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Thai Airways International opens new Chiang Mai Branch

Chiang Mai Municipality prepared for any eventuality during Songkran

Advertorial: Second hand and computer kits offer economical alternative at Pantip Plaza

Chiang Mai Expats Club is Flowering

“One ticket to visit five destinations”, a campaign for Greater Lanna

Thai Airways International opens new Chiang Mai Branch

Gen. Narongsak Sankhapong, Deputy Director of Special Program Department (Front row, with suit), Dr. Chao Duang Duan Na Chiang Mai (Front row, 2nd from the left), Rangsimant Mokhasamit, director of office in Thailand (Front row, 4th from the right), Thongchai Wongrianthong, Chiang Mai deputy Governor (Front row, 2nd from the right), and guests in the ribbon cutting for “Kom Loy Long Fah Kong Lar Karn Bin Thai”

Nopniwat Krailerg
Thai Airways International (Public) Co., Ltd. opened a new branch in Chiang Mai on Sunday April 9, hosted by Gen. Narongsak Sankhapong, Deputy Director of Special Program Department and welcomed by Rangsimant Mokhasamit, director of the office in Thailand, Thanawat Hiranyalekha, manager of sales office in Thailand: Upper North. Chiang Mai VIP guests participated in this even such as Dr. Chao Duang Duan Na Chiang Mai, Prinya Parnthong, Nan Governor, Thongchai Wongrianthong, Chiang Mai deputy Governor, Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor, Junnapong Saranak, director of TAT: Northern Office Region 1, and Narong Tananuwat, president of Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce.

Thai Airways International new office building, Chiang Mai Branch

Thai Airways built a new building to replace the old one that was more than 30 years old and dilapidated. The number of staff is increasing to manage the 72 flights per week via Chiang Mai–Bangkok, including employees transferring from ticket selling offices of Thai Airways in other provinces in the Northern Region such as Lampang, Phrae, and Nan. The building is decorated in modern Lanna style with the interior reflecting the new corporate identity. The branch built on 1,950 square meters, houses many agencies such as general offices, main hall, ticket, reservation service, ticket selling service and mileage members departments  and “Royal Orchid Plus”, Ueng Luang tourism service department, Royal Holiday, Puff and Pie bakery, and Thai Shop selling souvenirs.
Chiang Mai office has operated since 1978. First, it was located at Saeng Tawan intersection, then, when Thai Airlines merged with Thai Airways in 1988, the office was moved to the present location on Phra Pok Klao Road. In the past, it was part of Khum Chao Lao Kaew Na Chaing Mai (the residence of the only son of Chao Inthawaroros Suriyawong, the 8th Chiang Mai ruler). The new office was commenced construction in January 7, 2005 and finished on the end of March 2006. The telephone number for reservations is Tel. 0-5392-0999, and the office number, Tel. 0-5392- 0920.


Chiang Mai Municipality prepared for any eventuality during Songkran

Does that include body bags?

Municipal council, Chiang Mai Municipality collecting trash along the city canal at Thapae Gate.

Saksit Meesubkwang
Chiang Mai Municipality led by Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor finalized last-minute plans to prepare for the forthcoming Songkran celebrations. Teams of council workers have been busy collecting trash along the city canal and great efforts have been made over the last few weeks to clean up the water in the canal.

Simulation of saving a drowning victim.

The City has prepared officers to swiftly bring aid to the victims of accidents; such as drowning and traffic accidents, along with responding to possible fires, despite the fact that everything is well drenched during Songkran. In anticipation of this possibility, the Municipality had also simulated the situation of a building catching fire; sending fire fighters and medics as swiftly as possible to rescue people who might be trapped in the burning building.
If there is an accident, the rescue-teams have rehearsed reaching the victim in less than five minutes. This response time is probably the best that can be expected considering the density of the crowds lining both sides of the canal during Songkran. More than 2,000 rescuers have been trained to help tourists and will be stationed at strategic intervals around the city.

Practice at saving people trapped in a burning building.


Advertorial: Second hand and computer kits offer economical alternative at Pantip Plaza

Customers are always interested in the service of computer repair shops in Pantip Plaza.

Preeyanoot Jittawong
Pantip Plaza offers a choice for those who want to own a computer but are fiscally restrained by providing self assembly computer kits and second hand computers of good quality. Being located near central Chiang Mai, Pantip Plaza is convenient placed to obtain IT supplies.
During summer vacations, students may find educational tools to prepare for the new semester—but computer costs may be a burden to some parents. Therefore Pantip Plaza Chiang Mai offers a low cost alternative with self assembly kits and second hand computers that cut the costs.
There are around ten shops in Pantip Plaza serving customers with such kits including accepting old computers for repair and with computer tools selling at a low price.
On the first floor, you will see Win System Shop distributing second hand Notebook Computers and K.P.N, Main Board Service, Good Speed and Pc Pu shops plus the only IBM service center in Chiang Mai on the second floor of Pantip Plaza. Besides, there are many other shops accepting computers for repair on the third floor such as PW Shop, Chiang Mai Cyber Care, Smart Tech Solution, Complete and Shonan and Godung and Morgan Com on the fourth floor.
Furthermore, Pantip Plaza Chiang Mai is providing a special promotion “Computer Repair without Charge” from April 17 to May 31, 2006. Those interested can receive the promotion service at the shops joining the promotion: K.P.N., Smart Tech Solution, Shonan, Complete and Godung. Information is available at Pantip Plaza by phone number 053-288383 # 103, 104.


Chiang Mai Expats Club is Flowering

Lucy Coombs
Orchids were the topic for the ChiangMai Expats Club on 8 April at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel! Folbert Bronsema, from East-West Seed Company, showed some beautiful pictures and gave a fascinating talk about these flowers. He told the group how to identify an orchid, how to take care of them, how they are propagated, where to see many varieties and where to buy them. He described the wonder and beauty of wild orchids that can be found on the nature trails at Doi Inthanon National Park. He had a few plants with him (one of which was given away in the Lucky Draw, along with a poster about orchids) as well as some of the books he has collected. People were invited to come up after the meeting to examine the plants and books more closely and to ask him further questions. The group had some good questions and were obviously quite engaged with the subject.
In growing one’s own at home he gave some good tips: They generally like shady spots with a bit of sun. Water with a mister, as most orchids get their moisture and nutrients from the air. The water should ideally be rainwater. If using a commercial fertilizer, use half of the recommended amount. He described what the plant looks like in relationship to how much water it would want. Oh, and did you know that vanilla is from a fermented orchid seed pod?!
Tom Matty, the master of ceremonies for the day, asked a fellow CEC Board Member to talk about his experience as a volunteer for the Tourist Police. Phillip Johnson told that it was generally a lot of fun as well as a wonderful learning experience. He gets to ride in police cars, meet lots of people, some of whom are famous, and gets to know Chiang Mai better.
The next CEC meeting will be on April 22, when Mike Parker from Powerhouse Gym will share his extensive knowledge on nutrition, exercise and health. If you are a health conscious person, you won’t want to miss this one. See you at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel at 10:30 – come a little early to meet and chat with some great people.


“One ticket to visit five destinations”, a campaign for Greater Lanna

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Five travel alliances are promoting a Greater Lanna strategy and offering “One ticket to visit five destinations”, costing 500 baht each, with 40,000 tickets available for use anytime during the three months of the International Horticultural Exposition in Chiang Mai. The purpose of this scheme is to encourage tourists to plan their trip in advance before the start of the high season; and to publicize Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006, the International Horticultural Exposition.
Sookawat Chantharaporanik, deputy director-general of Department of Agriculture, disclosed that the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006, the International Horticultural Exposition that is to be held from November 1, 2006 to January 31, 2007, is expected to attract over 2 million tourists, or around 20,000 to 50,000 visitors a day.
Because the Exposition would be held during the high season in Chiang Mai province, travel alliances had come up with the Greater Lanna strategy to encourage tourists who intended to visit Chiang Mai at that time, to book ahead and reserve their accommodation as early as possible to avoid being disappointed later.
The “One ticket to five destinations” covers a trip to Doi Tung Development Center, Golden Triangle Opium Tower, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and Chiang Mai Night Safari. The ticket can be used any time for three months from November 1, 2006 to January 31, 2007. Tickets will be available for sale from July 1 to September 30, 2006 and can be purchased at all branches of Krung Thai Bank.