Noisy Thailand

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Editor;

I am 90 years old and have been coming to Thailand for the last 20 years. I love the country, the climate (in your winter) and the people, and of course the food. But I hate all the very unnecessary noise. The motorbikes with the baffles knocked out, or the very old ones, they do it deliberately revving up to show off how powerful the bike is, which it is not at all. As an ex. motorcyclist the really fast ones are no more noisy than a big car. They often do this at 3 or 4 or 6 in the morning. Why can not the police confiscate these bikes as they can do in England?

Then there are the ambulances at 5 in the morning with no other vehicles on the road blaring the sirens, travelling quite slowly. Fireworks! OK on a particular night up to a reasonable hour, but hawkers sell them on the beach, and those there who have had a few with no thought for anyone else let them off at all hours, any night. Only bangers that make the biggest bang.

Then worst of all are the small bars, with a hi fi with a loud penetrating bass which is all you can hear that’s pounding away non stop until well after 3 in the morning. So easy for a patrol to call and shut them down or turn the so call music down at midnight. I go to bed between 10 & 11.

Finally cars or other vehicles with hi fi systems so loud you can hear them coming from a mile away. Also, so many loud speaker vans mostly advertising in Thai. Could they also not be reduced, limited and controlled? The only thing we get in the UK is police sirens, we never seem to get those here.

I’m sure this can make some people have second thoughts about coming back to the Land of Smiles. We old uns have the most money and stay the longest.

George Montague,

UK