Saturday, January 14, 2006

Chiang Mai in the News

This past week, Thailand and the USA have been in talks negotiating a Free Trade Agreement at the Sheraton Hotel, here in Chiang Mai. Protesters have been trying to interrupt the talks and, of course, it has been all over the local news. Some of the idiots even swam across the Ping River to the get to the hotel grounds, trying to by pass the police security line.

Sheraton Hotel is a beautiful place that my family likes to frequent for their Chinese restaurant. They also have a very fancy buffet at lunch time. I have been there enough that the general manager, the head chef, the F&B manager and most of the staff all know me by name. In fact, sometimes we email the F&B guy that we are coming to the buffet and request what we would like to have. In fact, I even get a birthday card from the hotel. It is kind of fun.

Anyway, I'm not going to comment on the FTA, because this isn't a political forum. All I can say, however, is that if they approve the FTA, Pop Tarts will probably come down in price.

Look at some of the stories below:

Protests force change of venue
Clashes interrupt talks
10,000 people expected to protest

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