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Trip Start Nov 15, 2010
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The Dixie Pig Guesthouse
Thailand finally has a democratically elected government and a wildly popular Prime Minister who has powerful enemies in the media and thelarge banks. She proposed increasing the national minimum wage (for Thais only, not immigrant laborers) to $10 a day. The wailing and gnashing of teeth from industry is as loud and pained as the health care industry moaned during the American health care debate.
And now we are facing flood disaster all across the country, and the neighbor vs. neighbor conficts that occur when you decide to close floodgates to prootect a town and flood the rural villages instead. Here in Chiang Mai the first bad flood in 7 yers came two days ago when the upriver Mae Tang Dam was filled to capacity and they had to drain down the reservoir. In a cruel business reality, it has been good for my guesthouse, as the river flooding the downtown hotels has forced their guests to head to my part of town which is completely non-flooded and 3 miles from the river.
If you get this and are not a Facebook friend and wish to stay up to speed with the goings on over here, friend me at Dixie Pig Chiang Mai. If the gods of technology are with me, I should upload many, many pics.