living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – Air Asia ‘Everyone can Fly – But no one can Walk’

Via: City News – Chiang Mai

1

Now the company behind the slogan is making sure Chiang Mai folk will want to do just that, to escape an un-walkable city.  Air Asia advertizing signs now appear blocking pedestrian traffic on the city’s most prominent intersections.

These include places within the main cultural heritage zone within the city moat, around the moat road and as far away as the Pucome intersection leading to the tourist Mecca of Wat Prathat Doi Suthep.

The lopsided  signs have especially large footings often forcing pedestrians to walk on the road risking injury from  motor cycles zipping around the corner.

Some years ago the news was full of stories of “Pu Mii Ittipon”or “People of Influence” engaging in nefarious activities such as illegal logging and drug smuggling while immune from police prosecution.

However of late the term seems to have disappeared from common use and one wonders if the people have gone away? So who could have enough influence to persuade the local government of Chiang Mai which gives permits for footpath obstructive signs for these super-sized obstacles? The airline is ostensibly Malaysian owned, but with the help of the Gnomes of Zurich there may well be a hidden influence closer to home in Chiang Mai.

So if you are influenced by traffic chaos, congestion and pollution or by the advertizing blitz you may just decide to take the advice and fly from Chiang Mai to Hangzhou. There you can enjoy the tree lined boulevards and cycle around on a public bike,  pleasures denied us here in Chiang Mai.

http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?id=3212

***

FACT:

Chiang Mai has an abundance of ‘handicap sidewalks’; i.e. if you walk on then long enough, you WILL BE hadicapped!

.

Advertisements

February 13, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: