HM Queen Sirikit arrives
in Chiang Mai to Royal reception
HM the Queen to spend the winter months in the North
Hundreds of Chiang Mai people gathered at the Wing 41 air
grounds last Wednesday evening to welcome Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who
arrived in the north to spend the winter months residing at the Phuping
Winter Palace in Chiang Mai.
the Queen’s visit brings great honor to Chiang Mai and northern people,
and especially for those who were granted an audience upon Her arrival.
Led by Governor Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai provincial
authorities, military officials, police and dignitaries, including
international diplomats, gathered at the Wing 41 air grounds for the grand
HM the Queen was saluted by the Royal Thai Air Force
military guard of honor, as well as the police and army that will keep peace
and provide security during HM the Queen’s visit, bringing great honor for
Chiang Mai and northern people, and especially for those who were granted an
audience upon Her arrival.
H.M. the Queen took the time to talk to and greet foreign diplomats and
guests. Here she is talking to French Hon. Consul to Chiang Mai and director
of the Alliance Francaise, Thomas Baude and his wife Poo. (Photo by Chin
HM the Queen will reside at Her winter residence for the
next few months. Whilst there she will continue to work with royally
initiated and royally-sponsored projects, particularly the Foundation of
Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques (SUPPORT) under Royal
She will also visit villagers in rural and remote areas,
as she has done in past years.
Holiday road toll up, despite vaunted road safety measures
Time for a radical rethink?
Chiang Mai had 15 deaths and over 900 injuries during the
New Year holiday until January 4.
Chumporn Inthathep, head of Chiang Mai Public Disaster
Prevention and Relief Operations Office, revealed that up until January 2,
706 people were injured, of which 525 were male and 181 were female, and 11
were killed - 10 males and one woman. After that time, up until January 4,
another 4 were killed and nearly 200 more were injured.
Hang Dong, Doi Saket, San Sai, Saraphi, Mae Taeng and
Muang Districts reported one death each, and Chiang Dao district had three
deaths and Fang district two fatalities.
The Public Disaster Prevention and Relief Operation
Office Head said that the most cases reported were motorcycle riders and
passengers and alcohol was involved, especially in the outer district areas.
The road death toll was likely to increase by many more
than past years, by the time the long weekend holiday was over, already
being 20 percent higher.
Fifteen people were killed when a bus overturned after
crashing into two pick-up trucks while running downhill in Wiang Pa Pao
district on December 28, but were not included in the New Year statistics.
Police said the tour bus was taking 65 passengers from San Kamphaeng
district in Chiang Mai to a wedding party in Chiang Rai.
Party time at Wing 41
Fly boys fly up for New Year
High ranking officials from the Royal Thai Air Force
(RTAF) joined Wing 41 senior airmen to celebrate their New Year party in
grand style, with shows from the Sabun-nga cultural troupe as the highlight.
winning squadrons from the air operation competition line up to receive
Wing 41, which is the Third Air Operation Division, RTAF,
organized the party as celebrations for the Flight Operation Competition
2003 and prize giving ceremony for the winning squadrons in the competition.
Being New Year, there was also the colorful end of year get-together to
celebrate New Year 2004 by senior RTAF members.
The closing ceremony and the party were held on the apron of Wing 41 and
were presided over by Air Chief Marshal Kongsak Wantana, Commander in Chief
Smoke inhalation claims three at Doi Inthanon during New Year
Three tourists died on Doi Inthanon as a
result of smoke inhalation inside their tent while camping. The tragedy
occurred in the early morning of January 2.
Warut Charoenchokepanitch awoke in the morning and asked
Doi Inthanon National park officials for help, but unfortunately his wife,
Ing-orn Charoenchokepanitch and his two sons Wasin, 11, and Siriwit, 9, had
The Chormthong district police and park officials assumed
the three died from suffocation inside the tent, due to a kerosene lamp and
wood fire from the stove. “The three might have inhaled too much poisonous
smoke from the burning kerosene lamp and the fire,” said an official.
The Charoenchokepanitch family had traveled from Bangkok
and arrived at the park on Thursday, January 1, to celebrate New Year on the
top of the highest mountain in Thailand.
The bodies were sent to Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai
Hospital for autopsy.
Japan upgrades consular services in Chiang Mai
Now Consul-General status
The government of Japan has decided to establish a
Japanese Consul-General in Chiang Mai, effective from January 1 this year,
upgrading the existing consular services established in 1980.
The Japanese Consulate is located at the Airport Business
Park and has jurisdiction over and provides services in the Northern Thai
regions of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan,
Phayao, Phrae and Uttaradit provinces.
The Japanese government took this upgrade after
consideration of various important factors, meeting the increasing needs for
consular services in Chiang Mai commensurate with the increasing number of
Japanese living in the Northern Region.
Japan believes it is also responding to increasing
interest in the Japanese language and culture as the increasing number of
language schools and exchange programs are established here following more
interest expressed by Thai students.
The Japanese community has also requested help to
facilitate economic cooperative activities in northern Thailand with Chiang
Mai as the center.
New airports to be built in 2004
What goes up must come down (Newton)
Deputy Transport Minister Vichet Kasemthongsri has
declared 2004 to be the year of new airports with potential landing places
mushrooming throughout the country in line with the government backed
launches of many low-cost airlines.
Approving the scheme last week, Vichet said that he had
assigned the Department of Civil Aviation to conduct an urgent feasible
study into the construction of a state-run airport on Samui Island, in the
south of Thailand. This would serve the increasing number of tourist
arrivals to Thailand and operate flights with the current commercial airport
there. The study, costing 500 million baht should be completed within three
He added there were other possible locations for
constructing new airports where large numbers of visitors would recover the
high investment costs, including a local airport in Pai district, Mae Hong
Son and in Uttradit province in the North. He believes that air travellers
will go from 8 million to 20 million within the next five years.
FTI blowing off at LPG price hike
50 percent increase in three years
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), Lampang province,
is fighting the price increase of 1 baht per kilogram of liquefied petroleum
gas (LPG) following the announcement made by the Energy Policy and Planning
Office (EPPO) in December.
The federation claims the retail price for LPG has risen
to 15.80 baht per kilogram, and is the fifth price increase since May 2000
when it was 10.75 baht per kilogram.
The EPPO still wants to let the price for LPG float,
making it vulnerable to other market factors such as transportation. This
will adversely affect the northern region of Thailand, it is claimed.
Industries which are affected by the increasing price of
LPG are the ceramics cottage industry, dried longan factories, food
processing industry and wax industry.
The quantity of LPG used in Thailand is approximately
200,000 tons per month, of which 20,000 tons are used in the Northern
region. The FTI has requested the government assist in the LPG pricing
structure by decreasing the price from the refinery and severing the nexus
with Middle East oil prices, exempting LPG from import tax, decreasing the
excise tax and establishing the LPG Fund to compensate the transportation
Blankets still needed for the poor
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat said
that there are still many people in Chiang Mai province suffering from the
cold weather, with most of them living in rural and remote areas in the
The cold weather has continued longer than in many
previous years. As a result, Chiang Mai authorities and other organizations
have surveyed the number of blankets needed, including protective equipment
needed in these areas.
The survey found that more than 70,000 blankets are
needed, but only 35,000 blankets and 25,000 sweaters have been donated.
Anyone who wishes to donate blankets or protective
equipment can contact the Provincial Red Cross, Chiang Mai Chapter or Chiang
Mai Provincial Office’s Disaster Relief and Prevention group at the City
The election campaign heats up
1st of February 2004 is Election Day – 5 mayor candidates are running to govern the City of Chiang Mai
During a recent meeting of the Rotary Club Chiangmai
West, Chiangmai Mail had the chance to talk to the Chiang Mai
Preservation group which consists of academics in various fields, including
architecture and city planning, administration, law and medicine as well as
qualified consultants in the area of Chiang Mai City. The team members of
this group seem to be in agreement that the mayor electoral process must be
conducted by team members of a clean, moralistic nature, understanding of
culture as well as the general area of Chiang Mai.
Dr. Anusorn Khunanusorn (deputy mayor candidate, technical affairs), Ph.D.
Business Administration, University of Mississippi, USA, director in charge
at the McCain Institute, and right: Dr. Niwat Tantayanusom, (mayor
candidate), Ph.D. in Urban Planning, RMIT, Melbourne University, Australia,
former Chiang Mai councilor involved in technical and educational affairs.
The Chiang Mai Preservation group under the leadership of
mayor candidate Dr. Niwat Tantayanusorn wants to implement an ethical
administration policy, with application of ethics in politics, the
eradication of sinful practices and the suppression of corruption. They want
to try to improve the local maintenance taxation rating system for all
businesses, to prevent under the table tax collections, establish support
funds for community activities and manage an orderly community environment.
Dr. Niwat Tantayanusorn quoted H.M. the King who said 16
years ago that Chiang Mai is a special city and must be treated like that.
He repeated what already King Mengrai and many others, whose statues are
seen around the city of Chiang Mai saw. “This historical city must be
developed with feeling, to become a park city by systematically planning the
increase of green areas and by continually creating public areas with equal
potential to those of other world class tourist cities.”
Dr Niwat’s closing words during this address were, ‘I would like to
govern this city by virtue, because I believe in it.’
Major drug dealer’s property confiscated
Yee Se goes Yee Hah!
Pha Muang Task Force, together with the Office of the
Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), Drug Suppression Police of Provincial Police
Bureau, Region 5 and the Northern Regional Drug Control Center mounted a
joint effort to confiscate the property of major drug dealer Chaiwat,
otherwise known as Lt. Col. Yee Se Pornsakulpisan.
This required 18 targeted areas covering Chiang Mai and
Chiang Rai. The principal target in Chiang Mai was the confiscation of
property in the name of Pannee Pornsakulpisan, Yee Se’s wife, and a house
belonging to Jainwit Sookanapasawat, Yee Se’s cousin.
In Chiang Rai, one target was the property of Nongnuch
Pornsakulpisan, Yee Se’s sister and the residences belonging to Yee Se at
Mae Fa Luang. The total value of the seized property was around 10 million
During the seizures, no other drug suspects were found
and it was assumed that they had all already escaped into Burma.
Maj. Gen. Manus Paorik, Pha Muang Task Force commander
said that Yee Se’s network was the largest Lahu drug dealer system in
Chiang Rai province.
Lt. Col. Yee Se was a business partner and close aide to
Khun Sa, the former drug kingpin in the Golden Triangle, and is the leader
of the Lahu Burmese volunteers, living in Ban Nam Pung Mai, Ban Sam Pee on
Burmese side of Mae Fa Luang district, Chiang Rai.
Thai authorities will contact the Burmese government
asking for their cooperation in the suppression of this drug dealer network.
Nobel Laureates speak in Chiang Mai
CMU will be once again the host to some
high caliber events of ‘Bridges’ - dialogues towards a culture of peace
- hosted through the International Peace Foundation as a contribution to
‘The Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence’ initiated and
promoted by the United Nations Assembly.
Nicolaas Bloembergen , Nobel Laureate for Physics
Thursday, January 15, at 2 p.m., Prof. Nicolaas
Bloembergen, Nobel Laureate for Physics will give a keynote speech and
dialogue at Chiang Mai University: “Science and global communication based
on optical science and technology”. His theme is “Laser Technology in
Peace and War”. Prof. Nicolaas is a pioneer in the field of nuclear and
electron paramagnetic resonance, later in quantum electronics, microwave
masers, non-linear optics and lasers - of which he is one of the founders.
The second Nobel Laureate on that same day will be Prof.
Ferid Murad, a Nobel Laureate for Medicine, who discovered new properties of
Nitric Oxide which led among others, to the development of Viagra. His
keynote speech will be at 3.p.m. at CMU.
For more information or tickets, please call 053 943 661-5, 053 224 076
and 053 941 007, Fax 053 219 252, 053 943 666 and 053 942 666, email
[email protected] and [email protected]
Chiang Mai wants 800 million baht for its OTOP products
One-third more than last year
Wipada Treesat, of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Commerce Office, in charge of the promotional campaign launched
for OTOP markets. said that currently Chiang Mai has many high potential
OTOP products of which 66 are outstanding.
The best OTOP products from Chiang Mai include 10 for the
export market, 30 for the domestic consumption and the other 26 products are
During the 2003 OTOP marketplace promotion they saw an
increasing number of orders and sales for the manufacturers much greater
than the expected target. Last year’s Chiang Mai OTOP products were
expected to peak at 420 million baht but the final figures were closer to
600 million baht. The target for this year has been raised to 800 million
baht, a figure which everyone feels is attainable.
Mayoral elections strongly contested
Political parties ready to promise the world
The first day of registration for the post of Chiang Mai
mayor and its municipal members was colorful, active and it looks as if
there will be strong competition between the local political parties.
of the Chiang Mai Khunatham Party also registered for the election as
candidates for Chiang Mai Municipality Council members.
On the morning of January 2, two parties registered for
the upcoming election set for February 1, 2004. These were the Chiang Mai
Khunathame party led by outgoing mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn, along with his
24 members vying for the municipality’s four districts. This party was
also supported by some MP’s from both Chiang Mai and Lamphun, led by
Pakorn Buranupakorn, the Chiang Mai MP from the Thai Rak Thai Party.
Buranupakorn, the former mayor and the leader of Chiang Mai Khunatham Party
showed up in person to throw his hat in the ring for the election of Chiang
The Chiang Mai Rak Chiang Mai Party, under the leadership
of Dr Niwat Tantayanusorn, a Chiang Mai leading businessman, also showed up
for registration for the mayor and municipal council members at almost
exactly the same time. Chiang Mai Khunatham Party sent all 24 candidates and
chose 7.29 a.m. as their auspicious time, while Chiang Mai Rak Chiang Mai
Party chose 9.10 a.m. as their auspicious time but did not send all
candidates to cover all 4 districts.
For the local people it will be an exciting time at the polls next month.
Sustainable development for Burmese border villages
3rd Army to the rescue?
The Third Army Region is busy with
preparations for sustainable development in 30 rural villages situated
opposite the Thai-Burmese border, which will hopefully solve the drug
problem and create more stability there.
Maj. Gen. Nakhon Sriphetpan, deputy commander of the 3rd
Army Region said that the government through the Mae Fa Luang Foundation had
progressed with the development work in Ban Yong Kha inside Burma under the
control of a Burmese minority group.
The drug problem situation in the villages is getting
better, as the development project has helped people by setting career
development programs for the people, supporting sustainable agriculture for
people to be able to make a living, plus plans for economics, public health,
and education. “If people have their own career and sufficient income,
they will not create any problems in the villages, especially as regards the
drug problem,” he noted.
The Third Army’s preparation for more sustainable
development in the 30 villages on the border should prevent drug smuggling
into Thailand, the illegal immigrant problem, improve national security and
alleviate economic problems in the border areas.
Burma has agreed with the Thai development project and
has offered cooperation in the project as well. After they saw the
progression of the sustainable development of Ban Yong Kha, the pilot
project, they will shortly allow the development scheme in the 30 border
Chiang Mai orange growers say
product is good enough to eat
Ready for Food Safe campaign
Chiang Mai orange growers around Fang, Mae Ai and Chai
Prakan districts are confident that their products are safe and meet the
government’s targeted food safety policy.
Vinai Laotherdphong, from Chiang Mai Provincial
Agriculture Office, said that Sai Nam Phueng oranges from those districts
were guaranteed five star quality and strictly controlled by Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat has encouraged the
local farmers to reduce the use of chemical pesticides in agreement with
government policy and measures on food safety announced January 1 this year.
After local growers enter this process, all of their
products would receive standard certification from the Agriculture
Department. He insisted that orange products from theses three districts
have been strictly supervised during production, are free of all problems
and meet export regulations.
Buddha statue stolen
Villagers offer reward
Villagers from Hot district have presented a request to
the Commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau, Region 5 asking his officers
to investigate and recover their thousand years old Buddha statue stolen
Sa-ngob Kantakaew, the village headman of Tambon Hot, and
more than 20 of his people saw Pol. Lt. Gen. Chalor Chuwong, the
commissioner, regarding three stolen Buddha statues of which one of them was
That Buddha is known as Luang Por Kiew, and is more than
one thousand years old. The villagers have posted a reward of fifty thousand
baht to anyone who gives information leading to arrest of the thieves and
return of the ancient Buddha statue.
The three Buddha statues were stolen from Wat Luang, by
forced entry from the Viharn into the temple.
Police commissioner Pol Lt Gen Chalor told the villagers
that he would do his best to put together an investigation team to trace and
recover the Buddha statue as soon as possible.
Check your bags for drugs, says ONCB
Those noodles could land you in oodles of trouble
Pittaya Jinawat, director of the Office of Narcotics
Control Board (ONCB), Northern Region, has strongly suggested people
carefully check their personal belongings before departures to prevent them
becoming innocently involved in drug trafficking.
During the New Year’s long holidays, many tourists and
travelers were flowing into the North, especially around the dangerous
border areas, so tightening security and issuing an alert to related
departments and agencies was in order to prevent illicit drug smuggling.
The ONCB director added that brand new drugs had been
found, but the most usual one was the methamphetamines, which were modified
in physical appearance by making them look like ordinary items such as
noodles. International drug smuggling rings were also looking for innocent
travellers to carry the illegal drugs into the country.
Preschoolers introduced to nature
“Good morning, I’m a tree”
Chiang Mai Private School Association and the Preschool
Department jointly organized a camp for children called “Kids love Nature
Project” at Lan Suan Som (orange orchard grounds) in the Queen Sirikit
Botanical Park, Mae Rim district.
This project was to make the children learn to love and
care for the natural resources, such as trees, plants and forests including
teaching children to have an interest in the relationship between animate
and inanimate objects and to develop an enquiring mind.
This activity was also designed to strengthen the close
relationship between the 300 students and 60 teachers from 31 schools in
Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces.
Mobile Justice Ministry visits Lanna Kingdom
“Here come da judge!”
“Ministry of Justice meets the people” is offering
services to people in the North on January 10 and 11, at the area behind
Chiang Mai City Hall. The concept is to enable people to understand the
information, the role and the vision and mission of organizations under the
umbrella of the Ministry of Justice.
Thepkarnchana, the Minister of Justice; Yaowapa Wongsawas, Chiang Mai MP and
Somchai Wongsawat, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Justice cut the ribbon
marking the opening of the mobile ministry.
In the progression of law development and administration
to protect the right and independence and freedom of the people, the
Ministry of Justice has decided to publicize and give information to the
people on its work.
director of the Forensic Department, Dr Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunand also
joined the “Mobile Justice Ministry”.
Various activities will be presented on the two days such
as an exhibition of the justice process, the duty and performances of the
Ministry of Justice, consultations given by specialists on the justice
issues, a performance from the juveniles of the Juvenile Observation and
Protection Department, performances from inmates of the Department of
Corrections (Houdini displays?), quizzes and other entertainment activities
from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. nightly.
For the next Mobile Justice Ministry, the Ministry of Justice has planned
to give further information to people in the North-Eastern part of the
country beginning in February 2004 in Udon Thani province.
bees wax model shows the danger of ya ba.
10th Public Health Center to promote healthy living
Government wants everyone to live longer (and pay more taxes?)
The 10th Public Health Center Chiang Mai held a workshop
to emphasize the four main factors; exercise for health, clean food - good
taste, fresh market, and livable city.
Dr Soisa-ang Settawanich, the director of the 10th Health
Center Chiang Mai said at the workshop that following the government’s
policy for 2004 on the promotion of being healthy, the center has already
begun to publicize this project.
He quoted that to support exercise for health, there will
be more public parks for people to exercise in and more health clubs should
be set up to serve people who love exercising. As regards clean food - good
taste, this project will focus on the hygiene of food preparation and the
taste of the food. Certificates will be given to shops that provide
In the fresh market they will ensure it provides fresh
fruits, fresh vegetables and fresh meat. Cleanness is also important.
The final spoke in the health hub is the livable city, a
project that will focus on people - how to make city dwellers healthy, which
will produce a healthy country as well.
The director added that the center has already prepared
the staff for the project and to publicize this to the community. Good
health is not for sale in the shops, but one can build up good health by
exercising and eating nutritious food, she said.
On the trail of Phaya Nak: Across the Mae Sai-Tachileik border
In the aftermath of the recent Phaya Nak controversy,
time is opportune to visit Mae Sai in the Golden Triangle. The booming wild
north of Thailand is reached by Highway No.1 from Bangkok, a mere 890 km, or
by a side trip from Chiang Mai via Wiang Papao and Chiang Rai, a constant
240 km vista of green mountains and river valleys.
7.80m long fish was supposed to give credit to the legendary stories that
“nagas” as a kind of mythical creatures live in the river. But the fish
is an import from the ocean near California and the photo was brought over
from America to fool the world.
Reaching the bustling market town of Mae Sai, entitles
you to cross into Myanmar on a one day visa until 5 p.m. in the afternoon.
The border formalities are straight forward and will take not more than half
an hour and a couple of baht on both sides of the border.
For sightseeing in Tachileik, also called the “City of
the Golden Triangle”, a walk through the local market next to the bridge
on the right side is highly recommended, even though there are the same
bargains offered as on the Thai side of the border. But the local flair of
Myanmar is remarkable with busy Indian merchants and mostly Chinese
merchandise. Here it is possible to get a photo of the big oar-fish that an
American Army unit seized at the Mekong River in Laos on June 27, 1973 with
the length of 7.80 meters.
this beautiful old Wat is the local Mahamyat Muni Buddha Image, the holy
protector of the town.
This fish gave credit to the legendary stories that
“nagas” as a kind of mythical creatures live in the river and are not
only fantasies from the local population along the river. As a fact, in the
meantime, we know that the fish is an import from the ocean near California
and the photo was brought over from America to fool the world.
Mai Sai-Tachilek is also an international border in the
Greater Mekong Sub-Region. For tourists it is possible to get an entry
permit for a fee of 650 baht per person, bringing 3 passport photos and 2
set of passport or Thai identity card copy with you. Besides, you can bring
your own Thai registered car into Myanmar, paying 30 US$ for a 4 seater, 50
US$ for a 5-7 seater and 100 US$ for an 8 seater and above.
beautiful local king’s palace was demolished some years ago by the Burmese
military to give way to a new hotel complex, where nowadays nobody likes to
stay, because of ghosts...
An entry permit allows you to travel to Kyaing Tong, the
capital of Eastern Shan State, or further to Mong La at the Chinese border
for up to 13 nights - 14 days only. Tours should be arranged with ‘Myanmar
Travel and Tours’, whose local manager, Mr. Tin Win, operates an office at
the border in Tachileik and is very helpful. He said, “It is no more
obligatory to exchange foreign currency into F.E.C.s for the Kyaing Tong
trip or the trip to Mong La.”
A pot-holed, but upgraded 167 km long and winding road
brings you to Kyaing Tong within 3 hours, passing some interesting hill
tribe villages on the way. There, it is a further 83 km to Mong La, an
ethnic Thai Lue settlement at the Chinese border to Sipsong Panna. It is
still not possible to continue to Jinghong at the Mekong River. Fortunately,
China’s Jinghong can be reached nowadays with Bangkok Airways from Chiang
Mai and Bangkok.
But Kyaing Tong, home of the Thai Khoen, is worth a
longer visit. Formerly a walled city with 12 entrance gates, Kyaing Tong is
blessed with a natural lake in a walking distance to the centrally located
Nearby is the area of the former local king’s palace
that was demolished some years ago by the Burmese military to give way to a
new hotel complex.
Furthermore, there is an attractive morning market, where
the atmosphere of a bygone time comes alive. Besides the local Shan
population, the daily market is a melting pot of valley and mountain people,
including the Burmese, Chinese, Indians, Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Palaung and Wa.
Christians, Muslims and Buddhists rub shoulders. Monasteries and pagodas
abound, along with a Baptist and Catholic church, and a mosque. The local
Mahamyat Muni Buddha Image is the protector of town.
The Burmese Army is responsible for law and order,
suppressing any kind of nightlife. But that is out of control in Mong La,
where casinos and karaoke bars dominate the border town. Not surprisingly,
many curious Chinese tourists from across the border attend the daily
“katoey” shows there as the highlight of their day tours into Myanmar. A
local opium museum functions as a showcase for the eradication program of
the Burmese military government. Interesting to note is that the whole area
belongs to the Wa Special Economic Zone.
Another development is the construction of the Second
Friendship Bridge across the Mae Sai River to facilitate the road linkage
between Kyaing Tong and Chiang Rai. The site location is at Wan Mae Khao in
Myanmar, approximately 2.5 kilometers east of the very narrow ‘First
Friendship Bridge’ over the Mae Sai River. The length of the new bridge
will be 90 meters. But will Phaya Nak allow the implementation of this
ambitious project to combine such newly emerging destinations in the Greater
For further information, contact GMS media travel consultant Reinhard
Hohler by e-mail: [email protected]
Winter and Red Cross Fairs end January 11
Clean and Green is the theme
Chiang Mai Winter and Provincial Red Cross Annual Fair
2004 will come to an end January 11. It was opened on December 30, 2003 by
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat; Chiang Mai MP and the deputy leader of
Thai Rak Thai Party, Yaowapa Wongsawas, and Minister of Justice Pongthep
Thepkarnchana, all of whom jointly presided over the opening.
Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat (L); Minister of Justice, Pongthep Thepkarnchana
(2nd L); Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Justice, Somchai Wongsawas, (2nd
R) and deputy leader of Thai Rak Thai Party Yaowapa Wongsawas (R).
This year the winter fair is different, being under the
Chiang Mai governor’s concept of “Green and Clean” after many people
complained last year about the dust problem. As a result, the governor has
planted more trees and is suppressing dust by sprinkling the road with water
before the fair opens each day.
Year basket with colorful and various types of flowers.
The fair has many interesting events and products for
sale. For example, the fresh fruits and vegetables from the Ministry of
Agriculture including tips and knowledge on agriculture, many booths
displaying local products, lucky prize draws from Red Cross with items such
as motorcycles, televisions, electric fans (during the winter time!),
bicycles, and warm blankets up for grabs.
Anyone who has yet to visit the fair should do so now, before all the
bargains have gone.
Phuket Air contributes to fun on National Children’s Day
Phuket Airlines Co., Ltd. (Phuket Air) in cooperation
with Chiang Mai Public Relations Office and Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai
is launching a special project for children titled, “Traveling around
Thailand with Phuket Air” to support the National Children Day which is
designated on January 10, 2004. This project is aimed to optimize the
children’s education and vision. The young learners had a chance to
experience a nice fly from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai.
Ai was very hungry! (Photo by Michael Vogt)
On the day of excursion, Thursday, January 8, members of
Phuket Air escorted the kids with good care. Their alliance enterprises,
Chiang Mai Zoo, Maesa Elephant Camp & Nursery, Buffalo Farm, extended a
truly warm welcome to the young travelers who were lucky to see lovely
creatures such as “Kham Eai and Kham Ai” at Chiang Mai Zoo, talent &
artistic elephants at Maesa Elephant Camp & Nursery as well as typical
Thai buffalos at the Thai Buffalo Farm.
Phuket Air aims to support community and children’s education and
let’s hope that this project is another step in implementing kids’
knowledge and experience.