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Groups for and against PM Thaksin rally in Chiang Mai

PM still has some supporters

NOHMEX festival held at CMU

Animals dying at Chiang Mai Night Safari, claims Wildlife Fund

Thai alphabet to be Romanized for international recognition

Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son tunnel good for tourism and economics

7 rai of opium farm destroyed in Fang

Japanese government provides grant to support HIV sufferers in Mae Taeng

Mae Hong Son border imp-ex conference

CMU Project to encourage youths to conserve water

Drug rehabilitation centers swamped

Chiang Rai police shoot motorcycle thief

More pirates found in Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai-Lamphun Forest Fire Prevention Office plans to prevent forest fires

Bogus tax collectors in Chiang Mai

US authorities helping seek a Chiang Mai woman abducted to North Korea

Bird flu vaccine smuggled into Thailand in Chinese vessel in Chiang Saen port

7 billion baht passes through Chiang Saen Customhouse in four months

Groups for and against PM Thaksin rally in Chiang Mai

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

Politics in Thailand is certainly beginning to hot up with many organizations requesting the PM to resign, claiming he used his position to govern the country improperly. Protestors gathered in Bangkok culminating in a large rally that took place on February 26 at Sanam Luang, Bangkok.

PM Thaksin Shinawatra announced the dissolution of parliament on February 24, with a new election to be held on April 2, 2006. Even though parliament had dissolved, the rally still took place with people from all over the country pressing the PM to resign and end his political role, as they believe that Thaksin is the problem, not the government.

In Chiang Mai which is the PM’s hometown, on February 26 at 6.30 p.m., a crowd of around 1,000 people including lecturers, students and local residents, gathered at a field in front of the Faculty of Social Science, Chiang Mai University, requesting the PM to quit. A giant screen had been set up to show live broadcasts of the situation at Sanam Luang in Bangkok, to coincide with the speeches given by the lecturers and students. However despite this, there are still groups supporting him to continue his duties as PM.

At the same time as the rally in Bangkok, around 10,000 residents from diffe-
rent districts of Chiang Mai, dressed in red shirts gathered at Chiang Mai 700 Year
Anniversary Stadium. This group were supporters of PM Thaksin Shinawatra, urging him to continue working for the country claiming that his detractors had been paid to protest against him by the
opposition party in government. They will continue supporting the PM and are ready to travel to Bangkok and resist the anti Thaksin group if they did not cancel the rally calling for the PM to resign. Yaowapa Wongsawat, the PM’s sister and a member of Thai Rak Thai Party spoke and encouraged the residents to support the PM, criticizing the acts of those people in Bangkok.

The pro-Thaksin assembly went on for about two hours before the crowd finally broke up.


PM still has some supporters

Unfortunately this one was mad

Saksit Meesubkwang and Preeyanoot Jittawong

An over-zealous PM Thaksin supporter took a female student hostage and held her at knife-point in the library toilets of Chiang Mai University, threatening to kill both his captive and himself if the planned rally to oust the PM went ahead at Sanam Luang on February 26th in Bangkok.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 took the offender to Phuping Police Station.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 was informed of the situation on February 24th, and he and several officers immediately rushed to the scene.

At the CMU Library, eye witnesses told the police that a young man had threatened a female student with a knife and was holding her hostage in the library toilet, while shouting loudly for the Resident Alliances for Democracy to stop the assembly organized to be held on February 26 at Sanam Luang in Bangkok.

He also protested vociferously against the movement of CMU academicians and students that were calling for the Prime Minister to resign, claiming it was incorrect and he wanted these groups of people to stop gathering.

The police commissioner negotiated with the angry man, offering to allow him to put his point of view through the media by cooperating with Channel 7 to broadcast his grievances, in return for releasing the hostage unharmed. The negotiations lasted for almost three hours until finally the kidnapper agreed to do as the commissioner requested. A Channel 7 reporter passed a microphone to him through a vent and after voicing his grievances over the airwaves; he gave himself up and released the hostage without further harm.

The girl was identified as Saranyaluck and had received a three cm cut to the right side of her neck and was suffering from shock, so was sent to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for observation. Upon release of the hostage, the offender was arrested and later identified as Tiratanatnaruetta Saowapakchotirot, 39, living at Tambon Chang Puek in Muang, Chiang Mai, where he worked as a City Bank card seller.

He said that he was seriously aggrieved with the present situation that Sonthi Limthongkul and Maj. Gen. Chamlong Srimuang together with academicians were calling for the PM to step down. He claimed that he was a Thai citizen who liked PM Thaksin Shinawatra and wished him to continue being PM; and he believed many other Thai citizens also liked him but there was no platform to voice their opinion. He added that he had planned this incident very well and initially intended to detain the hostage until February 26, 2006. If the anti-Thaksin rally planned for that date was still held at Sanam Luang, Bangkok he intended to commit suicide and kill the hostage as a protest. After his arrest he was immediately taken to Phuping Police Station in Muang Chiang Mai, to prevent him being attacked by students and residents; and charged with kidnapping and threatening life with a deadly weapon.


NOHMEX festival held at CMU

Preeyanoot Jittawong and Kittiyaporn Kanjam (Student Trainee MFLU)

The Northern Handicraft Manufacturers and Expor-
ters Association (NOHMEX) represented by its director Watcharee Sritrakul; gave a press conference about “The 2
nd Northern Craft Design Festival” on February 22, at Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce. It was attended by Jirasak Sonsuwit, president
of operation subcommittee; Chabaprai Kanlayanamitr, committee of Foreign Section and OTOP in Chiang Mai coordinator; and Watcharapong Trakarnsiri, branch manager of SMEs Bank Chiang Mai Branch.

Watcharee Sritrakul, executive secretary director of NOHMEX (2nd from left); Jirasak Sonsuwit, president of operation subcommittee (2nd from right); Chabaprai Kanlayanamitr, committee of Foreign Section and OTOP in Chiang Mai coordinator (right); and Watcharapong Trakarnsiri, branch manager of SMEs Bank Chiang Mai Branch (left) gave a press conference.

Watcharee Sritrakul reported that the first time this event took place at Chiang Mai University Art Museum it proved a great success, so the association hoped for
an equally enthusiastic response to the “The 2
nd Northern Craft Design Festival” in Chiang Mai.

The objectives of the festival are to promote the achievments of the manufacturers in product design; to create products to meet the needs of the international marketplace, promote and exchange modern management methods to manufacturers; to raise the standard of handicraft production and marketing to international level; and to publicize the pattern and trend of Lanna style products to manufacturers, designers, and customers.

This fair emphasizes the unique characteristics of Lanna style handicrafts and the setting will reflect Lanna style and culture using natural materials. NOHMEX has cooperated with, and been supported by many organizations such as the SME Bank, Thailand Create Design Center (TCDC), and Craft Design Service Center (CDSC) of the Faculty of Fine Art Chiang Mai University and it is expected that this fair will attract many businessmen and generate an income of about 10 million baht; 30% higher than last year.

The fair will bring more than 165 export handicraft manufacturers from throughout the Northern region to display their products for sale to visitors and businessmen, both foreign and Thai. The handicrafts on show at the fair
are unique, trendy, and delicate products, designed in Lanna style, which have been strictly chosen by the fair organizers.

The activities at the fair will include retail sales of quality products; product showcases and demonstrations; an academic seminar by
professional lecturers; and advice for handicraft .manufacturers. This event will take place during March 2-6, 2006 at Chiang Mai University Convention Hall.


Animals dying at Chiang Mai Night Safari, claims Wildlife Fund

Saksit Meesubkwang

Nikom Puttha, Thailand’s Northern Wildlife Fund coordinator, disclosed that 21 of 104 animals had died since Chiang Mai Night Safari had established and these animals were supposedly protected according to the Thai government Act of 1992.

Some of the animals that had died included two rare gorals, allegedly because they had been given too much anesthetic. Other animals that have died had been imported from overseas, and had become an important issue for world animal conservation groups.

These organizations have criticized Chiang Mai Night Safari and proclaimed it should be more concerned with taking care of its wildlife.

There will be a conference in Kenya on March 9-15, 2006 and wildlife conservation organizations worldwide will discuss the one million US dollar (or 40 million baht) that Thailand offered for Kenya for 175 wild animals of 20 types. These organizations have presented a petition to both the Thai and Kenyan governments to cancel this exchange.


Thai alphabet to be Romanized for international recognition

Nopniwat Krailerg

The Thai Industrial Standard Institute (TISI) organized the 32nd ISO/TC 46 Plenary Meeting in Chiang Mai, attended by 18 member countries. During this conference, Thailand offered ISO 11940-2 transforming Thai script into Roman letters, which could be regarded as the international standard.

Prof. Dr. Udom Warotsikha-
dit, representative of the Royal Institute Thailand said that transforming the Thai alphabet into Roman letters would be very advantageous because it would enable the same computer keyboard to be used to communicate in Thai or English, or any Roman based language, as well as disseminating the Thai language to become better known internationally.

Besides transforming Thai Lanna letters, the Royal Institute has assigned representatives from Ireland and Payap University to transform Lanna alphabet into the Roman alphabet and predicted this would finish in June this year. Lanna letters will become recognized internationally and could be used in communication also.


Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son tunnel good for tourism and economics

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

Poonsak Sunthornpanichkit, president of the Mae Hong Son Chamber of Commerce commented on the results
of the cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai on February 7. The cabinet ministers were in favor of developing the route from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son by drilling a tunnel that would shorten the journey by 60 kilometers.

Poonsak said that Mae Hong Son residents would benefit from the route being shortened, because that would encourage more people to travel by road, who might otherwise be deterred by the mountainous twisting route.

He added that he was aware that many groups were worried that nature and culture may be affected by the construction of the tunnel; but felt that the benefits to Mae Hong Son’s tourism and commerce, far outweighed any temporary disruption the tunnel’s
construction might cause. Highlighting the increased trade with Burma in the Mae Hong Son region, he stressed the importance of improving the trade routes to facilitate the carriage of Thailand’s exports to neighboring countries.


7 rai of opium farm destroyed in Fang

Nopniwat Krailerg

“White Shark” ranger force headed by Lt. Col. Prasitipong Moondee, deputy comman-
der of 956
th Special Ranger Task Force in association with Capt. Weerachai Pongkaew, commander of a unit of Pha Muang Task Force; and Fang Police Station officers traveled on foot on February 17th, to Baan Luang, Tambon Mae Ngon in Fang district, Chiang Mai near the border of Burma. It took about two hours to reach the destination, where they had learned that an opium farm was located in an isolated, heavily forested area.

The farm was around seven rai of land and checks revealed that some opium had already been harvested while more was just coming ready for harvesting.

The task force destroyed all the plants on the farm to prevent them being manufactured into narcotics and delivered to different parts of the country. The owners of the farm must have got wind of the patrol’s activities and were nowhere to be found when the task force arrived. It seems that the farm owners have an even better source of information than the rangers.


Japanese government provides grant to support HIV sufferers in Mae Taeng

Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai signs a contract to present support for HIV infected in Mae Taeng Hospital.

Saksit Meesubkwang

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), will provide funds amounting to USD 18,348 (approximately 730,000 baht) for a project to construct a Support Center for HIV infected people in Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai.

Katsuhiro Shinohara, Consul-General of Japan in
Chiang Mai and Sompon Namwongsa, Director of Mae Taeng Hospital, jointly signed the funding contract at the Japanese Consulate in Chiang Mai on February 22, 2006.

There are many HIV infected people in Mae Taeng District, with a considerable proportion of those affected coming from poor hill tribes and lower income brackets. These people have limited knowledge of health care due to their insufficient education, which encourages the spread of infection to other family members and the higher incidence of Aids orphans is becoming a serious social problem in those areas.

The only government hospital in Mae Taeng organized the group of about 300 HIV infected people in its district and endeavored to solve their problems by promoting better health care among the group members and providing a better medical service, including the dissemination of correct knowledge concerning HIV/AIDS. However the hospital has no special facilities to render such support on its premises, so a special center for HIV infected people is badly needed in order to provide efficient and effective support.

In response to the request from Mae Taeng Hospital, the Japanese Government generously provided funds for the construction of the support center. It is expected that the support center will enable the staff of the hospital to positively make a huge difference to the plight of HIV infected people in the area. The support center will be utilized for such activities as the dissemination of correct knowledge about HIV/AIDS, health counseling and vocational training.


Mae Hong Son border imp-ex conference

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

A conference was held at the Thai-Burmese border in Mae Hong Son Province attended by export business owners, security officers; police, soldiers and immigration officers. On the agenda was how to improve the regulations concerning import and export to the satisfaction of everyone concerned.

Col. Suthad Jarumanee, 7th Infantry Regiment commander and security officers from 36th Ranger Regiment, Provincial Immigration Police, Mae Hong Son Provincial Police and Border Patrol Police who are responsible for Mae Hong Son security conferred with
nine export business owners headed by Poonsak Soon-
thornpanichakit, president of Mae Hong Son Chamber of Commerce.

The business owners requested the security forces to come up with a procedure to make it easier to bring goods into Thailand from Burma. The Government officials replied that their primary duty was the security of the country and to check that products being imported were as described on the
accompanying paperwork. So far they have experienced little cooperation from
the Burmese exporters, and most importantly, export
business owners were not being sincere with one another.

However, everyone at the conference tried to solve these limited points and ease the holdups to support Mae Hong Son Province to become the doorway of trade in the upper north-west in the future.


CMU Project to encourage youths to conserve water

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

The Water Research Center of the Biological Science Department, Faculty of Science of Chiang Mai University (CMU) has introduced a course of study to train Chiang Mai students with a Dek Chiang Mai Sai Jai Sai Nam Sai Project, encouraging them to conserve water in Chiang Mai. The persons responsible for this project are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yuwadee Pirapornpisarn and Dr. Chit-
chon Plarak who teach students to utilize coral and biological insects to monitor water purity in the science research laboratory, supported by Global Environment Centre, Osaka, Japan.

Mae Ping River in Chiang Mai

The primary Chiang Mai water sources studied, were the Mae Ping River from Chiang Dao district to Padad Community in Muang Chiang Mai and four sides of the canal surrounding Chiang Mai and the Mae Guang Udom Tara Dam. Eight educatio-
nal institutes attended the project, including Chiang Dao Wittayakom, Prince Royal College, Dara Wittayalai School, Kawila Wittayalai School, Wichai Wittaya School, Wachirawit School, Regina Coeli College and Doi Saket Wittayakom School.

The aim of the study and research process was to check and determine water quality by using chemical and biological methods and comparing the two. By monitoring the presence and health of wildlife including fish and insects, corals and diatoms, which are particularly sensitive to pollution, any drop in water quality could be immediately identified and the cause swiftly ascertained.

The study on the Mae Ping River in Chiang Dao district found that the water quality is good but only medium to poor in the Padad Community in Muang Chiang Mai. This is because polluted water is steadily released into the river point by point and polluted water draining in from Mae Kha. Water in the canal
surrounding Chiang Mai is medium to poor quality, especially at Somphet Market and Chiang Mai Gate areas. Water quality in the Mae Guang Udom Tara reservoir is good to medium, with coral growing in a few areas.
The students on the project learned that their findings using chemical and biological means of checking water quality closely matched.


Drug rehabilitation centers swamped

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

The Director of the Drug Combating Center reported that the country’s rehabilitation centers now had insufficient room to treat the patients currently requiring treatment nationwide.

Wan Moo Hamad Nawma-tha, the Director, said that
after visiting the drug addicts rehabilitation center in Phayao, he had learned first hand of the problems the center was facing. The go
vernment’s hard line policies and the increased activities of the drug suppression units of the ONCB, had put more offenders through the courts. The result of this was that 30,000 addicts nationwide were being required to go on rehabilitation programs and ending up at the treatment centers, who, having only the facilities to treat a maximum of 10,000 patients, are being overwhelmed by the increased numbers.

However, he expected to solve this problem shortly
by following PM Thaksin Shinawatra’s proposal to enlarge the capacity of the centers by building on adjacent government and military areas and hoped that these would be ready as soon as possible.

The rehabilitation center in Phayao was representative of the nationwide problem, in that it could only properly support 50 patients but it was now endeavoring to cope with 150 addicts requiring treatment, so it needed an urgent resolution to its problems as well.

The director added that the government’s continued policy to suppress drugs still needed resident’s wholehearted participation to help in eliminating the scourge.


Chiang Rai police shoot motorcycle thief

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

Following on information received concerning the theft of motorcycles,
Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnong Kaewsiri, Chiang Rai Provincial Police commander headed a force of police to check the activities of a gang of thieves who specialized in stealing motorcycles and cars and shipping them across the border into Laos, at Chiang Khong, near Chiang Rai.

The officers lay in ambush behind the Valentine Hotel where the thieves were expected to appear. Three men eventually arrived pushing a Honda motorbike without a license plate from a grove of trees behind the hotel. The officers stopped the men and asked to check the motorbike. Instead of complying with the officers’ request, the three men opened fire on the police, who returned fire to defend themselves, the exchange lasting about ten minutes.

After the noise died down, the police checked the scene and found a body holding a shotgun in his right hand but the other two men had escaped. No police were injured in the shoot-out.

The motorcycle was seized and a ring of motorbike ignition keys were recovered. All the keys belonged to Honda brand motorcycles, but no registration documents were found.

The police knew that this gang was involved with stealing vehicles and shipping them across the Thai border to export them to Laos.


More pirates found in Chiang Rai

3,000 pirates seized, but no parrots or hooks

Chiangmai Mail Reporter

Reacting to the locality’s growing notoriety as the place to buy pirate CDs and DVDs; Pol. Capt. Sathiraporn Sangkanukit, head of the Pirate Products Suppression unit led a force, together with representatives of the Electronics Artist Co. to search booths suspected of selling pirated products in Muang, Chiang Rai.

The officers checked three stands in Baan Inthawan Village on Kong Chang Road in Muang, Chiang Rai and two booths in the Big C Store Chiang Rai Branch. Over 3000 pirated game VCDs and DVDs were discovered on the five stands. They had all been imported from abroad, but the copyright belonged to the Electronics Artist Co.

All the illicit material was seized and the stand owners were arrested and taken to Muang Chiang Rai Police Station, where they were charged with selling pirated electronic products.

Police Capt.Sathiraporn said that pirate CDs were frequently discovered in the Northern region, especially in Chiang Rai Province due to
its proximity to the border; making it easy bring these products into Thailand from neighboring countries through Mae Sai, Chiang Rai. This process has become the primary business of many people who distribute pirated movies, and CDs in the locality near the border. The estimated revenue from this illegal business runs into several million baht a day along the border.


Chiang Mai-Lamphun Forest Fire Prevention Office plans to prevent forest fires

Saksit Meesubkwang

Suraphon Lilawarophat,director of Chiang Mai-Lamphun Forest Fire Prevention Office Region 16 reported that this year the drought affecting the whole country was due to atmospheric conditions in the south of China influencing the weather in Thailand earlier than usual. A Canadian study had shown that the northeast of Thailand was a very high risk area for forest fires, with areas further south including central Thailand being only slightly less at risk.

In addition, the US Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service, monitoring the progress of El-Ni๑o by checking the undersea temperature in the Pacific Ocean along the equator, confirmed that warming of the Pacific Ocean will continue until the end of 2006. This will affect the world’s weather causing more severe droughts than usual, especially in Indonesia and Thailand, creating conditions in both countries that are likely to lead to forest fires.

The director added that his office had contingency plans for forest fire prevention and control had started a campaign to raise awareness in the public, residents and local administrative organizations to take greater care of Thailand limited natural resources. Other organizations have been asked to support the process in every area, with a village forest fire prevention network to be set up in target villages. Tambon chief officers and village headmen, TAO officers and villagers living in forested areas were requested to keep an eye out for forest fires, especially during now.


Bogus tax collectors in Chiang Mai

The tax man is here to help you!

Nopniwat Krailerg

Phet Phuangphi, head of Chiang Mai Provincial Revenue Office Region 1 said that there was a gang sending documents headed, Chiang Mai number 72401/Special on January 30, 2006, used for collecting tax from rental houses, residences and dormitories mentioning Chiang Mai Provincial
Revenue Office. These documents were bogus and totally unauthorized.

The document informed the owners of these places that they had to pay 100,000 baht in tax on each of the addresses, but this demand was illegal and caused negative image of the Revenue Department. Furthermore, it created immense inconvenience to business owners and damaged their future relationship with the revenue department, as tenuous as they can already be.

Chiang Mai Provincial Revenue Office Region 1 stressed that these documents had not been issued by any government authority but were entirely fake, having been made by some gang using the Revenue Department’s name. It was an illegal act using the government’s name to cheat citizens and also created negative feelings in business owners towards future tax collection, for fear of being duped again.

The office warned landlords to be on the lookout for these scams and if found, residents should inform the Chiang Mai Provincial Revenue Office
Region 1 by calling to 053-112-429 # 107. The office will then inform police for them to investigate further.


US authorities helping seek a Chiang Mai woman abducted to North Korea

Saksit Meesubkwang

Tomoharu Ebihara, a representative of a group calling itself the Rescue of North Korean Abductees Chiang Mai (ARNKA) held a seminar to discuss a Thai woman who had been abducted to North Korea 27 years ago.

Tomoharu announced that the objective of the seminar was to ask Japanese people living in Chiang Mai what they knew of the abduction of people by North Korea, and to seek some specific clues concerning a Thai woman called Anocha Panjoi, believed to have been abducted by North Korea 27 years ago.

Sukham Panjoi, older brother of Anocha attended the seminar and disclosed that he and family had become more optimistic of getting his sister back, after being informed by Apichat Puttawong, government assistant of US Consulate in Chiang Mai that the US authorities intended to investigate Anocha’s abduction. It was known that she had married a US national and used to have American nationality. Although her American husband had since died, she was still regarded as an American, despite subsequently marrying a German; and she was known to be alive and residing somewhere in North Korea.


Bird flu vaccine smuggled into Thailand in Chinese vessel in Chiang Saen port

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

Suspecting that illegal vaccine was being smuggled from China across the border into Thailand carried on shipping, Somwang Rungtrakoonchai, Chiang Saen district chief officer in Chiang Rai ordered Patcharadit Sinsawat, head of Chiang Saen Customhouse officers to check a Chinese vessel transferring vegetables and fruits, moored on the Mekong River bank at Chiang Saen port.

Five large cardboard boxes were discovered on the stern of the vessel which were found to contain 330 bottles of H5N1 bird flu vaccine with a resale value of 30 million baht.

The Chinese captain of the ship was detained pending investigation into the matter and the vaccine was seized and retained as evidence. “This is not the first time that Chiang Saen port has been used to smuggle bird
flu vaccine into Thailand,” Somwang said. “It is the
preferred entrance point of illegal vaccine coming from China, ordered by Thai merchants.”


7 billion baht passes through Chiang Saen Customhouse in four months

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

Patcharadit Sinsawat, head of Chiang Saen Customhouse in Chiang Rai reported that trade passing through Chiang Saen Customhouse was going well, especially during the first four months of the annual budget period of year 2006 (October 2005-January 2006), with an overall value of 7 billion baht. He informed that cured rubber products and dried longan were the most exported products with apples being the favorite import. The ratio of exports to imports being around 4 to 1 in Thailand’s favor.

Customs records show that border trade through Chiang Saen port was valued at 2,835.92 million baht, 493.59 million baht or 42 percent higher than same period of the previous year. Breakdown of the figures showed the value of imports to
be 527.99 million baht, decreased from the previous year by 189.72 million baht or 26 percent. The principal imported products were apples, Chinese pears, fresh vegetables and processed timber while the other export products included thread, elastic line, elastic bar, palm oil, healthy drink and canned rambutan.

Predicted export trends for 2006 are valued at 7.1 billion baht, up on last year by 35 percent and higher than the predicted target for Chiang Rai Province which, is only 5 percent.

Chiang Saen Customhouse has produced these import and export figures by using the recently introduced. One Stop Service which has speeded up the export process. Documentation can be finished within one hour, instead of the 24 hours it used to take, enabling customs officials to deal with many vessels simultaneously at the wharf at Chiang Saen. The introduction of this system has encouraged many Chinese business men to trust Thai trading methods, bringing more business into Thailand and stimulating border trade in Chiang Saen, causing it to grow rapidly. It has enhanced Chiang Saen’s image as a trading port and supports Chiang Rai Province to be a center for commerce.



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