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  1. The air is heavily polluted today

    It would show that Thailand are serious about tackling the issue, and hold the same aspirations as the rest of the developed world. Instead of setting the bar so high that they can easily limbo under it. Anyway, agree to disagree. I'm actually in China at the moment, enjoying some relatively fresh air. Can't wait for the decent through the brown blanket tomorrow.
  2. The air is heavily polluted today

    Get off your high horse, mate. I've been here 11 years, and if anything have seen the situation get worse as Chiang Mai has grown. The situation is dire now. I'm well aware of the challenges that Thailand faces in tackling the problem, and that change is slow here. I'm not looking for overnight perfection, but I do expect the authorities to do more to tackle the issue. Adopting the WHO AQI standards would be a start. And maybe the 13.5 Billion THB that they spent on 3 submarines might have been better spent on tackling the pollution problem? Certainly would've been more beneficial to Thai society. Wishful thinking, I know. Do tell us what rosey part of town you live, where 90+% of people respect the burning ban? I live in Nam Phrae, and the smell of smoke at dusk would knock you for six. And I'm sorry, but introducing a burning ban on the 1st of March was locking the stable door after the horse had bolted. I'll pass on your wind map, not interested.
  3. The air is heavily polluted today

    Yes. They can't control the wind, and they can't control what is happening in Burma or anywhere else. What they can control, but aren't, is what is contributing to the problem here.
  4. The air is heavily polluted today

    When Thailand cleans up it's own backyard, then they can start pointing the finger at neighbouring countries. At the moment, from what I can see, they are only doing the latter.
  5. The air is heavily polluted today

    When Thailand cleans up it's own backyard, then they can start pointing the finger at neighbouring countries. At the moment, from what I can see, they are only doing the latter.
  6. The air is heavily polluted today

    Ah, the old "If you don't like it, leave" rebuttal. Very constructive. It seems like China have actually made some ground in improving the air quality there, so yes, perhaps a move to Beijing isn't a bad idea. I read recently that criticism from China regarding the poor air quality in Thailand was met by a reply from the Thai Minister of Environment that everything was fine here, by Thai standards. As they say - the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging that you have one. Thailand can't even manage that. I think another facet to the problem is Thais aren't making their voice heard in big enough numbers. If they made as much noise about the air pollution problem, as they did about Premchai and his leopard, or Prawit and his watches, we might actually see some action. We need this incessant, constant, moaning and groaning from the Thai population, or nothing is going to change.
  7. Smoke, Smog, Dust 2018 Chiang Mai

    Thanks iainiain101. Apart from the display, does it have any outputs or anything on the back? Cheers
  8. The air is heavily polluted today

    Nothing to do with Burma, nor Bangladesh. Everything to do with the Thai authorities inability to acknowledge the severity of the problem, educate it's people on the issue, and push policies that will help resolve it.
  9. Smoke, Smog, Dust 2018 Chiang Mai

    iainiain101 - where did you get the AQI reader, and what did you pay for it, if you don't mind me asking?
  10. I heard that Ugo restaurant near Thapae Gate area was putting in some American pool tables. Not sure if that has happened yet, or not? There's a place around Huay Gaew area - Winson's/Winston's sports bar that has an 8ft american pool table. As someone else mentioned - See Paak restaurant in Mae Rim has a couple of 8ft american tables too. No 9ft tables that I know of. Sad state of affairs!
  11. Talk about locking the stable door after the horse has bolted. An absolutely pathetic attempt at solving the air quality problem in Chiang Mai. http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/news/51-day-burning-ban-march-1st-announced-combat-growing-smoke-problem/
  12. Car park at Royal Flora Ratchaphruek might be worth a look? Pretty sure they have large areas of car park that sit empty most of the time.
  13. American Bars

    Nonsense. A well maintained draft system with the kegs kept refrigerated 24/7, will keep the beer good until the last pour. Kegs don't "go bad" if kept properly, any more than bottles do. The problem here is some bars don't keep their kegs refrigerated, but instead store them outside and run them through a cooling coil. Neither do they keep their lines/taps clean. Not good. Draft beer is around 20% cheaper by volume than bottled beer, at the wholesale level. Unfortunately, for the consumer, this is rarely reflected at the retail level, and instead ends up as a bigger margin for retailer. Seems like My Beer Friend is the only place offering reasonably priced beers (200THB/420ml). I guess he can afford to given that he is effectively the importer/distributor and the retailer. Can't comment on his beer - haven't tried it since he has started importing it. Anyone here care to comment? Grumpy Old Men looks like a nice wee bar.
  14. American Bars

    Crafitty - I've already refuted it. In this day and age it's possible to keep abreast of what is going on somewhere without actually going there, thanks to the all seeing eye that is social media. Maybe try it sometime? While I agree that there is no better substitute to actually going to a place and experiencing it for yourself, when there is review after review saying the service sucks, staff are rude - it would suggest to me that there is some credibility to these claims. I've heard similar from a good friend who went there. Maybe I'll go and find out for myself one day? Beer Lab, Beer Republic, same sh*t - overpriced beer served (badly) by people with very little knowledge of what they are serving, or how to serve it correctly (see beavercreek's probability analysis). Although there are plenty of good looking single girls to be found at Beer Lab, it's got that going for it. Hey, no bad blood, Brucy! Let's kiss and make up over a few pints at the Parallel Universe Of Lunar 2 On The Hidden Moon? Your shout! Alternatively we could go keep beavercreek company and share some of those Heineken 3 packs?! Back on topic - there is a bar in Santitham called "Walk In". Never been, but it looks nice, serves "Thai import". Heard that the prices were more reasonable there. Anyone been?
  15. American Bars

    Haha! Probability is the very guide of life!! What market are you in?