living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Pattaya – Wheelchair Way Construction Completed


Soi Panead chang alley, Pattaya Daily News reporters had inspected a wheelchair way which had just been finished. The wheelchair route is on the left hand side of the road and is about 1 metre in width. Also the road has been raised in certain places where they can cross the road. The one crossing is opposite the North Pattaya junction.

Upon inspecting the wheel chair route which has just been it was still dangerous (yeah, you think?) some areas near construction sites and where people had parked their cars on the route which has caused the wheel chair users to cross the road in very dangerous areas.

Mr.Suppaluk Wongyapeng a 25 year old wheel chair user said he had used the new wheel chair way and had lived in Pattaya for 3 years. Previously wheel chair users had a lot of difficulty moving around the streets because some side streets had a lot of cars and motorbikes parked in them.

HOWEVER, the officers had constructed the new wheelchair way but some people still drove too fast and parked their cars on the wheelchair way.


personal thought:

After nine-years living in Thailand, I am convinced of the following:

1. IF you want to be handicapped, walk on a ‘handicap sidewalk’.

2. IF you want to get your ass run over, ride your wheelchair on the ‘wheelchair way’.







July 30, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Can Chiang Mai Follow in the Footsteps of Bangkok


It’s not often you will hear people asking chiang Mai to follow in the footsteps of Bangkok, but if the BMA (Bangkok Metropolitan Administration) carry on doing what they are doing apropos footpaths and removal of objects, then Chiang Mai might learn a thing or two from Bangkok.

Perhaps a TAT disclaimer for this popular city should be: “if you’re in a wheelchair, don’t come”


It was reported in Thailand’s National News Bureau that within a week BMA have already got rid 3,118 unlicensed advertising banners on the sweltering walkways of the capital in order to free up space for pedestrians. BMA has said it wants to make Bangkok a walkable city, and make pathways all over the metropolis.

Legal action will be taken against anyone seen as damaging public property, while anything blocking the way of pedestrians, including taxi ranks, will be freed up, said a BMA spokesperson.

Let’s hope Chiang Mai city will do the same for us. At the moment waling from one side of Chiang Mai to the other, although it could be a pleasant walk, is virtually impossible due to extremely bad pathways and the arrogance of people who block the pathways – often for business purposes.

photo: An example of Chiang Mai’s world-class ‘handicap sidewalks’; i.e. if you walk on them long enough, you WILL BE handicapped!


September 10, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment