Vol. II No. 15 Saturday 12 April - 18 April 2003
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It’s Songkran time again

Be prepared to get wet!

The “holiday that Chiang Mai made famous” gets underway this weekend, so be prepared to get a little wet and have a lot of fun. But remember, drive carefully, respect others, and don’t overindulge. Various traditional activities (like the Thai dancing shown here, held at a pre-Songkran Larb cooking contest celebration last week) are listed throughout this week’s edition of the Chiangmai Mail, so chose your favorite and enjoy! Happy Thai New Year from the entire Chiangmai Mail team!

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Over 3000 accidents in Chiang Mai during Songkran last year


Sweden’s Queen Silvia visits the Kredtrakarn Centre

A Queen she certainly is - graceful, elegant and beautiful - Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, who was recently in Thailand with King Carl XVI Gustaf. The Royal Swedish couple were on a state visit as guests of their Majesties King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit.

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The Chiang Mai Sixes: TW, TW, TW

As a somewhat wilful child ‘growing’ up in Tasmania, Australia, every time I did something which my older siblings, parents, teachers, priests - the whole cart-load of them - considered anti-social, I would be admonished by a tired old clich้: “that’s not cricket, you know!”

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Regional currency could be the new hope of Southeast Asia

Governor of the Bank of Thailand M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula recently discussed the need for a 9-nation regional currency to reduce dependence on the US dollar and boost regional trade.

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US-led Iraq war already resulting in decreased tourism numbers

Prasit Sirisrisakulchai, former president of the Lampang Tourism Association, said that tourism all over the world has already been affected by the US-Iraq war, as many foreign tourists are postponing their travel plans to observe the war situation.

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