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Proud of the Thai school kids

Re: Internet cafe security

Noise pollution hits SCC Road

An internet cafe suggestion

Don’t blame foreigners for all traffic problems

Strange death should not go unchallenged

‘The Thaiway Code’ (scooter version)

What is wrong with that?

Proud of the Thai school kids


I was so proud of the Thai school kids & the gay bar/restaurant workers for their great attitude in the rain at the Aids Awareness Day parade. But where were the people from the hundreds of lady bars? No AIDS there? And where were the Pattaya police? Beach Road only needed to be closed for an hour, but the police couldn’t manage that? So the very wet participants had to dodge a bevy of empty taxis and cars who didn’t need to be in Beach Road for that hour! The police don’t have a problem in getting together a team of people, with video cameras, et al, to hassle these bar workers and their customers. But all praise to the unlucky marchers who braved the rain.

Ernie in Naklua

Re: Internet cafe security


I just read following letter: “Returning to my hotel I again passed the same internet shop and looking through the big glass window saw a Thai man sitting at the same terminal where I had just been attempting to access the same online banking page. As you can imagine, I was terrified.”

My questions to above are: Is his deposit security based on the “Internet Cafe” or his bank?

If his bank security doesn’t work, he should change bank, not internet cafe!

Best Regards,

Keld L. Kirkedal

Noise pollution hits SCC Road


We rent a house in Soi Country Rd. Of late the noise in our vicinity has become quite unbearable. Things were bad but now at a nearby illegal market is driving us batty. We know we are not at home here and we have no right to complain about anything, and wouldn’t if it wasn’t a fact that everyone (Thais mostly living here, very few farangs) suffers from the noise coming from this market (and the stink) but dares not to complain. For ourselves we will move out, but what about the people that can’t? Who can they turn to?

Apart from the noise it produces, a market like this one should not be allowed to exist. Someone from the Department of Health should have closed it a long time ago. Smoking in a restaurant is not a good thing. This the Dep. of Health has found out. How much un-healthier is a market like this?! The department should take notice.

Jeffrey Lester

An internet cafe suggestion

Dear Editor,

I have been reading your fine online paper for several months and was able to make my first trip to Pattaya and elsewhere in Thailand in October. Information from your online publication enhanced my visit greatly.

I was able to watch my hometown Anaheim baseball team play in the championships from an Irish pub in Pattaya. At 7:30am.

I don’t have major complaints about this or that, however I was surprised to find how casually motorists treat emergency vehicles trying to get past them, especially ambulances. And high speed, high revving motorcycle races woke me up in the very early hours outside my hotel. In general, I was very pleased with my visit.

From a computer professional to your internet cafe users I offer this tip. After using a public computer to make a sensitive transaction, erase your tracks on that computer. If you have Windows 98 or later, here’s how:

From the Start Menu in Windows, go to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup. Chose C: (most likely if set up with Windows default settings). Wait for the system to analyze the drive. Then chose the Temporary Internet Files box by checking the X and execute by pushing the OK button. When you go back to the internet explorer you will find the url history is blank. The next user will not be able to see where you have been on the web. You will not harm the computer.

This is also a useful tool to run on your home computer from time to time when you need extra disk space. Options are explained on the screen.

Now that I know my way to Thailand you can bet I won’t be a stranger. I look forward to my next visit.

Richard Hubbard

Orange, California

Don’t blame foreigners for all traffic problems

Dear Sir;

A correspondent to your letters column recently very rightly condemned the traffic on Second Road after witnessing another bike accident. He made several good points about causes and cures. However, he did seem overly keen to blame farangs for all the ills of Pattaya traffic.

Yes, there are always idiots on hire bikes, but those of us who travel a lot on Thai roads know that due to almost non-existent driving tests and formal tuition in Thailand, the bad Thai drivers vastly outnumber the farang visitors. So by all means blame the odd farang idiot, but lets not forget the countless other problems that make Pattaya roads a nightmare to negotiate.



Strange death should not go unchallenged


Regarding your report on the death of Tracy Lee Glover, I really hope the Pattaya police intend to do something regarding his wife’s statement saying that she accidentally dropped an clothes iron his head, resulting in his death shortly afterwards. Accidents happen, but this sounds like no more than a domestic dispute which got out of hand and ended badly. If this was a western country, I think an arrest would have occurred.

Reminds me of the report a few years ago when a young wife supposedly committed suicide (by jumping from a very tall building) during a domestic dispute, after her husband found she was having an affair with a younger man.

I guess Asians just do things differently from the rest of us. I haven’t heard of any dropped irons or suicides during disputes in my country going unchallenged.


Beach Gecko

‘The Thaiway Code’ (scooter version)


Recently the letters page of the Pattaya Mail has featured many articles written by disgruntled road users and pedestrians alike who are appalled by the inability of Thai drivers to respect the law, or the inability of the police to effectively enforce it.

To this end I have compiled, ‘The Thaiway Code’ (scooter version). It reads a bit tongue in cheek but this information may help YOU take evasive action should you be confronted by any of the following.

1. It IS possible to transport a family of four or five on your scooter for a shopping expedition.

2. It is also possible to carry six sacks of rice.

3. When there are two people on a scooter, the person who steers doesn’t necessarily have to sit at the front.

4. If your mobile rings, don’t stop, answer it.

5. Very young children who are capable of standing must do so whilst holding on to the handlebars.

6. Never wait to join the opposite carriageway. Scoot in the opposite direction to the traffic and then cross at a suitable moment.

7. When turning right, commence the manoeuvre early. Preferably by three bus lengths, this will ensure that all other road users become invisible and that you never overshoot the junction.

8. If the traffic lights are on red and the coast appears clear, go for it!

9. If the coast isn’t clear, turn left, U turn and turn left again.

10. Get in front of stationary vehicles by any means possible. This includes mounting the pavement (Look for the specially designed disabled persons access ramps.)

11. When turning left out of a junction, never stop or look (The ostrich manoeuvre.)

12. Helmets are for people with two hundred baht in their back pocket (cost of a fine).

11. The front basket of your scooter is used for carrying your helmet.

12. Never on any occasion queue in traffic. Weaving between vehicles is mandatory.

13. At traffic lights get to the front of the queue by any means possible (see No.10). Once at the front, keep edging forward as far as humanly possible. This will ensure that no one else steals your pole position.

14. Only retreat from the pole position if you find that you are obstructing a very large vehicle that is attempting to turn left or right. Then cause as much confusion as possible.

15. The black and white stripes painted on the road at traffic lights are not for pedestrians, it is your starting grid.

16. In the event of the starting grid being full, block the left hand filter lane. Should a car then wish to use this lane you may then legitimately move to the pole position.

17. Scooting against the traffic is okay if you are travelling a short distance.

18. Finely judging the traffic light sequence increases the possibility of your red light appearing green by a ratio of 3-1.

19. When U turning at a roundabout, never on any occasion circumnavigate it.

20. Rear view mirrors are for applying makeup and removing grit from the eye.

21. Blind other road users by fitting green strobe effect lights. These are a great alternative to the boring, bog standard red and yellow light cluster combination.

22. Ensure that other motorcyclists keep their distance by fitting an upward facing ‘Big Boy’ exhaust pipe.

23. If the sun is exceedingly strong, all female scooterists will control the bike with only one hand. The other hand must be used to obstruct her vision by holding a flattened milk carton or cat against her head.

24. Elegance is a female passenger with a skirt sitting side saddle. The word for two of these beauties hasn’t yet been invented.

25. All motorcycle taxi drivers are immortal.

Hope you like it.

Paul Keith

What is wrong with that?


May I write to reflect on letters like Brock Landers (PM 6/12) who seem to forward a general idea that ‘farangs’ shall not complain. Those sermons may well contain traces and seeds of truth in that they remind some of us that we ought to be more thankful for what we have, get and enjoy of all that is good in our lives.

But that very simplistic message that “you out there” writing to Pattaya Mail shall simply not complain - “quit your whining”, “buy a bike and go elsewhere” and all the rest of it looks to me to be just a scatterbrained, blunt, blurred and misguided paternalistic soup! Who is really writing these kinds of letters? Maybe they originate from individuals who want to see themselves as exceptionally hardy, righteous and clear minded teachers and spiritual lights to the rest of us? But do we need this? That some boast the attitude that they never complain and others should not do it as well could be because they are perfectly materialistically satisfied with cheap sun, sand, shopping, drugs and prostitutes or that they themselves never notice when they are getting cheated, used or misguided to “just accept the reality of the situation” and this in turn may stem from ignorance, inexperience, indifference or simple complacency.

I even suspect that some of those letters are written to please their Thai wives? I think we shall accept the fact that people/farangs/tourists etc., ARE getting cheated, used and misguided from a small fraction of scoundrels on every level of even this society. After 11 years here I could write a book (a very thick one) about it.

Let us also accept that people complain first of all from their understanding of what is right and wrong. If they have integrity, are responsible and are able to communicate they want to draw attention to their cases and misfortunes for the sake of justice, order and safety for themselves and others in the future.

What is wrong with that?


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