Jack Frost visits Royal Angkhang Agriculture Station again
A real winter experience
Many tourists have visited royal Angkhang
Agriculture Station on Doi Angkhang Mountain recently, wishing to experience
the phenomenon called frost.
January 19 the mercury fell at
Doi Angkhang Mountain to less than one degree Celsius, once again producing
a white blanket of frost for the visitors.
On January 19 the mercury fell at Doi Angkhang Mountain
to less than one degree Celsius, once again producing a white blanket of
frost for the visitors.
The high-pressure area moving from China has caused
northern and northwest Thailand to have prevalent thunderstorms in some
areas and the temperatures to tumble in the higher mountainous regions.
Early morning fog disrupts Chiang Mai Airport
Poor visibility makes it the hub
of unhappy passengers
The cold season with the morning mists in Chiang Mai
province caused havoc at Chiang Mai International Airport, with several
flight schedules disappearing in the fog!
As Thai Airways International’s ‘red-eye’ flight TG
100, which took off from Bangkok at 6.30 a.m., was trying to land at 7.40
a.m. at Chiang Mai International Airport, the poor visibility meant that the
pilot had to abort the first landing.
After circling the airport for several minutes in a
holding pattern and still being unable to execute a visual approach, the
pilot decided to fly back to Bangkok leaving all the waiting Bangkok bound
passengers stranded in Chiang Mai.
THAI was not the only airline affected, as Orient Thai
Airline’s flight OX Air 120 that had departed from Bangkok at 7.20 a.m.
with a scheduled arrival time in Chiang Mai at 8 a.m. could not land in
Chiang Mai International Airport either and had to return. Phuket Air’s
flight 9R232 which was to fly to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai could not depart
Chiang Mai’s foggy air space. All this resulted in hundreds of unhappy
passengers being stuck at the airport.
The airport did not reopen till later that morning, with
the winter sun burning off the fog that had left everyone in a blue funk!
4th Youth for Water Conservation project
Forget the road congestion - let’s put a toe in the water
Rivers and canals have had an important role in Thai
society for many years. Water transportation is another option to relieve
the congestion of traffic on land and to reduce pollution and economic loss.
The preservation of the river is also tradition and
culture. The Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Water
Transportation and Commercial Navy Department has issued a policy to promote
and rehabilitate the development and the potential of the river and water
are there for us to use carefully.
This policy is to improve the basic infrastructure and to
increase the role of water transportation to rapidly and safely connect with
other types of public transportation.
The department is fighting water pollution from the
wastewater from houses and factories flowing into the river, oil pollutants,
toxic chemicals, and waste from boats.
Sarntoolthad, director-general of Water Transportation and Commercial Navy
Department, poses with a group of students from 7 schools with Wanchai.
A project named “Water Conservation Project for
Youth” is being organized to help Thai youths realize the importance of
water and to understand the safety needs in water transportation.
The opening ceremony of the 4th Youth group for Water
Conservation Project was presided over by Wanchai Sarntoolthad,
director-general of Water Transportation and Commercial Navy Department.
Various activities had been planned for students from seven schools -
Chairoj Wittaya School, Wat Tha Dua Community School, Wat Pa Tan School, Ban
Tha Luke San Sai School, Kha Jao School, Kawila Wittayalai School and Chiang
Mai University Demonstration School.
The most exciting activity for the children was going
along the river bye boat, learning how to save people from drowning,
learning about the water system and the history of Ping River, including
getting to know the water creatures.
Centers for family and community development to be set up throughout the country
Are they the answer for teenage violence?
Chaiya Sasomsap, advisor to the minister of social
development and human security, presided over the opening of a seminar on
Strengthening Women Networks and Family Institutes January 14-15 at Chiang
Mai’s Phucome Hotel.
Sasomsap, the advisor to the minister of social development and human
security presided over a seminar on Strengthening Women Networks and Family
Institutes at Chiang Mai’s Phucome Hotel.
Chaiya said the Office of Women Affairs and Family
Institute organized this seminar to promote equality in male and female
roles and in society. There was also discussion on the support for women’s
participation in politics and setting up the family development centers in
The advisor noted that this mission is dependent on a
strong network from every sector. The seminar was also expected to stimulate
women and families to become more involved in the problems in their
communities and create networks to protect and solve their problems. There
would also have to be continued activities, particularly setting up family
and community development centers.
The seminar attracted 400 representatives from provincial and Tambon
administration offices, provincial social development and social welfare
offices, social development and human security volunteers, and national
Eight northern provinces meet deputy PM Somkid
Northern cooperation is the key
Dr Somkid Chatusripitak, the deputy prime
minister, advised government officials from the North at a conference held
at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel in Chiang Mai that the northern eight
provinces have to work together to achieve the same aims.
PM Somkid (seated left) met with the eight provincial governors.
The northern group must cooperate in helping launch a
promotional campaign featuring the Lanna traditional style and its identity.
This includes the special economic zone, the joint venture between China and
Thailand, which will be finalized by the end of this year. The government
wants to take all eight provincial governors to visit Yunnan province in
southern China to forge closer relationships and plan for joint tourism and
The deputy PM added that for this strategy to be
implemented in the northern region, the governors should meet each month. He
also said that tourism promotion can link the eight provinces together.
Regarding the local SME’s, Deputy PM Somkid confirmed that the northern
SME’s groups are more effective than other regions. Dr Somkid said he
would let the Department of Export Promotion and Industrial Promotion Center
in the region help and support them. “If every sector works together, we
will certainly be able to help increase the GDP in northern region,” he
Quadrangle road links almost completed
77 businessmen complete a reconnoiter
The deputy governor of Chiang Rai province brought
businessmen from the Culture and Economic Association of Thai-Burma and
Chamber of Commerce to survey the road connecting Thailand-Burma-South
China. China has already constructed the road link that will connect Mae
The group, led by Direk Kornkleep, deputy governor of
Chiang Rai, covered 275 km from the Mae Sai border in Chiang Rai to Tachilek
province inside Burma via Tachilek-Chiang Tung leading to La, a Burma-China
border town in the eastern Shan state of Burma.
Direk’s caravan continued into China, where the
government has already constructed a road to support trade, investment,
tourism and the cultural relationships of the people in both countries. The
road from Sue Mao-Kunming-Chiang Rung is a six lane super highway; however
the road from Chiang Rung to the border of both countries is only two lanes,
but the link is almost completely finished.
The land route connected Chiang Rung-Laos-Chiang
Kong-Chiang Rai covers 280 km and will be completely finished sometime in
2007, but currently only sections of it are usable. This will be the main
route for land transportation from China and will assist trade and
investment and tourism.
The customs formalities, including immigration and border
processing also needs further development and improvement.
Deputy Governor Direk noted that this trip was useful in
promoting understanding of the differences among the neighboring countries
for trade, tourism, tradition and cultures. “Good understanding among the
countries will be helpful towards making great cooperation in the future,”
THAI getting ready to launch its own cut-price airline
Dogfights in the Asian skies?
Kanok Abhiradee, president of Thai Airways International
(THAI) said THAI plans to operate its own low cost airline as another
alternative for the public, as well as to compete in the marketplace with
other low cost airlines.
Abhiradee, president of THAI outlining their involvement in Sky Asia.
He stated that the low cost airlines currently operating
did have some impact on THAI’s profitability, but it was not much, and by
promoting their own candidate in the cut-price field, this should negate any
real influence on THAI’s annual operating figures. Kanok said he is
optimistic and said the Sky Asia Airline project has a promising future as a
low cost airline, and that THAI is currently in the process of registering
THAI’s start-up plan for the new airline would be
around the middle of this year and THAI will attempt to attract a new
customer group (estimated to be as large as 10 million passengers consisting
of the elderly and economy class customers).
At present, airlines’ biggest rivals for low cost
flights are mostly the tour bus and train travelers.
Kanok said he hopes that this will be an attractive offer to potential
customers. He added that the aviation market is currently strong, and THAI
is considering adding more flights from Thailand to China, which he expects
would be launched around the upcoming Songkran festival.
Pandas get their Thai names
One little girl gets 25,000 Bt.
Chiang Mai Zoo is proud to announce that
the Friendship ambassadors between China and Thailand have now been given
their Thai names, after Chuang Chuang and Linhui have now been living
happily in the Chiang Mai Zoo for three months.
The new names are Tewan (or all knowing guardian angel)
for Chuang Chuang, and Tevi for Linhui (which also means angel).
The winner of the names for the pandas competition was
Hatairat Tawan, an 11-year-old schoolgirl from Khon Kaen. The little angel
will receive a 25,000 baht cash prize and the Prime Minister’s trophy.
The nine runner-ups will also receive some rewards from
the zoo, and all of them will be traveling to Chiang Mai Zoo at the end of
this month to receive their gifts and prizes.
One entry entitled “Dubbel Plysing” was allegedly
rejected by the judging panel.
The Unipolar World - Can the US lead?
Keynote address to be presented by international scholar
The Hon. Jose Ramos-Horta will present a
keynote speech and dialogue at CMU on Thursday, January 29, beginning at 4
p.m. There is no entrance fee. For more information phone 053 943 661-5 or
Fax: 053 942 666.
The Hon. Jose Ramos-Horta is senior minister and minister
for foreign affairs and cooperation of Timor-Leste; living in exile. He is
also a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and
a distinguished visiting professor with the University of Victoria,
Prof. Ramos-Horta was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in
1996. He is the recipient of many other international awards including the
Grand Cross of the order of freedom awarded by the president of Portugal. He
holds more than 10 Doctor Honoris Causa from some of the most prestigious
universities in the US, Australia and Portugal and is a patron of the
International Peace Foundation.
Prof. Ramos-Horta has been active in the pursuit of
peace, not only in his own country but has been very successfully involved
in hostage release negotiations in Columbia and as a mediator in
Guinea-Bissau (West Africa).
Royal program to assist Burmese disabled
The Prostheses Foundation, the Mae Fah Luang Foundation
and Thailand Body-Assemble Equipment Club, with other concerned
organizations, have launched a program to provide 300 less fortunate Burmese
residents with artificial limbs as part of the wishes regardless of religion
or race project put forward by the late Princess Mother.
The opening ceremony of this program, held at Ban Huay
Luek, Tachilek province of Burma, was attended by M.R. Disanadda Disakul,
the Mae Fah Luang Foundation’s secretary as Thailand’s representative
and Dr. Sai Kham Hliang, the director of Tachilek Hospital, acting as the
Burmese representative, accompanied by the secretary of the Prostheses
Foundation and other participants from both Thailand and Burma.
The Princess Mother initially focused on well-being of
people before other steps of development for effective results. The
Foundation provides medical services for disabled Burmese and is regarded as
an attempt to promote development of a better living standard for these
people. The Foundation can produce cheaper artificial legs than those from
overseas, at only 700 baht each.
The secretary of Mae Fah Luang Foundation noted this
assistance was through cooperation from Thailand. Planners also plan for
Burma to begin producing artificial legs. This program would start late this
month, and a three month training program was planned for the Burmese staff.
Flower Festival next month
“Don’t miss it, Petal,” says Chiangmai Mail’s Ms. Hillary
Chiang Mai’s Flower Festival is now in its 28th year
and is renowned all over the world. This year’s festival will be February
6-8, at Suan Buak Had public park area and at the Nawarat Bridge area in
rose in the Rose of the North. Chiang Mai’s 28th annual Flower Festival
will be held February 6-8 at the Suan Buak Had public park area and at the
Nawarat Bridge area in Chiang Mai.
The festival aims to maintain Lanna culture and tradition
as well as show the world the beauty of the various kinds of northern Thai
flowers. As an event, it is one of our top tourist attractions, bringing
with it the economic advantages of the tourist dollar to the region.
The Flower Festival covers many interesting activities
including the exhibition of flowers and the flower contest for more than 210
kinds of flowers February 6-8 at Suan Buak Had Park.
The floral grand parade will be bigger than ever, say the
organizers, and will be the highlight of the festival. At least 30 floats
are expected, representing both public and private sectors, and will begin
in the morning of February 7 at Nawarat Bridge.
Miss Flower and International Miss Flower Beauty Contests
will be run during the festival, with foreigners eligible to participate.
The female flowers can be seen at Suan Buak Had Stage during February 6-7.
Local food and Lanna products will also be available to
let the tourists taste original Lanna food, and there will be a cultural
show on the stage in front of the governor’s residence on February 7 from
6 a.m. onwards.
A band featuring local musical instruments will perform
in the garden every evening from 5-7 p.m.
OTOP products from Chiang Mai province will also be
available for sale as tourist souvenirs. A food festival, art contest and
photo contest will also be held during the Flower Festival.
Kritsadaporn Siempakdee, permanent secretary of Chiang Mai Provincial
Offices is inviting everyone to come to Chiang Mai for the festival. “As
Chiang Mai people, we welcome both Thais and foreigners to visit the Chiang
Mai Flower Festival. I ask Chiang Mai people to decorate their houses with
flowers to usher in the coming festival and to display the beautiful culture
of Lanna and the kindness of Chiang Mai people,” he said.
Thanathon ups the ante if you die eating oranges
Almost makes it worthwhile for 2 million baht!
Following a previous announcement by Pramual Rujanaseri,
deputy interior minister, that a million baht would be offered if anyone
dies from eating local contaminated oranges, Chiang Mai Thanathon Co. has
said it will double the wager.
Jirawatanakoon, chairman of Chiang Mai Thanathon Co, announcing that he
would give a million baht to anyone who died from eating his oranges.
Chemical contamination in oranges is the most
controversial problem threatening orange growers around Mae Ai, Fang and
Chai Prakan Districts and affecting their sales, as consumers are becoming
wary of purchasing the fruit. However, testing by the Chiang Mai Agriculture
Office showed there was only a very small amount of pesticide residue left
in the oranges, and that was not enough to affect health.
Banthoon Jirawatanakoon, chairman of the Chiang Mai
Thanathon Co. said that he exported 20,000 kilograms of oranges to Canada
and many countries in South East Asia, exceeding exports from China.
Thanathon is now working on further improving the quality
of its seedless oranges to be able to get into new markets within five
China opens up its airspace
Big benefits to tourism in the region
Thailand’s aircraft will be able to fly
to every province in China without any flight limitations after negotiations
for bilateral aviation liberalization are finalized between Thailand and
Deputy Minister of Transport Wichet Kasemthongsri
informed the Cabinet that Thailand and China have negotiated several
aviation privileges. Thailand is the first country that China has given the
privilege to fly both passenger and cargo planes to all of its provinces.
The agreement will help support tourism in both countries, as there are
about one billion people in the China tourism market, making for only a
slight difference in equality of about 945 million less potential Thai
tourists traveling to China.
Deputy Minister Wichet added that Prime Minister Thaksin
Shinawatra has already agreed to the plan. When Thailand opens a free skies
agreement with India and China, it brings with it the possibility of more
than a billion tourists that could visit the kingdom.
Deputy Minister Wichet confirmed that the Ministry of
Transport would try to conclude the territorial sky liberalization agreement
with China as soon as possible. From January 1, 2006, Thai Airways
International will be able to fly to the US via Chinese territorial
airspace, which will dramatically reduce the flight distance, and therefore
the time involved to fly between Thailand and USA. It might even produce a
reduction in the fare structure?
Edfest 2004 next month
The 4th Thai-British Education Exhibition
Central Airport Plaza and the British
Council will jointly hold Edfest 2004, the 4th Thai-British Education
Exhibition next month. This will bring more than 35 universities
representing Britain to join in this activity at Lanna Hall, Central Airport
Plaza Chiang Mai.
Edfest 2004 is an education festival with the slogan
“Join Relations and Create Opportunities”. It is similar to the long
lasting relationship between Thailand and Britain in the promotion of
education and support and cooperation for new academic development projects.
David Hopkinson, director of British Council Chiang Mai,
said the activity would support educational opportunities both in Thailand
and Britain. During the exhibition there will be a workshop, LearnUK
seminar, exhibition and information on education and tuition on IELTS tests.
Edfest 2004 commences on February 3, at Lanna Hall,
Central Airport Plaza from 3 p.m. onwards.
Lampang police nab four teenage drug pushers
Drug suppression police and a police team from Lampang
police station arrested 19-year-old Sunthorn “Ek” Uttato for possession
of 96 amphetamines. The drug bust took place at Sukkasem Housing Village in
Sunthorn was a resident of Ngao district, Lampang, but
will now most likely need to fill out change of address forms, using Chiang
Mai prison as his new place of residence.
Before the arrest, the police sent plainclothes officers
to buy drugs from the local drug network. Pranung (surname unknown), Pichai
Artthakan and Udomsak Tamboon were also arrested for allegedly bringing the
drugs to the house where the drug purchase was to take place.
A police search of the house produced another 94
amphetamines wrapped by two black tape tubes.
All of the suspects confessed, and told police that they
had received the ya ba from Yao hill tribesmen at Ban Pa Daeng, in Ngao
Drug busts auction brings in 4.5 mio for ONCB
The Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) northern office raised
nearly 4.5 million baht during the recently held 27th auction of seized
assets from drug cases. These auctions are in line with government policy as
promulgated during the war against drugs.
people attended the ONCB’s 27th auction of assets seized from drug
suspects, held at the Thai Worldview Vision Foundation.
Pittaya Jinawat, ONCB northern office director said that
the past 26 auctions realized a total of 55,216,200 baht, but this time
there were only 22 assets up for grabs, which returned bids totaling
4,552,000 baht. Assets seized from drug suspects included cars, pickup
trucks, trucks, a bus, and motorcycles.
Director Pittaya said the money from this auction would go to raise funds
for the ONCB, for use in its activities and as rewards to be offered to the
police for their part in helping destroy the drug networks.
Woodman, spare that tree
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN
International Model Forest Network selected Thailand as the host country for
their workshop to examine model forest procedures for network members
throughout the world.
30 representatives from Thailand, China, Philippines,
Burma, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and officers from the UN attended the
meeting in January.
Jira Jitanakul, a specialist from the Regional Chiang Mai
Forestry Office, said Thailand was selected by the international
organizations as the place for the meeting because Thailand is also an FAO
member and has a model forest in Ngao district, Lampang.
Thailand is also one of four countries (Thailand, China,
Philippines and Burma) that was selected to be part of the pilot project and
as a model forest three years ago.
Ngao district is the model, having suffered from
deforestation, but with help from local people, it has been resurrected.
This area covers around 1 million rai and included a national park,
conserved forest, watershed development offices, and many forest research
Bamboo planting touted as answer to drug running
Japan and Third Army think so
The Third Army’s operation center, with Japanese
specialists, is promoting bamboo planting as a viably economic means to earn
an honest living. People can turn bamboo into value-added products, which
the army hopes could help solve the drug problem along the Thai- Burmese
Major General Veerawat Tansuhut, Chiang Rai provincial
army commander, explained the project during his keynote address to the
Thai- Burma cooperation training course to develop border villages under the
supervision of the Third Army Region.
This personnel training was held at Meng Rai Maharaja
military camp. The plan covered 20 villages in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae
Hong Son, and Tak.
Major General Veerawat explained that for the bamboo
project, the army invited a team of specialists from Japan, led by Yoshito
Lgarashi, the advisor of Pai Come Bamboo Foundation, to explain further.
The army would work with the Foundation, while Japan
would buy the bamboo and turn it into bamboo tissues and clothes. The bamboo
trunk can also be burnt and used as charcoal fuel and bamboo oil is used as
a beauty treatment.
The project is free of charge to the planters and they
can sell their quality products to the companies as well. The army will be
responsible for the bamboo project. Maj Gen Veerawat said Chiang Rai has
been assigned as the pilot province and it would be considered as a solution
for poverty and drug problems.
‘Bomb’ found at Shinawatra Trading Building
Turned out to be a fizzer!
A suspected bomb, wrapped in green with pink ribbons, was
found in front of the Shinawatra Trading Building in the center of Chiang
Mai City, causing panic and alarm, bringing out the Border Patrol Police
it was just a New Year’s gift box. (Photo Saksit Meesubkwang)
Eyewitnesses said that three teenagers riding an
unregistered motorcycle left the suspicious box at the scene around 5.30
p.m. and then rode away. The onlookers were afraid to open the box, fearing
it might be a bomb.
Police officers from Changpuak Police Station roped off
the area and nobody was allowed to enter the area. Police then contacted the
33rd Border Patrol Police to send the bomb squad.
suspected bomb is inspected. (Photo Saksit Meesubkwang)
The bomb squad came, ready to defuse the bomb and the
situation, but found only an empty box. Police are treating the matter
seriously, and fingerprints have been taken from the package and will be
matched up with any known miscreants.
bomb disposal team from the 33rd Border Patrol Police (BPP) from Mae Rim
headquarters about to defuse the ‘bomb’ at the Shinawatra Trading
Building on Huay Kaew Road. The back of his suit reads: “I am a member of
the bomb squad. If you see me running, try to keep up.” (Photo Saksit
While this was an apparently harmless student prank, the
perpetrators should remember that in many parts of Thailand, live bombs have
been left, and it is a fairly immature way to have an evening’s
entertainment at the expense of the public and the police, investigating
Kung hei fat choy! One family’s happy Chinese New Year!
Text by Marion Vogt
Photo by Michael Vogt
2004, the year of the monkey, signifies determination and
a winning attitude in the Chinese culture. After enjoying the festive
atmosphere of the New Year season and being back to just a few weeks of
‘normal’ life, other East Asian people are looking forward to the
festivities marking the start of their, yet to begin, new year. In
particular for all families with Chinese ancestors.
was a huge family dinner but there was still place for strawberries and
The effort to meet friends whom you have not seen for
some time is part of the Chinese tradition. In general, the preparation is
towards a spiritual cleansing, with positive attitudes, a bright and
optimistic approach to whatever lies ahead.
and Poolsuk Mansfield with the Good Luck dancers for the year of the monkey.
Val and Poolsuk Mansfield invited friends, business
acquaintances and family to their home to welcome the year of the monkey in
the Chinese way as if there is a new start of life. A family dinner was
prepared, beautiful dancers entertained the guests in the garden and
firecrackers were lit to chase away the bad spirits.
But tradition or otherwise, it was a well planned party
with the message to forget the bad things of the past and carry peace,
prosperity, health, happiness and friendship into the year of the monkey,
where anything can happen if you are at the right place at the right time.
Mae Moh lignite mine to become Jurassic Park
Purachai revokes EGAT’s land concessions
Deputy Prime Minister Purachai Piumsomboon has ordered
the revocation of land concessions given to the Electricity Generating
Authority of Thailand (EGAT) over 43 rai in Mae Moh where 13 million year
old fossils have been found.
Deputy PM Purachai chaired the committee meeting dealing
with the problem, and submitted the case to Prime Minister Thaksin
Shinawatra. The crux of the matter revolved around the finding of the
fossils by EGAT and the mineral resources department. The fossils were found
in an area 12 meters deep, 300 meters long, and 230 meters wide taking over
an incredible 43 rai.
During the meeting, Deputy PM Purachai and his committee
members decided to revoke the concession, saying that this area should be
preserved and studied by experts in term of geography, geology and
archaeology and as a national or world heritage site that can be enjoyed as
a tourist attraction.
Prapat Panyachartrak, minister of natural resource and
environment added that the area in which the fossil field was found has a
potential 300 million tons of lignite, under the operations of EGAT.
However, EGAT said it has 48 other lignite mines, which have about 1 billion
tons of lignite. Since only 15-16 million tons of lignite are mined annually
EGAT has no problems with just continuing to dig in their other lignite
fields, therefore this could help preserve this special site in Mae Moh
Cracks found on the great pagoda at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
Urgent steps to be taken to restore the building
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat has appointed a
committee to take charge of urgent restorations after structural cracks were
found on the great pagoda at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. A report of the
situation has also been submitted to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Chaired by Chiang Mai’s governor, the committee
comprises many consultants including the deputy governor, the
director-general of the fine arts department, the head monk of the province,
the abbot of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai MPs and 29 other officials.
Phra Yansomphot, the deputy head monk of Chiang Mai
province and abbot of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, said before the fractures on
the pagoda were discovered, an increase in dampness was noticed.
Restoration plans are hindered by the number of tourists
visiting the temple, but an urgent restoration schedule must be implemented
for the eastern part of the pagoda, which is the most respected and revered
religious site in the North.
Phuket Air makes children’s dreams come true on Children’s Day
Phuket Airlines (Phuket Air) in cooperation with the
Chiang Mai Public Relations Office and Dusit Island Resort, Chiang Rai
supported an educational project called “Traveling around Thailand with
Phuket Air” as part of National Children’s Day 2004.
first touchdown with Phuket Air at Chiang Mai. For some of the children this
was their first flight ever.
The group excursion consisted of students from Chiang
Rai, Doi Mae Salong, teachers, community leaders, local media, Chiang Mai PR
and the Phuket Air host.
The trip was filled with various activities, entertainment and delicious
food. Every child received a bag of goodies to take home, but the most
exciting part was visiting Chiang Mai Zoo, the Buffalo Farm and the Maesa
Elephant Camp, where children and adults were amazed watching the elephants
excursion to Chiang Mai Zoo was led by Raerai Aisiri, Jutamas Gajajiva and
Aisiri (3rd right), Phuket Airlines purchasing director presented money to
buy animal food.
Radio call-ins feel education is the answer
Poor salaries for teachers slated
Chiang Mai Public Relations Department’s radio program
received many calls on Teachers’ Day regarding the education system.
Callers requested government help develop teaching methods, particularly for
teachers in district schools outside the city.
One of the hot issues discussed was that teacher and
youth problems are abundant in the city. More time spent in education was
considered a factor that could reduce the gangster and teenage problems in
the town. Many of the people also requested the prime minister look
carefully at social welfare, especially in regards to a fair salary rate
adjustment for teachers.
Other callers felt that the entire education system
comprising the schools, students, teachers, and the parents should be more
involved in managing their social and educational problems.