On April 13 after PM Thaksin Shinawatra offered breakfast
to 209 monks at Thapae Gate as part of the Songkran festival, he and his
daughter Pinthongtha Shinawatra visited Chiang Mai Zoo to see Chuang Chuang
and Lin Hui, the two pandas.
The doctor on duty at the zoo reported that the pandas
are in good health, especially Chuang Chuang, who likes bamboo leaves from
the royal project.
In the afternoon, the PM continued his tour to pour water
on a Buddha image, Phra Puttha Sihing of Chiang Mai City. He was leading the
parade as Phra Puttha Sihing and other Buddha images were carried around the
city, offering a chance for people to pour water on those images. Then he
greeted people from Chiang Mai on the way from the governorís residence to
the AIS building, and later rode a six-wheel truck to join a Songkran
festival with his daughter and friends. There was so much traffic that the
party gave up and returned to take a rest.
The PM wished Chiang Mai residents happiness and he sent
his best wishes to people lacking opportunities in society. He said that
this year would be a year of offering opportunity to cripples, elders and
On April 14-15, PM Thaksin privately poured water on his
ancestorís graveyard at San Kamphaeng and an aunt, Chansom Shinawatra, an
elder relative of his and his family also poured water on the PMís hands.
On April 16, the PM presided over the opening ceremony of a new San
Kamphaeng district office building and site at the Chiang Mai-San Kamphaeng
Bor Sang crossroad. It could be said that the PM spent much of his holiday
on duty in Chiang Mai.
Thaksin pours holy water over the revered Buddha statue.
Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat, Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn, PM Thaksin
Shinawatra and other dignitaries from Chiang Mai Municipality during the
opening prayers of this yearís Songkran festival.
Thailand Ė when do you get the chance to drench your Prime Minister?
(Picture courtesy of Brent Madison)
major Hotels participated in the Songkran parade, in this case the Mandarin
Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort.
impressive parade, comprised of hundreds of participants.
Thaksin Shinawatra, surrounded by well-wishers, receives traditional
blessings from people on the street.
the massive water-canons spraying water on thousands of people on the
streets of Chiang Mai.