Vol. II No. 45 - Saturday November 8 - November 14, 2003
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Have a safe, fun Loy Krathong this weekend

Loy Krathong and Yi Peng explained

In case you’ve been living “behind the mountain” and don’t already know, this weekend is the Loy Krathong Festival, and nowhere does it quite like Chiang Mai.

There will be festivals, parades, events and exciting things going on all over the area, as this is one of the Kingdom’s favorite times of the year. So, take your loved one gently by the hand, lead him or her to the water’s edge, and float your krathong together - it is an experience you won’t soon forget.

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PM Thaksin Shinawatra presents royal kathin robes at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep


Chamnian Thongma exposition at Gongdee Gallery

The former Chiang Mai deputy governor, Uthai Nakpreecha presided at Gongdee Gallery Chiang Mai for the opening ceremony of the Painting & Drawing exhibition by Chamnian Thongma. The event was also notable for its local entertainment, such as candle lighting, umbrella dances, ka ling kala bird dances, Thai boxing dances, and Thai instrumental band performances.

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760 contestants take part in Tae-kwan-do competition in Chiang Mai

Don’t pick a fight with any of them!

Tae-kwan-do exponents from every region arrived at Lanna Hall, Central Airport Plaza to compete in the “To Be Number One Far Eastern College Open” promoted by the Tae-kwan-do Association of Thailand, Office of Narcotic Control Board (ONCB), Northern Branch, Mental Health Department and Far Eastern College as a part of “To be Number One” campaign under the patronage of HRH Princess Ubolratana.

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Thailand to slash import tax for neighboring countries

Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik recently announced that Thailand is poised to slash import taxes on agricultural goods and raw materials from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar in a bid to stimulate trade and investment.

Speaking after a meeting among government ministers of the four nations to determine a unified approach to sub-regional trade, Adisai said that the import tax reductions would see tariffs cut to 0-5 percent.

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APEC public holidays bring 20 billion baht into circulation

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently released a report saying that the government’s scheme to encourage domestic tourism during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meetings 2003, coupled with a rise in international visitor arrivals, generated tourism revenue of over 20 billion baht.

The TAT report said that the APEC meetings, covered by over 2,000 Thai and foreign journalists, served to boost Thailand’s reputation as an international conference organizer, while also generating global confidence in Thailand’s security arrangements.

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