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    Thais and Noise

    This was in the B Post , Letter to Editor
    Make the noise go away
    No longer being able to see Doi Suthep because of the dense haze, we decided to escape to the beach to our new condo at Haad Chao Samran in Phetchaburi.
    I make it a habit of checking weather conditions every day and was surprised yesterday to read that visibility in Chiang Mai was 8km, which is exactly the same as in Phetchaburi. I am pretty sure that the Chiang Mai figure is totally wrong.
    Unfortunately, the Chao Samran local authority (thesabaan) has started the insane practice of broadcasting their local news and current affairs over loudspeakers, so loudly that we had to shut all our windows, wear ear plugs, put on music - and still their loudspeaker intruded on our privacy so much that we had to leave the flat every morning from 6am to 8am (yes, it lasts two hours every morning!) to get away from it all. Surely local news should be broadcast on their local radios.
    I know that in Chiang Mai we have the red-shirt radio inciting unrest on a daily basis and asking people to attack the gays last week, but at least you can choose not to listen to that and turn it off.
    The loudspeakers are directly pointed at our condo and make such a ruckus that I'm sure all the farangs who bought their ''peaceful'' beachfront flats are considering selling now.
    I'm sure there is a law that forbids this kind of noise pollution? Of course it's not the laws that are lacking in Thailand but the enforcement of them. As in the local red-shirt radio stations in Chiang Mai, there must be a law that forbids creating hatred and asking people to use violence against members of a different sexual preference.
    Please make all that ugly noise go away quickly.
    MYRTHA LEOSAWASTHIPHONG




    Thais like a lot of noise, my theory is it has something to do with keeping the echo within their heads at bay.
    Go to the local Tesco, the cacophony is unbearable .

    I am 1/2 kilometer away from the village speakers and I still find it annoying, it stopped after the coup, ( the military one,) but since the judicial coup, it's back. Annoying propaganda and ad jingles in that horrid " Whiny Thai" female voice that sounds like she's spitting marbles out her nose. " Uh Hoooyyyy, KaAAAAaaa JOoooOOOOooOOOY..."

    ( as opposed to ping-pong balls out her Tw*t )

    Ugh, How I regret moving here.

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    My wife or girlfriend beforw I moved here full time stayed in an apartment room on the 7th floor just abovethe expressway that went to Don Meung airport when I was still in the UK. When I used to pop over to see her I asked her why the fok she wanted the room as it was so noisy. Turns out she was lonely when there was no noise.

    After counting ratio of private cars to public taxis on the expressway for a few hours whilst chugging beer down my neck I had to pretend each passing car was a wave crashing on the beach or if a tuk tuk was around at ground level it was a speedboat to get to sleep.

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    I am so envious how they can sleep just about anywhere! Like at Asoke intersection for example.

    Myself on the other hand can't sleep if there is so much as a soi dog barking 10 blocks away - unless I'm drunk of course, then I can sleep through a pissed of ChefsXP delivery man hammering away on my door trying to deliver an order I made before passing out!

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    Love noise they do. Built this house 1 and a half clicks from the village and still got woken up this morning at day break, incredible. Just advertising crap; only know this because it's all numbers, and they stop at 7 once awakened and pissed off....village primates accept loudspeakers on all corners.

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    love noise also, its all white really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HorseDoctor
    Ugh, How I regret moving here.
    With you on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmperorTud
    With you on that one.
    Me too, but it is done now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HorseDoctor View Post
    Ugh, How I regret moving here.
    Quote Originally Posted by EmperorTud View Post
    With you on that one.
    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    Me too, but it is done now.
    Nobody is paying you to stay where you are. If you don't like it, up sticks and move again.

    Or you could just come to TD and complain about it.

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    Nice to have somewhere to vent, I suppose.^^

    Seems that a lot of Thais don't like silence. Dunno if its the crap with "ghosts" or whatever.
    Thinking / pondering is hardly encouraged here though, is it? lol

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    You have to live in an expensive neighborhood to get somewhere reasonably quiet in thailand ie: one of the back streets in thonglor where all of the rich folk live..

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    ^
    That's exactly where I live!

    And those rich folk behind me in their mansions are completely irresponsible with their 'guard dogs'.

    One right behind me had/has a dog that used to bark senslessly all night every night.

    I had the gf first write a very nasty note in which I threatened to take action into my own hands (i.e. shooting or poisoning - I don't condone either being an animal lover, but endless sleepless nights were driving me to consider taking this severe action)

    It kind of worked too. The dog was kept indoors for a few nights, but then it started up again and I got the BIB involved, apparently I wasn't the only one who'd been complaining. And SUPRISINGLY they actually did something about it.

    My nights are now quiet and peaceful - apart from the odd tuk-tuk farting through the soi as a cut through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones
    You have to live in an expensive neighborhood to get somewhere reasonably quiet in thailand ie: one of the back streets in thonglor where all of the rich folk live..
    I am not sure about that. My house was pretty much on the 'quiet' sois in Thonglor and we would get noise quite often,

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    Quote Originally Posted by filch
    It kind of worked too. The dog was kept indoors for a few nights, but then it started up again and I got the BIB involved, apparently I wasn't the only one who'd been complaining. And SUPRISINGLY they actually did something about it.
    they probably poisoned it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bones
    You have to live in an expensive neighborhood to get somewhere reasonably quiet in thailand ie: one of the back streets in thonglor where all of the rich folk live..
    I am not sure about that. My house was pretty much on the 'quiet' sois in Thonglor and we would get noise quite often,
    but how bad was the noise?

    my place in thonglor is quiet, except for the occasional tuk tuk farting (as filch put's it ) and the vendors ringing their bells - which i quite like.

    the place i lived in out in the booneys on the other hand was VERY noisy. dogs barking, loud speakers, people banging away on hammers, etc, gun shots, motorsai races, you name it! if it makes noise, the village people loved it!

    funny isn't it. the city being more quiet than the countryside. TiT...

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    I don't mind noise, and that being people getting on with their life (cars, motor bikes etc) but I fooking hate it when that mosque starts to send out its garble annoying residents from kms away.

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    Whistles dogs and vendors

    I once had a flat near an intersection... they decided to hire a traffic cop to direct the traffic full time there.... That dumbass blew his whistle till he was blue in the face all day long and late into the night. Even when there weren't any cars to direct, he was blowing away on that freaking whistle!! The worst thing in the world to give a Thai man is a whistle... backing you out of a parking space, they blow and blow and blow, like if you can't hear them, you can't see them.

    What's worse, is that if you complain about the noise, all the Thais talk about what a fussy asshole you are!!

    And what about the dogs? My neighbor had a dog that barked all day long incessantly. I complained and they said, "But it's a dog, they bark." So, it was off to the store for some rat poison... First, I tried antifreeze... it didn't work. However, rat poison moo ping seems to have worked as the dog has since disappeared.

    How about the trucks that blast advertisements at eardrum shattering decibels? When I complained to my wife that I could hear it in my house over the tv, she looked at me as if I'd just complained that the water was wet. Her serious reply was, "If it wasn't so loud, you wouldn't hear it would you?" Slapping my hand against my forehead, I said, "nevermind..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by filch
    It kind of worked too. The dog was kept indoors for a few nights, but then it started up again and I got the BIB involved, apparently I wasn't the only one who'd been complaining. And SUPRISINGLY they actually did something about it.
    they probably poisoned it.
    Nah I think they just had a word with him about putting the mutt indoors at night. I still hear it every now and again during the day, which is fine. And like Bones, I don't mind the tinkling of the vendors as they go about there business or the occassional toot of a horn from those recycling fella's.
    Last edited by filch; 06-03-2009 at 04:59 PM.

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    I hate being woken up. About three weeks after moving here I started ordering a big bag of earplugs every few months.
    Dogs, chickens, fcuknuckles on very slow noisy motorbikes, stupid pick ups with shit speakers on the back advertising hideous melamine furniture, Thais talking loudly even though are two fcuking feet from one another, some koont with an angle grinder cutting tiles, some boring bastard at 7 am chatting shit though some tannoy on a street corner pole, some silly bitch on a motorcycle sidecar tooting a bicycle horn selling stinking rotten dried fish at 3 in the afternoon when I'm having my nap. Mobile phones ringing on the bus when i want to sleep.

    I dont hear any of them. Perfect it is.
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    I tried that first Spin, the result, I couldn't hear my alarm clock in the morning as was often late for work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    I don't mind noise, and that being people getting on with their life (cars, motor bikes etc) but I fooking hate it when that mosque starts to send out its garble annoying residents from kms away.
    The first place I lived I had 5 Mosques blaring...FIVE, all at slightly different times. That was 20 times a day I had to listen to that patriarchal shit

    It got to sound like this to me and I would blare along to amuse myself .


    " Weeeeee are a bunch of lesbianssssss,
    Weeeeeee are a bunch of lesbianssssss

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