right and gave my passport and form and in 5 minutes it was
completed. No queue number, no two and half hours waiting time.
No schedule in English?
I think the city or Chiang Mai could do a lot better job of promoting
cultural events during Songkran. All I've been able to find regarding
schedules is a limited list of events downloaded from CityNow! (that I'm
sure is far from encompassing what is really happening thoughout Chiang
Mai). That list for 2012 Songkran events doesn't even include a schedule of
times for the events.
I'm sure the Thai locals get their info though the grapevine and word of
mouth, but it leaves tourists and local expats in the dark. I'd love to take
part in the cultural traditions and enjoy the more laid-back festivities --
but these events are not really well promoted or advertised.
Soooo, that leaves farangs with the options of going to the bar, getting
drunk, throwing water, and spending money on street vendors.
If the city wishes to sponsor an alcohol free (or limited) environment, they
really need to take the time to publish a comprehensive list of local events
in the area -- and -- include the times of those events. I have friends
coming into town and I'd love to take them to the cultural events happening
around the city during Songkran.
It's like the local mayor, city council, chamber of commerce, TAT, and Expat
organizations decided to just forget about the foreigners living and
visiting here. "Come, visit the street vendors, spend your money, get drunk
because we aren't going to publish any other choices for you in English, and
throw water. I'm really pretty disappointed.
Mai bpen rai -- This is Thailand huh? Sad.
We published the same limited schedule in the Chiang Mai Mail and received a
detailed schedule in Thai on the 11th. There really should be schedules for
all of these major events in English for tourists and residents, I agree.
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